Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday Meandering…

(a post where I share my goings on and/or links I loved this past week)

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. My painter came by on Saturday to banish the beige from my living/dining room. What a difference! The room has a sort of Scandi feel now – light, airy and calm.  I will share photos of the room when it’s all put back together.  It’s the same colour used in this room and blogged about here.  This is how it looked before.


This also prompted me to change my art wall over my sofa (yet again – we decorators have this affliction to change things up too frequently.)   I wasn’t 100% happy with it so I am adding more photographs and some new paintings, less blue so that it is a bit more quiet and loose.  This is all in prep for my tv debut!  So, hopefully it will look more unstructured like these art walls:


  Above images via here.
quotealberthadley (quote from the last page of The Perfectly Imperfect Home)

Couldn’t have said it better myself Mr. Hadley. Have a wonderful week! 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Big News!

The Steven and Chris show will be filming some rooms in my home as part of their Blogger series! Beyond excited!  You know how much I adore them.


So, I have been busy decorating and crossing off the TO DO’s that have been on my house list for awhile.  Nothing like a deadline and being on national TV to light a fire under you!

I will be showing my dining room which I have never shown on the blog and you may not recognize some of the rooms you have seen!

Can’t wait to share.  The show will air on March 13th. There will be a taped piece of my home (3 rooms) and then I will be in the audience answering some questions from Steven and Chris.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

What’s Inspiring Me…

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying your long weekend (well it’s a long weekend here in Ontario and a few other provinces and in the US as well!)

Here’s what’s inspiring me at the moment – absence of colour and bold colour. Do you find that you are drawn to both?  Spaces with minimal colour are quiet and pretty but I think I would have to liven it up with vibrant fabric or wallpaper.

1) The shades of cream and white in this NYC apartment decorated by Stephen Sills really speak to me.  This photo graced the cover of the January Architectural Digest.  You can read the story and see photos here.


I also love the frilly hem on the sofa, the slipcovered chairs and the iron bookshelf. (You may or may not be seeing iterations of this on the old blog soon {wink}.)

2) I’m also drawn to these beautiful wallpapers by Designers Guild



I saw these in person last week and the colours are so vibrant, especially the second one called Amrapali. My excitement soon turned to disappointment when I found out the price – a wee bit out of my budget.  If you love it too, I can so hook you up! Just think of what these papers could do to your space!

What are you drawn to lately?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day

I hope you have a happy day with the one(s) you love…

Picnik collage

These Paris photos are so dreamy and they have me wanting to visit the city of  love again.


All art via Etsy with direct link to artists from here.

Okay, back to reality.  Have a wonderful day filled with hugs, kisses and chocolate!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday Meandering

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! It’s been awhile since I have done a Monday Meandering post where I share favourite links from the past week, events, products or sales – really anything that I think you may want to know about. 

1) I was happy to be featured again on the Style at Home site contributing to their post on Bloggers’ Budget Decorating Ideas: How to Use Paint.  You can read my tip as well as those from a few other fab bloggers here.  Thanks Style at Home!


2)  Geovin, one of my blog sponsors, is clearing out their floor models to make room for a completely new product line in March.  I can hardly wait! In the meantime, dining room and bedroom furniture are 50% off retail for the floor models.  Head on over.


For example, you can purchase these dining room chairs (with the table, etc.) – I just love them!  It would be really simple to change the fabric on the seats if you were so inclined.  I would use something like one of these blue fabrics from Galbraith and Paul’s Spring collection:


3) Back in design school, one of my favourite subjects was the History of Furniture. I have been enjoying Lisa’s series entitled Iconic Mondays where she writes about an iconic piece of furniture or designer. I had always hoped to write similar articles (and hopefully will at some point!)  This week it’s all about the Greek kline, the predecessor to today’s chaise. You can read it here as well as her previous entries.  Great job Lisa!


4)  Jen at Rambling Reno recently introduced a series entitled Blog Talk: Conversations on Blogging. It’s definitely worth a read whether you are new to blogging or have been doing it for a few years like myself.  You can read all of her previous entries here.  Be sure to read through the comments as well. 


5) Holly at Things That Inspire did a great round up of sectionals.  If you are considering purchasing one, take a look at the pretty images in her post. It doesn’t have to be brown leather! :)  You can read the post and comments here.


Stay tuned for a number of posts this week including a project sneak peek!  Have a good one!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Client Project: Bathroom Reno

I received some photos from my photographer of the bathroom reno I completed for a client a few months ago. I just love this bathroom. You can read about the reno here

This is what it looked like Before just to remind you how far we have come:

And this is the inspiration board using Olioboard that I created at the start of the project for the client's thoughts and approval going forward.  A few things changed along the way (for the better) but the general feel and mood remained the same.

