Monday, December 12, 2011

We're Home!!!!!

So, clearly it has been faaaar too long since I last posted....
But it's been pretty crazy in my life lately!

I unfortunately don't have the pics or the time to make this a post of any substance

I felt as though I have been neglecting 
(because I have)

So I needed to get something up here, even if it is short.

I had been writing many posts in anticipation of new house that was being built and now its finally done and we're in!

It has been exhausting since I have been sick throughout most of it, but I am finally feeling a little better and like I can relax 
(a little).

I am aware that this is not the greatest quality photo in the world... it was just one that I took with my crappier camera before we had friends over for a Christmas Potluck.

I figured I would post it, regardless! :)

It is of our Christmas Tree!!!!
Our first real one :)

Mike picked it out.  He did a great job.  
It is the most perfect real tree I have ever seen.
(I may be a but biased though ;)

So you get to see a snippet of our living room too... which is coming along nicely I must say!

Once I feel as though it is more camera ready, 
I will post more pics...

With my good camera this time ;)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pictures that make me smile. Part 9 (Halloween Edition)

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
-Edgar Allan Poe

(all from Pinterest)

!!!Happy Halloween!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

My Dream Anthropologie Bedroom...

SO, I'm a bit of a dork.
Since we are so close to moving into our house (6 weeks now), I am completely consumed by thoughts of decor.


Unfortunately we are clearly first time home-buyers working on a budget.  
So pretty much everything from Anthropologie is out of reach for us.


Since I AM a dork.  I have put together my dream Anthropologie bedroom...

I am totally in love with idea of "tree bed" 
(hence one of first posts "I want to sleep in a forest.")

I had found a pretty fantastic one online a while ago, but it was $15 000...

This (above) bed from Anthropologie is slightly more reasonable at $5298.
Its still too expensive for us to buy now... but maybe some day :)

To adorn my imaginary tree bed, I would buy this amazing duvet set.

The ruffles...
The soft grey...
The fluffy flowers...

I don't think I would ever get out of bed.

Now, for the walls.

I love this "woods" wallpaper by Cole & Son.

Since it's a little out of reach for us, I plan on putting my artistic abilities to good use by painting one wall with a mural version of this design.
We're planning on painting our bedroom a warm grey colour.  Three of the walls will be a medium shade, with one accent wall in a darker shade.
This will be the wall that our headboard is against, and I will paint the trees with the lighter shade that was used on the other three walls.

I was inspired by this room.

(I'd also like to do something like this in the ensuite)

Of course I found this awesome Tea Time inspired lamp that I just HAD to include...

Topped with this pretty lampshade.

Lets throw in this chair too.... just for good measure.

Now I know that I had said that I would post pictures of my new hair soon...
I haven't had a lot of time recently to take some "proper" pictures...

I'm am going to make my best effort to shoot some today but since I know that some of you are super curious to see how it turned out, I took a few super low-quality "silly-faced" ones with my iphone...

post bleaching and toning but pre-purple

It didn't turn out EXACTLY how I had planned, but I still like it :)
The purple is a little darker and a lot pinker than I had intended.

Better pics to come :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pictures that make me smile. Part 8 (Paris Edition)

An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. 

(all pics from pinterest)

So... it's been a little over a year since my husband and I visited Paris and I need to go back.

In fact, I am trying to figure out if it is feasible to live there short term sometime within the next year and a half...

We just bought a house so you may be thinking... bad timing...


I don't think so.  
You see, a house can be rented out. 
 Even sold if need be (though it wouldn't).
The reason it would need to happen within the next year and a half is that the only thing that would likely keep my husband and I from taking on an adventure such as this would be having a baby....which we'd like to do in the nearish future.

Anyways... this is my short Paris rant.

Pics of my new hair soon to come ;)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Chartreuse and Gray Paint!


I think I (and my husband of course) may have finally decided on a colour scheme the our main living area in our soon to be house :)

We visited many stores (Lowes, Rona, Home depot, etc) but it was at Benjamin Moore that we had the most luck and the most help figuring out exactly what we wanted.

We decided on...


For the open concept livingroom/dinning area.
I really wanted a chartreuse/yellowy green but I kept trying to pick colours that were too light or not saturated enough.... then they just looked florescent or wishy/washy.

