DIY bedroom makeover: picking paint and bedding

A progress update on the status of the master bedroom makeover is on the books for today, guys. Well, I’m not sure I can really call it a “makeover” since the before is just total lack of anything other than 4 walls and the floor? Anyway, you know what I mean. To remind you, this is the general direction of the design scheme for the bedroom (full scoop in this post)… And this is what things were looking like at last glance… To start with, we got our butts into gear and painted all of the trim (baseboards, window trim, door trim) in PARA paint’s “Jo Jo Whitewash” in their ‘ultra trim & door’ paint line. The colour is a nice bright white and the coverage was decent. Bare trim just sucks up the paint, so ultimately it took us 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of top coat. With some [Continue Reading…]

how to: frame kids artwork in a shadow box

Art is one of those things that totally personalizes a house. I love to walk into somebody’s pad and see personal photos, pieces picked up during travels, their own paintings maybe, and artwork that just feels like them. It can really help to turn a bland house into a unique home, you know? We have been slow to put up much in the way of artwork in our house since the reno, because so many of the walls remain un-painted. We’re chipping away at it, but I can’t wait to get a big gallery wall going up our new staircase and Dan’s office covered in some old family oil paintings. One of the things that I’m incorporating more of now (obviously!) is kids artwork. Maya churns out paintings and drawings like crazy, so I plan on making sure these are dotted around the house. For Mother’s Day, Dan took Maya [Continue Reading…]

up next: bedroom decor

We have sort of been jumping around from room to room since we moved back into our house, post renovation. There isn’t always a lot of rhyme or reason, except for things like we worked on the kitchen and a bathroom first so that things were functional over here. There still isn’t a “complete” room, but that’s OK. Lots of the spaces, like the kitchen, kids bathroom, living room, dining room, etc are at say 75-80%. Totally live-able. When you renovate, decorate and DIY your house into a home (as many of you know!), it takes time. This isn’t a half hour HGTV show where we are going to suddenly have a perfectly finished and styled home. But that’s part of the fun, right? At least I hope that’s why lots of you stick around and check in on our progress! Life lately has been busy. Dan was away for [Continue Reading…]

dinner ideas: easy burrito recipe 3 ways

I always love to hear about people’s go-to dinner recipes as I find that they can be great inspiration. I know that Dan and I can get so stuck in a rut sometimes, eating the same meals week after week, and it’s nice to switch things up. I thought I’d post about one of our go-to dinners today: easy burrito recipe, done three ways.   The basic prep for these burritos (or tacos, if you prefer to use hard shells) is the same: -A meat or veggie filling done in the crock pot or on the stove (see our 3 filling options below) -Soft burrito tortillas or hard taco shells -Sour cream (we use Gay Lea’s Premium Gold Sour Cream… super creamy and delish!) -Guacomole -1 Lime (to squeeze juice onto your burrito) -Grated cheddar cheese -Chopped cilantro -Salsa (we use canned salsa from the grocery store) -Washed and chopped lettuce For guacamole, I make it on [Continue Reading…]

DIY this: gray painted interior doors

Doors aren’t really one of those things that you think too much about when you rent or buy a house (unless there is something especially hideous or amazing about them), but when you’re renovating or building a house from scratch, doors kinda become a major deal. You usually have to shell out some major dough when there are so many to buy! What style of door are you going to go with, hollow core or solid, doorknob choice, and color. I’ll get into why we chose the style of door we did in a separate post, but today I want to chat color: our gray painted interior doors. I knew from the get-go that I wanted our main floor to have totally white walls. I wanted everything to feel bright and airy, and super white walls were the way to get that feel. Once we started to put the doors in though, I [Continue Reading…]

DIY abstract artwork

Artwork is one of those things that can totally MAKE a home. Inject a room with artwork that you love, and all of a sudden it will feel so much more personal and like you. It brings the life to a space, you know? The hump that people sometimes face is that it can be expensive. Thing is though, if you look around and get creative, there are so many budget-friendly ways to bring interesting artwork into your home (I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to collecting DIY artwork ideas). I recently needed a piece for above our mint and gold buffet, and had a very specific colour scheme and look in mind (and a zero budget). The solution? Paint my own DIY abstract art. What you’ll need: -A stretched canvas, whatever size you want (you can get canvases from any art/craft store like Michael’s, Joanne’s, etc). A white or [Continue Reading…]

chic IKEA Vittsjo hack into a gold and marble table

Guys, I have a seriously good IKEA hack for you today. Probably my favourite ever. I actually did this project a little while ago and hadn’t photographed it properly until yesterday… but here she is! The IKEA Vittsjo hack into a gold and marble table. It is easy to do and ridiculously gorge. So here is what you need for the project: 1 // The Vittsjo table from IKEA. It retails for about $25, but I happened to get mine in the scratch and dent section for only $16, so keep your eyes peeled in there. 2 // Gold spray paint. My choice is this Krylon gold spray paint. I really like the deep gold hue it gives (warning: Krylon has quite a few different metallics, so make sure you get the one that you love). 3 // “Instant Granite” in Italian White Marble. It’s a peel and stick paper – not the [Continue Reading…]

nursery hack: IKEA picture ledges as bookshelves

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I have used IKEA ledges and spice racks as bookshelves in most (all?) of the kids rooms I have designed. In Maya’s new room, I used the IKEA picture ledges as bookshelves and they worked perfectly. Here are the reasons why I love doing these outward facing “libraries” in kids rooms: 1 // Books as art. Kids books have such fun covers and I love being able to put favourites on display. These shelves are perfect for that, and they help to maximize a narrow wall space that might have otherwise been left blank. I like doing at least 3 shelves (4 or more is better, in my opinion) to create height in the room. 2 // Budget-friendly and easy to install. Who doesn’t love IKEA prices? And there is no major assembly required – just drilling into the wall and bob’s your [Continue Reading…]

designing our open concept dining room

I haven’t really given you guys the full scoop on where our dining room currently stands since our renovation, so I thought I’d give you a peak today. Designing an open concept dining room is new for me, and it is by no means finished! Let’s rewind for a sec. Here is the main floor space, once the walls had come down and the new drywall was up. The space at the back of the house (which had been our bedroom) was the to-be living room, and the middle section would become the dining room. See that big 3-pane window on the right above? Well, it’s actually the same window that was in our previous dining room. Remember that space and all of its’ walls? Man it feels like a blast from the past! Here was what things were looking like once we had our floors in, kitchen semi-installed, and [Continue Reading…]

IKEA hack: latt table and chairs

A few weeks ago when I was garage sale-ing, I came across an IKEA “LATT” table and chair (it was missing one chair from the set). The family was only asking a couple of dollars, and although we already have one table for Maya to draw/craft/play at, I figured it would be nice to have a second (one for her room, one for the main floor). The set was looking pretty worse for wear though, so I knew I would need to pull the old “IKEA hack” on this LATT table. This month with Graham & Brown (the wallpaper company I’m working with) the inspiration is ‘Popsicle’. Aside from sunny summer days at the lake, the idea of popsicles conjures up bright rainbow colours, pattern, and fun. I fell head over heels in love with this floral wallpaper, which I thought embodied the trend pretty spot on. It’s called “Isabelle Blue” and it’s part of [Continue Reading…]