Summer Dreams! Furnishings to add to the ambiance!

 

Colourful splashes add to this simple, but eclectic bedroom! All furnishings available through House of J, please contact for more info.

Aww Summer, how I love thee! The smell of deep purple lilacs, freshly cut grass, the sound of the ice cream truck coming down the road, bbq’s, patio’s, festivals, markets, juicy peaches, carrots that taste like carrots, warm summer night’s…

I love to open my windows in my bedroom on warm summer evening’s and watch the late night dusk settle into my room.  Usually a robin is chirping it’s pleasure of a day well lived.  This is bliss. Equally, in the morning’s there is nothing better than the sun greeting me with warm happy rays, while I sit and enjoy a cup of tea.

I am one of those people who is incredibly affected by my surroundings.  If the colour on the walls comes across heavy or sallow, I feel it.  If the house is cluttered with mess and disarray, I struggle to function.  If the furnishings are placed without thought or meaning, it feels off.  However, on the flip side, a tidy space, a space that has been adorned with furnishings and art in a manner that speaks to one’s personality, that is a space I love, a space I can thrive in, a space where ideas flow, and the joy of little moments are easily cherished.

Lovely crisp clean white bedding on my British Isle’s 4 poster bed make my summer dreams a little bit sweeter.  My well worn tufted leather sofa envelops me while I sip my morning tea.  Art that sings to my heart adorn my walls.  The ambiance of my home laces every experience with a little extra happy.

Thanks for reading! Cheers to your happy home!

Product links are below.  House of J is a retailer for these items.  Get in touch if you’re interested in any pieces not listed on the House of J website!

1  http://www.lhimports.com/Collections/Malibu/malibu-king-bed-sandstone-white/1221

2   http://www.lhimports.com/Collections/Malibu/malibu-nightstand-sandstone-white/1223

3   http://www.lhimports.com/Collections/Malibu/malibu-6-drawer-dresser-sandstone-white/1225

4   http://renwil.com/en/lighting/ceiling-fixtures/lpc4125-martine.html

5    http://shop.houseofjinteriors.com/shop/rugs-area-rugs/25882-arura-area-rug

6   http://shop.houseofjinteriors.com/shop/wall-wall-mirrors/1958-simonton-mirror

7   http://shop.houseofjinteriors.com/shop/wall-wall-decor/44150-chino-hills

8   http://shop.houseofjinteriors.com/shop/pillows-throws-decorative-pillows/27673-bowood-pillow

9   http://shop.houseofjinteriors.com/shop/living-benches-trunks/30116-frome-stool

Feature Friday: Spring Accents – Rug – Table Lamp – Art

This warm sunny weather here in Edmonton this week has me feeling the spring and wanting to freshen up my home decor!  Here are some items from my shop that I’m loving this week!

 

Pretty vibrant blue table lamp- purchase item through House of J Interior Design Online Shop!

Pretty vibrant blue table lamp

Patterned yellow door mat- purchase this item from House of J Interior Design Shop! Free Shipping!

Patterned yellow door mat

 

 

Herringbone background with plump little bird!  Purchase this item from House of J Interior Design online shop!  Free Shipping!

Herringbone background with plump little bird!

 

Peach Herringbone pattern with Plump blue bird! Purchase from House of J Interior Design Online Shop! Free Shipping!

Peach Herringbone pattern with Plump blue bird!

 

Quick fun accessories such as these can add a little bit of spring to your home decor!

 

 

Giving New Life to an Old File Cabinet with a coat of paint! Home Office Decorating.

I was in need of a new file cabinet, but instead I found an old one….

Old file cabinet found at Re-Store for $40

Old file cabinet found at Re-Store for $40

Using an electric sander, I lightly sanded the surface of the entire unit.

Using an electric sander, I lightly sanded the surface of the entire unit.

After wiping down the excess dust I sprayed the cabinet with even overlapping strokes.

After wiping down the excess dust, I sprayed the cabinet with even overlapping strokes in an Avocado colour spray paint.

This is how it looked after the first coat.  It looked pretty good after the second coat, but I did a 3rd just in case!

This is how it looked after the first coat. I probably could have stopped at 2 coats, but I did a 3rd just in case!

Here is my end result!

Here is my end result!  Out of sheer impatience I painted over the hardware as well, however I actually like the monochromatic effect.

Functional and fun against my pale lavender walls!

Functional and super fun against my pale lavender walls!

File cabinet and magnet board all in one!

File cabinet and magnet board all in one!!  Gotta love a good Saturday afternoon project!

Canadian company: check, Green company: check, Stylish window coverings: check

I’m now selling some wicked window coverings from a Canadian company called Sunglow.  Not only do they sell some really cool products for your windows, they are a company committed to being green.   So not only are the majority of their fabrics environmentally friendly, they even have one fabric called PureScreen that, in their words, “actually cleans the air.”

You might be wondering how a mere blind can accomplish such a feat.  According to the Sunglow website, the PureScreen fabric has “A special coating on the fabric enables it to accumulate harmful gases and bad odors on its surface and covert them in a catalytic process into harmless substances such as water (H20) and carbon dioxide (CO2).”   Pretty cool right?!

Its always nice to know that you are choosing a product that is green, but also nice to know the company actually actively seeks out more environmentally friendly ways to manufacture.

The reason I fell in love with this company though, is that they actually offer bling on their roller shades.  At the moment, they are the only window covering manufacturers that I know of with embellishments such as crystal pulls, leather trim, gem stones and more.  It really spruces up the look of the shade and makes it more personal.

crystal trim and pull on shimmer shade

crystal trim and pull on shimmer shade

Roller shade crystal embellishments

Roller shade crystal embellishments

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Another really cool feature offered by this manufacturer is the ability to put a business logo right onto the roller shade.  Brilliant little marketing gem for business owners!  Many businesses have roller shades on their windows, how awesome would it be to have a couple with the company logo printed right onto the shade?!

