Friday Fashion on Pinterest

Scouring the page of Pinterest is sometimes the bet thing to do when you're in a style rut. More often than not, I feel that this happens with the change of seasons, particularly in the Spring and the Fall.

Winter and Summer have pretty definitive styles associated with them here in Southwestern Ontario, but Spring and Fall can be iffy. It might be too chilly for shorts, but it could also be blistering hot!

I am in absolute love with this look that I found on Pinterest and think that it would make the best Spring or Fall outfit!


One word: layers. That's what makes this look work for both seasons. You can take the light sweater off, and roll up the sleeves of the button down shirt, or tie on a scarf if the wind has a bit of a chill to it.

And can we talk about the shorts for a second? The colour is that amazing mustard yellow that I am so very fond of, and they are flat front, which means that they will flatter just about everyone. It's the perfect pop of colour for Spring, or the perfect tone to compliment the rich colors in Fall.

What is your go-to wardrobe fix for the change of seasons?

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Fabulous Find Friday...Inkspirations

As like most artists, I'm not without my permanent body art. It's a very big part of who I am, and I'm always on the look out {much to my husband's chagrin} to add more pieces. Pinterest is a fantastic place to gather images of Inkspiration!


While not where I would get a tattoo, the subject matter is one that I have been considering for a very long time. In the summer 2011, I lost a dear friend of mine. We met way back when we were in Delta Gamma together, and the anchor is our symbol.

Where will I be getting my anchor? On the outside of my right wrist, for a few reasons. I'm right handed, so that's the hand that generally is sketching, painting, and designing. It also has meaning within the bonds of sisterhood.

The rope of the anchor? It'll swirl around to the inside of my wrist and curl into an O {for Owen}.

Where do you get your Inspiration from?
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5 Dollar Find Friday, For Him

Who says a fab $5 Etsy find is only for us girls? What about the guys??


I absolutely love getting my husband cufflinks. He doesn't wear them as much as he used to now that he's in a more relaxed work setting, but I still like to get him some fun cufflinks every now and then. These, by We Love Button Jewelry in the UK, are just $4.80 USD!

And what's even more awesome about them, you can choose your letters! A custom gift for under $5 {and just in time for Valentine's Day...hint hint}!

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Fabulous Finds Friday: Wheat Vases

I saw these lovely little vases when looking for fall decor, and they look of so simple and cute, all lined up and filled with wheat.



How would I DIY?

I would take 4 bottles of all the same size and shape {maybe Red Stripe bottles since they're short and squat}, and clean them really really well.

Then, I would smooth on white vinyl letters {or paint them with a white paint} and fill with wheat from my pal Hanlon Lain Photography's farm!

Easy peasy, and looks so lovely!! I'll have to try it soon!

Fabulous Finds Friday: Flirty Fun Pinwheel Wreath

Oh...hey...it's my birthday! Ya know...the big 3-0!

So before I skip-to-ma-loo to go get ready and then celebrate with a cocktail party that my Hubs has been planning since January, here's a super cute way to dress up your door to make your guests feel cherry and bright!





How fun is that!?

Happy Friday!!!

Fabulous Finds Friday: Heartwarming Hearth

When I think of fall, I think of hay rides, apple picking, burlap sacks, potted mums and pumpkins. Those elements are all very clearly outdoor elements, but who says that you can't bring them inside?





Big tall candles wrapped with jute

Branches in white vases, with the perfect touch of red from the maple leaves

Candles in the fireplace {adore!}

Photos of apples in a crisp white matt


And then...the bunting! How clever, and what a perfect touch for fall!

Fabulous Finds Friday: Pumpkins and Candles

Starting a fall series of Fab Finds today...and this is one that I absolutely adore! They most definitely are all going to be easy home decor how to ideas, ones that you can easily translate into DIY projects.

Four lanterns, filled with candles and pumpkins! For colour variation, try with gourds and squash!





I think these will look amazing on our porch at the end of the month! And what makes it even more awesome is that we can get all of the gourds and pumpkins locally at The Pumpkin Farm just around the corner!

Happy Friday!

Food&Wine Friday: Wine Bottle Centrepiece

I was looking around where else...Pinterest...for some wine bottle inspiration and stumbled across this amazing centrepiece.



