Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Happy 3 year Anniversary

to my sweet daughter & her wonderful husband

It was 102 degrees for the ceremony, 
overcast for pictures,
rain hail & the most recorded lightening strikes ever for by the time the dance came around it was 100% humidity and we had a blast!
All day long!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Canadian Living Magazine, Patio

I have had the great pleasure of working with 
Producer Stylist 

 Canadian Living

has featured our back patio in their August edition, & all their staff have been so wonderful!
When you look at the before shot here you know we needed lots of vision to do a makeover!
We had the couch matching chair and the single chair as part of our stash for 
Vintage Home.
Although the furniture had great lines they needed my husbands painting magic (yes I did start to paint but he quickly could not stand watching me struggle & took over!...yeah!)
It was obvious that just draping a quilt over the couch was not going to hid the pretty lines & was not the colour we wanted! 
Why we felt we could handle a linen look couch that stays out all year I will never know! We do put a cloth over the seat at night (sometimes I remember!) & in winter it is covered completely, but many a neighborhood  cat uses it without our permission! 

The green velvet fabric had to go! 
I decided to recover it myself!
I am so thankful for a fabulous photographer & a styling genius!
I used curtain panels from Ikea! 
They where the colour & linen look I desired!
And the price we could afford!
They where washed & machine dried to cut down on any shrinkage!
I had no idea what I was doing!
I had never done this before!
 (this was befor all those wonderful tutorials on blogs) 

So I  laid the
 fabric down on the couch, kinda fitted it & cut!
Thank goodness for staples & glue!
The piping is over size & I like it that way! 
The truth is I needed it really wide to hide the mess underneath!
I am an okay sewer but close inspection will surely disappoint you!
They have held up pretty good over the past 5 years with all the abuse they get!

You can see all the changes that needed to be made!
We took the single lit lantern down & hung three other vintage amber lights, that we stripped of the wiring and used with tea lights!

The sea of vinyl siding was softened by using the vintage shutters from our dear friends old cabin.

The sisal is from Ikea.

The ceiling was painted a grey
slightly lighter than the posts.
The coffee table has never been brought in and it has chipped off paint to give it  wonderful patina!

The mirror stays out there all year (I think we have taken it in  once for the winter!)
I love the way it reflects the green and hides all the vinyl!

The cushions & coverlet I made from vintage table cloths.
I backed them with left over curtain fabric 
(that I used to upholster the furniture)
The cushion on the cane chair was sewn by a friend
with vintage trim & chenille.
For the coverlet I put in a flannel inter lining for body.

Bob does our planters & they are lush & beautiful! 
I love structure so most of the pots start with a boxwood or small cedar! Then coleus sweet potato vine creeping jenny and some ivy's!

We sell china & glassware 
@ Vintage Home 
& this is a stunning vase & glass jug!
The Ladies Mantle is from our garden, Heather brought the roses from hers!

These 70's hanging lights get a lot of attention!

The glass jug & amber glasses are Fostoria.
 We are crazy for amber glass & you can see a tiny pedestal in the background.

I am crazy for this picture!
It looks like a magazine pic...and it is!
 We use our patio a lot & are so thankful for it!
If you want to see more about this article
please check out August
Canadian Living Magazine!
Thank you again to everyone 

Canadian Living

Heather & Janis!
p.s. click here to go directly to the Canadian Living page!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Crescent Beach

You've seen this sweet home before 
its a cottage @ Crescent Beach 
that we did for a friend/client.
Featured in 
Producer Stylist Heather Cameron
Photographer Janis Nicole.
I am re posting it because its so 
delightfully summer!

Have a great week!
Please pop over to theses ladies blogs that I have linked to their names...well worth the visit!!
p.s. I am so computer must be crazy, I can not comment on blogs (unless I use my daughters lap top??), when I go to pick my profile it will not let me click on it? & nothing comes up?....anyone have any advice??

Monday, July 9, 2012

Canadian Living Features Our Patio

 C A N A D I  A N    L I V I N G
M A G A Z I N E 

Our patio is featured in the August edition.
Thanks to
And all the staff @ the Canadian Living Magazine!
What an honour!
I will be posting more pics as soon as the article is out!
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