Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
In my perfect, happy little world. We'd buy the duplex this weekend. What that would mean, is that I can start planning the decor :)
If all goes as planned, we will have a three bedroom. I am planning on doing a guest room and an office. Here's what I'd like to do in the guest room:
We've got a nice little double bed, that everyone says is the comfiest bed they've ever slept in. So I am thinking we keep that and add a pretty custom upholstered headboard in this fabric:
This West Elm Duvet Cover Set is soooo pretty!!! And would look amazing with the headboard.
This dresser on the other side of the room, from Ikea is a multi-tasking piece that we'll switch out the hardware on...Last but not least, I'd love to throw in this pretty chandelier for some added bling and just to make it a lovely little retreat:
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Stick with me, I plan on getting on-line tonight. We're gonna try and find Mr. Canon this evening and the weekend is bound to produce lots of fun pics, since it's Christmas light hanging time!!
Happy American Thanksgiving!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
This lazy boy - Greyson, was the first to get in on the napping in front of the fireplace idea. It was the cutest thing ever, first he was all laid out, stretching, and then zonked right out in the bask of the heat.
Now, currently we have nothing in front of the fireplace, so he just sleeps on the carpet. I was thinking it might be nice to have something for him to curl up on and nap, since I plan on turning the fireplace on often this summer. But one of the hardest utilitarian things to work into one's decor is animal items.
The traditional sheepskin rug from Ikea is probably the best (and most cost-effective) option, plus I think it looks pretty.
This dog bed from over at Bowser Beds is a fave of Kal's over at Lovelife and the pretty pattern would work with our decor. Only thing, is that I don't really think the kitties are really fond of pillow-sitting.. so I'm a little hesitant.
Lastly, this faux-fur throw from Zellers might work for a non-permanent option that I could just throw down when I turn the fire on, and both the kitties and me could curl up together......
What's even better - these have pretty large lots, so there is tons of room in the backyard, even after the deck!!!
So we're gonna scoot over there tomorrow evening after work, and take a peek at what they've got and pricing, and then make a decision as to which one to go with.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It was however 50% off weekend, and the store was PACKED!!! So perhaps they were cleared out, or maybe it had moved... anyhow it was too busy for me to ask a Staff member anyhow.
We did manage to find some Chocolate Brown velvet that was diamond quilted, with the batting already attached.. I'm not sure what this is typically used for. We both liked it!!
Okay, so the color-scheme, is not what we're going for in our place.... but I've always pondered about doing something super-tall like this.
This is very similar to what I've always wanted... and it's even in chocolate!!
This is kinda different, and I like it. It's also less feminine, so I am sure Cory would approve. As well, something like this looks like it would be much easier to create myself!
As we currently don't have side tables, I think something like these Artie nesting tables from URBAN BARN would be really cool.
This Pier 1 lamp has the prefect colors, as well, seems like it would be a big enough scale for either side of the sofa ( with it's tall, rolled, padded arms)
I'd love to do some single chair seating, like these amazing slipper chairs, from Ashley while I love the matching stone color, I'm thinking that they would look equally as lovely, and even more cozy, even, if done in dark chocolate brown!!
I would love to pop this beautiful little table between the two slipper chairs.
I think these glass domed, white birds (Pier 1 ) are the perfect accessory to dress up the media stand, alongside a great laquer tray holding a fishbowl full of peonies!!
This crazy glass head makes me very happy. I'd have to find somewhere perfect for it!!
Exotic, Very Vanilla. Satsuma, Cranberry, Mango, Kiwi Melon
I would love to get the new: Passion fruit, Lemon Basil, and Plum
As well, this pretty new reed diffuser comes in a couple different scents, and it's ultra-modern design means it will fit in, amoung any decor! Plus, you can buy refills for the oil!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The owner chose low-back couches in this room to show as much of the bay windows off, as possible.
When he couldn't find a coffee table that suited his needs, he made this one out of plywood and metal trusses.
Love the style of something, but can't find it in the right size? This owner put two identical tables, side-by-side to create a larger space and displays vases collected along his travels.
The kitchen was designed to maximize storage. The laundry is even disgusied behind cabinet doors! Having a big kitchen meant being able to incorporate a big enough eat-in area, and eliminate the need for a separate dining room.
In what was the former dining room, is now the masterbedroom. But the built-in hutch is a reminder of the room's former purpose.
Using the dining room as a bedroom, means you get these beautiful windows!
The office contains two enclosed computer stations that can be hidden away with sliding doors. This room absolutely maximizes on storage.
Got a funny or awkward angle in a room. Don't leave it wasted... find something that works. This angled window is perfect fr staggering filing cabinets!While pretty, this bathroom seems out of sorts with the whole house..But it does maximize on space, as the toilet is squeezed under the narrow counter, they've gone wiht open storage, and eliminated the claw-foot tub in favor of an open shower with sloped floor and open drain.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
1. We use coupons - I don't care what the item is, or what it costs, if I can save any amount of money on it - I will. We shop at Save On Foods and they send me a booklet almost weekly with coupons. In addition, when you enter the store, there is a little booth where you can scan your points card and it prints up about 10 coupons for you to use. I also visit sites like Save.ca where I can select all the coupons that we want, and they mail them direct to our house.
