One Room Challenge – Week 3 – Sewing/Craft room

So time is just flying.  So to recap, I’m a guest participant in the One Room Challenge , which was started a few years ago by Linda at Calling It Home. Bloggers link up and share their one room transformations that they are attempting to do in a mere six weeks. You can follow along the featured designers here and my fellow linkers here, as they share their inspirations, challenges and of course, the results.

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If you’d like to see how this all started, click here:

Week 1

Week 2

Last week, I got a lot accomplished.  I finished up my inspiration mood board, selected wallpaper, fabric and wallpaper. Placed a few orders and also, miraculously even had the room painted. I really thought that was not going to happen until much later on.  I also had the drapery rod installed and did some sourcing at Ikea.

I’ve been working on the drapes, which I decided to tackle myself, as they are very simple panels. Again, not so sure this was a great idea as I’m a little strapped for time and obviously, I’m not a professional sewer.  Here’s hoping they turn out okay.

The Ikea chair is all put together,  it looks great and is very comfy.  I also assembled this Alex storage unit. Can’t wait to fill the drawers will lots of my hobby and sewing supplies. I love that it’s on casters so I can roll it around to where I need it, depending on what I’m doing.

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As I mentioned last week, I picked up some storage pieces from Ikea to use for my craft and sewing supplies.  Here’s a few ideas that I’m planning to use….hopefully.

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Images via Ikea and Pinterest

So to explain, the hanging fabric on hangers is brilliant, as currently they are in a big mess on my bookcase and this way you can see exactly what you have and it’ll be nicely tucked away out of sight in my closet, until I need to see what I have. Of course, this won’t work for the big bolts of upholstery and drapery fabric that I have but thankfully there aren’t too many of those.  I picked up some of these hanging containers and rods from Ikea and I’m thinking I’ll be using them somewhere, somehow. The magnetic strips are typically used for knife storage or spices, but I have another idea for it. Instead of spices, think beads and buttons!

Mostly, this week I tackled some spray painting. I wanted to add a little more gold to the Ikea sconces. Take a peek at the before and after:

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I’ve had a bit of a challenge with the main light fixture this week, but more on that next week. I’ll  also be sharing some more painting updates on my next post.

 

Lisa

 

One Room Challenge – Week 2 – Sewing/Craft room

So, it’s already Week 2 of the ORC and to recap, I’m a guest participant in the One Room Challenge , which was started a few years ago by Linda at Calling It Home. Bloggers link up and share their one room transformations that they are attempting to do in a mere six weeks. You can follow along the featured designers here and my fellow linkers here, as they share their inspirations, challenges and of course, the results.

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For last week’s post click the link below.

Week 1

I’m sharing my mood board for my sewing/craft room this week and a few other updates as well. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen some of what I’ve been up to this week.

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Sources:  Fabric | Pottery Barn; Light fixture | Dainolite/Marchand Electric; Paint | Benjamin Moore – HC-146 Wedgewood Gray; Wallpaper | Quilt – Hygge & West; Drawer unit | Ikea; Clock | All Modern; Chair | Ikea; Fabric | Tonic Living; Sconce | Ikea

So this is a little design lesson in my choice of fabric and the inspiration it provided for the room.  Starting with the paisley fabric, which by the way was actually a duvet cover I found in the clearance section of Toronto’s Pottery Barn last fall.  It was exactly what I was looking for, a fabric with a fun pattern that had the orangey, rusts in it to coordinate with the existing orangey wood tables that I had.

Because I wanted a warm/cool mix in the room, it was easy for me to pull the turquoise out of the fabric to use as a wall colour.

The turquoise office chair was a totally serendipitious find at Ikea yesterday. It was labeled “last chance” on Ikea’s display wall and when I went to the furniture pick up aisle, it was the last one! And it is exactly one shade darker than the wall colour. Totally meant to be!

The Ikea drawer unit in grey repeats the grey in the fabric and the light fixtures in black complement the fabric and a little bit of black in every room is a must! The Quilt wallpaper in cayenne from Hygge & West is the perfect graphic print to contrast the paisley fabric. You’ll just have to keep visiting to see where it will be used. The last little pop of pattern is a cheery little turquoise and white chevron fabric from Tonic Living to add a dash of colour in an unexpected place….teaser 🙂

I love the gold wall clock that I’ve shown here, but unfortunately it’s out of stock at All Modern, until June….sob. So if anyone knows of a similar one, please let me know. And why did I choose gold for the clock, well it repeats the bit of gold in the two light fixtures and the golden yellow in the drapery fabric. See there is a reason why every item is selected.

I also picked up a few storage items at Ikea yesterday, which I’ll share next week. And my luck was still holding, when my painter called on Monday to say that because of a delayed job, he was available to start this week. Woot! So this is happening now!

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Till next week!

Lisa

One Room Challenge – Guest Participant – Sewing/Craft room – Week 1

Hi everyone, well this year I’ve decided to join in on all the fun of the One Room Challenge (ORC).  In case, you don’t know what the One Room Challenge is, here’s the details.  It is a genius idea started a few years ago by Linda at Calling It Home. Bloggers link up and share their one room transformations that they are attempting to do in a mere six weeks. You can follow everyone along as they share their inspirations, challenges and of course, the results, by clicking on the logo below.

