Photo Grouping – Before and After

Photo groupings are such a great idea for filling up a large blank wall space on the cheap! I had a bunch of old family photos passed down to me recently and decided to group them together in our living room. The vaulted ceilings in this room really add to that “blank” feeling. It really […]

Bench – Before and After

This is a simple one. But I think it’s a good exercise in ‘just because something is new, doesn’t mean it can’t (and shouldn’t) be personalized!’. Yep, nothing wrong with this little guy. After finding this in the “Discount/As-is” area of a furniture store — I loved the shape of the bench, but knew it […]

Moroccan Stencil Download

Some of you have been interested in the Moroccan inspired Laundry Room Stencil from an earlier post. Feel free to download a PDF here! Be sure to resize as you see fit to suit the pattern for your wall. The laundry room pattern was actually larger than an 8.5 x 11 sheet. So you may […]

Fresh Take – Floral Arrangement

If you’re anything like me, Spring inspires you to bring the outdoors in. I took advantage of our fantastically warm weather today to stop by the local florist and grab some inexpensive Gerber Daisies and greenery. I’ve been noticing this trend of having your arrangement completely contained within the vessel… and I like it! So […]

Crushing on – Monitor Audio R45HD Speakers

Click here to check it out: Monitor Audio’s R45HD Speaker “Designed to dovetail with the R360HD subwoofer and available in the RadiusHD range of real wood veneers and lacquers, the R45HD will blend perfectly with your décor in an ultra-discreet, multi-channel audio or video system…” Hang on Monitor Audio, you had me at “real wood… ultra-discreet…” […]

Mirror – Before and After

I was on the hunt for vintage clothing when I came across this mirror for… wait for it… 2 bucks!! Yes, $2 at the local thrift shop. The frame is actually heavy plastic and the mirror was in fantastic condition. One little fix-up needed. One side had some of the filigree missing, so I grabbed […]

Laundry Room – Before and After

Okay, okay… so the laundry room is not the most important room in the house. But, if you’re a laundry nerd like me (ie: you enjoy folding a warm fluffy towel to even perfection), you’ll appreciate this one. No one says it can’t be pretty where the work is done. But before we get to […]

Rocker – Before and After

This is the very chair my husband Steven was rocked in as a baby. We were fortunate enough to have is passed on to us in preparation for the child we hope to adopt one day. It was in great condition, just needed an update. The bottom cushion was stapled and wrapped around the front […]

Backyard – Before and After

In the summer of 2008, after a long winter, we decided it was time to tackle the backyard. Our goal was to create a outdoor room to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Step One: dig up perfectly good sod. Boo. Leveling is the name of the game. Level the black dirt, cover with gravel. […]

Green is better – Before and After

Hmm… House, check. Blue sky, check. Big rock, check. –– but something’s missing… Much better! Some fast colour with fresh laid sod, red lava rock, and a few baby shrubs. Oh, and maybe a tree? We have the luxury of having some fantastic neigbours that help move our tree into place. That’s the husband standing […]

Before & After: Master Bedroom

We all know its the most neglected room in the house right? Yep, been there, done that. Enough already! Time to get this show on the road! So we painted it originally with this goldish-green colour. Great colour. But there was no plan and the room ended up being this mish-mash of colours, & objects […]

Before & After: Basement Bathroom

Four years this space sat empty, with nothing more to show than some studs and insulation. It’s finally done and ready for guests. The prize goes to my husband for getting this one scratched off the “to do list”. A lot of effort on his part from tile cutting, grouting and sealing, not to mention […]

Before & After: Buffet Cabinet

Ooooh this is an oldie, but we turned her into a goodie. This little gem was hiding under my stairs, possibly ashamed of its paint job from days gone past… but we turned that around! New paint, hardware, glass inserts, added moulding and lots (LOTS) of elbow grease, has her standing proud, front and centre, […]

Before & After: Flower Chair

This little beauty was destined for the landfill. We plucked it from the curb and brought her home. A little love, attention, (and elbow grease), and she’s good as new. Couldn’t be happier with the results here. What do you think? Like this post? Sign up for fresh content, and free printables!