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One Room Challenge is Happening Again!

Written by on 22nd September 2013 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

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If you love following along with the One Room Challenge then you’re in luck cause Linda is gearing up to do it again! …And, if you’ve always wanted to be a participant in the One Room Challenge – well then this is really your lucky day! She’s opened it up to everybody! It all starts October 2nd so click the link and see what it’s all about on Linda’s Blog Calling It Home.

What is it? The One Room Challenge is 6 weeks of Designers, Bloggers and DIY loving ladies who tackle a room start to finish while sharing weekly updates and lots of pictures.  I have been lucky enough to join the group three times – and I’m so excited to see the new crew and the new rooms! Good Luck everybody!

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An Ode to My ORC Peeps

Written by on 3rd March 2013 in Blog POSTS with 4 Comments

If you blink, you’ll miss it. So I decided to do a little round up of what the ORC girls have been working on the past 4 weeks.

Linda wrangled us up to get a room done…

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And Sarah is doing a room for her son…

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Sherry cracks us up and is deciding on knobs…

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While Nancy’s in her laundry room bathing the dogs…

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Linda, our leader, is rocking her hall…

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And Jennifer re matted the prints on her wall…

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Mary Ann’s bedroom a blue and white dream…

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And Pam’s bathroom reno has stripes taupe and cream…

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Elizabeth’s chair is real cool and not floral…

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Ooh I hope Julia chooses the coral…

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Kathleen’s teen girl room is a sweet hang out space…

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And Naomi has finally moved into her place…

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I love Lindsay s bar ..I want to pull up a seat…

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And Kim’s tackling this guy, now known as the beast…

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Beth’s making a powder room all gray and pink…

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And Barbara’s scrap  pouff in genius I think…

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Sam has a new desk…industrial chic…

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Rene found these mirrors and hung them last week…

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Lauren’s bathroom is great – she  got her nails done :)

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And Kim’s doing a gallery wall that is sure to stun!

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So, as you can see we are a talented bunch! Two more weeks until time’s up. Are you following along?

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One Room Challenge – Coffee Table Transformed

Written by on 27th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 19 Comments

Thanks for coming back to check out my progress in the one room challenge! If this is your first visit (I’m so glad you stopped by)  click here to see the first three weeks of my girl glam apartment project.  This past week I tackled a coffee table that my client inherited from her parents which was actually made by her grandfather. It was a big heavy piece and I knew right away we needed to lighten it up if it was going to stay. Here’s how it looks today…

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And here’s how it looked when it arrived at my house for a makeover…

before tableI sorta kinda got a Moroccan vibe from the open work on the sides and I fer sure wanted to take the top off and replace it with glass, …. my client wasn’t exactly as sure as I was so I showed her an inspiration pic to help persuade her…it worked.

Stanley-Furniture-Avalon-Heights-Roxy-Round-Glass-Coffee-TableFirst thing I had to do was take it apart which was no easy task cause her grampa was very meticulous and built this table for a hurricane. I carefully removed the top and the bracing and decided that this table was going to live out the remainder of its days upside down.

taking it apartAfter that I sanded and used wood filler on the holes and knicks….sanding and re-filling several times…  It had a thick black enamel paint on it so I sanded the sides a little, but not allot, and then primed it with gray primer.

during photo 1Next I was ready for the gold, and I wanted it to have some movement…not a flat gold so I used two colours of spray paint and used some craft paints too in order to get some variation in the colours.  The product I like best is Rustoleum metallics in Antique Brass & Pure Gold and craft paints in Sahara Gold, Antique Gold and you guessed it…gold.:) I applied the spray paint like the Karate Kid and used my larger art brushes to apply the craft paint. it’s subtle…and certainly more effort…but it turned out really good.

