Monday, December 30, 2013

New Years Table Decor

This year, December came around the corner extremely fast and Christmas flew bye. The holiday season is all about spending time with friends and family, entertaining and enjoying great food and drinks. With that being said your calendar will begin filling up with numerous dinner parties, leaving you with less time to decorate your own dinner table. Here are some easy tricks and items found around the house that could help you out for your New Years parties!


Stack dishware and layer with a fancy napkin. Adding a simple Christmas ornament will add a touch of visual happiness and extra Christmas spirit to your table.

Extra wrapping paper left over from last year? Use a role as a table cloth. This will instantly add a playful holiday cheer to your table.

Adding different size candles will bring a twinkle to your décor.

Happy New Years Everyone!!
Until next time
w&c designer girl!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Take the Stress out of Holiday Entertaining

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The holiday season is all about spending time with friends and family, entertaining and enjoying great food and drinks. Don’t let entertaining become a burden. Easier said than done right? Here are some foolproof tips to ensure that parties, family gatherings, pop-in guests and out of towners feel, warm and welcome and the hostess is relaxed and joyous as well.

 1. Be ready for those pop in guests: It’s inevitable, over the holidays there will always be those few friends or family members who “pop-in” at the most unexpected time. Having a few items on hand for these surprise visits can turn a chaotic meeting(visit) into a fun spur of the moment gathering – for afternoon guests Keurig’s special edition gourmet single serve coffee maker is ideal (available at  Add gingerbread, sugar cookies or fruit cakes to the mix which can be stored in the fridge or freezer and warmed up when needed makes the perfect afternoon pairing.

Small AppliancesLibbey® Just Cocktails 4.8-Ounce Mini Irish Coffee Mugs (Set of 8)

 2. Overnight Guest Check List: No matter how large or small your home is, setting up a space where out of town guests feel at home is essential. For small space living Modern Sensibility has stylish love seats that can transform into a double bed. Add some comfortable and cozy bedding from Bed Bath and Beyond, some fluffy towels and as an added luxury a basket filled with bathroom items and slippers is always a nice touch.

3. Budget friendly centerpieces: Flower arrangements can get expensive so why not use some of the vases sitting in your cabinets collecting dust?  Add ornaments, pine cones, cranberries or even holiday candy and place the vases in a cluster of all different sizes. Your backyard, if you have one, can be great for finding sticks, and greenery that can be added to create a rustic arrangement.  Use gold or silver spray paint to add an extra festive flare to sticks and dried flowers. If you have a mix of candles in different colours, shapes and sizes, cluster them together as well.
 4. Stress Free-Holiday Party: Don’t become a slave at your own party. A few key pre-party set up tactics will ensure the hostess can enjoy the party as well. Set up an open bar. Offer guests a drink upon their arrival but once they are settled in, have a space where they can pick and choose their drink of choice. Pre-plan your menu. Have some simple appetizers and munchies that can be made ahead of time and refilled easily throughout the night. Set the right music. Sonos offers wireless music that you can tailor to different rooms in your home. You can play holiday music as people enter your home but in the living room, you can play an (more upbeat music to get your guest dancing)entirely different genre. Great for the hostess and also makes a perfect holiday gift for the music lovers on your list.
 (This is a great gift for your the man in your life)
 5.Setting a holiday table: Another tradition in my family is a gorgeous holiday table for dinner. Again the key to de-stressing when it comes to a large family dinner is preparing in advance. I like to stick with white dishes and serving trays as they are timeless and versatile. Bed Bath and Beyond has a great collations called Everyday White Rim Dinnerware with pieces starting at $4.99. Sticking with white means you can accessories with beautiful napkins, table décor and candles to further set the mood. Again if small space living is your challenge, don't think that takes you out of the entertaining circle. Modern Sensibility has created a small foyer table (called the Campbell) that transforms into a full size table that seats 10 so you aren’t left out of the holiday entertaining mix!
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Until next time

w&c designer girl!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Add a Dash of Black

Guest Post Today By: Emily Baxter

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Coming up with a creative way to decorate your tree differently every year can be tricky. That is when I came up with the idea of creating your own Christmas ornaments that not only are fun but also add a personal touch. Creating the perfect  black ornament isn’t hard, all you need is a trusty can of black chalkboard paint and a few odds and ends to keep you’re working area clean.
Here is a full list of what you will need:

Chalkboard paint
Thread or string
Clothing hangers
Rubber gloves
Head to your local Canadian Tire and find the size of ornaments you prefer and a can of chalkboard spray paint. When picking out the oraments refrain from using any that have glitter or a lot of texture. You can also reuse old ornaments that you may have in storage.

