Today’s idea, how to place your furniture

Sometimes Arranging or rearranging furniture seems a bit complicated, I Found an article by Better Homes and Garden that can be quite useful for you, it is worth the visit. on http://www.bhg.com/decorating/lessons/basics/how-to-arrange-furniture/?sssdmh=dm17.748136&esrc=nwdi072414#page=12

Via Better Homes and Garden

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Keep your furniture around 30 inches apart, it will create a more convivial space for your family and friends gatherings.

Via House Beautiful Designer Todd Klein

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Place your coffee at 14 to 18 inches from your sofa.

Via House Beautiful Designer Pamela Contreras

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When you place your coffee table, think about decorating it, Pamela Contreras did an excellent decoration job on this one.

Via Elle decor Photo Simon Upton

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This is Actress Hilary Swank’s living room, the side table and the coffee table are at a good distance from the sofa, so that you don’t have to stretch your entire body to deposit your glass or plate.

Via House Beautiful Designer John Oetgen

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This adorable swan coffee table is perfectly placed in front of this sofa, I fell in love with it.

A quick visit in some Brazilian homes

Brazil has been on the map with the FIFA for the past few weeks, so I thought it would be nice to visit a few Brazilian homes. I found that the contemporary home decor is very similar to our home decor with a great splash of color here and there.

Via http://revistacasaejardim.globo.com/Casa-e-Jardim/Decoracao/Ambientes/noticia

 (Foto: Marcelo Magnani/Casa e Jardim )

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You could be totally inspired by Brazilian Architecture and home decor by visiting Casa e Jardim Brazilian home decor magazine.

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White is a great canvas for color.

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Black and white decor with a touch of red can be quite joyous.

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Lofty Brazilian rooms.

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Gray, blue, magenta and a yellow chair work perfectly in this living area. I am not a gray fan, but this mixture of color with the gray is absolutely enchanting.

Via http://trendland.com/brazilian-houses-with-retro-touches/

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If you want to discover more rooms in this gorgeous Retro style very colourful Brazilian home just go to  http://trendland.com/brazilian-houses-with-retro-touches/ I just love the wall with the Roy Lichtenstein ”In the car 1963” it really belongs in this room, don’t you think so, it would not be the same without it.

Via http://trendland.com/brazilian-houses-with-retro-touches/

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You know what, this blue and white modern tiled wall between the kitchen and the dining room is quite Brazilian but it could be easily reproduced in one of our homes. Hoped you enjoyed my Brazilian homes tour, have a great day, it is summer and we people from the North cherish every sunny hour of the day.

Today’s idea, decorate with your Christmas lights

Why not use your Christmas lights all year round, they are quite magical and create a very warm ambiance.

 

Via http://www.casasugar.com/ Photo Photo by Steven Michael Photography via RuffledDecorating-Holiday-Lights-Throughout-YearIn the garden you can totally dress up your trees with these small holiday lights.

Photo by Jennifer Blair Photography via Style Me Pretty

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A very romantic dinner with your tiny Christmas lights above your table.

Photo by Heather Hawkins Photography via Wedding Chicks

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A special chandelier made out of tiny Christmas lights can be used anywhere you like.

What my american friends eat on the 4th of July

 I am publishing this post a day earlier so that you can experiment these recipes on the 4th of July and you my American or non American friends can profit of these very American 4th of July dishes.

A VERY HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO ALL MY FELLOW BLOGGERS

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Via http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

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Scrumptious hamburger, special recipe.

http://www.onceuponachef.com/2012/04/steakhouse-burgers.html

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We say as American as apple pie but grilled chicken wings with Buffalo sauce is a perfect American dish for the 4th of July. You can get the recipe:

http://www.onceuponachef.com/2014/05/grilled-chicken-wings-with-seasoned-buffalo-sauce.html

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Peel your own shrimps served with cocktail sauce.

