Home Tour: Master Bedroom

August 18, 2014

I apologize for being MIA lately. We moved into our new rental home two weeks ago and are slowly getting settled in. Moving sucks all your energy! Then we had a planned camping trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island, which is a trip I recommend EVERYONE do in their lifetime. Such an amazingly beautiful coastline -  moody and dripping with gorgeousness. Our kids surfed for 3 days straight. 

Now we are home for a bit and then off to take our second to university! YIKES! Glad I started having kids in my early 20's as I am transitioning to the empty nesting thing slowly but am still in my early 40's. In my mind I still feel like I am 30, but my teenagers like to remind me I am not.

 Here are some more photos of the home we moved out of, this time our master bedroom.

Our old landlords have put the house on the market, for sale by owner, and used photos that they took before I moved in. Maybe next week I can show you what a HUGE difference the right paint and accessories can make. The pictures they took make it hard to believe it was the same house!

Let's just ignore the Rubbermaid bin full of gift wrap under the bed, shall we? Keeping it real here.

In our new place, the walls are freshly painted and after moving I am just waaaay to tired to even contemplate re-painting. I will live with the paint colours for a while. They are neutral greige, so doable in my books. I have ordered some fabric samples from Tonic Living to make some roman blinds to replace the god awful mini blinds in the bedroom. Actually the whole house has them, slowly but surely they will be eliminated.

Stay tuned for a few more photos from the old house and then I will share photos from our new house!

XO Barbara

Home Tour: A Teen Boy's Room

July 25, 2014

Today I am sharing my son's room, which only looked like this for a day. He hates throw pillows - tells me it looks too designerish. So they only lasted for the photos! And being tidy is not his forte.

 I am excited about redoing his space in the new house. The silver leaf dresser will be going with my oldest daughter to her new place in the fall, which means I need to either get another one, or buy something completely different.  I might re-paint some of the furniture, like his dresser.  His dresser is a teak dresser (I am sure a few of you are gasping that I painted over teak), it was damaged and not the greatest quality. It was one of my first blog posts, but I won't show you that as I am appalled at how bad the photos were. You will have to go digging for that!

XO Barbara

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? 


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. 


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 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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