Decor Scheme for My Backyard Update

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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).



 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!


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Last Weeks’s Loves – June 16th to 22nd, 2014

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I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I’ve been on a week-long blog hiatus but I’m back today with some of my blog loves from last week. Pretty sure you won’t be disappointed if you click over to the posts I’ve featured, but read on and see what you think.

1.  Oh My Daily Randomness, your summer cocktail recipes made my day.  It’s a perfect time of year to enjoy these refreshing drinks.  Find the details here. 

2.  I really enjoy the sound of wind chimes.  There is something soothing about them.  I think it would be nice to have some in my backyard, but I live REALLY close to my neighbours and maybe they won’t like the noise.  But still, I definitely did a double take when I saw these DIY wind chimes on Poppytalk.  Do I need another project…um, no.  But these are tempting.

3.   I love me some delicious seafood.  So my mouth was watering when perusing this grilled octopus salad recipe posted here by the lovely ladies over at Life Over Easy.  Yummy.


4.  A great read, as always, found over at Style by Emily Henderson with tips on spending the day at a flea market.  I always so love reading her posts.  Awesome.

5.  I used to read a ton, but I find it hard to read little bits at night.  I need long periods to get into a book, which I don’t get often.  But I ALWAYS read at my cottage where I will be in just over a month.  So, this list of fave summer reads from Design Sponge may just come in handy.

And that’s all folks.  Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did!


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Summer Recipe: Grilled Peach Melba Sundae

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This morning I’m sharing a crowd pleasing recipe from the cover of this month’s Canadian Living magazine.  With grilling season in full swing, why not make the absolute most use your grill with this yummy dessert?  Grilled Peach Melba Sundaes with a raspberry sauce are T.A.S.T.Y.  I recently made this recipe for some friends and it was a hit.  And it’s really easy to do.

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The raspberry sauce was sweet and delicious and the best part is you can easily make it ahead. Also, if you make a little extra you could use it for other things too.  Maybe add it to a vinaigrette to make a sweet raspberry salad dressing?


Once peaches are in season, this dessert will be extra sweet and delicious.

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I really loved this dessert.  As you can tell from the slightly melted ice cream in the photo, I put the peaches on while they were still warm from the grill which made it ever better! My friends were also fans….

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Aside from this dessert tasting great, it’s so easy whip up.  The sauce and toasted nuts can be made in advance.  And if you are already grilling your dinner on the barbecue you can then just throw on the peaches after and BAM!  An instant light dessert, perfect for long summer evenings on the patio.  You can find the full recipe here, or in this month’s Canadian Living magazine!

Have a great day!


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*This is sponsored post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Discovery: Stan Olthuis via The Rooster Coffee House

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One of the many things I love about my local coffee shop, the Rooster Coffee House on Broadview Avenue, is that they also serve as a bit of an art gallery.  They support artists by featuring their work on the walls (with prices in case any of their customers are so inclined), and rotate artists regularly. Not only does having their ever-changing wallscape make for great decor, but I get to be exposed to new artists just by getting a coffee. Although I usually only get to the Rooster about once a week (sadly it’s not on my way to work), I get pretty excited when I see that the art has been changed up again.  The artist I’m going to share with you today I discovered on my most recent visit to the Rooster: Canadian artist Stan Olthuis.   After my discovery, I checked out his website.  Truly lovely works.  But I’m most drawn to his “Gowns” collection, some of which are on display at the Rooster.  Here are a few of my favourites:

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Pretty great, right?  The concept is simple but the pieces are anything but that.  I love all the layers, and the shapes the dresses take in these.  I’m officially a fan.  You can see more from the collection and other on his website.  Now I just need to save my pennies so I can own one of his pieces someday.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this discovery as much as I have!


