Thursday, September 18, 2014

September Nails: Fall Peacock

I've never been a girl who gets her nails done. Yes, I'll paint them myself from time to time, but they're super fragile and break easily, so it's often not worth the hassle.

But a few months ago, I had the opportunity to try some press-on Nails and became HOOKED!! Gone are the days when press-ons were a vision of the 80s, in bright red talon-like styles.  Today's styles are very fresh and current and work nicely for me as they last about a week, which let's me change them up as often as I like!! 

Yesterday, a trip to <a href="">Walmart</a> for cat litter, yielded 2 new pairs of earrings and 2 new styles of nails!!

Anyone who knows me, knows I love birds and of course peacock colors, so coming across these babies was an exciting find! 

Of course I had to put them on that night!   I'm super happy with how they look. Here's a peek:

The dark moody colors really pop on my white skin!   What I like about them is that they aren't all the same. The feathers are turned the other way on some so they don't look so mass produced and a little more hand-drawn! 

They offer a nice selection of sizes so you  can find something to fit. I'm thinking it would be super cute to do these as a feature nail with a dark color for the rest of the hand since I prob won't be able to do a full hand again! 

One thing I love is that as someone quote spends all day typing, the length on these is pretty good .  I don't have issues with them feeling awkward. Plus I find my natural nails are protected and actually grow quite well when I'm wearing these!! The best part? Pre-glued. These babies take less than 4 minutes to finish!!  

If you're looking to add a little something to your manicure, be sure to try out <a href="">Impress Press On Manicure by Broadway Nails</a> 

What beauty tips, tricks or products have you tried out lately? I love hearing from my readers!! 

Disclaimer: While I have, in the past, received products from this company (via a third-party) to review, these items were purchased by me. I enjoyed the complimentary items soo much, I have continued to purchase them since the trial and will continue to do so. All opinions and ideas here are my own. I was not compensated in any fashion for this post. However, that being said, I'd be happy to work with them in the future :) 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Office Progress: Drapery

A few months back, when the friend I had staying with me moved out, I decided it was time to update the office a little bit.  Nothing fancy, but as the space was entirely full of dark furniture, it was feeling pretty "heavy" and I felt I could lighten things up a little bit and make it more conducive to my wanting to use and be in the space.

The first thing I decided was that I wasn't going to bring all the furniture back in.  The tall BILLY bookcase was relocated to the basement for some storage in the laundry space,which worked out  well.  I also got rid of the stand alone filing cabinet since I gained the filing drawer space in the drawer tower that the ex had left me.

Everything else was returned to the room in pretty much the same spot, since I was keeping the big mirror in the space and that limits the furniture placement.

....and then I kind of got busy with work and nothing else happened in the space.  Until last week that is, when I remembered about the project and had some free time to go shopping!

The first thing I wanted to do was bring in some color and pattern into the space via some patterned drapes.  I lucked out at HomeSense  when I came across these pretty geometric linen panels in white, grey and turquoise.  While I`m not usually a fan of grommet panels, they seem to be the norm for HomeSense, and I can`t complain when I get 2 panels for $25.00!

I also needed to buy a drapery rod for the space and after checking out a ton of different options (and actually buying a different one initially), I came across this pretty one with Mercury Glass finials which I absolutely loved.  They were also cheaper than the plainer version I had already purchased.  These are Threshold from Target .

This was my first time putting up drapery rods, which I know is ridiculous.  But it was pretty easy and I even added one immediately after, to the guest room as well.  As soon as they were up, I knew the finials were perfect.


They add a lot of interest to the space and I am really happy with the color.
The  only unfortunate thing is that for whatever reason, I didn't actually read the drapes' dimensions.  Since the ones I'd purchased for my bedroom were the same company, I assumed they were the same... I was wrong.  :(  
But I can totally solve that with the addition of a band of fabric at the bottom. 
I'll be on the lookout for a nice linen-like fabric in a coordinating grey or turquoise color. 
In the meantime, I really like how they are adding a little something to the room!
Tomorrow, I will be sharing a little more pattern that I've added to the space!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dining Room Table Makeover

I am incredibly excited to reveal the "new" Dining Room table today!!


