So, I dropped a little tease-a-roo last month about some epically awesome ssssshtuff that was going down in the land of Hue La La…

And I’m super stoked to finally be able to share the first yummy slice of the pie!

Before I toss the confetti, this post comes with a disclaimer…

Although I’m still pretty new to this blogging thang, I am acutely aware that there are peeps out there who think that some bloggers are a-lot-a-bit too narcissistic and might as well be writing for “allaboutme.com”…(thanks to Vicky Sanderson for that wicked zinger a la The Facebook today ;)) ….so, if this is you, discontinue reading now…do not pass GO…do not collect $200!

I’m about to do some toot-tooting of my own horn…

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Back in August I received a random phone call from a PR company who was reaching out on behalf of their “client”.  This mystical client was interested in working with little ‘ole me to launch their new colourfully chic tech product, and of course my interest was seriously peeked!!!

But I had no idea what awesome-tastic-ness was about to unfold…

Intro the client… Canon-logo-2012[1] SHA-BANG!

Oh yeah…the maker of my beloved EOS Rebel T3 that I got from Santa last Christmas (aka…bought for myself).

I know that this will appear like some serious tuckus smooching, but I was already a huge fan of the brand before I got “the call”.  So to find out that THEY wanted to work with ME was an uber YIPPEEEEEEE moment!!!

“Okay, okay Leigh-Ann….get to the point”

Canon Canada was in the midst of putting together a national commercial for their new line of fashionably functional all-in-one PIXMA printers that just happen to come in a fab collection of colours (…and, er…well, colour is kind of my thing, right?!)

So, in September, I was so honored to be asked to lend my mug to their campaign!!

Lights, Canon camera, action…

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 On-set…say cheese!

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 *Photo credits: Natalie Wilson Gunn (aka. the best design assistant ever!)

*Wardrobe courtesy of my FAB stylist, Joelle and jewels by the uber talented Jenn Fenton

And without further adieu (toot toot)…

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If you happen to be surfin’ the boob tube in the coming weeks, then you just might catch the 1-minute version of the commercial on HGTV, Slice, Food Network and Show Case, to name a few!

I love how Canon believes that technology should integrate seamlessly into your décor, and there really is a colourful printer to suit every personality and space.  I happen to adore this red little gem…

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So my question is….what Canon PIXMA hue are you???

Why do I ask?!  Well, I want to give one away to YOU!  Well, hopefully you!!

I’ll be randomly drawing for one Canon PIXMA all-in-one printer, and you have 3 fab ways to enter…

1.  Leave a comment below telling me a wee bit about your style and which colour of PIXMA would be perfect for you

2.  Tweet the following…

Live colourfully and win a @Canon_Canada #PIXMA all-in-one printer via @LeighAnnAllaire by visiting www.huelala.com #HueLaLa 

(***Be sure to add a hashtag at the end of the tweet with your printer colour of choice ie. #Red)

3. Show Hue La La a little Facebook love, and “LIKE” our page, then leave a comment telling me which PIXMA printer colour you’re craving

Giveaway eligibility ends at 11:59pm EST on October 31, 2013, and is only open to residents of Canada (for now…sorry to my US peeps).

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Oh, and the fun just doesn’t stop there on my wicked Canon Canada ride…  I’ll be sliding back in front of the camera again this week, so keep your eyeballs peeled on the tele for more of my mug in November!

And on that note…I’m done jibber jabbering about myself….for now!  Bahahaha!!

Toot, toot!

But before I bust out of here for today, I’m-a-gonna bust a move in my kitchen to this…. HEY YA!

Have a good one, and don’t forget to live colourfully!!

XO

L-A

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Hey, remember me?!?

To say that life has been cuckoo bananas this past month would be a gi-nor-mic understatement…but I am definitely not complaining one bit.  “Busy” is not a bad word in the Hue La La dictionary, and if you read my last post, I’ll be letting y’all in on some super fun news later this week.  Oh, and I’ll have some even FUNNER (I know that’s not a real word, bit just role with me) giveaways to share as well, so be sure to check back!!

So then, “what’s on the menu today” you ask?

