Peonies & Brass in Chatelaine magazine!

So a couple of months ago something pretty awesome happened - Julia Black (Associate Home Editor at Chatelaine) contacted me out of the blue to see if I'd be interested in creating a DIY for their Simple Pleasures series. Chatelaine - for those US (and international) readers who may not know - is Canada's #1 magazine, and an absolute institution this side of the border. It's been around for a whopping 85 years, and covers everything from food, to fashion, to (of course) home decor. Most importantly, though, it's just amazingly good, and I absolutely jumped at the chance to be a part of its pages!

This week the issue with my project hit the stands, and I couldn't be happier to finally have my hands on a copy:

I have to admit, seeing my handiwork - and my name! - in a mag as great as Chatelaine doesn't suck one little bit!

The Simple Pleasures series is all about projects you can pull off in a snap, and the Chat crew thought something tea-themed would be perfect for these cold winter months. With these instructions in hand, I set about dreaming up a easy way to unify and organize loose leaf teas, while upcycling containers you already have on hand. And of course, I couldn't resist incorporating that little touch of gold . . .

A huge thank you to the Chatelaine team - especially Julia and Home Editor extraordinaire Emma Reddington - for reaching out to me, and for being so darn lovely to work with. Your commitment to featuring more design bloggers in the mag is honestly amazing, and makes me love it all the more.

And with that, Christmas comes early for one little lady.


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  1. Oh My GOSH Elyse! I remember you mentioning something about this when we met, I LOVE what you came up with. Congratulations. My cousin Alicia used to work for Chatelaine, such a great magazine! So proud of you.

  2. Ahhhhh! This turned out so amazingly and I'm SO proud of you. Going to buy my copy tonight. Congratulations from me, my mom and Brian (we're all sitting together looking at your post right now). Yay!!

  3. Elyse, these are beautiful. Definitely making these once I am home! Jenia (from victorianinbloom)

  4. You copied this idea from Wit and Whistle - http://witandwhistle.com/2011/05/17/diy-loose-leaf-tea-storage-jars/

    1. Hi Anonymous,
      I was actually inspired by these tins (http://bit.ly/18WrWwn) you see a lot at tea stores, because I love the look but thought they’d be much more useful if you could label them, and much more economical/interesting if you used an array of tins/jars you already had on hand. I'm not surprised other people have thought of using chalkboard paint to organize loose teas before me though, and I actually really appreciate you sticking up for the intellectual property of fellow bloggers! I’m careful to credit others when their ideas have been the direct inspiration for mine, and definitely would have done so here if that had been the case.

  5. Gorgeous! Congratulations on being printed!

  6. These look amazing! I am going to try it out. I love the gold touches!

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