Cool Decorating Tricks

canadianfamilyPhoto for Canadian Family Magazine taken by Michael Alberstat.

We noticed these cool decorating tricks coming from some Canadian magazines lately that we thought were worthy of a mention here this week. Whats great about some of them too, is that they're not too expensive to do. Above: A unique message board idea found in Canadian Family Magazine, featuring their editor, Jen Reynold's kitchen. Two yard sale metal trays are hung with wire wrapped from handle to handle. We found this one (below) at etsy, available through Tucson Vintage's shop.



Another piece we loved from the same photo shoot for Canadian Family Magazineis this Shanghai vintage spice rack shelf (below) from Greentea Design. This piece is a little more difficult to find obviously, however sources that come to mind are eBay or your local Chinatown. I also found this selection through Dibor out of the UK.

canadianfamily2Photo for Canadian Family Magazine taken by Michael Alberstat.

And then from Wish Magazine, this featured home (below) of Liz Kingstone and family. A little difficult to see, but she knitted panels (for curtains) that hang like strings of cotton balls in her front bay window. She knitted them in a day with super-fat needles. Also her pink painted staircase in glossy hot pink brings lots of color and style, and so easy to do. Photo's by Michael Graydon.

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17 comments:

siogbeag said...

i am loving those stairs!

Carrie said...

I agree, those stairs are too cute!

Design Lovely said...

That first image shows such a great idea. I can't believe I have never thought of that before. By the way I love your new blog design!

Desiree Fawn said...

This is making me want to thrift some fun trays and hang them up like that! Such a fun idea.
Those totally need to happen in my kitchen ^_^

Katy said...

I love those beautiful metal trays. What a great idea! I see some yard sale-ing in my near future...

lm said...

love those pink stairs, and the the first image idea!

also loving the new poppytalk look!

mimi charmante said...

I *adore* how comfortable the two bottom photos feel!
xo

Jane said...

the framed art of the scissors is so much fun

seesaw designs said...

I see those metal trays at thrift stores ALL the time... maybe I should pick one up...

The stairs are great.

lupin said...

All of these are lovely ideas but the trays are particularly amazing - just on their own they look so striking and I am growing increasingly obsessed with wall-mounted curiosities instead of just having oh-so-traditional pictures everywhere.

lush bella said...

such great ideas for decorating!

Laura B said...

Great inspirations! I love the spice rack and the tray idea. I am now on the look out for one :)

jan said...

i too, am on the look out for these trays! thanks to you all for your comments!

Annabelle said...

Wow! All of these design finds are beautiful... I especially love the tray idea - am definitely going to do that! Thanks for the constant freshness and inspiration.. lovely.

Anonymous said...

i dug out my old trays...unfortunately none of them are magnetic! i think mine are plated on copper (or some other alloy)...so bring a magnet if you go on the hunt just to make sure.
a wonderful idea!!

Colleen (Associate AD, Cdn Family Magazine) said...

Thanks for flagging this! We loved putting this story together. Frankly, I'm a little obsessed with Jen's new espresso maker, but that's usually the case with me and anything involving caffeine.

jan said...

Hey Colleen, - thanks for stopping by and commenting! And pointing out the espresso maker, I thought it was a juicer! Now I have to look into this further...!

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