I’m super stoked to get this product out to my clients, so if you know anyone who wants an environmentally friendly product, or anyone who wants a window covering that is totally unique, or anyone who owns a business and needs some blinds that double as advertising, Send them my way!

 

 

 

#superparty #yeg and me!

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Local Artist-who knew?!

I recently had an awesome opportunity to create art out of recycled and re-used materials.  #rethinkjunk  The opportunity was created through Edmonton’s Green Window City project.  Local artists collaborated with local business’s (on whyte ave for this pilot project).  In April, appropriately timed around earth day, I took off my designer cap and donned my artist’s one to collaborate with Lululemon on Whyte.  Basically I was asked to make art out of junk!

I wanted my window to represent the style and vibe of Lululemon and incorporate the vibrancy and energy that is Edmonton.  And everything was reused or recycled.  The paint was from the eco station and I had the excellent staff at Cloverdale paint,  tint the paint to coordinate up with Lululemon’s current seasonal colours.  The wheels were donated from a bike enthusiast who’d bought them 2nd hand on kijiji.  The rope for hanging the wheels was sitting dormant in a barn begging to be used for something.   The tree branch was found broken on an acreage, it reminded me of a yoga pose somehow, all bent over, clearly perfect for my Lulu window!  Even the hardware to hang the wheels was second hand!

 

 

After the Green Window City project, Startup Edmonton asked if they could purchase the wheel installation as a permanent fixture for their space in the Mercer Warehouse.  I was quite honoured that they were interested in my creation so I happily donated the installation.  The vibrant wheels compliment the raw exposed brick of the Mercer Warehouse.

Painted bicycle wheels - art hanging in the Mercer building - Startup Edmonton

The Mercer Warehouse, Startup Edmonton, Make Something Edmonton, Edmonton’s NextGen, The Culture Collective, and TD recently hosted a Super Party.  Mercer Warehouse was opened up for exploration and a wicked street party topped it off.  More art installations, a pop-up market, a lego building area, free slushies, ping pong, chalkboard drawing, dj, live music, live theatre, all kinds of awesomeness at this #superparty.

Poppy Barley

 

 

 

 

Easter, Spring, Decorating….Ready, Set, Go!

Easter, Spring, Decorating….Ready, Set, Go!

 With Easter comes spring!!  Or so we hope, in this part of the world!  And in my world, new season=new decor!  Who’s with me??

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Yellow Grey Living Room Fireplace Vignette

I love to change up my home for the season especially in spring.  There is a definite sense of out with the old and in with the new.  These decorating changes can be as small as adding vases with fresh flowers and some trendy toss cushions, to a complete overhaul of  your space! 

In the photo to the above, (courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens) the toss cushions, the layered art, a new modern floor lamp, of course some flowers and an adorable little bird house, all add a freshness to this space.

Decorating for the season does not have to be a pricey venture, although power to you if you have a healthy budget to really change things up.

If you’re trying to be careful where you spend, simply moving around the furniture that’s already in a room can make a remarkable difference.  Perhaps paring down and removing that tired old bookcase that has become the catch all spot,  or taking out the chair that’s in the room because “we pulled it in at christmas for extra seating.”  Little changes such as these can really have a big impact on the feel of a room.

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Radiant Orchid Map Kitchen

If your wanting to take things a step further, how about a change in paint colour?  And as you can see from the picture below (Courtesy of design sponge), paint colour does not just have to apply to walls.  A table painted in the colour of the year, Radiant Orchid, makes a statement!  Perhaps this isn’t your colour of choice, but painting up a piece of furniture can make it seem like a brand new piece.

Many of us move into a new home and like the paint colour that exists.  Over time we add furniture, art, accessories, and that colour that looked great in the beginning is no longer a  good match for the personality we have added to our space.

We tend to get very comfortable with the status quo, but changing things up can really add a vibrancy and energy to our homes.

 

 

 

 

Change is good.  So Happy Easter, Happy Spring and Bring on the fabulous decorating! 

2014 Upcoming Design Trade Shows

Spring is coming!  Really it is.  And with it comes trade shows.

One of my favourite trade shows being The Edmonton Home and Garden Show, March 20-23.

 

A perfect show for anything home decor! This show has an extensive list of exhibitors allowing for one stop window shopping, information and inspiration on both indoor and outdoor decor and design.  A brilliant plan for all those who would rather not truck all over Edmonton to find flooring, kitchen cabinets, countertops, hot tubs, windows, landscaping, stone work, garage detailing, closets, spas, wood work…um you get the picture.

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And if your an HGTV junkie or perhaps you’d just like to hear some darn good decorating info, you might be interested in catching one of the presentations by guest speaker designer, Sarah Richardson.

 

For more info check out the Home & Garden Show link below.

 

http://edmontonhomeshow.com/EHGS/EventsHome.aspx

 

And after you’ve had a thorough look at all the lovely things you would like for your home, give me a call to help you put it all together  😉

 

If you are interested in a design presentation that is a bit more intimate and led by yours truly, check out Windows on Wellness: A Women’s Conference, March 22.

 

I will be doing a presentation on design trends and how to incorporate them into your space.  There will also be an opportunity to ask me your design questions!

Check out my 2014 Design Trends Pinterest page for a sneak peak.

http://www.pinterest.com/houseofJdesign/2014-design-trends/

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I hope you all have an inspiring weekend and thanks for checking out my blog!