Guest room mood board, living room designs and some reno updates

I hope you’ve been enjoying some of the spectacular weather that has been happening.  Makes it really hard to spend the day at the computer, but I may just be bringing it out on the deck.  It has sure been a busy few weeks here.  I’ve just finished a guest room mood board for a client.  Keeping in mind that we wanted to stay on a tight budget for this basement guest room, with a light and fresh beachy feel, here is the mood board.

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The background colour is the room’s current colour – Benjamin Moore’s – Collingwood OC-28.  And I’ve suggested painting the existing unmatching wood side tables in New Hope Gray 2130-50.  A sheer pretty roll up blind for the tiny  window is perfect to let the light in. A soft upholstered headboard in a linen fabric keeps the bed looking fresh and clean and works well with the existing soft blue/gray tone on tone paisley bedding.  A mirror in a fun shape and a simple bright white dresser are perfect for storage needs and a graphic striped runner completes the beachy feel.

I’m also working on a client’s family room that is very long and narrow.  With dimensions of  23′ x 9′,  it’s a tricky one.  I’m loving the suggestions found on Pinterest, check out my Long Narrow Rooms board to see some of the inspiration photos I’ve collected.

Also on my desk, is the finishing touches to a client’s living and dining room that is all things minimal and modern, oh yes…and with lots of Indian touches and style.  Having lots of brilliantly coloured artwork to play with makes me a happy designer 🙂

And we also been having some fun with the cottage renovations, the sunroom roof was replaced and some skylights removed at the same time.  Lots of mess, but heaven knowing we will not have any more water pouring into it, when it rains heavily.  And we will be replacing some tile flooring in there as well, stay tuned for a tile repair that will look like an entrance rug…fingers crossed….

Hubby is also in the process of making a fire table for the cottage deck.  Lots of stone and concrete bought for it and here’s hoping he has some time in the near future to actually get it finished.  I’m looking forward to leisurely sitting around the fire with a glass of wine while enjoying the river view.  Here’s our inspiration –

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Via www.techo-bloc.com website

And in anticipation of having a beautiful fire table to sit at, I’ve ordered some outdoor fabrics to make some cosy pillows for our rather hard wood chairs.

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Well, you’re all caught up now, on what I’ve been up too.  How’s your summer going so far?

Lisa

Stenciling how tos

As promised, here’s my DIY instructions for stencilling the back of cabinetry. I did this in my laundry room, you can see the reveal of that room here (and you’ll see the original room and cabinetry).

I started off with regular plain cabinetry and after removing the doors, I wanted to do something to dress up the backs of the cabinetry a little.

These are my tools – a stencil, fat stencil brush and Pittsburgh Paints sample pots in:

– silent night

– swan lake (missed this one in the photo…geez)

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– prussian blue

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And I was off, I just did a random pattern using one colour at a time.

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My tips for stencilling with a small stencil like this is to use a dry brush and only put a small amount of paint on the brush.  Dap the brush to take off any excess paint and then pounce or pound the brush against the stencil.  Having very little paint on the brush helps to ensure that there is no bleeding behind the stencil.

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I’m not an expert and the main thing to remember is that it is supposed to look handmade and as such it won’t be perfect.   So don’t sweat it!

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How to rejuvenate a tired laundry room in 5 easy steps.

I have been working on my cottage laundry room for awhile now and I am thrilled to share with you my completely rejuvenated (and inexpensive) laundry room.

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This is the before shot, when the previous owners had the cottage.

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1.  First thing we did was change the floor.  We had put these wood look porcelain tiles in our adjoining hallway and nearby powder room and I made sure that we purchased enough to also do the laundry room.  They are durable, easy to clean and look fabulous.   Goodbye, old, stained and tired vinyl flooring and hello, lovely!

