$100 Home Depot Card Winner!

April 15, 2014

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

I have drawn our lucky winner for a $100 Home Depot gift card to spend in any Home Depot in CANADA.

I apologize for not getting to this earlier but we have a family medical emergency late last week and my weekend was full of kids' events and nursing the hubs.


Kathryn - I hope you can put that $100 to good use!

XO Barbara

Eco Friendly: Lighting & $100 Home Depot GC Giveaway!

April 8, 2014

*** Giveaway Closed***

With Earth Day approaching, I thought it would be helpful to shed some light on how we can be more eco-friendly in the home. I have to admit that at our house we try to be eco-friendly but some areas of the house could use an eco-boost!

Not only is being eco-friendly good for the environment but also good for the pocket book.

I have teamed up with BC Hydro Power Smart  and Energy Star lighting to share with you some fabulous ways you CUT your energy costs simply by switching out your standard run-of-the-mill lightbulb with Energy Star bulbs. Now if you live in BC, Energy Star lightbulbs are on SALE for the month of April!!! Read this to find out where.

Did you know that 19% of the average household electric costs are due to lighting? You can cut that down simply by changing the the kind of lightbulb you use. Gone are the days of the horrid blue light of LED bulbs - you can now get LED bulbs that cast a warm glow. Not only can they cut your energy costs but they last longer than the average light bulb too - I know because I have been in my home for 5 years and some of the LED bulbs that we put in when we moved in have not been changed!

Less energy used + long life = pennies saved!

Just in case those packages baffle you, a little infographic to explain.

Here is the GOOD PART - 

Now you can stock up on Energy Star LED lightbulbs because BC Power Smart has given me a $100 Home Depot gift card to give away!

Open to Canadian residents only. 
Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at midnight PST.

To enter:

Leave a comment below telling me what you do in your home to be eco-friendly!

**You must have an email associated with your profile or leave your email in the comments. 

* I have not been compensated for this post. This is just something that I feel that we need to embrace in our home as well as yours!

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A Palm Springs Getaway

March 27, 2014

We are enjoying a two week spring break! Last week my hubs and I went on our own getaway while our younger two went on a track trip to Hawaii. We decided to head to Palm Springs. Our winter has not been nearly has horrible as the rest of the country but it rains here and we wanted to visit somewhere where the chance of rain was VERY slim. Enter Palm Springs. After a bit of research I stumbled across the most fabulous inn, The Orbit In, that was situated in the heart of Palm Springs in the Historic Tennis District. The owners have maintained the original fixtures that date back to the late 50's. It was SUCH a treat to stay there. Not only was the inn full of vintage MCM goodness but the experience of staying there was amazing. Kevin and Jinny, the owners and hosts for that week cater to all your needs. It is run like a bed and breakfast, with free breakfast in the morning and then cocktail hour in the early evening, where Jinny whips up their signature drink, The Orbitini. With only 9 rooms, all facing into the courtyard and pool, you can't but help socialize with all the guests. Sitting poolside you have sweeping views of the San Jacinto Mountains and palm trees.

The original pink bathrom. I loved taking a shower - it was a huge space.

The fridge and stove all worked!

A vintage Bertoia chair in our room! So comfy to sit in.

A vintage Bertoia chair in the front office.

 An authentic Eames chair in the front office bathroom. Check out the vintage Thermador heater in the wall!

 Our goal was to have no plans, which we fulfilled, by doing things on a whim, except a visit to Joshua Tree National Park. Another out of this world experience. It was like visiting another planet, very surreal.

We also spent an afternoon in the Uptown Design District popping into shops. Our favourite was Just Modern where we fell in love with the concrete table. It was too heavy and too expensive to take home!
If you are a fan of mid-century furniture and architecture, then a visit to Palm Springs is a must. I admire MCM, but can't say I have anything of the sort in my home. I think it would be nice to incorporate a few pieces in our home. I am going to keep my eye open for some!

My husband is an avid cyclist to say the least, and he brought along his road bike. When he went biking, I either tanned by the pool or drove around checking out the historic mid-century homes that are  everywhere. I bought an iPhone app called : FanGuide Palm Springs Modern Architecture tour, which is a self guided tour. Even our hotel was in the tour!

Our hotel.

This is the home where Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned.

Not on the tour, but I LOVED this house. 

This one wasn't on the tour either, but again, loved the house and the door.

Frank Sinatra's house.

Another one, not on the tour, again, fabulous door!

There you have it our trip in a nutshell. I have the rest of this week still off, we had a two week spring break. I have been sewing some pillows for the family room and working on a project at my sister's house - which I will share soon!

XO Barbara

CIL Paint Giveaway

March 10, 2014


Winner is:

Tracey Ayton!!! Woot! Woot! I'll be sending you an email!

With spring just around the corner....(ok, for some of my fellow Canadians, it does not seem like spring is around the corner) and the urge to spring clean and spruce up your home after a long and dreary winter hits, what better way than to paint!

If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I am no strangers to paint. I have spruced up our rental home simply by painting the walls. It made such a difference! Check out my living room makeover, or my daughter's room wall treatment!)

CIL paints is offering one of my lucky Canadian readers 3 gallons of paint! The colour and finish is your choice!

I know that I would LOVE to give my rooms a refresh with some fresh paint. Wall paint is one of the best ways to change the look of a room.

 CIL Paint: Sunday Sonata

 CIL Paint : Exotic Bird

CIL Paint: Cranberry Zing

CIL Paints is also famous for the Smart 3 ceiling paint, a paint that rolls on light pink and dries white. I have used it in the past and it makes painting a ceiling a breeze! (My honest unbiased opinion)

If you want to win 3 gallons of paint, you MUST be a Canadian resident.

How to enter:

Visit CIL paints and leave a comment below telling me which colour or colours you would choose and what room you would paint!

The giveaway will be open until noon Friday, March 14, 2014 PST. I will announce the winner that evening!

Good luck!

One Room Challenge Now!

February 26, 2014

I have participated in two One Room Challenges - and they have given me the push to get two spaces in my house done! I didn't manage to get everything on my list finished within the 6 week period and even after a year - I am still not done! With me working full time, I don't really have the time or energy to do so, which means, the rooms don't look any different from when I finished them! So here are photos of my living room, which hasn't changed at all. Photos are recycled from the reveal post since nothing has changed. I am boring like that.

If you want to go back and re-visit my room makeover posts, you can begin here.

 Pop over to Linda's blog, Calling It Home, to see what my fellow ORC participants have done or not done with their spaces!

XO Barbara

Meet "The Hipster"

February 21, 2014

Meet "Henry The Hipster" my gnome that I decorated for the Better Gnomes and Gardens project for the BC Home and Garden Show. It is all in celebration of the Chelsea Garden Show lifting a ban on garden gnomes. My gnome will join 15 others that were creativley made over by 15 other fabulous Vancouverites to be auctioned off and all proceeds will go to Sole Foods Street Farms.

I was hoping to hit the media event last night but I was still recovering from the flu that hit my son and I, it just wasn't happening. I hope to pop by on the weekend. Would love to see Henry with all his gnomies!

Make if you are in the area, to pop in and not only see (and bid) on a gnome but to check out all the exhibitors! The BC Home and Garden Show is at BC Place from Feb 19-23.

XO Barbara

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