Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Love List.

I think I'm actually back to blogging! I kept saying I was going to do it and then it actually happened. Could be the weather? I love getting cozy on the couch at night. My laptop, cozy pyjamas, Beaufort and I under a blanket and Steph complaining about the smell of my pumpkin spice candles permeating throughout the house. The best time of year! Although, some sunshine would be nice. It's been a wet week!

Heading into our first October weekend, I'm sharing a few of this week's favorite things:

wood + marble in a diy. What's not to love?

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This home tour has been around for a couple months now but it's worth a mention. It is pretty much my dream. Everything Amber touches is gold. No joke.

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My Aritzia blanket scarf arrived and I'm totally in love with it. Bring on the cold weather!

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This week, I sold my cute little antique dresser that was in my bedroom, in favor of something with more storage and easy sliding drawers. I always torn about replacing things with Ikea pieces. I like the look and affordability but the quality is just fair. I suppose the one I chose was included in the list of Times Ikea Looked Deceptively Elegant. Does that make up for it?

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How come I'm only just finding out about The Jim Gaffigan Show? It is hilarious. Which of course leads to my next question.. How great is it to have Mindy back?

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I made these last night and they are moist and delicious. Thanks for picking me all those blueberries, Dad!

In case you missed this week's posts:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Our House in East Coast Living!

It was an exciting summer for the Modern Jane household. Not only did Stephane and I get married in our backyard but we also had our house photographed for a magazine. It made for a busy summer all around but seeing it in print made it all worth it.

Janice, the editor for East Coast Living contacted me in the spring. They were looking to feature a diy property. Seeing as Steph and I did the majority of the work renovating our home ourselves, she wondered if we'd be interested in participating. Of course we were flattered but wondered it we measured up to some of the gorgeous properties that have been previously featured. (Including our good friends modern home in Charlottetown!) We decided to go for it and it was an awesome experience.

You can check out the article online here and if you're in the East Coast of Canada, you can pick up a print copy, which includes a few more photos.

I've been asked about about things that are mentioned in the article that don't have a picture so here are a few links, if you're interested.

I blogged two days in a row.. I'm on a roll!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Living Room Lately.

This past winter, we decided to give the living room a quick makeover with a fresh coat of paint. Like any project, it wasn't as quick as we intended it to be. Painting the walls snowballed into repainting the trim, the built-ins and the brick fireplace. Of course, I'm glad it worked out that way. Even though it was more work than we set out to take on, we were left with a fresh blank canvas to work with.

The walls went from neutral beige to a crisp bright white. My favorite white is Benjamin Moore, Chantilly Lace. It slowly making its way throughout my house. We used a velvet finish on the walls and a semi-gloss in the same color on the trim, fireplace brick and built-in. Amazing how a simple change can make a room feel so completely different.

We decided to leave the wallpaper on the back wall. It was a bit of a splurge a few years back and I worried I would tire of it quickly. While, I don't like that it dictates the color palette of the room, I still like the subtle geometric print and blue is definitely still a favorite color of mine.

I swapped out the white curtains for soft grey linen panels from Ikea. I absolutely love the pairing of light grey with crisp white. I think because of the expanse of the windows, I should likely add another panel to each side to give it some fullness. Add that to the list of things to do!

If you've been following this blog over the years, you'll likely notice it's changed quite a bit over the years. I've moved away from the more whimsical styling with lots of color pops, in favor of a more subdued palette. This time around, it feels much more like a reflection of my personal style.. more neutral colors, a variety of textures and simple styling.

It's so much fun to change things up. I wonder what the next couple of years will bring to the space?

Rug: Rugs USA
Sofa: Ikea (Karlstad - shockingly discontined)
Coffee Table: CB2
End Tables: Target
Lamps: Target
Leather Poufs: Maison Marrakech
Eames Rocker (knockoff): Wire Home Furnishings
Chairs: Structube
Hanging Planter: West Elm
Panels: Ikea

Friday, September 25, 2015

DIY Yarn Wall Hanging

rachel peters photography

A big hello to you all after yet another long break. I'm here with a rare Friday post for you... a diy post at that!

If you follow Modern Jane on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen that our home was featured in a magazine this month. That was all kinds of exciting but I'll share more details on that next week! The point being that a few nights before the photo shoot (which was just before our wedding = crazy time), we realized we had not yet figured out what to do with the big empty wall staring at us in the dining room.

Cue last minute diy!

stephen harris photography

So the empty wall is actually to the left of what you see here but I really like this photo.
It's my blog, I can do what I want :)

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There we go! That wall was mostly empty for the last year. Now our simple wall hanging fits perfectly in the space. I love the soft colors that go so well with the rest of the room. 

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Want to make your own? It's so easy, you really should. I should have taken more photos of the process but I think it's fairly straightforward.

Here is what you'll need:

one piece of copper pipe
yarn in your choice of colors (I used cream, light grey and beige), cut into long strands
sharp scissors

That's it!

What to do:

1. Cut a piece of copper pipe to the length you want. (you'll need a pipe cutter to this)
2. One color at a time, cut some strands of yarn twice the length (plus a little extra) you'd like the final product to hang.
3. One strand at a time, grab the middle of the yarn piece and place the u-shape loop under the pipe. Grab the two ends and pull through the loop. Pull tight. Repeat, changing colors to achieve the pattern you want.
4. Feed one piece of yarn through the pipe and tie with a knot. Use this to hang on the wall.
5. Using sharp scissors, trim to your desired shape.

Easiest diy ever!  Okay, I'll admit it's a little bit time consuming but once you get a system going, it goes quickly. I even came home one evening to see Steph working away on it on him own. I think he may have been worried that my procrastinating ways might let it go by the wayside. He likely wasn't wrong.

Have a great weekend! Those of you here on PEI, don't forget to check out the Etsy Made in Canada Market on Saturday. So many amazing local artisans to check out. I can't wait!