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Archive for March, 2011

Pea Pod Tea Towel

Stumbled across this adorable tea towel online today – don’t you love it?  As a stylist, I’m always hunting for fun and unusual tea towels to make the many kitchens we shoot look their best.  This one’s a keeper!

Psst!  Find it here

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DIY Window Mirrors

I’ve been at it again!  Check out my DIY espisode on houseandhome.com’s web tv series.  This time I transform salvaged old windows into beautiful mirrors!

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Well it’s official – I saw some tiny tulip tips breaking through the soil this weekend.  Actually today I found two clumps of tulips peeking through the soil!  I cannot wait to get in there and get my hands dirty in the garden!

Photography by Richard W. Brown; Tasha Tudor's Garden

Photography by Richard W. Brown; Tasha Tudor's Garden

Photography by Richard W. Brown; Tasha Tudor's Garden

These beautiful images are from one of my favourite gardening books, Tasha Tudor’s Garden by Tovah Martin with photos by Richard W. Brown.  It’s given me so much inspiration over the years, so I’ll be giving everyone a taste of spring with lovely garden images as the season progresses.

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I’ve always loved the artistry found in hand-made quilts.  Thinking of each piece being stitched together is amazing and the colourful and bold geometric designs never go out of style.  Whether you layer them up or use just one as an accent, quilts add rich colour and lots of warmth.

The American Folk Art Museum currently has a beautiful exhibition on right now in New York featuring hundreds of antique red and white quilts.  The exhibit features over 600 quilts from Joanna Rose, a New York collector’s collection of 1500 antique quilts.  Martha Stewart recently taped a segment for her tv show and blogged about the exhibit with some great photos that I wanted to share with you.

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Apparently red and white quilt design was one of the most popular colour combinations because the special Turkey red dye was especially colour fast and wouldn’t fade or run.  Since the early 1800’s, red and white quilts reigned supreme and showcased the quilter’s incredibly creative imaginations.  Quilts like these were often created by women in sewing circles or quilting bees and were sometimes used as fund raisers.

You can read more about this exposition on 1stdibs.com

Maybe it’ll leave you dreaming of a red and white quilt on a bed in a sunny bedroom like me…

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Cottage bedroom by Sarah Richardson Design.

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Hey guys, check out this Michael Penney shout out on the world-famous Design Lab penned by the talented Mr. Arren Williams!!  So flattering, thank you Arren!

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Fashion Finds

Well I’m not really an expert in fashion at all, but I do know what I like and I take great inspiration from fashion.  In fact, most days I watch uncut edits of Fashion Television (called Raw) while munching on cereal before catching the train.  So many great ideas – but I digress…

I was in a bit of bind finding something to wear to my cousin’s wedding because a) I hate dressing up, b)I bought a suit and when I tried it on for Sara at home she said I looked like a dad – it promptly went back to the store, and c)I had no money to spend.

So imagine my excitement when I saw a table full of vintage-inpsired Penguin skinny ties at the haute fashion emporium known in  the burbs as Sears!  There were tons of fresh and quirky colour combos and graphic designs and the best part was they only cost $39.95!!  A tie, in the 30’s?!?!  Love that.  So after messing up the whole display table and finding one with a coral, tan, and black mini-check print, I scooped it up.

Next, an on-sale $20 pale pink oxford shirt from Old Navy and I was done!  I just mixed my finds with some pants and a blazer I already had and took the arm of my expertly attired wife, who always makes me look better, and we were off.

P.S. We took several wrong turns and almost missed the ceremony!  After screaming for twenty minutes, we made it just in the nick of time, stylish, but frazzled.

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Jennie + Ben

As you know, I was at my cousin Jennie’s wedding on the weekend, at the beautiful Old Mill in Toronto.  It was fun to revisit The Old Mill, since it was the site of Sara’s and my first official date ten years ago.  That was at my older brother’s wedding when we were just eighteen and nineteen years old!  It was nice to see and remember all of the moments we had there and to realize how much has (and hasn’t) changed in our lives over the past ten years.  The ceremony and reception were beautiful and meaningful, the food delicious, and the time with family heart-warming.  We got in some good dancing too…

The bride (who has been planning her big day most of her life) looking classic and elegant as she walked down the aisle on her dad’s arm…

The couple’s first dance as husband and wife.

Congratulations Jennie and Ben!  Have fun in San Francisco!!

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