Let there be light!

Enjoy the mystery of the dark, knowing the days will lengthen in time. Create sparking vignettes to illuminate winter’s night. Here are three ways I’ve used strings of christmas lights to add sparkle to the holidays.

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Faux vintage mercury glass Edison bulbs. Casually laid strings on a glass table top. Purchased at Marshall’s.

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LED lights incased in acrylic crystals, stuffed into a glass vase. Purchased at IKEA

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Vintage roasting pan, scrunched up tulle, family christmas ornaments and a string of star lights make a snowy centrepiece.

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Lights from Deserres

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Travel Inspired

I was inspired by the Moorish Walls in La Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The wall is divided horizontally with two colours: heaven above and earth below. I was so wowed by the effect, I decided to adapt it to my living room. The result is calming and grounded. I left the original apartment colour Toasted Grey on the top, heaven, and added earth on the bottom, Benjamin Moore (no pun intended) Forest Moss 2146-20.

Doorway in La Alhambra

Doorway in La Alhambra

Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth

Vintage Shopping in Madrid

I had the good fortune to be visiting friends in Spain recently. While in Madrid we visited the Decor Accion, a 3 day outdoor market. We walked through narrow streets, closed to traffic, filled with vintage furnishings and home accessories. I was thrilled to see the particular Spanish flavour, colouring the tables of pots, tableware, lamps and curios.

herb pots on a yellow metal table

gorgeous salvaged window frame

white jugs on a wooden table

odd curios

Street view, Decor Accion

Vintage shopping in Toronto

Toronto has a plethora of unique vintage furnishing stores. I love exploring them, each time I go in there are new “old” items. Every little table, tin box or wooden picture frame has endless possibilities for creating an original vignettes. My friend Mona says “you don’t know you need it until you see it”. Over the years I have found items in these stores that I still cherish.

1. Queen Street West Antique Centre 

qwac.ca

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2. Love the Design 

lovethedesign.com

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3. Rec + Art History 

http://arthistorytoronto.blogspot.ca

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Everything in its place, and a place for everything.

Thinking outside the intended use of everyday household containers, I have discovered many in my cupboards that were empty, waiting to be filled….and put on display

Jugs, jars and vases for all things tall and some small. 

Utensils on my kitchen counter

Utensils on my kitchen counter

Family heirlooms in a preserving jar

Family heirlooms in a preserving jar

Plates and bowls, for jewellery.

Earrings and bracelets on dresser in glass and silver plates

Earrings and bracelets on my dresser in glass and silver plates

Canvas bags for paper items: books, magazines, files. 

Bookhoo bag on ladder with my choice of books if stranded on an island

Bookhou.com bag made in Toronto, on ladder with my choice of books if stranded on an island

Baskets and boxes for magazines, games, scarves. 

Rustic rectangular basket for magazines

Rustic rectangular basket for keeping my interior decorating magazines in order

Here are some of my current favourite print and online home decor magazines

The challenge with magazines is that they can pile up. I go through my collection every few months and save the articles that images for future reference. These four publications are my current favourites because they are innovative, of good taste, and have inspiring photos. They allow me to daydream.

1. Elle Decoration UK

http://www.elledecoration.co.uk

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2. Dwell

http://www.dwell.com

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3. Domino

https://domino.com

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4. Covet Garden

covetgarden.com

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