July 25, 2013

I'm dreaming of a great headboard

{Make sure you sing the post title to the tune of "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" for the full effect!}
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted a headboard in my bedroom...
I had a first attempt at headboard DIY-ing in our apartment way-back-when. I had grabbed {get this} two pairs of 8' long bi-fold doors in the TRASH at our apartment building. I saw them as raw {not to mention FREE} headboard material which could be used on it's side to create a headboard that measured about 4' tall by 8' wide. It had really freaked out Jon that I had picked up someone else's trash. I had purchased white fabric and had upholstered the doors. At the time, we had a double bed so the headboard was about a foot longer than the bed itself on either side. I had used this to my advantage and had chosen to hang a light directly onto the headboard on either side of the bed. I had then hung a sheer curtain from the ceiling which fell behind the headboard and created an almost canopy look.  My final touch was a rectangular mirror hung overtop of the sheer curtain and just a few inches above the headboard. It really gave the bed a great overall look for very little mullah. Can you picture it? Sadly, I do not have a picture of that space. But it looked something like this:
*LOL! At least it sort of gives you an idea...*

When we purchased our first home, Jon REFUSED to bring the headboard with us and was more than way too happy to throw it back in the trash. Sniff sniff for me.
In our first home's master bedroom, I had DIY'd another faux headboard and loved it. I had purchased a few pieces of wood and trim, which I had secured directly to the wall, and had painted the whole thing in white. It was not the best handy-work, but I was happy with it and it gave me the look I was going for.
Sadly when Nicholas moved into this bedroom to make room for his baby brother in the nursery {read about that here}, we had to rip down the headboard, and it was unsalvageable.
This time around for our current master bedroom, I want a more sophisticated and classic look, all the while looking well-made. I want to do an upholstered headboard with a curvy shape, and because we have a king size bed for my tall 6'2" husband, I want the headboard to be tall and substantial to balance out the size of the actual bed.
I found this image while browsing Google, and it actually provides different shapes and styles of headboards along with their names:
 Before I found this image, I had actually drawn this...
...which I found quite funny! My favored style is called Portman.
Because the chandelier we have in our master is hung from the wall, my intention is to bring the highest part of the headboard up to about 2" below the light connection, which would be about 5' tall:
Here's a mock-up of that wall with the shape a want:
*Pardon the imitation-photo-shopping*
My plan is to utilize a large piece of plywood that used to be a sliding door in our basement, and trim it down to size. As I don't have the tools {or skills...} to do this, I plan on asking either my Dad or Father-in-Law. I have ordered my desired fabric from my favorite Canadian online fabric store Tonic Living. It is a beautiful graphic print of light grey on white in an upholstery weight.
I really think it will ground the space and add a whole other dimension. Plus, for now, I still have the faux silk grey curtain panels so adding this new pattern will tie both fabrics together.
I have already made a few changes to this space since posting about it in April. I have purchased a few new items, and have spruced up a few other details. Look for those changes in my headboard reveal post...
In the meantime, feast your eyes on these headboard beauties:
Details, details, details: nailhead trim, tufted...
Classically beautiful! I love the symmetry in this space! {I must really love this space, I pinned it SEVERAL times on Pinterest!}
Check out the unique knotted detail of this purple headboard. 
Adore the mix of patterns here!
Great height!  I also love the glamorous touch created by the mirrors in this room!
Curvy, trimmed and tufted = perfect! 
Gorgeous {and love that bedding too!} 
Patterned and pretty! 
Beautiful, and love the footboard! 
Patterned with a nailhead trim. 
Tufted with sides. 
Great room all around!
Until my reveal!

July 13, 2013

Summer inspiration

Here in the great north of Ontario, it took quite a while for spring to get here, let alone stay. Once spring finally arrived in JUNE, summer followed right away. We have now enjoyed about a month of warm{er} weather. We have been busy catching up on outdoor time and working on the yard. Alas, my blog has taken the prime spot on the back burner...
Even though I am not regularly blogging, I am constantly {as in it sometimes keeps me up at night...} thinking of my next project and the many things I still want to do around the house.
The last week or two, we have spent a lot of time at my parent's cottage {which is only about 20 minutes away} as they are out of town. It has made me long for a cottage of our own... I already know exactly the style of interior I would want for my own cottage: fresh, crisp, white, bright, airy, relaxed and FUN!
Here are my inspirations for our future summer home:
Mixing and matching bright fabrics to accessorize neutral furniture:

Fresh white walls, with touches of natural wood: 
Painted cabinets with rustic touches like this farmhouse apron sink:
In a cottage, I feel I would be more "daring" if you will, like slipcovering a sofa in a brighter fabric. I absolutely LOVE the curtain and pillow fabrics here:
I would even be adventurous enough to install a more permanent bright feature like this gorgeous apple green backsplash:
After all, a cottage can't be too serious!
I would want a large eating area to feed at least a dozen people comfortably:
I love this idea of two tables that offer more options for seating arrangements. Also love the different styles of chairs united in style by the use of the same paint color. I would not be "brave" enough to do this in our year-round home, but for a cottage, it seems very appropriate!
All the beds would be covered in beautiful quilts. Wether heirlooms or store-bought, they just scream comfort.
A girl can dream... In the mean time, I will keep enjoying the time we do have at my parent's cottage and watching my little guys enjoy the lake life as much as I did growing up:
Nicholas {a few weeks away from 5 years old} getting ready to dive right in!
Playing in the sand.
Continuing the family tradition of bathing every single child in our family in the tiny kitchen sink, here's Luca {1.5 year old}:
At least it's better than this:
Can you say bug bite? Ouch!
I look forward to the day we have our own beachy cottage getaway!
Happy Summer To All!

July 9, 2013

Home Tours

If you are like me, you LOVE seeing other peoples' homes and how they decorate them! Well, it is your lucky day! A blog called The Shabby Creek Cottage hosted a "Summer Tour of Homes" this summer. It showcases home tours of fellow bloggers! Amazing!
Here are some of my favorite inspiring picks:
From The Nester:
This revamped dresser and DIY sign are great:
I love the look of these up-cycled tree stump tables.
Bright and airy living room.
And I just LOVE this shared bunk bed! May have to borrow this idea if we ever have a third child and the boys have to share a room!
I also really love this backyard! We could totally do something like this in our yard:
From the Hunted Interior:
Gotta love this awesome and rustic outdoor table with built-in drink holder:
This gorgeous and shapely headboard makes me so happy!
What I wouldn't do for this oversized organized craft room from Infarrantly Creative:
Love this frame wall! Great way to fill a wall without it looking too cluttered!
This banquet seating area with lots of patterned pillows really speaks to me.
And I was awed by her idea of using two round tables instead of a large one! Genius!
That's enough of me narrating it for you! Go see for yourself here and enjoy!