Well, I’ve got goblins and ghouls on the brain…

Halloween is without a doubt my FAVE holiday!  I always loved dressing up as child and was fortunate enough to have a very crafty Mom that would spend countless nights sitting at her sewing machine whipping up whatever ghoulish creation I requested (…you’ll have to tune into Cityline next Tuesday though to see what costume she made one year that I REFUSED to wear!)

Oh, and when you tune in, you’ll get to see me and some of my fave pals having way too much fun doing a little of this action…

CL halloween LONG LIVE LIBERACE!!!

Now, back to my Halloween DIY…

Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit the sewing gene from my Mom, but her passion for DIY definitely rubbed off on me…and since I know how to work a paint brush, I decided to craft a few simple décor projects to dress up my front door.

I had already added a gazillion pumpkins to the exterior of our home in late September… (yay…pumpkins…pumpkins…pumpkins…*I kinda love fall A LOT*) and I had created my own inexpensive stenciled door mat (more on that later), but now with Halloween only a week-ish away, it was time to add a few extra fang-tastic touches.

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I’m all about cheap and cheerful DIYs, but I also love projects that are quick and easy to create.

As I mentioned earlier, I stenciled my fall door mat using a $16 IKEA sisal rug, an inexpensive letter stencil kit from Michaels craft store, low tack spray adhesive, and left over exterior paint.  It literally took me 30 minutes to create, so I decided to make a new one for Halloween.  I picked up an identical mat, used the same letter stencils, and reused paint from my front door…which ironically just happens to be called “Witching Hour” by Benjamin Moore.

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After spraying the back of the stencils with low tack adhesive, I placed them firmly on the mat and applied one coat of paint using an artist stipple brush in a dabbing motion.  Once the letter cut-out was filled in, I removed the stencil and allowed the rug to dry thoroughly before putting it outside.

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Drum roll please…..

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I’m rather smitten with my boo-tiful new mat!  But you can’t have broom parking without a witch, right???

I wanted to create a fast and fun project for my front door urn, so I set off in search of pool noodles…yes, pool noodles!  I was inspired by a project I saw on Pinterest using mannequin legs to create an upside-down witch, but had no idea where on earth to find any…so the hunt for pool noodles began!

Once I had all of the ingredients to create this spook-tacular project, it took a total of 5 minutes to assemble….YES, only 5 minutes!

Crash landing…

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Here’s all you need to create “Minerva”…(my son’s have named her)

  • 1 pool noodle cut in half
  • 2 bamboo stakes (found at the dollar store)
  • striped nylons (also found at the dollar store, but readily available this time of year at costume stores)
  • 1 foam cake form (found at Michaels)
  • a pair of shoes (found at a thrift store for $4)
  • spanish moss to cover the foam cake insert (also a Michaels score)

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Place the foam form into the base of the urn and push the stakes through the form on an angle.  Dress the noodles with the nylons (I never imagined that I would write that sentence), and since the pool noodles are hollow, they slide right over the bamboo stakes to keep them secure.  The shoes fit easily over the ends of the pool noodles, but can be permanently affixed using construction adhesive.

So, in under an hour and under $50, I transformed my front door from “Fall Festive” to “Witchingly Whimsical”…

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Do you dress your door with Halloween décor?

And what Halloween post would be complete without a little classic MJ…

 

Bwuahahahaha Ahahahaha…..Ahem, Happy Halloween everyone!!!

XO
L-A

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Ssssssh…..do you hear that?

Exactly!

That’s the sound of radio silence here on Hue La La for the past week!  Apologies for being off the radar, but trust me when I say it was for a very good reason!!  In fact, it was a phenomon of consecutive good reasons.

And here’s where you begin to roll your eyes and hate me!!!

I have crazy amazing, jump out of my skin news, but I’m not able to chirp about it….yet!!

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Gah…I’m such a tease!!

So here’s what I can share…

Within a span of 7 days, I scratched off not one, but two biggies from my dream board.  And I had FOUR other flippin’ fantastic opportunities that the universe plopped in my lap which I SO didn’t expect.

Weeks like this NEVER happen…ever!!

And yes…I totally believe in that whole “universe” thang.  In fact, I sometimes consider me-self even a tad cray-cray because I talk to “the universe” from time to time (…mostly between solo karaoke sessions in my fly minivan).

