Halloween Decor

Thursday, October 30, 2014

(0 comments)

Happy Halloween Everyone! Now I will be the first to say that I don't really like Halloween as an adult. I mean I love the candy but the whole forced costume thing, I hate. In the past I've always somehow managed to make vintage dresses into a costume. I've been a random lady from the 50's and 60's a few times and then just wait for someone to reference a character and agree. This year we're actually hosting a party (obviously not my idea) but I've really gotten into the idea of decorating for Halloween. Maybe it's because I already have so much black and white that it's been easy to transition into a restrained Halloween palette. Either way,  I'm all set and prepped for the party so let's take a peek into my Halloween decor (with a few cameos from Bill the kitten).





Almost all of my decorations are from Target and Walmart as well as re-purposed items I took a can of spray paint to. All of the pumpkins are from my Thanksgiving table setting that have been painted. The tree branches were left over from an outdoor planter project I made my sister help with. When she was visiting I made her go with me to steal branches from neighbors yard clippings and drag them back home. A few coats of spray paint later and I love them as a decor element.






I think the black bat wall decals are my favourite part - subtle but still Halloween. It's unfortunate they don't stick very well and I've already had a few casualties. 






The 3-D bats on my metal wall hanging, the black cat bowl (how could I say no?) and the skull candle that supposedly melts red wax (I'll let you know how that turns out) are all from Target. I used some left over ribbon to add a black detail to my lamp and the tree branch candles are from Crate & Barrel. The runner was another piece I already had.







The hanging paper fans are from Target and hold together with a magnet so they will definitely be reusable (in case someone convinces me to have another Halloween party). The skull and cross-bone garland is also a Target find. I used a large glass vase to hold my black branches and wrapped it in some of my leftover Thanksgiving table runner. The amazing glitter skull is from Walmart.





I'm happy that a lot of these pieces can be re-used and incorporated into my normal decor. I sense a few skull candles lingering around long after Friday. Now my Halloween costume, that's another story. I should probably try and go finish that - wish me luck! What about you, are you dressing up your house or yourself for Halloween?


E-Decor

Monday, October 27, 2014

(0 comments)
I just wrapped up a project with an e-decor client that I could not wait to share with you. In fact, I loved it so much I came up with two options instead of one! 

I feel like the dilemma this client was having is one that I hear from a lot of people. She had moved into a space that her partner had already been living in and he had a lot of stuff that was not exactly to her taste. She had slowly been redoing each room to reflect both of them but needed some help with the master bedroom as it had an awkward layout and needed all new furniture.

While the furniture in the bedroom was all practical and functional (sounds like so many guys I know) it was not exactly the mood she was going for. After we chatted and I saw a picture of her almost-done living room, I completely agreed. She had lots of dark wood bedroom furniture that did not reflect the fun, modern style she had created in the living room. The bedroom already had three new pieces- the cool campaign style bedside tables, a full length wood mirror and a neutral upholstered headboard. There was also a this cute print that had to stay - obviously! These were the jumping off points for the room. I also needed to find a way to cover up an off-center window on the only wall the bed could go on.






We talked about a calm and neutral bedroom space that would still have an element of fun and pattern all while tying in the burgundy bedside tables. I love the combination of icy blue and wine so I sourced this light blue rug that fit perfectly. Then I stumbled on this gorgeous tribal rug and just had to do second, maybe not so relaxing but definitely stunning, design. 

The two options:







All the furniture in the moodboards will not necessarily be in the room but I added in all the pieces to get a sense of them all together. There are several options in terms of layout depending on their end decision regarding one or two dressers. 

recommended she cover the off-center window with wall-to-wall curtains which makes a great textured backdrop for the bed.  In two of the options she gets a great little sitting area, which even though we all know ends up as a place to throw clothes, it is nice to have a place to sit and read or relax. Having a small stool is also a great options as it allows you to move it around the room to use as a footstool or a seat at your vanity table. Either way, I'm loving the colour scheme in both rooms. I usually don't gravitate towards reds but I think I may just reconsider now! 




What do you think? Do you have a favourite layout or design? I can't wait to see what they choose and how the room turns out.

Do you have a space that needs a little, or a lot of, help? 
E-decor is a great option if you don't live in the Montreal/Ottawa area or if you have a limited budget and don't mind doing part of the work yourself. After an initial consultation by phone, Skype or email I send you a moodboard, a floorplan and a full source list. Then you go off and easily create the space you've always wanted. Just in case I missed the mark, you also get two free revisions. Check out my services page or send me an email for more information.

Le Weekend

Friday, October 24, 2014

(0 comments)


Happy Friday! We made it! This Friday is one of goodbyes. My sister is going back to Costa Rica and Billy the kitten is losing his balls today (time to get fixed little buddy!). On that note, do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I think we're going to stay in, help Bill recuperate and maybe I'll finally tackle a few projects I've been putting off - oh yes and there will be wine. Here are a few links to things that caught my eye this week on the internet:

  1. Little Green Notebook strikes again. Seriously, this lady has young kids and said she was fighting off morning sickness while pregnant with another, all while creating these amazing DIYs for Domino Magazine.
  2. The One Room Challenge is back again and Naomi is doing not one but two rooms. The kitchen she designed is shaping up to be amazing, I mean the cabinets have walnut interiors!
  3. Gabrielle visited High Point Market and very kindly gives us a round up of three upcoming home decor trends.
  4. Erin Gates is on tour for her new book 'Elements of Style' (a really fun read by the way) and her personal style is knocking it out of the park. Check out just one of her outfits here.
  5. I've been sourcing some removable wallpaper for a client and Made By Girl has done a great job of giving some examples in case you don't want, or can't, make a permanent commitment.
  6. Bailey McCarthy gives us an update of her new bigger and better store. Those colours and that pattern mixing is incredible. 
  7. The Jealous Curator alerted me to the work of New York based illustrator Mac Conner. See more of his illustrations here
  8. My coworker sent me a link to the Design Matters Fall 2014 interview lineup. I can't wait to listen to some of these and learn more about the world’s most creative designers, thinkers, writers, and cultural commentators. 
  9. If you're crazy about fluffy stools like I am but don't want to shell out the money for a high-end one, Life with a Dash of Whimsy, has a great DIY version using Ikea sheepskins. 





