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!


Maki said...

You have done a wonderful job on your porch and furnishings!!! Love the glossy black finish on your wood with the light upholstery and the white coffee table is just the right touch of contrast. Your husband must have a green thumb, the plants are so pretty! The entire transformation is really beautiful, I know you must enjoy it. Have a great week, Maki

vintage grey said...

Wow, so beautiful!! Love the shutters, and amber lights and glasses!! Great job, and congrats on being featured! So inspiring! Enjoy! xo Heather

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Very beautiful and exciting to be in a magazine. You put lots of hard work into that space, and it really shines!

allisamazing said...

Your back deck looks fabulous!

Sherri B. said...

I am just thrilled for you having your porch featured in the magazine. You so deserve to have a spotlight on your talent. The porch is a dream and I am now 'craving' amber..please don't be angry with me if I start a collection now..hehe.

Congratulations, my friend for being recognized in such a special way. xo

Anne said...

Congratulations!!Your porch is gorgeous!Love your furniture and those handing lanterns are beautiful!

Lovella ♥ said...

Wow..congratulations! I have the August issue in front of me and am looking at the photos now. It is so exciting to see you in the magazine.
Beautiful photos. It is wonderful to see the before and afters.

It's me said...

Love your patio !! and your husband did a great job !!...i love to sit next to you drinking ice tea and nice love love

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Congratulations. Seeing your patio in Canadian Living Magazine is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to your and your team!!! Lovely patio, and feature.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

Love Love Love

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

Congratulations!! That is amazing and your outdoor space looks like a room. A room nicer than any in my home, lol. I'm in such awe that you created such a comfy, stylish outdoor space like nothing I've ever seen!!

Elaine said...

well done, and congratulations. That porch looks so inviting I can almost imagine myself there! I love your shutters, they add amazing character and texture. Enjoy every minute and I shall have to run out to get the magazine!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

When I got my CL issue, and was paging through it, I though oh...what a lovely patio. And then I found out it was yours!!! Super wonderful.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Gloria said...

VERY lovely!! I love all of the amber the lamps, vase, and glassware. The shutters, and mirror, and furniture look perfect together. I would have never thought to put a mirror outside. It looks really wonderful! Your beautiful plants add such a nice finishing touch. What a little slice of heaven you have here!! :)

Blessings for a happy week!


Gloria said...

Oh, I almost forgot... A BIG congratulations to you on being featured in Canadian Living!!! SO exciting...:)

koralee said...

So lovely...hope I can sit in it tomorrow...see you at 1pm. Anything I can bring? Can I shop?

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Privet and Holly said...

How exciting and what
an awesome job you and
Bob did in creating a real

I picked up Canadian Living
at the airport when I was in
Vancouver last January and
it IS a great magazine. They
obviously have great taste,
since they selected your sweet
patiio ~ CONGRATS!

xo Suzanne

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

Oh my goodness....this I exquisite. I love the addition of the amber glass lights and the shutters-just beautiful!

Cindy said...

WOW! What a gorgeous back patio you have now! I love everything that you've done, it looks fabulous. Your linen covered sofa is especially sweet!
Hugs, Cindy

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barbara@hodge:podge said...

Amazing Colleen and congrats! Your patio looked phenomenal last year when we were at your place but these extra touches put it over the top! You are fabulous!

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

I so love your style. This patio is to die for and I LOVED reading all the behind the scenes tidbits!

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