So, before you start thinking I’m a giant brag hag, give me a mere moment to muse…

I’ve always fashioned myself to be a rather modest gal!  *For some of you reading this, stop laughing*

Seriouly!  I’m not really comfortable talking about myself (I said stop laughing), and in the competitive world of media filled with ladder climbing egos, I’m hyper-sensitive about being “that girl”.  You know her…Ms. “oooh, look at me, I’m so awesometastic…everything I touch turns to gold, and my poop smells like pansies”.

Um, yeah!

But I’ve recently had a revelation…

I’ve realized that I’m not very good at dreaming out loud and telling others about my aspirations let alone my achievements.  Perhaps it’s the polite Canadian in me (sorry 😉 ) but I somehow feel a bit squeamish or embarrassed about sharing my lofty life goals.  I fear that others will bock and laugh if I tell them….not necessarily at my ability to perhaps achieve them, but for wanting to dream big at all…like, REALLY BIG!!

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I find myself having a constant internal debate and struggling to determine what makes me different or better than all of the other people out there chasing the exact same dreams as me.

Why should I be so lucky?  Am I foolish for thinking that I deserve that level of success?  Do good things really come to those who wait?  And precisely how long is the “wait”?  Is it true that timing is everything?  Or perhaps it has nothing to do with what I know, and everything to do with who I know (and who I don’t)!

Eeeek…I’m really letting my deep seeded insecurities ooooze out today, aren’t I?

Well, today I had an awesome reality check…

My oldest son is off to “big school” tomorrow a.k.a. Grade 1, and we stumbled into a sweet little convo today about his future.  He was sharing his excitement about school, and his dreams and aspirations about being an artist (which he has chattered about since he could first talk).  I told him that he can be anything he wants in life, and he relied by saying “yep, I can be anything I want, and I’m the only one who can stop me.  If anyone tells me I can’t do something, I’m just going to say no thank-you and tell them they’re wrong”…and then he karate chopped the air!!

HI YA!!

Wise words from a brilliant wee peanut…words that emotionally smacked me right up side the head!!!

If only I could live with such sure-fire confidence as my 6 year old son.  A little lad that truly believes that anything is possible…ANYTHING!

So for the hours since our chat, up until now, I have been pondering his words and finally realized that I am a sham of a role model for both my boys if I don’t actually eat my own words of advice (and his) and truly chase my dreams with unapologetic confidence.  I don’t plan to scream them from the rooftops, but I won’t be as “Canadian” about telling people…if they ask.  And I have decided to stop asking the questions noted above, and instead start making more statements.  Statements such as these that have been hanging out on my dream board beside “thing one and thing two” that I can’t yet talk about…

Ask for what you want, even if you don’t know how you’re going to get it!

Universe, show me what you’ve got!!  <—I have been known to randomly scream this out while in the shower

Dream big, then dream bigger!!!

And on that note…I do believe it’s time to update my dream board 😉

HI YA!!

Before I tootle off for the night to pack my first school lunch (BAH), I’ll leave you with my latest earworm obsession…  I especially love the following lyrics:

We’re bigger than we ever dreamed,
And I’m in love with being queen.

Sleep tight tonight pals, and don’t forget to dream… XOXO

L-A

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Today I’m musing about a recent DIY project, but it didn’t involve a hammer or glue gun!

If you’ve popped by the blogski in the past few days, then thank you…and you may have purused my post about recently becoming self employed (or as I initially referred to it as being an unemployed entrepreneur 😉 )

One thing that I have very clearly discovered in these past few “sink or swim” months is my inherent strengths, and my pathetic weaknesses.

I’ve realized that I am damn good at managing stress, I thoroughly enjoy meeting people and doing the good ‘ole “schmoozy schmooze” thing, and I’m kinda awesome at juggling a ton of balls at one time (…that’s what she said…BAH).  I attribute 99% of that to the fact that I really, whole heartedly love what I now do, so even the stress feels like rewarding fun.

And on the flip side, I flat out suck at a few of those “necessary skills” needed to be a successful business owner.

Example…

Pass me a laser level, a compound mitre saw, and a box of popsicle sticks and I can probably MacGyver you something pretty rad…

But pass me a calculator and a profit and loss statement, and I may ship my pants

Dudes…this commercial continues to crack me up every time I watch it!  It’s the kind of ROFL laugh that makes me shoot awesomesauce out my nose *SNORT*

So, calculators…

To put it plainly…math has never EVER been my thang!  I’ve always considered myself to be a number avoider!!

