Sunday, January 29, 2012

What I pinned today on Pinterest

Hello everyone!!

Here is what I pinned today on Pinterest: 

Love the crate shelving unit!!  (Actually, I love the whole room!) 

Now I know what to do with the two Chilean wine crates I have had stuffed in my closet forever, waiting to be DIYed.  But I just need one more crate. 

Darn, now I will have to go buy another case of wine!! ;)

What inspirational pics have you pinned lately?


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Love Votive Candles

Today, I am sharing with you a easy and beautiful Pottery Barn inspired DIY just in time for Valentine's Day: 

How to make Pottery Barn Knock Off Love Votive Candles.

How to make a DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Valentine's Candle Votive Set from Setting for Four.  See the tutorial here: #diy #modpodge #candle #craft #valentine

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We do not remember days; we remember moments. ~Cesare Pavese

Hello Everyone!

This is a random post.  And it's all words, no pics; so bear with me! This post is about a poem, of all things.

I wanted to share a special moment my family had last night.  With my son.  With poetry.  Now let me just say, straight up, that we are not a family that sits down every evening to read volumes of poetry.  In reality, we are more of a flick-on-the-TV-to-watch-news, sports, Entertainment Tonight-(and for me: tons of HGTV)-kind-of-family!

This is how it all happened:

My 12 year old son was working on his English homework Monday night at the kitchen table.  After he finished he hopped onto the couch with my husband and I, with his English textbook, and announced that he would like to read us a poem that his class just learned that day.  He told us he loved it and wanted to recite it to us!  Toooooo cute for words!!

It's called 'The Highwayman', written in 1906, by an Englishman Alfred Noyes.

 Here it is:

The Highwayman

By Alfred Noyes 1880–1958

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees.   
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.   
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,   
And the highwayman came riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

He’d a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,   
A coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin.
They fitted with never a wrinkle. His boots were up to the thigh.   
And he rode with a jewelled twinkle,
         His pistol butts a-twinkle,
His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky.

Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard.
He tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred.   
He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there   
But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
         Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

And dark in the dark old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked
Where Tim the ostler listened. His face was white and peaked.   
His eyes were hollows of madness, his hair like mouldy hay,   
But he loved the landlord’s daughter,
         The landlord’s red-lipped daughter.
Dumb as a dog he listened, and he heard the robber say—

“One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I’m after a prize to-night,
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;
Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,   
Then look for me by moonlight,
         Watch for me by moonlight,
I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.”

He rose upright in the stirrups. He scarce could reach her hand,
But she loosened her hair in the casement. His face burnt like a brand
As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast;   
And he kissed its waves in the moonlight,
         (O, sweet black waves in the moonlight!)
Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight, and galloped away to the west.


He did not come in the dawning. He did not come at noon;   
And out of the tawny sunset, before the rise of the moon,   
When the road was a gypsy’s ribbon, looping the purple moor,   
A red-coat troop came marching—
King George’s men came marching, up to the old inn-door.

They said no word to the landlord. They drank his ale instead.   
But they gagged his daughter, and bound her, to the foot of her narrow bed.
Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side!   
There was death at every window;
         And hell at one dark window;
For Bess could see, through her casement, the road that he would ride.

They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest.
They had bound a musket beside her, with the muzzle beneath her breast!
“Now, keep good watch!” and they kissed her. She heard the doomed man say—
Look for me by moonlight;
         Watch for me by moonlight;
I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way!

She twisted her hands behind her; but all the knots held good!
She writhed her hands till her fingers were wet with sweat or blood!   
They stretched and strained in the darkness, and the hours crawled by like years
Till, now, on the stroke of midnight,
         Cold, on the stroke of midnight,
The tip of one finger touched it! The trigger at least was hers!

The tip of one finger touched it. She strove no more for the rest.   
Up, she stood up to attention, with the muzzle beneath her breast.   
She would not risk their hearing; she would not strive again;   
For the road lay bare in the moonlight;
         Blank and bare in the moonlight;
And the blood of her veins, in the moonlight, throbbed to her love’s refrain.

Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot! Had they heard it? The horsehoofs ringing clear;   
Tlot-tlot; tlot-tlot, in the distance? Were they deaf that they did not hear?
Down the ribbon of moonlight, over the brow of the hill,
The highwayman came riding—
The red coats looked to their priming! She stood up, straight and still.

Tlot-tlot, in the frosty silence! Tlot-tlot, in the echoing night!   
Nearer he came and nearer. Her face was like a light.
Her eyes grew wide for a moment; she drew one last deep breath,   
Then her finger moved in the moonlight,
         Her musket shattered the moonlight,
Shattered her breast in the moonlight and warned him—with her death.

He turned. He spurred to the west; he did not know who stood   
Bowed, with her head o’er the musket, drenched with her own blood!   
Not till the dawn he heard it, and his face grew grey to hear   
How Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
         The landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
Had watched for her love in the moonlight, and died in the darkness there.

Back, he spurred like a madman, shouting a curse to the sky,
With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high.
Blood red were his spurs in the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat;
When they shot him down on the highway,
         Down like a dog on the highway,
And he lay in his blood on the highway, with a bunch of lace at his throat.

.       .       .

And still of a winter’s night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,   
When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,   
A highwayman comes riding—
A highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door.

Over the cobbles he clatters and clangs in the dark inn-yard.
He taps with his whip on the shutters, but all is locked and barred.   
He whistles a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there   
But the landlord’s black-eyed daughter,
         Bess, the landlord’s daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.

Amazing right??

This poem is based on a true story about highwaymen (robbers) who used to rob stagecoaches in
England.   Often they would share their loot with the poor countrymen and so were considered 'Robin Hood'
characters by the poor.

Do you remember this poem from school? I hadn't heard it since I was in Grade 8, I think, and as my son
recited it, I remembered what a thrilling story it told and how I felt after reading it for the first time.

It was a very magical moment to watch and listen to him recite this poem and see a child, my son,
discover the power of poetry. He connected to it in such an amazing way - it had a huge impact on him and
he continued to talk about it the whole evening and next day.

Just how cool is that? Seriously? Moments like this with my children I will never, ever forget. It was to
amazing to see my child in that moment with something so simple yet powerful as this poem.

No computer games, no DS, Nintendo or Wii.  Just a book in his little lap and some beautiful words. Thank
you Mr. Alfred Noyes. For letting a poem you wrote in 1906 interrupt the electronic age of 2012 and allow
my family to imagine and glow in your poem.

Are there any poems that have affected you or your children in such a powerful way?? 

Have a wonderful day!

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Part 5 of 2012 Paint Colour Trends Series: Pewter Tankard

Hello everyone!

This is my last and fifth post on 2012 Paint Colour Trends. Featuring Pewter Tankard from Sherwin Williams.

Pewter Tankard is one of the colours used in the 2012 HGTV Dream Home in Park City, Utah.  Amazing house in an amazing setting!

Pewter Tankard is used in these rooms:

Trim in the Great Room

Wall Colour:

Master Bedroom:

Trim in Guest Bedroom:

Headboard Wall in Bedroom:

Using the Sherwin Williams Colour Visualizer tool I also explored Pewter Tankard in several interior scenes:

Dining Room:

Living Room:


Pewter Tankard is part of the Cool Neutrals Color Family and is featured in two Color Collections: Early and Late Victorian Collection and Rustic Refined Collection.

I think it looks fabulous!

To sum up my 2012 Paint Colour Trend series, I must say there are some gorgeous colours I would love to use.  So grab a paint roller and freshen up your spaces, ladies and gents!!!

Thank you everyone for sharing this post series with me!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Part 4 of 2012 Paint Colour Trends Series: Olivewood

Hello all!

Part  four of the 2012 Paint Colour Trend series features Olivewood from Glidden.