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So here’s the room that I will be transforming in six weeks. Drum roll please…..

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Ain’t she pretty….NOT. Yeah, it’s a little embarrassing but I’m hoping that everyone reading this has a room just like this. The room that becomes the place to put everything we’ve yet to find homes for.

This space, up until a few years ago was my daughter’s room and back then it was very pretty and tidy. Once she moved out, we left her furniture in here, until she bought her house last year.  So once the furniture was gone, we put in some second hand office furniture, that I plan to incorporate into my sewing/craft room. Skip forward to this past December, when I repainted 90% of the house, except for a few rooms, this obviously being one of them, and ALL the extras came to live here.

Anyways, I figured this would be a great way to get me to actually finish this room.

WHAT’S STAYING AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE

  • I’ll be keeping the orangey wood toned tables and shelf but they may get a little love in some form or another
  • the carpet is also staying
  • the room will be painted a fun but soft colour
  • the baseboards are going to have to be either repaired or replaced (courtesy of my daughter’s bunny)
  • lighting definitely has to be addressed
  • storage, storage, storage and more storage for fabric and craft supplies
  • window treatments of some sort

INSPIRATION

So I had a hard time finding some inspiration shots but I’m kind of going for a combination of this type of look.

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**All images via Pinterest

But my real inspiration is this fabric, which I’m hoping to use as drapery.

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So it’ll be colourful, but yet calm and pretty eclectic. I’ll be posting as things progress, so you can also follow me along on Instragram.

Again, you can click on these links for the featured participants here and my other guest challenge participants here, to see what they are up to.  Until next week…….

Lisa

 

Reveal of my wicker chair makeover

Hope you are all enjoying some warmer weather now. It appears Spring is finally here. I’m gearing up to put away all the winter clothes, I hope I don’t jinx it!

So I’m here to share my wicker chairs’ makeover (click here to read my previous post).  For a quick refresher, they started out looking like this:

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And now they look like this.

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On a side note, that cute little beach print is from Minted, and I just framed it with an Ikea Ribba frame in high gloss grey, that I already had.  The floor lamp is also from Ikea, many, many, years.

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Wicker chair cushion makeover

The adorable terrarium is from my son’s wedding, last Fall. It’s such a great keepsake and it’s sitting on a sturdy metal side table that was from Pier 1.

Wicker chair cushion makeover

I sewed up the matching throw cushions with the left overs from the piping material. They were cut on the diagonal to make the piping so I decided to make that a feature on the pillow, hence the diagonal line.  I then found it a little boring, so I added in the mother of pearl buttons to finish them off.

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A much more fresher look than the black and red, don’t you think?

Lisa

Updating some wicker chairs

Sorry for the long absence, like everyone else, life gets so busy.  We were lucky to get away again this winter, this time for a Caribbean cruise and then just like that we were right back in it. Add to that my hubby’s minor knee surgery and you can imagine why I haven’t been blogging.

I made an impulse fabric buy recently, as Tonic Living had a remnant sale and I am a SUCKER for pretty fabric.  They had a remnant of the fabric that I used to make throw cushions on my family room sofa, so I decided I should pick it up….I could make some more cushions or perhaps it would find a home somewhere else.

Isn’t it a pretty fabric?

Clarice Dove fabric

Clarice Dove

Even a few years on I still love my throw pillows.

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Once I received the remnant, all 1.5 yards of it, I had the brain storm that I could use it to recover my wicker chair seats in the sun room, as it is right off the family room. I have been wanting to recover those seats as the covers that came with the chairs were never “me”.  Sorry for the crappy before pic, as usual I forgot to take a before photo before I trotted them off to Wayne to be recovered. I guess I was a little anxious.  Anyways, there really are two of them in here….trust me, the cats each have one 🙂

Sun room with black wicker chairs

I’m just not really a red person and I definitely wasn’t keen on that generic upholstery.  Anyways, I went off to my drapery/cushion maker, Wayne, and he informed me, as I had suspected, that I didn’t have quite enough fabric for the two chairs. So I decided to do a contrasting piping that would free up enough fabric to squeak out two cushions.

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I decided to pull out the turquoise for the piping and found some fabric that had the texture and colour that I needed.

The cushions are now completed and look fabulous, Wayne did a great job as usual.  I am going to make up two small throw cushions to add to the back of the chairs and once they are done I’ll be showcasing the after pictures here.  Here’s just a little teaser.

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Have a wonderful weekend, and please….tell Mother Nature that we have had enough snow! Bring on spring!

Lisa

Wayfair feature on contemporary kitchen valances

Welcome back from a beautiful sunny and warm Family Day, for those of you in Ontario, at least.  We had a busy weekend celebrating our childrens’ 25th birthday with lots of family to help us. Then we headed off to a Senator’s hockey game, sadly they lost but like true fans, we still enjoyed the game.

