Oct 30, 2012

10 Awesome, Affordable Light Fixtures

One of my favourite things to shop for is Light Fixtures.  They update a room instantly, and are a way to add some personality to your decor.  These days, you can find beautiful, chic fixtures at local big box stores, for fair prices.  No need to break the bank at fancy lighting stores.

Here are a few of my favourites.

Equinox Collection by Thomasville.  Available at The Home Depot ($198.57)

Piedmont Collection by Thomasville.  Available at The Home Depot ($233.67)

Concerto Collection by Titus Manufacturing.  Available at The Home Depot ($179.99)
(I want this for Grace's room! Picture it with pink walls...ohhhhhhh!)

Shimmer Chandelier by Debbie Travis.  Available at Canadian Tire ($219.99)

Mavis Semi Flush Mount by For Living.  Available at Canadian Tire ($74.99)

Semi Flush Mount available at Rona ($89.99)

1-Light Pendant available at Rona (34.99)

Flush Mount available at Rona($64.99)

1 Light Pendant available at Rona($59.99)
I want this above my sink in my kitchen!

6 Light Pendant available at Rona ($299.99)

Rona.ca has such incredible light fixtures. I could have added another dozen to this post.  Worth checking out!!

Oct 26, 2012

Favourite Finds Friday

Here are some of my favourite finds from this week!

How cool is this?  From Ballard Design you can purchase this clip on light fixture for just $89 in 2 colours.  It clips right onto your exposed light bulb.  And finally, they are shipping to Canada (just gatta do it by phone!)
Take notes family - I want this for Christamas!!!!  Makes me giggle.  Giraffe Toilet Paper holder from  Grandin Road

My kids would go bananas for these sleeping bags.  Maybe for Christmas?!?!? $118 from Chasing Fireflies

Oct 24, 2012

New Carpeting

A week or so ago, Ryan and I were sitting in the kitchen, and suddenly we hear Thunk Thunk Thunk Thunk.... then silence, then screaming.  My poor baby girl slid all the way down the stairs on her bottom.  The kids were used to running up and down the wood stairs with bare feet, but now that it's socks-season, the stairs are dangerous.  She was okay and walked away with just a good sized bruise on her bum, but that night I googled 'carpet, burlington' and called the first company on the list.

I called Direct Carpet Canada, and within a day, Keith Shannon (Owner/Operator) was at my house with a ton of samples to choose from.  Shopping for carpet in my home with a glass of Pinot...wicked!!!

Look, he's famous!

And he's also on Love It Or List It!

Just a few days later, it was installed.  Keith did it himself, so I feel confident that the carpet was inastalled propery and there was no damage to any of my walls or baseboards.  No complaints here.  


The kids are very happy!  No more sore bums!!

Thanks Keith!!!!

We had Grace's room done as well

And the toy room!

 Carpet - please, please, please stay beautiful and clean!

I seriously just hope it lasts a while.  Nothing seems to last in this house.  Remember my beautiful DIY banquette.... Daddy was watching the kids Saturday night and the kids decided they wanted to set up the paint station themselves....

Anyway, I'm very please with my new carpeting!!

Oct 21, 2012

Birthdays over 30 suck.

Meh, it's my 31st birthday today.  I am totally one of those annoying chicks that complains about getting old.  Yup, I hate getting old.  I know, I know, I am "only" 31.... but I really miss 29 :(  My gosh, imagine how miserable I'll be when I hit 41.  My poor, poor husband.

On the bright side, I had some pretty cool surprises this week.  First off, my wicked in laws gave me an IPad.  Hello!!!  Awesome!  Notice my lack of blogging this week?  Well, it's all their fault.  I'm addicted to the thing.  In fact, the only reason I am blogging right now is because the battery is dead.

Next awesome surprise was compliments of my dreamy husband.  He bought me new sunglasses.  See how cool I am now.

Next surprise.  My Dad shows up with this... hand made... by him.  So cool!

I'll share..

Next surprise was from my Brother.  Who is surprising me more than ever these days.  He brought me home flowers last night after I babysat their adorable twins.  He's so thoughtful!

And no birthday is complete with out a little treat from myself.  (thanks Cathy & Laura!!!!!)

Grand finale is hot dogs and chocolate cake for dinner... and of course, copious amounts of pinot grigio!

Oct 17, 2012

Turning 2, 5'x7' rugs into an 7'x10'

When I redid Ryan's office I needed to figure out a way to cover the ugly parquet flooring.  I wanted a huge area rug to cover majority of the space.  Problem is, I'd need a rug that was about 8'x10' and those suckers cost a lot of cash.  I found one that I loved at West Elm, but it was $750.  I've got 2 kids, an 80lbs dog and a very hairy cat... plus, a slob(isn) husband.  No way am I investing in a beautiful area rug right now.  Not for at least another 10 years! 

West Elm
I started thinking about how I can cut the cost of an area rug that is just going to get ruined in a couple of years.  5'x7' rugs are readily available EVERY WHERE! and are relatively cheap.  You can find them places like Ikea or Home Depot for $50-100 bucks.  Hummm, 2, 5'x7' rugs side by side would be one big 7'x10' rug.  That could work!  I see Ikea do it all the time in their catalogues.

