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Love this classic Martha Stewart Living DIY console!

Perfect for your entrance way, this demi-lunce console is actually something you can create at home!

1.  Start with a round or oval dining table with leaves.  Check your garage, attic or thrift shops for the perfect candidate!

2.  Separate the table where the leaves are usually inserted.  Remove any additional hardware that protrudes beyond the straight edge of the table.

3.  Using a mounting cleat or heavy duty L-brackets, mount the table flat edge against the wall (connecting with a stud or using strong anchors).

4. Leave the table natural or paint depending on your look and you’re done!

 

Happy Weekend Everyone!

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Last night after a verrrry long day (12+ hours actually) I came home to something very special (and that’s besides the candle-lit dinner from the still on vacation Sara).  It was a magical cardboard package waiting on the dining room sideboard.  I immediately said, “OoooooOOoooh!”  because I knew what it was – the NEW Martha’s Entertaining book!  It’s one of three books I recently ordered online with some Christmas gift card funds and I couldn’t wait to tear it open.  After the candle-lit dinner of course!

Almost, “brown paper packages tied up with strings”.  Well tied up with packing tape.

Yaaaaaayyyyyy!!!!  It’s here!!!

Now this is really breaking one of my rules (not peaking ahead but instead, reading cover to cover) but I cracked it open for your benefit.

Okay if this old car shot isn’t a sign, I don’t know what is!!!

So I’ve only read a tiny bit (twelve hour day doesn’t leave much time to read!) but I love it so far.  Here’s why:  although I’m not the biggest foodie and this is an entertaining book, it gives many a glimpse into Martha’s own homes.  The dinners, breakfasts and parties photographed weren’t set up as a ‘story’ but were real events she had over three years and captured on film.  The photography style is loose and natural, and the light is incredible.  I’ve been a little let down by the photography/light/staged-factor in MSL magazine for the past few years  – the oldies from the 1990’s and early 2000’s are the best – and this book feels like a return to that style.

If you want to pick up a copy (the shipping is free!) try amazon.ca or indigo.ca.  It’s going to be a well used classic!

 

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I’ve been so busy I almost forgot to say Happy Halloween!

Styling by Stacey Smithers; Photography by Michael Graydon; House & Home Magazine

Wishing you all a spooky, thrilling good time tonight trick-or-treating or whatever!

And now for some scary-good ideas from the dream team of holiday decorating… the editors at Martha Stewart Living…boo!

 

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As the air grows crisp and cold, we all start living more indoors.  Layering our homes and adding a bit of time-worn patina seems right somehow. And for this, there’s nothing better than something antique!  Below are images from a beautiful story from Martha Stewart Living in 1999.  This story was all about American colonial furniture but so many of the pieces and ideas are applicable anywhere.

Created by Stephen Earle & Scott Schy; Photography by Jason Schmidt, MSL Oct 1999

Framed silhouettes look graphic and mysterious clustered together this way.  I love the pea green walls and the secretair has been faux painted to create a finer grain.

Created by Stephen Earle & Scott Schy; Photography by Jason Schmidt, MSL Oct 1999

Above is a stylish glossary of colonial motifs including finely carved ball and claw feet, the gate leg table, tilt-top tea table, chippendale drawer pull and comb-back windsor chair.  Keeping an eye out for these classic motifs at thrift shops and flea markets is a great way to add substance and history to your home.

Created by Stephen Earle & Scott Schy; Photography by Jason Schmidt, MSL Oct 1999

Now isn’t this a cozy living room?  A mix-and-match approach to upholstered pieces feels curated and interesting.  I love the variety of colours and the interesting silhouettes of the pieces.  And hey, that chandelier makes me feel good about my own little vintage one!

Created by Stephen Earle & Scott Schy; Photography by Jason Schmidt, MSL Oct 1999

Three of my favourite dining chairs in one space – the windsor chair, the shield back and the chippendale.  All good ones to consider pairing with your own dining table!

Created by Stephen Earle & Scott Schy; Photography by Jason Schmidt, MSL Oct 1999

Created by Stephen Earle & Scott Schy; Photography by Jason Schmidt, MSL Oct 1999

Yes to the quilt!  Yes to the constitution mirror painted white!  Double yes to the white painted chest of drawers with dark chippendale-style pulls!  If your space is feeling a little too show-room new, consider adding something antique – painted or not.

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So sorry everybody – it’s been a slow week post-wise!  I really do apologize as things have been rather crazy for me lately.  I’ll tell you all about it soon…but in the mean time…

Have you ever been stumped about how to decorate the space above your fireplace?  Check out my blog over at houseandhome.com here for some colourful and unexpected suggestions.

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How gorgeous is this collection of blue and white plates, saucers and delft tiles?  Such a clever idea!

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Here’s another Classic Martha decorating story, perfect for this time of year. When the summer months roll around, I think we all want to lighten things up in our decorating scheme. Adding a nautical touch with maps is a great idea and maybe will even remind you of fun summer road trips, camping or sailing. This is also a fantastic idea for a kid’s or teen’s room or a cottage. Take a look at this gorgeousness from 2002 – still absolutely perfect!

Created by Yu Mei Tam Compton, Matthew Gleason, and Sophie Mathoulin; Photography by William Abranowicz; MSL August 2002

Created by Yu Mei Tam Compton, Matthew Gleason, and Sophie Mathoulin; Photography by William Abranowicz; MSL August 2002

Created by Yu Mei Tam Compton, Matthew Gleason, and Sophie Mathoulin; Photography by William Abranowicz; MSL August 2002

Created by Yu Mei Tam Compton, Matthew Gleason, and Sophie Mathoulin; Photography by William Abranowicz; MSL August 2002

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Here’s a perfectly summery DIY idea you might want to try.  They’re called sand candles and when you’re done the candles have a lovely beachy feeling to add some casual breezy summer style to your table or mantle at home.

Created by Yu Mei Tam Compton and Hannah Milman; Photography by William Abranowicz; MSL August 2002

I think a large part of the success of this Classic Martha Stewart craft comes from the colour palette.  You won’t see any bright bold hues here – just serene bottle glass colours that make sense with the beachy direction of this look.  I also love the idea of using old glass bottles as the moulds!

Created by Yu Mei Tam Compton and Hannah Milman; Photography by William Abranowicz; MSL August 2002

 

The rough how-to involves:

1) melting parafin wax from a craft store in an old pot (or coffee can),

2) adding some colouring,

3) using a tub, sand and some bottles or glasses to create your candle mould,

4) using a candle wick and little metal wick base (also from a craft store),

5) pouring in the coloured, melted wax,

6) letting it cool completely,

7) unmoulding and brushing off excess sand.  And voila!

Created by Yu Mei Tam Compton and Hannah Milman; Photography by William Abranowicz; MSL August 2002

This is a really pretty tablescape with candles the colour of sunset.  The small glass pedestals and saucers are a nice touch and add height to the arrangement and keep a nice organic up and down going on.

Created by Yu Mei Tam Compton and Hannah Milman; Photography by William Abranowicz; MSL August 2002

You can also experiment with sea shells, tea light holders or juice glasses and create your own sand candle masterpieces.  Give it a try!

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