August 30, 2010

Magic Carpet Ride!

DSCF0835_thumbI really, really want rugs for my dining room and living room!

Of course I’m faced with frugal hubby’s fiscal management plans supporting his very logical insistance that we get our renovations completed before we purchase furnishings for the house. Don’t you hate logic?!

What I want for the dining room (right) is something graphic in a fresh green. Maybe a trellis design… or perhaps a quatrefoil design… or maybe a chevron design… or what about off-kilter stripes? Have I narrowed it down enough?

Here are a few pics of what I’m imaging…

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LOVE this chevron print rug… now image it in a fresh green!


And… I’m CRAZY about these off-kilter stripes… in a fresh green of course!! This rug (and the sweet pets) belong to Nicole from Making it Lovely. That china cabinet in the background? Built in. How fantastic, hey? Be sure to head over to Nicole’s place and take a closer look!!

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Which of these 4 designs to you like best?

For my living room… well, that’s a trickier decision!!

I’m lusting over this Weavers Art rug!

My living room and dining room are partially connected. What do you think about a graphic rug in one space and a patterned rug like the one below in the other?

scan0001 The the pattern/design of the rug is a nice mix of traditional & contemporary style with a lovely and important touch of whimsy: perfect for the look I’m trying to achieve in my little house… and the colours are terrific, too.

Of course finding something like this in the right size for both of these rooms AND at the right price will be a challenge!

Believe me, I’ve been looking and looking for the perfect rugs. With the living room in mind = I’ve seen a few that I like, but nothing that I love enough to bring home.

With area rugs on the brain I decided to do a little internet searching to see what other kinds of rugs I could find to share with our DesignTies readers.


Which one(s) do you like?



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White bright bold living room green designer sofa rug orange coffee table  L etc 06/2007 pub orig

Open plan grey through lounge living room dining room silver sofas decorative purple rug coffee table pendant lamp shades assorted cushions real home L etc 09/2007 pub orig

A little Purple for Kelly!



White living room floral busy sofa cushions glass table swival chair polished tiled flooring striped black and white rug L etc 11/2007 Pub Orig

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Living room large floor to ceiling windows Geoffrey Drayton designer sofa vintage design wallpaper antique chandelier Vivienne Westwood rug stained glass windows French sofa Jenny Lyn rocker chair real home L etc 04/2008 not used

To finish off this exploration post of area rugs, let me share another rug I found this evening that I could fall in love with for my living room… or maybe it’s the overall feel of the room, I can’t tell! Just my style.


Wish me luck in my rug search!!


August 27, 2010

Have a fun-in-the-surf-and-sun kind of weekend!!

Kate from manningroad asked if I have any pictures of the dogs playing in the ocean in Nova Scotia. I just so happen to have LOADS of pictures!! Here are some of them…

These first two were taken by my friend Carol — just part of the pack of 20 dogs!! From left to right: Strider, Flip, Kiwi, Jackson, and Spouky.

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From left to right (sort of): Snap, Kiwi, Skye, Strider, Voodoo, Spouky, and Jackson.

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Flip chasing Jackson chasing Squirt…

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Jackson, Squirt, and Kiwi chasing a stick…


Jackson and his little buddy Flip…

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Squirt and Jackson… splish-splash!!

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B throwing stick

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This is low tide — at high tide, the water completely covers the sand on the left the picture.

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Squirt getting nailed by a big wave – hehehehehe!!

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Sticks are fun!!

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Don’t make me share…

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Well then, I’ll just get two of my own…

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A couple of big shakes…

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…and a roll in the sand…

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That was fun!!

squirt drippy chin RS

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Ahhh, to be a dog playing in the ocean!!

Oh, and in case you’re wondering if the humans had fun too…

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Why, yes, we did!! :-)

Have a happy fun-in-the-surf-and-sun weekend!!


August 25, 2010

Cheetahs & Zebras & Cows, Oh My!!

zebra_print_comforterLarge A couple of days ago, Vitania from Verdigris Vie tweeted that she can’t do animal prints. Well, that inspired me to write this post, because I’ve decided that I’m going to do my best to convert Vitania to the wild side!!

