Fashionable Paper!

Friday, April 21, 2017


It's absolutely incredible how short weeks always tend to feel so very long!  This week was no exception and may very well take the cake for the longest short week everrrrrr!

But it's Friday and that deserves a fresh bouquet of white roses, right?!  I'm in complete awe of this gorgeous Alle bag made by Uashmama.  A tote bag that is made of washable paper (yes, paper) that looks and feels like leather.  I'm honestly blown away by this fact and was so impressed by the attention to detail.  Combining style & function in a way that so many will love!  You can see their beautiful line of paperbags, handbags, accessories and more right here!  And you can read more about the brand here.










So excited to kick back and relax this weekend AND it's supposed to be beautiful!  This rain is great and all, if you don't have any spray painting to do! lol!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Cheers,

***Uashmama kindly provided me with the bag, all opinions are completely my own***

ORC Week 3 - Boys' Bedroom Makeover!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Oh my word!  It's already week 3 of the One Room Challenge (you can see Week 1 right here), and I can say that earlier this week, panic officially hit!  I always had a huge amount of respect for those who participated in this great challenge (hosted by Linda from Calling It Home), but I have to say that now that I'm actually taking part, I'm bowing down!  Especially to those who are tearing rooms apart.  I'm not tearing down any walls, but still feel like I'm chipping away at my to-do list at a snails pace!

Thank you again to HomeSense for sponsoring this room makeover!  Of course, all opinions are my own :)

So this week I got around to painting the vintage dresser (that belong to my mother in law when she was a kiddo) and I'm looovvvving the new colour!  It's "Collingwood" and is from Canadian Tire's new paint line, Premier.  It went on beautifully!  I had decided on these knobs early on and am pretty certain that I'll be going with them.



I also managed to complete the frame DIY that I had mentioned before.  I used two colours of paint to add some detail to the frames, next up is adding the artwork and hanging the gallery wall.  There will be a few other things going up on this wall too, which is why the frames are still sitting on the ground!


Last week I had the opportunity to preview HomeSense's new Juvenile line.  Gosh it's absolutely incredible! (you can see some of my favourite pieces from the preview here on Instagram).  There were several items that I knew I'd be searching for for J's bedroom makeover.  I was completely thrilled when I spotted this bedside table at our store because it was one of the items from the preview that I knew I needed for this space!  Woohoo!  I found the lamp during the same shopping trip, it's hammered base is fabulous!


One thing that didn't go as planned, was the colour I was planning on using behind the desk.  I had opted for this lighter blue (which is a great colour, I actually used it for the frame DIY), but I need something with a little more oomph.  I'm going to try the darker colour, on the bottom right, next.  If that doesn't work, I'll go with the other one, which is the dresser colour.


Okay, here's the to-do list, let's see where we stand:




  • paint headboard
  • purge room (so.much.clutter and so unnecessary!)
  • make bedskirt
  • paint vintage dresser
  • find desk
  • frame DIY
  • hang gallery wall
  • window treatment
  • hang hooks for clothing
  • find some type of book organization
  • place for J to hang his art
  • make frame for world print
  • paint wall behind desk
  • new lighting


  • I added "painting the wall behind the desk", should have been there from the beginning!  Even though the list is still rather long, I feel a productive week coming along.  It's time to paint that headboard, make the bedskirt and to finish up a few decorative DIYs!  I'm also considering making some type of window treatment, the room needs it, so I've added it to the list.

    Can't wait to update you all next week!

    Now you have to check out the other guest participants, there are so many incredible room transformations happening!  Find them all here.

    Cheers,

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    The One Room Challenge - Week 2

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017


    Okay, here we are in the second week of the ORC.  Thanks a bunch for visiting to see how things are going so far.  Again, a huge thanks to Linda from Calling it Home for hosting and to HomeSense for sponsoring little J's bedroom makeover!  You can see all of the incredible rooms of the One Room Challenge participating here and the rooms of the guest participants right here!

    We tackled a lot (and by we, I mean me, ha!).  The first thing I did was to totally clear out little J's room and essentially started from scratch, and that alone, took foreverrrrr.  Honestly, this child manages to find a reason to keep almost anything and everything! lol love that little booger!

    By removing everything, I was able to see the space that I was working with, uncluttered.  We've agreed (that's little J and I) that he will still have his toys in his room, but that we will donate the ones that he doesn't play with anymore.  Those toys that he doesn't play with on a regular basis will go to the basement.  Solves the clutter issue just like that!

    Here's where we are now......





    This is what it looked like at the beginning of last week!  What a difference!  The room already feels a million times bigger!


    We took down the bunk beds (!!!!!!!) and the dresser (which belonged to my MIL when she was young) was taken out of the closet and placed in it's new home.  It will be getting a fresh coat of paint and new hardware.