during tableI was nervous to bring it over to her apartment because I knew it was a sentimental piece but thankfully she likes it and the glass guy arrived on time so it wasn’t naked for long. here’s how it looked…

finished with glassThis was a fun, inexpensive and easy transformation. The table was free, and the paints were $20. The glass was by far the most expensive part at $185 incl taxes & delivery. If I were to do it again I would scour used furniture stores for a glass table and re-use the top. Turns out round glass is kind of a pain and we had to get it cut in Vancouver and brought over to the island…hence the price tag. we learn :)

58 resized 2Next week I’ll reveal the dresser I’m painting for under the TV…My client did the base coat painting and I’m going to try to take it up a notch with a distressed / stained finish…we’ll see how it goes.

list 2 week 3-1Don’t forget to jump over to these ladies blogs and check out what they’ve accomplished this week! That’s where I’ll be:)…

Little Black Door
Matters of Style
My Crafty Home Life
Pacific Family Homes
Pawleys Island Posh
the Peak of Tres Chic
the Pink Pagoda
Powell Brower Home
Simple Details
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One Room Challenge – Tufted Bench

Written by on 20th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 18 Comments

Welcome back to week 3 of the One Room Challenge! 20 Bloggers, 20 Rooms and tonnes of creativity & fun!  This week I’m crossing the tufted bench off my list.  My client found it for $120 on Used Victoria and we selected a teal Chenille from Chintz & Co. to re-cover the damaged black velvet.  Overall it was a pretty easy project and I think it turned out great!

Bench After

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Did I mention the LUCITE LEGS!!! Sexy addition to this girl glam apartment wouldn’t you say? The black velvet was nice, but I am obsessed with colour for her apartment and green and blue are pretty much the only directions she wants to go…so I am full on Blue and Green baby.

Here’s what I did…

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I had custom buttons made at Capital Iron , re-used the strong thread from the old black buttons and bought a really long needle from the fabric store.

2nd steps - with mark upsI first placed all the buttons and then started pulling them tight from the back. I worked from the middle out the the edges & I wore my winter leather gloves cause it kills your bare hands. Oh, and Santa if you’re reading this…I really think it’s time I got a compressor and pneumatic staple gun…don’t you?  Yes, I did this with a manual stapler…I am accepting pity in the comments section :)

3rd steps with markupsI had to fidget with the corners, a bit but I made it work. phew – another project done! Next week I’m going to finish the coffee table! No tools…just fumes. I am all over that! I hope Linda doesn’t read that…She’s very concerned about some of us reckless DIYers…I promise to work outside. Promise! And that’s cool with me cause on the west coast we have spring and green grass and sun and all that Jazz. Great outside painting weather for sure! Oh man, I hope Linda doesn’t read that either. Love you East Coast Ladies!

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Check out what the other ladies have been up to this week…

Little Black Door
Matters of Style
My Crafty Home Life
Pacific Family Homes
Pawleys Island Posh
the Peak of Tres Chic
the Pink Pagoda
Powell Brower Home
Simple Details
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One Room Challenge – Downtown Apartment

Written by on 6th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 17 Comments

Woohoo! It’s happening again peeps…The One Room Challenge is back and this time is more exciting than ever because we are moving on out of my house and into a client space! Follow along for 6 weeks and you can see how I work and maybe take away some inspiration to complete a room in your place.  This time around there are so many amazing talented designers and design bloggers that I can’t wait to introduce you to the crew! More importantly I cannot wait to see what amazing things they do that will inspire me too! Here they are…(Links to all their beautiful blogs are listed below)

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Let’s get started!!! The room I’m tackling is a living / dining combo in a downtown Victoria apartment.  My client is a  brilliant and beautiful young thing and she wanted to refresh and glam up her place with big style and a small budget.  She actually found me because of the last One Room Challenge so it is fitting that I’m taking on her place this time around. First step was to visit her home and get a plan together, and full disclosure…this meeting happened awhile ago so that extensive planning could be done. She told me at the outset that she wanted to…

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After our initial meeting I drew up a plan, I call it an inspiration board, and I do this for all my client projects.  This board illustrates the colour direction incorporating blues and my commitment to re-using her pieces in new and creative ways.

