{SPACES: my dream room}

This post should be titled My Dream Room….For Now. I can’t help it, there’s so much inspiration out there that if I had my own moving team and unlimited funds I would be changing my whole space every year.

I’m super excited to be going to my first BlogPodium conference for bloggers in Toronto in a few weeks and they’ve had some great contests leading up to it. I just recently entered a contest to meet & have tea with uber talented Canadian celebrity designer Sarah Richardson. To enter I had to put together a Pinterest board of what my dream room would look like, including some pieces from Sarah’s lovely furniture line. It was so much fun to just fantasize and mouse click away until viola! my dream room is created. I’ve been so drawn to navy velvet sofas recently so I decided to base the room around one with lots of brass/gold accents and pops of rich jewel tone coloured accessories with additional classic teak and neutral furniture. What do you think?


You can find all the sources for this look in my Tea with Sarah Richardson Pinterest board


{ DIY: patio party decor }


Yesterday I posted about a great dinner party I hosted on my rooftop patio that included a few DIY decor projects that I promised I would share. These projects were especially great because it was a chance to be creative with what I had around my place. I made three decor elements; some bunting to go with my great string of lights, a table runner made from doilies, and name holders made from super cheap forks. These elements really added to the atmosphere and upped the wow factor. 


First up is the bunting. I looked through my bin of scrap fabric and found this collection which worked together. As you know, I’m not a fan of matchy matchy so just make sure if you’re going to mix patterns that you stick with the same colour family.  

Next step is to cut out a bunch of triangles using a template for size. Then we get to the sewing part and I’m going to come out and admit that this is the lazy girl’s technique. You could give it a more finished look by adding a strip of ribbon that would cover the edges. But if you’re ok with it looking a little more handmade you can just keep sewing in one big line going from one piece to the other (with a touch of overlap). 

Then you’ll get something like this (above) which looks pretty sweet when it’s hanging. 

The next project was the doily table runner. There really isn’t any steps to show for this. I found a ton of great doilies during one of my thrift store trips and I didn’t really have a plan for them. I had seen this idea before and thought I would try myself. I laid them out first to decide placement then I  took a good ol’ needle & thread and added a few stitches where the points met. It seems daunting at first but it went by pretty quickly. This large runner (this pic only show about 75% of it) took me about an hour to stitch. 


And lastly I made name holders out of forks. It’s key to buy inexpensive forks because you want them to bend easily. Take pliers and just got at it. Depending on the base of your fork, it may or may not stand on it’s on but once you put the napkin in, it should stand. Then stick the name tag in between the fork prongs. I cheated (again) and just printed out the names in a font I loved and then traced in gold market. 

There you go – three steps to kick up your dinner party wow factor. It can definitely be some work but it really makes it extra special, and makes great Instagram content 🙂


See more DIY projects here


{ EVENTS: summer rooftop dinner party }

I admit, I’m a lucky girl with an amazing outdoor space right in the middle of the city. It’s pretty great. The sad part is that I don’t feel like it gets used enough, especially with our short summers. So when my good friends from out of town told me they were coming for a visit I decided to go all out and host a proper rooftop patio dinner party. I threw in a few DIY decor projects to make it extra special, which I’ll post in more detail later. Don’t hate me but I pulled almost all of this together with stuff I already had around my place (I have a lot of stuff..it’s kinda a problem).

I made the bunting with some scrap material I had and the table runner with a bunch of doilies I picked up at a thrift store that I didn’t know what I was going to do with. Both the expandable table & chairs are from Ikea in case you’re wondering. The pillows & lantern are from Homesense last season. 
  

I don’t usually do proper place settings, but like I said, I went all out. I made the name holder from dollar store forks and used a gold marker for the name (psst: I’ll let you in on a secret – my writing isn’t that beautiful, I printed them in a pretty font (Janda Celebration Script) and traced them with gold marker). The stunning glasses are part of a hand painted vintage set that was gifted to me by a good friend who knows me well. 

I used some of my vintage glass collection for vases with bright jewel coloured flowers. 


Pardon the blurry iPhone photo but what a great panoramic to show you the whole spread. I went all out with the decor but kept the menu pretty simple. I made BBQ ribs for the first time (success!) along with watermelon mint feta salad, potato salad, grilled veggies & caprese salad.
There’s nothing better than sitting around a table with good friends on a beautiful summer night. That is one happy bunch of people. 

{ style: love your lunch }

Happy Labour Day! It’s kinda sad that this long weekend marks the unofficial end of summer because summer doesn’t technically end until September 22. But we all know that the major sign of the end of summer is that time of year that some people dread and others are giddy with excitement – back to school kiddos! Even if you’re not in school it’s still a fresh start and a time to get back to routines so how about treating yourself to a new grown-up lunch bag? There’s so many great ones out there. Now if only they magically filled themselves up everyday. 



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{ DRINK UP: cocktails from your herb garden }


This long labour day weekend may mark the beginning of the end for summer but it’s not over just yet. Use this long weekend as an excuse to try some new summer cocktails. What’s more seasonal and fresh than pulling ingredients from your own herb garden? Here’s five cocktail recipes that use common summer herbs to help you drink away your end of summer time blues. 


RECIPES

{STYLE: vintage wedding dresses from etsy}



I swear I wasn’t sitting around dreaming about a wedding but something made me search vintage wedding dresses on etsy. I totally underestimated what I found. So many beautiful and timeless pieces and all under $600! Of course if the stars align and you fall in love, it has be your size (the dress, not the man). The truth is that I was never a wedding day dreamer until the invention of Pinterest and I’m single so it hasn’t taken over my brain just yet but that being said…..I do envision a very vintage inspired dress. I’m gravitating towards the style of the 1950’s but I think these would all make a bride stunning. The key to wearing vintage – formal or casual, is to mix it up with some modern styling. Here’s my picks for what you may pair up your beautiful vintage dress to complete the look. 


I bet you don’t remember anything that beautiful coming out of the 1980’s!? And you can be a blushing bride, literally, with that sweet dress from the 50’s. It was fun being wedding stylist for an afternoon!