Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pimp My Curtains

Recently I made some living room curtains and you know what that means.  It means that the dining room which directly adjoins this room looked like it was naked without some curtains of it's own.  I was having a hard time settling on a coordinating fabric.  What to do, what to do?  I finally decided to buy some store bought panels and pimp them out so they looked like custom curtains.  The additional fabric was leftover from the living room curtains so now they definitely work together without being identical.

Here's how the panel started out.

And here's how she looks today.


1. Calculate how much accent fabric you want to add to the panel.  I inserted a 12" band to the top portion and 18" to the bottom.

2.  Determine where you want to add the accent fabric.  Measure down from the top of the panel and mark a very straight line across the entire width.  Use good scissors and cut.

"TIP - Use a t-square ruler so that the side of the fabric provides a straight edge as a starting point."

2.  Lay the top of your curtain panel down with right side facing up.  Lay the alternating fabric on top of that with the right side facing down.  Pin both pieces of fabric together.  Allow for a 1" seam.

3.  Sew together.
4.  Press seams flat down so the curtain will hang nicely.  Repeat these steps to re-attach the bottom portion of the panel.

Don't forget to enter the Shabby Apple giveaway for a chance to win a $50 gift card.

Monday, February 27, 2012

It's Giveaway Time

Did you watch the Oscars last night?  Were you wowed by the fashion?  Truth be told, it's the only reason I watch.  I haven't seen a single nominated movie but the fashion alone is reason enough to tune in.  So while we all have pretty dresses on our minds it's the perfect time to tell you about a hot giveaway.

Shabby Apple is a fantastic online dress boutique and these are only 9 of the lovely dresses that I MUST own.

Shabby Apple is offering a $50 gift card to the lucky winner.  Here's what to do...

1.  Be a follower of The Design Pages and leave a comment.
2.  For a second chance to win follow Shabby Apple on facebook.
3.  For a third chance, follow The Design Pages on facebook.

Contest will close on Thursday, March 1 at 9pm and the winner will be announced on Friday.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Cheap & Cheerful Friday

I'm starting a new series because I thought it was a great way to actually keep me on task for all those little things I put off for.EVER! I'll be alternating between Cheap & Cheerful, which will feature inexpensive transformations and Lickety Split which will feature projects that take 2 hours or less to complete.

This chair was one I picked up last year at a thrift store for $5.  It was purchased for my daughter's room.  Brown is not the most desired colour of a 10-year-old girl so a little paint was in order.

Here's a peek at the not-so-cute original state of the chair.

This project could easily have cost me more than $5 if I didn't have a closet full of leftover paint.  I mixed up a couple of old favourites and came up with this beauty.

Speaking of new blog series, pop over to see my guest post at A Crafty Bee.  Beatrice has started a new and very exciting series called "How Do You Do It".  She will be featuring moms and bloggers and finding out their secret to keeping it all together.  Is that possible?  You'll have to stop by and find out.
Besides this series, Beatrice's blog is filled to the brim with exciting diy projects.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Combining High & Low

Ever wondered whether you can combine high quality fabric with something a little more low brow to make one pillow?  Well the answer is yes!

I'm sure you all remember the remnant fabrics that I purchased a couple months ago.  Yeah, the one I talk about incessantly.  One of my favs was a piece of Studio Bon-Scallop which is a beautiful and thick linen.  I actually had enough to do both sides but I'm trying to make this fabric go as far as possible.  When I scoured through my fabric stash I pulled out a cute fabric I purchased at Ikea last year.  The colours worked perfectly together and I've been wanting to use the cute birds for a while. 

I followed Barb's tutorial for adding an invisible zipper so I won't try to top that.   

So now I've got Side A to go with my Chiang Mai fancy pants...

And I've got Side B when I want to flaunt my casual, down-to-earth side.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Ski Bunny

Our family has season passes to 2 mountain ski resorts for skiing adventures all winter.  It feels like spring is in the air and it's making me panic to think that our skiing fun is coming to an end.  Here's a small tribute to my love...

