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Home Tour: A Teen Girl's Room

July 21, 2014


Since we are moving out in less than 2 weeks, I figured I should show you our current home. I have shown rooms here and there, but not all at once! I am still not satisfied with where everything is decor-wise, but with financial setbacks, kids in university, etc. my decorating had taken a temporary hiatus. With the new house we are moving into, I hope to take decorating into high gear! I hope to repaint and refresh things!

Today's tour is J's room - it was never fully finished. We were still on the hunt for a furniture item to house her pet reptile- yikes!


Here is the before when we moved it. Dark army green. 

What I love is the power of paint to transform a space. Since we were renting this home, wallpapering wasn't an option, so we painted her room White Dove by Benjamin Moore and then the stripes were painted with Black Bean Soup by Benjamin Moore. Using Craigslist finds, Ikea, thrift store chair and a DIY headboard, her room came together beautifully!

This room was even featured at Style at Home online and House of Fifty Ezine!















We will be sad to say good bye to the striped wall! But am excited to reuse her things to come up with something new.

XO Barbara

We Are Moving!

July 7, 2014



Yes, you heard that right.

We are moving.

 No where exotic. Just 2 streets over. We didn't buy a house, even though our current landlords offered us the house again at a lot lower price than last year. But we decided we did not want to renovate this house as we are not in LOVE with this house. We have been watching the real estate listing, but realized that we aren't sure we want to sink over half a million into a house in the suburbs when in 2 years nothing is holding us to the high school catchment area anymore. So we have decided to rent until our youngest graduates high school.  It buys us time and hopefully time to save up more. As homes are so darn expensive here.





The new rental we are moving into is a bigger home, bigger yard and is being partially renovated! Hardwood floors, a white kitchen and open and airy! Can't wait to decorate. They are painting the interior and exterior of the house. I may have to repaint as I am not sure it is a colour I want. It's neutral but just not me. Can't wait to show you photos!!!!

And for some strange reason they are leaving the wallpaper in the powder room, think music sheets and violins all over the walls! First thing to go...

I will miss the gardens at my current home. It took me 6 years to get them where they are, and I love them. The new place has way more garden space and the current landlords pulled everything out. Now there is a blank slate. They asked me what I wanted, even told me if I want to go buy what I want and plant it, they will pay me back! I like that. 



My son is happy we finally have room for a trampoline...but he is almost 16. Do you still need a trampoline at 16? 

I get to spend July purging, organizing and packing! And now I hope I will have more to blog about!

XO Barbara

New Shop In Town

June 30, 2014



Recently I was introduced to a fabulous online decor shop called PlaidFox.

 "PlaidFox?" You say. 

Catchy, eh?

PlaidFox is an online decor shop with curated items, rotating items as they become available therefore always keeping their inventory fresh.

And the bonus when shopping on PlaidFox if you are Canadian? 

NO DUTY CHARGES!! 

Say what? Yes. They are Canadian. And not only are they Canadian, they are from MY neck of the woods. No shop set up in Toronto (even though I do love you Toronto, you seem to get all the fun).

Say you visit PlaidFox and get overwhelmed with all the fabulousness, why not take their style test to narrow down your choices?

I took the test (easy, peasy BTW) and got Coastal Style as my first design style and Industrial as my second. I say they nailed that on the head!!! 


Here is my Coastal/Industrial Style room that if I won the lottery I would use PlaidFox to decorate my living room.


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Nice, eh? 

Hop over to PlaidFox and get your shopping on. 

Sadness....

June 16, 2014



These past few weeks have been tough. On the work front, the teacher's union has been at battle with the government and we are on a full scale strike. Had to say a quick good-bye to my Kindergarteners last Thursday and clear out my classroom with lightening speed. But if the negotiations go well, we may be back. Our school year ends on the 26th.

Then in the midst of all of this our dog has had declining health. On Wednesday morning, he had a hard time getting up and was refusing to eat or drink. He had been struggling for the past few months but always enjoying his food and eating every crumb in the house....but he refused a biscuit, pizza and other treats we tried to entice him with. His pain medication was doing nothing and by Thursday afternoon could not stand up anymore. His eyes spoke to us, they had such sadness. We knew it was time. So on Thursday evening surrounded by our family we said good-bye to our beloved pet and loyal companion for 13 1/2 years. 


When we got him as a puppy we had NO clue what we were getting into. My in-laws tried their hand at breeding and gave us the first born of the litter. Henry was a spirited puppy and obedient dog. He stole every piece of food that wasn't put out of his reach. He kept us on our toes. Walks didn't tire him out, so I started running with him to tire him out. He whipped me into shape and trained with me for half marathons. He slept in my son's room and kept the nightmares and boogie men away. He guarded our house and made sure no cat EVER stepped foot on our property. He adored his "kids," and loved going for walks with my children. And no peanut butter filled tortilla wrap was ever safe in your hands.

