The Friday Five: Tulips

Ah – spring flowers are the best, aren’t they? I haven’t regularly bought flowers over the winter, but now that spring is here, I won’t be able to stop! The Kitchener and St. Jacobs markets always have a great selection, and it’s not unusual to see my market bag filled more with flowers than food. Last week, I bought yellow tulips and they’re still looking lovely. Here are five white tulip flower arrangements that I think would be easy to replicate.

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white tulip arrangement, Style Me Pretty

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via Sylvia’s Simple Life

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via Vintage Interior

Have a happy weekend, everyone.

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Marketplace: Dreaming of a New Bed

I have been searching for a unique headboard that fits my style and budget for a few months now, and I have come up empty. Honestly. I cannot find much that I like. How is that possible? I featured these headboards last month, and they’re alright, but I don’t love any of them enough to make them my own.

I do keep coming back to this French bed. I just love the curved footboard:

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Eloquence Sophia

The French beds below have also grabbed my attention. I like the carvings and the caning These beds are much more feminine than other pieces of furniture that I own, and I like that they remind me of France.

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chateau upholstered bed

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Eloquence Louis XVI King Cane

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Blanca cane bed

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French Bergere bed

The Sophie – and the others above – are pricey, and at the moment, I am trying to concentrate on my next big reno, rather than a major furniture purchase. I do really want a bed, but I also can’t decide if I should go for a queen or king bed. Queen is plenty big, but king is oh, so, fabulous. A king is just so grand.

In addition to the French beauties, I also lean toward simple boxed beds as well as tufted beds, scrollwork beds, metal beds, and upholstered beds. I’m sort of just scattered. Just when I think I know what I like and want, things change. Here are some beds that I think are pretty, but I’m not certain any of them are me. You know? I thought I’d document them so that I can keep this as a handy reference guide. Maybe in another month, one of them will continue to be floating around in my mind, which will force me to just bite the bullet and make a purchase.

Category A: Boxy

1. I like the extreme boxiness of this bed.

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Bradford linen bed

2. This bed is airy boxy. I like that the bed is basically floating.

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white deco bed

3. This bed is the classic box bed. A squared off headboard paired with a normal bed skirt. I prefer beds that have a footboard, I think.

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Noe slipcovered headboard and skirt

Category B: Tufted

1. I think I actually like the fluffy duvet more than the tufted, curved, and notched headboard. This bed looks really comfortable.

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Henley tufted bed

2. This is in between curvy and boxy. I thought I really liked it, but now that I’m staring at it, I can’t tell if the middle bump looks more like a mistake than an intentional design.

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Davidson tufted bed

3. Here’s a squared off lightly tufted headboard with a wrap-around base. It looks really neat and sleek. I don’t think i could every make my sheets that tight.

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Quadrant California bed

Category C: Velvet

1. There’s only one bed in this category because velvet is a new addition to my bed brainstorm. I haven’t found many that I like, but I seem to really like the one below. I think I would like it better if it had a more substantial footboard. Still, I think I might add velvet to my headboard searches from now on. It’s so luxurious.

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Kelly velvet wingback bed

Category D: French Inspired

1. I don’t mind this bed, but I haven’t fallen in love with it. It’s a nice option.

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Palais upholstered bed

2. I like the simplicity of the wood frame and white upholstery, but I think I would prefer this bed if it had straight edges. The angled frame seems to diminish the grandeur of this bed. I like that it has a decent sized footboard.

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Marie upholstered bed

3. I really like the bed below. It feels like modern French to me. It’s not crisp white like some of the other versions, but it feels feminine and warm.

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woven accent bed

4. I love the cane detail in the bed below. It’s a very simple no-fuss bed frame.

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Harbour cane bed

5. The bed below also has a French flavour to it. It’s a classic design. It’s tidy, feminine, and pretty. I think it would look great with additional throw pillows.

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Gray Louis bed

6. The bed below looks like the bed above except it doesn’t have the added finials/mini posts. It’s a good looking bed, but nothing really out of the ordinary.

