Sarah Gunn: Wall Candy

Mar
31
2013

Pastel Photography

Add a little spring to your walls

Spring is finally here....hooray! Pastels really say spring to me and no one captures this better than Finnish photographer, Krista Palmu. I recently came across her work when I was sourcing for a Cityline segment.

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Mar
28
2013

Jane's Dining Room

ask the stylist

I am really excited to be launching a new series on my blog called, 'Ask the Stylist.' Each month, I will respond to a design dilemma from one of you. You provide the question, along with photos and other details, and I will put together a design plan right here on my blog. 

This first design dilemma comes from Jane. She wants new drapery, art and lighting for her dining room. The space is a blank slate with neutral-ish green chairs and dark maple table. 

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Mar
11
2013

DIY Art For Kids

easy {and free} number art display

My neighbour was in his garage this spring organizing some items to donate when I saw this:

She was in need of a little TLC, the frame had some slight damage and the canvas was dented in one spot but I knew I could do something so I asked to take her home. My husband just loves when I do this and then store items without any idea how or when I will DIY them. 

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Mar
11
2013

Children love colour, pattern, and whimsy. Why not surround them with art that inspired or teaches them?! There is art out there to suit every style and need, the trick is knowing where to look. Here are my favourites organized into six categories:

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Feb
12
2013

DIY Instagram Canvas

the perfect gift

I am obsessed with instagram. I love how the filters and the square shape instantly makes photos pretty. They are perfect for DIY projects too {what's not really?} I used instagram photos to create a few fun pieces of canvas art.

The art could not be easier. 

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I created my dream home office on my latest Cityline segment. It is a space with happy and soothing colours and personal, inspirational touches. I love the pop of orange against the soft blue.

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Feb
09
2013

DIY Instagram Coasters

a pretty place to rest your tea

Bring your instagram photos off your phone and show them off by turning them into coasters. This is such an easy DIY project and will add instant cool factor to any table.

Materials:

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Feb
09
2013

Filing Cabinet Makeover

from blah to ooh la la

I was working on an office segment for Cityline and, because I like to have a little DIY in everything I do, I thought I would take my husband's old scruffy filing cabinet and turn it into an end table. It was so easy to do!

Here is what it looked like before, black, dented and dusty! Notice the paint splattered on the front.

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Feb
08
2013

DIY Instagram Magnets

Add some fun to your fridge

I have been kind of obsessed with intsagram DIY projects lately. I also have a thing for fridge magnets. Each time I travel, it is the one souvenir that I always buy. I thought I would combine two of my favourite things to create these very simple and fun instagram magnets. I even made one of my magnet collection. Because that's how I roll.

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Jan
31
2013

My Computer Woes

Use this cautionary tale as a reminder to back up your data

Just over a week ago, my computer died. As did my hard drive, along with every photo, every piece of work that I have created in the past two years.

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Jan
30
2013

Five Tips for Hanging Art

How to make art look picture perfect

Art is such an important part of any room. I am shocked by the number of homes I see where there is little to no art on the walls. But I do get it, art can be intimidating. People worry about matching their sofa, how much to spend or where to hang it. I think choosing art is very personal, but there are five basic rules that will make your art stand out in any room. 

1. Hang art lower than you think. It should be at eye level when hung on a bare wall.The centre of the art should be about 60" above the floor.

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Jan
14
2013

Five Fantastic All-Caps Fonts

Fonts that will make your words pop!

As I have said before, I am a font snob. I can spend more time choosing fonts then choosing images when writing a blog post. 

I am usually not a fan of writing in all caps, but sometimes, like in a title, you need your words to pop. Here are five all caps fonts for those times when you need your words to stand out: 

 

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Jan
07
2013

DIY Chevron Tray

create a custom tray with fabric and a cookie sheet

This is the time of year when we all feed the need to be more organized. A great way to 'corral your clutter' is to use decorative trays throughout your home. They add colour and pattern and keep small every day items together in one place. I created this fabric covered tray for a recent Cityline segment. It now has a happy new home on my coffee table. For now, it holds flowers.

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Dec
31
2012

Dreaming Big {Again}

My goals and wishes for 2013

I say it every year because it's true: I do not make New Year's Resolutions. I do, however, have dreams and set goals for the upcoming year. Last year, I reflected on an amazing twelve months and wrote my dreams for 2012. Some came true, some did not. Even so, I feel like a very:

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I am taking part in Olioboard's Holiday Style Oliohop this month. It is an opportunity for ten to bloggers share their Holiday Style decor inspiration by creating a moodboard using Olioboard, an online interior design based site used to create design boards

Olioboard is a Canadian {yay!} website that is an amazing tool for anyone looking for interior design inspiration, to experiment with designing a room and, now, to shop.

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Dec
06
2012

5 Tips to Create a Beautiful and Functional Home Office

Create the ultimate office space and win a business smart printer

It's important to have a work space that is both functional and beautiful. You will never accomplish all of your important tasks if your office is not tidy, organized properly, and equipped with the right technology. And you won't be able to get your creative juices flowing if your workspace doesn't feel welcoming and doesn't inspire you.

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Dec
01
2012

Whether you live in a condo or apartment that does not allow real Christmas trees, you don't don't have the space for an eight-footer, or just want a change, there are many fun alternatives to Christmas trees. From art, to chalkboard drawings, here are my top five alternatives to a Christmas tree.

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Nov
30
2012

I love decorating for Christmas, so when IKEA asked me to participate in their 'Help Spread Jul' event, it was a very fast yes! Jul is Swedish for Christmas, by the way {It's one of the few Swedish words I recall from living in Stockholm}. It is no secret that I love IKEA and I look there every year for holiday decor. I have to say though, that this year the selection is spectacular. 

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Nov
27
2012

Custom Made Christmas Ornaments in 3 Easy Steps

a simple way to add colour to your Christmas tree

Have you been looking for Christmas ornaments in a certain colour or shade but can't find them anywhere? I had the same problem when searching for red and pink ornaments recently. Instead of giving up, I decided to paint my own. You won't believe how easy it is, or how great they will look!

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Nov
23
2012

DIY Wrapping Paper

stencil your own holiday paper

I love Christmas. It is by far my favourite holiday. I love decorating my home, shopping for presents and celebrating with family.

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