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Mudroom Progress




I am a huge fan of Jessica Helgerson, the interior designer of this beautiful home. Our family room has the same cathedral ceilings, and this picture is one of the many that makes me want to run wild and paint our cedar ceilings white. It’s also the reason I started hunting for a demijohn vase like the two on the floor. I’m happy to say that I found one when Heather and I went shopping at Spruce Collective! Now if only I had a tree that could spare a limb…


In other exciting news, in between my boys’ baseball games the much ignored mudroom has finally been getting some attention! I spent some time on Saturday sewing a seat cushion for this bench. I feel like my mom when I’m sewing. All of my latent skills come from her. I’m not finished yet, but it is looking SO good! Can’t wait to have some finished pictures for you!

And no, the door isn’t dirty, it’d just been painted here and the plastic hadn’t been removed from the glass yet. I adore the new door too, by the way. Our mudroom/laundry room is off of the garage and has no windows, so the glass has made such a difference in the amount of light in the room!

How about you? What were you up to this weekend? Happy week ahead!

A Clean Slate



Lisa Leonard Interiors

There is just something about white. Fresh. New. Exactly what I’m looking for this New Year! Which is why we went a little crazy with a can of white paint and a whole bunch of trim over the holidays. It feels so good to rid the walls of the drab beige/taupe color. Of all the changes that I want to make this year, this seemed like a good place to start.

Ever since I saw this photo of Lauren Leonard’s bunkroom (above), I knew that we would be adding some board and batten style trim detail into our house. I didn’t want to cover all the walls with it, just an accent wall seemed like the right amount. I’m loving it! My amazing, hard working hubby deserves an enormous thank you. Seriously. Shout out for you Jason!! The bonus is that he’s super happy with it too. Whew!


Work is still being done caulking, painting, etc, so for now I’m only going to show you this little snippet. And, as with most reno projects… when one things changes, everything is fair game! So, our family room is in store for some major redecorating. Stay tuned!

Happy New Year Everyone!

The Morgan Sofa by Bensen



I fell in love with this sofa last weekend when I was at Inform‘s booth on opening night at IDSwest. It is the Bensen Morgan sofa, and it is so comfortable – I think we could have a wonderful relationship. But I’ll be honest, I have no idea how much it costs, and I’m kind of afraid to find out. You see, the reality is that I have two little guys with frequently dirty hands… so slipcovers might be a better fit for our current reality. Maybe.

I had the chance to tour the Bensen Factory early this summer when I went to the preview for IDSwest, but I realize now that I never posted any pictures of it! So here you go! It was so clean, organized, and spacious. Let’s hear it for furniture made right here in Vancouver!

Now I’m curious… Do you buy the furniture pieces you love, even if your kids or pets may ruin them? If so, what is your super secret stain remover? Or do you have one of “those” living rooms that no one is allowed to enter? No judgement. 😉 Haha, now I’m really curious, so do tell!

Decorating for Fall



I went shopping with Kerry last weekend and fell in love with the Fall decor inside the stores! I was excited to come home and start decorating our home! I like to keep it simple, and stick to natural elements, and at this time of year that is easy! The ornamental squash, paired with berries from my parents yard, look great placed in my new two toned IKEA bowl.

I couldn’t resist picking up these berry branches from my local grocery store for our dining room table. But, I’m not sure what these branches are called, so if you know please do share!

We are celebrating a long Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, so I’ve prettied it up just in time! We’re heading out to buy some pumpkins, having a hotdog roast with friends, and attending multiple turkey dinners this weekend! Should be a good one! I hope yours is too! What have you got in store?

Photos: Rosa Pearson

IDSwest Preview



I recently attended a design event at Inform for the 2012 Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) preview. No, HGTV personality Tommy Smythe wasn’t there, but he will be upping the style ante at IDSwest so I thought that I’d lead with that exciting news for all you Tommy fans! Here is a sneak peak of the party, and the show! Maybe he’ll attend Blend this year?

The Bocci Pop Up Bar, 100 Mile House  & The DJ Trike. How cool is that!?

(Jewellery, Andronyk. Pillows, Lucky14)

New this year, the One of a Kind District will provide an opportunity for you to take original designs home with you! Sixty handcraft designers will offer a range of design-forward products. With tunes from Beats and Bikes and incredible shopping, you will leave the show with a smile on your face.

(Future Masters Greg Papove  & Vitra’s Alcove Highback Sofa)

IDSwest highlights cutting-edge furniture, art, architecture, lighting and design from September 27th to September 30th, 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

How about you? Have you been to IDSwest before?