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Larsson bed

Category E: Spindles

1. Here’s a Jenny-Lind-for-adults bed. I like the spindles, but I don’t think I want a four-poster bed at the moment.

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Gwendoline spindle bed

Category F: Metal

1. I originally thought that I could easily do a metal bed, but now I’m realizing that it has to be a really beautiful metal bed. My sister has the most gorgeous metal bed in her guest room. I wonder if she would notice if I took it back home with me. I haven’t seen anything quite like hers in the marketplace. The ones that are more common have simple lines and frames. Here’s a curved version:

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coventry arched steel bed

2. Here’s a straightforward rectangular shape:

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Braden steel panel bed

3. Here’s a no-fuss airy version:

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Imogene metal bed

Category G: Unique

1. I think I would really love having a peacock headboard like the one below. I think it could look really cool against a white wall for the white-on-white look (as in my home). I think I really do prefer a full bed frame package though, and I haven’t seen a version of this peacock headboard that comes with a footboard.

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Seahorse headboard

2. I think the headboard below is really a work of art.

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Georgine headboard

There are so many options! How’s a girl to decide?

Update:

I prepared the above post, and was set to publish it, but then more beds came my way. Hope you’re not sleeping yet as I have more beds to share! A couple of weeks ago, I was at a friend’s house and took a double-take at the furniture in her kid’s nursery. Yes, a nursery. Her little girl’s bedroom set is French and feminine and lovely. When my friend said that eventually she was going to get a queen bed to match the set, I had to ask her where it was from. When she said it was from Restoration Hardware, I wondered why I had never noticed it there? “Probably because you weren’t looking in the kids’ section, Jordana,” she said. Yeah. Exactly. Well, now I am! In addition to this pretty bedroom set that my friend bought for her daughter, Restoration Hardware has plenty of gorgeous French beds. Who knew?

I think I might have to have this one:

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Belle upholstered bed, Restoration Hardware

Isn’t it gorgeous? I just love it. Luckily, it does actually come in a queen version. I’d really like to see the queen-sized bed in person to make sure that an actual adult can fit in it. You know?

A few others from Restoration Hardware (Child & Baby) that I like are:

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Adele bed, Restoration Hardware

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Quatrefoil bed, Restoration Hardware

The adult bed collections are much more substantial and heavy; there’s nothing dainty or light about any of them (well, maybe only the Lorraine or the Josephine). Do any of you have experience with Restoration Hardware beds? What are the chances that the Belle will look adult-sized in a queen? Let the bed hunt continue…

Images via Crate & BarrelOne Kings Lane, Serena & LilyWest Elm.

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The Land of Nod

I’m working with my sister on the design of her kids’ bedroom. Besides the kids’ beds (from Ikea) and the artwork (made by my sister and her kids), the room is fairly empty. We turned to the Land of Nod (a top pick for many people designing kids’ bedrooms and playrooms) to fill up the bedroom with items that are useful, colourful, and versatile. One of our top picks was this bench as we thought it would be a good place for the kids to perch and read a book, or put on socks and shoes:

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flea market bench

In addition, we are using this rainbow dot garland to add colour to the room, these letter pillows to personalize the space, and these luggage sets to store toys. Here are some of the additional white pieces that I love for a kids’ bedroom or playroom…or an adult room!

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aviary pendant lamp

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uptown nightstand

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milo glider

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rattan hamper with lid

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campaign desk

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on the grid nightstand

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aria headboard

Thanks to Land of Nod for sponsoring this post.

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20 Below: Egg Accessories

Do your hard boiled eggs need an accessory? If so, one of these might work for you. I first spotted them on Swiss Miss.

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space ship egg cup designed by Itamar Burstein, $12

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sports egg shaper designed by Avichai Tadmore, $12

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Travel: One Fine Stay

Hi again. I’m back. Hope you all had a great week. Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Spring? The International Day of Happiness? The last two weeks have been completely stressful for me, and I needed a full break from the blog last week, but I didn’t actually use my extra downtime for celebrations. Hmm…maybe I should have. I probably could use another week off, but I actually really missed blogging. So, I’m back at it, since it makes me happy to plan and write my posts and to connect with my blogging community.

