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Ivy and Piper

Yet another wonderful interior/design e-magazine  – this time by Australian Founders Melanie and Elizabeth.  Both met at Design College and went on to work as independent Interior Designers.  Years later they met up and began Ivy and Piper – Fashion for the Home.

The magazine has some great advise on arranging your treasures and accessories to add to the personality of your home.  It’s funny that I came across this article because I have been highly considering re-arranging the items in my curio.  While I have been making design and decor changes over the years to my home, this poor curio and its’ contents have really not changed in almost 10 years!  It looks desperate for something different.

I am lusting over the orange chairs above!  Check out the height of the chair at the head of the table in comparison to the others.  Adds such drama (as if the color didn’t already!) – not to mention they look so comfortable and soft.

Images:  Ivy and Piper


January 8, 2011   No Comments


I saw this shoe by Balenciaga yesterday and simply wanted to slip them on and go dancing.  Can you guess why I’m in love?  It can’t be because of the felt ruffles or ocean colors…

Images:  All The Trimmings (via Marie Claire)


January 7, 2011   No Comments

Passport in One Hand, Shopping Bag in Other

I may have mentioned this before, but I really feel lucky to be near the Canadian border (near is about an hour away). When I’m looking to shop for something different, be it home accessories or fashion, I just pop over the border and hit the Canadian stores. I say “Canadian” because some of the stores are actually the same chains we already have available to us here in the States. So why bother looking at what I’ve already seen? I’m here for something different!

Yesterday I spent the entire day in Windsor, Canada and came home with a some great items! Here are a few of them…

Ok, the ruffles and wool have me in this winter season.  It’s girly, it’s chic – I adore it!  I couldn’t pass these up when I saw that the pillows were removable.  The orange casserole dish measures about 8″ across, can be put directly in the oven, is dishwasher/microwave safe, and was $8 CAN.  This is the perfect size for our family.  Not to mention, I don’t like handling huge cooking dishes.  They can be difficult to store and we end up with so much leftovers.  I also got a bottle of Efferve, a French sparkling water with lemon.  When I opened the bottle last night, it was so pressurized that it was as if I opened a bottle of Champagne.  The taste is a bit on the sweet side, but with a few ice cubes it works better for me.  Can’t wait to go again!

Images:  House of Many Hues


January 6, 2011   No Comments

Starting Fresh

We made it through the holidays and into 2011!  I’ve started the year by freshening up things at home (and here on the blog – you may have noticed the new logo).  I’ve been trying to take a step back and evaluate things around me – especially the rooms in my house to figure out what’s been working and what simply is not.  For items that fell into the “not working” column, I asked myself a few questions – 1.  Do I love this piece?  If not, why am I holding on to it? You wouldn’t believe some of the crazy answers I had.   Some items have been held on  to (and still are) because a new replacement hasn’t been purchased/found.  2.  If I love it, could I find a place in my home that would better suit it? These questions have resulted in getting rid of one furniture item, rearranging a few others,  and a freshened up living room, nursery, library, and bedroom.  In the living room, I put a slipcover (that I’ve had for a few years) over one of my couches and wow – it makes the whole room feel so different!  I’m not sure why I never thought using this slipcover before but that’s why I try to periodically make these evaluations.  Nevertheless, the slipcover and my “new” coffee table make for a wonderful (and much needed) change.

Most of the items that fell in the “not working” column weren’t surprises to me.  I’d like to say that they were but then I would be lying.  With so much always going on, I noticed that I mentally put these ideas aside to deal with later and then just forgot.  I reminded myself of the importance in keeping a list of these changes that I’m in need of and carrying it with me.  You never know when you will come across something that may work for a list item or when a fabulous idea may hit you.  This shouldn’t be a big deal since I already keep a notebook with me at all times for jotting down ideas, thoughts, and to do lists.  So then why wasn’t this already in my notebook?!

Stay tuned…more dusting coming soon!

Images:  House of Many Hues

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January 3, 2011   1 Comment