diy tom dixon like beat lights

In Monday's post on Smock Cafe I mentioned that I would be back with an amazing DIY on how to make your own Tom Dixon like Beat Lights as featured in this new neighbourhood gathering spot. I first came across these lights in designer Sarah Keenleyside's home (we were shooting a new Hello! Neighbor post that I will have for you shortly). When she told me that she had made the lights out of $20 Ikea bowl I couldn't believe my eyes!

The light as seen in Sarah's own home.

In fact, I was so impressed I asked her if I could cover the project for one of my columns over at HGTV. She kindly agreed and the complete set of instructions and materials is listed over there. Honestly, this is an amazingly simple DIY that only requires 4-5 materials and maybe 30 minutes of your time in total. I don't know if Ikea has even seen this yet!

The Tom Dixon like Beat Lights as installed at Smock Cafe with added abacus wooden beads.

At Smock Cafe and Wonder Workshop, Sarah added another new playful touch to these DIY lights - hand painted wooden beads which she strung along the electrical cord for an abacus like effect. Apparently, there is no end to her creativity!

Head over to HGTV for the full DIY! And thanks Sarah for sharing this ingenious project with my readers!

Image credits:
1 - Kristin Sjaarda
2 - Sian Richards

summer loving

Well, it was much too nice over the Canada Day long weekend to do anything more than just eat delicious food and work in the garden. I mentioned something about a new house project we're thinking of starting on Friday but I admit we didn't quite get around to it. I have some ideas percolating though! What we did do was try and work on our back deck and front landscaping interrupted with lots of breaks to eat cool, refreshing fruit with mint from our garden. (I have more mint than I know what to do with. Please send recipes for mint if you have some!)

We also finally got around to filling some of our empty container pots up with bedding plants. I love lining our deck with different varieties of plants and flowers. I actually have a whole selection of Ikea ceramic pots that I have refrained from using outdoors because they lacked a drainage hole in the bottom. This weekend, I asked my husband to try drilling a hole in the base of one with our cordless drill. In the past, I was always afraid they would crack or shatter but they were absolutely fine. We tried big pots like this one:

And smaller pots as well. They both worked absolutely fine.

Our alfresco dining season is so short in Canada that I like to make the most of eating outdoors when we can. I hope that some of the prep work we did this weekend will culminate in a perfect evening that looks something like one of these images.

Let's just say, I'm inspired to see what we can turn our backyard into this season. More to come!

Image credits:
1 - 3 The Marion House Book
4 - Grazier Photography via Style Me Pretty
5 - Style Me Pretty

first word!

The other morning I was sitting in my living room enjoying my morning coffee when Harry became very excited. He was bouncing up and down and jabbing the air with his little finger. "Bir, bir"

"Bir, bir", he kept saying over and over again.

"Yes", I said. (I say yes alot, it's better than no, right?) and went back to my coffee not thinking too much about it.

"Bir, bir". This time with more finger pointing and the sign we use for bird.

Wait a second....is Harry trying to tell me something. Sure enough, I turn around and look out the window and there is a pigeon on the roof of the house across the street.

"YES", I say, "BIRD! BIRD!" "You're right, so smart!"

And that was it, his first word....bird. A pretty good choice in my opinion. I thought it might be snow or maybe ball but bird it was.

So, in celebration I added some wallpaper birds from Inke Heiland to his room. I've had them for awhile but didn't know where to put them. In the end, I decided that they would look really cute sitting on top of something. Considering our lack of closet space, I bought some hook racks from the bathroom department of Ikea and placed them on top. Now, Harry has somewhere to hang his plaid shirts and some birds to call by name!

I installed two Molker hook racks side by side. A steal at $4.99 each!

The birds are a nice compliment to his tree.