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Celebrate! 1st EVER Discount Code


We're celebrating our Brand New Logo with our 1st Ever Discount Code!

Use code Fling14 at checkout and receive 10% off ANY House Proud custom sign or number order.

Valid for all online orders. Ends March 1 2014.

 

 

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NEW! CRISPAN And FUJI Apple Wood Number Signs


The seeds we planted bore fruit! 

Last summer we teamed with Storyboard Furniture of Toronto to create custom signs using salvaged wood.

The result is two exclusive new signs crafted from apple wood salvaged from a dying orchard. 

Introducing CRISPIN and FUJI, House Proud's very first hand crafted wood signs.

We think they're warm, organic and something different.

Storyboard Furniture of Toronto look not only the tangible material history of the trees and wood they work with, but also the relationships that people develop with the trees over lives. When milling and designing, Storyboard craftspeople consider this process - "from tree to table" - through a lens of storytelling and meaning making. Storyboard specializes in crafting custom furniture with wood salvaged from fallen and ill-fated trees.

Two Varieties. Each sign beautifully distinct.

CRISPIN

and FUJI   

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Our warm apple wood slabs feature soft unstructured edges, occasional bark inclusions and lovely cracks and knots making each sign an individual expression of beauty. Vertical and horizontal styles.

Your choice of matte black or brushed aluminum House Proud URBANO numbers are mounted on a unique apple wood board to create every delicious CRISPAN and FUJI sign.  

Pluck your very own tasty FUJI or CRISPAN Number Sign or Order one as a special gift.

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Appreciate the use of recycled and salvaged elements in decor and design?

For examples of this look- our blog article "Salvage City" features ideas and cool pictures featuring this trend from the 2013 Interior Design show. Take a gander!

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Opening the Cottage? Use this Handy Checklist!



Cottage Season Is On! Give your getaway this complete check up to enjoy a relaxing and safe cottage season.

The Handy Cottage Care Checklist from House Proud

First, do a preliminary walk around inspection of cottage.

  • Check the power lines. Is there any evidence of fraying or any down wires?
  • Check along foundation and chimney for cracks and water damage.
  • Inspect outside and deck for rotten wood and areas in need of painting and repair.
  • Take down any shutters. Ensure all glass panes and windows well sealed and adequately caulked. Put up screens and patch any holes.
  • Inspect the eaves and roof for missing shingles or holes.
  • Clean debris from eavestroughs, under decks and fire pit.
  • Remove tree branches that have been damaged by snow or that are too close to roof.
  • Gather loose brush for kindling.
  • Clean barbeque and check propane tank and connection.

How’s the water intake system? Replace filters. Check for water damage/stains. Check pipes for loose connections. Prime and start the pump. Check water pressure and quaility. Fill the hot water tank before turning on the heating element.

Be sure all pipes leading to sceptic tank are water tight and that components and pump are in good working order. Ensure sceptic tank has been emptied in accorandance to area regulations.

Inside:

  • Inspect windows, seals and locks. Repair sticky doors and windows, fix broken panes and replace old putty and weatherstripping.
  • Check baseboard heaters, switches and outlets for damage. Replace fuses if necessary.
  • Inspect and replace furnace and appliance filters.
  • Check flashlights, smoke and carbon minoxide detectors and replace needed batteries. Stock up on candles and matches.
  • Inspect appliances for chewed wires or corrosion. It is wise to have any gas appliances professionally inspected to start the season. 
  • Thorough dusting, cleaning, unwrapping furnishings. Look for signs of mould or rot. Let in lots of air.
  • Look in closets, cupboards and cubby holes for mouse droppings and spiders. Have any birds nested in vents or chimney? Remove any mothballs and insect or rodent poisons. Be careful and wear rubber gloves. Block any mouse holes with steel wool.

Are you looking for a special cottage sign? We've got them!

Our Handpainted Cottage Signs are handpainted on recycled hardwood offcuts. Order with a name or custom message. Available straight or with arrow. See the House Proud Handpainted Cottage Signs HERE.

Are you going to be a cottage guest this summer and need a great gift?
House Proud Hand Painted Ceramic Signs are one-of-a-kind artisan plaques perfect for a cottage. 
These signs can be tailor made to your specifications! So please tell us what would make it perfect for you. See our Collection of Hand Painted Ceramic Signs HERE.


