Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Living Room Art.

No too long ago, I was looking for your help in deciding which Minted print I should order for the living room. I ended up choosing the Emily Jeffords print called Mid-summertime. All of her prints are incredibly beautiful and I'm sure I could find a spot for any of them in my home. The colors and her painting style are so soft and soothing.

The Mid-summertime print pairs well with the other prints that I've included on the picture ledge. "Les petits poissons" is a little print that I've had for years. I finally framed my "Salt Water Cure" print, a little quote I find endearing. The little square print is one of my own photos from our trip to the Tulum ruins, printed with Social Print Studio.

The soft moody colors are perfect in the living room. I'm due to share an updated tour of the space. Since we painted the walls white, the rest of the room has really evolved to included lots of soft blues and grey tones.

I used a white wash frame from Indigo's gallery wall line. I had to trim the print a little bit to fit but it worked out well. The wall still feels a little bare over the couch but I have plans for a couple of other things to add to the mix.

Overall I'm happy with the prints but like I said, it needs a little more. I'll share an update soon!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Spring Mode.

I may not be the best blogger lately but I'm certainly reading and feeling inspired by lots of projects around the web. I'm all about everything outdoors as I patiently (or impatiently) wait for things to feel spring-like around here. We are certainly late to the game, as our last patch of snow just melted away from the backyard. Finally.

I've been pinning perfect backyards, wandering around garden centers, making lists of plants to buy, and incessantly checking my gardens for new growth. I feel like it will never get here!

I have a list a mile long of outdoor projects. Here are some things that are guiding my plans.

I've gone back and looked at Kristen's black shed many times since she made it over last summer. Ours is in need of a makeover and I plan to tackle it early. It's currently charcoal grey and I can't decide whether to keep it that way or go a little darker.

I've loved reading everything that Alison has learned about gardening over the years. Her gardens and her fence are amazing.

I've tried for years, without success, to grow grass in one shady corner of our backyard. I lost the battle and last week turned the soil for a new garden. I'm excited to pick up some new shrubs and perennials. Ornamental grasses are my favorite in a garden and I'm excited to give Japanese Forest Grass a try this summer. The bright chartreuse green leaves are great contrast.

I usually have good luck with my annual pots but I'm never blown away by my window boxes. Any tips? I know the whole thriller, filler and spiller trick but really, I just want someone to come over and make them look just like this. I'm such a sucker for white flowers and I adore that asparagus fern.

Here is my spring to-do list:
  • stain fence
  • restain the deck
  • makeover the shed
  • edge and mulch gardens
  • plant new shade garden
The fence (or maybe the shed) is first on the list.
Steph's list involves lots of exciting things like installing gutters, fixing the shed door (check!) and helping me with the staining. I'm sure he's thrilled..:)

Anyone else in total spring project mode?
I also have so much I should be blogging about! Living room and dining room changes, new lighting in the kitchen, bunk room updates and I'll be sharing my attempt at creating a capsule wardrobe... Someone needs to give me a nudge!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DIY: Cedar Shingle Photo Backdrop.

It's starting to feel like spring outside and that means wedding season is upon us! Today I'm sharing a relatively simple photo backdrop project for the diy bride. There are a few power tools involved and it's a little bit time consuming but the result is so worth it. One of my favorite project that I've tackle in a while.

One wedding trend that I love, is having a backdrop where your guests can stand and have their photos taken on your wedding day. I also love when the bride and groom display photos of the couple through their dating years, from their childhood and of the special people in their lives. This project blends those two ideas into one!

Here is the back story. This winter, I was asked by Discover Charlottetown to design and style a booth for them at the Halifax Bridal Show. The booth was to showcase Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island as a wedding destination and to feature three Charlottetown properties: Delta Hotels, Holman Grand Hotel, and the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Not a small feat in a small booth space but somehow it all came together.

I decided to pair my two favorite wedding trends to create a sort of "virtual Pinterest board". We contacted several PEI wedding photographers and asked to use some of their photos from those properties and of beautiful Charlottetown. Next was the fun part. How to display all these beautiful photos?

We picked up some sheets of plywood, a couple of 2x4s, some primed MDF trim, a few bundles of cedar shingles and got to work.

Knowing the 8x8 backdrop would both need to be stored and transported, we used two 4x8 pieces of plywood that simple get screwed together on site. A piece of trim would hide seam down the center.

