Today I’m here to share my simple Valentine’s Day decor! I don’t go all out, but do like a few festive touches! A little pink and red sprinkled about never hurt anyone (well, not that I am aware of anyway)!
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I can’t believe Spring is just around the corner! It seems like I was just putting away the Christmas decorations yesterday (don’t worry, I wasn’t). But, here we are anyway.
So, to celebrate the upcoming season and arrival of Peter Cottontail, I did a little Spring decorating. Nothing major, but enough to brighten up our place and add a little ‘spring’ to my step (groan, did I really just go there?) Of course I did.
In the kitchen I added some cheer behind the sink in the form of this awesome free printable and a little Spring cyclamen.
Come on, you know you are singing it now… #sugarhillgang
Look at my little cyclamen bud about to open up. So cute.
And no, I did not match my counter spray and dish soap to my Spring décor… but how awesome is it that they match!? It’s the little things people.
In the family room (off the kitchen) the fireplace mantel is teeny tiny (ahem, non existent). BUT, I still added a bit of Easter to it.
I displayed a little ceramic bunny and grabbed a light pink candle from my stash. To Easterfy it further I added some pom pom fringe that I had left over from my Christmas Craft Night candle holder craft. Don’t they look like little fluffy bunny tails?
Beside those is a picture of my sister Tanya. She passed away a few years ago so I always like to have her out and smiling at me.
Next to the photo I have another great free Easter printable.
I love these picture frames with the clips. I got them at Real Canadian Superstore a few years ago. The front slides out and I can easily swap out the art inside. I used them in Chace’s room at our last house but I’ve yet to give his room any real personality (Mom guilt – it’s on “the list”) so for now they are up for grabs and have come in handy on my thin mantels.
Beside the bunny print I have a ‘sister’ candle that Tanya gave me.
And, looking up I have some more pom pom trim which I strung up as a whimsical banner. Little bunny tails everywhere!
In the living room we have another fireplace. This one has a larger mantel so I have a bit more flexibility here.
I went pretty simple here too and just used what I had.
On the left I used some white ‘bark’ vases and paired them with a pretty green glass vase/pot.
I framed yet another printable (I’m a sucker for free art).
A pretty (looking and smelling) candle sits beside this print. And I love the lid that came with. Adorable!
Last but not least is another pot/bowl. I love the subtle honey comb detailing on this one.
Another area that got a bit of Easter love is one of the end tables in the living room. I simply added some faux eggs to a glass vase and put them beside my gold tree bark lamp. Because every tree bark lamp needs a vase of fake eggs (obvs).
Back in January I shared how I decorate in the “off season” using our entry as an example. The entry table got a little bowl/platter of these eggs too!
Hippity Hoppin’, Easter’s on its way! Anyone else infused a little Spring or Easter at their place?
Stay in touch and follow along…
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We’ve been at our new house for almost two months now! Where does the time go? We are pretty much unpacked and have a game plan for most areas of the house. This post is picture heavy so I’ll let the photos do most of the talking, but I wanted to offer you a glimpse of what it looks like ‘today’, along with our ‘to do’ list for each area. I thought it would be handy so that when I start to roll out the projects for you (I have some FUN things planned – coming soon) they have context.
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We bought a house. Specifically, this one.
Backing up a bit, we really enjoyed our townhome but it was time for a change. More space, more privacy and NO strata. We wanted to move before Chace got older as we didn’t want to change his little world mid-grade three (he just finished Kindergarten). So, we made the leap and listed our townhome.
The good news is that it sold in a day – with three offers which created a bidding war. The bad news, we didn’t have anywhere to move to! The market in our area dictated this plan of attack as places for sale were going into multiplle offers and if you had “subject to sale of our place” in your offer, you might as well not even bother.
Long story short after a few panic attacks from me and some serious market stalking, we purchased the above home which met most things on our wish list. We did have to compromise on a few things but we ended up with a few bonus things that more than made up for it.
We take possession this Saturday! I couldn’t wait to share with you all though so here are the photos from the listing (as we saw it). I also put together a little floor plan of each level. They won’t be completely accurate as I was going off memory and the specs on the listing sheet, but you will get the idea I’m sure!
kitchen – what will Chef Kev dream up here?
