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west elm – calgary

West Elm

While I was visiting Seattle last month, I stopped by West Elm.  I fell in love with the whimsy of the Dapper Animal Plates.  The combination of a moose or a llama in a cozy sweater was just too much for me to pass up.

Dapper Animal Plates - Cozy Sweaters

I created a casual look by using my Blue Willow plates as chargers and placed them on top of crisp, oversized napkins.  The runner is my latest craft project and I loved creating something using vintage fabric.

West Elm

I’ve been growing succulents in a galvanized chicken feeder (why not?) and it makes an interesting centrepiece.  Blue mason jars with tea lights suspended in epsom salt complete the look.

I’m really looking forward to visiting the Calgary location once it opens on August 20th.  You can find the fourth Canadian location of West Elm in Mount Royal Village (868-16th Avenue SW).

Decorating Projects

guest room with a british influence

White frames

I re-designed the guest room at my parent’s place.  It’s the room my sister and I use and eventually, when my nephews are older they’ll sleep there during their visits.  Our intent then, was to create a room that would work for all of us.  It is a playful room though with lots of little things that grab your attention.

Here are some before shots:

Kingswood before Kingswood before

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Decorating Projects

deck makeover

My Mom came down for a nice long visit to help me with several projects around my house.  One of the biggest projects we tackled was re-staining my back deck.  Here are some before shots from when I bought the house:

Deck - before

Deck - before 2

I wasn’t a big fan of the colour of the deck stain or the unstained lattice. It’s hard to tell from these photos but the original colour of the deck was Sandstone:

Restore - Sandstone

I decided to update the look with Pewter:

Restore - Pewter

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