Thursday, September 2, 2010

DIY - Cake Trays

I came across this great idea over at SweetHome. DIY blogger, Renee Elliott, tells us how to make these simple cake stands here.

I haven't tried it out yet but they look really cute from the pictures and it's a major bonus (on my new student budget) that all the materials can be purchased at the dollar store!

What you'll need:
  • Tin tray (available at Dollarama)
  • Candlestick – look for one that’s wider at the bottom and has a flat top (available at Dollarama)
  • Epoxy that can be used on metal and wood (available at your local hardware store)
  • Spray primer
  • Enamel spray paint in the colour of your choice
  • Heavy objects, like a book or small hand weight


  • Following the directions on the packaging, apply a small amount of epoxy to the top edges of your candlestick and secure to the centre of the bottom side of your tin tray.
  • Carefully place a heavy object on top of your tray and set aside to dry.
  • Once dry, coat the tray and candlestick completely with spray primer and let dry.
  • Next, spray your cake stand with enamel paint and allow it to dry.
  • Finally, add some delicious treats and you’re good to go!

Tip: To make the cake stand food-safe, place printed or coloured paper underneath all food that isn’t wrapped.

Is this a DIY project you think you'd give a try?


Via SweetHome

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tulle and *Swish*...

Can you hear it?...
Images via Home

Sweet Summer Innocence

What could be sweeter than mason jars filled with fresh cut blooms?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun...

If you've ever considered decorarating a room from top to bottom in pink (or your whole house for that matter!), then here are some very pretty ideas....

If you had to choose just one colour to primarily decorate your whole home in, which colour would you choose?


Images via the Photo Galleries of House Beautiful

How Many People Could You Fit Into 390sq ft of Purple Heaven?

Well if you're designer David Kaihoi he can fit 3 people into his 390 sq ft East Village NYC Apartment - his wife, his 3 year old daughter and himself!

Yesterday I posted about a beautiful Manhattan studio here from the same issue of House Beautiful . It was this purple bliss featured on the front cover that caught my eye in the first place. I adore purple and would love to have a purple room someday.

(You may have noticed from previous posts that I adore many different types of decor and would love to have them all someday... therefore when the day comes that I obtain my mc-mansion entering each room will be become an experience unto itself! LOL)

Now back to living in 390 sq ft - maybe I could manage but my boyfriend and cat certainly would not be welcome! And I can't even imagine having a 3 year old living in this space!

According to Kaihoi it's all about multipurpose furniture and smart organization...

The sitting nook doubles as a dining space when needed.

Again, they have a library in 390sq ft and still do not. They're library is also their livingroom, dining room and play room... but that's besides the point.

This chest is multifunctional - it serves as a desk, bar, child's bureau for ALL her toys, and — when the child was in diapers — a changing table!

Even though this apartment is teeny tiny it still does have a bedroom. Notice the beautiful antique paper on the walls...

The parents and the little girl share the bedroom and when not in use the little bed just slides under the big bed. Hmm.... a shared bedroom... probably explains why there's only 1 child. Although probably for the best because where the heck would a 4th person even fit in this space?!

They may have an apartment a 1/4 of the size of mine but they still have a better closet than I do! And did I mention they also have a library...?

I love the purple but I have to be honest and say I'm not such a fan of the green kitchen. I would imagine it really encloses the small space... and the shade of green kind of reminds me of 80's decor.

What's your favourite aspect of this apartment?

Do you live in a small space? If so, what are some of the tricks you use to enhance the space?


Images via House Beautiful

Monday, August 30, 2010

Stunning NYC Studio

I had seen this gorgeous studio with its black and white palette in a magazine a few months ago but for the life of me couldn't remember which one (I would've known if my boyfriend hadn't purged all my home decor mags but that's a whole other story!)

So I've been searching like mad and finally found it again - Designer Ellen O'Neill shares her tiny but stunning Gramercy Park studio with House Beautiful.

It is my dream to live in Manhattan and I can tell you right now this would be the decor I would have in my dream Manhattan apartment!

Isn't this studio just gorgeous? I love the homemade chandelier and faux giraffe rug. The room even has my requisite black and white stripes!

An easel is used to hold pictures.

A daguerrotype setter's station serves as a bar.

This farm table works as both a desk and a dining table when she entertains. The large mirror is fantastic and would make the room appear larger than it is.

If a tiny bachelor apartment can even have a library in it then why the heck don't I have one yet?!?!

Don't you just feel like curling up in this lovely apartment's daybed?

What do you think of this darling studio?
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Images via House Beautiful

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Striped Drool-Worthy Bathroom

By now you may have realized I have a soft spot for B&W stripes (if you no idea what I'm talking about then click here).

This striped bathroom paired with the black and white livingroom and office in the below post is just simply my idea of B&W decor heaven! :)

This bathroom can be found in the NYC J. Crew store.

What do you think about this room?


via Lonny

Hotel Keppler, Paris

I likey!!

I want these rooms as my livingroom and office! Check out a couple of Pierres-Yves Rochon designer rooms found at the Hotel Keppler in Paris:

I would've thought the heavy, dark toile pattern on the walls would be too much but it looks great paired with modern touches throughout the rest of the room. And, of course, I love the black and white striped window treatments!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Remembering our Lost Boy

Corey Haim

December 23, 1971 - March 10, 2010

Corey, may you finally find the peace and happiness you so deserved in this lifetime. 

And a message to Hollywood and all those who stood by and did nothing but laugh and ridicule: MUCH too little, FAR too late...  


Friday, March 5, 2010

Vintage Alice

The original book cover of the 1898 edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The character, Alice, is widely assumed to be based on the daughter of a family friend of Carroll's, Alice Liddell.

{Photo of Alice Liddell by Lewis Carroll, 1858}

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll


Images via Wikipedia

Psychedelic Wonderland

Vintage Friday

It's vintage Friday and although these aren't technically vintage they certainly have a 1960's vintag-esque feel to them! And of course they fit right in with the Alice in Wonderland theme for today as well.

These really cool images were found over at Chateau Thombeau.
They are by artist, John Coulthart, and they've actually been made into a 2010 calendar. If you're interested in ordering one click here.

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