It’s not that I can’t find the square root of blah, blah, blah… I just prefer to live in my own little world where 2 + 2 = who cares, I’d rather be watching Orange Is The New Black!

But after walking around for months with an ever expanding wallet full of business receipts, I had to bite the book keeping bullet and get my professional finances in check.  In case you’re wondering, yes, I do have an accountant (a very good one at that), but I was so darn embarrassed of my disorganization that I kept putting off going to meet with her.  So, I set aside a day back in May to get me-self put together, but after what turned into a loooooooooong night of what I thought was financial organizing, I woke up the next day to a desk COVERED in receipts, invoices, and order forms….and I realized that I hadn’t actually organized anything.

It’s funny how the universe works sometimes though!  That very next day during a phone chat with my pal Heather at Impressions PR, I was whining about my accounting woes, and she suggested I check out their new client….The Simplicity Prinicple!

My first reaction was based on name alone….¨Simplicity¨…she was speaking my language!!!

And a few days later, guess what arrived on my doorstep?…

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Oh, the coral goodness!!!

Confession…I was totally skeptical as to whether this pretty little package could really help me get my shhhhtuff together!

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting exactly, but when I opened the folder, I discovered a calendar format of monthly organization folders….each with easy to fill-in sections to record my monthly income, expenses, and there was even a section to jot down notes for my accountant.

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Within an afternoon I had 6 months of receipts completely organized and ready to drop off to my accountant…whom, by the way, was beyond impressed with my level of organization (wink, wink)!

I must admit, I don’t hate accounting math and working with numbers any less, but I’m certainly not as likely to procrastinate now that I have a quick and easy way to DIY my finances.

Now, here’s some math that I can TOTALLY buy into…

Chloe, the genius behind The Simplicity Principle is offering the fabulous readers of Hue La La (that’s you) a grand-e-oso deal…

Receive $20 off the purchase of your own copy when you buy online at www.thesimplicityprinciple.ca and use promo code “LACODE” by the end of August!

Great bargoons like this make me want to bust out the running man…

And this dude sure knows his numbers…

1, 2, 3, 4…

XO

L-A

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It’s Huesday…and hello to hue…ahem, you!

Speaking of hue…

Today I want to chitty chat about a feisty little colour that burst onto the design scene a few years ago, and whether you were diggin’ it then or not, it certainly nabbed some major attention in the worlds of both fashion and décor alike. tangerine

Hit it Frank…

Described as vivacious, exotic, and sophisticated, this colour single handedly invaded our closets, crept into our kitchens, took us for a joy ride, and even kissed a cheek or two!

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Pinpointing a colour trend isn’t always an easy task, but when you start to see a tasty colour like tangerine transition so seamlessly into various industries, it’s pretty safe to say that it’s made a mark.  But is it still a trend?  Or could it be that tangerine has been lingering in my fan deck all along as a classic??

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See, long before tangerine tango’d its way onto the design industry dance floor, I fondly associated the hue with an iconic Parisian high fashion house established in 1837…. Hermes!

There has always been something so delectably chic about those beautiful orange pinstriped boxes…

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And how can you not fall in love with this stunningly classic orange-tastic space inspired by the boxes themselves!

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Could it be that Orange is the New Black?

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Holy cannelloni…I had to slip that reference in because I am so certifiably “Crazy Eyes” obsessed with this freaktastic show on Netflix!!!  If you have no idea what I’m referring to, you neeeeeeeed to check it out…it is SO worth the price of admission!!!

Anyhoo…

Regardless of whether you file TANGERINE under “Trendy” or “Classic”, would you dare to add a dash or a splash into your own home?

Just a DASH!

Painted Trim…                                                               

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trim2   Neat Niche…

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Stairway to Tangering Heaven…                                                                                      

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Make a Bold Entrance…  door2   

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Accent Walls & Colour Blocking…

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Painted Furniture…

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A little tangerine feeling on the ceiling…

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Make a SPLASH!

Tangerine Room Inspiration…

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There’s no doubt that tangerine is still kickin’ around the design scene!

But the big question is…

Are you into it, or over it?