When I was studying in Spain a ”little while ago” there was this guy from Quebec that was visiting Madrid on business, we went out for dinner in one of the restaurants called Cuevas,  and they served non peeled shrimps,  he was quite young and had never seen shrimps served this way before and started eating them with the peel, as he was not a very pleasant fellow and quite fresh with me, I only told him he had to peel them after he ate the 5th shrimps, I guess it was not a very charitable thing to do.  Well I feel better now that I have confessed this sin…

http://www.onceuponachef.com/2011/05/peel-n-eat-shrimp-with-homemade-cocktail-sauce.html

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Fresh corn salad is typically American, once upon a time Europeans were appalled that we North American ate corn, for corn in Europe was only grown to feed cows, their corn was very reddish and hard as rock, they know better now that they have experienced our corn.

http://www.onceuponachef.com/2012/05/fresh-corn-salad-with-scallions-and-basil.html

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Chocolate chips pecan squares are my favorite, frankly I have such a sweet tooth I could totally skip a meal and eat only desert, but I try to control myself.

http://www.onceuponachef.com/2011/09/chocolate-chip-pecan-blondies.html

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Fresh strawberry cake, simple and easy to make, just follow this recipe.

http://www.onceuponachef.com/2014/07/summer-strawberry-cake.html

Today’s idea, touches of black are still in

Designer http://markdsikes.com/ uses a touch of black on a white canvas and I cannot agree more with him, he used Benjamin Moore High-Gloss Black on his front door and it really sets the tone for his small touches of black all over his West Hollywood home.

http://markdsikes.com/Photos Amy Neunsinger Via House Beautiful

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Don’t be afraid of the dark front door, it is very elegant.

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A black glossy armoire can be quite luminous but don’ forget the gloss paint, flat black paint won’t work. Mr. Sikes also uses quite a bit of neutral color, like rattan furniture, sisal  and soft beige fabric which are a good counterpart to the touches of black and bring warmth to this room.

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Two black candlesticks on the fire mantle and a black framed picture can make a statement.

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A black metal curtain rod is a slender touch of black, talking about slender, I am just thinking that I have put on 3 pounds, haha too much black Chocolate, a touch of black is good for your home decor but not to for your waistline.

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Black dining table

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Slim black curtain rod in the ivory white kitchen.

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I read somewhere that black is out, well whoever came out with this idea has not seen M. Mark D. Sikes home, I am sure he would totally change his or her  mind about touches of black.

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I love this black wrought iron hand rail,  Oh, I just notice that the inside doors are also High-Gloss Black, I like it a lot.

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Somehow, it is one of the most beautiful use of a few touches of black that I have discovered so far, it is absolutely harmonious.

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Well this bathroom has more than a touch of black, it is entirely black except for the black and white floor tiles, the sink and the use of gold for shower curtain and a touch of bamboo and basketry.

 

It’s all about beautiful boathouses

From Wisconsin to Lake Memphre Magog in Quebec, boathouses are like small glass palaces on water.

Via Architectural Digest/Photo Björn Wallander

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This 1920 Wisconsin boathouse has been renovated and redesigned by Interior Designer http://www.michaelsmithinc.com/

Don’t you think that this particular boathouse looks exactly like a real boat

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Dining in a boathouse is yummy.

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Sleeping in a boathouse is so special, we are surrounded by water, and we feel like we are sleeping right within the waves, we can hear the waves go back and forth all night, it is a very comforting sound.

Donald Christopher’s boathouse in Magog Quebec

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Festive dinner at Don’s boathouse terrace. Can you believe it there is no more snow.

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Family and friends gathering room, the living area in a boathouse is like a living room in a Venitian palace, it is located on the second floor and in Venice it is called the ”Piano Nobile” ”The Noble floor” in French ”Bel Étage.

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A lazy sunday at Don’s boathouse directly on Lake Memphre Magog.

Staying in a boathouse is quite a wonderful and unique experience, I hope you have this opportunity sometime, if you ever do, please share it with us.

Have a great week.

Go fifty shades of grey with a touch of orange

I have to admit that grey has never been my favorite color. When a client insist on grey, I try my best to suggest any other colors. Grey is emotionless and indecisive, it is neither black or white, it cannot quite make up its mind. On the other hand grey can be very elegant but a bit on the cold side. So if you mix your shades of grey with a joyous and fun orange it will help you come out of your lethargic grey and enjoy life.

Photo Lisa Romerein Via House Beautiful

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In this California house Designer Matthew Leverone has painted the beams  grey but used a happy orange sofa.

Photo Lisa Romerein Via House Beautiful

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A very charcoal grey kitchen with splashy orange stools.

Photo Lisa Romerein Via House Beautiful

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A dining room bench with a long  charcoal grey cushion and believe it or not the dining chairs are half charcoal and half orange and white.

Photo Lisa Romerein Via House Beautiful

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I have to confess that Matthew Leverone has been quite an inspiration for me in his use of different shades of grey with a touch of orange. For more inspiration by Matthew go visit  http://leveronedesign.com/press_pdf/california_homes2012.pdf

Via Decorpad

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Designer Ron Marvin is also using grey in a very delicious way.