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floor plan mash upSo now you have an idea of where I started…a great space, some existing furniture pieces to work with, a budget of $2000 and a plan that my client loves. I am working double time to finish a few elements of this project by the 6 week deadline so check back often for updates on my progress and the DIY elements of this One Room Challenge that I’m sure you will like!

The projects are going to shake out like this….I think….

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Now go check out all the other Challengers in alphabetical order below and see what they’re planning for the next 6 weeks of pure designing and decorating madness!

Little Black Door
Matters of Style
My Crafty Home Life
Pacific Family Homes
Pawleys Island Posh
the Peak of Tres Chic
the Pink Pagoda
Powell Brower Home
Simple Details
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Hodge:Podge – I’m So Canadian Today

Written by on 28th September 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

How sweet is this? The lovely Barbara (who I met during the One Room Challenge this summer) from the stylish Vancouver Blog Hodge:Podge invited me to join her esteemed list of Canadian bloggers and designers in a series she writes called ‘So Canadian, eh?’  I love reading this series about some of my favourite Canadians! Check it out Peeps!

 

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Shameless Self Promotion

Written by on 22nd August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

My new office is featured on Emily Clark’s Blog today. Tell me I’m not excited :) Click the banner to go see!

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One Room Challenge – Week 6 Final Reveal

Written by on 1st August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 32 Comments

If you’re reading this … then we made it!

Another successful One Room Challenge under the old suspenders.  I’m proud (am I proud? yeah I guess I am) to introduce you to my new design studio / office.  In the past six weeks (thanks to Linda from My Crafty Home Life and the 18 other participating bloggers) I got the nudge to transform a literal junk room in my basement  into a cool space to meet up and talk turkey… complete with the unintentional smattering of  accessories in this years “colour of the year” Tangerine Tango.

Three  words to describe my One Room Challenge? Re-purposed, Inexpensive and Awesome. Let me show you around…

First up a gigantic recycled glass vase and fallen branches from nearby mountain trail…

Handsome Homesense Cubby filled with my paint supplies and accessories…

 

 

Desk (was an old table) from Craiglist that got a makeover here and my lovely Tolix Chairs from Trade Roots in Victoria that I blogged about here.

My Vintage poster that I matted and framed myself takes center stage and can be seen from the adjacent room. I love it.  And yes, I hung those cool wood frames from Chintz & Co on the wall but I haven’t found just the right pieces to insert yet. oops!

Ahh… my DIY marble sewing surface. I’m gonna start my pillow empire form this very spot so watch out sistas!

Here’s a shot of my line of pillows that I will start officially selling in September via Etsy. So purdyI’ll have a hard time letting them go!

I created a little Photo Booth area to take shots of my pillows…so if you see my funkadelic stool on Etsy you’ll know it’s one of my creations!And yes, the trim still needs to be installed…ran outa steam for that project before the deadline.

A little styling action to check out…

And last but not least is the full shot which is hard to capture but oh so necessary.  I ended up getting the chandelier at McLarens after trying a few options. I swapped the traditional bulbs for something a little different and now it suits me just fine! I love my new office..hope you liked it too! :)

 

I couldn’t end this post without thanking Linda from My Crafty Home Life for all her hard work and encouragement throughout these last 6 weeks (and beyond). Thank you for including me in what has undoubtedly become an internet sensation! I’m excited to see what the future holds for you and the One Room Challenge and wanted you to know it has given my blog, and me!, a wonderful boost from a humble island beginning even waaaayy up here in Canada. Thank you Linda! I hope we continue to stay in touch.

I also wanted to give one more thanks to Emily A. Clark for her oh so fab dining room / office makeover which was my initial inspiration for the bookcase. Thanks Emily!

For good measure here is a shot of my room before (ahh my eyes!!)

Oh The Horror!!

And my inspiration Board from 6 weeks ago…I nailed it! Oh and if you want to play catch up you can see my Week1, week 2, week3, week 4, and week 5 here.

 

…now go and check out the other challengers and see  their rooms!

