Decor Scheme for My Backyard Update

Good Morning!

I’ve been working on getting my backyard/patio cleaned up over the last few weeks, and I’m making some changes to the space. Nothing drastic, just some updates while using the furniture I already have.

You may have seen my recent post about painting my exterior door. After getting lots of opinions from you (thank you!), I’ve decided on the blue, more specifically Para Paints Bluenose (P2116-03).

 

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 That decision led me to a create a nautical-ish navy/red scheme. I’ve done a round-up on what I have already and what I will need to complete my look.

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What I have (clockwise from the top left):

1. Red and white cushion by Colin and Justin from Marshall’s, which goes with my…

2. ÄPPLARÖ bench from the IKEA  

3. Blue Cynthia Rowley table runner, which will go on my…

4. ÄPPLARÖ gateleg table from IKEA.  

5. 2 rattan lounge chairs from IKEA which they no longer carry but look similar to these ones, and have creamy white cushions

6. 2 Nisse white laquer folding chairs from IKEA

What I need (clockwise from the top left):

1. Patio lights!  The string kind. Simple ones I can drape around my patio or in my garden for extra light. Like these Allen & Ross ones from Lowe’s.

2. I have some throw pillows but I need some fabric to make new covers. And these 3 fabrics from Tonic Living will be perfect! (Small Ikat Dot in Navy, 10 oz Canvas in red, Starfish in Navy)

3. My door painted in Para paints bluenose

4. Good quality stake lighting for my garden. The solar ones that I currently have are terrible and don’t emit enough light, but I don’t want to have to run a cord across my yard from my deck so I’m stuck with solar.  I like the look of these copper ones from Westinghouse. But I’ll definitely want to be sure the ones I buy give off sufficient light.

So what do you think of the scheme?  Any suggestions?  Any recommendations for good stake lighting that actually gives off good light?  Let me know!

Have a great day!

XO,

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Floor Mirrors

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Can you believe that I don’t own a full-length mirror. Seems crazy that I’ve gone all this time and I don’t have a mirror where I can see my whole outfit at once.  I have bigger mirrors in my bedroom and kitchen but neither of them are full length.  I could go to walmart or target and just buy a run-of-the-mill mirror but what I really want is a beautiful giant floor mirror.  You know, to lean up against one of my non-existent large wall spaces. An architectural  gem that is not JUST a mirror but a furniture piece.  Like these beauties…

 

 

 

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I have one wall that I could MAYBE see one working on but it couldn’t be too big.  Maybe.  But a girl can dream for now, right?

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Dinner Party: Tacos Around the World

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Normally I don’t do posts about my weekend, but I just had to post about a dinner party I went to on Saturday night. My friends Rena and Stefan hold an annual wedding party reunion dinner as thanks to those who stood up with them when they got married 3 years ago.  Let me start off by saying these two are the hosts with the most. Typically they send out a list of menu ideas in advance for voting.  The menu that won this year was “Tacos Around the World”.  They took six places they have traveled to and made tacos inspired by those locations.  Can I just say that Rena is a rock star?  First , here are a few shots of the prep work.  I took these pictures while I sipped a glass of wine and observed in awe the many moving parts of this meal.

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And then came the tacos, there were a total of six but I only got pictures of five for some reason.  (OK, the reason was tequila.  This group LOVES to eat but they also LOVE to drink.) Back to the food. WARNING: the following content may make you go into a jealous rage, proceed with caution.

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Here are the tacos from the top down:

  1.  New York -  Eggplant marinara on salad greens in a crispy parmesan taco shell (inspired by a similar taco they had at Torrisi’s Italian Specialties)
  2. Spain – Gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp) on tomato paella cake-taco
  3. Hawaii – Grilled mahi mahi with coleslaw and jalapeno mango salsa on a corn tortilla
  4. Peru – Roast chicken with charred corn and asparagus with asparagus crema and puffed quinoa  on a corn tortilla
  5. France – Boeuf bourguignon with salade Lyonnaise (baguette “tortilla”)
  6. Korea – Kalbi (Korean short ribs) with kimchi and pickled daikon and carrots in a steamed bao “tortilla” (Not pictured)

They were sooo delicious. Hawaii, Peru and Korea were my faves for sure but they were all amazing.  And then after all that we got not one but TWO desserts…..

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Salted caramel pots de crème with roasted hazelnut shortbread sand and devil’s food cake with salted caramel and fudge sauce. OMG. They were both to die for.

So much food, so much fun (too much tequila), and a great night.  Thanks Rena and Stef for hosting such a fabulous dinner.

Regards,

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Navy Blue Walls

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This year I’m expanding my wardrobe out into the world of navy blue.  I’m trying hard to switch my idea that black is the only acceptable neutral.  And often when I’m looking for wardrobe ideas I look to design/decor for inspiration (and vice versa).  Which explains my love of  navy blue interiors right now.  I would have to say my favourite way to use navy blue is on the walls.  Navy is usually thought of as a traditional colour, but slap  a little navy paint on your walls you have instant drama.  If you don’t believe me, check our these lovely rooms.

