Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Opinions, please!

Okay... so there's a couple little things in the house that I am stumped on right now so I'm looking for your feedback!!

First up, our kitchen/dining chairs:
I recovered the seats several years ago with the material that you can see pictured, but the spindle backs really bug me. I don't want to paint them, so I thought maybe I could cover the chair backs with a linen-like fabric to make them a completely upholstered chair like this...
Pottery Barn London Chair
Restoration Hardware Hudson Collection
Restoration Hardware Martine Upholstered Side Chair
BUT, I can't find a tutorial anywhere, or even anyone who has done it... so what do YOU think? Can it be done? And if so, how? I have a basic idea in my head, but really not sure if it will translate and I CANNOT ruin our chairs!

Next up, this wall in our kitchen:
Previously, you've seen our chalkboard hanging here... But I feel like it's a bit awkward. I actually have wallpaper that I have had since I bought the house, but I've outgrown the style. I would love to make this a feature wall, maybe something like:
  • A black wall (?!?!)... but afraid that it will suck the light out of the room
  • A printed wall like this (I kinda love that it's done with a sharpie!):
via Vintage Revivals
Or....??

So, pleeeeeease tell me what you think and share your ideas!!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Perusing Home Sense...

Home Sense (or Home Goods for any Americans out there) is one of my favourite places to wander around when I have time to kill. It's usually pretty hit or miss for me - often, I find nothing. Other days I need 5 shopping carts. Today was a 5 shopping carts kind of day... but I was VERY well behaved. Here's some of the stuff that I wished I could take home with me.

Loved this table...
 Lots of cute throw blankets...
Wouldn't this be an awesome statement mirror in a entryway?? $150 and it was huuuuuuge.
I'm attracted to things that sparkle. This was on the cusp of gaudy but in the right space, would be so cute. It was a coppery gold tone... I contemplated them for our bed but then thought about Kris wringing my neck. So I put them back.
I thought this looked very "Great Gastsby"...
 Loved these vases!!
Even though I was very well behaved, I did come home with a bag. I picked up these gray drum shades - it's so rare to actually find a matching pair that are also undamaged. Our living room lamps have needed new shades desperately since one took a tumble and ripped (wind storm + open window = fail). I think these fit the bill. Here's the old ones...
This picture is actually flattering and minimizes the damage. See on the right, where the frame actually pierced right through the shade? And how the shade is starting to uncurl at the edges? Yikes.
 Just testing out the new ones before I commit ;)
I like that they have a kind of linen look/texture to them. I'm still debating whether or not to leave them here or switch them with our bedroom lamp shades (they are beige)... I'm worried these are a bit too gray and don't provide enough contrast. We'll see.
Well, I call that a success!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Hi! I like gold.

Breaking the radio silence with a little post :)

I thought I'd give my Nate Berkus (from Target) coral a little makeover to make her more exciting. I debated between mint and coral... but committed to coral. I also wanted to try a little gold dipping for the tips but it was quite a challenge. How do people gold dip objects without using TONS of paint?? I did the best I could. I was using liquid gilding which is super runny so I couldn't just paint it on. Plus I really wanted the consistency of the dipped look. But here she is... in all her coral & gilded tipped glory!
No before photos so a couple progress shots will have to do!
So what if I use my herb trimming scissors for completely unrelated tasks?
Yes, I am truly too lazy to kick my shoes out of the way for this photo. Meh. The colour is a bit wonky in these last two photos... the previous shots are more true to life for the colour. On another note, I am turning into a crazy plant lady. Plants errywhere.
What do you think? Better before or after? I wasn't really sold when I finished (one of those projects where Kris says, "you should have just left it alone, it was fine before!") but she's growing on me. I love a quick and dirty makeover with instant results!

In my long silence, I have worked on a few projects that I'm going to try to post soon. Is anyone else with me on the fact that blogging is just getting too time consuming? I don't want to give up on it but I find it hard to get motivated to spend the time it takes to take good photos, edit them, write the post, format, etc, etc, etc. I blame some of that on Instagram... so quick and easy to post a quick photo and it feels more like a real time journal. That said, I'll still be around here for now :) Feels good to break the hiatus!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Not many posts around here.... we've just been busy living life and enjoying the season! Maybe some posts later :)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Kitchen | Reorg

Back in September, I got the organizing bug. Does anyone else find September to be a motivating month? I know a lot of people use January to jump start new things, but for me, I always think September is a good time... the fun and lazy days of summer come to a close and I am ready to deep clean, organize and purge. So, I started with the kitchen. The night we got back from our summer holidays. Yup, I don't waste any time. I was practically salivating to dump it out. We actually came home a day early, kind of for this reason. Yes, it's true. I'm only mildly embarrassed. The rest of me is giddy.

Here's what it looked like before. These dark photos are how you know I'm telling the truth about starting the night we got home!! 
That giant toaster oven took up so much of my beloved counter space and we hardly ever use it. Clutter, clutter everywhere. Aaaack.
There was barely any prep space, good grief.
Ugh.
I started by putting the toaster oven into a cupboard. We can pull it out when we want to use it, but I was tired of looking at it. The cutting boards and baking sheets got stored away (except for that pretty wooden butcher block). Actually, the baking sheets are usually stored away but sometimes someone puts them next to the toaster. I pulled some cooking utensils out of my over crowded drawer and stacked them into a jar I had hanging around.
As much as I would love to put that sugar bowl in the cupboard along with the S&P, it would be futile. Kris uses it daily and leaves it out every time. It's a case of "choose your battles", my friends. Sometimes, you just have to adapt ;)
Much better. You can tell that there's actually a backsplash now!
Of course, along with this I cleaned out all of the drawers. Emptied, washed, re-organized. We got rid of small appliances we weren't using, and tried to store things in a more functional way. Like pots and pans in the drawer over the baking supplies because we use pots and pans everyday - baking supplies, not so much. It felt so good to clean everything out and freshen it up. SO MUCH BETTER!!!