Next, the simple square edge white trim was cut to fit all around the plywood and down the center. Once we knew that all the pieces fit properly, we marked the back of each ones so that we knew where they went later when we put it back together, and screwed them into place.

The shingles were a little bit time consuming but I love doing stuff like that. Steph and I worked side by side, gluing and stapling each one in place, row by row. It's important to measure the spacing as you go so that both sides match.

Then we stood back and admired our finished product before we had to take it all apart for transport. I was thrilled with how it turned out. 

The two pieces back to back, without the trim.

Our space at the bridal show was three of these booths. That floor was a bit of a surprise! I'll admit, I panicked a little when I saw the pattern and color.. how do you work with that?

As the furniture for the booth came in, Steph set up the shingled backdrop and hammered roofing nails, one on the left and right end of each row. Honestly, thank goodness for him. He's a gem when it comes to helping me out on these crazy projects and never complains about it.

I got to work looping two balls of string across the backdrop, hooking onto the roofing nails as I zigzagged across. I didn't really have a plan, I simply stood back every now and then and made sure it was evenly distributed throughout. We used roofing nails because they have a larger head with prevents the string from slipping off. Next, I used simple wooden clothespins to hang up all the black and white photos.

For a little variation, I randomly clipped some greenery, fresh rosemary and real pieces of cotton among the photos. It felt very organic and smelled good too!


A lot of brides who came through the show took photos of the backdrop and I really hope that it inspired them to do something similar at their own weddings! I can imagine it done with color photos and pinned flowers instead of greenery. Or no photos at all and only blooms would be so pretty too! I can imagine so many possibilities!

The gorgeous flower arrangements and that amazing eucalyptus garland that draped the mantel, were made by the genius florist, Michael at Prestige Floral. I was seriously obsessed with that garland. We brought it to the show in our car and I could smell it days later!

I'm so obsessed with an abundance of natural greenery and natural wood tones in weddings this year.
What are your favorite wedding trends?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Minted Art ~ Help Me Choose.

It's Islander Day today but unfortunately everyone on the island is confined to their homes at the tail end of a huge snowstorm. The winds are still quite high and the plows have yet to hit the road but hopefully soon we can start the big dig out. Last time I checked, our cars were completely buried in the driveway. I don't actually remember ever having this much snow. Thank goodness for snowblowers!

Inevitably, when cooped up in the house, I start mentally redecorating and shopping online. It's dangerous! My latest fixation is the wall behind the sofa in the living room. I had a gallery wall for the last while but after freshly painting the walls, made the decision to try something new.

I'm the girl who is constantly moving things around, which leaves little nail holes in the walls. To avoid this problem and still give me the freedom to mix things up, I hung a picture ledge. Instead of hanging art, I'll simply lean it one the shelf. This allows me to mix and match different frames, prints and art without doing too much damage.

Temporary art pieces.

The current Hello print, while cute, doesn't provide enough color or pattern. Not to mention the fact that the ceilings are high and the frame just doesn't have enough presence. I want a larger framed art print to fill the space and I'll add to the ledge from there.

I turned to Minted., a marketplace for independent artists, for some inspiration and instantly found many pieces that would suit perfectly. Actually, I found too many and need your help narrowing it down to one!

From left to right:
Even Still, by artist Katie Craig
Mid-summertime, by artist Emily Jeffords
Solstice, by artist Lindsay Megahed

As you can see, I'm definitely drawn to more abstract painted pieces with shades of blue and grey. It seems to be a theme around my house.

From left to right:
Weathered, by artist Melanie Severin
Frosted Barn, by artist Lindsay Megahed
Passage, by artsist Kelly Ventura

I'm thinking the best size Minted print  for the space will be 18 x 24. You can choose to order it framed or unframed and I'm still undecided on that part.

Minted. is super easy to navigate. I simply made an account and within the Art Marketplace clicked the little heart on each print that I liked, to add it to my favorites. It's a great way to help narrow down your selections. I was even able to filter my results to include only portrait size options and by choosing my favorite colors.

So what do you think? I'd love your suggestions before I decide which one to order. Is there one that you prefer?

Be sure to check out Minted. yourself. The choices are endless. You're bound to find many that you love!