10.30.2011

Sarah's House- Episode 2!

So over the weekend, I finally got the chance to watch last weeks episode of Sarah's House- thank god for PVR! I really liked this weeks episodes (they've been playing back to back episodes- 1 hour, for the past few weeks now!), and found them to be a bit more up my alley and what I usually see from Sarah!

This week they worked on a mudroom/powder room/entrance way and a kitchen. The kitchen was an episode on its own.

I find this season very interesting to watch since, the layout of the home is so similar to what we are working with, and its giving us some great ideas for what we can do with our grungy mudroom, untouched hallway and our in-need-of-desperate-updating kitchen.

So to begin with, they started with the mudroom/hallway and powder room. The entrance to this home was so wide open that I think it was a good decision to focus an epiosde on how to make a big impact with your hallway.

It turned out beautifully:





Its so nice that they had the space to fit an actual sideboard into the hallway (great for storage)...however I know most of us dont have that amount of space, so consider looking into the idea of benches and/or a chair instead.

I love that the painted the wall around the door a darker colour, and repeated that in a wall in the kitchen as well. I love the light colour on the walls, and the choice of flooring (tile for the entryway and hardwood throughout) - beautiful.

Here is our hallway right now:





These pictures were taken before we moved in, and not much has changed....yet (except for a lack of accessories and decor that the previous homeowners took with them!). We definitely want to paint...everything, rip that carpet off the stairs- stain the tops dark and add a runner, and change out the "boob" lights to start. Anything after that will be decorative and at some point in time, we might replace the floors....or maybe sooner if I win the lottery!

So this episode definitely gave us some great ideas!

In this episode they also worked on the mudroom and powder room. The mudroom was basically the hallway into the powder room, but here is how the powder room turned out:







Major impact with wallpaper, a pedestal sink and the hallway was painted orange to bring some pop into the space. It was a little busy for me, but I love the idea of making a powder room an area to have fun with and play with different decor ideas.

Onto the Kitchen. Here is the reveal:






My personal favorites: the dining table and chairs, the grey (although I love grey anywhere in a house really....), the island, and the light fixtures above the island. Although I love the grey, I wish they had gone just a tad lighter in the kitchen....I did feel it was a bit cold, but that might just depend on the lighting when the photos were taken (Sarah actually addressed the issue in the episode herself). I think it might have felt just a bit warmer, if they had injected a bit more colour in the cabinets or countertops.
However, they did an amazing job on this room. I loved the actual layout of the kitchen, style of cupboards, furniture and accessories and the few peaks of wood in the stools and table base.

Overall another great episode and tons of ideas running through my head! Hope this one inspired some of you and stay tuned for this Tuesday's episode :) I am personally very much looking forward to the master ensuite episode ;)

Whats been your favorite room of Sarah's to date?!




10.28.2011

Stripes

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

10.27.2011

Challenge!

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)?! :)





10.25.2011

Transformations to be...

I recently came across this little gem at the Goodwill store. Right away I saw its potential and what it could be.



Its not completed yet, but I will post pics of what it turns out like once its finished :)


I also recently acquired some vintage chandeliers. They came from a smoker's home, and were not exactly "clean" anymore. They needed some major work, and Ive started working on the one for now....




Its been painted and just needs a spray gloss finish- Im looking forward to it being finished....



two new projects to add to the list!


10.24.2011

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?!

10.20.2011

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,


10.17.2011

HGTV Magazine

Earlier today I stopped into Walmart to get some things for a project I'm working on (pics to come once its finished) and came across the new HGTV magazine- October premier Issue. Seriously? They should have come out with this years ago!



I probably subscribe to more Home Decor magazines than any one person should...House and Home, Style at Home, House Beautiful...but I couldn't turn away from this one!

Although I am addicted to HGTV and have probably watched everything on tv that they would publish, this didn't stop me from purchasing the magazine to see what else they had to say.

The magazine itself isn't as "hearty" as I would have liked it to be, but its got some great articles and some quirky ones too- one which features my favorite- Sarah Richardson. There is a huge variety in the articles as well- they range from home improvements, to designer dog digs, and even a "chuck it or change it" feature- my fav!



Overall I think its a great magazine. A few changes here and there, but give it time and I think this magazine will definitely have a following. Ive already signed up for a subscription...I mean....ok yes I did. Sigh....Ive got to think of some decor ideas for old magazines ;)

Happy Reading!


10.14.2011

A Family Affair

My interest in design comes from my mom. Shes actually a very talented designer, who studied fashion design in school and had dreams of working in the industry. She made tons of our clothes when we were kids and she still- to this very day, designs a lot of different outfits for herself. You can see some of the things my mom has designed for us over the years (including clothes, costumes and even my bridesmaids dresses!), in one of my previous posts here.

Ive always loved fashion as well, but I've truly found a passion for interior design and decorating.

Creativity definitely runs in my family. Even my brother has it- he loves film and photography and does this for a living. My dad is the worker bee and helps us all out with these crazy projects and ideas we think up :)

Recently my parents have taken on a project of renovating one of their condo's for my brother to move into. They have been working their bums off, and have done an awesome job so far! (For those of you who saw my Facebook post about the vintage chandeliers Ive acquired, this is where they came from!).

I think they've enjoyed doing the project and so far the results are looking amazing.

My dad took on the challenge of the kitchen....and its now a goregous updated white :)

Here's the kitchen before:





It definitely needed a face-lift and although I know my parents were a bit weary about painting the cabinets, I think they turned out amazing:





My dad managed to find a way to paint the cupboards with a incredibly clean finish, by sanding, using a gripper paint first and then painting over them with a special oil based paint. A great way to avoid spending tons of money to get them sprayed and they look fabulous!

Way to go mom and dad :)



Featured!

I just wanted to give a HUGE thanks to Lindsey over at Better After for featuring my bathroom make-over, which you can read about on Lindsey's blog here, or my blog here. Thanks Lindsey!!

 

Lindsey's blog has some incredible ideas on there, and since the pictures she's posted of our bathroom reveal, we've actually updated it with some new additions as well as a bit of colour to the room :)

Pictures to come next week!

Happy Friday everyone! :)


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