Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Yes, Martha's basment has storage, and there's nothing all too fancy about it. Racks hold screens and storm doors amd simple storage shelves hold labelled plastic totes. One thing I do like, is the metal risers she has her furniture on. These babies will keep her furniture safe, in case of flood.
Apparently she lucked out and got a pair of terracotta sinks with her house (not shown), so that worked out well. The large countertop has been padded and covered in muslin, which is a great soft surface for folding or ironing. Those industrial-looking wheeled baskets cart all the laundry around. Looks like her cats are like mine, and love fresh laundry!!
This is certainly the opposite of what I imagined the Domestic Diva to use as a craft station...but essentially it has everything she needs! I am loving the kraft paper roll right on the desk and may have to get one for myself!
So I occassionally peruse the different classified sections of different sites for buying/selling and trades, hoping that I will find a good deal. Mostly, I am looking for house stuff like furniture I can re-finish. Well, I have yet to find something amazing......
Until today that is!!
I am in dire need of a new sideboard. The Barrister's cabinet we re-finished this summer doesn't quite look right. Enter this beauty I just came across:
I absolutely love this Mission style. Apparently, this is solid wood as well, and looks in great shape. Best part? They price! They're giving this baby away for free!!! Only stipulation is that you need to come and pick it up yourself!! Well we have a truck so I think that sounds wonderful!!
I may want to paint/stain it a different color as it's a far different wood color than anything we have in our home..... but I love the style and it looks nice and solid. I have an email into the "seller", and hope to hear from her soon.
I'll keep you posted!
Ever had the problem of wanting to build a house, but not loved the plans that are out there? Can't find something you love?
Why not head on over to Better Homes & Gardens and find plans you love.
This site features a variety of different plans. There are duplexes, lots of ranch-style homes, small homes (even under 100 sq. ft., and of course much larger homes. You can even browse homes with narrow floorplans. How neat is that.
What's even better? Love something you find? Buy copies of the floorplans, right on the site!! Now while I've never purchased floorplans, I found them a bit expensive, but whose putting a price on your dream home?
Here are a couple of the exteriors that I liked:
Don't believe me, read about it here .
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I don't know where the thing came from, but it was at my parents' place and I adopted it, as a vanity stool for my bedroom. Later, it became a media cabinet for my stereo, and when I left home, it served as a stool again, but stored all the sentimental things from my infancy.
The ottoman was a homemade piece from someone and while not attractive, certainly served a purpose. I found some gorgeous textured fabric this summer and began the process of upholstering it. Unfortunately, due to not having a sewing machine at the time, the project was put on hold. However, by the time I got a sewing machine this fall, the base had become buried in our garage due to an unexpected construction project sitting unfinished in our storage room, by the builder.
Anyhow, I've gotten my second wind, and hopefully, will get working on it this weekend, if I can track it down. I have had the top sitting in the spare bedroom closet for months and love how it's turned out. I hope the base will make me equally as happy.
As well, I think I have a great place for it in the new house - in lieu of leather cube ottomans in the front entrance... this ottoman will serve as a bench, and storage!
Monday, January 26, 2009
I am leaning towards the three-drawer, just because I think the scale is the best. The black-brown color works with the rest of furniture in the space. However, in keeping with the style of the dresser, I think I would like some similar hardware. Item E is the best online picture I can find. However, at Walmart of all places, I found the exact silver knobs that we have on the dresser.
At either $59 or $89 per chest, plus about $10 for the hardware, at less than $100 a nightstand, I think it's a great idea.
Over at Casa Thibault/Savoy, we like updating our pieces with new hardware. In fact, in thinking a lot about the new place, and the new pieces I would like to bring into it. I realized that a couple of the pieces will require either updating, or adding hardware.
Thankfully, years ago, my mom turned me on to one of the most amazing stores. Lee Valley has the largest collection of hardware I've ever seen in my life!! My mom gets the catalogues and it's no surprise I've perused through on occassion, selecting dream hardware for every piece in my life.