*VERY IMPORTANT NOTE* I’m all about FAUX animal skins and animal prints. Yes, I do eat meat and yes, I do wear leather shoes. But I don’t condone using real animal skin or fur for decorating. So I’ve tried my best to find inspiration photos with FAUX animal prints. Although I think one or two real ones may have slipped in…

I can’t very well try to convince someone to use animal print in their home if I don’t have it in my own home!! This is my living room. I love how the zebra print bench and large plate on the coffee table temper the formality of the room. That’s what’s great about animal print accents here and there — they add some fun and whimsy to a room and make it feel less “serious”. By the way, there’s also a Black Lab print on the carpet in front of the sofa — that one’s real and still breathing!! ;-)



If you’re an animal print newbie like Vitania, try just one small accent in animal print. Sarah Richardson used a couple cheetah print cushions on the sectional in this office from Sarah’s House 1.


See that little bit of cheetah print poking out?!


And another cheetah print cushion at the opposite end of the sectional.


Sarah incorporated a couple of animal print cushions into this family room from Sarah’s House 2. I like the fact that the cheetah print cushion has a solid blue fabric on one side. If you get tired of the print, you can just flip the cushion over :-)


I think this is one is a real cow. Poor cow!! But see how it adds texture and pattern and a touch of funkiness to a glamourous bedroom?? It’s not in your face or over the top at all, and works well with the grey and white colour scheme.


Just like the black & white cow print in the bedroom above, the cream and brown zebra stripe cushions flow seamlessly with the colour scheme in this kitchen/seating area designed by Sarah.


New York City designer Amanda Nisbet designs wonderfully colourful rooms that are both comfortable and elegant. At first glance, the cheetah print chair stands out in this room. But take a look around and check out those amazing curtains!! They’re a stand-out in their own right :-) Which goes to show you that animal print doesn’t have to dominate a room — it can stand out but not deter from the other elements in a room.

cheetah chair amanda nisbet

I’m not sure what kind of animal print this is, but this small ottoman adds a modern touch to this elegant and traditional vignette.

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One of Amanda’s bright & colourful rooms with a zebra stripe ottoman.

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And a tan &  cream round ottoman. Isn’t the dog print on the wall above the settee adorable?!

beige zebra round ottoman amanda nisbet

Vancouver Island designer Kimberly Williams creates absolutely stunning rooms. Wouldn’t you love to be sitting on this zebra print bench right now and looking out the windows at what no doubt is an awesome view…

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Tobi Fairley designed this fun girl’s bedroom. Of course, I love all the purple :-) But doesn’t the zebra print inside the canopy look great??

bed canopy tobi fairley

Turquoise lamp with a touch of cheetah :-)

cheetah cushions tobi fairley

Isn’t this tiled floor cool?!

cheetah spot tiled floor tobi fairley

And while we’re on the topic of tiles, Sara Baldwin does amazing things with tiles. Check out these animal print mosaics she created…

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I’m 100% absolutely certain that this is NOT a real zebra skin rug!! ;-)

zebra tile mat sara baldwin

These mosaics are called Tigress.

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Sara collaborated with Charlotte Bunbury of Lotty B to create this amazing Leopard mosaic panel.leopard lotty 2 for web sara baldwin

Charlotte hand-paints silk kaftans, dresses, sarongs, and scarves on the island of Mustique. This was the beautiful inspiration for the Leopard panel:

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Fashion designer Monique Lhuillier has the most gorgeous home that includes some zebra print here and there. You’ll probably recognize this picture from Elle Decor because I’ve posted a couple of times before. But it’s so beautiful, I’m sure it’ll help sway Vitania to the animal print side!!

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Another angle of Monique’s living room — do you see the little zebra bench tucked under the Lucite table in the back left corner of the room??

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Here it is!! :-)

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And a couple more zebra print cushions on the chaise…

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I recently discovered Toronto interior designer Carol Reed. Her portfolio is filled with wonderful rooms, including these one with the zebra (hopefully print!) rugs.

carol reed zebra rug

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Zebra stripe is probably the most common animal print…

janell isabella max chair room remix     zebra chair decor arts now

zebra rug veranda zebra stools bedroom decorpad

I saved these pictures so long ago, I can’t remember where I found them. If you know the designer or the source, please let me know so I can link to them.

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A sweet little brown & cream zebra stool looks great in this coastal-inspired living room. Proof that animal prints can work with just about any decorating style :-)

zebra bench room remix

Who’s to say zebra stripes can’t be blue?!

blue cream curtains isuwannee

What do you call a mirrored bed and lucite bench with cheetah print?? Sexy!!

cheetah print lucite bench bed tobi fairley

Even though the black & white cushions on these chairs resemble zebra print, it’s the little bit of the giraffe print rug that caught my eye in this lovely room.

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Now if these pictures haven’t convinced Vitania and all of you other animal print hold-outs to add some animal print to a room in your home, I don’t know what will!!

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