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Summer Jumpsuit Round-Up

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So, let’s talk jumpsuits.  Or rompers, onesies,  playsuits (which I personally think sounds creepy), whatever you want to call them.  My first experience with a jumpsuit was 4 years ago. I bought a black one from H&M.  It was ok, but the cut was strange.  The crotch hung too low.  Now, this was around the time when the “harem” pant or more commonly known as the “MC Hammer” pant, made a brief (thank goodness) comeback, so maybe that is why these hung too low.  But regardless,  it wasn’t quite right.

My other, slightly more personal and neurotic issue with the jumpsuit is having to pee topless. Yes, I’m behind closed doors when I’m doing my biz, but it still feels odd to be topless while doing it. However, recently I’ve been noticing some great jumpsuits on the market.  Ones that are have a slimmer leg, with crotch lengths that are reasonable, and that definitely are not too billow-y.  Here are a few good ones I found that just might just get me over my fear of being topless in a bathroom stall…..maybe.


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 Clockwise from top left: ASOS Jumpsuit with Cami Straps, Rory Beca Ludo Jumpsuit, Rebecca Minkoff Suarez Jumpsuit,

AQUA Jumpsuit , ASOS Plunge Neck Jumpsuit, ASOS Jumpsuit in Check

 I love the patterned plunge neck line one, which sadly I could NEVER wear without looking indecent. Also, that bright blue one is great. The ruched bit on the cropped pant is a lovely detail.

How do you feel about the jumpsuit?


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Convert It: Sonoma Power House

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Today I’m sharing lovely conversion project in Sonoma, California.  Owner and designer Todd R. Cole purchased and redesigned this former PG&E power plant 17 years ago to make it his own.  It was originally converted to a home 50 years ago, by Arthur W. Foster III, who named it “the Power House”.  Cole, an avid flea market shopper, has added many eclectic details to the space while keeping many of the original elements.  For me, this  seems like the perfect space to curl up and read a book or take a nap.

Photo credit:  John Merkl   Designed by: Todd R. Cole  Via California Home Design

Lovely spot and great conversion.  You can see more pictures and learn more history of this space over at California Home Design.

Have a great day!


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Backyard: To Paint or Not to Paint

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The weather has been beautiful in Toronto the past few days so the past weekend I was working on getting my back deck in order.  As you may know, this spring my landlord removed the second floor deck that used to partially cover my deck, so I now get a lot more light.  With the additional light I’ve become more aware of the fact that my door is in need of new coat of paint.


Since I took the pictures I have done a solid cleaning of the doors which helps but they still seem ruddy and worn.  Also, did you notice the sweet art deco inspired glass in the door on the right?  Just in case you need a second look at this beauty…

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Oh yaaa.  In fairness, it actually might look good on a modern home but is totally random here given the style of the house.  But I digress – back to the painting.  My first thought was I would just repaint the doors white.  White goes with everything, is clean and classic.  Then I got to thinking, if I’m painting anyway, why not add some colour?  Any colour I use would need to be dark or bright to contrast the muted beige of the siding.  So, I rounded up three colour options from Para Paints and did a little (rough) photoshopping to see how they look on the door.

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Option 1 is called Bluenose (P2116-03) from the heritage collection and is currently in the lead for me at the moment.  Option 2 is Nitelife (P5074-85). I choose this colour because it is similar to the colour that the landlord recently painted the front door.  I like this one, but it’s not my favourite of the three. However, it may end up being my only option for colour as I will have to get the landlord’s buy in before painting.  I also really like the Option 3 red colour, which is called Gingham (P5083-73).

This is where I need your help.  Which do you like best?  If the only colour option was #2 would you still paint it  or leave it white?  I welcome some help with this decision!  Let me know what you think!


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Last Week’s Loves – May 19th to 25th

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I hope everyone had a great weekend, and to my American friends and family I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend.  As is customary here at Recreated, Last Week’s Loves is on the agenda today.  Hope you enjoy some of my fave links.

Loved these punny thank you gift labels found over at Brooklyn Limestone this week.  And you can get free printables of all of them by clicking over to the post here!  Check it out!