Designed by Jan Showers via Traditonal Home

Designed by Levenson McDavid Architects, shot for Domino Magazine by Melanie Acevedo

 

Designed by Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle for Elle Decor

Designed by Victoria Smith (sfgirlbybay), Rue

Designed by Abigail Ahern

Navy looks great against white decor or paired with other dark, moody colours.  A winner in my books!

What do you think of navy blue on the walls?

XO,

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Weekend Musings

Good Morning!

Well, I was planning on announcing a winner to my giveaway today, but no one officially entered.  That is a first! I suspect this may have something to do with the fact that many of my readers attended Blogpodium and one of the items in the gift bag was Fall Home Show tickets.  Not to worry, I won’t let them go to waste!

Here is a little synopsis of my weekend….

My weekend 1.  I did a tiny bit of shopping. I dropped into a Target on my way to do some other errands and found some fun herringbone pieces for fall.  Great prices.  Of course, I didn’t find any casual clothes to buy. My curse of not being able to pick out casual clothing continues.

2.  I almost finished up a DIY fall decorating project that I’ve been working on that will be on the blog soon!

3.  I bought some fall flowers. I love fresh flowers in my place….it just makes me happy.

4.  However most of my weekend was spent sewing and installing an upholstery project for a client.  I did my first “on location” upholstery job.  It was a breakfast area bench that was constructed in place. And because of how it was constructed and attached I couldn’t upholster it in pieces, so I had to do it in place.  Definitely a learning experience but it turned out well. I’ll have some pictures once the cushions are all complete and in place.

And that was my weekend!  Mostly work but sometimes that is just the way it is.

Also, if you haven’t voted in the Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged contest, I so would appreciate your vote.  So far I’m not doing great at defending my title from last year!  To vote go here.   And you can vote every 24 hours, in case you feel like voting more than once.

XO,

Lindsey

Hairbands

Good Morning!

I am trying to be more creative with my hair these days.  This is partly out of desire to mix things up, but also out of necessity. My hair gets greasy fast so my bangs get pretty gross unless wash every day. So, I’ve been experimenting.  I’ve tried out some braided looks recently, and now I’m thinking about venturing into hairbands.  I don’t know if hairbands are “in” right now (I usually don’t pay much attention to hair trends) but over the years celebs have had some pretty lovely ones….

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And here are few that I’m enjoying.

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clockwise from top right: Ban.do Gold Rush Headband, Hoop Claw Handmade Phoenix Wing Hairband, Jennifer Oullette Perforated Dotted Leather Turban, ATHENA Grecian Leaf Headpiece in Raw Brass, lace headband by fashionmeme, Plumo fabric headband (sold out).

Pretty fun, huh? The lace and beaded ones are my particular favorites!

Do any of you wear hairbands regularly?

XO,

Lindsey

Tasty Tuesday: Peach Chutney

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Millions of peaches, peaches for me….remember that song? (If you don’t, please don’t tell me as I am probably aging myself). Well, I don’t have millions of peaches, but I do love them especially when they are in season in Ontario.  You may have noticed on my instagram feed that I made some peach jam a couple of weekends ago.  I had quite a few leftover peaches so this past weekend I decided to make some peach chutney with the extra!  I used this recipe from Epicurious with some of my own added ingredients.  It turned out pretty darn good (insert “pat on back” here), so I thought I would share what I did with you today.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, seeded, diced 1/4 inch, about 1/2 cup
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced, about 1/2 cup
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded & diced, 2 tablespoons (I didn’t use this because I didn’t want it to be too spicy)
  • 1/3 cup white raisins
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds firm, fresh peaches, blanched to remove the skin, pit removed, sliced into wedges.

Then I also added:

  • 1 tsp. dried coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin

What I did:

Add vinegar and both sugars into a non-reactive pot, cook over medium heat and bring to a boil. Add the red pepper, onion, jalapeño, raisins, garlic, ginger, salt and the additional spices I used, and simmer 10 minutes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Add the peaches and simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes or longer if your peaches are still firm. If you would like it thicker you can cook a bit longer to reduce liquid.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Remove from the heat and cool for 15 minutes in the pot. Serve at room temperature. Transfer to container and refrigerate or freeze some for later.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I used mine on pork tenderloin on Sunday night, which was delicious. (It helped that is was one of the few times I didn’t totally over cook my tenderloin….).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Now I’m itching to make other chutney for winter.  Do you know of any good chutney recipes I should try?

Have a great day!

