A while back, I blogged about us starting our guest room makeover. We had gotten tons of inspiration on what to do with the space, but the one idea that kept coming back to us, was to do stripes on the walls.

Although we love the idea of paneling a room (which we actually did in our master ensuite), most of the walls in our house not straight...at all. Which makes paneling very difficult in our home! So we decided to add interest to this room through stripes and paint.

We decided on a bit of a rustic/cottage feel to the room inspired by the fact that this room would be occupied by out of town-guests and visitors. The idea of a "homey" feeling space seemed to be the right fit.

We wanted the colours in the room to be natural and a bit rustic, and to incorporate light colours, creams and turquoises. We searched for tutorials online of how to do the stripes, and were hugely inspired by Layla and Kevin at The Lettered Cottage and their striped reading room:

Love that room! They've actually modified the room since doing their stripes and it now looks like this:

I absolutely love both versions, but still wanted to try the stripes in our space.

So, we got our paint, bought a laser level, and thought we would just figure things out as we went. Once piece of advice if you plan on doing stripes, pick a SMALL room. The room we chose to do is not huge, but it is a decent size and taping the stripes took FOREVER. My main concern was making those stripes level!

We bought 2 containers of frog tape last summer, and figured this was the perfect place to try them out.

Honestly, I was a bit nervous that it wasn't going to work. In the past I had usually purchased cheap tape, and we have always had issues with bleeding, blotchy lines, etc. But we decided to give it a go, and started taping the room:

The taping took us about 2 evenings to complete. In the end, we had figured out a system, and it worked quite well. We started with using a laser line- one person holding the laser to cast a line on the wall, and the other taping below or above the line. That worked for about 20 minutes- its not easy holding that thing straight!

So we tried another tactic- one person holding the level and the other taping just above it. That didn't last long either. In the end we decided that one person holding the level and making small marks on the wall, and the other taping below the marks was the best way to go.

We started at the ceiling and marked 12 inches down. Ian then used the level to go around the room and mark every few inches a small line that we could use as a guide for taping. The challenge we faced was that not only were our walls not straight (they bow in the middle), but the tops of the casings on the doors, did not match the tops of the window casings.

Once we used the tape and placed a line, we levelled each line of tape before moving on. Sometimes we had to fix the tape, but most of the time it worked quite well:

We finished taping and left the tape for one day before painting. We started painting the next day, and let the paint dry for 1 day. Then we took the tape off. At this point we figured if the lines weren't straight and looked terrible, we could just paint over the entire room....sigh.

However....we peeled off the first line....and yea!!! The frog tape worked awesome!! I totally recommend it. We didn't have any bleeding, lines were crisp and straight (phew!) and it turned out exactly the way we hoped!

More about this room to come as we finish it! Thanks again Layla and Kevin for the inspiration! :)

Linking up to:

The Lettered Cottage



Last weekend I was out with one of my girls, and we were discussing "thrift store finds". I told her about some of my recent finds, and what I plan on doing with them.

At that point she challenged me. She had a credit note, from a thrift store, with a little over $2.00 on it. She challenged me to find something neat from the store, and I challenged back that I could not only find something but make it into something special for their new home. Yes, I thought it was a good idea at the time. No Im not nervous....and yes I WILL find something. :S

So stay tuned to see what I can find and modify into something brilliant (or at least usable)?! :)


Pretty Coffee Table Books

So lately Ive been posting a lot about reading materials...but who doesn't love a great book? Especially one that looks great too!

Ive added a few new books to my collection over the past while, and figured since I loved them so much, that some of you might want to check them out as well :)

1.) "Feathering Your Nest" by Tracy Hutson.

I LOVE it. You've probably heard of Tracy before- she's a designer on "Extreme Makeover- Home Edition" as well as her new show "Picker Sisters".  

It focuses on decorating nurseries in various different styles, but also adds in information on organic baby items, baby safety, etc. The nurseries featured are all ones that Tracy herself has decorated (including her 2 little boys rooms).

The photos are vivid and colourful, I love the ideas and its an easy read (but with tons of information).

2.) "Design Sponge at Home" by Grace Bonney.

For those of you familiar with "Design Sponge" than you have probably heard of the new book that's just come out. I had a quick look through it at Chapters the other day and decided it was a must have.

The book focuses on a variety of things- home tours of 70 artists and designers, DIY projects with detailed instructions, step-by-step tutorials, fifty before & after makeovers submitted by readers and much more. Its incredibly colourful and makes a great coffee table book! If you aren't familiar with Design Sponge, check out their blog here.

3.) "Modern Vintage Style" by Emily Chalmers.

A beautiful book which illustrates how old finds can be combined with new pieces to create a look that tells a story, and has a history. Its a great read for those who aren't sure how "old" and "new" can work together in a contemporary space.

4.) "Pale and Interesting" by Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote

I was with one of my besties last weekend, and she picked up this great read that I need to add to my collection. Being someone who loves light, fresh colours and definitely whites, this book is a must read for decoarting your space with a muted palette.

5.) "The Well-Dressed Home: Fashionable Design Inspired by Your Personal Style" by Annette Tatum

A birthday gift I received this year, that couldn't have been more perfect! A book that discusses how to incorporate your fashion sense into your decor and home...perfect! The author discusses how to 'draw inspiration from the fashion world, pop culture, and especially your own closet to create stunning, one-of-a-kind room designs.' (Amazing colourful photos as well!)

For those of you who have already had the chance to read some of these, what did you think?!