Cover you work space with lots of newspaper. Make sure the space is well ventilated, this stuff is strong!

Insert a piece of thread or string where you will insert the hook to hang the ornament on your tree. You will later be hanging these to dry. Hold the tip of the ornament and begin lightly spraying each ornament. I would recommend wearing gloves; chalkboard paint is hard to remove from your hands. When each ornament is finished being sprayed, tie your thread or string to a hanger and hang the hanger in a safe place. Make sure to protect any surface below with a drop sheet or newspaper. When they are hanging they tend to drip.

I left these over night and they were dry in the  morning. Remove the tread or string and insert a ornament hanger. Time to begin writing fun sayings, initials, names or anything that will personalize your tree!

Thanks Emily!!

Until next time,
w&c designer girl!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Recycled Glass Renovations Done Right!

Guest post today by :Shahab Shokouhi

Recycled Glass Renovations Done Right
Don't you just love the idea of getting a second chance at life – a do-over, if you will?

Indeed, the very nature of upcycling embraces the philosophy that just because something ceases to serve the same purpose it started out serving, that doesn't mean it should be doomed to a useless existence from that point forward!

Consider the new world of possibilities that comes with incorporating recycled glass into your home décor. Whether adding the finishing touches to your kitchen or bathroom, recycled glass countertops and tiles provide a way for you to put your style stamp on your home and do your part for the environment in a single blow.

Here are some of the creative options at your disposal for giving glass a second chance at life in your home décor.

Colorful Creations
If you are just learning about the decorating trend of using recycled glass as a building material, you might think your only option would be "clear" glass. Fortunately, that couldn't be further from the truth!

When you consider how glass comes in virtually every color of the rainbow, you start to realize just how open your options are in terms of color palettes. And this potential for customization is one of the benefits of using recycled glass in your décor. If you can imagine it, someone out there can turn it into the countertop or tile backsplash of your dreams.

Recycled glass countertops are made up of anywhere from 70-90% pre- and post-consumer glass products (the glass itself is 100% recycled) and a binding agent (usually a cement base) plus sealant coating (like resin).

Derived from beverage bottles, jars, mirrors, decommissioned traffic lights, auto glass and windows from residences and commercial buildings, the recycled glass bits and shards are as varied in their origination sources as they are in their color schemes.

Depending on how much you are looking to spend, you can purchase a completely unique countertop with a pre-determined color scheme (running anywhere from about $50-$125 per square foot) or you can commission your own color mix that will cost you more but contain precisely the color quotas you dictate.

Tile Backsplashes
Speaking of color quotas, if you are looking for more of a taste-specific style choice, iridized recycled glass mosaic tiles might be just the thing for you. This design embraces virtually every hue of the rainbow which makes picking a complementary accent color a pretty simple task: anything goes!

If you want that iridescent sheen but more of a subtle color palette, consider a sublime scheme of white and tan, interwoven with gold metallic flecks:

Notice how some of the tiles appear to have a Mother of Pearl finish and pops of pink sparkle? Bonus texture and flair!

Plus, this sheet of pre-mounted mosaic tiles takes the guesswork out of a DIY installation. Simply purchase the appropriate number of sheets to cover your wall space and wave goodbye to the days of trying to achieve a perfectly spaced grout line: these come with them already built-in so you get a smooth, consistent width throughout.

By opting for a more traditional subway tile laid out in a brick pattern on the pre-mounted sheets, you can keep the ease of installation without sacrificing that classic tile look.

Cabinet Hardware
One of the quickest and least expensive updates you can do to a room like the kitchen or bathroom – and even to outdated furniture that needs a bit of sprucing up – is replacing the hardware on doors and drawers.

Recycled glass door pulls, knobs and handles can add just the right amount of elegance and sophistication without going overboard. Try to envision "understated royalty" and avoid "gaudy and ridiculous" when selecting your glass hardware and you can find the delicate balance between standing out and sticking out.

