Google Art

We are so excited to own this piece of “Goggle Art” by Cynthia King. After seeing the first piece she did of her childhood neighbourhood we asked if she could make one for one of our favourite places on earth, Annapolis Royal – specifically, the area “our church” aka our cottage, is located. Above is the result and we couldn't be happier. We can't wait to head to the church next weekend and hang this beauty. Stay tuned for photos! Speaking of homes, we have a new one and will be sure to provide an update and a sneak peek of the design palette, soon.

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New House


We are so excited to move into a house that is more or less “move in ready”. Yes, of course we will put our own twist on it but for now, there is little to no renovation required. I mean, yes, obviously that vinyl siding will be ripped off to reveal the beautiful and original shingles underneath. But otherwise, no immediate renovations. As for the exterior, what do you think of a deep blue with coordinating trim?

The interior has a great deal of original charm intact. A beautiful entryway with stair case, several stained glass windows throughout, French doors in the living room, and a lovely set of pocket doors between the living and dining room. The house has four bedrooms but most importantly, a sun deck at the back and the third floor has been converted into living space – a tv den for C. What we are most excited about with this house, other than the lack of work required, is its location. Since renting an apartment in this area a few years ago, we’ve been determined to get back there. We are so excited it is finally a reality  – can’t wait!

Here is a sneak peek of the interior:

Although there will be no immediate renovations to this house, there certainly will be decorating! The photo below is a “mood board” for the downstairs living and dining room. We want the space to be mature and calming. The “steps” rug was a jumping off point and from there we chose the accent colours and style of furniture. The paint will be a creme/light taupe. The fabric swatch to the far left is the couch – a natural cotton/linen. The other two large fabrics will be the accent colours for the room and fabric for the throw cushions. Playing up a mix of geometric and organic patterns, the two chairs for the room will be the small, geometric patterned fabric.The floors in the room are hardwood and golden – the vase (made of wood) gives us a good idea of what these colours and tone will look like in the room. The amber candlesticks and golden grapes will likely find a new home as accessories in the room and the throw pillow will be an accent for the chairs. Unfortunately we had to return the wallpaper book before this photo was taken. However, the geometric print we have picked out is gorge!

We are so excited! We can’t wait to move next month. We also can’t wait to start decorating our own space again, nesting and of course, blogging about it! eurogrand casino

Reveal – Client’s Bedroom

“Finish it off” – this was the request from this client. This bedroom was halfway to being finished but not quite there. The wall colour, bed and bedding were in place but the extra touches had yet to be added.

An admirer of art deco, this client wanted that feel to her bedroom. We started with the custom headboard. The shape of the headboard offers visual interest while the plush cotton/bamboo fabric offers texture and luxuriousness to the room. The subtle grey piping helps connect the headboard to the bedding and the curtains. The bedskirt is made from the same fabric as the headboard making the bed appear as one unit – the focal point. With left over fabric we had a small kidney pillow made to complete the look.

With design there can be disappointment and frustration. For this project, it was the bedside tables. After looking high and low we decided to splurge on the perfect bedside tables. They were mirrored all over with a fine, tapered leg and angles that matched the repeating theme throughout the room. Bedside tables ordered, great. Bedside tables paid for, great. Bedside tables delivered, not so great. Too big. Much too big. Now, you ask, how did this happen? Well, unfortunately the measurements in the catalogue were not correct and the tables that arrived were much too large. We all spent a few days trying to convince ourselves they were ok but in the end we had to be honest with ourselves and admit they had to go back. Devastating.

The bedside tables you see, however, work perfectly. These vintage tables offer the perfect mix of practicality and interest. Their vintage shape works well with the room as does the colour they were painted. The creamy colour, with a hint of yellow, works well with the rest of the room. Complete devastation averted. The angular lamps on top are practical and offer  an excellent pop of colour.

The dresser was purchased from a second hand store and it too was painted. It is just a shade darker than the colour  on the wall. The new hardware mimics the angles found in the headboard and on the finials of the curtain rod. Oh, the curtains. These beauties are from Cottage Industry and give a grand feeling to the room. Other accessories in the room include a new, mosaic mirror and a grouping of wall hangings. These DIY wall hangings are scrap book paper popped into inexpensive, sharp looking frames.

Finished. The room is now finished, and the client has a beautiful, stylish and comfortable room to enjoy.

A few pictures of the room before:

And now some ‘afters’:

St. Alban’s Vacation Home

Be sure to check out the latest section to the website – St. Albans Vacation Home. Here you will find everything you need or would like to know about renting our piece of paradise. Also, be sure to check out the photo gallery  to see everything the home has to offer and, admire Craig’s photography skills!