Our Tag Reflective Signs are perfect for unlit country roads and hard-to-find getaways. Good value, lightweight, fade and weather resistant. See the Tag Reflective Signs HERE.
Have a wonderful and safe summer at the cottage!

Do you have any Spring home projects planned? We'd love to hear about it. 
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Create A Super Spring Planter




After a long gray winter, there’s nothing quite like getting your hands into some soil and planting bright, fresh blooms. 

A front door urn or container filled with colourful spring plants is a great way to easily recharge your home’s appearance, and is guaranteed to brighten everyone’s day.
Chase away old man winter with these beautiful and easy spring container tips.

1. Containers come in a variety of materials including concrete, cast iron, metal or lightweight fibreglass. If buying new, look for something not too heavy with a drainage hole and ideally a water reservoir to keep your plants hydrated.
2. Fill your container halfway with pearlite (these lightweight granules are available at your local garden store or nursery.)
3. Choose your central feature plant such as a small tree, bush, taller plant or flowers. Set in the middle in its original pot.
4. Pour potting soil around the central plant, then tuck your smaller plants in (keep them in pots also.)
5. Leave a bit of space below the top of your planter for water and a mulch of bark chips, pretty and textural pea gravel or a blanket
of scotch moss for a nice finish.

Here are some suggestions for great spring combinations!

Spring bulbs are hearty and are very tolerant to early weather fluctuations. Try white tulips, amethyst hyacinths and crocus. Pussy willow branches add height and texture.

For a classical urn, try a soft base of spring flowering heather, pansies and lily of the valley with white daffodils or tulips. Trail some ivy over the side.

A topiary of English daisies will create shape and height, or try a steel obelisk and ivy for architectural effect. Surround with violas.

Vibrant forsythia can be paired with delicate and charming grape hyacinths.

Please share your planter ideas or inspring pictures with us!
Happy planting!

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Interior Trends 2013: White on White


House Proud scouted the 2013 Interior Design Show to bring you some of the hottest interior trends for the coming year.

House Proud DesignTrends:

White on White

White on white is a look that is spacious, clean and sophisticated. This clean appeal of whites creates an effect that is cooling and fresh like a blanket of snow. Create a Wintery Scandanvian appeal with whitewashed and bleached woods with whites. Combining cool and warm whites creates a sense of depth to a space. Add drama and interest to interiors by incorporating hits of high contrast colour, dark wood or black into white spaces. Spare, unfettered decoration with white creates an expansive, fresh feeling.

Where To Find It : 
Kitchens. Cabinets, counters, tiles. Dishware.
Light fixtures.
Walls and Flooring.
Porcelain.
Bedrooms. Headboards and bedding.
Livingrooms. Upholstery, accessories, white walls.
Sofas and chairs.


Kitchen. Caesarstone Canada.






Recamier Lounge. Montauk Collection.





ehoeho Design.





Hungry Dinnerware br Tsé & Tsé. From Oliver Yaphe.






Emily Quinn Booth. IDS13.






CAML-TOMLIN bathroom design.






Cityscape Collection. Andrew Richard Designs.





Porcelain Owl Bookends from Jonathan Adler. Magic Pony.





Bedroom display IDS13.



Kitchen by Dubbeldam Architecture + Design.





Barcelona mosaic tiles by Mettro SOURCE.





Missoni Karim Bedding. John Paul & Co.




Pine with white plastic creates a 70s Scandanavian look. ehoeho Design.


Both classic and modern, white on white invites us to notice textures, surfaces and subtle contrasts.



Visit the HPS Blog for more Design Trends from the Interior Design Show, plus more design and home decor ideas.

Check out the previous articles in our DesignTrends series:
Interior Trends 2013: Salvage City

House Proud Signs and Numbers is your online source for specialty house numbers and select custom address signs.

What's Your Design Type?
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Interior Trends 2013: Salvage City


House Proud scouted the 2013 Interior Design Show to bring you some of the hottest interior trends for the coming year.

House Proud DesignTrends:

Salvage City

Designers are having fun incorporating weathered and rough repurposed items into interior spaces. Salvaged and reclaimed industrial elements add texture, character and urbanity to a space. Machine parts, reworked metal, reclaimed wood and concrete are paired with new surfaces, furniture and fabrics to build a style that is cool, witty and surprisingly warm.  A salvaged treasure adds a special something and creates a look that is truly one of a kind.


