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So my sister-in-law Alexandra and I always love talking home decor and crafting. We chat about our favourite blogs, she introduces me to new ones, and I oooh and aaahh over her lastest sewing creations – she makes the most gorgeous blankets and pillows, when she has a free second as a mama of 3 seriously cute kiddos. Anyway she and my brother-in-law John have a great house in Toronto, but the outside has been a lacklustre since they bought it… Read more »

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Remember back in this post when I lamented over our front door colour? And then bit the bullet and painted our screen door black? Well, with the now-black screen door, my colour options were now wide open. I could go with any of my original contenders (yellow, red, or navy), or could get a little creative. First step was to tape off the door. I used an “exterior surfaces” painter’s tape from ScotchBlue that I hadn’t tried before (this is… Read more »

So remember this post back in May when I threw around some options for paint colours for our front door? And how I was trying to make it work with our uber-ugly brown screen door? The screen door that didn’t match with our house numbers, mailboxes, or shutters? Well, I couldn’t make a decision about the front door colour because I just felt like nothing would look good with that screen door. We didn’t want to take it down as… Read more »

So on Friday you saw how we installed some new shutters on our little house, and I mentioned (among other tasks) that re-shingling our roof was on the to-do list. You can’t see super clearly in the photo above how bad the shingles on the front part of our house had gotten. They were all peeling away and some had even flown off last spring with some gusty storms. Our garage, which is free-standing, was in the same condition and… Read more »

Okay, was that pun just way too cheesy? I said to Dan last night that I was trying to come up with a title for this post and couldn’t stop thinking “just shut up, shut up” a la Black Eyed Peas, but that it didn’t really make sense. So this one was what popped into his head. Serious giggles, some singing/dancing to Black Eyed Peas, and more bad puns ensued. Alright, let’s get down to business. This is our wee… Read more »

This is the first summer in our pad that the hubby and I have actually had time to think about the landscaping and garden (our first summer here we spent renovating the basement and the second summer we were living in England). So we have been trying to tackle some outdoor projects to spruce up our curb appeal – details on those to come soon! One of the projects that I have had on my to-do list is to build… Read more »

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… Read more »

While in Spain over Christmas (you can read about that here), I fell in love with the colourful tiles that the Spanish use all over their houses (both outside & inside). They reminded me of the tiles I had seen in Portugal a few years ago, full of colour and intricate patterns. The balconies were usually pretty exceptional – covered with tiles, potted plants, and sometimes even decorative plates. Check out this balcony from Granada. It has been officially voted… Read more »

It’s been an extra-hot summer here in Ottawa this year, so backyard decks and patios are a godsend at the moment (as are fans and air conditioners!). Dan and I are feeling pretty lucky that we have a nice-sized backyard with a patio set and BBQ — perfect for get-togethers with friends — but as you may guess, I am yearning to do a backyard makeover. It’s just not in the cards for us this summer due to other projects,… Read more »

Since it’s usually the day of the week I dislike the most (” I have to go back to work already?!”), I thought I would liven things up and post pics of some of my all-time favourite rooms. The first ‘room of the day’ post goes to a beautiful sunroom featured in Better Homes and Gardens. I love everything about this room — the painted off-white floors, the crisp couch, the lively patterned pillow cases, the huge pendant light, the… Read more »