Saturday, February 27, 2010

Two Little Girls' Room!

Here is a little inspiration for two little girls' room we're collaborating on. They aren't 'girly girls' so we stayed away from pinks and bows and so on. These two modern girls had new bed spreads in aqua blues and white and we went from there!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Free(ish) Fridays!

You don't need to break the bank when you're redecorating your space. And every Friday, we're going to prove it. You have all weekend to take advantage of these easy and inexpensive projects and then you can procrastinate getting back into your workday routines by sending us pictures of what you've done. Ahem. Hint, hint.

Download these PDFs from kind over matter and frame them for your kid's room or family room. Maybe a shower or bday gift? I don't know, you tell me. I love them though and I'm going to print them all off and put them in my daughter's room. It's in desperate need of personality, she loves animals and I have big plans for her to become literate. So, win-win!

If you have a window that needs a little privacy but you don't want to lose the light, this DIY idea is for you. If you're confident in your artistic abilities, you can use a paint pen and draw right on the glass. Otherwise you can use contact paper. This idea is courtesy of Design*Sponge. Click here to get the full instructions.

Maybe you can't afford that large scale art piece that you dream of *yet* but that doesn't mean that you should have an empty, lonely wall. Click here to see how Canadian House and Home says you can turn your photos into art using a painted corkboard and your black and white pics.

I love wallpaper. There are a million things you can do with wallpaper without making your house look like your Grandmother's house. Or like a house on Coronation Street. All the houses on that show are covered in wallpaper! Anyway, a little can go a long way and wallpaper remnants are much more affordable than papering a whole room (or house!).

Easy and cheap ideas: told you so!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Turquoise Shed is featured on!

We love this site and we love that we were asked to be featured! Check out the article and explore the site!

Fresh Shop :: Turquoise Shed Vintage

Carly & Melissa!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bedroom Makeover

Who wouldn't want to see their work on the glossy pages of a magazine?! When we were asked to do a before and after spread for local magazine, Panache, we didn't have to think twice. The issue comes out mid March and we're really excited for you to see it. In the mean time, we thought we'd share our inspiration for the room.

After consulting with the client, we did up a mood board that reflected the atmosphere and aesthetic feel that she was looking for. Like a lot of us, she was more sure of what she didn't want than what she wanted. That's a great place to start, too! After we determined that she wasn't interested in anything too "stuffy" or "serious", we moved toward what she did want for her room's feel: light, simple and fresh.

Our inspiration came from a custom fabric and the colour palette fell into place. It was a lot of fun gathering the design details for the client and she was really excited to get her new room finished! Stay tuned for the Mid March issue of Panache for the before and after pics!

picture credit:
Paint chips Behr-California Dreaming & Ocean Kiss
Yo-Yo Pillow by Amy Butler
NewEngland Potrait Mirror
Living room by
John Lewis Seersucker Duvet
Art...Photos by ara133 found on Etsy

Sunday, February 21, 2010

2010's Colour of the Year

Carly and I thought this was a good sign for TURQUOISE SHED when the following article was released in January!! We have often joked that Turquoise is a neutral for us because we think it goes with EVERYTHING and here is back up from THE colour guru's at Pantone!!

Pantone Unveils Color of the Year for 2010:
PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise

"Pantone is pleased to announce PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the Color of the Year for 2010. Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise inspires thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a comforting escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.

In many cultures, Turquoise is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that to many people, Turquoise represents an escape, taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting – even if it is only a fantasy.

Whether envisioned as a tranquil ocean surrounding a tropical island or a protective stone warding off evil spirits, Turquoise is a color that most people respond to positively. It is universally flattering, has appeal for men and women, and translates easily to fashion and interiors. With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other color in the spectrum. Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens.


A little info on Pantone...."The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another." Wikipedia

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Light and Vision Photography

Photographer Louise Vessey of Light and Vision Photography contacted us to source and refinish a chair for her to use as a prop and here it is! While we can't take credit for the super cute baby or the beautiful picture, it does bring a tear to our eye to see our chair all grown up, being a productive member of society. Sniff, sniff. They do grow up
so fast... Check out Louis Vessey's wonderful work on her site and her blog

Our Showroom Window!

Our Grand Opening was a smashing success and we're so grateful that:

a. we had so many well-wishers stop by
b. our friends and family were there to support us
c. it's over! What a lot of work but it was so worth it! We love how our showroom turned out!

One highlight of the day was setting up our store window. Here we are getting it set up. Poor Melissa had to do the bulk of the work while her eight and a half month pregnant business partner (me) mostly watched from the side lines. I'll be back in the game soon, I promise Mel.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Miss Mabel Love

At this moment Carly and I have been on the phone coordinating our new Etsy page and photos for 2 hours and 37 minutes all after a 14 hour day of racing around town trying (and succeeding) to get our showroom ready to go for tomorrow night's GRAND OPENING EXTRAVAGANZA! To say the least my ear is hot...
But this is all very exciting, our work will be on display for friends, family and interested strangers to see and we can't wait for the feedback.
We would like to introduce you to Miss Mabel Love...this picture states so simply what we are doing with Turquoise Shed...putting the beautiful classic old, and the modern fresh new together for something quality and unique.


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