Boots. Blanket.  Candle.  Books.  Wallpaper.  Gloves.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Orange Crush

Our new house has some fixed elements that are very odd to say the least (more on that soon).  One of the things I have been forced to do in order to counteract this strangeness is to embrace orange.  Never having been a fan in the past it's a strange new obsession for me.

I just went and bought a litre of orange paint.  It's Benjamin Moore Adobe Orange 2171-30.  It's going to be transforming a small table very soon.

Have a peachy weekend!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Guest Post - Emily A. Clark

One of my very favourite bloggers, Emily A. Clark has a new series and I"m thrilled to be part of it today.  The series is called Send Me a Picture and each month a group of bloggers will submit a photo based on the topic.  Today you can pop over and take a look into our bedrooms but particularly our night stands.

I don't know the entire roundup of bloggers but I do know that the amazing Naomi from Design Manifest will also be there and frankly, who doesn't want to see more of Naomi's cool pad.  Pop on over and say hello.

Monday, February 13, 2012

TAG, You're It!

I got tagged in a fun game by my friend Heather at Interior Groupie so today you're going to get the chance to learn a bit more about me.  In turn, I get to tag a new group of bloggers and get the fresh scoop on them.

**You must post the rules
**Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you & then create 11 questions to ask the people you've tagged
**Tag 11 people and link them in your post
**Let them know you have tagged them

1.  What is your profession?  In no particular order, Interior Designer, Chef, Chauffeur, Referee, Psychiatrist, DJ, Party Planner and Athlete (okay maybe not that one but I secretly have a desire to be a professional athlete).

2.  How would you describe your style?  My style is ever evolving but I am always eclectic.  I am transitioning recently to include a bit more traditional into my normally modern interiors.  I always want my home to reflect us so it's a bit quirky and a tad strange.

3.  Salty or sweet?  Totally and 100% salty.

4.  How would you describe your ideal Sunday morning?  Waking up when I wake up as opposed to when my alarm tells me to wake up.  Enjoying a coffee and then stepping out the door and being magically transported to any one of my favourite cities (Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco or Paris) and strolling around looking in decor stores, book stores, clothing stores, high-end grocery stores and sipping on a never ending and always warm coffee.  Oh yeah, and it's spring!

5.  Which celeb would you want to have as a bestie?  I'm not a celebrity stalker by any means but I think Heather's answer of Gwyneth Palwtrow is pretty darn good.  If she's already taken by Heather then maybe Nate Berkus.  Doesn't he just seem like so much fun?!

6.  What is the best book you read last year?  I love reading and truly can't decide on one so you'll have to bear with me.  I LOVED The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Late Nights on Air, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society and When You Are Engulfed in Flames.  Read them all!

7.  What is your dream vacation?  I am a bit bi-polar when it comes to vacations.  On the one hand I love spending time in big cities and going to art galleries and great restaurants but I'm also a rugged girl and some of my most memorable holidays have been outdoor adventures.  Can I do both?

8.  What's your guilty pleasure?  Without a doubt, reality tv.  Not proud of it but it's the truth.
For reals Canadian reality tv junkies.  I can spot Kim Cattrall, Pamela Anderson and Sarah McLachlan but don't recognize the others.

9.  What are your top 3 must have make-up items?  Mascara-I have tremendously scrawny eyelashes.  A good foundation-I use a Mac product that I"m currently loving.  Burt's Bees coloured lip balm.  I like to wear lipstick but would definitely survive with just Burt's Bees.  It's minty and tingly and gives a nice little hit of colour.

10. What is your dream job?  Before studying Interior Designer I briefly studied Journalism so if I could combine those 2 passions and work for a design magazine I would consider that to be perfection.

11. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?  Haha, that's funny because I never heed any advice that's ever, ever been given to me.  I am very determined and I just do what I want.  Not always successfully but at least I have no regrets:)  

I'm being very patriotic and going for an almost 100% Canadian crew.

10 Rooms
Classic Chic Home
Edin's House
I Dream of Chairs
Off Her Hinges
Primitive & Proper
Sheila Zeller Interiors
Strictly Simple Style
Tracey Ayton Photography
West Pear Avenue


1.  What did you do last Friday night?
2.  What is your specialty in the kitchen?
3.  What is your favourite nail polish colour?
4.  Dogs or cats?
5.  What is your favourite computer or phone app?
6.  Who inspires you the most?
7.  If you and I were going to spend a weekend together what would you plan for us?
8.  What was the best book you read last year?
9.  What's your biggest accomplishment of 2012?
10. Do you like to dance?
11. Which is your favourite, must read blog?  

