Budget Kitchen Upgrade with Instant Granite

I have an exciting makeover to share with you today and it took less than 3 hours start (filming, photography, learning curve) to finish!  Let me introduce you to the countertop vinyl that will take your kitchen from builder’s grade laminate to posh luxury: Instant Granite®.

Our kitchen is 13 years old, which really isn’t that old, but as times and tastes have changed, so has the style – which makes our 2005 ‘warm and dark’ look, dated.  Hubby […]

2018-06-18T13:38:21+00:00May 23rd, 2018|DECOR, DIY, HOME TOUR|2 Comments

Holiday Home Tour 2017

It seems like every blogger in the universe is showcasing their Holiday Home Tour 2017.

I’ve been decorating, staging, photographing, moving things around, photographing, editing, photographing – and I cannot come close to the gorgeous homes and images of some of my blogging idols.

Mainly because my house is lived in and messy all most of the time,

partly because my house isn’t white on white on white,

somewhat because I’m not a fantastic photographer,

and a tinch because I don’t notice the little details […]

2018-06-18T13:38:53+00:00December 2nd, 2017|HOLIDAYS, HOME TOUR|0 Comments

One Room Challenge – the FINAL REVEAL!

Today’s final reveal day for the One Room Challenge and I’m so excited to show off my new space!

One Room Challenge - Fall 2017, ORC week 2, One room challenge week 2

But before I do, and for dramatic effect, let me remind you what the room looked like before:

Home office makeover, home office, ORC Challenge, One Room Challenge

This was Hubby’s sty […]

2018-06-18T13:38:56+00:00November 16th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR, HOME TOUR|7 Comments

My new and improved She-Shop!

There are two rooms in my house that I spend the majority of my waking hours in; my home office and my “She-Shop” (aka garage workshop)

This was my She-shop:

Garage workshop, workshop, she-shop, she shop, garage

I’m alotted half of the garage for my workshop, and in that space I need to house my power tools, a workbench, my Jeep hardtop and any furniture/projects I’m in the midst of.  In the summer, bikes […]

2018-06-18T13:39:05+00:00September 30th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DIY, HOME TOUR|1 Comment

Fall Front Porch

I’ve plugged away at my Fall front porch for about a week now.

I haven’t done anything exceptional, because I didn’t really know what to put out to make my home feel warm and welcoming, so I’d set something out, move it around, take it back in and start again.

I think I’ve just about got it now – or at least I’m stopping now before it’s time to decorate for Hallowe’en – so I thought I’d share a few photos of […]

2018-06-18T13:39:08+00:00September 12th, 2017|DECOR, HOME TOUR|0 Comments

Hosta Garden

I’ve finished my hosta garden!

I’m not sure I’ve planted everything correctly as far as spacing and colour are concerned, but I buckled down and finally got the garden leading into my backyard done.

Not a swoon-worthy project?

I know.  Not yet anyways.

But this garden has been a disaster for over a year now.  Last summer Hubby widened our walkway and created a patio extension to house our hot tub – which is gorgeous – but it also left two garden beds full […]

2018-06-18T13:39:28+00:00June 6th, 2017|HOME TOUR|2 Comments

Patio Makeover – Sweet William Sewing Style

It’s done!

It’s done, it’s done, it’s done! (sung in a ‘happy dance’ sort of voice).

My favourite room in the house is ready – and not only am I going to show it off, but I’m going to go outside and enjoy it once I’m done showing it off.  I’m sorry, I’m too excited to contain the bragging.

Let me preface this by saying that my patio furniture is roughly 9 years old.  It was a cheap set from a hardware store […]

2018-06-18T13:39:28+00:00May 29th, 2017|DECOR, For me, HOME TOUR|2 Comments

Holiday Home Tour 2016

I was a little torn in posting this;

I LOVE my home.

I love it in all it’s messiness and chaos – as far as I’m concerned this is my ‘forever home’…

but it’s not to the calibre of the images I see of other bloggers’ homes.

At the very least, my photographic skills (while I am working on them) are not to the calibre of my favourite bloggers, so I feel self-conscious in showing this Holiday Home Tour to you.