Anyhow, I've been thinking alot about what pieces will be lucky enough to make the move, and one I had forgotten about it a jewellery chest I designed, and mom made for me years ago. Why haven't I mentioned it before? Well, it's been sitting, unfinished for years, in dad's basement! Unfortunately, while she buolt it for free, it was up to me to pay for the hardware and anything else to add to it. Which was totally fair, but not something I could afford.
But, it makes no sense to leave it sitting, wasted in the basement, so I am going to splurge this year and buy myself some hardware, and maybe flock the drawers. Since the cabinet was designed with the idea of an Apothocary Chest/Library card catlogue in mind, I chose the same style of hardware ( Item B in the photo) . However, this cabinet, has a ton of drawers, so it's gonna be costly.
For now, this is on the to-do list, and I am giving myself til the end of the year to do it. Don't worry, I don't plan on taking that long, and I will post pics as the project takes shape!!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I'm really going to try and re-create something similar to this space when we finish our laundry room, however I am thinking it coudl get pretty expensive, and I may have to lower my budget and do with something a little less "glam" , like Sarah did in the Season 2 of Sarah's House.
So one of the biggest things I have been doing in the planning and designing of our new house is ensuring that all the logistics are taken care of. Yes, I know everyone knew I would take care of all the decor-like stuff like paint and cabinet colors and stuff, but I think very few thought I would have the foresight to think about the structural planning.
One of things I have been very careful to factor in, is making sure everything in the house works for us. Part of that, includes making sure all the electrical, telephone and cable outlets are located in places that make sense.
You can bet I was happy when I made sure to look, and found out that the 2 smaller bedrooms do NOT come with telephone or cable outlets, as a standard. No sir! Those are extra, and they don't come cheap.... However as we do plan on using one of them as an office/craft room and the other as a guest room (and both potential children's rooms down the road), we definetly need to factor these in.
Now, my only concern is chosing where we want them located..... this is where a problem comes in. Cory (who didn't even think to check, and then just scoffed at me when I mentioned it, as though it should be standard) believes that we should be fine with just choosing one wall on each room and popping it in there. I, on the other hand, think it might be a good investment to put an extra one in each room. This way, we can move furniture around and placement isn't dictated strictly because of where outlets are located.
(Photo from SuperStock.com )
What do you think??
Cory felt that we could probably just do this ourselves and save some money down the line. However, I feel that anything electrical is best done in advance. My theory is that then you have to get a contractor in, to cut holes in the walls and ceiling, and then figure a way to run the lines from the basement all the way to the 2nd floor. Plus, then you have the patch work job from the damage the contractor made. Wouldn't it just make more sense to have it done now and not have to worry about it??
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
There are still windows in it, to let in light, but I won't have to worry so much about privacy, or seeing the back of wreaths thru the door, for that matter.
Well, as luck would have it, as I was writing this post, I heard from the project manager and spoke with her about it. She's gonna look into making sure we can change our door if we want.
What do you think?? Do you have either of these door styles??
This would be an ideal sitation, with shelves, lots of hanging rods, and tons of purse storage.
The only thing I don't like about these hanging rods, is that there seems to be way too many hangers crammed in each section.... it looks like you wouldn't be able to grab a pair of pants out of there...
I love that they've maximized the space under shorter items like tops for shoe storage.
Also, loving the idea of having a drawer for clutches, mine are currently in clear rubbermaid totes.
A true jewelery chest! If only I had that much stuff!! But this might be the ideal time for me to get the jewelery cabinet my mom made, out of my dad's basement!
While I am getting rid of my vanity station in the new house (we have a en suite bath), I have always loved this one and think a cabinet like this might be perfect under the window for even more storage!!
Anyhow, while I love this closet and the vanity, both from Domino , and it would be prefect if I was on my own, I will be sharing the space again with Cory. (We have put separate walk-ins on the wishlist for house #2 lol). So I'm gonna use the afternoon to peruse more practical solutions and I'll show you what I find.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
One thing that I came across in my travels in LEATHER FLOORING!!! I love the idea of this!! I still get the smooth surface that's easier to clean than carpet, but I am thinking that the hide would be amazing underfoot!!! My only concern is how well it would hold up in a high-traffic area.