What other ways have you seen recycled glass incorporated into home décor?

Shahab Shokouhi is a glass design expert at Dulles Glass and Mirror, an innovative manufacturer of glass table tops, glass shelves, and all other glass and mirror products. Follow Dulles Glass and Mirror on Pinterest or on YouTube to see how they're changing the way glass products are manufactured, customized and delivered.

Thanks so much Shahob!  Now I'm inspired to do a tiling project :)

Until next time,
w&c designer girl!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Make your room a sleep haven!

The feeling of waking up refreshed and ready to start the day is usually just in movies or a dream. We usually wake up tired and not wanting to start anything. Scientists tell us, and we know from experience, that sleep refreshes us, helps us perform better, and contributes significantly to health and happiness. And yet, there are millions of us suffering from ongoing shortage of sleep. A restful sleep should be a reachable goal, with just a few helpful changes in the mix I believe it can.

Special Thanks to:
Smart Silk
Wardrobe provided by

Now that it is getting dark earlier and the time change is coming
up here are some of my tips to help you get the perfect night sleep!

1. Select your bedding carefully a good pillow can make all the difference when trying to fall asleep.  Great sheets and perfect comforter are not only visually stunning, but they also instantly put you in the mood to curl up and drift away. Smartsilk is a great Canadian company that offers silk filled bedding. Silk has a natural property of being a temperature regulator, so you stay comfortable all night long. Not only do they have sheets but they also have pillows, pillow protectors, mattress protectors and comforters.

2. Keep your bedroom cool, quiet and dark Blackout drapes are the perfect answer for an undisturbed sleep. Oversize them to help stop light from creeping through the sides as you don't want to disturb your beauty sleep.

3. Get a little help from a friendly herb. When your mind wont shut off with all you to do lists, try passion flower. I am speaking from experience. As a designer I often jump into bed exhausted and ready to sleep. I close my eyes and mind has a different plan for me. It keeps designing and planning for the next day. Recently I discovered Pascoflair, a natural herb made from a Passion Flower that I like to call y miracle pill. It literally turns my brain off, so I call fall asleep.

4. Dress it up. Spruce up your room with décor that makes you feel tranquil and at peace every time you enter the room. We all know that feeling when we see a comfy bed and a beautiful bedroom. we want to dive right in and sleep for days!  I recently discovered Nate Berkus' and Beaver Canoe's new line at Target and feel in love. Add some great accent lighting and a pair it with a dimming light bulb to set the mood, A trendy end table with lots of space is the ideal spot to stack you favorite magazines and books.

5. Bedroom Essentials. Here are a few of my personal tricks and tips. I like to keep a pen and notepad on my bedside table to jot down notes, sketches and any other to dos that come to my mind late at night. Caffeine is not always you friend. I try not drink caffeine after dinner. And my favorite is to curl up in a cozy bedding, grab my favourite book and read until my eyes get heavy.

Sweet Dreams everyone!

Until next time,
w&c designer girl!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

DIY Chevron Wall Project

Want to know how to get this look?
Celebrity Painter Jim Connelly gives us the break down so you can achieve the trending look:
Chevron wall mural by Jim Connelly
Step 1: Make a Chevron template using cardboard making a three repeat image. An 18 inch in depth chevron was designed for the scale of our wall. Draw chevron template onto cardboard and cut out with a utility knife.


Step 2: Measure from ceiling the base line for first chevron, using a spirit level repeat four times.



Step 3: Tape off base lines to position chevron template on a straight line.


 Step 4: Measure center line on wall and trace the chevrons using a pencil working from left to right.

Step 5: Remove base line tape.

 Step 6: Tape off chevron image and use plastic spatula to smooth down the tape to good adhesion to wall.

Step 7: Using small roller, tray and paint apply thin coat of paint let dry and apply second coat.
Step 8: Remove blue tape.

Step 9: VOILA!

Thanks Jim!! For more information contact Jim @
(Paint by Para Paint)

Ceiling: JoJo Whitewash
Trim:  JoJo Whitewash
Walls: P-5164-34 Object of Desire
Accent Wall (ZigZag):  P-5164-44  Brunch with Friends
Zig Zag:  JoJo Whitewash
Happy Painting everyone!
Until next time,
                         w&c designer girl!                         


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