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Hallowe'en Decor for the Lazy (Like Me!)

October 17, 2017



I am not much of a decorator for Hallowe'en but when the kids were little I did throw touches of spookiness here and there but they had to be quick and easy. Here are some fabulous ideas for your home that you can use without going over the top.
No. 1: A beautiful brass and walnut pumpkin carving set to keep for years to come.

No. 2: Bat vinyl stickers. Hang them up along a wall, on your front door or where ever you want to add a bit of spookiness!

No. 3: Nothing says Halloween than a spooky skeleton greeting the trick and treaters at the door!

No. 4: A simple bunting to string up at your door or on your fireplace.

No. 5: A string of jack'o'lantern lights to string up on the front porch.

How is that for easy?

***I'm a member of the Amazon.ca Affliate program. Affiliate links have been used***

Getting Cozy In The Bedroom

September 26, 2017



When fall comes around I love getting into a cozy bed!  I am dying to cozy up the bedroom for fall and give it the makeover it deserves. Stay tuned next month!

Here are some inspiration pics from one of my FAVOURITE design firms and blogs, Studio McGee.



Here are my picks from Amazon.ca to help you cozy up the bedroom for fall...of course I take no responsibility for where coziness in the bedroom leads to...


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Amazon + Me

September 18, 2017


Amazon and I have had a love relationship for quite some time. Most of you know my day job is teaching kindergarten and a huge part of that job is to read stories! I LOVE books and Amazon is my go-to for books for my classroom and also for just me. Lately, I have been turning to Amazon first before any other online retailer. We have bought a rowing machine, espresso machine filters, Christmas gifts, bike parts, and the list goes on. My husband has Amazon Prime, so things are on our doorstep within 48 hours of hitting purchase! As a Canadian, I LOVE Amazon Canada because their prices are in Canadian funds, shipping can be free AND no duty. Woot! Woot!

I am partnering with Amazon.ca for the rest of 2017 and have signed up with the Amazon Associates Program, I can't wait to share with you all my awesome finds on Amazon in the next few months.



My latest purchase was Delonghi Water Filter-Good for EC860 and All ECAM Fully Automatic Coffee Machines, and in our house that is a lifesaver because my day begins with a strong cup of joe!


And since I am a sucker for children's book (life of a kindergarten teacher), I have purchased these lovelies...



This one is hilarious!


And on my wish list is this lovely fluffy kind duvet for our new bed! 


Stay tuned for my favourite finds and purchases!




Chalk Painted Dresser

September 12, 2017


Painting furniture is therapy for me. I love seeing a piece and having a vision of what the finished piece will look after I paint it. When I spotted this dresser on an Facebook sale group, I knew I had to have it. What's another dresser in the house full of furniture? Rustoleum sent me Chalked Ultra Matte paint to try and this piece was the perfect piece! If you remember (that is if ANYONE still reads my sad and neglected blog) would recall that I used  Rustoleum's Chalk Ultra Matte spray paint on the vintage dining chairs I made over for the One Room Challenge. Of course I didn't get that room 100% complete as the dining room table gave me great heartache. That's another story.


Having used chalk paint before with a different brand, I wanted to use Rustoleum's Chalked Ultra Matte paint to compare. I used Rustoleum's Chalked Ultra Matte paint in charcoal, which is a deep gray colour. It went on beautifully and really only needed one coat. The coverage is fantastic!



One coat!


 I chose not to sand and then used Rustoleum's Chalked protective top coat to seal the paint. The only issue I had was with the top coat paint, it wiped off some of the chalk paint which ended up tinting the clear coat in the can. So I can't use the top coat for light paint projects in the future. What I loved was how quickly it dried, which was perfect for impatient me. Using Rustoleum metallic spray paint in gold, I also spruced up the handles. 

What I DON'T have is a before photo - bad blogger.



Really love how this dresser turned out. 



 Sexy legs.




This pretty baby is for sale. Lucky buyer is getting a solid well constructed piece and with a sexy brand new look. Any local takers?

**Rustoleum gave me the product to try since I love paint. All opinions are my own **

ORC: Week 5!

May 4, 2017

Welcome back! If you are popping by for the first time, I am participating as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda from Calling It Home. It is where 20 guest designers make over a room in 6 weeks! As a guest participant you jump into the madness yourself and cry and wish you didn't sign up in the first place, which is where I am currently.

Again, I am so behind. Ugh. My dining room is a massive disaster. It always gets worse before it gets better, right? The dining room walls are ready for paint but I have been so crazy busy with my day job and then family at night. I have nothing to show, except one chair was upholstered and then I realized I laid the direction of the pattern the wrong way. Why, oh, why??? Trying to get things done in 5 weeks is just not my forte.


