Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
When we bought this house the mudroom was in dismal shape. You can check here for the story of its first before & after. I chose the pumpkin colour to blend with the earthy colours already in this house when we bought it. Plus, I plan to use my mudroom as the room where I can try out every bold colour I want because it is a small space. So, I knew the pumpkin was a temporary colour...something to enjoy for the short term since I have always loved shades of orange!
So, as we progressed with the rest of the house using lighter, happier colours, I realized I was becoming tired of the pumpkin colour. I loved it, but I had had enough. About a year ago I discovered an amazing wallpaper for the mudroom. I brought home samples & settled on the pattern. However, I then discovered the most beautiful wallpaper which suited my diningroom to perfection. So instead of doing the mudroom, I bought paper for the diningroom. That delayed me doing the mudroom once again. Check here to see my diningroom wallpaper.
So, I had settled on the idea of just painting the mudroom until recently my mother & I were out shopping & she encouraged me to just buy the paper & be happy for it! So twist my rubber arm...& here is the results of a full week of work. I painted, primed, wallpapered, filled holes, and went nearly crazy matching & cutting in and around awkward, not plumb corners & walls! I hope you like it!
Of course, with every new redo, you discover that the items you used to decorate before just don't work anymore. I really loved my wicker purses hanging in my mudroom. I've collected them for about 20 years now & love to show them off. However, the pattern is to busy & it clashes with the wicker handbags. I also had to remove my wicker drawers which I used daily for storage and to hang Maggie's leashes plus extra coats, etc. However, I'm pretty excited with my new to me accessories.
I bought of Kijiji a couple of months ago an Ikea Wooden shelf with drawers which I've been covering with paper plus an Ikea glass sliding door cupboard. I just need to get it up on the wall & repaint it to match the beadboard using my mistint colour in linen.
This photo is from another blog...I'm so sorry...I can't recall where...I can't show mine till it's done so I wanted to show you my inspiration! I paid $10 for my drawer set. Above it will go the glass cabinet painted to match. I may etch the glass....maybe!
This is the room after, but before decorating! I love my bench! I bought it at the Kingston Market from a guy who makes them here locally. I love to always mix in natural pieces. My slate floor is the kind that is rough cut or hand hewn...not sure of the technical term. But I wanted the real slate because it reminds me of Ireland. I might switch to faux wooden blinds in white.
I love the vibrancy of the wallpaper. I only wish my photos would do the same! This is where my cabinets are going & I plan to hang iron hooks to replace my old wicker drawer unit.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Julian Austin - The Red and White
Julian Austin performed this song for the troops in Afghanistan.
Monday, October 26, 2009
We just finished painting our hallway and plan to move onto our stairs. Since moving in we have lived with stairs that are pretty beat up. The rails are loose, the stair treads beat up, the runner going up the stairs was stapled on...basically screaming for some attention.
A small view of our stair rail.
The stairs primed & holes filled.
We are finally turning our attention to our staircase. I am excited to try out one idea which I haven't seen it anywhere else & I have been searching! It would be nice to see if it has worked somewhere else...but Andy has agreed to give it a try and if we don't like it, we'll redo it with plan B.
Anyways, here are some inspiring stairs that if I had the money...well, ya know!
This amazing tree rail is a custom piece found at Iron Fencing.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Over at Flea Market Style you can view a bunch of really cool links to favourite vintage finds by other bloggers. I love this because my whole home is virtually decorated with yard sale treasures! I added a link to one of my all time favourite finds here.
Grab a big cup of coffee & enjoy!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
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Monday, September 21, 2009
For over a year now, I have been planning some changes to my mudroom. One of those changes that I was most excited about was to add wallpaper above my white beadboard. I wanted to do something different & special. Plus, I have secretly been excited this past year exploring all the possibilities available now in the wallpapering world.
However, as I searched for the perfect paper for my mudroom, I instead discovered the most perfect wallpaper for my diningroom! I ditched the mudroom & started imagining it on my diningroom wall! Wallpaper isn't cheap, but wow, am I ever glad I saved up for the splurge. It added the finishing touch to my diningroom. I think when I finally found my elusive diningroom light within my budget, (uhmmm $10 for an Ikea Pendent Light) the stars aligned & I found the energy & inspiration to finish my diningroom! I can finally proclaim that my diningroom is finished!
This past weekend, I papered the largest wall in my diningroom with the most beautiful light blue wallpaper with big white flowers...think dalias or mums! Everytime I walk by the room I smile & feel so happy that I can finally say that ONE room in my house is actually finished!
My diningroom is so light & airy...I have always loved the clean lines & light airy colours of Swedish style & this room allowed me to nurture this love! However, I can never lay claim to one particular look as I always add my own eclectic touch from my weekly treks thru local yard sales!
I love this room! I do so many things in my diningroom & it is by far the sunniest room in our home. I hope that it a place where friends & family always feel happy & relaxed in! When I think back to how it used to look when we moved in....to its first transformation to now, well...it is like the clouds parted and let the sunshine burst thru!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
As I had mentioned in some earlier posts, we are almost finished our main level bathroom/laundry room. The biggest change being the colour! It is such a pretty, happy colour compared to our old colour the sea of beige! We added shelves, a new heater, new plugs & outlets, a new light fixture and door hardware.
Another shot of the shelves.
We also added two large shelves over the washer & dryer. This frees up so much space & allows me to show off my vintage jars.
I snagged this glass cupboard at a yard sale for $5! Yep, I was pretty impressed that day as they run about $100 if your lucky!
Light Off....Light On
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I recently snagged this beautiful Ikea Pendant lamp on Kijiji for $10!!! The beautiful vintage phone I found at a recent yard sale. I paid $5 for it & it is selling on ebay.uk for over $200! It is solid brass with a bakelite phone handle. It even has a little swinging handle on the front for carrying it around! All I need to do is get some brasso to shine it up...I love it!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I was going through some old photos tonight and I just had to post these ones of the kids homeschooling in September of 2004. Last year was our first time ever in public school and my oldest is going into grade 12!! Where has the time gone, how I appreicate all the time I have spent with my kids...I love them & think they are pretty amazing!
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