As a mother of three children five and under, I deal with a lot of body fluids. And you know what? Sometimes I just want to look at pretty things! I was delighted to discover in my latest copy of House Beautiful that there is such a thing as mother of pearl wallpaper. I don’t know that I would necessarily opt for it in my own home but for the right client, in the right home, it would be stunning. It is an unexpected and eye popping option for either a traditional or modern style home.
Ooh la la. Take a look.
For a more traditional look: Marquetry by Maya Romanoff
Aphrodite, by Maya Romanoff
Chevron mother of pearl wall paper by Maya Romanoff
Though there are a few different companies who sell mother of pearl wallpaper, Maya Romanoff is the go to designer for this product. To check out her beautiful wall coverings, mother of pearl and otherwise, click here!
Almost every parent I know has weekly, if not daily, conversations with their children about whether the child is making good choices or bad choices.
Parent: “Is it a good choice or a bad choice to not wear your helmet when riding your bike?”
Child: “A bad choice”
Child: “I don’t know.”
Parent (if you used to be a nurse on a neurosciences ward): “Could you have gotten hit by a car, smashed your head, and ended up in the hospital with limited brain function and no possibility of ever riding a bike again?”
Child: “Yes mommy.”
All our choices, whether good or bad, have consequences, whether seen or unseen. This is a lesson we strive to teach our children through these conversations and through encouragement for making good choices, and discipline for making bad choices.
What I have been realizing lately is that I need to have more of these conversations with myself because whether I am three or thirty, my choices have consequences and, as with most choices, mine have a ripple effect on those around me. I have been making some bad choices for myself lately. Simple bad choices like staying up too late to finish a book or veering too frequently from my no refined sugars policy are starting to take their toll. These choices have led to extreme fatigue, irritability, impatience, nausea, headaches and less productivity. But of course I never take this out on my family. Ha! Rather, because of my bad choices I am unable to love my husband as well as he deserves or give my children the patience they require. Bad choices = Bad Consequences
It is time for mama to start leading by example and making good choices for herself. Maybe that will have a ripple effect too.
Yesterday I had the delight of attending an event at Norwalk Furniture in Coquitlam where I was introduced for the first time to the Sherrill Furniture Company. I’m in love. With Norwalk in general and Sherrill in particular. I am admittedly, a bit of a sop, but beautiful things make me teary and I was getting a bit emotional about the gorgeous silhouettes of the furniture in combination with the stunning upholstery fabrics.
At Sherrill Furniture Company all the products are totally customizable (and they don’t even up charge you for most changes!): 1700 fabrics to choose from, every wood finish (and acrylic!) that you can imagine, and options galore for your couch and chair arm style, back style, base style, leg style etc. It is essentially a decorators dream store and a one stop shop for furniture ranging from modern, to traditional, to country. Even if you aren’t in the market for new furniture but simply appreciate beautifully sculpted pieces, stop by Norwalk and have a look.
The pictures don’t do the furniture justice but none-the-less, here is some eye candy to give you an idea of the extraordinary beauty and quality of these pieces.
Is it terrible that I’m now hoping for my furniture to break so I have legit reason to bring some of these pieces into my home?
Last week I wrote the first of a regular series of posts called “Monday Must Haves”. I decided I didn’t like the connotations of the title as there is very little in this life that we really “must have” and pretty interior decor items certainly aren’t one of them. However, I do like alliteration so I’m moving on to “Tuesday’s Top Ten”.
Given the weekend I had I was considering calling this “Potty Talk” and listing my top ten toilets. I would defiantly give first prize to any toilet which could follow my vomiting children around and open automatically as soon as it heard gagging (hey, I heard of a singing, glow in the dark toilet so why not?). However, toilets don’t really get me that revved up so I thought I would go for something far prettier: kitchen island lighting. These lights range from traditional to very modern and each was chosen for its’ unique beauty and ability to bring the bling to your kitchen. Enjoy!
