Gift Ideas: Handmade by Amazon

November 13, 2017

Amazon has recently launched Handmade marketplace where artisans can list the beautiful things they make. There is even a Canadian specific Handmade Marketplace.  Here are some beautiful things that have caught my eye and are on my wish list. Why not get your Christmas shopping done early??

I love architectural prints, why not have one of some of the nation's famous buildings like this one from Quebec City, Hotel Du Parlement? The artist has other prints of various Canadian neighbourhoods.

And this gorgeous handmade carmel backpack made by Tiny BackPacks is to die for!

I love turquoise jewelry and this one caught my eye. Yes, please!

This cute butter knife would make a great hostess gift!

My hubby would LOVE this t-shirt as it pay homage to his heritage. The artisan who is from Vancouver, screen prints a variety of t-shirts paying tribute to various provinces.

Happy Shopping, only 6 weeks left!
Stay tuned for more gift guides as we get closer to Christmas!

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Painting Ikea Furniture

November 8, 2017

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I have painted several Ikea pieces over the years. Waaaaay back before I started blogging and the world of design exploded at my fingertips, we went to Ikea and bought matching sets of everything. Fast forward several years and my eyes were opened to what a well curated home looks like, it wasn't all matching espresso stained Ikea furniture. Slowly I have been breathing new life into the pieces giving them a unique look or bringing them to 2017.  Currently I am painting a piece that is in my family room, if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen a peek on Instastories!

My go-to paints vary from project to project. The key is a good primer. I like this one.

As for paint, I have used Benjamin Moore Aura paint,
and  Behr Paint and Primer in One.

If the surface will get a lot of wear and tear then I use a varathane top coat.

But if I don't feel like priming and want a more shabby look then I choose FAT Paint (created my by friend Victoria and her brother).

For painting tools, a foam roller and a good quality paint brush is a must-have. For chalk paint though I would use a velour roller and not foam, as the foam tends to really suck up the paint.

Here are a few Ikea pieces I have painted over the years.

I used Behr Paint and Primer using a mis-tint on these bookcases.

This bookcase was painted with FAT Paint in Warm White.

This sideboard was painted with Benjamin Moore's Aura paint in Satin in Caliente!
See this blog post for more about this buffet.

Stay tuned for another piece that is currently undergoing a transformation!

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Colour of the Year in My House

November 2, 2017

 What a thrill it was to see Benjamin Moore's announcement of their pick for Colour Trends for 2018 as Caliente!  I used that colour about 5 years ago to make over a boring Ikea sideboard for my dining room. It's one of my favourite red paints. Not too cool but with a bit of warmth. I have toyed with idea of re-painting the sideboard navy, but I still love the red! Here is a few shots of Caliente in #reallife.


This is what the sideboard used to look like! I repainted it when I was a participant in the early days of the One Room Challenge. You can see my posts here. Brace yourself for sad photography!

Nothing like the magic of paint. 

Door Mats To Love

October 23, 2017

We have lived in our house for 3 years and I finally got a door mat! Our front entrance is quite a large space, I want to give it a bit of a spruce up. Of course I turn to Instagram and blogs for inspiration.

Not sure about you, but I have been following Jillian Harris' house building adventure and simply LOVE how she has decorated her front door. 

But I also LOVE the look that Brooke created at Nesting with Grace. Her front porch is my inspiration! 

Not wanting to jump onto the bandwagon and get the same door mat as Jillian and Brooke, I bought this one a few weeks ago.

 It doesn't run the span of the double doors I have, but only one door is useable so I bought a regular sized door mat and want to layer another rug underneath as I LOVE that look!

Here are some of my favourite doormats and rugs I found:

Here are some larger rugs to layer underneath. 

Now which larger rug shall I get to layer underneath?

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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?

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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 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 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!

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