XO

L-A

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Warning….things are about to get a little introspective and shmooshy up in here!!  Wait for it…

You know when you hear a ridiculously rad song for the first time, and in the days following, it’s obsessively stuck in your head?!  Well, I recently experienced that with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” …and I’m still trying to figure out what rhymes with hug me (bah!)

But for the last few days I’ve become insanely obsessed with a new smooth emo track courtesy of fellow Canadian, Drake.  If you haven’t heard “Hold On We’re Going Home“, I dare you to listen just once and not play it again…and again…and again!

Let’s just put it this way, if this song isn’t you’re thang, then we probably can’t be friends anymore.  Jussssssst kidding (kinda), but anyhoo…it’s certainly my current melodic infatuation!!

So, while listening to the song again last night (on repeat) I started to think about just how unbelievably successful this Toronto native and Degrassi alum has become.  And although I’m sure he has had a lot of help along the way, I have the utmost respect for anyone who is willing to dream big, take risks, and blaze their own trail in life.

I can certainly relate to dreaming big and taking risks…but the blaze my own trail part is a current work in progress!  Why you ask?  Well, I recently uttered two words that changed my life…

I quit!

Let me backtrack a tad…

A little more than a year ago while working for “the man” (who’s name happened to be Benjamin Moore) I found myself analyzing my present situation and contemplating the future.  I had quite fortunately spent almost all of my adult life working inside of a well oiled corporate machine, and although the people I met and the knowledge I gained were unbelievably invaluable, I found myself craving more!

I’m pretty sure we all experience this at some point…I was totally content with where I was, but I knew that if I wanted to achieve my lofty goals in life, it was going to require taking some huge risks.  Now let me tell you, leaving the predictability, protection, and comforts of a corporate career for the unknown was terrifying…but what I was soon to discover was the immediate sense of liberation!  When I officially decided to take the L.E.A.P. (which, by the way, are my initials) I found myself in an instant free fall into petrifying bliss.

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With a very small, loosely woven safety net, I had to rely on my confidence and a gut feeling that I could do more and be more in the future than I currently was in the present.  So, at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve, I became an entrepreneur (a.k.a. unemployed).

Fast forward to today…

Here I am…Hue La La-ing with you!

When people ask me now “what do you do”, my typical response is “what do you want me to do?”

It’s hard to give a concise answer because I’m figuring it out as I go.  Media, design, PR, etc…I have never had so many amazing opportunities in front of me, and I am enthusiastically still working on blazing my own trail (in several different directions)!  That whole cliché about living outside of the box…well, yeah…I get that now!

I have come to realize in the past 8-ish months of navigating this entrepreneurial world that I no longer seek a safety net!  In fact, I want to continue the free fall as long as I can…because all of my fun has existed not by landing somewhere, but in the excitement of knowing that I can potentially land anywhere.

In the case of Drake, he is certainly still free falling among the stars, and his journey (like so many other successful dreamers) started by having the confidence to take risks.

If you’re diggin’ his new song like I am, you just might appreciate this stellar cover that I came across by another talented dreamer with obvious aspirations of stardom…

Did I really just draw comparative inspiration between my life goals and Drake?  Why yes, I believe I just did!

And since I’m in a mush-ball mood today, I figured I’d end this post with 3 simple lines that now drive my motivation to do more and be more…

fire within

So, go on….dream big…then dream bigger!!  Oh, and high five often!  How’s that for some free advice (wink)!!

XO

L-A

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Actually, I’ve gotta side with Donny Osmond on this one…

I’m definitely a little bit rock n’ roll, but when it comes to hosting a backyard summer fete or a romantic outdoor wedding (tis the season), nothing screams casual elegance like peppering in a hearty helping of country flair.   Now, let me just say…there is a fine line when pulling this look together!  Unless you’re planning a good ‘ole “yeeeeeeehaaaaaaw” hoedown, you can leave the spurs and lassos at home.

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I recently had the super awesome opportunity to design a country chic Cityline set for a primetime special featuring the one and only country super-band, Lady Antebellum (L-A with L-A…Eeeeeek!)  I am definitely not one to be easily star struck, and I will sheepishly admit that I wasn’t that familiar with their music beforehand, but holy guacamole…they are without a doubt the most professional, gracious and TALENTED collective of awesomesauce super stars that I have ever met.  Ya, that’s right…I said it…awesomesauce!