I love this colour because it has depth and allows everything else in the room pop. 

I've used Glidden paint before and it goes on beautifully and really held up well with a young family.

Have you used Olivewood in your room? 


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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Part 3 of 2012 Paint Colour Trends Series: Farrow and Ball

Hello everyone!

Part three of the 2012 Paint Colour Trend Series features Farrow and Ball's forecast colours.

From Farrow and Ball: Unexpected colour combinations and colour blocking are the key looks for 2012. Strong greys are accented with warm yellows and clean blues for a really modern, graphic look, while subdued blue-greys and delicate purples remain fresh when paired with brighter colours in dynamic combinations.
Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon, Brassica, Railings and Babouche, are all rich, nostalgic shades with an underlying quiet intensity that makes them suited to decorating trends in 2012. 

Pigeon pallette

House and Home

Painted bedside table at Modern Country Style Blog


Railings Pallette

House colour

Apartment Therapy - Lattice Wall Treatment
Railings Trim

Brassica Pallette


Front Door at Rachel Wykes Milliner

Style At Home


Babouche Pallette

Babouche Door

House and Home

All so gorgeous!



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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Part 2 of 2012 Paint Colour Trends Series: Safari Escape

Hello all!

Part 2 of the 2012 Paint Colour Trend series features a neutral pallette from Behr called Safari Escape.


From Behr :   Safari Escape is a myriad of exotic and glamorous style. This tent-inspired space boasts relaxed neutrals that create the perfect backdrop for striking and sophisticated furniture and accessories.  Exotic and posh accents include copper, irdescent tile, mirrored surfaces, shells, African artifacts and animal prints.

What a beautiful description!!  Here are the colours:




Serengeti Dust


I love all of them!

Unfortuneately, I couldn't find any pics of the actual paint colours in a room on pinterest or google....(hmm maybe I will order a sample and use it on something here at home...)

However I did find some inspirational pics that demonstrate these Safari Escape colours:


Wildebeast at Serengeti Migration Camp

Above two pics: Serengeti Migration Camp

I have always wanted to go on a safari with my boys....and this Serengeti Migration Camp looks so cool!!

I adore these neutral colours! They really make accent colours pop! 

What do you think of the Safari Escape colour pallette?  Would these colours fit into your home?


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Part 1 of 2012 Paint Colour Trends Series: Wythe Blue

Hello all!

Let's begin the 2012 Paint Colour Trend series with one of THE premier paint companies in the world, Benjamin Moore. 

Benjamin Moore's 2012 forecast features a beautiful blue colour called Wythe Blue.  It is also their 2012 colour of the year.  Stunning!

Benjamin Moore

This colour is part of the Earth & Sky Palette.  The colours featured in this dining room are as follows:
walls: wythe blue (HC-143), ceiling: battenberg (AF-70), trim: storm cloud gray (2140-40).

This is Benjamin Moore's description of Wythe Blue:

Much more versatile than you may think, blue is truly a classic color. It has universal appeal, never goes out of style, and is overwhelmingly chosen as a color favorite across North America. It evokes the sea and sky, physically calms us, and symbolizes trust and commitment.

Because of the influence that blue has in our world today, we have chosen wythe blue (HC-143) as Benjamin Moore's 2012 Color of the Year. It's a beautiful, calming hue that has an element of heritage and offers grounding rootedness, providing comfort and stability.

I agree!!  Look at how adaptable this colour is:

Living Room

Front door





Kandrac & Kole Interiors Designs, Inc.

Wythe Blue is so versatile.  It looks great with antiques, espresso brown finishes, white fabrics and beadboard.

If you'd like to read more about this colour visit the blogs of two very design savvy girls at The Decorologist blog as well as House Of Turquoise and read their posts on Wythe Blue.

Have you used Wythe Blue in your home?  Would you try it? If you have please send me pictures and let me know if its as gorgeous in real life as it looks!



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