Sunday, 22 May 2016

Fresh Air & Sunshine


























I am just loving this time of year. I find it really inspiring. It's not too hot or humid yet, but the sun is shining and there is just the right amount of warmth. I love spending time outdoors, as I look around I am noticing so much beauty. The bees are buzzing around as they do their jobs.  The mama birds are sitting in their nests, blooming flowers are in freshly manicured beds (ah except mine but I'm working on it!) And of course my favorite LILACS are out! The smell of fresh cut grass & spring blooms is in the air! The air just seems so FRESH! I opened the windows to let some of that IN and I opened up all the curtains to brighten up the interior spaces. I took duvets and pillows out for a good fluffing! The asparagus is ready and the local fruit & veggie stands are starting to get busy. And of course I'm finding super cute outfits & shoes for the girls and get to see their cute painted toes! Ahhhhhh it's a wonderful time of the year!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

AUGUST Prairie Style feature!





Well I'm pretty sure most of you know by now that the fabulous FIFI O'NEILL is the single most accomplished editor, international photo stylist, blogger and best selling author known for PRAIRIE STYLE.  PRAIRIE STYLE is more a state of mind than décor itself. It's a combination of a making-do attitude, creating something unique from scratch, using natural textures, a softer side of rustic and rugged. It's a redefined country look.  For your pleasure here is a link to Fifi's website  FIFI                               
 Since I was about 19, I have been an avid magazine hoarder collector/purchaser. I've pretty much been obsessed with magazines that featured 'farmhouse/cottage style homes'.  I found such beauty in the relaxed look and dreamed of one day having my own home featured as well. I will be forever grateful to Fifi for choosing to feature our previous farmhouse in the Special Issue that came out May 2014 of PRAIRIE STYLE MAGAZINE. It was definitely a dream come true! It was an amazing experience working with photographer Robin Stubbert & stylist Kim Davies. Robin is an Interiors & Lifestyle Photographer, Magazine Contributor. You can see many of Robin's amazing photos here ROBIN . Kim is an antiques shop owner & stylist. To learn more about Kim visit her here KIM .  (photos above & below were in that special issue)


 A lot of things have changed in the last (ahem) 20+ years, we can easily access beautiful photography at the touch of a button right on our computer screens and cell phones. BUT some things have NOT changed. For me, these images certainly do NOT replace finding a quiet spot, sitting in a comfy chair, flipping through a magazine, reading great articles about the home owners while sipping on a hot tea. Am I RIGHT? or am I RIGHT!!      To order issues of Prairie Style or other Country Sampler magazines click HERE                                                         


In the FALL of 2014 Robin worked her magic once again to produce some more beautiful photos of both interior and exterior shots of the farmhouse & orchard.  It is unknown to me at this time where or when the interior shots of that shoot will be featured but I am proud to say that the EXTERIOR shots from that FALL SHOOT will be featured in the upcoming AUGUST issue of PRAIRIE STYLE MAGAZINE! The above photo is just a peek at one of the photos! 

We had a lot of fun with this exterior shoot even though it was a little hectic as lighting is always an issue. It is so nice to be able to have these beautiful keepsake photos. Special memories.

Also! a little birdy told me that Fifi just might have listed ME on the magazine masthead under contributors for styling!! WHAAAAAT!?

I don't know about you, but I sure can't wait to see my home in print once again!

~Mel
 
 
 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Simple things







I just put together some photos of beautifully simple things
and made a really simple post! ;)

ENJOY!
~Mel

Friday, 25 March 2016

First Signs of Spring

For me, the first 2 tell-tale signs of spring are oh so pretty colorful spring flowers and of course, rubber boots!
All those vibrant colors are sure a sight for sore eyes!
Oooh a lovely dose of purple YES PLEASE!
After those dreary winter months it is so refreshing to bring some LIFE & COLOR it into our homes.