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2. Next up, painting the walls, though it is usually recommended to do the painting prior to new flooring going in, I must admit I did this backwards.  I chose the same colour as I did for my nearby powder room, Benjamin Moore’s  Woodlawn Blue HC-147.   I  justified this as both rooms have no natural light and I wanted something cheerful, light but definitely a colour and of course, I already knew that this paint colour went beautifully with the new flooring.  As a bonus, it also helps tone down the faintly striped pink countertops and cabinetry, that due to budget constraints, were not getting replaced.

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3. Change the hardware (click here to read my previous post on this).  Just by replacing this, it made a huge difference in the entire space. It completely modernized it and made the cabinetry that much more sleek.  To make things as easy as possible I went with hardware that fit the existing drilled holes, as I knew I wouldn’t be painting the cabinetry.

You can see the blackboard painted laundry chute well in this photo. If you want to read more about it, click here.

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4. Remove some cabinetry or just some doors. This room was cabinet heavy, which don’t get me wrong is great for storage. But as this is our cottage and we are fortunate enough to have a ton of storage in this place, I wasn’t going to get too upset about losing a few cabinet doors, in order to lighten up the space.  Plus, I added in some grey fabric boxes that are just perfect for tucking away small items.

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5. Add some decorative touches.  I painted out the laundry chute as I blogged about in this previous post.  I couldn’t hide it so making it a cute little whimsical piece was the next best thing.   I also decided to stencil some flowers randomly at the back of the open cabinetry, this adds a little bit of pattern.  I’ll be posting about this little project next week.

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I also added in some cute black hooks for drying items and a few colourful pieces on the counter make it fun to do laundry…well sort of….fun.

Lisa

 

 

Transformation from living room to home office

I’m very excited to share this transformation.  It started back in the fall and is now entirely finished, just in time for spring.   You can click here to read my previous post on this project and how rooms in your home can be altered to suit you and your family.   Needs and wants change throughout life, and your home should change and adapt right along with you.

So without further ado, here’s the finished space  –

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Here’s a couple before shots –

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So to recap, the stairway wall and the half wall by the entrance were both closed in to allow french doors to be added to the room.   A trio of long,narrow and frosted windows were added to the now full entrance wall to keep the light flowing from room to room.

The first item purchased was the desk with its dark grey wood legs and glossy grey lacquered top, and it help dictate the mood and style of the space.

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Next, the Ikea’s Galant cabinets and bookcases were purchased in grey to coordinate with the desk.  Add, a black and white patterned area rug for a graphic punch and a cosy chair and a half for reading and conversation.  My client’s new artwork made it easy to choose colourful purple as an accent.

Lighting is provided by the great sparkly and modern fan that my client found, a modern floor lamp and a glass table lamp that adds a touch more sparkle.

And a few more pretty shots.

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My client is thrilled and is now inviting clients to her office. I love how changing your space, can transform your life as well.  What room do you want to transform?

Lisa

 

The easy way to update cabinetry

So you want to know how to easily and inexpensively to update your cabinetry. One word  –

HARDWARE!

Yes, so simple and it makes a huge difference. I just changed up the pink, yes, I said, pink hardware in my cottage laundry room and it has made an absolutely huge difference.

Here’s the original hardware….I know, I know, you are jealous. They are actually very solid metal and no signs of any chips even after 20 years of use.  If you’d like them let me know I’d be glad to pass them along….  I’m sure everyone will be fighting for them 🙂 Otherwise, they will be heading to the ReStore.

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And the new version, courtesy of Ikea (Ekeboda handles) in a lovely stainless steel finish.

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It instantly made the cupboards look modern and played down the faint pink stripe in the cabinets and countertop…yes, they match…don’t ask me…it was like that when we bought the house.

DESIGN TIP – straight, square or linear handles will give a modern edge to your cabinetry and round knobs or curved handles offer a more traditional feel.  Please ensure that you purchase the same size hardware as your existing handles or you will be drilling and filling holes in your cabinetry.

Final review coming soon…well, hopefully soon.

Lisa