Blog Love

While watching Nate Berkus the other evening, my favorite segment- "House Proud" came on, and I could not believe my eyes.

Someone else, also here in Canada, has designed my DREAM home. An achieveable dream home. I feel in love. I literally re-wound the segment about 5 times, before Ian got annoyed.

Although I love so many of the "House Proud" segments that Nate features and it is my ultimate goal to be on that show, this one took the cake for me. A house that combined old with new, turquoises, whites, corals and yellows and aimed for a contemporary beach theme. PERFECTION. I loved every bit of it, and I was thrilled to find out she has a blog as well- "Beach House in the City".

I have not been able to stop browsing her blog for the past 3 days. Natalie has inspired me in so many ways, and so many of her ideas are exactly what I have in mind for our home.

Check out her tutorial for a painted chevron rug

Her DIY on painted bottles:

An amazing master bedroom update:

If my house ever looked anything close to this I would NEVER leave. Sigh....sooooo pretty!!

Natalie- your house looks amazing and you should be SO House Proud! LOVE IT! So head on over to Natalie's blog and check out whats shes accomplished!

Your newest (and possibly biggest) fan,


For the Shelves

Im a lover of books. Always have been, always will be. I remember winning a reading contest at my library when I was 9 for reading over 200 books in one summer.  All I got was a watercolour paint set. Yes. Im a true nerd at heart.

I love old books, books that have history and books that can be passed down from generation to generation. I feel like there is always a story (no pun intended) behind an old book.

Recently Ive been finding some vintage books at a few of my local thrift stores and Ive been collecting them for my future book shelf in our family room one day.

Recently I came across some neat books on the Anthropologie site. They have the Penguin Classics Clothbound Collection available, which I think would be so pretty to have on your bookshelf.

Classics like: Great Expectations, Sense and Sensibility, Wuthering Heights and my personal fav, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

They aren't cheap, however, Ive done a bit of searching and found them on Amazon as well as ChaptersIndigo :) Best part is you can always get a deal on those sites, and the books themselves are cheaper on there as well.

My favorite find- the children's versions:

Peter Pan, Anne of Green Gables, Robin Hood, The Secret Garden, The Wind in the Willows and Huckleberry Finn.
You better believe those are going to be in a children's room in our house one day :)

Happy Reading!


Master Ensuite Sneak Peek...#2!

Happy Early Thanksgiving (to all my fellow Canadian readers :)

Here's a little treat for your weekend reading enjoyment! I know I'll be spending this weekend with family and celebrating Thanksgiving-  we have lots to be thankful for this year :)

Ok so I know you've all been waiting for this for eternity a very long time. And although we haven't finished it completely yet, I wanted to give you all a sneak peek on what you can expect to see in the next few weeks!

Let me remind you of the before:

And here's a sneak peek of the after:

More to come in the next few weeks :)

Happy Thanksgiving!!


Inspiration Board-Nursery

Im back! I know its been a while since I last posted, but as we all know fall is busy and this fall has been no exception!

So please forgive me for my lack of posts lately...and in return for your patience I will be posting about the Master Bath Reveal very soon! Yipee!! Meanwhile, a friend of mine is having a baby girl in the next few months, and I offered to help create an inspiration board for her nursery. A few weeks ago, I posted about the photos that had inspired me, and the board is finally finished!

T, I hope this gives you some great ideas and inspires you and R, in creating a new little haven for your little girl :)

Let me give you some background on what T gave me as a starting point.

I asked her a bunch of questions and from her responses, I came to the conclusion that they wanted something with a bit of a "retro" feel, but that was also clean and fresh looking, with some natural elements as well.  They aren't into a lot of pink, frilly things or anything super girly. She also gave me a few pieces to start with:

A dresser:

and a piece of artwork they liked:

From that, I took apple green, white and coral as some inspiration colours and knew that dark brown would be an anchoring colour for the space.

I debated on whether or not they should paint the dresser, but in the end decided I liked the idea of painting it. Since the crib they ordered is espresso brown, I wanted to add a bit of lightness to the space and painting the dresser white would definitely help to do that. I would also then add some new hardware. However, if they are completely against painting the dresser and would rather refinish it, I think they could definitely get away with staining it to match the crib....and again adding some new hardware.

Some neat vintage hardware would definitely look awesome on this piece :)

The chair is a chair that they already had, but T sent me a close-up picture of it, and its actually got bits of green and pink in the fabric, so it should easily match with the rest of the decor.

I would suggest painting the walls a light neutral colour, and then incorporating colour through the accessories in the room.

Im in love with the idea of a 'tree' wall decal. I think painting something like this behind the crib would look absolutely adorable.

I think the green and white keep it feeling 'fresh and clean', and adding in the wooden crib (and possibly dresser) add in those natural elements that the room needs. The coral adds a splash of colour and the fabrics add to the retro aspect.

SO......with all that in mind, here is what I came up with-T&R, I hope you guys find it somewhat inspiring!


1. White curtains- Ikea
2. Teak Bird Mobile- Indigo
3. Turtle Bank- Indigo
4. White Dresser (repainted)
5. Bunny- Indigo
6. Light Fixture- Ikea
7. Crib- AP Industries
8. Funky Green Side Table- Candelabra
9. Elephant Bank- Indigo
10. Fabric Swatches- Tonic Living
11. Chair- (already owned)
12. Tree Wall Decal- CSN Stores
13. ABORG Rug- Ikea
14. "F" Letter- CSN Stores
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