    The bedskirt fabric arrived earlier this week (it's currently just tucked in place so that I could see what it would look like).  Hopefully I'll have more crossed off of my list by the start of week 3!  Here's a closer look at the fabric.


    I found the perfect desk at HomeSense!  Like the.perfect.desk.  J's room is on the smaller side, so we needed something that would do the job, but that wouldn't take up a lot of room.


    Yes, it's rather narrow, but to be very honest, he very rarely used the old desk that was in his room, it was wasted space.  So I figured we'll go narrow, though there isn't a lot of surface space, there is enough space for him to colour, draw, build lego and play for those times that he would prefer to be in his room.  Not a lot of space for clutter to gather....know what I mean?!

    I also found a vintage metal stool which I'm so excited about, every room needs a touch of vintage.  I may sand down the seat and stain it, or perhaps I'll give it a fresh coat of paint.  Still undecided.

    The blue paint swatch that is taped to the wall is most likely the colour I'll be going with for the desk wall.  Not gonna tell you what I'm doing with it though (partially because I'm still undecided ha!).  You'll have to wait and see!


    And honestly, how c-u-t-e is this fox pillow from HomeSense?!  Perfect colour palette and character for this room makeover!  The funny thing is that I bought the striped pillow about a year ago, and they look like they were purchased at the same time!  Love it when that happens!  

    I'm also loving the headboard and the fact that the bed no longer has a footboard.  It makes a huge difference in creating more visual space.  Time for a new look though!  The headboard will a new colour in the next few days!


    Ok, here's the list from last week.  Let's see what we've scratched off:




  • paint headboard
  • purge room (so.much.clutter and so unnecessary!)
  • make bedskirt
  • paint vintage dresser (not shown)
  • find desk
  • frame DIY
  • hang gallery wall
  • hang hooks for clothing
  • find some type of book organization
  • place for J to hang his art
  • make frame for world print
  • new lighting


  • Okay, I crossed of lighting because I did find that desk lamp, but I can't lie, still looking for a lamp for the bedside table and perhaps a new ceiling light.  So it's 50% done!

    I'll also add a bedside table to the list, totally forgot about it on the previous post!

    Check out the other One Room Challenge guest participants right here!

    Cheers,

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    The Weekend

    Monday, April 10, 2017

    I had been looking forward to this glass of wine alllllllll week!

    Despite ending the week not feeling so great (read: lying on the floor hoping to get enough energy to crawl into bed at one point) we did have a fabulous weekend.  Primarily because the weather was sweet!

    We started a major spring cleaning session and boy did it ever feel great!!!  I don't know how we've managed to accumulate so much "stuff" over the years, but we just had enough and cleared everything out!  Next up are the closets and kids' toys.

    Another reason why this weekend was extra spectacular, my new beauty of a bike from Lochside Bikes arrived and oh.my.word you guys!  I took it for a quick spin and the smile on my face was absolutely ridiculous!  I felt like a kid again!  It rode beautifully and I can't wait to share more soon!



    The moment above is from our #masterbedroomrefresh and it also made me smile.  I love a good vignette and I'm so glad that I didn't pass up that decorative piece from HomeSense!  It was one of those "I'll buy it...no I won't....but if I leave it.....".  Yeah.

    kitchen moment, loved these grocery store hydrangeas!

    Have a great Monday!

    Cheers,


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    Master Bedroom Gallery Wall - A Fun Mix of Art

    Thursday, April 6, 2017





    Last winter we redecorated our master bedroom.  Though it was a huge step in the right direction, there are still quite a few details that I'm looking forward to updating and adding.

    At the top of the list was to fill the empty wall in the reading nook.  From the beginning, I envisioned a fun gallery wall.  I wanted something that would express both my husband's and my personalities and something to juxtapose the more formal and traditional pieces.

    The gallery wall includes floral prints, a skateboarder, boat print and more!  I love how they all work together! (I've linked to all of the prints at the bottom of this post).



    All of the prints were ordered through Minted.  I think what I love most about ordering through Minted is that you have the option of having your prints framed, which means that they arrive at your door step ready to hang!  I don't know about you, but sometimes finding the perfect frame is harder than finding the art itself!  

    I'm so guilty of buying art prints and not hanging them for months if I don't have a frame by the time the print is delivered.  This just makes things so much easier and the frame selection is fabulous!  I like to mix things up and was able to easily do just that!
















    It was an absolute pleasure ordering from Minted.  I love how they offer a wide variety of art and that you have several size options to choose from.  However the best part is the fact that Minted supports independent artists.  I love love love supporting creatives and I'm in complete awe of the gorgeous pieces available at Minted.

    I have a few more decor decisions to make for this space before it's finished, which I'll be sharing with you soon!

    Cheers,

    *****Minted kindly provided me with the art of my choice, all opinions are my own.
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