Archive for June, 2012

Queen Anne’s lace at Whole Foods

Friday, June 29th, 2012

I have been more than impressed with Whole Foods Floral department lately. All of their floral bouquets are incredibly fresh, bounteous and affordable.

I am always excited to see the latest seasonal flowers and this week was happy to find one of my all time faves: Queen Anne’s lace.

At $4 a bunch and a week of fresh blooms on our table, I am a fan! Do you have a favorite place to pick up flowers?

Red, White + Blue

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

With the 4th of July right around the corner and Brad and I both glued to the Olympic trials things are getting pretty patriotic around here. Too bad we are rooting for different teams!

 I am majorly wishing I could deck out the house like this for the summer:


I’m not biased or anything! Maybe we should just stick to the red, white and blue gumball garland :)

DIY 4th of July Gumball Garland

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

We’re feeling all kinds of patriotic around here, as there’s so much to celebrate this time of year on both sides of the pond. I’m just grateful that the Union Jack and American Flag sport the same colours; red, white and blue are doing double duty in this house!

This garland was so simple to make, even your little ones could help out. Simply poke holes in the gum balls with a needle, then let the kidoes string them on some thread or fishing wire. Hang with nails or tacks and you’re done!

A bag 3.5lb bag of red, white and blue gumballs is only $10.99 at Gygi (see HERE). I used maybe 1/3 of the bag for the garland you can see above, so there’s still plenty to use for other crafts, or perhaps as favors for your 4th of July festivities.

Remember to use code ‘BOXWOOD10’ at checkout to receive 10% off all orders. Free pick up in store available.

Home Depot Adirondack Chair $29!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

For years I’ve been a fan of the Adirondack chair. They just scream summer, and look good anywhere: beach, lake side and your own back yard.

(image via Pottery Barn)

(image via My Home Ideas)

(images via inspired-design)

(image via plow hearth)

(image by James Merrell, found HERE)

These chairs usually run over $100, but the other day at the Home Depot, I spied these at only $29!

The unfinished wood allows you to choose what colour or finish you’d like. I’d like to think I go with a rainbow of sorbet colours; but when it comes down to it I’d choose classic white…and if I get really crazy, I’d add some coloured cushions!


Monday, June 25th, 2012

In the rising temperatures of the past week I have noticed a lot of awnings going up on the older homes in our neighborhood. I am simply loving the look.

It seems like awnings on homes are a trend of the past. Nowadays they are mostly used for shop fronts and cafes.

I suppose this is due to modern air conditioning, the time and expense for placing awnings over windows and doors each summer, as well as the cost of replacing them as I’m sure they get considerably worn by the sun over time.

Here are three reasons why I think awning are still pretty cool (haha, no pun intended)

 1. Aesthetically pretty and summery.

2. Provide shade + conserve electricity.

3. Allow you to use outdoor spaces such as patios or decks in high temperatures.

Do you have any experience with awnings?  Do the pros outweigh the cons or is there a reason for the dying trend?