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if you want to know more about Designer Ron Marvin there is a good article about his 600 square foot home in New York, You can go and visit it at http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/rons-perfectly-suited-fidi-flathouse-tour-172464

Via casamaejoana.blogspot.ca

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casamaejoana.blogspot.ca gray and orangeI have to thank Matthew and Ron for helping me convert to  various shades of grey.


Pillow talk in your home

When you buy pillows, it would be nice if these pillows could talk to you, in my pursuit of meaningful pillows, the following are my favorite, well they are not philosophers but they do have something to say or to express, they are different and interesting, they are not your regular pillows with flowers or stripes they are quite original and sometimes amusing.

After browsing on quite a few pillow sites I discovered Kozza Textile from Montreal and was very excited to find these very imaginative pillows all created by Kozza and made in Montreal, hope you like them.

 

http://www.kozzatextile.com/

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If you are a foodie,  this pillow should talk to you.

http://www.kozzatextile.com/

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A colorful Toucan might be an oxymoron.

http://www.kozzatextile.com/

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You don’t want to risk a tattoo but would like to, this tattooed pillow is just what you need.

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Forever black and white pillow penguin.

http://www.kozzatextile.com/

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The multifacets of cupcakes on a cushion.

http://www.kozzatextile.com/

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A Vahine with a camera.

http://www.kozzatextile.com/

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Hard to describe pillow but a super artistic montage, quite different from your traditional flower pillow.

http://www.kozzatextile.com/

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A comical pillow for lovers of Charlie Chaplin.

http://www.kozzatextile.com/

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A revolurionary pillow for Che’s fans.

After my Kozza discovery, I decided to pursue my quest for pillow talk with style, I ended up on a site called One Kings lane, where I found a few more cushions that had something to say.

www.oneskingslane.com

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Pillows with quotes.

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Pillows that bring up memories.

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Sea lover pillow with red coral.

www.oneskingslane.com

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Bird watcher pillows.

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A whale of a pillow.

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Visiting Italy pillows.

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London phone booth pillows.

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Urban pillows.

Today’s idea, supermarket flowers, super bouquet

I am sharing this article from the Huffington Post, I thought it really was inspiring, flowers are quite expensive but sometimes you could grab a whole bunch of flowers at the super market or at Costco and turn them into gorgeous bouquets. Small budget big effect.

Via Huffington Post/Photo Wendy George

slide_348909_3722555_freeGet different kind of flowers and make super arrangements with your supermarket flowers.

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Make a beautiful bouquet

Flowers are like decorative objects, it is always the way you display them that makes them look as beautiful as they are.

Via Huffington Post/Photo Wendy George

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A white hydrangea in a superb vase makes quite a difference.

Via Huffington Post/Photo Wendy George

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See what you can do with a few roses.

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A rose is a rose is a rose that sentence is from a poem called Sacred Emily written in 1913 by Gertrude Stein,  Stein meant that using the name of a thing creates an image and an emotion related to it, which confirms my belief that sometimes things have a soul.

Via Huffington Post/Photo Wendy George

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Mix it all up, daisies, roses, lilies and

Via Huffington Post/Photo Wendy George

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alstroemerias

Via Huffington Post/Photo Wendy George

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I don’t always have time to go Ikebana (Japanese word for the Art of flowers) so I just throw them all together and make an enormous bouquet.

Gifts inspiration for mother’s day

This is how it all began, Anna Jarvis whose mother died May 9th 1905 held a Memorial service for her mom and all mothers, afterward she started a campaign throughout America to have a special official day to honor all Mothers.anna-jarvis

 If you want to know more about Miss Jarvis go to http://www.wvgenweb.org/taylor/mothersday/f

Miss Jarvis campaign was successful and mother’s day was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914.

Now, if you want to buy a little something for your mom, I did a bit of window shopping for you guys, hope you will be inspired by these lovely things, they are indeed things, but sometimes things can be meaningful and bring pleasure.

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From http://fr.tiffany.ca/ a Mom’s sterling silver heart $115.00

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From http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/ a girlie/woman book $23.20

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I could not resist this watch with an indigo bracelet from Indigo $60.00

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A monogram charm from http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/reduced to $10.00

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For the traveling Mom, a turquoise passport case $16.00 http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/

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For your Mom’s suitcase this turquoise tag $12.00 http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/

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