Where To Find It : 
Tables. Old planks. Metal machine parts converted into table bases and legs.
Light fixtures. Rewired factory lighting. Repurposed wire frames and reworked fixtures.
Stone and concrete slabs used for tables, surfaces and architectural interest.
Wall art. Focal points.
Flooring. Rough hewn wood, concrete, new flooring made to look worn.
Gardens. Worn rusty items need little refinishing or refinement.


Earth Inc. booth Interior Design Show 2013.




These Barnboard porcelain tiles from Mettro SOURCE look like weathered planks. 





Custom Industrial Wall Sconces by Eclectic Revival.





Concrete slab coffee table. Montauk Sofa booth IDS13.





The Upcycle ottoman from Style Garage is upholstered using repurposed organic coffee bags.





Aluminum clad dining table by Morba.




Metal Frame chandeliers by FontanaArte. Briant Park Hotel, Manhattan New York.





The 'You Are Here' table/bench by Geof Ramsay uses an urban map to create a custom design.



  


Edison bulb chandelier by Eclectic Revival.




Tour Table by Gae Aulenti. FontanaArte.





Wall fountain by Earth Inc. at IDS13.





Reclaimed wood table with inlay at IDS13.





Lighting creation. Metropolis display IDS13.





Fire wood holder. Earth Inc. booth IDS13.





Industrial pendant light dating from the 1950s from a gas factory in Oklahoma. Eclectic Revival Vintage Lighting.






'On Ramp' reclaimed aluminum quilt by Dave Hind. Liss Gallery.

Use recycled, interesting salvaged pieces in a space and tell a story.



Visit the HPS Blog for more Design Trends from the Interior Design Show, plus more design and home decor ideas.

Check out the previous articles in our DesignTrends series:
Interior Trends 2013: Waterways

House Proud Signs and Numbers is your online source for specialty house numbers and select custom address signs.

What's Your Design Type?
Take the House Proud Style Quiz!


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Interior Trends 2013: WATERWAYS


House Proud scouted the 2013 Interior Design Show to bring you some of the hottest interior trends for the coming year.

House Proud DesignTrends:

Waterways

Rippling throughout IDS13 was the essential and elemental theme of water. This design trend celebrates sea and surf. Still pools and icy imagery inspire clarity, rest and reflection. Evoking boats and waves in a space invites a sense of expansiveness, movement and exploration. Now turn off your mind, relax and float down stream...

Where To Find It : 
Water inspired carpets and area rugs. 
Nautical themed accessories. Paddles, Roping, lacquered wood.
Watery and icy glass, ceramics and tiles. 
Boat imagery. 
Shades of Blue
Accessories, art and textiles with an oceanic theme: sea creatures, shells, coral.
Fluid lines, shapes and curves.


'Reflection' silk and wool carpet by Weaver's Art.




Beautiful bent ash and Atlantic Ocean sea glass lit mobile by South Street Boatbuilders.




Missoni Lola Beach Towel. John Paul and Co.




Surfboard table spotted at True North Prototype Exhibit IDS13.




Icy turquoise tiles.




'Vie' by Brigitte Theriault Fine Photography.





'Shells' glass pendant chandelier by AM Studio Lighting.




Coil Rope Bowl from Areaware. Magic Pony.




Paddle Bench by Samare Studio.





Waterfall wall covering by Creative Matters.





Loom Chair by Laura Carwardine.




Iceberg lamp by Carlo Nason from Caviar20.




Table by O'Neill Furniture Design.




'Hull' Light by South Street Boatbuilders at IDS13.





Wave Chaise by Andrew Richard Designs.




Marble Slab at IDS13.





Brass Crab Necklace by E.M Jewelry. Magic Pony.





Bety Light by Arturo Alvarez. Eurolite.





400 Ans by Brigitte Theriault.



Water is an essential and organic interior design element. It's effect is a soak in cool contemplation or a splash of adventure.




Visit the HPS Blog for more Design Trends from the Interior Design Show, plus more design and home decor ideas.

Check out the previous articles in our DesignTrends series:
Interior Trends 2013: Constellations of Light

House Proud Signs and Numbers is your online source for specialty house numbers and select custom address signs.