Real Estate Room Reno

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

(2 comments)
It's been a while but I finally have another installment of 'Real Estate Room Reno' where I redo a room from a real estate listing that has potential but isn't living up to it.

First of all, you may think I'm crazy but I know I'm not the only one who's dreamt of converting an old church into a home because there is plenty of pinterest proof. Second of all, this real estate listing is for $1! The only problem is that you'll have to move this Sackville, New Brunswick church yourself and I'm guessing that will not be cheap but just look at the potential!



BUILDING TO BE MOVED AT BUYER'S EXPENSE. The former Sackville United Church which will seat approximately 1200 people. The sanctuary is on the second level and features beautiful stained glass windows and cathedral ceilings.

Bedrooms: N/A
Bathrooms: 5 1/2
Year Built: Unknown
Asking Price: $1









The original woodwork, the ceiling, the stained glass - I love it all! I'm not sure what you'd do with the organ but maybe you could work around it. Here are a few examples of amazing church conversions I've found from around the internet. The most successful of these seem to not be afraid to remove elements, modernize the space and partition off the space.





While I would have loved to show you how to add a kitchen into the main area of the church that seemed a bit beyond the scope of what I can do in one moodboard and without the help of an architect. 


Instead, I created a beautiful living room space (minus the church pews) that pulled colours from the stained glass window but modernized the space with white paint and a layered, cozy interior.


What do you think? This room has all my favourite elements:brass, velvet and vintage rugs. Does it make you reconsider an alternative living space? In case you want to recreate the space here are the sources:


If you need any help re-envisioning a room in your house, check out my services page and give me a shout. 






My Thanksgiving Table

Thursday, October 16, 2014

(0 comments)
Sorry for the brief absence over here. I was busy recovering from my food coma all week because it was Thanksgiving! I know I'm confusing any Americans reading but we have our Canadian Thanksgiving way before Christmas. This gives us time to forget about how much we all ate at the last meal and really enjoy overeating. Anyway, here is my Thanksgiving table FOR REAL this time! My beautiful sister is visiting from Costa Rica and she came over to spend the day listening to me agonizing over decorating decisions and floral arrangements and also to cut up all the potatoes- so Chad was pretty happy. We also have enough cut up potatoes to last us a century, but it's the thought that counts-love ya sister!

I took some pictures of the 'adult' table before my parents brought over the extra card table for us 'kids'. We also had to have a few people eat on the couch but it was cozy. I didn't do a super formal setting and I tried to keep the table open for conversation and second helpings.











I loved the chance to use some new to me vintage pieces like the plates and glasses as well as the placemats and napkins I scored on clearance at Home Outfitters. In case you're prepping for your Thanksgiving or just looking for an excuse to have a fancy dinner for two, click on the words below for links to my table decor:

Table Cloth/ Large Burlap Runner/ Smaller Burlap Runner/ Placemats/ Napkins/ Plates (vintage)/ Cutlery/ Wine Glasses/ Water Glasses (vintage)/ Candle Holders (vintage)/ Vase/ Salt & Pepper Shakers (similar)

Oh yes and happy Friday everyone!






Art Under $100

Thursday, October 9, 2014

(0 comments)
Happy Friday everyone and happy long weekend to all of us Canadians celebrating Thanksgiving! Instead of a 'Le Weekend' post I've got an 'Art Under $100' because frankly I've been thinking a lot about gallery walls and what makes them special.

Now there is nothing more beautiful than a perfectly symmetrical gallery wall of matching black and white prints but I love things to be a little imperfect. I love the mix and the contrast, so my favourite gallery walls include not only paintings, prints and photographs but also something unexpected like a wire sculpture, a set of antlers, a mask or a carving.

As you can see from the examples above you don't have to go crazy and you don't even have to hang the pieces on the wall. The second photo down showcases objects placed in front of artwork to give the impression of a layered arrangement. So have fun, play around and don't think you just have to hang framed artwork on your wall. If you have a favourite memento, by all means add it in. If you don't happen to have something, I've rounded up a few pieces to help add that something special to your gallery wall.




  1. Painting wood relief
  2. Spiral paper sculptures
  3. Horseshoe
  4. Woven wall hanging
  5. Wooden bear mask
  6. Vintage metal Russian sign
  7. Woven African basket
  8. Metal eagle
  9. Mounted antlers
  10. Taxidermy butterflies
  11. White juju hat
  12. Vintage metal letter
  13. White ceramic wall sculptures
  14. Cubist wooden sculpture
  15. Wire portrait
  16. Vintage metal bird sculpture
  17. Metal diamond sculpture
  18. White pottery medallion
  19. Blue handmade plate
  20. Pink Rhino bust
  21. Driftwood tree slice sculpture




Brownie All rights reserved © Blog Milk Design - Powered by Blogger