Thanks for including me Heather.  It's so much fun to learn new things about the peeps I love!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thrift Store Bonanza

It's been a while since I've been to a thrift store and I've been going through some serious withdrawl.  I finally made a trip yesterday and I think it was worth the wait.  Here are the goods...

1.  I got a set of 6 decorated glasses that will give a bar cart a serious lift.  Now I just need to stumble across a bar cart.
2.  The tray has the most fantastic hint of gold.  It's made of some type of metal and it's quite a hefty weight so it will definitely work for carrying hors d'oeuvres at all our parties (not me, of course:).  There are markings on the silver handles but even with my glasses on I can't read it.
3.  I have a big crush on birch trees and this watercolour is stunning.  The frame is a bit rickety but for $6.99 I think I can spring for a new frame.

With kelly green's popularity being at an all time high I"m surprised that anyone could part with these.  AND they're brand new.  Never been worn.

Reunited and it feels so good!!  I love you thrift store.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Little Chiang Mai and a Little Betwixt

Remember my awesome fabric score?  I finally pulled out the old sewing machine and started piecing my scraps together.  I knew from the second the box arrived at my house that Chiang Mai Dragon would be a pillow.  The dilemma was how to achieve this given the small amount I had to work with.  Enter Celerie Kemble Betwixt.

Arent' they a match made in heaven?  I planned a tutorial but the camera's exposure setting had been changed and they look as though I was photographing the project directly on top of the sun!  Don't worry though because now that the sewing machine is out I'll be whipping up several more.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Psychology of Color

Have you ever really wondered about the relationship between colour and the emotions of our day-to-day life.  Check out this amazing infograph and learn why some colours soothe while others are meant to ignite passion.
Psychology of Color [Infographic]
Courtesy of NowSourcing, Inc

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gold Leaf a Canvas

Okay, we all know that gold is the standard at the moment but replacing everything in your home with gold is not going to happen.  How can you get the impact without spending a fortune replacing all the silver and nickel of the last 10 years?  Gold leaf it!

I gold leafed a plain, inexpensive canvas to add above a cabinet in my dining area.  The cabinet is a flat blue and needed some sparkle.

If you're intimidated by the sound of gold leafing you shouldn't be.  It's one of the easiest diy projects you can tackle.

- Gold leaf found at art supply stores (I found this at Micheal's)
- Gold or Silver Leaf Adhesive Size - found at the same places
- 1 Foam Brush and 1 Soft Bristled Paint Brush 
- Tweezers
The brand I used is Mona Lisa

1.  Apply an even coat of the adhesive size directly to the canvas.  Directions on my bottle told me to wait until a haze has formed before applying the gold leaf.  It is impossible to see a haze on a white canvas so wait until the adhesive is no longer wet but tacky. (I'm super impatient and only waited a few minutes).

2.  Pick up the gold leaf with tweezers so it doesn't stick to your fingers and become a complete mess.  It is so thin it will rip apart into tiny pieces if you try to handle it too much. Lay it down gently on your surface.  It will stick upon contact.  If you need small pieces, use a sharp knife to cut small pieces before you start.

3.  Continue to lay the gold leaf until your entire area is covered.

4.  Once the entire surface is covered in leaf, use your soft bristled brush to affix it to the surface and wipe off all the pieces that are excess.  Leafing will only stick where there is adhesive size so if there are any overlapping areas you will brush the excess right off.  
Tip of the Day- I used a foam brush for this step but wouldn't recommend it.  The gold leaf stuck to it and started to pull the leafing from the canvas.  Use a soft bristled paint brush instead!

If you're using gold leaf on surfaces that will endure any wear and tear then you should give a coat of sealer.  I have used Minwax Polyurethene on furniture that I silver leafed in the past and it protects it well.  I won't be touching this at all so I just went without this time.

I love the soft glow that permeates from the area now.  
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