And here’s blurry photo proof of my brush with musical greatness (blue dress = moi)…

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OH. MY. GERD…did ya spot my cheesy, star struck Cheshire grin…YEEEEEEEHAAAAAAW!

And I was this close…

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…while they were performing this kick-ace song…

So, back to the set design…

I wanted to create a comfortable, rustic atmosphere with a sophisticated twist for the show, so I came up with these 5 simple décor ingredients that anyone can add to their outdoor space…and they’re guaranteed to have your guests swooning under the stars…

1.       Add an elegant table cloth

Many of us have an outdoor dining table and chairs to wine and dine guests, but nothing will change the look of your set faster than to add a simple set of linens.  Country elegance is all about striking a balance between country charm and…well, elegance!  By adding crisp white linens to your table and even layering a printed outdoor fabric cloth, you will instantly create a sense of sophistication and take your dining set from outdoor blah to dining ta-da.

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2.       Bring indoor furniture out

The best way to create casual comfort outside is to bring the comforts of home outdoors.  Consider borrowing a few chic toss cushions from your sofa and add them to your guests’ chairs, and if you’re hosting a buffet, relocate a wood desk or console table from inside to be used as a food or drink station and top it with an antique table lamp for instant outdoor ambiance. (Ignore the dangly, annoying cord in the photo…ACK).

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3.       Light the night with candle filled mason jars

I have acquired quite the collection of vintage mason jars over the years, and one of my favourite uses for them is to tuck several around the garden and on the dining table filled with sand and tea lights.  If you don’t want to buy vintage jars, I recently scooped up a collection of sweet petite ones at my local dollar store, and with a battery tea light, scrap of burlap, and a stamped luggage tag, I made simple place card holders for guests.

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4.       Use crates for display

As much as I love a beautiful vintage mason jar, I have a secret obsession with antique wooden crates!  There’s something about their texture and reclaimed look, and I especially love to muse about all of the places they likely traveled and the stories they could tell.  When it comes to incorporating them into a chic country setting, I love using them to elevate food on buffet tables, stacked to add height and dimension around the yard, and even one or two filled with folded blankets for your guests if the evening air gets brisk.

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5.       Tell a story by displaying books

Country music is incredibly expressive and narrative, so why not tell a story with your dining décor…literally!  I’m a big fan of collecting and displaying vintage books in my home, and they are the perfect outdoor ingredient to create a unique look for your stylish country soiree.  You don’t need many to create interesting impact…simply incorporating one or two as the base of your centrepiece to stack a collection of glass bottles will certainly give your guests something to talk about.

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Well, yippee ki yay…it’s time to par-tay!!

If you want a peek at the segment from the special, check ‘er out below…and as always, thanks for stopping by the blog-ski!!

XO

L-A

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Raise of hands….how many of you are excited about back to school in only a few short weeks???

If you’re a parent, you probably just double fist pumped the air, but since this is the first September that I’m sending my oldest little dude to “big school”, I’m a having a minor “holy-frigola, where did the time go” freak out session just thinking about it.  Good news is, he’s totally excited and ready, and he’s informed me that he plans to make “like, 500 friends on the first day” (um…there are only 478 students at his school, but ookie dookie).

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I just filmed a back-to-school special yesterday with Cityline, and I’ll be sharing a recap on the blog next week when it airs, but it got me reminiscing about my school girl days (which weren’t THAT long ago, for the record).

It’s funny how some things stick out more in my memory more than others!  The sound of the migraine inducing school bell, the smell of the over bleached lunch room, the sight of the MASSIVE hallways that seemed miles long…and for any of you who have gone back to visit your elementary school as an adult, you realized just how MASSIVE the hallways were not!

And remember when your teacher would show a video in class in lieu of the regular scheduled lesson plan?  Those were the days!!!  But let’s be honest, those video days were a well calculated conspiracy to distract us while Mrs. Allen slept off her hangover at the back of the classroom (or maybe that was just my grade 6 experience).

So, I figured I’d make it video day here on the blog (and no, I do not have a hangover…wink, wink).

I have two goodies for you that I recently stumbled across, and both have me musing over the incredible innovation that exists out there in the world of technology.

