Friday, September 30, 2011

Fab Furniture Friday with Lisa Goulet Design

My friend Lisa at Lisa Goulet Design and her husband recently purchased a log home that they’ve had their eye on for close to 20 years. Now that they have their dream summer cottage, lucky Lisa gets to decorate it! Today I’d like to share Lisa’s first decorating project with you that for sure qualifies as a Fab Furniture makeover :-)

Lisa started with a coffee table that looked just like this side table (she forgot to take a before picture of the coffee table):

Lisa before

She started the makeover by spray painting the table Antique White.

lisa during 1

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She made a long cushion with a great blue & white chevron fabric…

lisa batting lisa during 3lisa cushion

…and just like that, the coffee table is now an awesome bench for the guest bedroom!

lisa during 4

Lookin’ good! But wait, there’s more. The perfect detail – nail head trim.  Lisa used the kind that comes in a strip and you hammer in a nail at every 4th or 5th spot. Much easier to apply than traditional nail head trim.

lisa nailheads

And the final product…

lisa after 3

Great job, Lisa! I love how you repurposed the table into something completely different. I have a similar coffee table sitting in the basement… hmmmm… Click here to check out Lisa’s blog and read more about her makeover.

If you have a piece of furniture that you’ve built, repaired, refinished, repurposed, reinvented, or otherwise done something fabulous to, send me some pictures and the story behind it, and I’ll feature it in a future Fab Furniture Friday post.

Happy weekend!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mixed-media kitchen cabinets

You’ve probably seen lots of kitchens with different colours on the upper and lower cabinets, or an island that’s a different colour or material than the rest of the cabinetry in the kitchen. Here’s a twist on the unmatched look that I find quite striking – kitchen cabinet doors that are a different colour than the cabinetry around them.

When I came across this picture, I was instantly struck by the contrast between the dark glass doors with the white cabinetry. They remind me of black steel-framed windows, which I love.

kitchen A touch of luxe 
Image via A Touch of Luxe

And then I came across this glam kitchen with chrome (or are they mirrored?) glass doors in an ad for SieMatic.


In this black & white kitchen designed by sisters Katrina & Amie on The Block, the white upper cabinets are framed in black, and the black doors above the fridge are framed in white. Nice contrast :-)

Katrina - Aimee Kitchen The Block-01

This kitchen by Downsview Kitchens takes the idea a step further with white doors combined with dark grey cabinetry. Love the stripe effect created by the line of grey drawers.

Transitional Downsview Kitchens 2

Here are a couple more kitchens by Downsview Kitchens with another take on this look – stainless steel drawers and wood cabinetry.

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Another example of combining stainless steel drawers and wood.

9-griffith-kitchen house beautiful Image via House Beautiful

These two kitchen designs by Allimilmo are a bit over the top – they take this idea in a different direction with metal trim around the doors and drawers. I think this look would work better with only the upper or lower doors framed in metal, though. Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing!

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How do you feel about combining different finishes in your kitchen cabinetry? Would you incorporate any of these looks into your kitchen?

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ocean love at Pemaquid Point

I cannot begin to tell you how much I love the ocean. Here is some of the awesomeness of Pemaquid Point in Maine. Pictures don’t do this place justice. You have to see it and hear it to truly appreciate it…

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Staci’s Bake-N-Blog Part 2

It’s here – Staci’s Bake-N-Blog Part 2! This time around, we’re baking cookies from a great foodie website, Tastespotting. With 169 pages of decadent & delicious cookies, it was practically impossible to choose just one. I already have three kinds of cookies, four cupcakes, chocolate cake, and pumpkin bread in the freezer, so I really didn’t need more sugar! I came across a recipe for Herb & Cheese Savoury Cookies with Balsamic Vinegar, and I had a winner!

2. Greed Herb & Cheese2

The ingredients are pretty simple, and I had everything on hand except the fresh rosemary (I’m sure you could use dried rosemary, just add less of it).


