Aug 30 2011

Pure Green Magazine Giveaway

A Stylish and Eco Friendly Canadian Decor Magazine

by: Sarah Gunn

I have an addiction to online décor magazines. I love the inspiration, the ideas and the gorgeous images. One of my new favourites is Pure Green Magazine.

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Not only is it Canadian {yay!} it is dedicated to sharing stylish sustainable living and design ideas. You will find beautiful spaces, mouth-watering recipes, DIY projects, eco travel destinations and more, all with the purpose of living green.

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The images {by Erin Monett of Ever Images Photography } are seriously gorgeous.

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If you have been reading my tweets, you know that I am also in love with the magazine’s illustrations. I may have been kind of stalking Bess Callard. Her latest illustrations are just amazing.

The map of Montreal makes me want to hop in the car for a visit. I love it!

 


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This Leaf Guide is the perfect piece to give your space a new look for fall.

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And guess what? I have one to give away!!


How to enter:

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Yummy Rules and Regs: You must be a Yummy Mummy Club member to win. Click to sign up! It's free and filled with perks. One comment per member. Entries accepted until September 2, 2011. Contest open to North American residents. Winners will be picked using www.random.org.

Good luck!

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Aug 29 2011

Vintage Decor Finds and DIY Message Board

My Cityline Debut

by: Sarah Gunn

I have watched Cityline forever and have always loved the décor and DIY segments. So the fact that I was on there today totally blows my mind. I can’t even tell you how great it feels to be given such an amazing opportunity to do something I am so passionate about. This has been a dream of mine forever. Honestly, forever. And now it was happening, which was beyond exciting but also totally nerve wracking!

I had been on before as the first Cityline Blogger of the Month, which was super exciting. But this time I would be coming on with my own segment. Yikes!

Thankfully, producer Kate Moore wanted me to talk about something I love, vintage décor. It’s {kind of} easy to talk about what you love. I brought in all of the pretty pieces I bought on when on holiday in Nova Scotia. I wanted to share why I love vintage accessories and how you can use them in your home.

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I was so excited to get a chance to show off my DIY skills on this frame that I found for a steal in one of my favourite vintage shops in Nova Scotia.

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I worked some magic and turned it into a magnetic message board and I am really happy with how it turned out! Can you tell?

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Want to see how to make one yourself? Watch here!

My super talented friend, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault worked some glue gun magic on vintage earrings, broaches and clothes pins to make magnets to go on the message board.

Thank you so much to Kate, Leigh-Ann, gorgeous and generous host, Tracy Moore and all of the Cityline team for letting this east coast girl with a passion for pretty, live out a dream.....including Wendy, who knocked my message board off the wall. Hahaha!

Sources:

Fabric: Robert Allen floral from InVU Drapery Co.
Paint: Benjamin Moore high gloss paint in Peacock Blue from Painters Place
Metal: Burlington Metal Supply Ltd {24 Gage Galvanized metal}
Flowers: Flowers By The Dozen

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Aug 28 2011

Vintage Decor Shopping in Nova Scotia

My Favourite Shops on the Lighthouse Route

by: Sarah Gunn

Some of my best childhood memories are from the drives I took with my parents along the Lighthouse Route each summer. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but the vintage and décor shopping is amazing.

This summer my mom and I recreated our trip, stopping at our old favourite shops and discovering some new gems.

These are must must-stop-shops on the South Shore of Nova Scotia {heading from Halifax to Bridgewater}:

1. Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
30 Hwy 3
Hubbards, NS B0J 1T0
902-857-3766

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This place has been here for years and was always one of my favourites. There are some great finds, from wooden filing cabinets {that would make amazing end tables} to ornate silver pieces. I left with this pretty pitcher:

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2. Come By Chance Antiques
RR#1
Chester Basin
Lunenburg County NS, B0J 1K0
902-275-3146

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Another one from my childhood, this antique shop is in a huge old barn. I fell in love with the wrought iron beds sitting in the grass and a gold mirror that I would have loved to work some paint magic on.

3. Blue Shutters Antiques
3167 Highway #3
East Chester NS, B0J 1J0
902-274-5359

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We almost drove right by this converted barn just outside of Chester but I am SO glad we didn’t. I can’t even tell you how many things I desperately wanted to take home from this spot. It is a co-operative, with each seller having their own ‘room’ and around each corner is treasure upon treasure. This place made me want to rent a U-Haul and load up mirrors, church pews and pastel buoys. Sigh, there is always next summer, right? If you are lucky enough to stop into Blue Shutters, mention my blog and get 10% off your purchase!

4. The Teazer
http://www.theteazer.com/
21 Edgewater Street
Mahone Bay, NS, B0J 2E0
902-624-9097

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The Teazer is not an antique shop but it is brimming with fabulous décor. I get inspired each summer when we shop there. I love all of the pieces I saw this summer with an east coast feel.

5. Jenny Jib

www.jennyjib.com
174 Lincoln St,
Lunenburg, NS, B0J 1C0
902-634-1952

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I love shopping in Lunenburg and I already wrote about one of my favourite spots. Jenny Jib is another décor paradise. From vibrant fabrics to adorable accessories for children’s spaces, it is a must stop shop.

6. Lighthouse Buy and Sell

www.lighthousebuyandsell.ca
Pleasantville, NS
902- 530-7283
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If you are wondering where I found most of my treasures that I shared on Cityline, now you know. This shop is hard to describe. It is kind of a cross between Horders and American Pickers and it is jam packed with….stuff. Stuff you have to peek around and climb over. Just my kind of place. I loved the hunt and found something every time I went, including the frame I used in my DIY project on Cityline. And the prices are ah-mazing! Call ahead though, they are only open a couple of days a week.

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I honestly can’t wait to head back to each of these shops next summer. What is most exciting is that we can leave the playpen and stroller at home which means more room for shopping!

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She has had a vision her whole life of her dream house. You know. The mansion that sits on the ocean with a pool and the massive wrap around porch. And a butler. Then she grew up. Turns out life isn't a fairytale and she's not exactly living in a castle. In fact, her house is in constant need of design intervention. Little things like children, exhaustion and budgets get in the way.

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