I just have a quick post today about kitchen valances. I was asked by Wayfair a few weeks ago to give their consumers a bit of advice on how to choose kitchen valances for a contemporary kitchen.  The link is live today, so if you’re in the market for some kitchen valances to soften your kitchen, you can read about all the different styles and how to choose the best one for your home.

Click on their logo below to be directed to the article.

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And here’s an adorable little video showing the different styles of valances.

Source:Wayfair.com

Lisa

 

Cuban artwork is stretched, framed and up!

So a few weeks back, I posted about a piece of art that my husband and I picked up in Cuba and whether it should be framed or stretched.  You can click here to read that post.

Well, if you have read that post, you know that I decided to have it stretched and then simply framed.  I had a few reasons for this and when Michaels had a framing sale, I went ahead with it.

Here’s the result, just got it hung up this weekend and I love how it pops against the navy walls in my dining room.

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I’m very happy with my decision.  It’s the kind of piece that I can see moving around the house, which always means you made a good art choice.  But I am loving it here, for now.

I had some exciting news on Monday morning, I was included in Point 2 Homes’ list of Ottawa’s top design firms. 🙂 Click here to read the article.

Lisa

Freshening up a dated kitchen

Just before Christmas, I had my entire house painted. That was quite a feat and boy did it make the house feel fresh and new.

Today, I thought I’d shown you my updated kitchen.  The paint colour went from a warm green Benjamin Moore’s Sag Harbour Grey to a soft blue/gray, Benjamin Moore’s Subway tile.  We also changed the backsplash to a warm grey subway tile. Something pretty transitional and a fresh change on the tumbled marfil marble I had previously.  I kept the beige/taupe flooring and the antique brown granite, so I chose a warm grey that ran through both the flooring tile and the granite.

This is the before.

Before Kitchen

I also updated the lighting in the kitchen, something I have wanted to do for a long while.  I went with a vintage brass finish that works well with the warm cherry cabinets.

Dainolite vintage brass pendant Dainolite vintage brass flush mount Feiss aged brass and zinc mini pendants

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Blue dining area, vintage brass lighting

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So there you have it a fresh new kitchen for 2017!

Lisa

 

Art – do you frame or stretch?

Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is being kind to you so far.  It has been wonderful to me. We escaped for a week right after Christmas to Cuba for a little R&R.  It was wonderful to put my feet in the sand instead of heavy winter boots, even if it was just for a short while.

While we were there, we ventured to the Varadero Market to check out some artists. I love to buy pieces of art while we are away to capture the feel and beauty of a country.  And Cuba doesn’t disappoint with their many talented and creative artists.

We bought a typical Cuban scene of a colourful street with a 1950’s vintage automobile, of course.  The colours are so vibrant, we were smitten at first sight!

Cuban artwork

I’m thinking it will be absolutely stunning in my new navy dining room. Here’s a picture my son in law took on Christmas day of my holiday table, below.

Navy Dining room

So now how to finish it? Do I stretch and frame or just simply stretch it? Well, I put the question to my followers on FB and the response was overwhelmingly to have it stretched.

But I guess, I don’t follow advice too well, as I’m having it framed.  

My reasons are because the dining room is more formal so a frame feels right but actually, the artwork made my decision fairly easy. As you will see in the photo below.

Cuban artwork

Do you see how the terra cotta colour is kind of creeping out of the edges of the paint on the sides and bottom? It would look really unfinished if you could see that on the sides of it once it was on the wall. You could paint the sides I suppose as I have other mounted pieces done that way, but I didn’t want to play with the integrity of the painting.  The other option was to still stretch it but to bring the painting over the sides so that there was no unfinished sides but then I’d lose the artist’s signature and shrink the size of the art.  Not what I wanted to do.

And there was another plus to having it framed, Michael’s was having a framing sale and if you choose a sale priced frame the cost of the stretching was also on sale. So even though stretching was cheaper, for only slightly more money, it will be stretched and framed.

So there you have it, it will be stretched and framed. I decided on no matting as I wanted to keep it relatively simple and clean.  I went with the frame in the picture above. It’s a soft black and has a slight texture which gives it a little bit of a rustic feel to it, kind of like the painting itself.  Even though, it’s going in my dining room, I didn’t want it to be too formal and I certainly didn’t want a busy frame as the painting has alot going on. I wanted the piece to shine out of the frame, if that makes any sense.

So sorry, to those of you who voted for stretching only.  I’ll post a picture once it’s done and in place and you can see what you think.

Lisa

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

From my home to yours, I wish you the most merriest of Christmases and a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Just a quick little note, have you guys seen the Artisto app? My friend, Donna discovered it and I’ve been a little obsessed lately with it.  Take a peek at what it did to some of my photos.

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ARTISTO COUNTRY CHRISTMAS TREE

COUNTRY RUSTIC FIREPLACE WITH CAT

And I’m in love with this one of my two cats.

LOG HOME CAT There are different filters so you can different effects and colours.  So fun and quite addictive! Enjoy your holidays!

Lisa