I most recently found 4 white slipcovered HENRIKSDAL chairs from IKEA on kijiji for $15. ea ($60 total)
I knew it was a deal but when I checked the website and saw that they are 89.99 plus 13% tax ($101.68 ea or $406.75 total)
I WAS ELATED!!!!!
A savings of $346.75 because I chose to buy used.
They were very gently used in fact the girl told me they came with the house she just purchased and they were used for staging while the house was for sale. basically brand new! YIPPEEEEE!!!
So I will attempt some linen slipcovers in the future.
Even though it looks clean and crisp to just have the original white covers,
I threw a couple german grain sacks overtop for WOW factor. (and it will help keep the kids from mucking them up!)
LOVE IT!


I also recently purchased another gorgeous antique french linen sheet from etsy.
I LOVE the ecru natural coloring!
again....LOVE IT!
Who doesn't love antique textiles?? YUMMY!
 Yesterday my husband and I stopped in at an amazing antique shop in Hamilton, Ontario called Tattered &Torn owned by my friend Kim Davies. (who was the stylist for my Prairie Style magazine feature!) I purchased 2 wonderfully aged ironstone platters, 2 fabulous blue striped grainsacks, 2 french soaps and this SPRING copy of Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine. Kim hosts the A Day In The Country Show & Sale at her place in Caledonia in May & November. GOOD JUNQUE!!  check out her site HERE
and YES....I know I came late to the game but I FINALLY got myself a pair of HUNTER rubber boots!
I originally bought the new soft top version but I just didn't 'test drive' them enough in the store and once I wore them around the house for a while before leaving for town the next morning I realized they buckled and hurt the back of my leg so I went back and exchanged for a smaller size and had to go with this style which is certainly fine with me! THEY ARE SO COMFORTABLE!

Monday, 8 February 2016

My Neutral Palette










Hi friends,

Just thought I would share a few pretty photos with you.
the photo above is the fieldstone basement
of the house we are hoping to purchase soon.
(still working on it-there is a tenant involved yet-so it's all moving at a snails pace for me right now)

I am very frustrated living here in our temporary rental home.
I can't do a thing in it.
A lot of my décor is packed in boxes.
We moved from a 3 story home to a 2 story
which has not been fun at all!!
A whole extra floors worth of stuff has been packed in boxes and surrounding us!

I suspect I will soon be contacted by the producers of the show HOARDERS!





Well, it's not THAT BAD! Maybe I'm just going a tad bit crazy with the whole ordeal?!
Leaving our home and farm was very hard for us and we are still trying to get a sense of normalcy.

I have found that staging a room is like cheap 'therapy' for me.
I've been doing it for a few years now, heck I've been doing it for MANY YEARS really!  

As long as I can do a little staging it helps me somehow? HEY! I know I'm not the only one out there that feels that way!

Even amongst all this clutter,
I recently managed to stage a couple things for photos.
This photo was taken during the actual move.
I thought it was a pretty pile of my bedroom stuff.
One thing I noticed was that as a lot of my belongings were being piled into the rental I got to see them in a new light. The different surroundings really made me appreciate them. 
It was as if I noticed them again. 
As part of my 'therapy' I am also collecting new items
that I find fit my farmhouse style.
Aged raw wood & antique linens for sure! 
I have created a 'My Neutral Palette' on pinterest where I am pinning a lot of the colour tones that I feel are similar to the colours from the stones in the basement wall and old door. They are the muted colours I would love to add to the home if we get it!
You can check out the pinterest board HERE
Isn't this pretty? Farmhouse whites and raw wood. Simple.
This is a huge French antique linen sheet with the the initials for me and the hubs. I think it's so pretty. I love that it has aged over the years and somehow made it's way to me. I am always so thankful for every OLD item I get. I always wonder what it's story is and who made it and used it. In one of the photos above (with cube of French soap in tub) there are 2 more antique linen sheets. I admire all the work that went into making them. They were all hand made. Each side is handmade on a narrow loom and the two pieces very carefully hand stitched together.
Beautiful!

Thanks for hanging in there with me, while we figure out our future!
I have all fingers and toes crossed that we will be able to purchase this house so very soon!
It would be so fantastic for our whole family!
Believe me! You would start to see some staging going on!! ;)
~Mel

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