Anyone have any experience with this??
Thursday, January 15, 2009
How cute is this cake? Looks a lot more labour-intensive than it is, which is great for me, Heck, being as the mold is silicone, apparently you can even use it to microwave a cake in 6 minutes!!!! I mean, I think I prefer the oven... but you never know, I can be pretty lazy. At $40.00 this is a great little investment, I am thinking of picking up!
One of Cory's favorite thing to make, is his McSavoy Breakfast Sandwiches ( basically his version of McDonald's Egg McMuffin.), but he can't find egg molds he likes.... I wonder if these egg poachers will work for the same effect??
As frequent entertainers, I am always hunting down the bottle opener for guests. This little beauty sticks to the fridge (is apparently very strong) and works with any bottle. Since it doesn't have to be removed, there's no worry of losing it. Plus, it doesn't clash with your decor.
I dont know bout you, but I am always leaving my glass somewhere at a party and then trying to track it down. Unfortunately, my drinks aren't usually in wine glasses, so those little glass charms don't work for me. But this "Hello my name is..." coaster might!! Plus, after the party, they're magnetic so you can either stack them or stick em to the fridge.
ust the act of someone cutting onions, burns my eyes... These Onion Goggles should do the trick, also available in pink, these airtight goggles, prevent dinner prep from ruining your makeup!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Insert Home Depot where you can everything decor-like for your home, including furniture!!!
In their recent Dream Book they featured a ton of beautiful bathrooms:
This "asian-influence" bathroom is simple. Using paint has the biggest effect in this room. They also used Corian to build a surround for the tub.
A clean-lined vanity in dark wood, ties into all the dark wood accents throughout the room. Keeping accessories sparse is a big part of the appeal.
To me, this bathroom is the epitome of glamour! Something about cramy white/grey marble that's so clean and perfect.
Keeping the color palette limited is what works in this room. Love the vanity!!!
A powder room is the perfect place to really go all out with something vibrant, since it's such a small space and really packs a punch. This retro glam bathroom surely doesn't disappoint!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I love the idea of word art for walls, or canvases even. So you can imagine how excited I was to find this site .
With beautiful ideas to personalize your home, there's a variety of stuff to please every style.
With vinyl wall quotes, monogrammed canvases, and lucite letters, you can really personalize your home.
My favorite so far has to be this Botanical pattern in blue. Each box has tiles with the botanical in three different sized patterns.
I am liking the colors in this Lane Change Stripe as well, but think it might be a little too moderny-popish for us.
This beautiful blue is my accent color throughout the house, and with 4 shades of the same tone, mixes it up a bit. But might be a bit too blue for Cory.
The perfect combination. This Seagrass style has our three colors: cream, turquoise and chocolate!! Plus it's a Martha Stewart Design... so can't go wrong!
Lastly, we are both surprisingly attracted to cowhide rugs. Unfortunately, our kitties seem to have a disliking to any real hides: leather couches, rabbit fur moccassin boots - they sense a need to destroy the prey. So I am not sure I want to take my chances in shelling out all that money for a real hide, when I could get a similar look with Stampede:
Monday, January 5, 2009
So operation - Clean Sweep is in effect.
But for the meantime, here are some beautiful organized spaces, care of Martha Stewart.
This pretty hall closet makes good sense. I love the idea of having the baskets and stuff below the rod, which makes it much easier to reach!! I'm gonna make a switch tonight and assess what new things I need to buy!
I am loving the idea of having tools mounted to the inside of the door. Right now, we just have a small tool kit, but this is very accessible. Definetly an option for the new house!
Oh WOW!! Talk about staging! I don't know about you, but MY medicine cabinet does not look this pretty, and I have half the stuff in mine. I guess that's because I don't only have travel sized, monochromatic bottles of stuff in mine. Also, this one is incredibly deep-looking. Mine is not. We recently got on board with using magnets inside ours as well!
This is a great idea. I have my own version, in the form of a collapsible plastic crate. works wonders, especially for transporting things into the house. I don't carry a lot in the car, but I can see this being perfect for someone with kids!