This one has been popping up in my Facebook stream for the past few days, and it literally blew my mullet back…

And THIS….well, this is just beyond phenomenal!!!  I have seen several lectures by Neil Harbisson, and shared his videos with my students when I was lecturing about colour theory at Sheridan College (sans a hangover, of course).  It’s a captivating look at how a person who cannot see colour, can now have the ability to hear colour.  I know what you’re thinking…What the what?  But just watch…it truly is astonishing….

It’s the final day to announce the final winner of the “7 Days of Hue La La Giveaways“….WOOOOOT!

The lucky reader of the Black & Decker Matrix kit is…

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Congratulations to all of the winners this past week, and thank you SO, SO VERY MUCH to everyone who entered via blog comments, email subscriptions, and twitter.  You all rock my world!!!  Check back here often for more DIY and design yumminess…Ooh, and oodles of more faboosh giveaways!!

So, since I spent some time today doing a little elementary school reminiscing, I figured I would channel the 7 year old me and throw back to a little “In Living Color”.  What girl didn’t want to be a Fly Girl in the 90’s?!  Oh yeah, I used to bust out some sweet moves in my family room while watching this…

XO

L-A

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Ahahaha!!!  I promise that I won’t get that literal with my DIY Diaries section of the blog, but just a heads up…I do plan to share with you some of my recent and ongoing “how-to” and upcycle projects from beginning to end.

As some of you may know, I’m a diehard DIY-er with a more than mild obsession with power tools.  I particularly love to get my wee sausage fingers on un-used, un-wanted, un-loved furniture and give them much needed mouth-to-mouth style resuscitation.

I’m a self proclaimed bargain bounty hunter through and through!

In fact, I’m quite sure that I was born with a freakishly super-human talent!  Aside from my quirky ability to touch my tongue to my nose and bust jaw-dropping dance moves like “the robot” and “running man”, I was born with a heightened sense of smell…a sixth sense if you will, to sniff out an awesome thrifty bargooon.

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Oh yes, I am THAT person…the one scouring clearance racks, scouting consignment stores, pursuing yard sales, and even doing a little “curbside shopping” (if you know what I mean).  I love the thrill of the hunt for a fabulously frugal furniture find that’s oozing with potential to work a little DIY magic on.

And now that the warm, toasty summer is in full swing, those joyous yard sale signs have been popping up in my neighbourhood weekly which means my spidey senses have been extra tingly …*insert happy dance here*.

During a quick expedition recently to a local sale, I spotted a sweet little pine somethin’-somethin’ that starred me down and yelled across the lawn “hey you, buy me!”  Besides missing a knob and needing a minor drawer readjustment, this petite dresser had my two favourite “P’s” written all over it…potential and price!  After a little friendly negotiation, I walked away with a $16 steal-of-o-deal that was about to get a youthful refresh…

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As it turned out, I had the perfect client for this piece…my 6 year old son!

We redecorated his big boy bedroom back in December (which believe it or not was what he requested as a Christmas gift…he’s so my son), but after investing in new furniture, I quickly came to the realisation that the petite night stands were useless!  Sure, they looked great, but when it came to practical storage for a 6 year old, they were absolutely useless!

You should know one thing about my oldest son, Nolan…he is a very enthusiastic artist.  I mean, since he could talk he’s been telling people unprovoked that he is going to be an artist when he grows up (…and a vegetarian), and he literally draws and paints like it’s a full time job.

So, because this fab yard sale piece is smaller than a typical dresser, I decided to use it in place of one of his night stands to house his over-abundance of art supplies and mini masterpieces.

Drum roll please… Ta Da!!

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I always say that good preparation is key to the success of any DIY makeover.  I gave the dresser a thorough sanding with my Black & Decker Matrix sanding attachment, a coat of primer, and then I sprayed a fresh coat of white paint to the top and sides with my HVLP paint sprayer to give a smooth, near factory finish.  To make this piece truly fit for a budding artist, I added tintable chalkboard paint in a subtle stacked ombre to the drawer fronts which is a great way to keep supplies organized, help your kidlets practice their spelling skills, and give them some creative doodle space to personalize the piece on their own.

He thought it was pretty nifty, and I was pretty happy to have all of his art paraphernalia housed in one place!

*Thank you to Today’s Parent magazine for originally posting this project on their blog!

