Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm Havin a YARD SALE!

Need some inspiration to get going on an organization project?

Several hours have been spent reorganizing my storage room.
I wanted to give myself a practical system for when I'm staging a home.

As a result, I've got some things to sell.
There are also some strollers and a few other items in our garage...

Drop by if you're interested!
1040 Grosvenor Ave.
Saturday, August 23
9:00am - 12:00pm

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Purchase

What I went back to purchase at Real Deals On Home Decor was a clock.

I had my husband change my kitchen curtain rod but then my clock didn't fit anymore.  I was tired of looking up at a blank wall to see the time so I purchased a smaller clock.  

My friend out west has the best quote by her kitchen sink and I really wanted to put it in my kitchen, so I combined the new clock hanging with a little project.

Sorry.  I can never remember to take a before until I'm already started but you get the gist.

After taping it off, I painted a rectangle of chalkboard paint on the wall and then wrote the quote on it and hung the clock along beside.

I feel this is my life's experience in cooking.

Cutie huh?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Storewatch ~ Real Deals On Home Decor - Winnipeg

What a treat to visit a store that has beautiful products, great prices and fabulous customer service!
Real Deals On Home Decor is a new store in Winnipeg that is a must for your summer bucket list.  
Have a peek!

I knew I'd found a great place to shop when the first thing I spotted 
was affordable, realistic looking artificial plants,  

 and...a whole lot of turquoise!

There were lots of fun and unique items for your home,




and a whole cowboy room!
I love it.

Check out these great pieces of furniture.

But the best part?
The owner, Jill, was sweet, friendly and super helpful.  It doesn't matter how fabulous the product is (and it was pretty fabulous), customer service is number one.  
And she was lovely.
On my first visit I saw a little item I wanted but I needed to measure my space.  When I returned to purchase it the next day, I arrived an hour past closing.  Oops.  But guess what?  When I pressed my little face up to the window, Jill waved and opened the door and let me come in and buy it!
Who does that?

So go check it out at 3525 Pembina Highway.
Thursday ~ 10 - 6
Friday ~ 10 - 6
Saturday ~ 10 - 3

And did I mention they will be selling chalk paint soon?!?

I'll show ya my purchase and the ensuing project that came along with it in a few days.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Easy, Inexpensive Art

Here's an easy and fairly quick project you can tackle if you need some new art on a wall in your home.

I found this calendar awhile back and loved the pictures.  It was on sale for $3.99 so I bought it with hopes of framing the shots.  It's pretty easy to find a calendar on sale after Christmas and they tend to stay reduced for months.

I cut the pictures to fit these Ikea Nyttja frames, which are very reasonably priced and come in several colour options and various sizes. 

And now we have a pretty conversation piece on our basement wall.

I love the colours!
Hope your first two weeks of summer have been fun and relaxing!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

More on the Power of a Picture

On Monday we talked about how a photo can inspire an 
idea that we can then put to use in our own homes.  Here's another example. 

Whenever I read a magazine, I rip out anything that I love or ideas I think 
I can use and file them for future purposes.  

When I saved these shots, it was because I loved the feel of this room.

Design by Peter Dunham

Most particularly, I fell for this table.  I love its scale and the cozy mood it creates.

So, when my friend Kristin was helping me to rearrange my living room, I got out this shot and we used it to plan how we'd move my furniture.  My goal was to add more seating into the main living room.  Despite my original plan of creating several sitting areas, guests seem to want to "circle".  So, I wanted to add more seats into the ring, so to speak.

We took my table and used it in the mix as an oversized side table, just like the inspiration shot.

It's a perfect spot to display fun and interesting items.
It's also a great place to set a plate of food or a drink.

Now I can fit 10 people into the circle.  
Let's party!

Do you ever look at magazines?  
They are such an amazing resource for ideas.  It's not about replicating, but about seeing a shot that will spark an idea that you can then run with and make your own.

These are the 4 that show up at my door each month.  
A subscription is surprisingly inexpensive.

And so, this summer, I encourage you to relax and take some time to browse through some magazines.  You can even get them at the library - just don't rip those pages out!

And with that I will bid you farewell!  I will return periodically over the summer but my posts won't be the normal twice a week.  I hope you'll have a lovely break and a fabulous time with your kids!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Our Last Day Together

As you know, my baby goes to grade one in the fall.  
Yesterday was our last day alone together so she got to choose our activities.

We snuggled and read books and then had breakfast at McDonald's.

We painted.

We walked,

and met a bunny, a caterpillar, 

and a bear.

We watched the river and ate lunch at Starbuck's.
Yes.  That is a cookie.

We played at the park,

and sat on my favourite bench.

We ended off with a trip to the library and some frozen yogurt.

It was a great day.
And it was an awful day.  
The kind of sad and helpless awful you feel when a really amazing book
comes to an end before you are ready.
Cause it has been an AMAZING story these past 14 years at home.  And now the story is over and it's time to start a new one.  So, I'll enjoy the summer with everyone home, but I'm praying like mad that God will send along a new challenge for this next stage of life that will be
just as much fun as the last one was.
And I believe that He will.
(Anyone need their entire house redecorated by any chance???)

Good-bye my sweet and lovely girl.
I will miss you more than I can say.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Power of a Picture

In this, our final week before summer vacation, I'm going to discuss the power of a picture.  

Remember this guy?  
I got this black metal stool at the Red Barn sale for $8. 
 I had no idea what to do with him but knew he was a good find.

Then my friend Kristin and I were rearranging my living room and while searching through inspiration shots that I'd saved from magazines, we saw this.

A few quick turns raised his seat and a plant stand was born.

I love it.
  And I love reading decorating magazines.  
The feeling you get from seeing a photo that can inspire an idea you can put to use is indescribable.  On Wednesday I'll show you another shot that caused further furniture movement in my home.