Category — Kitchens + Baths

Five for Friday: Impressive Makeovers

Hello again! I’m back, just in time for the weekend…perfect timing ;) We had an awesome time away at our friends’ island cabin last weekend but it’s been back to real life/work/kids this week. Coming back from holidays is always a bit of a downer, right? It’s been raining too, which hasn’t helped, but there’s sunshine in the forecast and I’m hoping to sit lakeside/riverside/poolside somewhere (anywhere!) with the kiddos over the next few days. I’d also like to finally unpack the last of our moving boxes because our empty walls are starting to feel a little scary. Not sure what my deal is this time ’round (seriously, it’s been over 2 months since we moved in!) but it’s high time I break out of my decorating slump and get this show on the road! These impressive makeovers did help me feel some motivation this week:

1. Jordan’s dining room makeover makes a solid argument for painting out wood, beautiful though it may be:

Dining Room Makeover | Oh Happy Day | Photo: Paul Ferney
 Dining Room Makeover | Oh Happy Day | Photo by Paul Ferney
 

2. I love everything about this black + white bathroom renovation, especially the floors:

29th Ave Bathroom Makeover | Capree Kimball29th Ave Bathroom Makeover | Capree Kimball via Poppytalk
 

3. This desert patio space is simply made for entertaining:

 
Patio Makeover | A House in the Hills
Patio Makeover | A House in the Hills
 

5. My Instagram feed was full of this incredible space, Lombardi House, last night. It’s a new event venue in Hollywood (naturally)…so amazing!

 
Lombardi HouseLombardi House
 

5. Dana’s mudroom turned dining/laundry/everything room is the perfect combination of form meets function for busy family living:

 
Mudroom Makeover | House Tweaking
Mudroom Makeover | House Tweaking
 

Any projects or home renos in your future? Or are you putting them off like I am? Summer’s a tough one…sometimes it’s just easier to pour another cocktail than it is to hang a picture, just sayin’! Cheers to the weekend :)

July 25, 2014   3 Comments

Five for Friday: Great DIY’s, Renos + Cozy Spaces

Man, this week went fast…anyone else feel the same? After being out of commission for the past several weeks, I’ve been so happy to be feeling better that I packed a tonne into the last few days, maybe even a bit too much judging by how late the kiddos have been sleeping in! Our weather has just been so awesome that it felt like a shame to miss out on being outdoors for even a moment!  My girls were in gymnastics camp each afternoon too (fun for them but a lot of extra running around for me) and I’m looking forward to unplugging and enjoying some downtime this weekend. We’re heading off to our friends’ cabin on Lasqueti Island and cannot wait! It’s rustic and off the grid but there’s nothing like being by the ocean to recharge, agreed? Before we head for the ferry, here are some links I’ve loved this week:

1. I’ve always been a sucker for anything indigo (my collection of mismatched blue and white china is a little out of hand) and these DIY placemats by Lovely Indeed would look right at home on my dining table:

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Placemats | Lovely IndeedDIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Placemats | Lovely Indeed
 

2. Daniel Kanter recently tackled this amazing bathroom reno for actress Ana Gasteyer and the Pineapple Print wallpaper (Anna Bond/Rifle Paper Co. for Hygge & West) totally stole the show:

Bathroom reno by Manhattan Nest | Rifle Paper Co. Pineapple WallpaperBathroom reno by Manhattan Nest | Rifle Paper Co. Pineapple Wallpaper
 

3. How awesome is this DIY Modern Cooler makeover by Almost Makes Perfect? I feel like I should make one of these for every beach-loving friend I know:

DIY Modern Cooler | Almost Makes Perfect
DIY Modern Cooler | Almost Makes Perfect
 

4. We’ve had the same pine sleigh bed since we got married 13 years ago and I am so over it. I don’t want to pay a tonne on a new bed frame and haven’t found any new and exciting DIY headboard ideas but this bed frame project by Apartment Therapy looks simple, quick and super cheap to do…just my style! :

DIY Upholstered Bed Frame | Apartment Therapy
 
DIY Upholstered Bed Frame | Apartment Therapy
 

5. I spotted this adorable home tour over on A Beautiful Mess and after the busy week I’ve had, can totally picture curling up under this amazing quilt:

Cozy bedroom | Home of Elizabeth Morrow for A Beautiful MessHome of Elizabeth Morrow | A Beautiful Mess
 

We’re heading out first thing tomorrow for a few days of swimming in the sea and campfire cookouts so I’ll be back to chat sometime middle of next week. Cheers!

