My authentic distincts Ikea favorites

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Via House BeautifulIkea Billy bookshelf with a few mouldings and a cornice will perform miracles.

Kallax bookshelf $38.99, turn it into a kitchen island, insert 2 kallax doors for $17.00  and a lämplig chopping board for $19.99 
Using 2 short Billy book shelves $39.00 each, add a wood counter top butcher block from Ikea, you will end up with a terrific kitchen island. For instructions go to Golden Boys & Me

 Be creative with your Raskog utility cart $25.00, categorize what ever you want a bit of paint will do it.

Tarva Chest $179.00 transformed into a roll top desk. Label pulls #0.00 from Amazon, for instructions go to In My Own Style  Mosslanda picture ledge $7.00can be used almost everywhere, great above your bathroom sink Fintorp rail $9.00 to hang your black metal basket (amazon.com) to hold your mobile phone and I pad Ekby Alex shelf $49.00 is one of my very favorite, just add some legs $5.00 from amazon and you get the most sophisticated Vanity or you can use it as a desk.

This Bekvam Kitchen cart $60.00 is totally adorable. Paint it and add a tea towel bar, this one has a marble top but you could even paint the top with a faux fini or simply white and it would still look great.

Quick Christmas Decor

I find that decorating my decorative objects with Christmases wreath and decor simplifies my life and is done quickly.

For instance I have this big stone horses head and I crown it with a colourful wreath and multiple pearl necklaces. 

Year after year I hang my lovely angel on my table crystal chandelier.

Made a special laurel wreath with a bit of pink glitter for my Plâtre de Paris bust, she is ready to party.


Found these cute acrobatic angels at Home sense a few years ago, and I love hanging them on my big silvery candlesticks. They are singing I am almost there and ready for Christmas.

 

Queen Nefertiti really deserves a crown made out of a few artificial flowers and leaves from the Dollar store, 

This Child bust likes the brilliance of a gold wreath.

 

My Ikea topiaries enjoy a few Christmas balls and a small musical golden angel.

This cute golden putti is holding a miniature angel orchestra decorated with a musical note ribbon

Enjoy your Christmas my lovelies

Please don’t give me a cup for Christmas

Christmas gifts under $20.00

From amazon a Nana note-book with funny saying for  $10,62 CDN  I am a Nana so this would be my first choice.

Amazon Guitar picks flowers for Geoffrey, Why not flowers for a man $9.99 CDN

Indigo fur-trimmed reading socks so comfy for lazing around on a Sunday $17.25 CDN

Imagine a fireplace with Indigo Crackling firewood candle for $14.00CDN

Relax your brain with ”Crazy Rich Asian” the book at Indigo for $11.92 CDN

Cook with Lisa Dawn Bolton ”On Board” book at Indigo for $15.00 CDN

A white mini waffle maker for an intimate Christmas Holiday morning breakfast

at Crate and Barrel for $19.95 CDN

A layered  Mason Jar cookie mix to bake with your grand children. Crate and Barrel for $12.59 CDN

Just discovered the Japanese boutique Miniso, it is colourful and very reasonably priced. Sports bottle for $12.99 CDN Miniso has opened boutiques in 70 countries

 

Pink and turquoise Selfie Extensions for $3.99

Pink cooking frying pans 

Pink little piggy kitchen accessories for 3.99 at Miniso 

 Paw patrol tuques and gloves for little girls and boys 

Very cute iPhone cases Bare bears

Wine drip ring for a Hostess gift or Christmas stuffer $2.99

Pretty black Hooks for all uses, kitchen, bathroom, mud room 

Witty reading lamps  from $12.99 to $14.99

By the way if you insist on giving me a cup, I prefer Royalty cups like King Elvis cup or

Queen E of England cup or my grandchildren photo cups.

There is stil time for Christmas shopping gifts, small prices and big effect my lovelies

Omelet du jour

A most simple omelet can make you very happy my friends.

Since a few years Mason jars have become quite a hit, they are certainly timeless and reliable, virtues that we still appreciate nowadays.

Believe it or not the hip Mason jars were created in 1858 and have been used since non stop.