Here is the main floor layout to give you an idea of where these spaces are in relation to one another…
looking down towards the front entry
the other two bedrooms (Chace’s and a spare – TBD which is which!). We’re going to let Chace choose on moving day.
“Bonus room” – future craft room/office area
top floor bathroom
top floor floorplan…
Down here is where we encountered one of the ‘compromises’ as mentioned above. Part of the basement is a suite which we were not looking for. However, we decided since we have more than enough space at the moment, we will leave it ‘as is’ for now and renovate in the future to make it our dream recreation room space – complete with wet bar and a bedroom/bathroom on that level. The income from the suite will allow us to do some of the updates a little sooner than we otherwise would have been able to.
First up, the current recreation room (on our side)…
And here is the suite which consists of a living space, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom (I don’t have a photo of the kitchen though).
Here is the baseement floor plan to help you visualize how it all works together…
Last but not least, our backyard. This was another area where we had to compromise. We had dreams of a large backyard but reality told us that the house we wanted, with a big yard, was not in our budget. The fact that this particular house had been nicely updated, was in a great neighbourhood, backed onto a greenbelt and (total bonus) was only a few houses away from the elementary school that Chace will attend made us decide this was the one.
Oh, and did I mentinon that the school is adjacent to a huge park which has an awesome playground and walking trails. We figured our ‘yard’ was steps away so we were covered.
We have big plans for this small space. For the whole house actually. But, we will save and tackle each project as our budget permits and I will happily post about the journey here if you’d like to follow along 🙂
Hello! Long time no type. I’ve been busy over here – both on and off blog-worthy projects – but am back to share some updates I did in our family room that is off our open concept galley kitchen.
And the coolest part? I did it for only $10 outta my own pocket! Seriously. I’ll explain as I go, but basically it involves a present, some gift cards and Craigslist.
First up, the present. Chef Kev gifted me this awesome rug for Christmas (Jernved rug from Ikea) that I had been eyeing. I wanted to infuse some colour into our family room area (it was suffering from a bad case of the beige) and I thought this was a good contender, so put it on my Christmas Wish List.
The rug was awesome but immediately made everything look dingy and super-beige.
(Sorry for the bad lighting but I took these at night).
Beige walls, beige couch, and browny/beige furniture. It didn’t feel too uplifting!
The couch looked dingy, the cubby system clashed and the coffee table just looked wrong. I had big plans originally to refinish the coffee table when I got it second hand, but never got around to it. Whoops.
Looking at the room it had issues. Big ones. There were too many tones going on and eventually I couldn’t handle it anymore. My design brain twitched whenever I walked into the space.
After seeing my face scrunch up for the 757th time, Chef Kev said “I don’t care what you do to fix it, just don’t spend any money”. Well, that sounded like a challenge to me!
Guess what it looks like today? Ta da!
So, let me explain how this little room grew into her new rug.
This is where Craigslist comes in. First to go was the Ikea Expedit cubby unit. I ideally wanted a real-wood, mid-century modern credenza to go along that wall that I could turn into a media centre. However, after months searching Craigslist and second hand shops I realized that one just wasn’t in my budget. Sure, I could sell the coffee table and couch and then MAYBE have enough to buy one, but I’m sort of partial to couches and coffee tables and wanted to replace those too.
In the end I realized that the Expedit unit itself actually worked okay, it was just the colour that I hated for this space.
So out went the ‘birch’ finish. I sold it on Craigslist for $50 (minus the baskets)…
and in entered the ‘black/brown’ one that I purchased on Craigslist for $50. The cool thing here was that this replacement unit actually came with six of the same wicker baskets as the one I had. I ended up using them down in our recreation room where we have another Expedit unit.
Next up was the old couch, well, actually it’s a love seat but who’s counting?
I wanted something darker – either a brown tone or a gray, and definitely something more streamlined and modern.
So, out went the old love seat – sold on Craigslist for $80…
and in came the ‘new’ love seat – also bought on Craigslist – for $200.
Last but not least on my furniture hit list was the coffee table.
Out with the old (sold on Craigslist for $40)…
And in with the ‘new’ – purchased on Craigslist for $80!