The Dining Set was the first one I ever purchased when I moved out on my own for the first time.  It's served me well the last 9ish years, but the glossy, dark espresso like finish had started chipping and peeling and it was looking a little worse for wear.  Plus, the "espresso" was really more of a cherry now and I just wasn't really feeling it anymore.

Sure it looked good from far, but definitely far from good!
So I usually tried to mask a lot of the wear with a centerpiece and/or some type of table linens. 
My recent desire to lighten things up had grown stronger and stronger....
I wasn't exact sure what I wanted the new table to look like, but I knew that starting with a clean slate would be the best place to start.  I had toyed with the idea of painting it a glossy white, or possibly staining it a light grey, kind of like a whitewashed finish.  But I figured we'd start with the chairs sanded down and see how I like it. 
Since I have a very strong aversion to sandpaper, I had to enlist the efforts of my mom to do the  sanding. She got the chairs done one at a time, over the last few months since she would just take one back home with her every time she'd visit.
Once all 4 were complete, I really liked the look!
So this week she came to visit to tackle the table.  We initially thought it was solid wood, unfortunately, just the legs were solid, the top had a veneer on a pressed board finish, which meant it chipped off very easily. 
One side is still a fair bit darker than the other, where my mom thinks the stain might have been left on a little longer. She was hesitant to keep going too much on it, as she was worried she'd just gouge the table surface far too much.  I actually don't mind it too much, plus figure that it'll wear down a bit with plates and everything rubbing on it. 
It looks a lot lighter in person actually....
I was a little leery at first but now I absolutely LOVE it!!
Its super rustic looking which I love. 
I quickly added a little burlap runner and simply placed a few new fall décor purchases for the meantime. 
I'm thinking eventually I will want to coat it with a wax or sealer just to protect the top. But otherwise, I like the new look.  It has drastically changed the look of the Dining Space and I'm super happy about it!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Recent Target Finds

I was at Target  the other day for something and of course had to peruse the home decor and furniture sections. My store didn't have much in stock, but here are a few things that caught my eye:

I have a feeling I've posted these dining chairs before, but I love them! I love the color, the nailhead detail and the great price! 

They also have barstools but I'm partial to those tufted teal ones for a pop of fun color in an all white kitchen! 

Continuing on in that teal linen fabric is this sleek little chair and ottoman combo! They kinda remind me of an 80s waiting room but I like them anyhow! The slim profile is nice for small spaces and that ottoman could be uber versatile!

Love these lamp bases! Very Restoration Hardware-esque. At what I can only assume is like 80 times cheaper :) 

It's hard to see in this photo but these shades have a gold lurex-like thread running thru them for just the slightest metallic surprise! I was looking at them for the office lamps but think they might not be enough of a statement for a lucite base!

I also liked this ombré version and the gold foil leaf print option! I actually ended up picking up  the gold leaf ones for my office, which I will show you soon!
What about you? What have been your favorite Target finds lately? 

Stuff & Things...

While I realize I haven't shared with you any photos of the outdoor spaces from this summer yet, the weather has been crap lately - we had snow on Monday, and rain practically every day since!  So I will hopefully get around to that this weekend if things smarten up.  But without further ado, some insight into what I have been working on inside!

Just over a year ago, an incident led to me needing to replace the powder room door.  I managed to get a great deal through work for the same profile doors I have (and love) throughout the rest of the house. Unfortunately, the door was unpainted and unprimed - no problem I said, I'll get right on that!

Since it's install, I've scowled at the door, apologized to guests and warned them "the door isn't dirty, its unpainted..." as I've sent them on their way to the powder room.  I couldn't take it one more second, and last week, armed with some White Russians, my iPhone and a wireless stereo, I decided to paint the damn thing.  At 9:30 p.m. on a Tuesday......