On the other hand – […]

2018-06-18T13:39:59+00:00December 11th, 2016|HOLIDAYS, HOME TOUR|2 Comments

Gallery Wall Updates

As part of our foyer makeover from last weekend, I really needed to do something with this:

Gallery wall, family photo wall, staircase gallery, kids art gallery

It’s our family photo gallery wall that I had created going down our staircase.  There really was no rhyme or reason to my positioning; as I found a new photo I loved (and got around to getting a frame for it), I’d just add it to […]

2018-06-18T13:40:06+00:00October 29th, 2016|DECOR, HOME TOUR|0 Comments

Foyer Makeover – Wilmington Tan to Balboa Mist

I have disliked the colour of my foyer (almost) from the day it was painted.  I paid an interior designer to come to my home and choose colours for me, and she chose this Wilmington Tan by BM as a compliment to other colours I had in the house – and it was.  Her choice was spot-on – together the colours looked amazing.  I had rich jewel tones on my main floor so this was a perfect compliment.

BUT, something about […]

2018-06-18T13:40:06+00:00October 28th, 2016|DECOR, HOME TOUR|2 Comments

My Craft Room

It’s been a couple of years since I posted a photo of my craft room;  mainly because it was completely disorganized and chaotic for most of that time.

Well, now that cooler weather is upon us and I hope to do a few indoor projects, tidying and organizing it seemed like a good idea.

My craft room (like most of yours I’m sure) is tucked away in the basement.  We had originally finished the room and ensuite bathroom to be used as […]

2018-06-18T13:40:20+00:00September 13th, 2016|CRAFTS, HOME TOUR, ORGANIZE|1 Comment

Basement Makeover

Do you have a room (or more) in your house that is under-utilized?  Something you’ve set up for a certain function, but then never gets used at all?

That’s my basement.

Before Chloe was born I insisted that Hubby finish our basement.  I was adamant that we needed a playroom for the girls toys, and that it would keep the majority of the mess off of the main floor.  He re-did most of it himself, to the tune of about $16,000 and […]

2018-06-18T13:40:24+00:00August 12th, 2016|BEFORE & AFTER, DECOR, HOME TOUR|0 Comments

How to Style Bookshelves

With anticipation of my new furniture arriving, as well as the changing of the seasons, I did some research on “How to Style Bookshelves”.

Seems bookshelves are not really aesthetically pleasing when covered by books.

Who knew?

I reviewed several design blogs and found some tips that helped me to figure out what this ‘styling’ business is about:

  1.  Mix up the placement of your books.  You can do this on the same shelf and between shelves – make one horizontal, one vertical or a bit […]
2018-06-18T13:41:50+00:00September 11th, 2015|DECOR, HOME TOUR, ORGANIZE|4 Comments

Family Room Makeover!

I have a bit of a story here…

We bought our sofas 20 years ago.

Yup, they were the first “real” furniture I bought and owned that wasn’t a hand-me-down.  I loved those sofas, and they held up really well, but 20 years does take its toll and not even plastic boards under the cushions could bring back the firmness they once had.

It became difficult to get in and out of them, and the armrests were now at shoulder height because you’d […]

2018-06-18T13:41:51+00:00September 10th, 2015|DECOR, For me, HOME TOUR|4 Comments

How to Organize your Dining Room

We’re sort of between seasons here.  Just past Valentine’s, too early for Easter, not quite Spring cleaning season, or Spring planting…

What to do, what to do?

I haven’t organized anything in awhile, and it’s not like this house of mine couldn’t use some organization…

Given this:

Organizing Dining Room 08

I’d say the dining room hasn’t been looked at in awhile.

I’ve compiled a list of things – probably not comprehensive – but everything I had to […]

2016-07-04T11:40:08+00:00February 18th, 2015|CLEAN, HOME TOUR, ORGANIZE|0 Comments

Kitchen Clean Up

If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you may have noticed that I’ve never shown my kitchen on here.
Bits of counter, a cupboard or drawer, fridge and even pantry – but never the kitchen in it’s entirety.

This is why:

2015-02-02T15:57:10+00:00January 20th, 2015|CLEAN, HOME TOUR, ORGANIZE|0 Comments

Mud room organization

I think I have some kind of hormonal imbalance.  A fluctuating one, because some days I can cope with mess (I’m not happy about it, but I can cope) then other days I want to throw everything out.  Maybe I have a super-power that no other mere mortal has…  clutter vision.

We have a small mudroom in our house and Hubby has built […]

2015-02-01T13:21:51+00:00January 4th, 2015|HOME TOUR, ORGANIZE|2 Comments

100T2D Tree 2014

Chloë and I tackled putting up the Christmas tree last weekend.

Hubby punches out after he carries it up the stairs and helps unfold the branches.
Madison was more interested in her iPad than helping – so it was up to Chloë

2015-05-05T11:09:44+00:00December 3rd, 2014|HOLIDAYS, HOME TOUR|0 Comments
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