Under the radar

I am always attracted to and struck by the beauty of object with great patina, markings of time and people passing by. Or is it simply the patina itself I love so much? Whatever it is, I always find these surfaces (like the one above, which is a the back of a second hand dresser),…

Has spring really sprung?

So we’ve had a nice day or two….. and the days are getting longer. Everyone I know is feeling the excitement and wanting more light and good weather 🙂 Since I love spring, and Easter (a nice time to mark the end of winter), I decided to make an arrangement for the entrance table. I…

Comme sur des roulettes :)

“Just like on rollers” is the expression in the title 🙂 which is the equivalent of saying that something “goes swimmingly” or “without a hitch”… Kinda like I’d like my tidying and house cleaning to go 🙂 always. Like many I think, I’ve been “Konmari” ing my house lately. I’d heard about Mari Kondo from…

Calling out into the night….

Yes, this old chest was calling out into the night, to be rescued… as we passed it by on our way home some time ago. It was sitting at the side of the road, in the dark, rather lonely I am sure. Of course I had to stop… but not wanting to use solvants (and…

Finding the balance

Near our home, these pieces of furniture and remnants were placed by the road… I didn’t think much of any of it, although I did kinda like the pieces of lumber that had once made a bed frame…. The second or third time I passed by (at a few days interval), it dawned on me…

Ratty rattan…

On a visit to one of my favourite second hand shops, I found this childrens’ chair. After having seen a similar one at an antiques fair earlier that week, with at 90$ price tag, this one being sold for five dollars was very enticing 🙂 Although I thoroughly enjoy white, the paint was looking ratty…

What a little stain can do….

A little stain can ruin your favourite blouse… but it can sure do wonders for things made of wood…. Around the corner from our home, this little play house had been placed for sale, by the curb side. Driving by I spotted it and immediately began thinking of how to rearrange our yard to include…

All within the framework :)

Driving toward home (yes, again), I found this empty frame by the roadside. It was painted in a glossy white paint that had yellowed and was looking quite sad… Although it was already the colour I wanted, I didn’t like the gloss or the drab “white”…. the paint would have to come off (it looked…

Bedfordshire:)

When the time came for a big girl bed for my daughter, I was rather excited. A “new” bed of course, means new possibilities….. for decorating, recycling and refinishing! (What’s not to be excited about??) After a bit of hunting, this is the bed I found on an on-line garage sale. My plan was to…

Think inside the box :)

Another roadside garbage find I couldn’t resist…. this box sat for a few months in my garage before I found out what I wanted to do with it 🙂 Rather grotty, it was still pretty cool and…. free! So, I picked up a spray can of chalk pain in a nice dark blue and after…

Save your patio furniture !

When you live in a cold climate, people get especially excited when the nice weather comes back. There are always a few hard core runners out there, bareback or in shorts even if it’s a only a few degrees out, their bare skin reddened by the cold air… people whip out their sandals and sun…

Integrating metallics.

Metallics are great to incorporate in a room. They add an element of interest, pairing well with other colours. I found this little table at a thrift shop for six or seven dollars and loved it’s delicate yet simple shape (round top and tapered legs). It folds up, making it practical and easy to store….