Let’s start the week off with a bang, shall we? Today’s homes are all rentable places to stay via One Fine Stay.

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Scotts Alley – Manhattan apartment, One Fine Stay

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Woodland Creek – Catskill Mountains, One Fine Stay

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Mettacahonts Creek – Hudson Valley, One Fine Stay

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York Lake House – Hudson Valley, One Fine Stay

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Purdy Hollow House – Catskills, One Fine Stay

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Egerton Crescent – London, One Fine Stay

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Argyll Road II – London, One Fine Stay

So who wants to go on vacation now?

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Taking a Quick Blog Break

Dear readers,
Life is overwhelming at the moment, and I need a break from blogging this week.
Jordana

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via Oy!

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The Friday Five: Tablescapes

Christmas and New Year’s seem like they were ages ago, don’t they? We’ve then had Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day is in just a few days. It seems as though as soon as one major holiday is over, another one is around the corner. Whether or not you celebrate all of these holidays, I don’t think that the celebrations should be on hold for special holiday days. Enjoying cocktails, dinner parties, or brunch with family and friends is an excellent way to reenergize and toast everyone’s successes! A beautiful table setting – for small and large gatherings – provides a warm welcome for your guests, and is a lovely preview for a delicious meal!

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via Style Me Pretty

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via Oui Oui Oui Studio

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via Style Me Pretty

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via Weddingomania

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via A Low Country Wedding

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Uptown: A Look at My Bathroom

I put as little money as possible into my big bathroom makeover as I’m hoping to just tear it out one day and start fresh. The shower is too small, the jacuzzi tub is huge, and there’s so much unused floor space. Plus, there are two tile designs that make my brain hurt. The big bathroom, believe it or not, has come a long way. I can barely remember the silvery grey wallpaper, the excessive amount of towel bars, the rusty grey drop-in sink, or the grey smokey mirror. Barely. 

The new sink, vanity, mirror, lighting have refreshed the space as has the wall paint, the cabinet paint job, the inkblot wall, and a good ol’ fashion scrubbing.

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Sources:
ink blot paintings by me
frames – random
bamboo ladder/towel holder – vintage
vanity countertop – custom
sink – Habitat ReStore
Tommy faucet by Delta – c/o
mirror – HomeSense
vanity light – Home Depot

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Food: Mini Donut Maker

If I had $170 to spare, I would totally spend it on this mini donut maker. Look how cute those donuts are!

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Design: Celebrating the Quatrefoil

Okay, so I know St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and green-themed parties, foods, and decorations are dominating Pinterest and blogs, but around here, the green stays far away. While I wouldn’t paint my walls green, I do love greenery in my home. I absolutely love having living plants in every room around my home. If I lived in the French countryside (yeah, if), I’d definitely try to have a green house. I’d probably call it a conservatory or a garden room (look at all of these beautiful conservatories).

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Oak Leaf Conservatories

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via Julias Vita Dommar

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via Home & Garden

Okay, I’m now off topic. Let’s get back to what I really want to talk about today: quatrefoil. The quatrefoil is a four-leaf symbol that we see a lot in art and architecture. It was most popular in the gothic and renaissance eras (read more here). I’ve gathered some photos of quatrefoil products and gorgeous interiors with quatrefoil details.

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quatrefoil headboard, Christopher’s of Nantucket via DecorPad

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quatrefoil pillow cover, Decidedly Chic

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Suzanne Kasler’s home, via Architectural Digest

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quatrefoil mirror, Horchow

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quatrefoil detail in this gorgeous farmhouse kitchen, Magnolia Homes

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quatrefoil necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels

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via AM Dolce Vita

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Edward ottoman

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via Better Homes & Gardens

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quatrefoil photograph, via Posterjack

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