Photo Credits: All photos by Rosa Pearson, except for Tommy Smythe’s picture, photographer TBA.

Mudroom Bench Fabric



Remember my mud room inspiration pics? Well, I’m finally making some progress! I went fabric shopping today! My mother in law came over to see the boys and I got to escape for three hours! Luxurious, and very productive. Does anyone else have a full body reaction when they find exactly what they’re searching for? Just me? I knew that this Robert Allen fabric was “the one” as soon as I saw it. It’s New Damask BK in Greystone and I LOVE it!

I really wanted to pull from the colours in the adjoining powder room for my laundry & mud room reno. Between the dark grey baskets that I found at Homesense, and this Robert Allen fabric that has both the gray and yellow, I think it’s working! I’ve just placed the fabric on the bench for the picture… I do still need to sew the cover. My sewing projects for the home have been limited to roman blinds so far, so I’ve never had to do piping. Just out of curiosity, have any of you used piping before? I had thought about using some contrasting yellow piping, but now I’m thinking that I might just keep it all in the same fabric. Any thoughts?

Mud Room Inspiration



I am so excited! We are making headway on the laundry room/mudroom this week! The room hasn’t been touched since we renovated the adjoining powder room! Doors arrive tomorrow!! I’m hoping to have some pics to share soon, but in the meantime… I’ve been searching the web for mud room & laundry room inspiration, and thought I’d share some of my favourite mud room pics with you today! If you want some more eye candy, I’ve added all these pics (and many more) onto my Pinterest boards! (Are you on Pinterest too?)

Photo Credits: Bolig via Emmas Designblogg (photos Mikkel Adsbol), Better Homes & Gardens via Centsational Girl, Janis Nicolay for House & Home, House & Home via A Life’s Design.

A Little More



Check out the picture that I found from when the previous owners lived here, and before we tackled our kitchen renovation! It’s shows a little more of the room than you’ve seen before, so I thought I’d take some pics to show more of the family room/eating area/kitchen. I always hesitate to show too much because it’s a work in progress.

It looks kind of cramped in this picture, but I wanted the sofa to visually break up the long room, and I’m happy with the layout of the furniture. The beige wall on the left is currently the same colour as the rest of the walls, and now that they are all going to get a paint job I was thinking about trimming out and painting that one wall to match the kitchen cupboards. I think it would make the kitchen look a bit wider. What do you think? Keep it the same as the rest of the walls, or treat it like part of the kitchen??

I haven’t shown a view of our eating area before because for the longest time we had no chairs! We borrowed chairs from the dining room while I was waiting to find the right chairs for the space… turns out they were waiting for me at Ikea all along! The table is a hand me down, and we’ve been searching for a long time for the right replacement, but can never seem to decide. And so it goes I guess! Life gets busy, and things fall to the bottom of the list if they aren’t completely hideous. 🙂

Office Light Fixture



Do any of you remember this amazing chandelier that was featured in Season 1 of Sarah’s House? It has been ingrained in my head ever since!

So, of course, it’s no surprise this similar beauty caught my eye when I saw it on Anne-Marie’s fabulous 10 Rooms blog.

And you can imagine my excitement when I found THIS in the clearance section at my local GARDEN store!!! Yes, people, I may have squealed. Oh, and did I mention that it was reduced to $5, from $75, because the white fabric inside had come loose. Yes, FIVE DOLLARS!!! I can say without a doubt that this is the best deal I’ve ever found on lighting! You will see this baby hanging from the ceiling in my office very soon!

Cuckoo for Cuckoo Clocks



When I was in New York one of my priorities was to visit the overwhelmingly fabulous ABC Carpet & Home. There are so many levels in that store that I’m not sure I even saw everything! But one of the things I did see, and fell in love with, was on the wall downstairs in The Conran Shop. Isn’t this contemporary cuckoo clock by Pascal Tarabay amazing!! I’m absolutely smitten. Functional and beautiful, all wrapped up into one!

I think my obsession may have started when Layla, over at The Lettered Cottage, posted about Camp Wandawega. Just look at this wall of painted traditional cuckoo clocks!!!

Or maybe it was when Sarah first posted the pic of this simple red cuckoo clock framed on her wall, and I thought “of course!”.

And, you can always count on the makers of the world to satisfy any odd sort of decorative cravings. Whether with string art or printed versions, the options to feed my addiction are endless!

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