Entries from October 28th, 2013

Before & After: Table & Chairs Makeover




We’ve got a visitor on the blog today! Say hello to Sam everyone! This is us at Chelsea Market on a trip to New York. Sam is second from the left, in between Sherri and Claire. It feels like so long ago, and looking at this pic makes me want to jump on a plane! But, now that you’ve met Sam, you really need to take a peek into her amazing dining room transformation!

Table Before & After

Isn’t it great! Sam wanted to change up her table and chairs, and with just a little paint that she already had on hand, and some interlocking boards, she has completely transformed the room for only $10! Pretty amazing DIY, don’t you think?

Thanks for sharing Sam!

[ UPDATE: I’ve received lots of emails with questions since this post, so I thought I’d answer them here so you don’t need to go searching through the comments if you have a question. Firstly, Sam used a couple cans of leftover FAT Paint chalk paint, mixed together, to come up with her table color. Because she was using this type of paint she didn’t sand or prime, just painted it on! She bought all of the boards in one bundle from Rona (Canada’s home improvement store) for $6! She nailed on the wood top. Hope that helps! ]

EQ3 Blogger’s Style




How is your week going so far? Life has definitely had its ups and downs over here lately, so it’s nice to receive emails that give me a boost. Today I thought I’d share that EQ3 asked me to be their ‘Blogger of the Month’ for October! I love this Canadian company, so of course I jumped at the chance! Over the course of the month I have posted on the EQ3 FB page, and you can pop over to the EQ3 Inhabit blog post where I share more pictures of our latest kitchen addition, the Connick Pendant. What a treat it is to have hanging over our table! It is exactly what I’ve been searching for, simple & beautiful!

KITCHEN Before & After

And, of course, everyone loves a Before & After, so I couldn’t resist sharing one including our latest addition!

Thanks for having me EQ3!

Vancouver Home + Design Show Giveaway




The Vancouver Home + Design Show is celebrating 30 years! And to help us celebrate with them, they have given me a pair of tickets to the show to pass on to you! And to sweeten the deal, Urban Barn is throwing in a $100 Gift Certificate! Yes, free shopping money people!

I will draw one name from the comments here on the blog next Friday. And yes, if you Tweet about this giveaway you will get a second entry, and if you share on FB you will get a third chance, as long as you leave comments here telling me that you did those things! So all you need to do is…


Have a great weekend!

UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone that entered! I have emailed the winner…

Children’s Art on Display




We took our crew on a different kind of family adventure recently. After Saturday morning pancakes, we set off for the Modern Home Tour. I was so excited to have won tickets from Stephanie at Garden Therapy!  I was surprised at how much the boys enjoyed the sneak peek into other people’s homes! This picture is of one of the rooms we got to peek into, only one of many rooms on the tour that proudly displayed original art. I love all the white walls and pops of colour! My boys rated the homes based on the Lego collections, or lack thereof, or course… but that’s okay with me if they’re interested!

Art on Display

Boys Bedroom

We have been making changes in Cole’s bedroom, and we are doing the same thing. After painting all the walls white, I framed up some of his art, and found the right spot to display some of his sweet artwork from over the years. I’m loving the little chair I found for his desk, my $5 garage sale find! I can’t wait to finish up his room so I can show you some more!

And speaking of kids bedrooms, we’ve been trying something new to get them to keep them clean… and it’s working! I’ll fill you in soon in case you’re looking for some chore inspiration.

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