Here is the BEFORE:
You can see how ugly and not bright white it was...  you can also see on the left side there, dirty fingerprints from the guys who carried the door for me.... the shame!



 It's hard to tell in the pics (nighttime) but it is an exact match to the trim!!  So fresh and clean now!!

As well, months and months ago, after the friend I had staying with me moved out, I decided I was going to refresh my office.  I opted not to move some of the old furniture back in, and then didn't do a single thing else.  Last week, when I realized I'd picked up a temporary contract that would have me working from home a few nights a week, I realized it was high time I got back to work on the office.  While it's not quite ready for a full reveal, here's one of the quick projects I completed.

A while back, I redid a corkboard to be a pretty little live Pinterest board for my office.  The only thing was it didn't have any hanging hardware on the back.  After about 2 years of having it leaning against the wall (and then also crashing down behind the deck and destroying the baseboard), I got fed up and rectified that.

Here's a super easy way to add hardware to anything you want to hang.

1.  Pick up these handy little self-levelling picture hangers from Home Depot


2. Flip over the item you need to add hardware to 

3.  Use a measuring tape to mark the centre

4.  Place the middle of the hardware thing over the dot you marked and then hammer in the little nails they provide.  (I busted out my jewelry making tools and used needle nose pliers to hold the nail so I didn't hammer my fingers)

5.  Flip your piece over, hammer a nail or screw into the wall (I used an anchor for mine since the board is heavy and with pinning and unpinning items to it, I figured it would be smarter to make it secure).  Hang on wall

I won't show an overall shot as I am still working on the rest of the space, but it will be coming soon!
There's lot going on in the house right now, project wise, (it's an absolute mess right now!), so stay tuned as I have lots of posts coming!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Quick Little Bathroom Addition

I know this little trick has been done time and time again, and as usual, I'm a little late to the party but it's something I never thought worked for me, until I tried it, and it did!

About a month ago, I was cleaning out the guest bedroom and came across a stash of hurricane vases that I'd bought a few years back that were just sitting in a closet. I figured there had to be a better use for them so I brought one into my ensuite bath. I had always been of the belief that extra rolls of toilet paper should be stored out of site, but this bathroom is not used by guests and since it's usually just me here, seeing if there was an extra roll handy, was actually the perfect idea.

The vase isn't super tall so it fits two rolls inside, and I can get away with a third on top, but that's really all I ever need at a time. ( Excuse the crappy iPhone pics lately, I've lost both my camera cards and need to buy a new one!) 

I like that it's super handy and much easier than reaching around the cabinet door when you find yourself "in need"...  Best of all, it's pretty unobtrusive!

Can't even see it from the door! 

Where do you keep your extra stash of toilet paper? 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Simons Maison: Whimsical, Elegant Home Wares!

A few weeks ago  I received a flyer for <a href="">Simons</a> Maison and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at a few cute homewards and their reasonable prices so of course I went online and had a better look at their wares. Of course I saved it and then promptly filed it away and forgot about it until now! 

The item that originally grabbed my attention was of course this tablecloth.
Feathers are my jam! Even better that this one was grey and white, absolutely perfect for my space! At less than $20.00, I will most likely be snagging this beauty for my house! 

Of course they also have the matching napkins. I'm thinking I could use these for pillow covers or something else fun around the house.

I also really loved this throw blanket.  I've seen plenty of grey and white chevron throws elsewhere, but this one is a great price at $19.99! 

Since all my picks were looking a little grey, I of course had to throw in this cute turquoise ombré mat. I need a new one for the back door, and $9.99 is a pretty sweet price.

Of course I also have a thing for campy, whimsical animals in home decor so it's no surprise that I loved this antler duvet cover set and pillow cases.

I loved the message on this simple cushion that also comes in a a throw.

Lastly, there's something so strikingly elegant about this velvet feather cushion.

 I don't know about you, but im am truly loving these great pieces, and think they'd fit in perfectly in my home. I'll be checking them out in person very soon!