2. Mind your meter - we try as much as possible to keep our utility bills managable. So if that means resisting the urge to crank the heater as the weather cools, and instead put on a sweater and wear slippers, we do that. It's always wise to also compare the actaul meter reading with their "Estimate", to ensure they are not over charging you. We also have a programmable, electric thermostat that is set to be cooler when we are sleeping, and when we are not home. It is set to turn on shortly before we get home. The weekends are also set differently than the rest of the week.
3. Be natural - even though it's getting darker and darker, earlier and earlier. We try not to keep ourselves illuminated when we don't need to. We have lots of big, beautiful windows in our home and try to keep the blinds, and natural light going as long as possible. I'm also quite strict on following Cory around to make sure he shuts them off as he leaves a room.
4. Buy what you need - we try not to buy crap we don't need. This works in two ways... the less I buy, the less I spend. The less stuff I have, the less time and money I need to clean it, maintain it, and store it.
5. Research purchases - doesn't it irk you to find out after you bought something, that you could have gotten it for cheaper?? Well, it does for me, so I always take the time to research a purchase. I've even returned stuff after I found the price somewhere else, and it doesn't hurt to see if a store will price match. Plus, a lot of store will do price adjustments, if you ask and keep your receipt. It's your money, use it wisely!
6. Fill 'em in - A big topic of discussion over at our house is how to still be social and maintain friendships, while not spending money. I have tons of answers for this, Cory does not. My answer is simple - let your friends and family know your situation and that you're avoiding unnecessary spending at all costs. For the most part, they'll respect that and be cool with doing things that are within your realm of cost.
7. Recycle - We do a couple things that help us save. Firstly, we are pretty neurotic about returning our bottles and cans, and we have a lot!!! We also try and re-use as much as possible. We also use our re-usable grocery bags as much as possible, and some stores will even give you a couple cents off for each bag you use.
8. Shop off-season - I wish we did this more than we do. Unforunately, the stuff I do think to buy off season (like a shovel or a bathing suit) is never available when we look for it. But it's a good way to save some dough!
9. Buying bulk/stocking up- There are a couple ways that we do this effectively. One, if I find an item that we use all the time, on sale, I always buy more than one. This is great cause it saves me money in the long run, plus since we always have back-ups, it saves the extra money that we would have spent, running to the corner store to when we realize too late, that we are our of something. We also buy more of stuff we use, so we have a Costco membership, which I recently found out, my company provides discounts for. Buying wholseale is however, only a good deal if it's stuff you actually use. Another option is the bulk section of your grocery store, which we use as well.
10. Sign Up!- If a store has a member or discount card, I probably have it. I will take any excuse I can to get a discount or free stuff. I'm cheap, and I'm fine with that. If a store offers an incentive of this nature, it's great to use. My only exception to this, is cards that require you to pay to be a member. Example: a $20.00 20% Discount card that saves me 20% on the initial purchase is only worth the extra expense if it is going to be used habitually, and if the total cost of all the savings I get, by using it will be MORE than it's initial cost. If I pay $20, save 20% on a $30 bra and never use it again, it's a waste of my money!!
11. Reap the benefits - If you are lucky enough, you might work for a company that offers you incentives, rewards, and overall benefits. Take advantage of these!!! For years, my bf has has healthcare benefits, etc. paid for him through his work. However, he does not recal EVER using them!!!! Use them as much as possible, if it is offered to you, some people don't have it so lucky. I, on the other hand, use mine as much as possible, as well, I am listed on both our healthcare benefit plans, and whatever my company does NOT cover, I submit for coverage through his company. If your work offers a discount on items like Costco memberships, gym memberships, Insurance company affliations, car rental and hotel discounts, why would you not use them?
These are just a few tips of things we do to keep the cash ours!! If you have any tips or tricks, please comment!!
Now, I don't know about you, but we love the one that we've been borrowing from Cory's uncle John for the last couple weeks. Unfortunately, he does have a daughter who uses it, and we heard yesterday, that there are plans for him to be moving out of the Province here soon.
Unfortunately for us, that means we're gonna be having to give it back to him :(
So even if you don't want to win, you could always pop over here drop Katie a comment and let her know that if you win, you'd love to send the prize my way :)
Or... you could keep it for yourself.... lol.
Either way, run over there and enter!! Best of luck!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The Campton Console from Pottery Barn would be a perfect little sideboard.
These base pieces are all gorgeous and yes, a little basic, but when you add tealy-blue silk drapes, artwork, mirrors, sconces and some great accessories, I think it will be a perfect front room!!