The Chair Makeovers Continue...

Sarah's chair before! Sarah's beautiful new chair!

So you already know that I have a thing for chair makeovers. It's my secret obsession really, which I guess isn't so secret anymore.  My dear friend Sarah, who sadly just moved away with her family to Chicago, is one of my latest chair makeover recipients. She very kindly blogged about her fabulous new chair here.  To quickly recap, she had a special family hand-me-down chair whose funky plaid upholstery just wasn't working for her. In a matter of days, the amazing Charlene @thebigstuff.ca transformed her chair into a thing of beauty!

Sarah runs the blog Shine on Mom and has great insight on all things related to parenting in today's world and offers a great online venue for Moms everywhere to connect with each other and share their experiences. You can check out Shine on Mom here or follow on Facebook or Instagram .

Chair Makeover 2.0

If you've read my blog before you'll know how much I love a good chair makeover. It never ceases to amaze me how much better a chair can look with some new fabric or new paint or both! The chair makeover I'm working on for #projectvalleyanna is no different. I just received some progress photos of the dining room chairs and I couldn't wait to share, they are that good!! They will literally transform the space and I can't wait to see them all moved in. Until then, have a look and I'd love to hear what you think. IMG_2229 2

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Window trick

I don't know about you, but not all the homes I work with have picture perfect windows. In fact many have less than ideal windows in terms of size or architectural elements to work with. But sometimes you have to make lemonade out of lemons so here's a little trick I like to use when you are working with less than ideal window size. And PS, this took me less than 1 hour to make by following simple instructions for making a window valence box. Have a look at this little home office. The window is pretty nondescript. It's not a great size, it doesn't have a beautiful vista to look out of, but with the simple trick of hanging the window treatment considerably higher than the window actually reaches, you trick the eye into thinking the window is much larger than it actually is. And with the explosion of lovely blooms this fabric provides, it distracts from the not so exciting brick wall it looks out.

Don't know about you, but I'm inspired!

Window before. Notice how small it looks.

Window after hanging simple valence box considerably higher than the top frame of window.

 

 

Command Central

DSC_0757 Every kitchen needs one and I'm not talking about a stove or a fridge or even a coffee machine (but absolutely without a doubt I couldn't be without mine, I am NOT a nice person without coffee) but I am talking about a command central zone. You know, that place where you can drop everything; keys, change, mail, school work, the list goes on. It was critical that I incorporated one into our new kitchen (which we JUST finally finished, well except for the window treatments but more on that later). Honestly, it's the best use of this little unused space in our hallway leading to the kitchen. I gave up a little closet space for it but it was worth every inch. Now there is an organized place for all the clutter and it stops it before it gets into my kitchen, bliss! As with most of my projects, I injected a good amount of DIY into this little nook as well. What is now the magnetic board was a chalkboard I picked up at HomeSense. The frame had just the right amount of whimsy to it and was the colour I wanted. I simply glued aluminum sheeting onto the chalkboard part to make it magnetic, covered the aluminum with this cheery polka-dot fabric and trimmed the edges with some ribbon. Voila, a customized magnetic board pretty enough to fit in with the rest of the decor in my new kitchen. I loved the polka-dot fabric so much that I used it to cover this $50 stool from Target (it was a terrible red chenille covered thing) added some nail head detail and it's now the perfect perch for kiddos doing homework or art projects while keeping them close by.  

Tile Envy

I'm working with my favourite kind of client right now. They are not only fun and easy-going but even better they are adventurous! They aren't afraid of a little pattern and are willing to jump in head first to include interesting elements in the search of a fabulous space! The mosaic tile we've found for their master bath that will run from the vanity to the ceiling is so perfect, it hurts. I don't think I've ever had tile envy before but I sure do now. Check out these beauties…. photo-11

Cottage Nook

What's a cottage without a comfy spot to curl up and read a book, take a nap or watch the storm roll over the lake?? It's an essential part of creating a relaxed cottage vibe and ensuring you and your guests have an enticing spot to encourage that relaxed behaviour! Not always an easy feat in today's fast paced world….

This little nook was one of my favourite parts of the cottage. The chair was inherited with the cottage and with a little paint (ok 5 cans of spray paint), some fabulous new fabric (thank you @tonicliving) it's my absolute favourite spot! See old CAN become new again and even better in my opinion!

Curl up and enjoy the view!

Cottage Life!

Cottage Exterior Cottage from the water

It's been a very busy year for me! My hubby was lucky enough to come into a family cottage that needed some serious love. This place had heart it just needed a few structural changes, new electrical, new plumbing, new floors, new bathrooms; ok the list goes on and on. But it was a fabulous place it was simply stuck in the last century. It was in desperate need of some serious TLC and a heavy dose of white paint! I truly believe that white paint can make everything better! This project was a decorators dream! A blank canvas, start from scratch kinda job and I was just the girl for the task. I'll post room by room the changes and the many DIY projects I undertook to transform the spaces into what they are now, hope you enjoy!