What's Your Design Type? Take the House Proud Style Quiz!


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Interior Trends 2013: Constellations of Light


House Proud scouted the 2013 Interior Design Show to bring you some of the hottest interior trends for the coming year.

House Proud DesignTrends:

Constellations of Light


Lighting displays at IDS13 were like sculptural star systems. Pendant lights in different shapes and sizes were hung at varying heights in clusters. Glowing white tubes hovered overhead, fashioned into shapes reminiscient of a moon's orbit or the trail of a shooting star. Different materials like glass, porcelain and wood are fashioned into fixtures arranged to celebrate light, form and relationship. Find inspiration in these unstructured and creative lighting ideas. This enlightened interior trend brings mystery, softness and character to a space.

Where To Find It : 
Over a large table or gathering place. 
In front of a window. 
In bathrooms and kitchens. 
In loft or space with high celings.
Creating a dramatic focal point. 
Bringing surprise and shape to an otherwise traditional space.
Sparking the imagination in a creative home or space.


The organic Amorfic porcelain pendant chandelier by AM Studio is like distant lanterns floating in the sky.







'Lampes en Bois' by Atelier Cocotte.





Cast pendants by Jonathan Sabine.








Variable, LED Archilume Typology suspended pendants cast beautiful patterns on booth walls at #IDS13.






Photo from CAML-TOMLIN Bath and Shower Systems.







IKEA booth at #IDS13.





This beautiful pendant glows like a halo in #IDS13 booth.





Omer Arbel for Bocci glass pendants from Eurolite.






Jonathan Sabine Beads Pendants.






Ilfari Sprankling Disk Light from Eurolite.






LED Chandelier from Group-Two Design Inc.





The 'Pendant 45' Chandelier by Tomas Rojcik is a modern reinterpretation of the campfire.






Planets. Gold Drop glass pendents from AM Studio Lighting.


Multiple, sculptural or dramatic light fixtures inspired by astronomy have an effect that is organic and evocative, like a starry night sky.





Visit the HPS Blog for more Design Trends from the Interior Design Show, plus more design and home decor ideas.

Check out the previous articles in our DesignTrends series: Interior Trends 2013: THE BLUES and Interior Trends 2013: O'Canada!

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Interior Trends 2013: O'Canada!


House Proud scouted the 2013 Interior Design Show to bring you some of the hottest interior trends for the coming year.

House Proud DesignTrends:

O'Canada!

Warm and rustic evocations of our home and native land were sprinkled throughout IDS13 like freshly fallen snowflakes. This look is cozy and wild like a log cabin in the woods. True North style takes it's cues from the natural enviroment and invites us back to simpler times. Nevermind that the show was in Toronto in the middle of winter! This trend brings a feeling of heritage and a soulful, natural beauty to any space- any time of year.

Where To Find It : 
Carved wood pieces. 
Pieces inspired by trees and forests.
Wool upholstery and blankets. Hudson's Bay stripes. Flannels.
Native and inuit symbols and imagery. 
Deep Red with black and/or white.
Fur throws and rugs.
Depictions of Canadian wildlife like bears, deer, owls and totem animals.







The Alberta 1 Rug by Fugitive Glue is an aerial perspective of Tar Sands mining operations near Fort Mac Murray. Modallion Rug Gallery.


         
 

Castor USB hub with trophy stag and limestone base. Push Creative.










Hand Carved Deer Head. Style Garage.




R-Mountie Stool. Samare Studio.





Polar Bear in the Fendi Booth.










Reindeer hide rug.




The KO table by InElement Design was created in the image of a Canadian Forest.





Art on display at IDS13.





The Station Chair by Trunk Studio was 'inspired by the Canadian wilderness.'





Carved side table by Merganzer.




Spirit Bear by Royal Mint. Handmade in Montreal with soft blue wool. Magic Pony.


Like a native drum, this Northern Canada style can bring a grounding steady heartbeat to any space.


Visit the HPS Blog for more Design Trends from the Interior Design Show, plus more design and home decor ideas.

Check out the first article in this DesignTrends series: Interior Trends 2013: THE BLUES

House Proud Signs and Numbers is your online source for specialty house numbers and select custom address signs.

What's Your Design Type? Take the House Proud Style Quiz!

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www.houseproudnumbers.com

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