Month: September 2011

Before & After: A Restoration Hardware Inspired Glass Cloche

For quite some time, I have been eyeing these 1920′s French Glass Cloches from Restoration Hardware. For $69-$99 a pop, these beautiful cloches were not in my budget.

During my weekly visit to my local thrift store (okay, fine….tri-weekly visit!), I spotted this beauty. For $2.99 for the base and glass cloche, I quickly snatched him up. Here’s what it looked like before:

The glossy wood base just wasn’t calling to me, plus it blended into the furniture. I wanted this little glass cloche to pop — time to break out my trusty can of Rustoleum black spray paint!

And, here’s the final product — all dressed up for fall:

I absolutely love it! It may not be as substantial or tall as the Restoration Hardware glass cloche, but it’s the perfect size for our foyer console table. The beauty of the cloche is that it can be changed to suit the season — pine cones in the winter, a nest with faux robin eggs in the spring and sand dollars and shells for the summer.

It’s amazing what a visit to the thrift store can turn up!

Linking up with…
I Heart Organizing 

Fabric Wrapped Fall Candle

In this post, I happily shared with you my fall decor for this season. Mice, mums, pumpkins and a cute Chocolate Lab — oh, it doesn’t get any better!

Part of this year’s fall decor was an easy, fabric wrapped fall candle. I wanted the fill my foyer with the smells of fall — specifically mulled apple cider. Here’s how I took a boring, inexpensive candle and turned it into a beautiful fall accent.

First, I purchased this Mainstay Three-Wick Candle from Walmart in Mulled Cider for less than $5.00. Oh, does it ever smell good!

Next, I went through my box of fabric scraps and decided on this beautiful outdoor fabric that I had on hand from another project. I simply cut the fabric to size using pinking shears.

I carefully attached the fabric to the candle with a hot glue gun. I also glued a variety of buttons onto the fabric for some added interest.

Oh, does the mulled cider ever smell good when you walk in the front door!

This project was so easy and affordable, I had to make a few extras as gifts. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, these candles are a perfect hostess gift, or are great to give to someone you are thankful for. In my case, this candle was for our cleaning lady. Oh, how thankful we are for her!

I added some light blue ribbon and a gift tag to complete the look.

So, there you have it! An easy, affordable candle project that you can complete in no time flat. Who doesn’t love a project like that?!

Welcome, Fall!

I love fall. In fact, I think I love decorating for fall more than Christmas (although, that is fun too!)

For the past few months, I have been pinning away on Pinterest all of my fall inspiration. So many great ideas out there!

This past weekend, I managed to find some time to “fall-ify” The 236. Here’s how it all turned out!

I love decorating with mums, pumpkins and fall foliage. I opted for a variety of bright, colourful mums to add some punch to the front porch.

These cute little pumpkins were just too sweet! I bought a whole bag of them and stacked two on top of each other. Aren’t the colours beautiful?

The next area that I addressed was the front foyer console table. Normally a drop zone for crapola, I decided to dress the console with more fall decor.

Pumpkins, fall foliage in an old tea pot and a delicious smelling mulled apple cider candle — yes please! The candle wrapped in fabric was a quick and easy project — more on that in another post.

And, of course, what’s fall decor without a token glass cloche? I snagged this little guy up at the thrift store and he just completes the space. More on him later as well!

Last, but not least, the stairs. This is our first official holiday where I can dress the new stairs. If you recall, our foyer looked like this since we moved into the house. Not so pretty, right?

I had been eyeing these Martha Stewart Crafts Mice Silhouettes for quite some time. I was happy to see that Michael’s carries them, so I made sure to snag a package last time I was there.

Now, I have to warn you — the next bunch of photos may kill you with cuteness. Say hello to The 236′s resident Chocolate Lab named Mason.

Ain’t he cute? And the stairs — those mice make my day every time I walk in the front door!

So,there you have it — The 236 is all ready for autumn. Bring on the fallen leaves, warm sweaters and pumpkin pie!

Linking up with…
House of Hepworths
Tidy Mom
Serenity Now
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Itsy Bitsy Paper Blog
Beneath My Heart
Dream Home DIY

Bedding Down for Fall

Fall has definitely arrived in Southern Ontario. The mornings are in the single digits and the air is crisp and cool. Fall happens to be one of my favourite seasons — the welcome of warm sweaters, hot cider and fall colours makes my heart pitter-patter.

With the dog-days of summers behind us, there is still plenty of time to play in the garden. In fact, fall is one of the most important seasons for gardeners. The work you do to your beds in the fall will help ensure that your trees and plants winter well over the colder months and spring back to life next year.

Want to know how best to bed down your garden for fall? Check out the following Fall Garden Checklist (adapted from here):

Early Fall

  • Clear debris from the base of trees and bushes – dead leaves can hold disease, which you don’t want near your plants.
  • Water, water, water – your plants and trees need a great deal of moisture to survive through fall and winter. Give each plant a really good soak.
  • Improve your soil by tilling and adding fertilizer – this will ensure your beds are ready for next season.
  • Plant your spring bulbs, as well as shrubs and evergreens. Early fall planting gives new plants enough time to get their roots established before winter.
  • Plant fall annuals to bring added colour to your garden – mums, pansies and ornamental kale are great choices.

Mid Fall

  • Lower the height on your mower – a lower cutting height helps the soil dry out more quickly in spring.
  • Divide and cut back perennials.
  • Rake fallen leaves to ensure they don’t suffocate your garden beds and lawn.
  • Dig up summer bulbs and store accordingly for the winter.

Late Fall

  • Feed your lawn to ensure it has the nutrients it needs to survive the winter.
  • Empty hoses, fountains and irrigation systems and store in a dry place over winter.
  • Bring tender container plants indoors.
  • Clean up vegetable beds by removing weeds and other debris.
  • Dig up annuals and add to the compost heap.
  • Protect cold-sensitive plants with mulches or screens after the first frost.
This weekend, I will be tackling the early fall to-do items to make sure my garden and lawn are prepared for the upcoming Canadian winter.

Of course, my checklist also includes a few other items, like decorating our front porch area. I see corn stalks, pumpkins and mums in my near future! Here’s a snap from last year’s fall vignette — gourds, hay and colourful mums.

Do you have any fall gardening tips to share? I’d love to hear them!