I was thinking that in a townhouse the lighter the better but I didn't want such a large area to be blindingly bright either....

For the accent wall at the back of the house that has a fireplace in the middle and a window on either side we decided to paint...

The nice man at Benjamin Moore actually suggested a gray one shade darker than this which was almost black.... but we decided a slightly lighter gray would work just as well.

We figured that the gray wall would break up the space and look really great with the crisp white mantle and our tall white(faked) moulding.... etc.

Then for our entryway (and we'll carry it into the basement which is open to the main floor... ei. no door just a railing) we decided that a lighter gray would be nice.  So for now we picked...


I know that I was originally thinking of doing 
but after much thought (and the fact that my husband isn't a fan of aqua) we decided that maybe trying to fit aqua in wasn't going to work.

I will still have RED & AQUA accents in the kitchen... just not painted on the walls.

PLUS we found a lovely chair that I've already posted about that was some great inspiration.

and I found this awesome fabric...

So there you have it!

I think we may have finally settled on our colour scheme.
Of course we'll have pops of teal and mustard yellow... and lots of dark woods too.

Now we just need our house!

Can't wait ;)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I'm itching to go WHITE BLONDE!

Of course now that I have a good 2 inches of my natural colour growing in and I have a fairly good match so that you can't actually see it growing out, I need to dye my hair again....

Note the sarcasm.

I'm not sure what it is about me but I ever since the first time I dyed me hair (coppery red when I was 13), I am never satisfied with my natural colour.

As I've stated in other posts, when I vocalize this dissatisfaction people often look at me in disbelief and tell me I should consider myself lucky that I have naturally blonde hair as an adult.


Well... I find my dirty blonde hair colour kind of boring on me!

I have gone practically every other colour in the rainbow expect for...


I don't usually go lighter.... in fact I never go lighter.
I love having dark hair... red, dark pink, black, brown...etc.

But I am loving this new trend in hair that is so blonde that it is almost white.
I'm reeeeeeally liking the idea of adding a pop of colour to it.

I was thinking of either turquoise or pale purple.

Either way I think I'm going to take the plunge and go lighter.
Hopefully it doesn't look trashy when my roots start growing in.... 
I don't have dark hair... 
so I should be slightly in the clear...

I love the fact that these blondes are not at all brassy.  I think that is what always puts my off going lighter... when you use bleach you end up with yellowish hair...


I am going to the lovely hair dresser who stripped my dark and bright red hair back to a dark blonde without killing my hair.  Provided she thinks its possible to go this light without it going yellow (and it doesn't hurt my "wallet" too much) I am making this change after my next paycheque.

Pictures to come...


Monday, August 15, 2011

~***The Madonna Inn***~ A Kitschy Oasis...

I don't remember where and when I came across the existence of this magnificent hotel

I remember that when I did, I fell in love!

is in San Luis Obispo, California. 

It has 110 extremely unique rooms.

It was built between 1958 and 1960 
and I think it's clear from the photos that has retained it's retro charmed quite perfectly.

All of the rooms are decorated with different themes. 

And I think it's fair to say that when they excecuted these themes originally, they must have been following the mentality of

I hadn't really had a strong desire to visit California over other more desirable vacation destinations...

I totally want to make a tradition of going there every year so that we can stay in a different room every time.

The kitschy quality is undeniable.
I'm not sure it would ever get old.

I am completely captivated by their amazing over-the-top dinning room.
The weird thing is, I featured a picture of this dinning room in a previous 
"Pictures that make me Smile" post.

It was the Pink Edition.

And I had no idea where or what the pic was of.  I just came across it on weheartit.

Then I stumbled onto this lovely hotel on a completely separate occasion.  As I was browsing the pics I thought "Hey....this looks familiar"

I hope the owners never sell this place.  
I have a feeling that an outsider would change it drastically to modernize it.

I think it should stay exactly how it is.
Frozen in time.

That is, of course, what makes it so appealing!
Well.... to me at least :)

We could all use a vacation without all of the "modern conveniences" anyways.

I've always wished that I was born in 1950s.

So getting to stay in a "time warp", so to speak, would be like a dream come true :)

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