Month: December 2011

Top Post of 2011: Jewellery Storage

With 2011 drawing to a close on Saturday, I thought it would be neat to look back and reflect on the most popular post of the year at The 236.

When I looked back into my stats, the clear winner was my Operation: Jewellery Storage post (with close to 1,000 hits — small peanuts to some, but this blows my mind!) back in August.

I have to admit that this project was one of my favourites of the year mainly because I get to use and admire this piece every day. It makes getting ready in the morning so much easier — I can easily see all my jewellery within a quick glance and pick what I want to wear in mere seconds.

Plus, the organizer holds so much! Since installing it, I have filled almost every tack with either a necklace, bracelet or set of earrings. Love!

This project is also a great gift. In fact, I made an even larger organizer for my best friend as a house warming gift for her large walk-in closet. A much appreciated gift for someone who has so. much. jewellery. Jealous!

2011 has been a great year for The 236 — in fact, this year was a first for The 236 and for myself as a blogger. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting other great bloggers with similar interests as me through this wonderful platform and finally found an outlet for my crazy projects and creative inspirations.

I have high hopes for 2012 for myself as a blogger — and, of course, for The 236. In fact, I’m going to my first blogger conference called BlogPodium in Toronto on January 27, 2012, at the Interior Design Show. If you are going too, please let me know — I’d love to meet up with fellow bloggers!

Here’s to a wonderful 2012 ahead for all! Happy New Year from The 236 and thanks for stopping by.

Linking up with…
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2011 Christmas Home Tour

With Christmas only a few sleeps away, I thought I would share our 2011 Christmas Home Tour. This is a picture-heavy post, so grab a blanket and a cup of coffee and enjoy the show.

The outside of The 236 shines so bright with warm white lights….

 Lush wreaths and Season’s Greetings welcome you home…

Grapevine reindeer, fragrant greenery from the garden and a handmade crate sit by the front door…

A poinsettia, just like my Dad used to give me when I was younger, adds a festive touch to the foyer…

Mason’s photo with Santa brings a smile to your face and the green ornaments in the glass cloche add the right amount of sparkle…

The new bannister is dressed for its first Christmas with glittering ornaments and lights…

The living room is decorated with golds, reds and greens…

At night, the tree glows and shimmers…

The “mantel” is decorated with vintage finds, like old milk bottles and window shutters…

The silver Pottery Barn reindeer (a gift from my Dad) sits pretty amongst greenery and candlelight…

Pine cones, silver bells, red berries and glittering epsom salt “snow” surround the sweet smells of a vanilla candle…

The live boxwood wreath (made by yours truly) adds an elegant touch to the mirror…

The Royal Doulton Santa (another gift from Dad) sits in the corner taking requests from good little boys and girls…

The “vintage” tree in the family room is adorned with handmade treasures and sentimental Hallmark ornaments from my Mom…

It’s also the perfect spot for a nighttime snooze under the lights…

The handmade treasures and collector ornaments bring back fond memories of Christmas past…

And, there you have it — our 2011 Christmas Home Tour. I hoped you enjoyed it, as much as Ted and I do. Our house has never felt more cozy and warm. It makes me wish Christmas was here all year round.

From all of us at The 236, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Our Boy is Seven

Today, our boy Mason is seven.

I rarely post about “life stuff” on the blog, but Mason is an important player here at The 236 (he really should have his own “About” page!)

He’s our right-hand fur-man when it comes to projects around the house. He likes to be involved in everything. Like, ev.ery.thing. You can always find him four steps (tehehe) behind Ted when he is busily working away — those two are tight.

Gosh, he’s cute. And, he’s loyal. He knows who he loves, and I’m okay that he slightly loves Ted more than he loves me (although, Ted would disagree — he says that Mason loves us both equally.)

It’s hard to believe that almost seven years ago, Mason came into my life as a foster puppy from a local Dog Guide training facility that I was working at. He was only supposed to be in my care for seven months, but here he is seven years later. I’m glad to report that he failed the program and that we were able to adopt him from the school. In fact, Mason was dismissed from the program on Valentine’s Day and turned out to be Ted’s most favourite gift ever!

Mason & I working a community event circa 2005. He was just a Dog Guide in training then.

And, since he’s so gosh-darn-cute, here’s another batch of photos. Yes, proud fur-momma over up in herrrreeeeee…….

Happy seventh birthday, bud! xo

To follow Mason’s adventures, be sure to follow his personal Twitter account!

“It will be mine. Oh yes. It will be mine.”

I have been lusting over ceramic garden stools

Everyone seems to have one, except me!

Cait, from Hernando House, has one on her front porch. Pamela, from PB&J Stories, has one in her front foyer. And, I’ve likely pinned a few hundred other ceramic stools on Pinterest as well.

I’ve been soooo obsessed with finding a cheap and cheerful ceramic garden stool all year that I even set-up a Kijiji alert to notify me whenever a ceramic garden stool was posted. Sure, I could have walked into a store and bought a new one, but I’m too thrifty. Plus, part of the fun (I know…I’m sick) is the chase.

Well, finally — FI.NAL.LYYYYYY! — today was my lucky day. When I logged onto my email this morning, there it was sitting in my inbox — a ceramic garden stool just posted on Kijiji.

But, it wasn’t just any old ugly ceramic stool. This one was perfect — it was blue and white, which is my colour scheme for my (one day) living room re-do (yes, the same living room that I re-did last Christmas and the Christmas before, but that is still too blah and bland for my liking. I digress…..)

Here she is in all her glory….

This is the photo from the Kijiji listing. I haven't even picked it up yet, but here I am writing about it!

When I saw the stool, my gut reaction was just like Wayne Campbell when he saw that Excaliber 1964 Stratocaster guitar at the music store…


I immediately emailed the seller and was able to get her asking price down from $80 to $70. I was hoping for more of a steal, but the seller just purchased the ceramic stool on the weekend, brought it home and hated it (her loss, my gain!) At $120 plus tax, I’m getting this baby for just about half price. Not bad.

Of course, originally my budget for this stool was closer to around $20, but since I was so unsuccessful with finding one at garage sales or thrift stores, I figure $70 isn’t bad, especially since I don’t plan to take a can of spray paint to this baby. Of course, some people might find her not so cute and in need of a spray job, but she’s perfect for my living room/dining room vision, which will hopefully translate to a comfortable room that is full of texture, complementary patterns and colours. Here’s to hoping that I can pull it off!

I’ll be picking up the ceramic garden stool tomorrow. Merry early Christmas to me!

UPDATE: When Ted got home late from work, I informed him of my purchase by passing him my laptop and making him read this post. The verdict: he approves.  I think the clip from Wayne’s World helped sway him! :)

Sneak Peak: Christmas at The 236

Boy, did December even sneak up on us! Normally, our Christmas decorations make a slow appearance after Canadian Thanksgiving (yes, we are early birds), but this year we are not as quick!

Here’s a few snapshots of our tree. Please pardon the iPhone pics, which were taken at midnight (that’s how we roll!)

Reds, golds, greens and lots of poinsettias!

Shimmery white lights.

And, a hit or two of white.

How soon do you start to decorate for Christmas?