Star Wars is the most popular movie franchise of all time and loved by fans of all ages. We always enjoy creating interesting, themed spaces that bring out someone's passion for what they love so we channelled the force and brought out our inner Jedi master to design an out of this world space that even a Sith would appreciate.
The first step is painting the walls for that galaxy far, far, away....look complete with a nebula, constelations and twinkling stars; a detailed how-to video is located on this page. Next we added awesome lisenced, Star Wars removable decals to create epic space battles and life-sized characters. Check out the Death Star battle, and Hoth scene below as well as the imposing Kylo Ren. We also used the decals to re-create a cool (literally frozen) Han Solo in carbonite and a space mural to create a cosmic window into a deep horizon.
The finishing touches are what bring the room together with lighting, books, collectibles, toys, linens and cushions. You're never too old to design a space around something you love and let your imagine have no boundries! "Truly wonderful the mind of a child is."- Yoda
It’s that time of year again, where we move outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather. I love spending time in my backyard oasis, lounging in my hammock, listening to the birds, gardening, and relaxing in the hot tub. We use our hot tub all year round, even more so in the summer months. This year I had to replace my hot tub cover and thought I would share a few tips I learned in the process of choosing a replacement.
We all have great family photos we would like to display in a unique way but not sure how much and where to start. By using the same type or color of frames you can create a gallery effect wall using family pictures over your entire sofa back wall area or on an open wall such as up the stairways and in hallways. Just make sure the pictures you place in the frames are all the same colour, etc Black and white or colour as matching them keeps it uniformed and keeps the flow of the entire space. Use other decor objects such as a clock or shelf as shown in this photo to break up the use of all frames on the wall but keep the items in a similar tone and style of the overall look you want to create.
Does your home have curb appeal? It's a great time in the spring and fall to review and freshen up the exterior of your home and add curb appeal. It can be a daunting task to take on the largest outdoor décor canvas we have as all our options seem large and you may not know where to start. Here are some helpful tips on exterior decorating that can guide you through some of the common issues most have when looking to revive the outward appearance of your home.
Get Out and Accessorize!
We all know how finding that right accessory can make that perfect outfit of provide a great focal point in an interior space. Accessorizing isn't limited to wardrobes and spaces within your home though; this premise also holds true for your outdoor living area. In the summer months, we spend much more time outside, entertaining, or just relaxing. The proper accessories can make our yards more inviting and a reflection of our personality.
Functionality, comfort, and beauty can easily co-exist with the strategic addition of various items that have a spiritual connection to what you love as well as quality made so it will last. There are always the necessities of seating, a deck/dining area, shelter from the sun like an awning or umbrella; but it's the finishing touches that make it your own and uniquely you. For example, I love gardening, so plants and flowers are a priority for me. In addition to those I plant in the ground, I adore using vibrant and contemporary pots and planters for my annuals, which I can strategically place throughout my garden for pops of colour. There are now lightweight pots that are UV resistant and frost proof like the ones I use from Pacific Rim Brackets (available at Sheridan Nurseries, Terra Greenhouses and better garden centres). A new trend is also using prominent, tall, cylinder pots and also those that come in bright, vivid colours.
Everyone needs that special outdoor area to call their own, a sanctuary. I enjoy relaxing and reading a good book in my backyard retreat, my special place is swaying in my hammock under the shade of my pergola. I'm kind of a hammock veteran and been through many over the years, my favourites are the combos offered by Vivere Ltd., sold on Costco.ca, they offer hammocks with stands (because not everyone has perfectly spaced trees), they are available in wonderful Sunbrella fabrics that will last in any weather, summer after summer, and the snuggle design makes it so comfortable.
Another key element that is a necessity is a water feature. I love the babbling sound of water lapping over rocks and the beautiful birds that come to enjoy a refreshing dip. There are amazing, decorative birdfeeders to attract various species, personally I have an affinity for hummingbird feeders and catch quick glimpses of the tiny birds.
Your outdoor space is also ideal for displaying art and inspiration. Hanging outdoor artwork or clocks is a great way to soften an exterior wall or fence. Sculptures and decorative stones, with inspirational words or faith based, are an uplifting way to incorporate important reminders of what brings you peace. The outdoors is our connection to nature and the more welcoming we make it, the more time we'll spend out there enjoying it.