Emily Henderson

Project Sweet Maple - Dining Room Makeover

I recently had the pleasure of working with a young family to redesign their dining room. The client, Laura (of

Sweet Maple

), had some great pieces to start with, but was having trouble pulling it together into a cohesive look. For me, the big challenge was making the different wood tones in the room work. The floors were quite dark, the table was a rustic pine, and the console was a mid-century modern teak.

I knew that the room needed a lovely, natural rug to neutralize the competing tones.

The room also had great ceiling details, but the walls were quite plain. We added some simple paneling to give some more architectural interest. I knew I wanted to go with white walls, so paneling is also a great way to add interest to walls rather than doing it with colour. This also allowed for us to do some very bold drapery on their huge window looking into their front yard. The drapes are my favourite feature in the room!

To add even more colour, we found an inexpensive hutch and had it sprayed the prettiest blue. It was a happy accident that the colours that I proposed for the space in the initial design meeting went perfectly with Laura's vintage china. It was a design match made in heaven.

It just goes to show you that you don't need a massive budget to have a huge design impact on a space. I love how this room turned out. It feels fresh, young, and hip - perfect for the family who lives there!

See the Before's below!

Kiss my Brass Deer

Lately I've been noticing beautiful brass animals in all sorts of decor, but my fave has always been the deer...

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(Spot them up there? ^ Looking all glam on the white shelf)
After seeing these images for a few weeks, I had a sudden flashback of a brass deer that we used to have in our home a long time ago. I asked my mom if we still had it kicking around.
And guess what?!

We did! 
Meet Fawn. Walking around with her nose up all snobby and posh. She's completely adorable, completely in need of a serious polish and, most importantly, COMPLETELY MINE (thanks Mom!). I love it when a non-plan comes together. Don't you wanna just give her a big smooch!? 
I'm going to try the lemon and salt technique to shine her up.

Let me know if you have any other suggestions, or any brass pets of your own.
Tiffany Leigh
ps. Thank you all for your congratulations yesterday! You are the best!

Medical Motif

There is something undeniably eye catching and breath taking about the usually sterile red and white hospital cross in these spaces. The symbol of Red Cross is made simply beautiful, unique, and conversation worthy. What do you think?
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^Here it is reversed, like the flag of Switzerland.

There's something about this motif that I can't quite put my finger on, but that I am truly drawn to nonetheless.
xox Tiffany Leigh

Favourite Furniture Fridays: Vintage Teak Credenzas

I'm absolutely obsessed with mid-century modern Danish teak furniture, especially the credenza. I really haven't found a more perfect place to host a TV in currently constructed furniture. Mid-century modern furniture began following WWII, and continued through the 60s.

Although retro and vintage in look, the pieces' clean lines and simplicity allow it to compliment more modern spaces quite well. Mark my words, I WILL have one of these beauties in my future living room.

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^^ Emily Henderson is one designer who clearly gets my love of teak. You can see it all over this room: the coffee table, the chair, and of course, that credenza! She keeps the space looking up to date by painting the shell of the credenza white, adding a modern chair to the right, a metallic poof, and a bright and contemporary rug.

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Teak credenzas work well to hold more than a TV. Use them to display a unique collection (as shown above), or to anchor the bottom of a gallery wall!

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I think that the teak credenza would also be the perfect addition to any dining room! Use it as a sideboard to hold all your china, and dress the top like a bar: think pretty metal serving trays, sparkling champagne bottles, glass wine decanters, martini glasses and a fabulous lamp!

Below I've created two mood boards using the same teak credenza two different ways:

Modern Living Room
Glam Bar Area

Scour your local flee markets, thrift stores, antique shops, and garage sales to snag one of these beautiful pieces for your own home!
Love always,
Tiffany Leigh

Planning my Gallery Wall

When I finally get my own place, I NEED a gallery wall. Gallery walls are everywhere I look lately, and I'm taking that as a sign. I absolutely love the eclectic, pieced-together-over-time look that it creates, and the injection of personality it can add to any wall. Although a gallery wall is definitely not a new idea, it's one I just can't ignore. I thought I'd share with you some spaces I love, some of the pieces I have already collected for my future wall, and some pieces I have my eye on.

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^ Emily Henderson is one of my favourite designers. She was the winner of HGTV's Design Star season 5 and her blog really shows off her quirky and witty sense of humor. Flipping through her portfolio, you see that she has absolutely mastered the tricky art of the gallery wall. The picture above demonstrates that. I love the heart print. She uses each piece to add a unique twist and pop of colour to the room.

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^ The picture above shows that you can use more than just framed art on a gallery wall. A clock, decorative plates and colorful tiles also can help finish off the look.

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^ If you just can't commit to the time and mess that it takes to plan the hanging of a gallery wall (see the whole 'how-to' over at Nothing but Bonfires -blogger Holly Burns has an amazing, hilarious, and informative post about the entire process), or if you feel uneasy about putting all those holes in the wall, then photo shelves can help you create a similar look while avoiding these hazards of gallery wall-ing. The beauty of using photo shelves is that you can easily switch up your artwork whenever you choose!

My Gallery Wall Pieces:

 Pieces I already have:

 ^This is one of the prints that my parents' got in the Bahamas on their honeymoon over 27 years ago. They are still happily married, and to me, this print represents the beginning of that marriage. I also love its simplicity and the calm, fishing town vibe captured the image. Still needs a good frame.

^ This is a print of a photograph by Ivan Fraser. It captures the beauty of Nova Scotia's Peggy's Cove. My boyfriend goes to school in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On a recent trip to visit him we spent the day exploring the Cove. It's so breathtaking! I got this print and am saving it for my gallery wall. Oh the memories! Also needs a good frame. (See me and the bf at the lighthouse below!)

Items on my wish list:

^ I am in love with the paintings by Jen Ramos for Coco and Hearts. So many beautiful colours to choose from! At 10" x 8", they are the perfect little size for any gallery wall. (You might recognize her work as the background of my designer lifestyle blog header!)

^ Did I mention how talented Jen Ramos is? Oh, well, if you need further proof, I need this Love Candy Print in GOLD that she designed. A deal at $35.
 ^ This poster by Row Boat Press, discovered via the 'how-to' post by Holly mentioned earlier. I find this quote so romantic and everlasting. It really gets me. Get it for only $15.

A bit of a long post, I apologize! Do you have a gallery wall in your home? I'd love to see it! Any perfect piece recommendations?

Love always,
Tiffany Leigh