Picnic on a Lazy Sunday

This picnic set up is absolutely magical, I really really want to be just sitting on this beautiful tablecloth on the last day of summer and eat and be lazy and eat and be lazy again. To reproduce this charming environment, we only need a river bank a few dishes, some great food and don’t forget a straw hat a lovely pillow and of course good company.

Found on dustjacketattic.blogspot.com.au

via http://www.pinterest.com/pin/240801911297926171/

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Enjoy your Lazy Sunday picnic wherever your are my friends.

Today’s idea, it’s all about kitchen

A few years ago I found this great book about Kitchen renovation, today I was cleaning up my bookshelves and I just saw it, I realized I should have shared this kitchen guide with you before, but better late than never.

http://www.amazon.com/Kitchens-Sunset-Design-Inspiration-Expert/dp/0376013443

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Believe me it is a terrific guide, Sunset has really thought this through thoroughly from: Getting started , Cabinets, Counter and Backsplashes, Sinks and Faucets, Appliances, Flooring, Storage and Display, Finishing touches, Getting it done, a complete guide to designing and renovating your dream kitchen including design software.You can also visit  http://www.sunset.com/home/architecture-design/kitchen-design/view-all for more kitchen inspiration.

Via Sunset-Photo Lisa Romerein

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A small country kitchen dressed in white.


Via Sunset-Photo Richard Leo Johnson

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A white  kitchen with blue appliances, I remember the 70′s my sister had a sea blue kitchen with blue appliances, it was very unusual and I find it’s still is, don’t you think so.

Via Sunset-Photo John Granen

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This kitchen has a bit of a pale Zebrano look, I like this mixture of the natural upper wooden cabinets with the white lower cabinets, it is quite fresh.

Via Sunset-Photo John Clark

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I have always been an aficionado of open shelves, but we have to make sure it stays elegant and not pêle-mêle (Messy)

Via Sunset John Granen

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A rather small kitchen can look bigger in an open area, I like the pots and pans rack above this island with the 4 spot lights.

May the Force be with you in renovating your kitchen, it is not an easy venture but it is absolutely rewarding.

HAVE A GREAT LABOR DAY WEEK END EH !!!

CHECK THIS CANADIAN GUY FOR A GRAIN OF HUMOUR

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Today’s idea, thrifty you and makeover

Once upon a time I had very thrifty dispositions, now not so much anymore,  but I have a lot of admiration for people such as Liz from http://lovegrowswild.com who can transform thrift to riches. So today I discovered Liz,  I think you should pay her a visit, she is such an inspiration, enjoy her makeover, she can resuscitate a piece of furniture in the loveliest way and yes you can too!!! 

http://lovegrowswild.com/project-gallery/

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Cutest mint green desk, for transformation instruction go to http://lovegrowswild.com/project-gallery/

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http://lovegrowswild.com/project-gallery/

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Recover your office chair with a fabric you love and follow Liz instruction at http://lovegrowswild.com/project-gallery/

Today’s ideas, a few decorating tricks for your first apartment

 I remember my first apartment, it was on Sherbrooke street West corner of Berri in Montreal, I was a student at Loyola.

 It was the Marimekko era and the vinyl style look.  I stapled a wall in my kitchen with a  black and white Marimekko oil cloth ( see below) and my apartment suddenly became more exciting, it had a life of its own.

I found a few simple tips and tricks for you, hope it inspires you to decorate your first apartment, may the Force be with you, have fun.

http://kiitosmarimekko.com/

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Voilà Marimekko.

Via buzzfeed.com and cuckoo4design.blogspot.com

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Repaint your thrift store lamps and shades.

Via buzzfeed.com and salvagedior.com

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Antique your rubber doormat and hang it as a wrought iron  art piece.

Via buzzfeed.com and salvagedior.com

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Paint your furniture to match, could be all white, could be all black or any color your wish.

Via buzzfeed.com and freshideastudio.com

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Just found out that you can paint your upholstered furniture, somehow ”I have problem in spelling upholstered, and I often invert the letters and it comes as uphosltered” well I am French you know.

Via buzzfeed.com and afarmhousereborn.com

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Use Towel rods to hang your coffee mugs ”from Ikea’s Fintorp rails”

Via buzzfeed.com and houseofturquoise.com

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Use a wired trash can upside down and paint it the color you want, transform it into a lovely side table.

Via buzzfeed.com and apartmenttherapy.com

Use a drum for a bedside table.

 You need a side table, find an old second-hand drum, paint it or not et voilà.
*For instructions of how to, go to the original sites above each picture.

Today’s idea, what you can do in your attic

Attics have numerous possibilities as long as you have some height in the middle, 7 feet would be terrific.

1- If you have an older home and the electricity has not been redone or upgraded, the first thing you have to do is contact your electrician to make sure the electrical will survive the renovation.  If you intend to add a bathroom, you should also get a plumber if your plumbing is quite old. After this is done you can start transforming your attic. 

2-As long as you are there, you might check the insulation to make sure that it is cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

3-Installing a fan would certainly be a plus

Via Huffington post & Domino

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An attic can be a superb home office, quiet and away from all the action.

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The attic is also ideal for a master bedroom.

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A quaint guest bedroom in your attic.

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A quiet spa in your attic.

Via Apartment therapy

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An en suite bedroom.

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A teenager bedroom in the attic.

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A skylight in your attic bedroom can make your life a lot brighter.

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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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