Julia – Pawleys Island Posh – Office

Beth – Chinoiserie Chic – Kitchen

Lauren – The Cottage Mix – Husband’s Office

Sherry – Design Indulgence – Living Room

Lindsay – Everything LEB – Bedroom

Barbara – Hodge:Podge – Living Room

Kim – Kim Macumber Interiors – Keeping Room

Lisa – Lisa Mende Design – Family Room

Tiffany – Living Savvy – Boy’s Room

Bethany – Powell Brower Home – Bedroom

Jessie – Mix & Chic – Master Bedroom

Linda – My Crafty Home Life – Master Bedroom

Danylle – Nana Moon – Master Bathroom

Jennifer – The Pink Pagoda – Family Room

Lindsay – The Pursuit of Style – Stairway

Emily – Rue de Emily – Living Room

Lindsay – Sadie + Stella – Office

Lisa – Trapped in North Jersey – Living Room

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Mondays

Written by on 29th July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 5 Comments

Good Grief. I would give just about anything for any of my favourite shows to be on this summer (Jeff Lewis Where Are You??) …something…anything to distract me from the paint…hate…repeat cycle that has become my One Room Challenge (ORC).  I’m not sure what I’m going to do to that darn wall but this is how I spent my weekend….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I I should add that I haven’t really even started on the bling…you know the pretty non dusty dirty part of this adventure that I actually like (or at least I think I still do). Don’t get me wrong Ive got lots of stuff and lots of ideas…just running out of steam I guess.  Sigh… manual labor is exhausting and not nearly as rewarding as you might think.  I’m going to get a sign made to remind myself in case I get any bright ideas in the future! Something like this. I hope it doesn’t scare off potential clients :)

OK, so this is where I pull out all the stops, try my best..fire up the old camera, put all my website problems from last week behind me and get’er done.  I know my fellow ORC peeps are doing the same.. Can’t wait to see everybody’s rooms on Wednesday! I hope you’ll come back and check it out!

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One Room Challenge – Week 5

Written by on 25th July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 11 Comments

This is the part where I get sad that it’s almost over… I love the One Room Challenge!  If you would like to see my progress click week 1, week 2, week 3 or week4

This week I finished a few projects and in this final week I am expecting to get the outstanding electrical work taken care of, get the walls closed up and paint.  Delays!!!!!

I am planning to tackle the drywall myself..good grief I’ve really gone nuts!!  But the fact is I’m outa time and outa funds for this project so I just have to get’ er done. Thank goodness for Youtube “how to” videos!

Take a look at the marble work top I finished this week…before / during / after

And the card catalogue drawers before and after…

 

Sad to say this is all I can report since my WordPress is refusing to upload any more images….I swear I can cut, nail, paint anything…I have the energy for it. But when it comes to the computer stuff I am at a total loss.  I’ve done all I can tonight, it’ll have to wait till tomorrow…HTTP Error you suck!

Be sure to come back next Wednesday for the FINAL REVEAL…I’m so excited to see it all together!

…until next week…now go and check out the other challengers and see the progress on their rooms!

Julia – Pawleys Island Posh – Office

Beth – Chinoiserie Chic – Kitchen

Lauren – The Cottage Mix – Husband’s Office

Sherry – Design Indulgence – Living Room

Lindsay – Everything LEB – Bedroom

Barbara – Hodge:Podge – Living Room

Kim – Kim Macumber Interiors – Keeping Room

Lisa – Lisa Mende Design – Family Room

Tiffany – Living Savvy – Boy’s Room

Bethany – Powell Brower Home – Bedroom

Jessie – Mix & Chic – Master Bedroom

Linda – My Crafty Home Life – Master Bedroom

Alison – My Little Happy Place – Office

Danylle – Nana Moon – Master Bathroom

Jennifer – The Pink Pagoda – Family Room

Lindsay – The Pursuit of Style – Stairway

Emily – Rue de Emily – Living Room

Lindsay – Sadie + Stella – Office

Lisa – Trapped in North Jersey – Living Room

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