If you’ve been hanging out with me here for the past week, you know that it’s the final day of the “7 Days of Hue La La Giveaways“.  I’m feeling a little bit sad, and a lot a bit happy… Sad because I don’t want the party festivities to end, but happy to be going out with a birthday giveaway BANG for one of my readers.

Today’s bounty?… A super wickedly fantastico Matrix 20V quick connect power tool starter kit from my dear friends at Black & Decker.

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Yep, that’s right…this rechargeable workshop wizard is a drill, sander, jig saw, circular saw, impact driver, etc…ALL IN ONE!!

If you’re a cray-cray DIYer like me, you’re drooling all over your keyboard right about now!!!

For details on how to enter, click here and read my welcome post… And for another fancy shmancy chance to win, tweet the following…

Get your DIY on with @LeighAnnAllaire and enter for a chance to win a @Black_DeckerUS #Matrix kit over at www.huelala.com #HueLaLa

And yippee to yesterday’s winner of the Tonic Living $100 gift card…

winner 6 Congrats from one L-A to another!!  Check your inbox, darlin’!!

Wowee wow-wow…what a party this first week of Hue La La has been!  I am completely gobsmacked by the virtual love and support that’s been pouring in from readers near and far!!  Thank YOU!!!

If you’ve checked out some of my previous posts, you know that I love a good rockin’ tune, so today, I leave you with this…  The video is terrible, but the darn song is kinda catchy…and feel free to sing along and change the lyrics to “Hue La La” (just sayin’).

XO

L-A

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It’s Huesday…ahem…I mean Tuesday, and in the land of Hue La La, it’s my most favouritest day of the week!  Why, you ask?  Well, around these parts, Tuesday is the day that I plan to muse over my latest hue obsessions, explore captivating colour combos, and feature the work of artists and designers who fearlessly “get it right” when it comes to using colour.

But before we dive in, I figured we should kick this party off with a little tune from some colourful crooners.  (Bwuaha…you’re welcome *wink*)

To celebrate the first official Huesday, I’m giving you a little two-in-one experience today!

First, a delicious look inside one of my fave fabric boutiques…

Tonic Living is chalk full of the most colourfully curated and crave-worthy textiles EVER, and their new designer showroom digs on Northline Road in Toronto is a wunder-luxe of vibrant patterned perfection.  Here’s just a taste…

collage 1 And it gets better… Tonic Living is so much more than just fabric by the yard!  They can transform your textiles of choice into everything from custom curtains, to cozy cushions, and ah-mazing bespoke ottomans

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They’ve even partnered with Mod Pieces to create these chic fabric wrapped lamp shades…

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Sidebar: I’m certifiably obsessed with this Sakura fabric cushion in Kumquat…

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Now, I double-dog-dare you not to fall head over heels in love with a least a dozen of their pillow patterns available online!

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The second Huesday BONUS today features the mind-bogglingly beautiful work of uber talented artist Andrea Rinaldo.  I first discovered her work at none other than Tonic Living’s showroom.

Behold…

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Le sigh.  See, I told you!!

And how incredible is this cluster of colourful confectionaries…

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Her medium of choice is French fabric dye on canvas which she then coats with a high gloss resin to make the richness of the colours sparkle.  Talk about using colour fearlessly!!  This Collingwood, Ontario artist even toots around town in a one of a kind, colourful chariot…

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I recently filmed a little secret somethin’ somethin’ in the Tonic Living showroom, and I have to admit, I chose my Ella Moss dress specifically to complement the art! (I know, I know…I’m such a cheese ball!!)

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*Thanks to Janine for the fun pic!!

So, to celebrate the first Huesday here on the blog, and toss some confetti for day 6 of the “7 Days of Hue La La Giveaways“, I have a grand gift from Tonic Living!!!  One lucky reader is going to win a $100 gift card to shop for their own fabric fabulousness, so to find out how to enter, zip over to my welcome post for details.

If you’ve already entered, you can snag another chance to win by tweeting the following…

Happy Huesday from www.huelala.com! Win a $100 gift card for colourful @TonicLiving fabric from @LeighAnnAllaire #HueLaLa #Giveaways

More confetti for the winner of yesterday’s Hamilton Beach prize pack…

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Happy Huesday everyone!!

XO

L-A

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