Now we make Martinis in Mason jars and drink in them at parties and family gathering.

 we even cook in them. This is my favorite Mason jar omelet recipe that I can make the night before and cook it in a split second for breakfast, enjoy my lovelies.

 

 

You are not a plant parent, go artificially green

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You are not too good about plant parenting, here a few nice artificial greens.

From Ikea Fejka $12.99 Cad. This glorious looking ivy can be used inside or if your veranda is covered, I would use it inside.

From Ikea Fejka $24.99 Cad

This artificial plant from Ikea is topiary style and can be used also as a pair to create some symmetry

From Pier One Faux Boxwood Topiary $169.95 https://www.pier1.com/outdoor-faux-boxwood-cone-%26-ball-48%22-topiary/3319484.html?cgid=artificial-trees#nav=left&origin=gridswatch

 

From Pier One Topiary wreath $39.95 https://www.pier1.com/faux-boxwood-topiary-door-decor-%26-wreath/3163585.html?cgid=artificial-trees#nav=left&origin=gridswatch

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I have bought this topiary and used it as a focus point above a metal console decorated with white flowers and a ceramic frog thinker.

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I also used the faux Cedar Topiary mixed with real white impatience.

From Pier One Faux Cedar topiary $129.95 https://www.pier1.com/faux-cedar-51%22-spiral-topiary-in-black-pot/3448937.html?cgid=artificial-trees#nav=left&origin=gridswatch

I believe that a mixture of real plants, flowers and artificial plants work wonder for a garden or a balcony. Try it you will like it and you can bring your faux plants into your home after the season is over.

Let it be a tidy home

Hi my lovelies, today we will be embarking into a journey of tidying up our homes. 

A year and a half after the discovery of Marie Kondo who invented the KonMari method, my son Louis and my daughter in law Fiona are moving into a new home, so they have bought Kondo’s book about tidying up and decluttering your home. They found her philosophy very inspiring and having never read her I have to admit that she is quite a revelation.

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Author Marie Kondo

I personally agree with most of what Kondo preaches, most of all with the artfully way of  tidying up your closets, drawers etc… but to me the portrait of a home where it feels good to live everyday is not exactly a Zen home totally denuded of personality, and she seems to be a bit minimalistic in her approach.

So this is a resume of some of the  Kondo rules that I have chosen for you. If you want to read the 6 Kondo rules go to https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/decluttering-expert-marie-kondo-my-6-rules-of-tidying/

1- Get rid of stuff you don’t really need, keep only those things that are necessary or bring you joy, if not, your tidying up will be an eternal merry-go-round.

2- Tidy by category not location, for instance when tidying up clothes, gather all the clothes that you have in one location so that you can see exactly how much you have, wow, I think I will have to move everything in my living room, my bedroom is definitely not big enough.

It’s very important to get an accurate grasp of how much you have in each category.

3- Follow the right order, It is:  Clothes, books, papers, miscellany, and finally sentimental items.

Once you have perfected the art of tidying clothes, books, papers and miscellany you will have almost mastered the art of Kondo’s ways and be ready to tackle the sentimental items which usually take a lot longer, Her method is designed to help you distinguish what truly sparks joy and as you know practice makes perfect.

Clothes are ideal for practising this skill, look at how rewarding it can be:

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Tidying up clothes so that you can see them.

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KonMari consultation with real clients.

I believe that the Konmari method brings us a greater appreciation of our homes. Try it you will like it, you may very well reach the Summer of your Content my lovelies.

If you use KonMari’s method, please tell me how it works for you.

Today’s idea, is your house a home

It’s been a while my lovelies, yes I had a cold again but I have not abandoned you, I have been thinking of you and visited a few inspiring sites. I thought you might enjoy this post about ”your house your home”

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/advice-about-making-a-house-a-home-243135

Great advice from Apartment Therapy of how to transform your house into your home.

A touch of gold in your home

Anything goes with Gold, even Ikea likes it.

Via Dream Green DIY

Two Ikea desks side by side with spray painted gold legs brings a very chic look to your office.

Via Apartment Therapy and Dream a little bigger

Give a glimpse of gold to your lamp, she will brighten up and thank you for it.

Via Kristi Murphy

The golden look of an Ikea coffee table.

Via Hither and Thither

This black Ikea office chair is looking quite sophisticated with its spray painted golden legs.

