Monday, September 21, 2009

The Beauty of Wallpaper

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 its first transformation to now, is like the clouds parted and let the sunshine burst thru!
Oh, & thanks to my friend Heidi for taking the top three photos as my camera does not have a wide angle lens!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Lipstick on the Bathroom / Laundry Room

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.

This is a favourite little picture I found at a yard sale that sits on my shelf. On the back is a beautifully written message from a friend that I need to take a picture of.

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!

This is the area by the sink. I love my new mirror that my mother bought for me over a year ago from the Super Store! It was the last one and I think she paid $25! Boy, do I wish I had bought one too because the wall screams out for two mirrors! I also bought a new door knob in the burnished metal & a towel & toilet tissue holder to match.

Light Off....Light On

I realize this isn't the best shot, but I love the way the light sparkles!

We still have to rip out the vanity & counter top. We also plan to lay new tile in the bathroom. I am still waiting on my husband to add in our new lights & box in the old ones. Until then, our bathroom is fresh, clean & pretty!

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 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!