Sunday, August 28, 2011

Coud de coeur of the week

My coud de coeur of the week post is a little late this week but it has nothing to do with a lack of inspiration in blog land.

Here are some, among the many, posts I've loved this week:

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors posted about beautiful kitchens and the one blow is my favorite. Is this an amazing kitchen or what? And do you recognize the wall paper? It's the Piero Fornasetti paper I used in my bathroom. The island(s!) and the cabinets are classic but the wallpaper and light fixtures are funky.

Tracy at Soulstyle posted about her wainscoting. Have you ever seen such great wainscoting? Talk about a conversation starter!

And Rachelle at Adventures in Creating created this wine rack using PVC pipes. What a great idea!

Our wine cellar: part 3 and reveal

Our wine cellar is a huge source of pride in our home. We love it!
 We didn't have air conditioning in our home for two years but we had a cooling unit for the wine cellar. I know, our priorities are all messed up! At least we had lots of cool  wine to dink away those hot summer days:)

Here is it is- our cellar:

We are currently running low-ish on wine since we restock in fall/winter during wine making season.
We painted the walls a light buttery color, installed wooden crown moldings stained walnut, and the wine racks were also stained walnut. Yes, we stained and assembled all these wine racks- it took forever!!! The wine racks were purchased at Aux Plaisirs du Bacchus on Bernard Avenue in Montreal.
You can also see the end result of the travertine floor. It's just the right look for a wine cellar.

We use an old wine barrel to decorate a corner of the room and we got some wooden wine boxes from our local liquor store to hide some wine making supplies. Tip: In Montreal if you ask your local S.A.Q. for some wooden boxes they'll give them to you for a small donation.

 We have a small bistro table in the room, mainly for good looks. We don't actually drink in the room because it's cold in there (10-12 degrees celsius). 

View from the wine room into the living room. We installed an exterior grade cedar wood door. Ideally, the wine should be in a dark room and the door shouldn't have glass. But I wanted to be able to see into the wine room from the living room so we decided on this door. The room is large enough that the light that flows in doesn't disturb the wine

View into the wine room from the living room. Love it!

The light fixture was purchased at Home Depot and it's the right size. color, a style for the room. Just to add some pizazz we also installed a decorative medallion.

I think it's now clear to everyone that I love my wine. Every year since we've been married Tony and I have made wine, about 200-250 bottles each year. We also like to buy some inexpensive bottles and of course we love it when our friends bring us gifts of wine bottles- hint, hint! LOL- just kidding:)


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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Our Wine Cellar: part 2

My last post about our wine cellar mainly dealt with the construction and all the other necessary, but not so pretty, stuff. So today we'll begin to talk about the pretty.

But first, more of the necessary stuff:
 The walls went up. Because of the high humidity, it's necessary to use green humidity proof drywall.

 Then we planned the layout of the travertine tile floor.
 A water tile saw was used to cut all the travertine. You'll need a water saw to cut any natural stone tile.

And then we got to work installing all that tile.

Now, before I actually reveal the end result, I'll show you some of the inspirational images we looked at when building the room. You'll notice from our above construction images that we tried to mimic the light colored floors and wall colors in the following images:

Source: via Nancy on Pinterest

Check back tomorrow for the reveal!!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Help a friend out: living room

On Monday I introduced you to a good friend Lena who asked me to help her out with some decorating ideas for her dining room, living room and bedroom.
You can check out the suggestions for her dining room here, and today we'll be looking at her living room.
Here is an image of how the space currently looks:

There are a ton of great features in this room: the window lets in a lot of light and is nicely situated, I like the light paint color, the crown molding and the wood floor. Lena mentioned that she wanted to get rid of the brown drapery and I think she is on the right track.

Suggestions: I'd like to see a brighter color, yet still light, used for the drapery. I am thinking in the blueish or greenish tone. I think a solid color would work best since the drapery cut off from view by the couch.

Here are some inspiration images. You'll notice that the paint or furniture colors are reminiscent of what Lena have in her space:

Once you've selected your drapery color, you'll need some brighter colored decorative pillows for your couch. You already have the pillows so simply buying some pillow covers will do the trick. The pillows are where you can have fun with pattern and color.

Some suggestions:

Available at Iconic pillow on Etsy shop
Available at Pillow top and More Etsy shop
Available at theTurquoise Iris Etsy Shop

Also, you have those two pictures on the wall of the fireplace but I'd prefer to see them on the right side of the window and you can even add another two pictures to make a large square of four pictures. I'm sure you could easily find pictures of your baby boy to display:)

Where you currently have the two pictures I think you can go with a collection of small round mirrors.

