Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Vanity DIY Project

Or: How I Turned a Free Desk in to a Charming Vanity Getting dressed and ready to the leave the house in the morning always seems like a hectic rush. With different things I need to get ready in various locations, not a lot of time to feel "put-together", and limited patients, I end up stressed and panicked-feeling. Having a vanity with plenty of storage for my most-needed accessories and makeup has made a huge difference in my morning routine. Last year, I re-decorated my vanity. I … [Read more...]

Recipes for Delicious Kitchens from IKEA

The kitchen section at my local IKEA store is one of my favourites. I love wandering around in there, checking out the different cabinet and countertop options, and imagining myself cooking in the display kitchens from IKEA. There are so many options available when thinking about designing a kitchen and IKEA definitely has a lot of tips and expert advice online and from their sales staff in the stores. I get that designing a kitchen cam be challenging, but IKEA makes it a lot easier. Check … [Read more...]

Summer Candlelight Dinner Ideas from CB2

Cooler summer evenings are perfect for a candlelight dinner. I love these ideas from CB2 on how to create a fun, summery evening party.  … [Read more...]

7 Affordable Ways to Add Style to Your Bathroom

You don't have to break the bank to add a little personality to your bathroom. Here are just seven ways to bring some pizzazz to the space that are also simple and cost-effective. … [Read more...]

Book Recommendation: A Colorful Home

It's easy to make a home look like it flows, works well together, and as if it an interior designer stepped in to help you put everything together if you start with a theme. I'm not talking about something crazy, like a Victorian theme or a Georgian theme. One of my favourite things to do is work around a colour scheme. It makes it so much easier to coordinate furniture, accessories, and fixed elements, when you have certain colours to work with. Since I live in an apartment that I rent, one … [Read more...]

Home Décor that Inspires Adventure

I love to surround myself with things that have positive messages, inspire me to reach for my goals and install a sense of adventure in my life. On top of having vision boards, inspiring quotes and pictures around my home, I have found that my latest home décor addition–stone coasters from–inspires adventure. Every time I put down or pick up a cup or glass from atop one of the 4 stone coasters I have, I see something that symbolizes freedom and adventure (to me): hot air balloons. … [Read more...]

How to Put Together a Beautiful and Inspiring Vanity on a Budget #BDFL2015

When someone challenges me to create something on a budget, I get very serious about it. People often think that decorating a space is very costly, so they make do with what they have, even though they really don't like the way it makes them feel. I got my creative juices flowing recently, when I was tasked to spend only $150 to redecorate a space for the New Year. One of the things I do every morning is get ready (think makeup and finishing touches on my hair) for the day ahead. Having a … [Read more...]

Display your Memories

Why keep your favourite memories tucked away in a photo album or sitting amongst thousands of other pictures you've taken (of your cat, yourself, or the city's skyline) on your cellphone and hard drive? Extend the joy of those special moments you've had throughout the year by displaying them some somewhere you can regularly see them. What I like about the Hangit Photo Display from Umbra is that it's easy to customize what's displayed and change things up as often as I want to. I like to … [Read more...]

How to Quickly Change the Look of your Bedroom

Sure, you can change out your bedroom furniture, paint the walls or replace the flooring. But all of those things are pretty major, not to mention costly. Whether you're wanting to change the look of your bedroom seasonally or to suit your mood, a duvet cover is a quick and stylish way to do so. Changing out your duvet cover is a great change in itself, but you can start there and keep going with other small changes. It's really easy to put together a custom bedroom with Redbubble. First, … [Read more...]

Fall Mantel Makeover

It's one of my favourite times of the year, when all the gorgeous oranges and browns are out in full force. To bring a bit of the fall cozyness inside, I decided to update the decorations on my mantelpiece. When you live in an apartment without a fireplace, you have to make do with what you have. In my case: a wall shelf that acts as a mantelpiece. One of the easiest ways to dress up my apartment and change things up seasonally is to dress up my mantelpiece. This year, I've been lucky enough … [Read more...]