Category Archives: mood boards

the sweetest digs - industrial chic bathroom design

reno planning: a french industrial bathroom design

10th July 2014

The IKEA kitchen and bathroom events are on right now (for us anyway, not sure if that’s coordinated across the country or North America?). But anyway, we have some serious shopping to do for our renovation. We are planning on going with IKEA for our kitchen cabinetry and bathroom vanities – we have heard such good reviews, like the look, and obviously the price is right. Custom or higher end stuff just ain’t in the cards for us right now. Anyway, I have been pouring over the options and planning out our kitchen and bathrooms. So exciting, but also a bit daunting to have to do it all at once! Today I’ll let you in on what I’m thinking for the kids bathroom – french industrial bathroom design.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have seen my kids bath board. I like to gather inspiration this way – create boards for the room, pin away without doing too much thinking, and then look it all over and see the themes that pop out at you. In this case, I have been really drawn to bathrooms that have a monochromatic and industrial vibe, with what feels to be as a French influence.

Here is what I’m thinking.

the sweetest digs - industrial chic bathroom design


>> Subway Tile. C’mon, subway tile has a lot going for it. Super budget friendly, and paired with a dark grey grout it has a cool vibe that I’m totally digging. I’m thinking of subway tile in the shower, and on the wall behind the vanity.

>> Dark grey floor tiles. I want something that is going to hold up well to the wear and tear that a kids bathroom takes. I think some dark grey ceramic floor tiles will be a good choice. I would die to have them laid in a herringbone pattern (the dream!). Again, paired with a grey grout to ensure that I’m not having to go at the grout with a toothbrush to clean them all the time. I have learned my lesson on going with white grout on floor tile (NOT GOOD!).

If you are a reader in Australia, you may have heard of ABL Tile & Bathroom Centre. They have a huge selection of tiles, many like the ones I am imagining for this bathroom, so you should pop over to check them out! 

>> White vanity. I want to keep the vanity simple, and the IKEA Hemnes double vanity in white is the winner. I like the classic look, double sinks, and the fact that it has drawers rather than cabinets. Plus, the price tag is right (with the sale right now it’s marked down to $381).

>> Black faucets. To keep with the french, industrial vibe I am keen to go with black faucets. I love the look, plus I figure they will be good at not showing finger and water prints as much. I’m all about the low maintenance.

>> Copper accents. I like the way this metal warms up the black and white scheme, so I’m keen to bring in a pendant and accessories in copper, and potentially DIY a towel bar out of copper piping.

What do you think? Are you with me on this one? Think it’ll hold up well to the little feet of kiddos and guests?  Do you have this vanity from IKEA, by any chance? It’ll be our main bathroom on the second floor, so needs to function well. You can follow me on Pinterest to see what else I’ve been lusting after as we plan the rooms for our renovated house.

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by the ABL Tile & Bathroom Centre.

makemoremakeover staples contest

office ideas: staples makeover contest

17th April 2014

You guys know I love a good contest. Staples has one running right now for Canadians – all the deets are here. Basically you need to come up with a wishlist of Staples products for your home office, and you you could win $1000 in Staples products. Not bad, huh?

In our renovation plans, I have a whole office/studio to myself, which is ridiculously dreamy. Not having to use the dining room table for DIY’s, or have to pack up my laptop every night? Amazing. I envision a space for me, and then a play/arts space for Maya. Here is what I would do – all of these products are from Staples, believe it or not.

makemoremakeover staples contest

Source list:

Let’s hope we are actually able to proceed with our renovation this summer (still waiting on permits!), and that this office space will become a reality. What would be on your wishlist? Head on over to to enter!

Wishing you all a super happy easter, guys! Hope you enjoy the long weekend with your family and friends, get outside, and treat yourself to some chocolate. I know I will be. 

help choose fabric (and get a discount!)

7th May 2011

So a few weeks ago I let you guys know about my involvement with the ‘bloggers give back‘ project — a group of bloggers that have gotten together to transform a garden for a great charity in Toronto (you can read about it here).

Well things have been progressing pretty steadily since then. We’ve got Canadian garden guru Frank Ferragine on board to design the healing garden and IKEA Canada has just shipped a ton of amazing outdoor furniture for the space (thank you, IKEA!). Happy days!

All of the bloggers involved came up with a “mood board” of how they envisioned the garden (check them out here). Here’s what I came up with. Solid basics punched up with fun fabrics and cool accessories. I thought it was also important to have separate lounging and dining areas. I have to admit, this totally got me dreaming about what I’d like to do to our backyard when we get back this summer…

We are now at the stage where we get to pick fabrics from another one of our amazing sponsors, Tonic Living. They are donating two Bench cushions for the long Falster Benches that go with the Dining Table, and four throw cushions for the ARHLOMA chairs. I’m totally digging the “Slick, Mink” and “Flatiron, Pacifica” (geometric patterns…whose surprised?!), but we want YOUR input.

How to help:
1. Visit  Tonic Living and see their outdoor fabric collection
2. Come back here and leave a message with which fabrics you would choose.

Plus… get a discount yourself!  Tonic Living has kindly offered our readers a 10% discount off EVERYTHING in their store (with no minimum). Sweeeet! The code is BLOGGERS and will be good until the end of 2011. Happy fabric shopping!!