Thursday, 26 June 2014

Canada Day DIY- Patriotic Cork Board

   Canada Day is just around the corner, so why not show some Canadian pride with a fun DIY. To get into the spirit, I've made a Canadian flag cork board. It's simple to make, and can be used all year round.

    What You'll Need:
  • cork board
  • red and white acrylic paint
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • painters tape
  • paint brush
  • sandpaper (optional)

1. Use a ruler to measure out equal rectangles on either side of the cork board. Use some painters tape to help you paint a straight line. For the maple leaf, I created a template by tracing the leaf off of a Canadian flag that I had. If you don't have a flag to trace, you can print a maple leaf off of the internet, or if you're feeling artistic, you can draw a maple leaf onto the cork board.

2. Using a pencil, trace or draw the maple leaf onto the center of the cork board. Paint the two side rectangles and maple leaf red.

3. Once the red is all painted and dry, you can either leave it like this, or start painting the remaining empty space white.

4. When the white paint is dry, you can use sandpaper to lightly distress the flag if you want a rustic look.

5. Hang in your favourite spot, and enjoy your new patriotic cork board!

   What to show some more Canadian pride? Here are some Canadian inspired accessories to help celebrate this beautiful country we call home.

Canadian Flag Pillow- Alamode Home
Moose Pillow- Alamode Home
Red Paint Colour- AF-290 Caliente, Benjamin Moore
White Paint Colour- OC-17 White Dove, Benjamin Moore
Driftwood Pendant- Restoration Hardware 
Wooden Moose Head- Restoration Hardware

How are you showing your Canadian pride this Canada Day?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Yellow- My Spring Colour

   It has been a VERY long winter this year, but alas, it looks like spring has finally arrived! A little later than we'd all had hoped, but she's made it none the less.
 With spring, comes the transition from wintery pales to brighter and more playful spring colour palettes. My spring colour this year is yellow. It's bright, cheerful, energetic- and after that never-ending winter, I think we could all use as much sunshine in our lives as we can get!

Here is an assortment of yellow items that will help bring some sunshine, inside.

1. Print- Chapters Indigo 
2. Candles- Ikea
3. Pillow- Bed Bath & Beyond
4. Paint- 2021-30 Sunshine, Benjamin Moore
5. Rug- Ikea
6. Side Table- Ikea
7. Duvet Cover- Ikea
8. Chair- Lowes
9. Vase- Chapters Indigo
10. Fabric- Tonic Living

What are your favourite spring colours this year?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

For the Love of Rugs

   Rugs, rugs, rugs! So far this month, rugs have become my favourite piece of decor. I'm not sure what has caused this latest obsession, but I'm going with it!
   Rugs are like pieces of artwork for your floor. They can help visually define a space, reduce echoing within a room, and add comfort to your feet, all while adding texture, pattern, and colour to help bring a space together.

   I could post a bunch of pictures of rugs that I've found -and believe me, they're all saved on my computer- but here are just a few that have caught my eye.

1. Ecarpet Gallery, Afshar
2. Home Depot, Painted Zig Zasg Multie

1. Restoration Hardware, Sofia Hand Knotted Rug
2. Ecarpet Gallery, Capri ECGSCP0R351A

2. Home Depot, Bright Floral Toss

1. Weavers Art, Ikat 80718
2. Restoration Hardware, Cordoba Rug

Which rug would you use in your home?