When I saw this coffee table I knew it would look really cool in this space. It is actually an old coffee table that had been sandblasted down and professionally repainted this awesome red.
Sadly, after chatting with the seller, she had a change of heart and decided not to sell! She had listed it as she was redecorating and didn’t think it would go with her new décor. But she loved it so she also wanted to keep it. Due to the enormous response she second guessed herself so decided to hold on to it.
I was upset but kept on hunting. After a few days I dropped her an email saying that if she had a change of heart again then I was still interested. She emailed back that she was actually thinking of selling it again as she just didn’t think she could make it work in her new space. She asked me to give her the weekend to think about it, and on Monday let me know that I could have it! So, word to the wise – if this happens to you, a friendly follow-up email may work in your favour!
I love how this coffee table plays off the pattern in the carpet. And I LOVE the awesome curves and super cute legs!
Now, if you’ve been doing any math then you may have noticed that I sold $170 worth of furniture but purchased $330. There is no mathematician anywhere that can make that add up to a difference of $10 right?!
Right. However, I also sold a few other things that did not need replacing so that helped my cause.
I sold our second desk (currently being unused in the guest bedroom) for $100 and the old desk chair in that room as well for $10.
I also sold the four old Ikea bins that we were using in the recreation room Expedit unit when I got the six wicker baskets with the unit I purchased. I sold my old ones for $40.
So, in the end I sold $320 worth of furniture and purchased the stuff for my new family room for $330.
I know Chef Kev said not to spend any money (such an accountant!) but he was more than okay to let go of the $10 when he saw how good it looked. 🙂
An astute eye may have also noticed that I painted. That is where the gift cards come in! I received some Home Depot gift cards for Christmas and knew I was going to use them on paint. Even before the carpet/beige issue, I had been wanting to repaint the family room and kitchen area. They actually function as one big open concept space but had been painted two different colours and it always bugged me slightly. I think living with it that way since 2006 (when we bought our townhouse) was being more than patient!
So, here is the old again – a beigey colour…
And the new!
The colour is a nice light gray shade and is called “Barley Beige” by CIL. I had to laugh at the name since I was trying to get away from the beige and ended up with a colour that had ‘beige’ in the name. Weird. Definitely a gray though!
You can see it better here against white.
The other colour that was in this open concept area was an avocado green that the old owners used around the kitchen table nook and in the kitchen.
See how both the beige and green are here? Weird.
The same view with the new gray paint.
Looking the other way we used to see the same old green…
But now we see calming gray (yay).
Looking from the family room to the kitchen you can see how the old colour used to break up the space.
But not anymore!
Overall, the whole space feels larger, brighter and more connected. I love it.
I also took the opportunity to paint the ‘cable hide’ in the same colour as the wall paint (it used to be white if you noticed it in the photos above).
Now it blends in seamlessly!
I also restyled the shelves over the couch in a lighter and fresher way.
I’m really happy with how the space feels now.
Once more, the family room before:
Best $10 I ever spent.
What about you? Any Craigslist scores lately or rooms that you refreshed with paint?
Similarly to how I added new art to our living room (in the form of the painting I did of Chace), I decided to update the art that hung over our leather chair in the family room off the kitchen – and was able to do it for free!
Here is what it looked like before. This is an old picture – I’ve since redone that tray table – which has since moved to a different location. And Chace’s high chair (in the background) is now in storage (sniff) but you get the idea…
Now this same corner looks like this…
Nothing drastic – but still nice.
As mentioned, it was a free makeover as I already owned the frames (but had nothing in them) and took the photos myself. I actually took them the day after I got my current camera as I was eager to test it out (so that would make it Boxing Day 2009). The photos were taken in the forest behind our home. Can’t beat that for location and price!
Here is a closer image of them both.
I simply printed each photo out on our home colour printer and trimmed off the white margin.Then I mounted each on a piece of black paper to creat a matt. I then mounted that on the matt that came with the frame.
And since it’s really hard to take a clear photo of a photo, here are the two shots that I have in the frames.
One of the speedest art upgrades in history!
What about you – ever made a new display with what you had on hand? Taken photos and used them as art? Gotten sentimental about seeing a snippet of your son’s high chair in an old photo? No. Just me then I guess ;).