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summer whites

Posted by Cobi on Tuesday June 23, 2015 at 06:22 AM
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Last summer we threw a party in our backyard for some neighbours who were moving away. It was a casual get-together but I wanted it to look nice.

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I decided to go with a white theme and put my rather extensive milk glass collection to work.

Cobi Ladner's milk glass collection

To keep the flower budget down, I bought a few bunches of white blossoms at the grocery store and then cut mint, fern, oregano, hosta and various leaves from our garden to fill in the rest.

Greenery and flowers for Cobi's backyard party

We set up folding tables, end to end, for one long communal table and lined them with white cloths. Neighbours loaned us chairs.

Cobi Ladner's summer table

I tucked, blossoms and greenery into some of the vases and votive candles into others.

Cobi Ladner's milkglass collection

The blossoms lasted so well, we hosted a family dinner at the table the following night.

Cobi Ladner's milk glass collection

To carry the white theme further, I added some cobistyle white lanterns.

Cobi Ladner's backyard with cobistyle lantern

And mixed them with some dollar-store battery-lit ones to line the pool.

dollar store lanterns line Cobi Ladner's pool

Our patio table served as the bar.

Bar in Cobi Ladner's backyard

Garden flowers and leaves in Cobi Ladner's backyard

And an antique French baby-bath I own stood in as the cooler.

Cobi Ladner's antique french baby bath cooler

Even the white plastic cutlery looked in place with the all white theme.

Cobi Ladner's white summer party

The only colour in the backyard were some flowers dotted around the yard.

Flowers in Cobi Ladner's backyard

Who says you have to spend a fortune to throw a nice party? I don’t mean to white-wash it, but it really was as easy as a summer breeze.

Cobi Ladner's backyard

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laurie loves cobistyle

Posted by Cobi on Wednesday May 14, 2014 at 07:00 AM
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My friend Laurie is a multi-talented lady. She helped me to realize the cobistyle decorative accessory collection right from the beginning when it was nothing more than magazine clippings, a long wish-list and me blabbing in her ear. It gave me confidence that she actually ‘got it’!

She has now branched out on her own doing a number of things including writing her own blog called Laurie Loves and hosting events where she sells some of her favourite products, in her beautiful home in Oakville, Ont.

table with ranunculas

These are a few pictures from her last event that feature cobistyle products (some are no longer in stock but I thought it was fun to see them in action anyway).

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For example the ranunculus napkin rings - they were a huge hit for their blowsy, Springy feel and I still have people write to me looking for them.

charger plates

These porcelain bird vases look wonderful empty or filled with a few fresh flowers tucked in as Laurie has done here.

birds with read flowers

Laurie has a natural talent with flowers (both real and imposters) and I understand she comes by it honestly from her mom!

peonies in window

Notice how she cut the stems of these cobistyle peonies so the heads just hit the top of the vase? That way they look full and not floppy!

light pink peonies in glass

Who doesn’t like peonies? These look great all summer long and no arranging required as they come in a square white pot.

tea table with potted peony

Thank you for your constant support of cobistyle Laurie. We’ll be watching as your own Laurie Loves story takes flight.

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April showers brought May flowers

Posted by Cobi on Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 06:59 PM
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I’ve been to Ottawa a number of times in my life but never in the Spring.

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I was so happy when a cobistyle store-event raised itself for a trip to our beautiful nation’s capital in May!

tulips and hyacinth

I’d read about the Tulip Festival and the well-known story of the Netherlands gifting us with thousands of bulbs as a thank you for safe harbouring the Dutch Royal Family during the Second World War.

tulips and daffs

But of course, like most things in life, the pictures only tell half the story - the city was alive! Not only with tulips but also crab-apple trees in bloom, live music in the parks, the beloved Senators winning…every Canadian should try to visit Ottawa in the Spring.

long shot of tulips

It was an uplifting experience, especially when I saw the cobistyle coloured tulip bed - I could have sworn they planted it just for me!

cobistyle tulips

The trip followed just a few days after we had hosted a birthday party for my sister-in-law in our backyard.

lanterns

Although the weather was glorious, it’s iffy to plant flowers in early May in Toronto.

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And truth be told, we’d already blown the budget on the bar and food!

fireplace

Rather than dole out more money on fresh-cut flowers, I decided to cull as much cobistyle from my supplies, as I could, and brighten the party up with bit of ‘everlasting beauty’.

fireplace

The party was loosely themed ‘Mexican’ and so the bright colours worked perfectly.

peonie in glass

I strategically placed containers full of cobistyle blooms and many guests commented on them, assuming they were real.

peonies in umbrella holder

Of course they would have been spectacular if they were real but so would my visa bill.

cherry blossoms

They did the trick for the party and I’m still enjoying them two weeks later! Cha Cha Cha….

muskoka chairs with peonies

Wherever you are in Canada, I hope your Spring is blooming in a very real way.

