Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cooler weather!

When I woke up this morning to a nice cool temperature, especially compared with last night's humidity, I wanted to break out the fall clothes! Now that might be a little too early, but that doesn't mean I can't go virtual shopping with the help of Polyvore!

So here is the outfit I created where, obviously, money was no object for some items! (Info at the bottom.)

Leather jacket

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bay windows

I've always wanted a bay window with a bench, I think from reading one of the Anne of Green Gables books. They are just so pretty! I would love to have one! Perhaps some house in the future will have this lovely detail. If it has storage underneath, that is even better!

Take a look at some of the photos below for inspiration! Maybe you could even DIY?

from here

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I love that the next one has the curtains on the outside, just imagine kids climbing in there and closing the curtains to create their own little hideaway! Or even a nice private reading nook for anyone!

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 And here is an idea from IKEA Hackers who made a bay window seat from bookcases. A way to create what looks like a bay window with built-ins perhaps? They have other cool ideas too, so check out their blog!

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 There are, of course, tons more examples out there, so keep looking for your perfect match!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dream homes - Montreal

If money were no object, what dream home would you buy?

I took at look at Sotheby's retail section for Canada, and some of these places are pretty nice, and the price tag matches! There is one awesome mansion in Ile-Bizard in Montreal, it is so spectacular!

Take a look at the front and back views:

Nice driveway and beautiful house!

Spectacular back yard

Now to see the inside! Here are a couple of shots, the main staircase ( I assume at least)!


Seriously, isn't that spectacular?!!

The last pic is of the living room (I guess), but check out those windows! This house is so awesome, I need something more intense than an exclamation point!

Wow to those windows!

And while there are more images of a ballroom dining room and a library with a circular staircase (!!!) I can't show them all!

Come back later for another edition of Dream Homes!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Wooden letters

I find myself having a hankering for giant wooden letters. This may seem strange, but I like words and pretty fonts and it seems like a great decoration for a home without being too in-your-face or preppy (monograms have been vetoed by my other half)! Now, I seem to find lots of companies in the states, but there aren't too many in my neck of the woods, and the letters themselves seem to be rather pricey. So what do I do? Search the net for handy DIY sites!

I found a great tutorial for it over at The Handmade Home to make your own letters cut out of MDF. Now I don't own a jigsaw, a circular saw or a projector, but we'll see if my Dad would be willing to help out!

This project does seem time consuming, especially for the newbie DIYer (like moi), but it might also save money. So do we save money to spend time or save time and spend money? I guess it depends on what my local guy says since that wouldn't involve exorbitant shipping costs!!

I'll let you know what I decide!