I went to JYSK and picked up 2 white shag rugs for $70 each.  Plus, I had a $25 off coupon because I am a loser and went to the Burlington new store Grand Opening special and waited in line for 40 minutes to get a $25 gift card and $25 coupon.  So anyway, my 2 rugs came to about $130 bucks.  But when I put them in the office, this is what they looked like after you stepped on them.

They slip and slide every where and it was pretty obvious I was being cheap and trying to pull off 2 rugs as one.

This is how I attempted to solve my problem.

I flipped over the rugs...

 Got out my caulking gun and loaded it with what ever extra caulking I could find in the basement

Drew some pretty pictures with the caulking and made James laugh

Let it sit for 24 hours to completely dry.  The safety pinned the 2 rugs together.

Now it looks like this.

Yup, still looks like I bought 2 rugs and am trying to make it look like one.  But ya know what, it was only $130 bucks, and there is no way you are going to find a 7' x 10' area rug for that price.  I think this method would work great in a place with more furniture.  Like a family room with couches and a coffee table to hide the seam.

I might move these into my family room and consider buying a nice rug for Ryan's office and just forbidding the children and animals to go in there... yeah right!!!

Oct 12, 2012

Favourite Finds Friday

Can you tell I am in Bathroom Mode??

I'm obsessed with renovating my bathrooms right now.  They are horrible! So horrible, I'm hesitant to even post pics of them!  I've had the contractor out, I've narrowed down the looks I want, now, I need to convince the boss (the ver dreamy and handsome boss) it's time for a new project (I got new shutters for my birthday, maybe I can get new bathrooms for Christmas??)

Anyway, I found some pretty cool stuff while shopping online for bathroom stuff.

Imagine having this on a bathroom floor.  I'd have a sign on the bathroom door that said "Tip Toe only please".
Fishscale mosaic with bardiglio imperial marble in hammered finish and bianco carrara marble in honed finish.  AnnSacks.com
Chamberlain Vanity by Cole + Co.
Miguel Double Sconce by John Rosselli through Circa Lighting

Sculpted Mums Shower Curtain, Anthropologie

Oct 10, 2012

Exterior - The Finale!!

Baaaaaaa, I am having HUGE buyer and designer remorse.  I am so doubting my choices now that it's all done....errrrrr I hate that feeling.  Should I have got the door in black?  Should I have gone with a lighter shingle?  Should I have gone with a chocolate shutter?  Blah blah blah.  I know the answer to all my questions.  NO.  There was a method to all my madness and I have to remind myself that in reality, you don't always get what you want.  You have to be smart and practical when spending a ton of money on renovations.

Yea, I kinda still wish I painted my brick.  But after living in the neighbourhood for a bit, I realized that my house would stick out like a sore thumb with painted brick.  NO ONE paints their brick houses around here.  And it would have been so hard to pick out the perfect colour.  It could have easily gone wrong, really wrong.  I had a painter come out, and once he realized I wanted to paint my brick, he never even called me back with a quote!!  So, okay fine!  I have to work with what I got.  Pink brick.

The red door really does compliment the brick, and I don't regret getting it.  But, I am a little pissy about the roof I got.  It's too gray.  When you are picking from a 2" swatch, you kinda have to just cross your fingers.  Big mistake.  I should have taken my time and gone around the neighbourhood and studied the roofs more.  Lesson learned.

I really struggled with what colour to do the shutters, portico and garage.  Brown, Black, Gray.... I was not interested in having the new shutters custom painted.  It would have cost a fortune, so I had slim pickings as far as standard shutter colours.  I had this designer guy come to my house to talk about front doors, and he suggested just painting everything the same colour as the window casing and having it all blend in nice.  Then let my fabulous ( and ridiculously expensive) front door POP.  He was right....  don't go all 'designer-chic-bananas' and just keep it simple.  So I did.  Standard Taupe all around!!

You know what, I do like the outcome.  I worked with what I had and I think the house looks up to date and loved.  It's just, if you look at the other rooms I have done (like the office, and toy room), I clearly love WOW rooms.  I was hoping to have that on the exterior as well, but through this process I have learned that sometimes neutral is best.  Let the space speak for itself.

Anyway, I hope you like what I have done.  And if you don't, lie, and tell Ryan you do because he forked over a lot of dough for me.  He loves me.  Right, honey xoxo

And come spring, I've got a lot of landscaping to do... I'm tired just thinking about it.

Here's a list of what I did to update the exterior.
- New custom front door (Lakecity Home Imporvements, Burlington)
- New pot lights (ATI Electric)
- New light fixtures (Murray Feiss - Secolite, Burlington)
- New house numbers and moved them to the portico (Ebay)
- New exterior shutters (Dinesol, Tan, Raised Panel - Lakecity Home Improvements, Burlington)
- Removed dead tree from front garden (Thanks to Tom, Dave and Bryan from ATI Electric!  Awesome guys!)
- Painted Portico and Garage door (Custom Colour, Behr)
- New roof and facing on portico (Main Street Roofing, Burlington)
- Painted garage door hardware and mailbox(RustOleum, Black)

Best surprise ever!  Coming home to new shutters.

I was going to save the old shutters and do something crafty, but they were in rough shape.  Bye, Bye!

The guys putting in my new pot lights.  The kids loved watching them work on the roof!

Multi talented electricians.  Thanks guys!!!

Getting my new front door!  So exciting!