Via Buzzfeed and stylespellbookblogspot.com

The black Ikea Vittsjö shelf

The Ikea Vittsjö shelf was magically  transformed into a very Newyorkish golden shelf.

Via Apartment Therapy and My notting hill

You can change your dressers handles and turn them into gold.

Anyone that can turn anything into gold is called an alchemist, but King Midas also had the golden touch and so do you my lovelies.

The role of Cranberries at Christmas

Simple cranberries can turn into a fabulous Christmas decor and yummy foods.

Photo via http://www.lapresse.ca/

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Cranberry field in St. Louis de Blandford.

Celebrating Christmas with Cranberries is colourful and part of history.  in the 17th Century, the American Indian Algonquian introduced Cranberries to the English Settlers in Massachusetts, and we have been cultivating them and eating them since. Another name for Cranberry is Atoka. In France we call them Airelle.

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The cranberry harvest in the Island of Nantucket by painter Jonathan Eastman Johnson  1880

Via House Beautiful

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Now we are talking, Champagne and frozen Cranberries for a Merry Christmas.

Photo via http://www.rtl.fr/

7742899471_the-cranberriesIrish rock Group ”The Cranberries” You can also accompany your Champagne and Cranberries with the Irish rock group music of the Cranberries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yam5uK6e-bQ

Via Better Homes and Gardens

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Making Topiary Balls with Cranberries and leaves.

Via Take six Photo Nicole Payzant

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Plaid table runner from Pottery Barn and a center piece made out of Cranberries, pine cones,candles and candy canes.

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Add Snow wonder instant snow to a glass vase, a wide candle and Cranberries, that’s it your table will look super festive.

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Use a cake plate and add small trees and vases with cranberries, a few branches and silver and gold Christmas ornaments. Home sense usually had cake plates during the Holidays.

Via Better Homes and Gardens

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Topiaries made out of Cranberries. Use a foam ball (Dollar Store) toothpicks that you insert in fresh Cranberries and deposit each topiary on top of some glasses or candle holders  to obtain different height.

Via Martha Stewart photo Clive Streeter

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Of course you can also make Martha’s quick Cranberry Sauce.

https://www.ricardocuisine.com

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Ricardo’s Cranberry muffins are to die for.

Via Food Network

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Fifty things you can make with Cranberries. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/50-things-to-make-with-cranberries.page-2.html

This humble fruit is really something to talk about.

Today’s idea, from one garden to another

Fall is upon us, I think we need some anti-stess in our lives, I would like to share some of my life anti-stress with you my lovelies.

Photo decogirlmontreal/Roxane Saulnier, marketing and  communications Dans un Jardin
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A few weeks ago I was invited to the launching of Dans un Jardin new spa collection, and for half an hour, I was totally immersed in a world of anti-stress, it seemed the clock stopped!

Photo yours truly/ Eric Arminjon President and Francine Raymond VP

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Last year Eric Arminjon President of Dans un Jardin totally revamped the brand. For Eric it was quite a challenge, I find the finishing line exceptional with all the body and ambiance products that were created for the entire family.

Josiane Manager of la boutique Dans un Jardin Carrefour Laval.

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I personally was fascinated by the Komyo products, the Japanese bath and relaxation line, I like products with a history and Komyo has an interesting one.

Komyo lived in the 8th century, (701 to 760) She was chosen by the Emperor Shomu to be his wife at 16.  She became an Empress at the age of 29, she was also a recognized poet and the first to be rank as kogo in historical times.  (Wikipedia)

Photo Dans un Jardin

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I will buy this Komyo bath line for my daughter in law Fiona, her birthday is September 23, I hope she will enjoy it as much as I do.

img_0168The ambiance line is very attractive, I myself am a fan of scented candles.

Via McGill University Montreal

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This is Hans Selye the pin pointer of stress, he was the first person to discover the effects of stress on people.  He was a post grad at McGill University and did intense research on stress he invented the word stress. Hans Selye also wrote the bible on Stress. ”Stress without distress”

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You could read Hans Selye’s book in your bathtub with your Green Tea bath infusion and find out the way you can use stress as a positive force.

May the Force be with you my lovelies.