XO,

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Last Week’s Loves: August 12th to 18th, 2013

Good Morning!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  I spent some time working on my Fall Home Show Upcycle Challenge project. It’s still in early stages but I’m having fun with it.  I made Peach Jam. Yum. And I also hit up the Leslieville Flea Market yesterday.  There was some great stuff, but I only came home with a few goodies.  I’ll share more on that in another post.  Today I’m back with some of my loves from last week’s blog-readin’.

1. The ever-witty Uncle Beefy participated in Wit and Vinegar’s Popsicle Week and he provided this recipe for buttermilk blackberry crumble pops.  I love blackberries and this looks delicious!

2. This Philidelphia loft apartment, featured on Design Sponge, has a unique mix of styles happening but it works exceedingly well!  I really like their kitchen pendants. You can see more pics of this eclectic space here.

My dad’s old camera had this really cool vinatge-y looking leather case. This DIY camera strap made from a vintage belt that I found on Poppytalk reminded me of that.  Hey Dad, do you have any old leather belts?  This could be your first foray into the world of DIY crafts!

Ever wonder how to make a balsamic glaze?  You know, that delicious stuff that restaurants use to zhoosh up a plate? Well, it can be used for lots of other things and last week over at Camille Styles, she provided great step-by-step instruction on how to reduce balsamic into a glaze.

Listen, I know that all scheduling is done electronically these days but I do long for the time of daily planners. I’m a list girl, and a daytimer is much more akin to a list than using my phone or iPad.  Just to make my conversion to the electronic world a bit more difficult, the Simplified Bee featured 7 Stylish Daytimers for 2014 this week. I particularly enjoyed the one below but all of them were pretty lovely.

Also did you see the awesome projects completed by Life Begins at 30, Right?, Jen of Rambling Renovators, Brittany of My Daily Randomness and Shannon of AKA Design for the Home Depot DIY Challenge? I’m pretty impressed with their power tool skilllzzz.

 Have a great day!

XO,

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Technologically Dependent

Good Morning!

Aaaaand is it ever a good morning.  As you may have noticed I haven’t been posting this week.  That is because, after dropping my phone in water last week (and having since determining it is totally pooched), on Monday night I came home and my computer had crapped out. Clearly the technology gods are not on my side recently. And, of course, I hadn’t backed up my files in a dog’s age so I was pretty terrified I wouldn’t get all my files back.  But (thank effin’ goodness) they were able to fix it with no loss of data!  Ab-so-lutely freakin’ amazing. So I’m giddy today with that good news.

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What I found amazing is how disconnected I felt, both without the contacts in my phone and then without the ability to blog. And the even scarier part?  I was still partially connected in that I have an iPad mini and a work cell phone to use, but still felt strange without the technology I am used to having.

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This experience has reconfirmed for me why it is good to take a step back sometimes; take a day or two where you limit the use of your devices. We forget sometimes that technology is not 100% dependable.  And unplugging willingly from time to time might help lessen the blow when disconnecting is forced upon you.

Oh ya, and it also taught me to back up your stuff.  If you are reading this, go back up every device own….right now.

I’ve got lots of content for next week, but until then, have a great long weekend!

XO,

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Last Week’s Loves: First Summer Edition 2013

Good Morning all,

This past weekend my mom and niece arrived from New Brunswick, for my niece’s first trip to Toronto ever.  We spent the day at the Science Center on Saturday and a hot and sweaty day at the zoo yesterday.  I have to say, it’s pretty fun to be a tourist in your own city every once in a while.  And along with the first weekend of summer, the summer heat has also officially hit Toronto. But I guess I can’t complain considering how long summer took to arrive. And speaking of summer, today I’ve got the first summer edition of my last week’s loves…Enjoy!

1. I love lemonade.  It screams summer to me….although I love it so much I make it year round.  I also enjoying hearing about new ways to make it.  This week over at Oh Happy Day, they shared 3 awesome lemonade recipes, ginger, watermelon-mint, and blueberry-lavender. Yum.

2. Summertime always brings about nautical decor musing for me….maybe it’s me yearning for my cottage on the ocean, or just a love of the classic vibe that nautical decor brings with it but I must say, I do enjoy.  This past week Lonny did a little round of Sailor Made items, including this fabulous bulkhead lamp from Design Within Reach.

3. I love discovering summer weekend getaways locations, and so I LOVED reading this post from Jenny from Little Green Notebook about her girls weekend in Colonial Williamsburg.  Being from Toronto, I hadn’t really heard much about his little gem of a place….but it sure looks fabulous.  A smidge far for me to go for a weekend, but the colonial decor and antique furniture might be enough to get me there despite the distance. I highly recommend you check out this post….visual loveliness all around.

 

 

 

 

 

And speaking of getaways…have you been following Jaclyn from Lark and Linen’s photos from her recent trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy?  I traveled in this area of Italy about 11 years ago (really, it’s been that long??) and it appears to be just as beautiful now as it wast then. And, as usual, her pictures are gorgeous.

Ah summer.  We better enjoy it, who knows how long it will last.

XO,

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