Just back from a little road trip with some inspiration

Hello there! How was your weekend?

Mine? It was a lot of fun but I’m ready to call it a night.

This weekend we decided to take a little road trip to Calgary, Alberta (about 3 hours away from where we live) to attend the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (my hubby and my two kids are huge Star Trek and superhero fans). Although, I am more into decorating and shopping than I’m into Superman, Green Lantern and the like, I decided to tag along for the ride anyway as I thought it would be a lot of fun for my kids (two smaller ones and one big one). I could also do what I love to do best; get some shopping in while we were there.

Unfortunately, the Comic Con Expo was over capacity so we were unable to attend the show, but we did get to do a bit of shopping and check out some of Calgary’s attractions, which was fun just the same.

I was so happy that we were able to get over to Calgary’s Chinook Mall today so I could stop by a couple of my favorite stores. The first store is Pottery Barn. We don’t have one of these stores where we live so I usually only get to visit once a year at most. I love to go through the store and snap photos of things that give me some inspiration so I can refer back to them later.

I took quite a few photos today and I thought I would share them with you as you might find them inspirational as well.




Pottery Barn this Spring is all about sea shells, sea fans, coral, sand…basically anything to do with the sea. In addition to the beach themed items there seemed to be a lot of glass and neutral colors such as white and cream.

This is one of my favorite decorating schemes. Because it is neutral, it is so easy to add some brightly colored items into the mix such as throw pillows or a decorative vase to kick things up a notch. Then when you decide that you want a change, it is so easy to take away the colorful items and go back to a neutral palette. I love the versatility of this arrangement.




These cute little bottles that I saw were really neat. They would be so easy to make, don’t you think? All you would need is some artificial plastic sedum plants and/or some plastic sea fans, some small little bottles and a glue gun, and in a couple of minutes you would have your very own little Pottery Barn inspired bottles. They would look wonderful massed together on a mantle, lined up on a windowsill or on a coffee table in a woven basket as they are displayed in the photo above.




This sea shell bowl arrangement would be really easy to reproduce at home as well. All that would be needed is a large glass bowl, some beach sand (or Epsom Salts if you don’t have sand), a few sea shells and/or some coral and a glass ball or finial. It would make a perfect centerpiece on a coffee table or placed on your patio table in the garden. What a wonderful way to bring a little bit of sand and sea into your home!






I really like how they have grouped coral and mercury glass/ galvanized metal together. It works so well together because the coral provides some texture and the mercury glass gives contrast to the creams and whites and also adds a bit of sparkle.




I also saw a lot of textured/woven shades and rugs. The glass lamp with sand and shells inside is a very cool idea. Again, we are back to the beach theme.




Doesn’t this sea inspired bed look super comfy? After shopping for a few hours I was ready to get up on in this bed if the sales associates would have let me. I can only dream…








I decided to snap a photo of this clock wall gallery layout for some future inspiration. I would love to try this in my office one day.

The wood stained clock on the far right would be very easy to make. You would only need a piece of plywood, some lattice strips, a spare clock, some wood stain, some silicon, a miter box and saw, a jig saw, and some other small tools to finish it off.

I would think that this project would only cost $10-20 at most and it could be made in a couple of hours.  You could cut the costs considerably if you found a clock at a thrift store or used one that you already owned and also used some scrap pieces of wood from around your house. I am all about using what you already have if you are able to. Re-use and recycle and at the same time get a lot of bang for your buck!

Another great thing about making your own framed clock is that you can make it any size that you want to fit on your mantle, in your hallway or anywhere else you would like to display it.




I thought these large jars were really cool too. I don’t know that I would actually use them to store cereal but I think that they would be great as a display piece on top of a pantry cupboard or on the kitchen counter.



As you can see my other favorite store is Anthropologie. We have one of these where I live but since I was out shopping anyway, I always can make time for some Anthropologie inspiration.




These little ceramic strawberry baskets have been at Anthropologie for a while. I still love them though and one of these days I am going to break down and buy myself one.




I thought this ringed bowl was neat. Maybe it is meant to be a punch bowl of sorts and the glasses are to be hung from the rings on the bottom or maybe it is just meant to be decorative. I will need to research this one some more to figure out what its intended use is.




I love the shabby weathered looking storage cabinet, below. If I could only afford to have it in my house, it would be there in a second. It would look perfect in my “future” bathroom someday storing white towels, soaps and lotions.



These chippy plant pots were beautiful as well. I love how they look all massed together.




Have you been to Pottery Barn or Anthropologie lately? What items that I have shown you are your favorites?  Do you enjoy decorating your home in beach themed items such as sea shells, coral, etc.?

Well I am off to LaLa land. Stay tuned for the reveal of my antique sewing cabinet. I am so excited to share it with you!


Until next time,






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  1. Carolyn

    Wow Carrie, the more I read your blog the more similarities I see between us. My sons are in their 20′s and used to live, eat and breathe everything superhero! So sorry to hear you didn’t get into the show. My 24 yr. old goes to those comic book/superhero conventions and just loves them! Maybe next year you can buy tickets online in advance. I remember going to the Chinook mall many years ago. I brought back a beautiful rustic quilt for our cottage in northern Ontario. Even though I live near Toronto where there is a PB store, I only get there once a year as well! In fact l made a day of it this past weekend because my husband gave me a gift card 2 xmases ago. It was starting to collect dust sitting in my purse. I wished i could buy the whole store but $200 will only take you so far! I ended up buying a quilt from the kids section. It has a green and navy pattern on one side and is solid red on the reverse. I have a nautical themed master at the cottage so i’m going to use it on the spare bed in that room which is used as a reading nook with lots of throw cushions. That PB cabinet you like is so adorable. With your painting talent I’m sure you could replicate the look with a reasonably priced goodwill, garage sale or flea market find! Wishful thinking–happy hunting! Really enjoy your blog. Great job on the sewing cabinet btw.

    1. Carrie

      Your message made me smile. My husband and kids live, breathe and eat anything to do with superhero’s too! Oh well, there could be worse things to be interested in. :)
      As for Comic Con, we did buy our tickets online but when we got there at 12:00 pm the entire Expo center was lined up to the end and the Fire Marshall wasn’t letting anyone else in. Some of the crowd was actually trying to storm the door so it was a little unnerving. Did you originally live in Calgary or did you just go there for visits? Your quilt sounds lovely, BTW. I love Pottery Barn but the majority of their items are out of my price range. I do love to get my inspiration from them though and try to replicate their ideas at a fraction of a cost.
      Thanks again for stopping by and for your kind comments. I love getting to meet new friends. I hope that you will stop by again soon.

  2. Carolyn

    That’s such a shame about not being able to get in to the Expo centre. Hopefully your kids will get to see it one day. Oh well there’s always the Avengers movie to look forward to! We’ve always lived in Ontario but have done the trip to the Canadian rockies many times. You are fortunate to live in such a magnificent part of the world. That Icefields parkway is spectacular. Our last trip out west we even stayed at the west edmonton mall. Our kids loved it and then i think we stopped in beautiful Jasper after that. It truly is our favourite holiday destination.

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