I love the pretty photographs from this photographer.  They really do complete the room.

I custom designed this vanity.  The legs and shelf for baskets keep it light and doesn't overwhelm the small room.

All photos by Leah Kirin.

I would love to have a bathroom like this myself!  So fresh, clean and pretty. What do you think?

If you require design advice for a bathroom reno (or any design project), please contact me at vanessa(at)vanessafrancis (dot)com.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Snippets of Disney

Happy Monday!  Just thought I would share some photos from our trip to Disney World in Orlando.  We went with my sister and her family and had a ball.  I highly recommend going with extended family especially if your child is an only child.  Both my husband and I aren’t huge ride-goers so M and her two cousins did the rides together and had so much fun just being together for a week. The three musketeers!

Picnik collage1 

The highlight for M was meeting Rachel Crow from the recent US X factor.  We loved watching that show so to meet one of our favourites was a treat!  That’s her on the right in the center photo above with M (I don’t think I have shown M’s photo on the blog before trying to keep it all professional and all – design related.  But thought I would shake things up in 2012! Isn’t she a doll? Nine years old and almost as tall as me!)  She also loved meeting Princess Tiana from Princess and the Frog. (And I had my photo snapped with Winnie – he’s always been my favourite!)

The staff at the park and our hotel were top-notch.  I think a lot of businesses can learn from the Disney model.  I was waiting on a bench reading the park map to see what we would do next and the most friendliest and knowledgeable staff member came over and gave me all kinds of tips and things to do that weren’t even indicated on the map.  Now that’s customer service!  He told me that in training that is one of the key skills learned – if you see someone reading a map, go over and offer advice.  Love that!

And just so this post isn’t all personal and not design related, don’t you think the colour and pattern of this pancake tortoise (at Animal Kingdom) would make a pretty fabric, tile or area rug?  I couldn’t stop staring at the teal, circular pattern (and I don’t even like reptiles.)


Inspiration is everywhere!  And it reminds me of this area rug that I have been eyeing at Pottery Barn for my living room.  It also reminds me of a tile I have seen.


See, there was a decor connection!

Have you been to Disney or are planning a trip?  Been inspired by something out of the ordinary recently?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Organizing Ideas for a Child’s Room

Hi everyone!  Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Sorry about my cryptic message in my last post which I have since deleted.  I was on vacation at Disney World and had scheduled two posts to publish while away.  For some reason, they didn’t publish.  Anyway, I won’t bore you with the details but do need to figure out how to blog on an Ipad using Blogger.

I just wanted to point you to my latest Ideabook for Houzz which is on product picks to help keep kids organized.


I have posted my daughter’s bookcase here but wanted to share sources for some of the storage solutuions and art.  I painted the back of the bookcase Martha Stewart Terra Rose - a deep coral colour.  Painting it just adds an extra detail and provides a backdrop to showcase the items.
  • I placed linen fabric (over batting) and stapled it to the back of an inexpensive bulletin board.  Hot pink velvet ribbon (from Invu which is no longer in business – so sad!) adds colour and detail.
  • The donut “print” is a tea towel from Avril Loretti in an Ikea frame. When my daughter spied it at the One of  a Kind Show, her mouth dropped and I knew it would be perfect for her room. 
  • I purchased the Woodstock poster from well, Woodstock when I was there last summer.
  • The jewellery holder is from HomeSense.
  • Top shelf:  The gold jewellery box is from West Elm and the white one was a gift (think ht was from The Bay.)  The shoe painting (original) is by Andrea Stajan-Ferkul.  The lovely pink Impressionism books were on clearance at Indigo. They always have the prettiest art books on clearance. The milk glass container was a thrift store find and the white vase is from Ikea.
  • Second shelf:  The indigo containers and white plant pot are from Ikea.  The white sweater vase is from Crate and Barrel.
  • Third shelf:   The scalloped bowl is a thrift store find.  The plate was my husband’s grandmother’s.  The black and white ink drawing was done by my daughter at art camp and the red magazine holders are from Ikea but they are no longer available as I tried to purchase more.  The painting of the yellow flowers was done by a dear family friend.
  • Bottom shelf:  The baskets and hat boxes are from Ikea.
Read my article to discover more storage and styling items for young and old alike!

I’ll be back with some photos of our trip!  Happy weekend!  I'm linking up here.