Sunday, October 23, 2011

Juju hat- what a beauty!

Have you heard of the Cameroonian juju hat? I first discovered it on a Dear Genevieve episode a while back. Since then, I've been dreaming about owning one but the cost has held me back. 

I just came across a post at Odi et Amo titled The JuJu Hat: Are you over it? Well, I must say that I am totally not over it! I love the look of it, it's ability to make a statement in any decor and the cultural meaning behind it. 

So despite it's price tag in the hundreds I think it deserve at least one post on my blog:)

Love it? Can be purchased at L'aviva.
Love it, but can't splurge on it? Check out a tutorial on how to make a much less expensive version at Flutter Flutter

Halloween decorating begins

Hope you are all as excited about Halloween as I am- the candy, the costumes, the decorating...oh, my!!!
Here is a glimpse at the decorating that's begun at my place.

 Can't wait to do more decorating during the coming week:)


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Versatile blogger award- Thank you!!!!

I have the pleasure of being the recipient of "The Versatile Blogger" awarded by the fabulously talented blogger  Krista Artista. Thanks you!!! I'm giddy with joy:)

The rules for this award is:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave the award to you
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Send it along to 15 other bloggers and let them know you have awarded them!
My 7 Things:
1. I love the smell of old books
2. My favorite color is red
3. My husband and I met in a club when I was 17 and he was 19
4. I'm a great carpenter- who would have known?
5. Four years ago, I borrowed a compressor, nail gun and miter saw from my brother and never gave it back! He jokes that he'll send me the rental bill soon:)
6. I love renovating but hate putting up drywall!
7. My shoe size is 5
I'm awarding:
I've chosen to send this award to 15 DIY inspirational bloggers. Some are well established while others are just getting started. In either case, their projects are great:

* Remodelaholic *
All Things Thrifty
Blue Velvet Chair
Conspicuous Style Interior ...
House of Smith's
Inside-Out Design
Miss Mustard Seed
Piorra Maison Inc.
Rambling Renovators
The DIY Show Off
The Exchange
Polish the Stars

Please check out the above blogs to get the wheels of creative inspiration turning:)

Thanks for reading:)


Vestibule done- 4 years in the making!

A few weeks ago I posted about my search for a full length mirror with a curved top for my entrance hall. Unfortunately I didn't find one - actually I fortunately didn't find one. Here is why:

One merry little day as I went through my blog roll I saw this picture

I then said "Hey, I have that mirror! Where is it??? Oh, it's hidden behind the bed in the guest bedroom!" I dropped the laptop, ran into the bedroom, moved the bed, pulled out the heavy mirror, ran into the entry hall, held up the mirror and did a happy dance. I loved the look of the old mirror against the wood paneling. The mirror belonged to my mother in law but I kept it thinking that I could use it in the bathroom remodel- luckily it didn't work in the bathroom.

So here is the result:

Here is a close-up of the mirror: 

Other little items were added such as:
 The little bench purchased at Finnegan's Market in Hudson for 30$ and this umbrella stand (actually a tall vase) purchased at Home Sense for 25$.

And the cherry on top- this deer head key hook purchased at Zone on St. Denis for 9$. I love it! 

So let's review this little halls transformation:
In 2006 when we purchased the house.

In 2008 after completing the wood paneling to mask the ugly tiles seen above.

 Today- 2010. 4 years in the making:) I like the wood but found that it was maybe too much. I find mirror cuts the all the wood, softens all the hard edges and adds some visual interest.

Read the posts about the wood paneling inspiration and DIYing here
Thanks for reading and I'd love to know what you think.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Halloween decor inspirations

I've been pinning some fantastic Halloween ideas for a few weeks now. On Friday Tony and I went to Jean-Talon market to pick up some pumpkins so the decor adventures have begun at our house. Our decor is far from done so I'll show you the pictures and ideas that are inspiring me in hopes that they'll be of use to you too.

First the pumpkins:

The above is my very funny!

This one is very pretty and dainty. What a great idea for old doilies.

And now for the little itty bitty pumpkins. Check these out:

And now some non-pumpkin ideas:

Happy Halloween decorating:)


Friday, October 7, 2011

Light up the night.... with wine bottles!

I just saw this on Pinterest and though you'd all love it too. I am totally going to try this soon, very soon! Isn't it soooo pretty? I could picture these as a centerpiece on a nicely set dinner table, on a buffet, or outside to light up the path on Halloween night- oh ya, that sounds great! 

For the DIY instructions, sounds very easy, click here.

Not in a DIY mood, buy them here.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

The fire is 'a burning!

The last day of September here in Montreal was beautifully sunny and warm. The first day of October was frigid and raining! What is that? Such a huge difference in temperature! So while I was wearing sandals and a tank top on Friday, by Sunday our fireplace was lit!

Here are some pics:

You can see that Churchill loves the warmth of a good fire.
Sorry about the crappy pics! My camera isn't working so these are from my ipod.

Heritage home favorites

I promised I'd let you know which of the heritage homes presented in yesterday's post were my favorites.
So here they are:

20, av. Maplewood
 MLS 8472772

This property was by far the most impressive simply because of its grand stature and many original features. Beautiful stained glass and wood work. I can just image myself blogging in a comfy lounge chair on that beautiful porch. But of course, at that price, I'll have to keep dreaming. Oh well:)

 These images are from the above property. You can clearly see the stained glass and wood work. Isn't this fabulous?

3, chemin de la Côte-St-Antoine
MLS®  8602425
My next favorite was is townhouse. The pictures really don't do it any justice! The house is really attractive and imposing: tall ceilings, large rooms, classy renovations, and a stunning backyard without any back neighbors- just a view of a lovely tree-lined street. The price was reduced to $999,000 which is obviously a lot of cash but for the neighborhood (one of the most prestigious in the country), size and quality, it really is a great buy.   
 This is the kitchen in the above home. Again, the picture doesn't do it justice- at all! In person it has a great Tuscan charm to it.

Have a great week! favorits

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Montreal's Heritage Open House Sunday

In my previous post I mentioned that the Architectural Heritage Campaign is currently under way in Montreal and that this Sunday tons of heritage homes that are currently on the market will be open to the public. It's a massive open house day! Tony and I look forward to heritage open house day all year long!! You can kind of say that we're just a tad bit nosy:)

Although I'm not in the market for a new home (not that I can afford any of the heritage homes anyway!), I have to say that I actually get great decorating ideas from visiting these beautiful homes. I made my wood wall paneling in my entryway after visiting a historic apartment with walls covered in rich woodwork.

Also, I'd like to think that by promoting this open house day I can help get these homes a good family that will love and care for them- corny, I know! But every house should have a loving family:)

So here is a sample of the beauties I'll be visiting tomorrow. I've included the information presented on the Architectural Heritage Campaign website and the MLS listing number that you can click on to see the full listing and, of course, more pics!

20, av. Maplewood
 MLS 8472772

1064, av. Bernard, app. 31
MLS®  8603191

1644, av. Selkirk
MLS®  8582377

  1595, av. du Docteur-Penfield

MLS®  8609484

3, chemin de la Côte-St-Antoine
MLS®  8602425

449, av. Clarke
MLS®  8548198


2042, av. Mercier
MLS®  8601031

 Aren't these houses just stunning???

If you'd like to see more of the heritage homes available for viewing this Sunday as well as next Sunday visit the Campaign's website here.

I'll let you know my favorite tomorrow evening:)


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