Archive for January, 2012

Layered for Less

Written by on 26th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

The Layered look is my favourite. A mix of styles and a layering of texture and memories are what makes rooms personal and in my opinion successful.  I often I see people wheeling around home stores with a cart FULL of items that appear to be for the same room.  This approach is rarely successful at achieving the desired look and often ends up being a little flat.  My layered look  requires a little more time,  a little leg work and the best part …. often a lot less cash than you think.

I usually take some time each week to hit a few thrift stores just to see what’s going on.  On Sundays I run in the morning with a friend and our change jingles all the way to the Royal Canadian Legion in our hood where we always stop at the flea market and nose around.  It’s no secret that in the summer I am addicted to the Swap n Shop in my town and I am proud to say I’ve found some pretty awesome stuff there, so the point is that I’m game for looking around for treasures and it really pays off!

I thought I would share some examples of how I have shopped for a room in a layered esthetic while keeping costs to a minimum.  I am currently assembling the decor and details for my master bedroom and at this point my spare room is filling up with things I have found over the last month or so.  I like to lay things out and see how they get along… and FYI I do this with my clients belongings all the time too.

Here are some of my short list items for the room and an illustration of the savings / economical way I roll…

1. Neil Young Heart Of Gold Lyrics Art Piece. Click here to see how I made it. Free

2. Large Blue Landscape painting – was in my office…now going in bedroom. Free

3. Pottery Barn Dhurrie Rug, I used a gift card I received from clients. Thanks You Guys!! Free

4. Two new suzani inspired pillows from Winners $24 each and several old pillows in Tan and Grey will be re-purposed.

5. Two new lamps $39 each also from Winners. Totally my style…had to have them.

6. Oil Painting of Arbutus Tree $8 at Flea Market. Click here for why Arbutus Trees are so special on the west coast.

7. King Size Duvet Cover in Ikat design. West Elm Boxing week sale online…just arrived!! $99

8. Distressed Photo Frames.  I have a $10 max rule for frames. This one was $7.99, another one I bought was $5.

9. Blue Vase. $2 at my local thrift store. I needed a little more blue…

So far my total spending is around $250.00 and I expect to complete the whole project for $300 including paint. wish me luck!

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Week 2 – Bedside Manner

Written by on 25th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 7 Comments

Thanks for checking out my progress in the One Room Challenge!  I’ve been working and have a steady supply of coffee, coke zero and tea on hand depending on whether I’m feeling overwhelmed, totally spent or unusually confident that it will all get done.

1st project this week is the bedside tables….they were a deal at Homesense and while the colour and hardware is not my taste, I saw the storage and DIY potential right away.

I was inspired to paint them black and distress with antique gold by this dresser from Pottery Barn.

Before

Inspiration from Pottery Barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bought new hardware from Lee Valley Tools for the bedside tables…and bought extra to replace the knobs on our old dressers (which I cannot afford to replace – so they just get a little lipstick this time around)

Old Dresser

New Knobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I filled and sanded the holes well and then primed with Gray primer and followed up with Black semi gloss spray Paint. It’s not easy to find a dry sunny day around these parts in January but I lucked out on Monday!! I think the rest will have to be completed in my garage…

filled and sanded

Gray Primer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oops those holes need more sanding

1st coat of black semi-gloss

 

I am sanding the filled holes again with super fine paper to make sure they disappear, because when you use any sort of glossy paint the imperfections show up even more.  Once done with the painting I will be sanding once again, by hand, in order to rub off the edges and distress them in all the right places.  I will rub some gold metallic paint into the areas I have distressed and wipe away any excess….more on this next week.

Professional Tip:  Don’t mask off squares and paint on the wall… it leaves ridges around the edge and is more difficult to sand off and prep for your painter. INSTEAD, do a freehand test, Like I have below, and be sure to feather out the edges so you don’t have to sand out any nasty ridges.

This week I am also choosing the paint colours for the room.  I did some samples on the wall, but I only kinda like 1 and 2. Hmmm I may have to go back to the deck.  Testing like this is key so you can see them in daylight and lamp light.  Professional tip …Don’t mask off squares and paint on the wall, it leaves ridges around the edge and is more difficult to sand off and prep for your painter. INSTEAD, do a freehand test, Like I have below and be sure to feather out the edges so you don’t have to sand out any nasty ridges.

Next week. Painting vs wallpaper – and Hardware installation.

Check out all the other challengers below:

Nicole   Master Bedroom

Tiffany  Master Bedroom

Sharon  Master Bedroom

Janet      Master Bedroom

Linda    Dining Room

Jadyn    Dining Room

Lisa       Dining Room

Jen      Office

Kelly   Office

Danylle  Girl's Room

Emily      Boys Room

Suzanne Girl's Room

Kim          Living Room

Taylor     Living Room

Jennifer  Laundry Room

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Puppy Love

Written by on 21st January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

If you know me, you know that K-man is the center of my universe. We don’t have kids so he’s everything…and I mean everything to my husband and I!  It doesn’t hurt that he’s a handsome devil too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So now that you’ve seen what a cutie I have to contend with maybe you’ll understand my ongoing obsession with making his life as good as it gets. Food, medicine, walks, whispering…whatever he needs he’s gonna get it, and what I need is to provide all the bells and whistles in a stylish and affordable way.  I am fully on board with the natural wood trend, and LOVE to use rough turned bowls as decor items in the rooms I decorate… so it is natural that I was drawn to these cool natural wood raised food dishes.  If you know someone handy with a Lathe then butter them up and see if you’re pooch can be dining in cool eclectic style on some reclaimed wood!! Or find some dishes online like these ones below.