It would be absolutely gorgeous at an outdoor wedding reception, romantic anniversary dinner, or even as the perfect setting for a proposal!

I love the way candlelight flickers off the simple, beautiful shape of a wine bottle. Add in the dripping wax down the side and it just becomes magical!

In this example, the bottles are completely clear, the candles white. I think this is a beautiful decision, because it allows you to play with colour for the table cloth and allow that colour to dominate the table. They've used a gold, but I think a raspberry, lime, turquoise or eggplant would look absolutely stunning with the black plates and the clear glasses. The silverware gives it a nice flicker of metallic when the candlelight dances across it.

What does it inspire for me? Well...a romantic anniversary dinner on the patio this September with my husband perhaps, or maybe the centrepieces for a fantastic birthday party this fall {it's a biggie!!}

Food&Wine Friday: Kim Crawford Savignon Blanc

Ooohh....this is my absolute most favourite wine! I first tried it when we were on holidays in Florida, and I've been in love ever since.

Crisp, refreshing notes of passionfruit with a clear finish...just delicious with, really, anything. If you haven't tried it, I highly highly recommend picking up a bottle {or two} the next time that you're out.

Where does inspiration come from with this delicious wine? Well, for me it's two fold. I really love that the bottle is very monochromatic - lots of different olive tones, paired with a gold piping...really lovely and classic.

Pair that colour with the brilliant tones of a passionfruit...


And you have a stunning colour combination of split compliments. I most definitely will be using these colours in some mini-triptychs that will be Hollywood bound this fall as I think they evoke such an amazing feeling of summer. They are playful, yet classic....bold, yet understated.

I think they'll pack a punch in a mini-triptych!

Food & Wine Friday: White Pear Pinot Grigio

Summer is here, and that means a new series for Friday's on the blog!!

Welcome to Food&Wine Friday, where I will be taking some inspiration from my favourite food and wine pairings, and translating them into some arty projects. Neat concept? Hopefully!!

Today, I want to talk about an absolutely delicious wine that I sampled last month, the new White Pear Pinot Grigio by Arbour Mist.


I am in absolutely love with the pastel citrus tones on the label. A frosted bottle mixed with crisp pear green, a splash of yellow and some white font. The light yellow wine in the bottle made me feel like, when the seal was cracked it should have sighed and bubbles should have poured out.

Just amazing, and for me, very inspirational! I've always said that inspiration comes in the strangest of places, and I am finding that in the labels, bottles and pairings of our favourite wines.

What did the White Pear Pinto Grigio inspire? Since the colours are pastel, light, citrus and lovely, I'm going to do a series of painted sculpted clay ruffles, that can be mounted on rings, hairclips or headbands!

Here's a peak at the blank canvas of one of the ruffles that you can expect to see in the shop this summer...

Fabulous Finds Friday: Daylillies

One low maintenance plant that I absolutely adore is the daylilly.

I love ones that have an exciting burst of colour, are reliable and plentiful every year, and that keep to themselves wherever they are planted.

I think for our front garden, some yellows and purples will need to make an appearance.

These ones are simple and sweet...



While these ones have a bold impact!



Planted together, in between neatly trimmed boxwoods...a lovely walk up to the front door!

Happy weekend! Plant something pretty!

Fabulous Finds Friday: Terracotta Pot Planter

Looking for a punch of colour on your front porch?

I know that I am, and I think one of these flanking either side of my dark grey door will do just the trick!



I think I would change it to suit our colour tastes though....likely paint the posts a dark grey to match the door, but still contrast with the light grey stucco.

Flowers...hmm...purples and yellows likely, especially if the front walk up is boxwoods and daylillies {another post for another fabulous friday!}

Fabulous Finds Friday: Pom Pom Dahlia's

While I'm not even sure that I can grow Dahlia's in our region {speaking of regions...anyone know what region London, Ontario is in??}, I really admire these for their unique shape, ribbon-like texture, and massive pop of colour!



Aren't they incredible?

For the front of our house, it's like a wall of grey. Our house is a light grey stucco, our door is a dark grey. Our grass, obviously is green, and the driveway is an interlocking concrete brick.

Lots and lots of grey.

How amazing would these pom pom dahlia's be for a pop of colour?

Fabulous Finds Friday: Toiley Paper Planters

That's right...toilet paper planters.

