Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Guest Post: Timber and Lace!!!

 Today I have a very new friend guesting, Marci from Timber and Lace! I just love her no nonsense approach to design and the great way that she blends practicality with pretty...not to mention she is just the sweetest person! They are actually experiencing the floods back in their neck of the woods right now, so keep them in your thoughts and prayers!!!

Hi, I'm Marci from Timber and Lace, and I am so excited to be here, after my invite from Aubrey.  How did I get included in such a fabulous line-up of so many great designers?  Wow.  What a privilege.



We our still in the process of making our house into our little sanctuary but I am happy to share what we have done so far.  For us making our house a home started with the design process.   There were two things that were priorities on our list when we started designing our house. 

1.We wanted our entry to be in the center (or heart) and have the remainder of the house 'hug' it to create an entrance that says 'welcome', or 'come on in' with ample exterior lighting to beckon you in from the cold.  (Let's face it - in Southern Alberta we could, and have had snow fall in every month of the year.)


2.  We also wanted the kitchen to be designed so that our kids could be close but not necessarily right under foot when cooking.  The curved island is where the kids are often found coloring, painting, playing play-doh etc. while I am working in the kitchen and I love how it feels like I am surrounded by them but they are never in the way as I prepare MANY meals and snacks in this space.


Now, we all know that even a well designed house is truly not a home until its occupants have added their personal touch.


I have a passion for mixing textures and elements.  I selected stacked quartzite for our contemporary fireplace, combined with a thick shag multi-colored area rug over birch knotty tavern hardwood, warm thick creamy throw, soft velvet pillows, and hopefully soon a chunky raw wood coffee table will finish creating a cozy great room for us.  We also plan to add exposed timbers to the ceiling in this area someday.  The kids toys are neatly tucked into storage ottomans placed strategically close for easy access.


  In this small half bath we added stone veneer to the wall (very hard to capture in pictures but the black wall you see in the photos is a textured, real stone panel), cored out the center of some leftover timber from the exterior of our house to use as a vanity, and added a little shine with polished plumbing fixtures and a crystal light.


I love to use large scale photos of my children as artwork in my home.  It definitely adds some personality to those blank walls and the size often has huge impact.  Both of the canvases pictured above are 5 ft in length.

$$$ saving tip:  I take the photos myself and have them printed on canvas at our local sign shop and then stretch them onto a homemade frame with custom dimensions myself.  Where else can you find 5 ft custom sized art for under $200 dollars?



And of course there is nothing like a few DIY projects to really put your own stamp on a space.

Please visit me over at Timber and Lace as we continue to create our own little haven right at home.

Thanks Marci! Isn't that photo/canvas idea just BRILLIANT??? I just love all the personal touches in her home, did you know that she did a lot of the finishing work (aka laying tile etc) for her home HERSELF?!? Amazing...and what is this craziness about not knowing how you got included in this, Miss Marci??? 'Cause you're FABULOUS! *duh* (c; 

Definitely go and take her house tour so you can see the rest of her great spaces like her fantastic guest bedroom and her daughter's room:
Like I said, no nonsense, just lovely!
Up Tomorrow:

Kim from Keller Creative!!!

26 comments:

Kim @ keller-creative said...

Such a pretty home. I love all the dark grey and natural materials she uses.

Marci said...

Thanks for including me in your great series Aubrey. You are so sweet.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Very pretty- I love love the bathroom:)

Julip Made said...

Wow, Marci, what a lovely home! I really like how you opened up the kitchen and have an extra big island for folks to chow down at while you can cook an entertain. As a foodie/ hostess, this is a dream come true!

Amanda Hill said...

Great house love the fireplace!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

What a beautiful house.

Carrie {steinbecksays.com} said...

Beautiful home. I love all the detail. The small bathroom may be my favorite, though. Happy Wednesday!

Elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

So pretty. I love all of the beautiful natural elements they have used in their home!

Baby Shopaholic said...

This house is off the hook! Aubrey, I thought I was following you a long time ago... sorry, I am here now! I would love for you to take part in I Heart... email me thebabyshopaholic at gmail

Sundresses and Smiles said...

Oh, I love those enlarged photos and the idea about the entry setting the tone for the whole house and being welcoming.

Also, Aubrey--thanks for your sweet sweet comment today! I know this is sappy, but it brought tears to my eyes!

Danielle said...

Love those trellis pillows!

tina - Half Of What I Say said...

Gorgeous house Marci, particularly love the exterior. And the stone on your fireplace wall. Great to see a fellow Canadian on Aubrey's blog!

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

So pretty. Love that guest room!

Bud and Leo said...

Beautiful! I love the fireplace!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Love her home! Clearly she put a lot of thought into the design of her house. It shows.

Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely said...

Beautiful home, I love the grey colour used on the walls, it looks fantastic! I love that her kids colour in at the counter while she is cooking - brilliant idea!

Danielle said...

Just saw your comment about Adele. How much do you love her? She is the BEST. Could listen to her all day :)

Anna of IHOD said...

Marci,
Your home is gorgeous! I love the shades of wood and the dark finishes in the kitchen.
Thanks for sharing with us!

designstiles said...

Great series. I've always liked looking into other people's homes. And now I could do it without coming off crazy.

Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking said...

Love all the pretty details! Marci, you have such a beautiful home!

classiq said...

A lovely home! The photography used as artwork is such a wonderful idea, those personal touches that make all the difference. :)Ada

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

I think we can safely say that your home is absolutely fantastic, Marci! Thanks for being here!

emily said...

What a gorgeous home!

Things to Do said...

Wow, I wouldn't hate doing the laundry if I had a great laundry room like that!!!

Hyphen Interiors said...

Great series! Kim did an excellent job!

Hyphen Interiors said...

Commented on the wrong one, but who can not love Timber and Lace's home??! It's gorgeous. Love her taste.