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I had to include this one pic too, how cute would this be  in a country style interior. Fun DIY project too!

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Oh, and P.S. When the husband saw this pic he said they looked like toilet chairs and you can probably guess his thoughts on me making a set for my sisters dog in her country style home’s  mudroom. Geesh. But I guess they do kinda look like potties now that I see them in that light. :(

Never mind………..

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Week 1 – Inspiration & Intention

Written by on 18th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 8 Comments

Inspiration…it comes in many forms. For this master bedroom I’m inspired by masculine greys and khakis. I saw this pic of one of Eric Cohler’s bedrooms awhile back and it stuck with me. I love the moody grey combined with modern and traditional art pieces.

Eric Cohler

 

I also love this gray grass cloth wallpaper and the mix of modern and traditional pieces again… from the blog a perfect gray but source unknown.

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Intention….is not always realized, but my intention for this master bedroom is to create a layered, eclectic and sophisticated retreat.  I will be using some vintage, some new pieces, some DIY projects and lots of love. From the Bed Skirt to the Light Fixture….I’m changing it all!!

My design board looks like this so far…

Next Wednesday I’ll post some before shots and an update on my Projects.

Check out the other Challengers by clicking their button below.

Nicole   Master Bedroom

Tiffany  Master Bedroom

Sharon  Master Bedroom

Janet      Master Bedroom

Linda    Dining Room

Jadyn    Dining Room

Lisa       Dining Room

Jen      Office

Kelly   Office

Danylle  Girl's Room

Emily      Boys Room

Suzanne Girl's Room

Kim          Living Room

Taylor     Living Room

Jennifer  Laundry Room

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One Room Challenge

Written by on 17th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

So guess what I’m doing the next few weeks? A one room challenge with 14 other talented Design bloggers from around North America! So fun…can’t wait….so much to do!…so little time!  I hope you can check in every Wednesday for the next 6 weeks to see my progress and check in on the other bloggers rooms too! The Challenge starts tomorrow!

There is a button on my sidebar..click on it for links to all the lovely ladies and their projects!

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Beam Me Up

Written by on 15th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

My most recent project has been a home where the hardwood floors were replaced and we painted the entire house. (pics of that to come soon).  The fireplace was in need of an update and the client chose a charcoal coloured slate to replace the old multi-coloured slate tile.

My client also had a beam in her garage…yes a big (giant even) piece of wood…you know just hanging out in her garage. Cool client huh? So of course we had to make it into the mantle… despite the rather obvious bow in it.

I sanded that bad boy with a rented belt sander from Home Depot and had a BLAST! It revealed a really beautiful piece of wood underneath and I had help installing it from my buddy Shawn.

The drywall was patched by a pro and the painting of the house went on all around me as I painted the niches in Benjamin Moore Silver Fox and the shelves and feature wall in Benjamin Moore Black Tar in Pearl finish.

I stained the beam in one coat so as to keep it on the lighter side. it turned out amazing. I used Minwax Jacobean coloured stain ans sealed it with a polyurethane.

This project captured allot of  my design philosophy…that is, re-using and reclaiming materials and vintage pieces. Using the clients objects in a new way rather than buying everything new, and most of all ensuring that the client gets exactly what they want…even if they didn’t know what that was when we started.

 

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Take ‘er Easy

Written by on 12th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Ive been getting messages from friends and the universe that I need to take it easy.  In all things…that is take it easy on myself and stop being so hard on me…take it easy with the hot yoga and just generally slow down. And so in my Eddie Bauer addicted mind that means a leather jacket.  Lets call it part late New Years early birthday present and part necessity cause after all I do live in Canada and a girl needs a coat. Take Care of you Peeps!

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Handy Work

Written by on 10th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

These hands are anything but idle. Check out these hard working objects that look good doing it. (pics are the links as usual)

Handy Bowl – The Cross

Handy Book Ends – Urban Barn

Handy Hooks – Chintz & Co

Handy Business Card Holder or iPhone Charger – Unknown

 

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Rugs on Time

Written by on 8th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

On time is a big thing for me…I like to be on time (even early) and I certainly appreciate it from others. So when I recently had clients order their large Persian rug from Rugs On Time I crossed my fingers and toes. It worked! These folks have great (Canadian) Pricing, free shipping and free no hassle returns if you don’t like what you see.  You can’t do much better than that, and for peeps who live in remote locations without great rug shops the shipping and excellent online photos on a website like this are a terrific option.

A couple that caught my eye recently were this handsome Mashad….

His chic city cousin the contemporary hand knotted…

And this little fella would be great in a kids playroom or bedroom

So check them out… they might have something for you.  I can say my clients had a great experience and as a result I’ll use them again.

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Dropbox App

Written by on 5th January 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

My most used App for design projects last year…and definitely this year is Dropbox!!  As I move around from job sites and projects I am always eager to document each step of the way in photos.  I simply use my iPhone to take pictures when I’m on the go and drop my pics into Dropbox when I get home to my computer. Super Easy Super Smart!

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