Here is an example of what I am thinking:

The store Zone on St. Denis boul. has some great looking small round silver framed mirrors that would work well in your space.

Now for the fireplace:
Lena mentioned she thinks her fireplace looks unfinished and I kind of agree with her.

Here are some inspiration images for a fireplace surround:

Source: via Nancy on Pinterest

These two above images are simple and sleek. The following is a little more classic.

You can find some ready made fireplace surrounds at any local hardware store. I also believe that Langevin Forest has some options. Otherwise, if you have a handy person in your entourage, a beautiful surround can be created by simply buying the moldings and cutting them to size.

Another concern Lena had was about her shelving unit in the corner of the room.

The shelf is dark and I think lining the back of the shelves with some decorative paper or painting it the same color as your walls or one of the colors in the fabric for your decorative pillows would really brighten it up. Also, collect the books together into larger piles and then place a decorative light-colored item on the other side. Another idea would be to purchase some pretty decorative baskets and then collect your books into the baskets in the shelf. This would create a sense of uniformity and is simpler than trying to make a shelf appear neat. The collection of vases is very pretty!

Hope this helps!

Lena and I would love to here your comments and suggestions.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Help a friend out: Dining room decor

A good friend Lena asked me to help her out with some decorating ideas. So I decided to create this "help a friend out" series. This week we'll look at some ideas of what Lena could do to spruce up her dining room, living room and bedroom.

First, a little bit of info about Lena:
She is a beautiful 34 year old fashionista- she works in the fashion world, blogs about fashion and is the most stylish dresser I know! Check out her blog Quality Rivets.

Second, about her space:
Lena and her hubby purchased a new home in Laval, Quebec. The space is clean and classic. It makes for a great decorating canvas.

Objective for her dining room:
Lena wants some ideas regarding how to decorate above her buffet so as to give the room some design appeal.

Here is the picture of the space as it stands today
A very pretty space, don't you think? The furniture has clean lines and a rich color. The paint color, the crown moldings, the drapery, and the chairs have an elegant look to then.

The buffet table:
Lena wanted to hand a mirror over the buffet table but one problem is the location of the light switches. In my opinion a square or rectangular mirror hung in the center of the buffet wouldn't work for two reasons: 1- the mirror would appear disproportionate to the size of the buffet table (it would appear too small) and 2- there are already many hard angles in the room.

My suggestions:

1. I would like to see a large round or irregularly shaped mirror.
Here are some examples:

I love the mirror and the balance created by the lamps at either end.

Sunburst mirrors are very trendy and would look great in your space. If you find one as large as this, hanging it off center is the perfect solution. Very designer-ish. You would place a taller item such as a lamp on the opposite site. This look is simple but beautiful!

This look is light and bright and would also look great in your space (but with a fewer items on the buffet).

Now, I said I'd prefer to see a round or irregular shape over the buffet but I would also love to see a piece of art over the buffet because it would add a pop of color. In this case you would hang or lean it off center as in the images below:

Source: via Nancy on Pinterest
I think a lamp with a round lampshade would look great on your buffet regardless of whether you decide on a mirror or art work.

My suggestions for the rest of the room:
1. I really like the idea of the four art works on the back wall, but I feel that these are too small for the space and that the frame is too thick and dark. These would look great on a thinner wall hung in a square shape with two rows of two frames. Another option would be to purchase larger frames that simply have more matting. This way you can reuse the images and still fill up the space. 

2. For the table to pop, a table runner in a light color (silvery, light blue, etc.) with a vignette would do the trick. I would love to see a platter or tray with a collection of short flower vases or even a collection of candles (I know you were thinking of candles on your buffet so maybe they could go on the table instead).

Here are some examples:

You can have three little vases- anything you have or anything you can find that's inexpensive and put some tight bouquets of colored artificial flowers (Le Living at Carrefour Laval has amazing artificial flowers).

I love this idea. Place candles on a cake stand. If you have two other candle holders (don't have to be the same) to place on the side, all the better.

Or this idea of a long display of candles. They can be the same height or various heights. The flowers on the side are pretty but not necessary.

I also love a collection of glass candle holders- very elegant.

Look through what you have to see if there is anything you can use to create a similar look to one of these.

Hope these ideas and images offer some inspiration. Don't feel pressured to buy everything a once. Find a mirror or artwork you love first and then find the rest. Also, look through what you have- books, serving trays, etc. make for great decor.

Please feel free to comment and let Lena know what you think she could do with the space.


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