Mar 31 2012

5 Great Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Fun ideas you can do with the whole family

by: Sarah Gunn

Decorating eggs is a perfect activity to do with the entire family and are an easy way to add a little Easter to any room. There are so different ways to decorate eggs from painting to dying to covering in fabric. Here are my top 5 DIY Easter egg ideas:

Paper-covered eggs 

These eggs from Home Made Simple are so pretty and easy to make.

 Dyed egg garland

What a simple, yet pretty centrepiece idea from Better Homes and Gardens. I love this colour combination, but you can modify it to suit your decor.

 Easter egg tree

This tree from Martha Stewart made using pussy willows is a unique way to display dyed eggs. 

 Subway art eggs

I love this idea from Lil' Luna that is a play on the very popular subway art trend. 

 Striped eggs

I just love the preppy look of these graphic striped eggs from Better Homes and Gardens

Which one is your favourite?! I think I want to try the paper wrapped ones this year. 

For more Easter decorating ideas, check out this article that I was interviewed for in The Chronicle Herald. It was a huge honour to be asked for design ideas from my hometown paper!

Photo credits: home made simple, better homes and gardens, martha stewart, lil luna & better homes and gardens

Get hopping with even more ways to help you with your Easter entertaining, get crafty with your kids, and celebrate chocolate.

Mar 26 2012

Currently Obsessed With: Doilies

Old school with a modern twist

by: Sarah Gunn

It's no secret that I love vintage decor but sometimes I am not sure how to use some accessories without making my home look dated. Then I came across this photograph in the April issue of Chatelaine magazine

A runner made from vintage doilies. I LOVE IT. It is such a fresh and stylish take on a rather dated item. I have had a collection of doilies in storage for years and now I am so excited to bring them out and make this. 

I was so inspired that I searched far and wide and found these other stylish ways to use your grandmother's doilies:

This idea is presented as holiday decor but I would do this for a summer party too. Wouldn't they look pretty blowing in a breeze?

My mother had two velvet cushions with doilies sewn on the front in our living room when I was growing up. I love this modern take on a doily covered pillow.

This wedding dress makes me want to have another wedding. I love the pop of green peeking through. So feminine and pretty.

How about using doilies to make a light fixture? Fun!

Whether you like a splash of colour or more neutral art, I think you'll agree that these examples of doliy art are pretty fantastic.

So, what do you think? Would you use doilies as decor?

image sources: chatelaine, martha stewartcluck cluck sew, gia canali, odette nymod podge rockstanis fiber arts

hero image: chatelaine and cluck cluck sew

Mar 15 2012

Decorating With Maps: DIY Art

Personal, Colourful and Meaningful

by: Sarah Gunn

For those of us that love to travel, decorating with maps is the perfect way to incorporate your passion into your decor. They are meaningful, colourful and come in a variety of designs and sizes.

There are many ways you can use maps to decorate your home. The easiest way, of course, is to frame them. I used my favourite frames, Ribbas from Ikea, for each project below. 

Use maps as mats behind treasured travel photos. 

Wrap small canvases in a map of a place you visited, where you used to live or somewhere you dream of seeing. 

Frame a pretty map as art. Keep an eye out for decorative maps when you are traveling. I found this one while visiting Bath with my husband and parents. Every time I look at it, I am reminded of getting lost trying to find our B&B and all of us getting totally drenched in a downpour while trying to find it.

Use maps to represent milestones. I fell in love with these bespoke maps from Bombus from England. The only problem was that they are $120 and they do not ship to Canada. I made my own by using bristol board as the mat, printing small maps, cutting them in the shape of a heart and taping them on. Mine represents where my husband and I met—where we got engaged and where we got married—but you can make one to represent places you have lived, where your children were born, or favourite travel destinations.

You don't only have to decorate your walls with maps. I love the idea of using maps as wrapping paper. 

Another fun idea is to spell the name of your favourite city using wooden letters and covering them with a map. This is such an easy project! Find out how to do it here.

TIP: If you do not have any maps from your travels, I recommend using map wrapping paper for these projects. Most art supply stores or stationary shops sell large sheets of paper of maps from all over the world. 

I love to travel; I have been known to visit a country for two weeks only to move there for a year. Now that we have young children though, traveling means a trip to the grocery store or the playground. I love that these projects act as a reminder of adventures and the life I used to live. Not that I would trade this life for a round the world ticket. At least not today. 

If you would like to see more about each of these projects, you can watch this video clip of CityLine.

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