We are glad he is in no pain anymore...he will be forever missed.



RIP  O'Henry

Mark Your Calendar: Etsy Craft Party

June 5, 2014



Craft parties always get me excited. As a child I was always creating something, whether it be new Barbie clothes or making a dollhouse with found objects, I thrived on the creativitiy that flowed through my veins. Even now as an adult, I lay awake at night with the gears turning in my brain dreaming of things I can do or create, when I have time or energy. Currently I work as a kindergarten teacher, which sometimes sucks the creative juice right out of me. My job requires me to be creative and I enjoy creating with my class. But there are times I crave ADULT activities and an Etsy Craft Party, could be just the ticket.

Every year, people from around the world come together on the same day in locally organised Etsy Craft Parties to create art and inspire each other. Now is your chance to plan your own Craft Party! This year's event is happening Friday, June 6, and the suggested theme is Recapture: Bring New Meaning to Old Photographs. Transform olde photographs into new handmade heirlooms using needle and thread, paint or a pen. Sign up to host Craft Party 2014 in your location today and then check out Etsy's Craft Party Site for downloadable goodies and inspiration. You don't have to host or join to get involved, create and craft along at home and share your #craftparty photos with @etsy. You can check out other parties around the world at https://instagram.com/etsy. Feel like getting your craft on?


Check out some of my favorite Etsy DIY and craft supplies, guaranteed to put you in a creative mood.




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Happy Crafting!

XO Barbara

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Take a Hike Abdul and Imran

May 31, 2014



Lately my one most pinned post has been inundated with spam comments, I mean about 10 per day! If you are Abdul, Imran, Abbas or whatever, I am glad you are enamoured with my post and how it's your favourite and the posh families around the world can appreciate curtains and blinds, but stop leaving comments. I don't really care about blinds, panel beaters and "thanking you pick a box". Their comments never make any sense, I used to find them humorous and now they are a thorn in my side.


So, since my lovely friends love to keep commenting about silly useless things, I now have to add the my most detested word verification in order to leave a comment, I am sorry. I have managed to avoid it for the past 4 years but this spam is annoying!


I hope this doesn't deter you from leaving a comment, please do, it makes my day!


XO Barbara

My Nieces' Room Makeover

May 30, 2014


Heeelllloooo!

 I am still here. Looking forward to summer holidays so I can paint furniture and sew up a storm! Hoping to find a new place to live and then work some magic!

But in the meantime, I get to help my sister re-do her place, at a snail's pace of course.

Several months ago I was contact by CIL Paints, a fabulous Canadian paint company, wondering if I had any projects I was itching to do. Since we are renting (I am allowed to paint the walls) but possibly moving this summer, I didn't want to do my landlords any favours. But my sister is slowly working on redoing her home that had paint colours stuck in the late 90's. 


There are no before photos of the bedroom anymore....my sister's memory card was corrupted, so the photos are gone...sniff. 

 But use your imagination...
Think maroon and mustard yellow.

 I knew she wanted to paint all the bedrooms, so I figured why not paint her place? Over spring break we painted 3 bedrooms. CIL Paint generously provided paint for 2 of the bedrooms. My sister and her husband are working tirelessly on the outside and inside of their home, while working their perspective jobs and raising a family, so decorating has taken time. One room is almost finished, my neices' room. Originally each girl had their own room, but while we were deciding on paint colours, my sister decided to take back her master bedroom. The girls were put into one room and the bunk bed assembled. We still have a few projects to complete when school is out (we are both teachers), we hope to paint a gorgeous vintage dresser that my parents lovingly stripped, sanded and prepped. The desk in their room, is one my dad made for my sister when she was young and with the years of abuse, it is showing it's age. It will get a coat of paint as well. Drapes have yet to be hung, but at the rate we are going, the girls might be moving out before we are done!

Why not keep it real and show you what an improvement just a coat of paint on the wall will do! The room feels fresh and airy, just the feeling my sister wanted. 

She chose: Horizons by CIL  mixed in a low-VOC eggshell finish. The paint went on like butter, with amazing coverage and very, very little smell. I have painted many, many, many rooms in my lifetime, and I have to say I have never tried CIL Paints but will most definitely use them again. Their price point is fantastic and coverage is excellent.


But you want after pictures. Here they are. It is a north facing room with very little direct sunlight, so pardon my sad camera skills. It is also a tiny room, so it was hard to take photos. But my nieces had fun posing for me! Ok, the eldest did, the younger one would NOT sit still!




 Artwork by yours truly.






What school-aged child DOESN'T have rainbow loom?


Artwork by Penny Paper Co.





Isn't it great what a lick of paint can do? We are looking forward to painting some furniture and adding some throw pillows, which I will teach my eldest niece to sew over the summer break!

I'll be sure to share photos more photos and of the master bedroom when they get around to moving in the furniture!

XO Barbara


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