1. Perfect for a traditional kitchen that needs some jewellery. From Lee Broom.
2. Great for a traditional or modern setting. Kitchens have so many hard angles, something round like this adds some softness. From Horchow.
7. Mercury glass is such a classy way to add some sparkle to a space. From Lamps Plus.
8. This Joss and Main chandelier works just as well over an island to bring in some bling.
10. A very modern chandelier with sparkle from Architonic.
I got married five days past my 22nd birthday. The only kitcheny object I had to my name was a wok with which I could cook a barely edible stir fry (just ask my hubby). When we went shopping for our gift registry my mind was mostly fixated on picking items which were not too expensive because I didn’t want to seem “greedy”. If I could go back in time I would tell myself that people are generous and it is okay to pick beautiful, even expensive items for your registry. However, if I had picked a fancy kettle at that point in time I would have regretted my choice since it only took a couple months of marriage for me to melt it on a hot stove.
Eight years later I still have the same melted kettle. Guess what is on my birthday wish list 🙂 A new kettle to go with my new kitchen. Here are ten of my favorite:
Black Morphy Richards kettle. This might be my favorite. I didn’t know a kettle could be sexy.
Krups Stainless Steel Kettle
Bella Kettle from Walmart
Smeg kettle. So Sleek and it comes in a variety of colours! This one is high on my list.
This super classy design looks more like a stove top kettle. Perfect for a more traditional style kitchen. By Dunelm
I’m a sucker for Asian influence in design. By GForce sold on Wayfair.
Russell Hobs kettle and matching toaster.
This Kitchen Aid kettle gives of a sweet retro feel.
Purple Presige kettle.
Another kettle with a vintage vibe by Delonghi.
I am somewhat prone to impulse buys, particularly interior decor items like wall art, vases, trays etc. I am drawn to beautiful things and have too often bought objects which, though beautiful, are not necessary, practical, or even in keeping with the style of my home. It doesn’t take me long to realize this after buying the object but by that time I am stuck with the bill and an increasing surplus of stuff. And though I like beautiful objects, I distinctly do not like a build up of “stuff” in my house so off to Value Village it goes.
Why am I mentioning this? Partly because money matters are a bit stressful after a renovation which (like most do) went over budget, and partly because there is still a bit more money I want to spend on accessories for the kitchen. My goal is to thoughtfully consider what would be beautiful, what would be in keeping with the rest of my decor, and what would not completely annoy me to have sitting on my counter at all times.
And so, as I thoughtfully consider whether I want some artwork leaning against, or attached to my back splash, and what artwork that might be, here are some pictures of kitchens that are given an extra dose of pizazz through art displays:
These people speak my language. You can buy prints like this on Etsy or make them yourself.
Such a necessary pop of colour in an all white kitchen.
These pictures aren’t against the back splash like in the other kitchens but what a stunning display. Love!
So what do you think? Would you, could you have art on your counter space?
My kitchen reno is now complete (yay!) and it looks phenomenal. However, it needs some accessorizing to bring in the warmth that the other parts of my home exude. I read this fantastic post on Jennifer’s Blog about accessorizing kitchens. Some take away tips from it include:
1.) Don’t over-accessorize, crowded counters are never good design
2.) Lean some artwork against your back splash (don’t forget it needs to be something you can wipe down)
3.) Buy objects that are both beautiful and functional
4.) Use accessories that fit with the style of your kitchen (see below for tips!)
5.) Add pops of colour which coordinate with the colour scheme in the rest of your house
I love shopping on Etsy, partly to support artisans, and partly because it is too crazy going to the store with three children. I went searching for kitchen accessories and was able to find everything from soap pumps to lighting. I have put together three idea boards for kitchen accessories, one country, one modern, and one traditional. Don’t be surprised if you see some of the modern accessories brightening up my kitchen in an upcoming post on my kitchen (okay, might be a few weeks since I have to buy and ship them etc.).