1 cup of flour
2 tbsp of fresh rosemary
1/4 cup of butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of sour cream
Salt and pepper

Balsamic Syrup
1 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons of sugar
3 tablespoons of light flavoured honey

They’re really easy to make – all the cookie ingredients go into a food processor. First, put in the flour, rosemary, and butter and pulse until combined.

dry ingredients in mixer

Add the parmesan and sour cream. My favourite parmesan is Reggiano, but use whichever kind you like :-)

mixer parm sour cream

Pulse until the dough comes together (more or less).

all mixed

The dough was pretty sticky. Not sure if it was me or the recipe – I probably should have added a bit more flour, but I like to stick to the recipe the first time I try a new one.

dough on counter

Roll the dough into a log.

dough in log

Wrap it in cling wrap and put it in the fridge for at least an hour. Because the dough was so sticky, I put some olive oil on the cling wrap to keep the dough from sticking to it.

log wrapped

I made the balsamic syrup, but I cooked it too long and it went hard when it cooled. I was serving the cookies with BBQ ribs, so I decided to forego the syrup – already enough sticky sauce on the ribs. But here’s the sauce, bubbling away in the pot (just ‘cause the picture is kinda cool).


The next day, I brought the dough with me to the cottage and baked the cookies there. I forgot to take a picture of the cookies before they were baked, but I cut the log into slices about 1/4” thick. I probably got about 2 dozen cookies out of the dough. Here’s the final product, ready to go out to the deck for supper:


The verdict? Everyone gave the cookies the thumbs up :-) They look crispy, but they actually came out soft. Not sure if that’s because the dough was sticky or if they’re supposed to be soft. Either way, the taste was great, and the whole plate of cookies was gone by the end of supper.

This is a really versatile recipe – you could probably use any herb(s) that you want, and I’m sure dried herbs would work fine if you don’t have fresh. And lots of cheeses would work – cheddar, monterey jack, swiss… any shredable hard cheese. Next time I make them, I’m going to try replacing some of the white flour with whole wheat flour, and the sour cream with Greek yoghurt.

If you’re looking for an easy and yummy recipe for a savoury cookie, try this one out :-) And if you’re looking for an ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie (or pretty much any kind of cookie!), head over to Staci’s blog and check out what all the Bake-N-Blog participants have been busy baking.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bringing the outdoors in - or is it the indoors out?

The ultimate indoor/outdoor room by Cutler Anderson Architects:

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It’s just like being outside, but without the pesky mosquitoes biting you and the rude wasps landing in your cottage cheese.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Fab Furniture Friday with Jack

Union Jack, that is! I love Canada and I love our maple leaf flag, but let’s face it – the Union Jack is UBER-cool. And as you can see from these dressers, it looks pretty darn good as furniture. Miss Mustard Seed started a furniture makeover revolution when she unveiled this Union Jack dresser earlier this year:

union jack dresser

Fiona at Lilyfield Life made one…

Union jack dresser lilyfield life

This one is by Rachael at Lovely Crafty Home:


And Julie at Inspired By You did an amazing job transforming an old dresser into this beauty, complete with brass lion head pulls – perfection!

union jack dresser inspired by you

union jack dresser pull

What do you think of this one with a French provincial twist by Meranda Snyder at The French Provincial Furniture?Union-Jack-French-DresserByMerandaSnyder1Another French Provincial style dresser – this one sold for $1,095 on Etsy. Hmmmm, I think I need to get into the Union jack dresser painting business!

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I don’t know who painted this Union Jack dresser or if it’s even an old-piece-made-new, but it looks pretty great so I’m including it here. L.A.-based designer Betsy Burnham incorporated it into her teenage daughter’s bedroom.

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And here’s a fun spin on the Union Jack by Sheridan French – pink and orange!

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I’ll be participating in Staci’s Bake-N-Blog cookie party next Thursday, and then I’ll be off to Maine for a week. So Fab Furniture Friday will be on hold for a few weeks. In the meantime, let me know if you have a piece of furniture that you’d like me to feature.

Happy weekend!

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