Thursday, March 8, 2018

Three Bedrooms at The DV

From the outside, The DV appears dormant, but wintertime is a very busy time for refreshing the inside of the house. Astrid and I have been working on three of our four bedrooms,
In 1889, when the house was built, planning more space for the owner's bedroom was not a popular concept. All three bedrooms in the DV are about the same size. The English Study which serves as Brian's office with a single bedroom, is actually a little larger than the three other bedrooms because of the bay window.

Starting with ours, "The Master".

In one of the corners of the room, I painted this mural inspired by the pattern on my duvet.
Tree peonies and two birds in the Chinoiserie style.

The original light fixture in our bedroom was very similar to the one seen in the guest bedroom, but the bowl was cracked so it was replace with this contemporary chandelier to match with the curls of the metal wall ornament and fabric patterns.

The Guest bedroom with a hint of Japanese accents, has for a headboard, the doors that used to be the exterior front doors of the DV.

It is now furnished with antiques that once 
belonged to the second owners of the DV - The Harstones. 

The chest of drawers with vanity mirror and the small washing cabinet with towel bar adds warmth to the room.

This light fixture most certainly was installed when electricity became popular.

Last but not least, Astrid's bedroom.
A dream bedroom for many little girls. Astrid is now twenty (can't believe it).

Eastlake antique bed with a made to measure mattress. 
She did not outgrow the bed length, but very close.

The matching chest of drawers with vanity mirror where many hours are spent. The bedroom set also includes a washing cabinet (not seen) which serves her computer needs.

This gorgeous antique chandelier also came with the house and makes for the perfect 
"Princess Bedroom"

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Exterior Flower Box Arrangement - Welcoming the Holiday Season

Jumping from Halloween into Christmas. Where does time go?!

My house colours lend themselves well to those of a traditional Christmas.
Here is a flower box I purchased at my local thrift and vintage store Pass It On a few seasons ago. You can see the before and after transformation here.

Replacing a summer arrangement with a winter one.
Remove all the wilted and dead plants and shrubs from summer, but leave the hearth. Cut a piece of chicken wire about the size of the opening of the box, but add a few more inches all around. Fit it in the box above the hearth so it bellows upwards. Both the hearth and the chicken wire will help support and secure the branches of the winter arrangement.
Fir and yew greenery cut from our trees and shrubs was the foundation of the arrangement.
I added faux frosted berry branches...

 pine cone blooms...
sparkly branches... 
 sparkly cherries and
red peonies.

Many of my accessories are handmade and recycled from previous years, others are found at second-hand stores and redesigned to suit my needs. A few are purchased new at clearance prices.

Add water to keep the greenery fresh; it will freeze as winter gets colder. This will make the arrangement withstand the brutal winds we often get during wintertime.

A welcoming sight for the holiday season.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Miss Havisham's Great Disappointment

A Victorian spirit, returning at night, 
 A ghostly visit, in wedding gown white. 
 Dirty and ripped, a frightening sight. 

 Moaning and crying, floating around, 
 The dining room table, she can always be found, 
 Looking for something, three-tiered and round. 

 Her dark broken heart, has turned to dust. 
 Left at the alter, promises lost. 
 Vengeance on men, she no longer trusts. 

Beware gentlemen, of Miss Havisham. 
 Brian, as well, beware of this femme. 
 In her sick mind, the males are all damned. 

 Set ablaze, her wedding attire, 
 Up in flames, her mansion hellfire, 
 Her ghostly figure, forever bemired.

Hope you had a fun Halloween.