October In Review

Happy Halloween! I have already seen so many creative costumes out there!

What a great month October has been. This was my first full month since I launched my blog/website and it has been a busy one. Busy in a great way since it allowed me to design and create every day. In one short month, I was introduced to some amazing, creative, talented people, and I was touched by all the kind words and comments that you have all shared with me. I hope to pass on some creative inspiration with fun, easy and inexpensive projects to create with your family and friends.


I started October off by designing an Autumn Print, then this Autum Subway Art backed by a damask pattern. The kids helped me create cute Halloween Gems to use as magnets or decor. I showed you a tutorial on creating a Cottage Style Headboard that my husband built. I made this inexpensive Office Sign that was inspired by the Pottery Barn Version. We made this Witch Craft out of wrapping paper and bristol board that backed onto the Autum Subway Art, turning one piece of art into two. I showed you how to use a simple wooden bowl full of apples for some Rustic Fall Decor to add colour to your space. My daughter brightened up our home by creating these Inspiration Stones with beautiful words. They inspired our friend to use them for her wedding where guests could write down special words to have as keepsakes. I toured The 2012 Princess Margaret Showhome Tour with a new friend and learned some Interior Design insights from Suzanne Dimma from House & Home Magazine and Sharon Grech from Benjamin Moore and Cityline. I printed off some black and white beach vacation photos to place in these weathered Beachy Frames. Lastly, I was inspired by a touching letter to create this Birch Labelled Frame for our dog Jackson.

Birch Labelled Frame

A friend on Facebook posted a heartfelt goodbye letter to her dog of 14 years who passed away last week. Her beautiful words really hit home and I started to appreciate the time that I have left with my dog Jackson. Jackson is part of our family and goes most places with us but I noticed that we did not have many pictures of him around our house. I went through some of the recent photos and found one of him from a hike we did two weeks ago through a conservation area. We enjoyed a beautiful walk through the forest and appreciated the colourful leaves and crisp air. I noticed many pieces of birch bark that were lying all over the forest floor and took one home for this very craft idea. I thought it would be perfect to label a family photo of the day, however, I was inspired to honour Jackson instead. I printed the photo in black and white to go with the colour of the birch bark then labelled it with a black sharpie marker and glued it to a frame.

We now have a custom frame that reminds us of a great Fall day and our gentle, loving, sweet soul of a dog, Jackson.

Here are some pictures of the hike we took at the conservation area with Jackson.

Beachy Frames

With the cool weather here and winter on it’s way, I am really missing the long lazy days at the beach. I designed this poster in August to remind us of the great summer we had and it really does bring us back. I found these beachy looking frames at Home Goods and thought that they would be perfect for our beach vacation photos. I love the weathered, washed-out blue paint colour that give these frames that aged look and with light sand coloured walls, the frames add to that casual relaxed feel that I love. I converted the colour photos to black and white, printed them, placed them in the frames and labelled them with the name of the beach. Now we have our favourite beaches displayed to remind us of the great times we had while on vacation.

The 2012 Princess Margaret Showhome Tour

This weekend I toured The 2012 Princess Margaret Showhome in Oakville designed by Lynda Reeves and her House & Home design team. Even before entering the home you notice the board and batten sections that veer off from the main stone house giving it that true farmhouse feel. The tour was given by Suzanne Dimma, the editor of House & Home Magazine. She explained that in traditional farmhomes, room additions would have been added on to the main home, and that is exactly what they have done here. Even the refrigerator is in another room, called a servery. This was typical of old farmhouse style where the refridgerator may not have been in the kitchen. This allowed the kitchen to have a very symmetrical, clean-lined open feel. A gorgeous black Aga stove is flanked by long marble counter tops and deep rectangle sinks. A massive black wall unit housed crisp white plates and bowls and provided storage space since there were no overhead cabinets.

My favourite piece was this gorgeous rustic trestle table in the dining room. Couldn’t you just imagine the dinner parties you could host here talking and dining for hours?

Look at the grand, stunning stone fireplace with it’s herringbone surround. I would never leave this room in the winter time. And the windows, did I mention the windows? Many were floor to ceiling giving this home such a bright and airy feel.

With it’s blend of traditonal and modern style, rustic wood accents, tall ceilings, large rooms, hints of black and all the stone work gave this home a casual yet stately feel.

Tickets are still available for a chance to win this 4.3 million dollar show home.

I have to give a big thanks to Sharon Grech of Benjamin Moore and Cityline. Sharon took the time to speak with my friend Darlene from At Home Interior Design and myself, and gave us some insight into the world of interior design.

All photos are from House & Home.