July 18, 2014   4 Comments

Take Me to Church: A Family Home Renovation

Well, I’m officially beat. Last week and this weekend totally kicked my a$$ …3 parties at our house is just a little too much for this mama, especially with Brad away camping all weekend, but I survived and I’m ready to attempt another busy week ahead. The schools are on full strike now so all working parents in BC are in extreme juggling mode but so far I’ve got childcare somewhat lined up…I think. Despite the juggling act and sad moments that school got cut short (as in ended suddenly…we didn’t even get to say goodbye!), it does feel good to ease into Summer mode and less driving is always a good thing. My nerves are feeling somewhat on edge after organizing events, schedules and babysitting and I could sure use a peaceful moment, how about you? Now you know I love a good home conversion (see here, here and here) and I can’t imagine a more serene home than a church! This Australian church was originally built in the 1800′s and was operational until only 10 years ago before being converted into a cozy family home, full of vintage treasures and modern conveniences:

Photographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design FilesPhotographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design Files via Domaine

Photographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design Files

Photographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design FilesPhotographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design Files via Domaine

Photographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design Files

Photographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design FilesPhotographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design Files via Domaine

On a personal note, I’m going in for surgery on Thursday and I’m feeling pretty nervous about the whole thing. It’s not serious (as in it’s not a medical emergency but all surgery is fairly serious I suppose!) and I won’t go into details now but I will be in recovery-mode over the next few weeks so you might see a lot less of me…or more, depending on how bored I get! Despite the recovery side of things, it will be nice to put my feet up and finally read that stack (as in 12!) of magazine subscriptions that I haven’t had a chance to read yet, not to mention getting in some serious cuddle/book reading/movie watching time with my kiddos. I’ll be back to chat on Wednesday but have a great start to your week :)

June 16, 2014   2 Comments

Vintage Modern: Living Light in San Francisco

As I’ve been packing up our house for our move in two weeks, I can’t help but see the truth behind the saying Less is More. Although I do have a few “treasures”, I tend to hold possessions very loosely and am not overly sentimental when it comes to things. (Admittedly, having a store makes this very easy {too easy, sometimes!} enabling me to swap vintage finds when something new and shiny catches my eye :) However, having kids (or a busy life for that matter!) means extra clutter, some of it necessary but most of it is just, well, clutter. And the amount of energy I’ve been putting into sorting through such unnecessary clutter is truly a life lesson. William Morris’ quote, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” has come to mind numerous times and is definitely something I’ll be putting into effect as we make purchases for our new home. I absolutely love seeing spaces that look like they’ve come together over time rather than a one-stop-shop at the latest big box store and this flat belonging to Kate Davison + Jesse Hayes is the perfect example:

Living room. Home of Kate Davison + Jesse Hayes via This is Brick + Mortar. Photo by Colin Price.All photos by Colin Price for This is Brick + Mortar. Home of Kate Davison + Jesse Hayes.

Kitchen. Home of Kate Davison + Jesse Hayes via This is Brick + Mortar. Photo by Colin Price.

Home of Kate Davison + Jesse Hayes via This is Brick + Mortar. Photo by Colin Price.All photos by Colin Price for This is Brick + Mortar. Home of Kate Davison + Jesse Hayes.

Blue couch. Home of Kate Davison + Jesse Hayes via This is Brick + Mortar. Photo by Colin Price.

Bedroom. Home of Kate Davison + Jesse Hayes via This is Brick + Mortar. Photo by Colin Price.All photos by Colin Price for This is Brick + Mortar. Home of Kate Davison + Jesse Hayes.

Patio. Home of Kate Davison + Jesse Hayes via This is Brick + Mortar. Photo by Colin Price.All photos by Colin Price for This is Brick + Mortar. Home of Kate Davison + Jesse Hayes.

Simple, stylish yet totally liveable, right? Located is The Mission district of San Francisco, I just love how Kate + Jesse combined mid-century pieces with family heirlooms, vintage books and the odd quirky bit of art. The overall effect is comfortable and relaxed with just the right amount of personality, don’t you think? And while I’d happily put my feet up on that couch and enjoy a cocktail or two on that couch, it’s high time I make an appearance at work so off to the shop I go! Hope you’re having a great week so far :)

April 30, 2014   7 Comments

White + Wood: Adding Warmth

Happy belated Easter! Did you have a good weekend? Ours included lots of family time, far too many mini eggs, just the right amount of red wine and far too little progress with packing. In fact, I actually bought more at Ikea than I packed here at home, yikes! Our “new” townhouse was just completely renovated and is a clean slate which is awesome in so many ways but it also means we’re stocking up on closet organizers and other storage solutions pre-move to make the transition as easy as possible. It’s also very shiny and white, definitely the newest looking space that we’ll ever have lived in (despite it’s 37 years) and I’m really excited to warm it up with rustic wood accents, vintage pieces, art and overall layers of texture and pattern. Here are some great examples of warm white spaces with vintage personality:

HomeLifeHomelife via A House in the Hills

Las Cositas de Beach & Eauvía Las Cositas de Beach & Eau

Photo by James Stokes for VT Wonen.Photo by James Stokes for VT Wonen via The Style Files

Bri Emery's bedroom. Design by DesignLoveFest & SF Girl by Bay. Photo by Laure Joliet. Bri Emery‘s bedroom. Design by SF Girl by Bay + DesignLoveFestPhoto by Laure Joliet.

Photo by Lisa Romerein/OTTOPhoto by Lisa Romerein/OTTO via One King’s Lane

Thanks to all of you who shared moving tips on my last post, keep ‘em coming! Brad and I both have the day off today and the plan is to make an actual start at packing so I’d better get cracking. Enjoy your Monday!

April 21, 2014   6 Comments