a black and white halloween

October 25, 2017

As a follow up to my last post, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite black & white halloween decor. Even just one or two of these items can add such a bold, graphic statement. I would love to add those ‘BOO’ letters to our bookshelf. If you’d like to see how I styled out the skull doorstopper and a few other things take a look right here. Also, some of the items featured below are already on sale…so happy shopping!

 

1/ honeycomb hanging spider  2/ skull doorstop  3/ black branch wreath  4/ boo letters  5/ black raven  6/ black taper candles  7/ black stacked pumpkins  8/ serving cauldron  9/ rope spider web  10/ anatomy lesson salad plates  11/ black widow spider  12/ bowl with skull hand  13/ large black pumpkin  14/ halloween mini critters  15/ fabric pumpkin

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Decorating for Halloween

October 23, 2017

I really went all out with the halloween decor this year. There are a lot of really cute decorations out right now and with extra time on my hands, I just couldn’t help it. Over the past few years I’ve built a little collection of halloween things and tend to style them out the same way each year. If it’s not broken, right? I’ve tried to mix it up a little more this year, while still including my favourites.

But, before I get into how I decorated, I wanted to talk about the shopping part. It seems like there is more and more halloween stuff popping up in the stores these days. Like I said, a lot of it is really great, but if you are like me and get visibly excited/ overwhelmed by ALL the things it can be really easy to get carried away – just ask anyone who has ever been shopping with me. I find the best way to deal with this is to have a clear theme or look and stick to it. For me, that means staying away from the gory, the animated and the glittery (I save the sparkle for christmas). I stick to a simple black and white scheme and add in a little colour with real pumpkins. Not only does this help limit what I buy, it is easy to mix the black and white in with our regular decor without it looking too crazy.

Some of my favourite decorations are the paper ones I made. The paper bats, the large spiderwebs in the windows  (you can see the shadow of them in the last photo) and various paper spiders have such a big, graphic impact and cost next to nothing. All you need is some black cardstock, tape and free templates. I’ve used this template for the spiderwebs. Depending on where and how you use them, they hold up well. I’ve been using the same bats for the past few years and we just remade the spider webs because after four years the paper had faded quite a bit.

I actually picked up that big orange pumpkin above at an antique show (it’s old, but definitely not an antique!) and it’s orange glow adds the perfect amount of spookiness at night. My other new favourite might be the black ceramic pumpkins which can be found here and here. Pop a battery operated candle in the back and they are good to go.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a round-up of my favourite halloween items and where to find them!

P.S. Take a look at our previous halloween decorations here, here and here.

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pins, pins, pins

May 15, 2017

I must admit that I was hesitant to join the pin game at first. I already have a collection of new and vintage badges (or pin-back buttons if you will) and I figured how much flair does one girl need? Of course, it didn’t take long before I threw my konmari rules to the wind and started lusting after all these beautiful pins. You probably won’t find me covered in them, but I think one or two of these pretty pins on my jean jacket or lapel this spring would be just perfect.

1/ cat pin 2/ here comes the fun pin  3/ horseshoe pin 4/ donut pin 5/ peony pin 6/ t-rex pin 7/ lighthouse pin  8/ the lovers pin  9/ splash shark pin 10/ pretzel pin 11/ the unknown pin 12/ meanwhile pin 13/ coca cola pin 14/ record player pin 15/ alice in wonderland book pin 16/ cactus pin 17/ tulip chair pin 18/ crescent moon pin   19/ ramen cloisonné pin  20/ yes way rose pin 21/ pink hamburger pin 22/ coffee press pin 23/ amsterdam canal house pin 24/ vintage electric fan pin 25/ bronco pin 26/ autumn leaf pin 27/ oh yeah pin 28/ poodle ice cream pin

gift guide for dogs

December 16, 2016

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Our gift guide wouldn’t be complete without some love for our furry friends and the humans who love them. We recently bought the snuggler bed (in the engineer stripe) above for Gracie and she loves it. She loads her toys and bones in the bed and then jumps in, right on top of it all.

1/ snowflake rope toy  2/orbee-tuff snowball  3/ penguin toy  4/ antler plush toy  5/ wet dog by sophie gamand  6/ breeds: a canine compendium by fenella smith and brothers mcleod  7/ frankie bandana  8/ bobble knit sweater in dark grey  9/ too hot two handle bowl in white and mint  10/ teal tweed squeaky bone toy  11/ rolled leather leash in black  12/ sweater stripe snuggler bed  13/ quilted dog coat in blue

gift guide for kiddos

December 15, 2016

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Next up, gifts for all the kiddos. Mark and I have quite a few nieces and nephews and I always love shopping for toys! How adorable is that polar bear? And I secretly want the heart purse for myself. There is nothing better than the look of surprise and joy when a little one opens up a gift they love. I cannot believe Christmas is ten days away! How is your shopping going?

1/ t is for tacos onesie  2/ oeuf vw bug  3/ traveler globe  4/ crewcuts jess brown doll  5/ three potato four pennant  6/ candylab pioneer car  7/ colour me canada  8/ projector dome star north  9/ flocked lion figurine  10/ gap marled pom pom beanie  11/ omm design domino matching game  12/ crewcuts glitter heart bag  13/ blockitecture deco set  14/ polar friends polar bear

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