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2014/05/08 / Shanan


So this wedding has been making the online rounds this week but I just had to share it, too, because I think the decor is so spectacular (okay yes, the bride’s dress is unbelievable, too).

Caitlin Watson and Tanner Boyes were married in San Clemente, California and she designed and constructed the giant paper flowers for their backyard reception over a number of months with the help of her family.

Bright. Magical. I’m in awe.





Photos by Jessica Peterson. Paper flowers by Caitlin Watson Boyes and her mother, Kim Watson.  Styling by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House that Lars Built.

Many more beautiful photos and details over on THTLB and Martha Stewart Weddings.

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2014/03/31 / Shanan


I think we’ve reached the dénouement –  don’t let that door hit your ass on the way out, winter.

We’ve been diligently preparing for this moment by  putting out our maple syrup buckets, collecting the many snow shovels we have strewn about our yard, and completing some small painting projects around the house.  A few extra pop-pop-pops of colour have managed, quite miraculously, to put a spring in our step.

Image above: Those fireplace logs weren’t getting much play anymore so they received the paint and gold-leaf treatment last weekend.

cobalt blue painted chair DIY

This old farm chair was in pretty rough shape, but got a new lease on life with a covering of cobalt blue.

painted kick plate kitchen bright

I painted the kickplate on our kitchen island awhile ago and I still love how it emits this bright little pop of colour in an unexpected place.

Got any of your own projects on the go in anticipation of warmer days and greener pastures?

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2014/02/05 / Shanan


This pretty much encapsulates my state of mind this week (and forever?), so my apologies for the late and ‘light’ post today… unintended double entendre? Why yes.

Nihilistic Optimistic by British art duo Tim Noble & Sue Webster. Neon, transformers, 2012.

ps. You can see some snapshots of Sue Webster’s London home via The Selby.  I love her plants and her un-styled collections of books, records, etc.

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2014/02/03 / Shanan


F*ck you, polar vortex. A few days ago we returned to your icy clutches, but we’ve got the tan-lines to prove that for 10 glorious days, we were free.

Our Barbados trip was by no means perfect (Theo got the stomach flu, and there were the usual complex dynamics at play when one vacations with one’s spouse, child, parents, sister and brother-in-law) but it sure was pretty.  I’ll let the photos do the talking…




I promise I’m not trying to make you insanely jealous, but there’s more…


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2014/01/27 / Shanan


Or, what happens when two white girls in Collingwood decide they want to style an elegant but fun table to celebrate the Chinese New Year, and are forced to procure 85% of the items from a dollar store field trip (incidentally we also found this, and this!).  The good news is that YES, we now know it’s possible to create a Kate-Spade-esque look on a shoestring budget.  In case you had ever wondered, I mean. GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!!

chiense new year tablescape celebrate horse chopsticks styling

2014 is the year of the horse.  We painted these little guys shiny gold, and embellished disposable wooden chopsticks with paint and glitter tape.

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Champagne dreams (mini Prosecco budget).

chinese new year horse tablescape styling celebrate chopsticks gold

We used gold glitter tape to liven up the vintage glassware, made homemade paper fortune cookies, and scattered the table with confetti and crepe paper.


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The freeform hanging ‘lantern’ was created from a sea of red and pink crepe paper and tied with a thin gold ribbon.



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SOURCES: tablecloth fabric from Len’s Mill (classy…)  /  all white dishes from various stores in Chinatown Toronto  /  red glassware and gold ice bucket are vintage finds  /  confetti sequins, gold doilies, gold glitter tape, crepe paper, gold + white striped napkins, + horse figurines (okay gosh these were actually zebras!) from Dollar Tree and Dollarama  /  paper takeout boxes from Uline.

If you’d like to see some other tablescapes we’ve done, there’s the Winter Cabin and the Earthy Maximalist table.