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Halloween: Get the Vibe Tastefully

Halloween: Get the Vibe TastefullyAs Halloween is approaching I have been seeing a lot of decorations popping up around town. It has gotten me thinking…how can a person decorate for Halloween but stay true to their personal style? Halloween doesn’t have to be all ghosts and goblins or scary. You can use a small amount of black or orange or spiders or…to get the vibe of Halloween across.So, that started me on a google search. Halloween decorating. Nope, that brought...

Front Porch Decorating

Front Porch DecoratingFall is here in full force. Even though the days continue to be sunny and quite warm, the mornings are crisp and the nights cool down considerably. The rain is… inevitable. So it’s time to put away all the deck cushions and start to think of hunkering down for the next two seasons.And with that change of weather and change of our daily activities comes another thought-we get to change our décor! By this I don’t mean a...

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving TablescapeAre you starting to think about your Thanksgiving yet? Psst…It’s just around the corner. Perhaps you have ordered your turkey and have thought ahead to your menu, but what about your table setting? We have come up with a couple of  ideas that may make you want to change up your table setting this year.We decided to see if we could do an inexpensive approach to decorating a Thanksgiving table this year. We still just love the rustic look...

Creative Therapy With Designers Collective

Creative TherapyOn Monday evening we hosted our first ever, Creative Therapy session. We opened our studio to 12 women to “get creative “making Mala inspired necklaces.   And did we ever get creative! We had the same supplies available for everyone and had a few necklaces around for inspiration, yet each person’s necklace was interesting and unique to them.We used glass beads for the majority of the necklace and had a few accent beads to be used as the main event.The...

Happy Kitchen Project: Floating Candle Fun

Day 22: Happy Kitchen Project: Floating Candle FunA really cute and easy way to make your kitchen happy is to use good ole mason jars, some floating candles (from the dollar store), some water and a bunch of colourful objects that make you or your children happy. Mix them all together and viola you have instant happy. Use the mason jar as a mini art gallery for your imagination. Think about what adds colour and interest to your table, both...

Happy Kitchen Project: Vintage Shopping

Day 10 Happy Kitchen Project: Vintage ShoppingOne of my favourite things to do when I travel is to visit flea markets, vintage shops and thrift stores.  You may well wonder WHY do I do this.  Well, I think it is part of my tourist curiosity. It is part of really exploring a place in that it tells us something about the city we are visiting. I bought my favourite cut glass vase for $5.00 from the Good Will in Santa Barbara. I...

Summer Fresh In A Jar: DIY Bug Repellent Luminaries

Summer Fresh In A Jar:  DIY Bug Repellent LuminariesSummer time is bug time.  Instead of using citronella oil, this all natural recipe, from A Little Claireification, uses fresh rosemary and citrus in a mason jar with essential oils. No chemicals in these luminaries! Thanks Claire for this recipe!We love that these can help to ward off the bugs and they are just so beautiful as well!So here is what you need to do to make these gorgeous, beautiful smelling designer table luminaries.Supplies you will need:3 or 4 Mason...

Wednesday Recipe: Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Wednesday Recipe: Chicken Lettuce WrapsRecipes seem to go through trends and right now Lettuce Wraps seem to be on trend. You will find them on many menus in hip restaurants these days. So I went online and found this great recipe and thought I would try it out for you. It is tested on my fussy teenager. I got an actual, “Wow! These are really good!” from him. High acclaim from my quiet boy!First things first, I always collect all...

Why Do These Rooms Work?

Why Do These Rooms Work?Rather than point out why a room is not working, this time around we thought we would do a little photo analysis to determine what actually makes a room work? If you can look at an image closely and imagine yourself in the space then you can find out what will work for you. Pictures can be used for more than just eye candy-we can use them to help us understand how a space works in...

It’s Canada Day!

It's Canada Day! So it's that time of year again where we like to host our guests in our backyards or on our decks, enjoying the longer summer evenings and warmer temperatures. Whether you are hosting a large event or just having a few friends over for a last minute get together there are a few things to consider to make sure it goes off without a hitch.Contemporary Patio by Hermosa Beach Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers JDS OUTDOOR DESIGNSHaving...