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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!














ORC- Skipping To Week Two!

April 13, 2017


This is it!

I have decided instead of sitting on the sidelines watching another One Room Challenge take place without me, I will jump in and join as a guest participant skipping onto week 2! I was a featured designer in the One Room Challenge way, way, way back when Linda, from Calling It Home, began the genius idea! It has been fascinating to watch it grow.  Of course I am a few days late joining in because I was paralyzed with fear about joining in. My blog design is so 2010, my Google ranking is low (so I am told weekly by SEO marketers) and I have been just plain uninspired. But I am thinking this might be what I need to jump start things again and to finish unfinished projects.

One room in our house that drives me crazy is our dining room. It is dark with very little natural light and the black table and chairs sucks whatever light there is. My goal is to try to work with what we have and update the space with paint, fabric, art and a few thrifty finds. We are renting (still - but hey, it's Vancouver) so no renovations are taking place. The pleather chairs NEED to go. The table and walls will get a coat of paint. After months of prowling on Craigslist, I came across a vintage dining set in a sad state for $90!  Part of the set has vintage cane back chairs with a more streamlined profile, just what I was looking for. The table will go to my daughter who is getting married this summer. My Ikea sideboard got a makeover for a past ORC project  (horrid photos!) in a luscious red paint but I am thinking maybe navy??? Thoughts?


Vintage chairs I found for a steal!




This was when we moved in. Gotta love the 90's light fixture. It reminds me of one that should be in an interrogation room.


Here is the current state of my dining room. Sigh... Blah blah blah.





Here are my inspiration pictures.




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


Wish me luck!

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


Quick Christmas Decor Ideas

December 5, 2016

It's that time of year to dig out the Christmas decor, or to add pieces to a collection you might have. Being a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas decor, I love sticking with basic red, mixed metallics such as gold and silver and black accents to tie it all together. 

My living and dining combined room always gets the royal treatment decor-wise over the holidays, but our family room and kitchen tend to get overlooked. I popped into the nearest Lowe's to check our their holidays collections. They have categorized their collections into Comfort and Joy, Deck the Halls, Cold Spell and Sweet Noel, each creating a different theme for your home. Of course, I like to mix and match, so the collections caught my eye.

Wanting to add a bit of visual interest to our kitchen table where we enjoy breakfast or lunch when the whole family is home for the holidays, I purchased the gorgeous pillar candleholders along with a nutcracker to add to my growing collection.

Using a mixed bough swag from Lowe's Garden Centre wrapped in a satin ribbon I had around the house, along with a glass nutcracker ornament from the Deck the Halls collection, I added a quick and easy Christmas update to our kitchen chalkboard.




The mini spruce trees were also a find from Lowe's Garden Centre. Popped into some urns I found at a thrift store and spray painted matte black paint, they add some height and greenery to the table.













Clipping rosemary from the garden, I twisted the branch to create a ring, which I tied with some twine from Lowe's hardware section. Voila! I've create min-wreaths to decorate the place settings. Adding my own mini nutcracker ornaments add some visual interest on each plate.


Our family room gets neglected every year, but not this year! The velvet and plaid reindeer pillow from the Deck the Halls collection, along with the reversible metallic silver with a soft fur back from the Cold Spell collection add Christmas cheer to the sofa.

Wanting to jazz up our coffee table, I added the hurricane lantern, glass nutcracker ornament and gold star ornament from the Deck the Halls collection, along with a Christmas cactus found at the Lowe's Garden centre that I simply popped in a plant pot.


  









Can't wait to get our tree this weekend and finish decorating the rest of the house!



*This post was sponsored by Lowe's Canada, but all opinions are my own

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