Ballet Recital BBQ!


My four year old daughter performed in her first ballet recital this past June.  It was a big event and she was a little nervous, but loved being on stage and her class did a great job dancing.  To celebrate, we had a family BBQ celebration with her grandparents and decorated the backyard in ballet pink.  I used lots of pink peonies that were in season, pink tissue pom poms and paper lanterns.  I made a table skirt of of pink and white tulle to resemble a tutu.  The skirt was really easy to make.  It took some time, but I did it while watching tv at night and I think it was worth the effort.  Instructions on how to make a tulle skirt are below:


Tulle Table Skirt:

What you’ll need:

  • Tape measure
  • Tulle (Number of rolls depends on the size of your table)
  • Scissors
  • Elastic to tie around the table
  • White tablecloth
  • White velcro tape


  1. Measure the elastic so it can be wrapped around the top edge of the table with 3 extra inches so that you can tie it in the back.
  2. To make your skirt you will need to measure the hight of your table.  Cut your rolls of tulle so that each strip is double the hight of your table.
  3. To attach the tulle to the elastic, fold one strip in half and then place the loop over and behind the elastic.
  4. Take the tails of the tulle and pass them through the loop.
  5. Pull the tulle tightly so that it looks like a tie with the knot in front.
  6. Attach all the stripes of tulle.  The tighter the knots, the fuller the skirt will be and the more tulle strips you will need.
  7. I used velcro tape strips to secure the skirt at the top edge of the table.  I used around 7 pieces of velcro tape.  You could also use glue.

The Jenny Lind Crib and Bed

I had a Jenny Lind style crib as a baby and the timeless style is back and popular once again!

Some people confuse the name Jenny Lind with a company or the name of a specific crib or bed, but it is a style of furniture that goes back centuries.  The style was named after 1850s popular Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind who as legend has it slept in a bed of that style.  The Jenny Lind design features distinct spindles and square solid corners on the headboard.

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Today’s updated version of the Jenny Lind crib and bed frame comes in amazingly beautiful bright colours that look great in a modern kids room as much as a traditional one.  Land of Nod has produced bed frames in azure, raspberry and yellow as well as the traditional white and brown.  I love that these bed frames look just as great in a little girls room as they do in pre-teen or teen room.

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According to an article in Design Sponge by Amy Azzarito:

  • The earliest spool-turned beds have long straight lengths of turnings because that was initially the easiest style to produce
  • 1830 – headboards and footboards about the same height
  • 1850s – spool-turned furniture was made with rounded corners because spool-turners developed a method of bending the spool turnings.
  • Midwest and Southern spool beds have a tall-posts (somewhere from 5 1/2 feet to 7 feet high) and were made from maple, walnut, cherry, poplar, cottonwood and mahogany. If the wood had an attractive color, it was left natural but pine and other softwoods were stained or painted.


Three Cottage Bedroom Styles for Kids

Who doesn’t love summer, especially summer at the cottage.  Endless days spent outside swimming,  dinners on the deck, family campfires, all surrounded by the beauty of nature.  I spent much of my youth either at our family cottage or at summer camp.  My grandmother had a good friend Gwen who lived in a beautiful 200 year old log cabin nestled in an apple orchard that we use to visit every summer.  I loved the woodsy smell of her cabin.  It was full of old relics, apothecary bottles, old maps, and lots of vintage furniture. Decorating a cottage bedroom can be fun because they are not meant to be serious.  When done right it can make a kids space feel magical and that anything in the summer is possible.

I’ve put together some inspiration for a few types of cottage bedrooms for kids:

1.  Rustic Cottage

The beauty in rustic cottage spaces is that they are relaxed, livable rooms that are comfortable.  I love when vintage objects are used in rustic cottage rooms because it adds a sense of history and tradition in a place where time stands still. Quilts, vintage lights, earthy tones, iron or wood bed frames and old objects come together to create beautiful rooms in a rustic cottage.

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2. Beach house

Soothing colours of blues, greens, whites and tan make me think about the beach, dune grasses, sand and water.  Beach house inspired decor for cottages has a relaxed calming easy going feel which can easily be incorporated into a child’s room.  I love sail boat and vintage nautical themes in beach houses, especially in kids rooms.  Two of my favourite vintage inspired nautical fabrics that would look great in a kids room are:

  1. Sail Away by Sanderson.  The fabric is available in Sea Green and Sky Blue and also is available in wallpaper.
  2. Lighthouse and Boat Scene by Cath Kidston

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3. Farmhouse Inspired

Everyone is talking about farms these days.  In my community, my friends are talking about the newest farmers markets, the hottest new farm to table restaurant or selling in the city and moving to the country to enjoy the values of a simplified life.  There is also the growing demand for organic farming and a shared value of caring for the environment.

Farmhouse decor is all about wood, neutral spaces with splashes of bright colours, antiques, quilts and a feeling of clean, simple, relaxed comfortable living.  Some common elements of Farmhouse style used in the bedroom are: painted wood walls or shiplap, wood floors,  a four poster bed or rod iron bed frames, mismatched quilts,  cotton striped rugs, antique painted chairs and furniture.


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Kids Wallpaper – Love the birds!

I love these bird wallpapers.  They’re fresh and add a vintage touch to a nursery or little girl’s room.

  1. Cole and Son – Humming birds.  This is one of the most iconic designs from Cole & Son, the wallpaper has been re-introduced in two brand new colourways.


    2. Julia Rothman – Daydream.  Hand-drawn birds and clouds float in this large scale, modern wallpaper pattern that mixes a classic design with contemporary colours.

    3. Cole & Son – Flamingos.   This beautiful vintage bird print is available in 4 pastel colourways and could grow with your child from nursery to toddler’s room to teen.

    4. Tyler Hall – Sanctuary.

    5. Schumacher – Birds and Butterflies