I have been collecting a few pretty things from Homesense and shopping the house for the room. This planter came home with me.



Not sure if it will house a real orchid or a fake one. I have collected some artwork for the gallery wall, and found some fabric to slipcover 2 of the parson chairs until I find the right chair for the head of the table. I am doing this whole makeover without sponsorship, so its BUDGET friendly. So far all I have spent is $90 on the chairs, $60 for paint and $10 for the planter. Pretty impressive I might add.

So hopefully I can get this done before next week.

To Do:
  • Paint chairs
  • Upholster seats
  • Slip cover 2 parson's chairs
  • Paint or stain dining table
  • Paint walls
  • Accessories for sideboard
  • Art?
  • Repaint sideboard (decided to keep it red)

Be sure to follow the One Room Challenge, so much goodness to be found. You can also follow my progress on #oneroomchallenge on Instagram or Facebook


ORC - Week 4!

April 27, 2017

Welcome back! If you are popping by for the first time, I am participating as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda from Calling It Home. It is where 20 guest designers make over a room in 6 weeks! As a guest participant you jump into the madness yourself and cry and wish you didn't sign up in the first place.


Where were we last week? Oh, my chairs fiasco. Well, they aren't so bad. I learned that the clear coat needs to be lightly sprayed on. So I sanded the bubbled parts, and touched up. As of today, the chairs are painted and ready to be upholstered. My room hasn't progressed much as I was away for the weekend celebrating my baby girl's upcoming wedding at a bridal shower hosted by my two amazing sister-in-laws! This week will be madness as I try to finish the space.



This paint colour is going onto the walls, Savana Oaks from Cloverdale Paint.


It is painted on other walls in the house and I quite like it. It manages to tie in some of the finishes that I am not redoing, like the baseboards. The landlords had the house professionally painted and used a designer to choose colours. The designer did a fabulous job with the exception of the dining room. It was just to dark. So hopefully this colour will lighten things up. Then I hope to paint the dining table with Cloud White. I am still so nervous about it....

Hoping to find some more blue and white chinoiserie ceramics. And some lamps?

Thinking this bowl from Bombay and Company.

I am truly winging this space, finding things as I go along. It's all about budget (it's the baby girl's wedding this summer!)

To Do:
  • Paint chairs
  • Upholster seats
  • Slip cover 2 parson's chairs
  • Paint or stain dining table
  • Paint walls
  • Accessories for sideboard
  • Art?
  • Repaint sideboard (decided to keep it red)

Be sure to follow the One Room Challenge, so much goodness to be found. You can also follow my progress on #oneroomchallenge on Instagram or Facebook

ORC - Week Three

April 20, 2017


In case you are popping by for the first time, welcome to the One Room Challenge! I am joining in the madness as a guest participant, but if you want to watch some amazingly talented designers tackle their spaces, check out the 20 who are part of the fun. If you want to follow along with crazy me, who decided last minute to join in at week 2, then be my guest!

Hosting Easter dinner threw a wrench into my dining room plans. I couldn't paint the walls, the sideboard or deal with the table. Hoping I can make some headway this week. I did manage to prime and paint the vintage cane back chairs, but had a major setback. More on that below....

With these two fabrics from Tonic Living as contenders for the seat, black is what I was going to go with.  Having spray painted many a project I knew I wanted some with very little shine. Flat spray paint was too dull. Satin was ok, but I wasn't convinced. Being a lazy painter, I did not want to get out the ol' paint brush. I popped into Home Depot to get another can of grey spray primer (love this stuff), I discovered spray chalk paint! I am not wanting a shabby chic look at all in the dining room. Traditional eclectic is my goal. This chalk spray paint was intriguing. After one chair was complete, I squealed with delight. It had a velvety charcoal look. Just what I was looking for!



But I have had a major set back. I tried applying a beeswax coating and the paint just wiped off. Then I tried the Rustoleum Clear Coat that is supposed to seal the chalk paint and it ruined the paint surface by bubbling. After spending all this time and money getting a perfect paint coating, I have to start over. So not impressed with this product. After going online to read the reviews, I have read that MANY people have had the same issue. Argh! I should have gone with what is tried and true.  So who knows if I will be finished in the next 3 weeks since I am going away this weekend and there is no way my hubby would paint or would I let him paint...

I am very, very upset.



To Do:
  • Paint chairs actually no, I have to repaint
  • Upholster seats
  • Slip cover 2 parson's chairs
  • Paint or stain dining table
  • Paint walls
  • Accessories for sideboard
  • Art?
  • Repaint sideboard (decided to keep it red)

Be sure to follow the One Room Challenge, so much goodness to be found. You can also follow my progress on #oneroomchallenge on Instagram or Facebook

Hopefully others aren't having any glitches!














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