Monday, August 30, 2010

Bamboo Chinoiserie Bench

I'm waiting to hear back from a seller about this gorgeous bench!

I have no real place to put it right now, but really, when has that stopped me before?

I love that it's already white, so I can just add a pop of color with a cushion!

Where would you put this beauty in YOUR house?
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It's grey and dreary out. But we are making the best of it by getting things done today. First up, a stop at our favorite one stop, Walmart!

We're picking up odds and ends for around the house to get some projects done this week.

Hope you're having a good one!
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How to do anything...

I stumbled across this great website today while searching for tip on how to fix our (gasp) vertical blinds! Yes I know, I should be atoned for allowing such atrocious window coverings in my home! Relax! It's a work in progress that prevents my cabinets from getting sun damage!

Anyhow, if you are thinking of tackling a home DIY project but want a few tips, <a href="">this website</a> is a great find!

I felt inspired to tackle a few things around the house!

I'm off at a product launch tonight, but tomorrow we'll get handy!
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Friday, August 20, 2010

"Smoke Screen"

Well, I was hoping to get some stuff done on the lower patio tomorrow and Sunday, but looks like my plans will be changing because of this:

Yeah, that's what it's been like outside since yesterday and it's expected to continue through the weekend :(

Oh, and I guess I should mention that it's not FOG, which is what my original thought was.  Nope, it's SMOKE.  As in from the ginormous forest fires they are fighting in BC!!

Yesterday, there was an Air-Quality warning issued for the city.  Today it has been changed to "fair", but it's still pretty bad.

Oh, and we had a few windows that were left open all day yesterday... needless to say it stunk a little of campfires in the house last night :(   Anyone know the best way to get rid of smoke smells when you can't air it out?
My apologies for being a little random lately.  Trying to launch the business has taken a lot out of me.  Plus, there was my unexcused week-long vacation.

I'm feeling energized and eager to tackle some things around the house as the weather starts to turn cool.  I've got tons planned for the next few weeks:
~ finally getting around to wallpapering the powder room
~ sourcing out new art and possibly a table for the front entry way
~ styling the front porch for fall
~ swapping out the rear deck and patio light fixtures
~ professional carpet cleaning - BEFORE & AFTERS
~ living room re-do: inspiration board / new sofa ideas
~ plus a few furniture before & afters!
So stay tuned for that!!


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Vacation turned "Stay"cation

We're currently on vacation.  We were originally supposed to be in Whistler, but plans changed and we headed out Wednesday for a week camping in the mountains!  We found a beautiful campste just outside Banff and were really excited for a wonderful week..... we got home last night.  YUP, you did the math right!  We stayed only 2 short nights!  It was rainy, and FREEZING COLD!! The sites we were at were really large, and pretty isolated!  Infact, we were the only ones in our loop.  It was too rainy and cold to do anything and got a little boring.  Plus, I was starting to get a cold so we came home!  It was a joint decision and a good one actually.  We are using the rest of the week to relax and do stuff around the house, or whatever!  It's been nice so far.

We have also decided that we are for sure getting a truck this year, and are seriously considering purchasing one of these:

We spent the afternoon at different RV Sales Centres and really liked this model:

It's not huge, but it's perfect for the two of us, with plenty of room for entertaining at the HUGE dinette, that could even be another double bed if we had a couple joining us!!

Plus, this was the first ATTRACTIVE interior we saw:

In the same colors as our home, this would be a perfect home away from home!

Plus, it's not too fancy that it's not still CAMPING!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Inkling for (New) Ikea Items!

While I have yet to get my hands on an actual copy of the new
The Birkeland  3-drawer chest is so pretty and actually looks like it has an antique vibe to it.  It would be great in pretty much any room!  I like it more and more each time I see it.  While it's hard to tell, the hardware looks fine, but could be changed out for something else (Anthro maybe?) if it was a little cheap looking....

I have this ARYD candleholder in mercury glass... the black is a nice, simple piece that I'm pretty sure I NEED!

This pretty pink glass LONSBODA scented candle in glass holder looks so feminine and vintage!!  LOVE THIS!! Would look great on that chest from above I think!!  When the candles gone, use it again and again for candles or even as a pretty bud vase!

The graphic black and white TRIPP canister set is only $4.99 and exactly what I need for my office, which I am working on currently!  Too cute for holding pens and pencils!
Lastly, while not NEW, I still need to pick up one a few of these UNG DRILL frames!  I have a hundred different ideas of what I would use them for!

How about you?  Anything you are loving from the new catalogue?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Greetings from the Home Office!

Typically, I blog from either my lap on the living room sofa OR the dining room table!  What a treat to be sitting at an actual desk, from a machine that plugs in!

I'm in the office tonight - cleaning/organizing and preparing for an actual business to be run from here!  The room isn't huge and unfortunately, became the room where stuff that had no home went to live at some point!

I have a lot to do to make this room workable, but I am determined to get it back to the tidy, orderly space it was when we moved in.

I was about to get some photos downloaded for you, but just realized why I hadn't been in here in months!  LAst time I came to download photos, I pushed the usb port in too far, and it fell INSIDE the machine!  Oh yeah.....guess I either have to get it fixed or get a new computer!

Anyhow, I will be working this week on getting this room ready for business.  I'd love some inspiration office photos!  Send me a comment with a link to your favorite office space!