When I first saw it on Pinterest, I thought "ya right...in a million years"

but then I considered it. It saves space and totally saves time, and starts your little plants off right. Most toilet paper tubes are made from undyed materials, often times recycled materials. An eco friendly option...put them on a tray and leave them on your deck.

Incredible!



As our humble little garden comes together, I'll reveal it all to you. We have two lilac trees in the back that I'm really excited to see bloom.

The front yard...a complete clean slate, and a project to pin next month!

Happy weekend!

Fabulous Find Friday: Pallet Herb Garden

I would love nothing more than to grow our own vegetables and herbs...teach Owen the importance of planting, and reaping what you sow...caring for your veggies and herbs, and enjoying them.

Our yard? Yeah...not really conducive to that! I've noticed that it doesn't have great drainage {really nowhere in our city does} and our yard as it is isn't the biggest...so having a full on vegetable garden really can't be in the works.

Then I stumbled on this idea for an herb garden and think that it would be PERFECT against our fence, in between our lilac trees



It's made out of old pallets - pretty perfect use for them, I think! It's rustic and attractive, and completely practical!

Love it!

Fabulous Find Friday: Planting Guide

Spring is here, and here to stay!

Sadly, there isn't a garden to be found on our new property...though that will be changing soon! My goal is to start planning our gardens, landscaping, the feeling of our outdoor space so that come Earth Day {April 22nd...dontcha know!} systems will be a god, and we can bring some beauty to our yard!

But I started thinking...are there rules about when to plant what?

Off to Pinterest I trot, and lo and behold...The Planting Guide!!



Happy planting!

Fabulous Finds Friday: Storage Bench

As it looks like we're going ahead with the double-bed-painted-headboard idea for the guest room, what's a lovely plush guestbed without a storage bench at the end...which just so happens to add a pop of colour?


Strangely enough, that colour happens to be mustard yellow!

While this bench is lovely and perfect, I already have a cedar chest that my grandmother gave me that likely will fit at the end of the bed rather perfectly. It's a dark brown with brass hardware, so I'll need to update it with some wrought iron handles, a new hinge to make the top actually functional and some throw pillows in fantastic colours and textures.

These perhaps?



Have a great weekend! Do something creative!

Fabulous Finds Friday: A Painting for a Headboard

I stumbled across this idea on Pinterest and think that it would be just perfect in the guestroom should we go ahead and use the double bed.



While our guestroom will likely only have the one bedside table (unless I can find a cheap and cheerful DIY for two!), i love the way the painting fits with the room overall without taking over.

Since this wall will be painted a darker grey/grey-brown, I'll have to paint something new for the space {oh, darn}. I have the perfect 4'x3' piece of wood that would be...well...perfect for this space! The contrast is going to be spectacular!

Fabulous Finds Friday: Focal Wall

One thing that is absolutely certain about the guest room, it will have a focal wall behind the bed.



While I love the use of turquoise here, ours will very likely be a charcoal grey, with the rest of the room being a softer dove grey.

Maybe a bit more of a brown-grey since the walls in the rest of the house are more earthy and I want the whole house to fit together without looking like we moved in, painted the bedrooms and didn't bother with the rest of the house.

The best going into this room...well...we're undecided. We have a lovely wrought iron day bed, but it's only a twin. It certainly would leave the room open and airy, but is it big enough for guests? We also have a double mattress set, so we could use that and maybe DIY a headboard, add a chest or something at the end of the bed...

Ideas abound!

Happy Friday!

Fabulous Finds Friday: Luggage Stand

Happy Friday everyone...and it's an extra happy one for us!

it's Possession Day!!! We're so excited to get possession of our new house and get in there to paint this weekend! Then I get to put into action all of these design ideas that I've been fawning over and creating for the past 7 weeks while living at the inlaws house!

So exciting!

Back to the guestroom for a moment.

I saw this on Pinterest {of course} and think that is it just an absolute essential for any guest room



I've been thinking about ways that I can DIY this one...

Maybe take an old TV tray table, take off the top and then add the fabric straps? I don't know...we'll have to see! If I can just find the absolute perfect one that fits with the room, we'll be all set!

Stay tuned for Friday posts in Friday when I unveil our new home and all of my DIY decor!

Happy Friday!