Now that the weather is finally feeling like summer is coming, my mind can finally move toward summer foods.  Is there a better summer staple  than a popcicle?   And why not add some caffeine to your cool treat with these awesome milky Vietnamese coffee popsicles .  Yum.

Looking for some cool DIY outdoor lighting?  Look no further than this post by Alex over at North Story.  A great new use for pickle jars!  Click here to see how to do it yourself!

And last but certainly not least, check out the Fig House lounge before and after from the ever amazing Emily Henderson posted on her blog this week.  What a transformation! I love this room.  Pretty sure it has a lot to do with the curved sofa. To. Die. For.


Have a great day everyone!


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Fashion Friday: Cat-eye Sunnies

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I need a new pair of sunglasses this year and I’m really liking the cat-eye shape.  Not the over-the-top 1960′s cat-eye, but the more subtle versions that I’ve been seeing around.  Sunglasses (and regular glasses for that matter) are always a challenge for me because I have a really narrow face so 90% of sunglasses look ginormous on me.  And not in the cool over-sized shades way….more like the “my glasses are eating my head” way. That being said, I’d like to find a smallish version of the cat-eye for this summer.  So, today I’ve put together a little save and splurge round-up of some cat-eyes sunglasses.

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From Top to Bottom: Minkpink Candy Land Cat-Eye Sunglasses,Vince Camuto Cat-eye Sunglasses, Armani Exchange Cat-eye Sunglasses,  Valentino Rockstud-Temple Cat-Eye Sunglasses,  Marc Jacobs Glitter Stripe Sunglasses, Stella McCartney Cat-eye Sunglasses

I typically don’t spend much money on sunglasses. I tend to find the nicest pair under $30 and treat them badly until either they get so scratched it’s embarrassing to wear them, or I leave them somewhere.  However, I do think perhaps my lack of care of them is because they are so cheap.  I haven’t invested any money in them so why would worry about their condition?  I’m thinking about potentially investing in a nice pair this year, on the assumption that if I pay more I’ll take better care of them!

Do you splurge or save on sunglasses?


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Convert it: The Hudson

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While I was in Victoria last month, I was strolling down the street and came across a big beautiful old building that appeared to have been restored.  Of course, this is a common occurrence in Victoria as they have done a great job preserving their historic structures.  But I was particularly curious about this one so I immediately looked it up.  It turns out it was the former Hudson’s Bay Company building which has recently been converted into a residential building.

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This Georgian Revival style building was designed by Toronto architects Burke, Horwood and White and built in 1915.  As described in the “Canada’s Historic Places” website:

The palatial design and grand elevations of this four-storey Georgian Revival Style building was chosen to establish architectural permanence and portray the luxury, grandeur, and modernity of Canada’s most successful and oldest company.” 

This is picture of the building from the 1930′s.

The building was designated under British Columbia’s Community Heritage register in 1995. In 2002, the Bay department store relocated and Townline Developers bought the property in 2006.  Townline and Merrick Architects has since revitalized the building by converting it into a 152 unit condo building called The Hudson.  Retaining the original facade and some of interior elements, the store was converted in to a unique residential space.

In addition to it’s lovely exterior the building also has great out door spaces.

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The building’s interior designer was by Evoke International  Design who were able to retain some of the historic interior elements of the store while making it more modern.


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This two-bedroom condo model from the building, which was beautifully furnished and styled by The Cross Design of Vancouver, shows you just how awesome these units are.

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And as you can see from my photos below the Victoria Public Market has  made it’s home on the main floor of the Hudson.  Which would be pretty amazing if you lived in the building.


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What a fabulous conversion.  If I lived in Victoria I’d totally consider living here.  So much beauty and history in one space.  My only criticism is that that the big original HBC sign from the roof  isn’t incorporated somewhere.  That would make it just about perfect.

Have a great day!


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