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If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while, you might have noticed that in addition to the new mirror in our bedroom from last week’s post, there was also a switch up with our lighting situation. For quite a while, we have had two task lamps on either side of our bed. I still love those lamps, but the bases were really quite big and when the baby made her arrival, we realized we really needed the… Read more »

So before the holidays, I shared with you guys the first couple of steps of our side entry makeover: the uuuugly before, painting the space aqua and yellow, and adding some artwork. Still on the to-do list for this phase 1 makeover? Addressing the lighting. It had a bad case of dated lighting syndrome. Not only was this was one of those small brass glass-covered chandeliers, but the glass was actually etched with some sort of floral design. Barfity barf…. Read more »

The two flush-mount, ultra boring light fixtures that we had in our front entryway and hallway had been on the “to replace” list since we moved in 3 years ago. So it was kinda funny that both got upgraded within a matter of days of one another (the front entryway got this thrift store upgrade recently). Sometimes things just come in pairs, huh? Here was the under $10 light fixture that had been in our hallway since the early days…. Read more »

So guys, remember how I lamented about our unfortunate light fixture in our front hallway? The same front hallway that has the quirky chevron ceiling and minty mirror? I felt like that ugly flushmount fixture was overshadowing all of the fun in this little space, so I had been on a hunt for a new one for months. And it finally happened a week or so ago. This lantern-come-schoolhouse style pendant was just sitting on it’s lonesome at my local Value… Read more »

Remember when I went and checked out IKEA’s new collection a few weeks ago (see that here)? Well, as you can tell from the photos of our updated living room yesterday, I came home with a few new goodies. When you look back at our living room from a few months ago there are a few major things to notice. One is that white standing lamp beside the couch. It was something that I had carried from place to place… Read more »

I have wanted to do something about the lighting in our pad for a while. I DIY’ed a capiz shell chandelier for the office, but there are still quite a few lights that are uuuuugly (case in point – the boob light on our chevron hallway ceiling). So I have been looking around at different DIY lights out there and totally crushing on a few that are super creative and fun. Here are a few of my faves. Mandi from… Read more »

We’re coming up to the finish line, folks. Painting the ceiling and switching out the light were more or less the last things on our “to do” list for this bathroom renovation. There are still a few small maintenance things – like adding the floor transition, sealing the tile, etc, but those don’t really affect the big “after”. After painting all of the walls white, I was left wanting a pop of colour somewhere in the room, and you know… Read more »

Now that the wedding is over, I’m full on into home projects again. Ahhh, it’s been a while (we just moved back into our Canadian pad after living in England for a year) and I couldn’t be happier. One of the first projects I tackled was one I had been itching to try for months. Have you seen those gorgeous capiz chandeliers, like this one at the home depot or this one from worldmarket? Well, I’ve always loved them and… Read more »

So over the last month or so I have posted about some of the small updates I was doing to our bedroom to give it a bit of a makeover, getting it closer to what I ultimately want it to look like. I started off by painting the room (twice!), which you can read about here. Then I added some super budget DIY artwork (see that post here). The next thing I did was install some blinds and curtains here…. Read more »

Does your home have some seriously ugly lighting, but you don’t have the cash to change out each fixture to something spiffy? Well, that was certainly the case for us! Our house is riddled with some of the ugliest light fixtures you’ve ever seen. Case in point? This weird brass, bare light bulb-looking fixture. After browsing around at the big box stores (Home Depot, Rona, etc.) and seeing that new light fixtures, even super simple ones, were at least $30+,… Read more »