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the last hooray!

Posted by Cobi on Monday August 27, 2012 at 07:00 AM
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Summer decorating is special.

pretty porch

There’s a simple ease about it that makes us all say “ahhhh”….

beach hats in hall

I tend to think ‘country’ when I think summer…

summer picked flowers

But not everyone does. Some think ‘exotic’…

summer terrace

And far off places…

summer patio

Even if they live in a downtown apartment.

pink fabric in apt.

But that’s the beauty of summer.

summer pots in garden

It is what you make it.

And hey - there’s still enough time to make this - one of the cutest, cheapest ideas I’ve seen in a long time!

bandana table runner

Enjoy the last unofficial week of summer 2012!

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stand at attention

Posted by Cobi on Monday April 25, 2011 at 06:59 AM
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Well I certainly hope that the April showers hold off this Friday for Kate and William - it’s so exciting! I can’t wait.
But if they do get the luck of rain on their special day, I’m sure they’ll manage their way in style.

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It’s amazing how the Union Jack has made it’s way onto everything this spring!

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I have a total ‘thang’ for umbrella stands and I have no clue why. Maybe I’ve watched too many romantic Period movies where the characters hurry home, on a dark rainy day, to a cozy London townhouse or country estate, and order up some tea to ward off the damp…

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Even here on the sunnier side of the pond, there’s something lovely about the idea of an umbrella-stand-in-waiting for someone to bustle in and take welcome cover from a wet and wicked day…

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Functional and full of character, an umbrella stand adds sunny personality to an entry hall.

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Regardless of the style - cool, crazy or classic - they’re a useful and fun accessory, no matter the weather…

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For an affordable stand, you can even try some d-i-y with a garden bucket - see these feet from a clawfoot tub…

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and a bit of paint…

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If you’re looking for a hit of colour for your hall - I love this modern Lucite design…

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I also love this umbrella - but that’s off topic! …

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When I did my wish list of cobistyle accessories - umbrella stands held pride of place right near the top. I’m so happy they made it into the first season of the line…

We have three colours of ceramic this spring - a gorgeous, glossy, royal blue, lime green and white…

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Plus traditional - always perfect - blue and white…

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They work just as well for Spring flowers as they do for April showers!

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And speaking of spring flowers - I just couldn’t help but add this picture - what a great way to use a milk glass collection!

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Spring is a time to refresh old things and try new ideas. I’m off to brighten up my front hall with a brightly striped mat, my green umbrella stand and a wreath on the inside of my front door. Then I’ll write a note to set my alarm clock for the middle of the night Thursday night. We did it for Lady Di, how could we not do it for her baby boy? Cheerio!

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nature’s paint brush

Posted by Cobi on Monday April 11, 2011 at 06:58 AM
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People often ask me where I get my inspiration…well it isn’t hard when I see things like this…

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These shots are taken of northern Netherlands in the middle of tulip season.

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The Dutch landscape in May is a kaleidoscope of color as the tulips burst into life.

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More than three billion tulips are grown each year.

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Their dazzling colors are thanks to the years in the 17th century when tulip mania swept the globe and the most eye-catching specimens changed hands for a small fortune.

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But like a Rainbow, this colorful landscape is a short-lived phenomenon.

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When the flowers are gone, the land is cultivated for less exciting but ever important vegetables.

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Take note hubby, a spring trip to Netherlands is on the bucket list, right alongside the south of France in lavender season.

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appreciate your good ol’ mum!

Posted by Cobi on Monday September 27, 2010 at 07:00 AM
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Poor Mums - they get no respect.
Maybe it’s because they’re available year round - you can always find them at the supermarket. They aren’t expensive, heck, they’re even penny-wise! They’re basically always there for you - rain or shine - but whenever anybody imagines a Mum, they just think ‘same old, same old’…

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But that’s not true!! You just have to take a little closer look to see that Mum’s are beautiful!!

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They come in many shapes, sizes and colours….

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And sometimes it’s just how you put them together that makes the difference…

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Mum’s love weddings. And even if we don’t have a wedding in the plans, we can often steal ideas from them…

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How cute is this, young and old, boys always love their Mums…

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So when you’re doing your fall decorating, don’t forget to include Mum.

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She’s easy to work with…

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And ask any pumpkin, Mums are not pansies, they’re sure to look good for a long time.

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