living room

There are so many things I love about my old Victorian house; the original wood doors, the detailed mouldings, the cast iron clawfoot tub, and the soaring ceilings to name a few. But there are two things that I would gladly exchange. One is the paltry closets (we can't even hang a hanger properly) and the other is our long, narrow rooms. Our living room only measures ten and a half feet across and a foot of that is taken up by the fireplace. It certainly makes furniture placement difficult. What that means is that I am constantly moving things around trying to find the best combination. Recently, I added a couple of floor pillows into the mix. I found this beautiful, worn rug at Legacy Vintage Building Materials, an architectural salvage store in Cobourg, Ontario. Originally, I thought I would use it on the floor but when it proved too small I took it down to the upholsterers and had it made into pillows.

I love the fact that they give us extra seating plus Harry loves jumping on them. The following image I pulled from a magazine awhile ago. It's been a huge inspiration for our living room.

Sophie Munro

Here are a few more pics of the pillows and the rest of our living room.

inspired nursery ideas

I have a friend who is expecting her first baby in May. She was asking the other day about ideas for her nursery. Below are some inspiring images to get her started. All you need to begin with - a bassinet, some paper garlands and wallpaper. From Cookie.

Again, simple crib and handmade paper mobile. From Cookie.

Speaking of mobiles how easy and wonderful are these hanging books! From Cookie.

Vintage furniture, especially old schoolhouse finds like desks and globes, look great. From Cookie.

Sophisticated vintage finds you might not expect in a nursery. From Cookie.

Speaking of vintage, how whimsical is this 1970's Nordic inspired room. From Cookie.

Hanging art in a salon style is an easy way to make a big impact. From Cookie.

More salon art. From Cookie.

Simple white furniture and high impact wallpaper. From emmas designblogg

The ultimate play area with no plastic toys in sight! From Cookie.

A red, white and blue palette that is anything but predictable. From Cookie.

White floors and floating planes. From Living Etc.

Again, white floors. From Living Etc.

For the little modernist. From Domino.

And while we're at it, here is Harry's nursery. The vintage wallpaper tree from Inke Heiland was the jumping off point for his room. We weren't sure whether or not we were having a boy or a girl so I wanted to keep the room neutral. The crib and change table are from NurseryWorks.