holiday fireplace renovation

20151219_214837000_iOSWe finally tackled a project I have dreamt of doing since we moved in almost four years ago now! We are still working on the staircase and pantry door that match the dark wood from the before photo below, but I wanted the mantel done for the holidays at the very least. I’m in love with how it turned out! I can’t believe this is the same fireplace, the white really brightens up the room! I ended up replacing the mirror as well, I felt like it needed a bit of contrast. I really lucked out with this gorgeous hand carved one from Homesense.

fireplace renovation before and after
This was a super easy and inexpensive DIY that made a huge impact on the space so I wanted to share what we used! See below for all tools and supplies we used for the project and directions. FYI – We started off with just sand paper but later upgraded to a Black & Decker Mouse Detail Sander + used primer so we need less coats of paint on the other areas. You will still need sand paper for smaller edges though.

fireplace renovation before and after
First step is to lay out your drop cloth to protect any surrounding furniture and flooring, then tape off the walls and carpet lining the fireplace and tile. Next step is to rough up the surface of the wood by giving it a light sanding, once this is done, wipe the area down to remove any dust. Once dry you can now apply your primer, this dries quickly and then your ready to paint! We did 4 coats of paint, letting it dry in between, this paint says it only needs 4-6 hours between coats. The paint brushes worked great for all the edges and the roller for the larger surface areas, it had a much smoother finish. The paint did not stick to the silicone surrounding our fireplace, but you can use white silicone to cover the inside edges. Once the paint has dried, remove tape and your done!

SOURCES
MIRRORS: BOTH HOMESENSE | ALL DECOR & BOOKS: HOMESENSE | THROW PILLOWS: INDIGO | STOCKINGS & TREE: LOWES | LEATHER POUF: THE CROSS DECOR | PAINT & SUPPLIES: HOME DEPOT

porch makeover

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One of my absolute favourite features of our home is the porch! I have been waiting for what feels like forever to style the area! I knew I wanted it to feel really cozy and comfortable, like our home except well, outdoors. I went with the usual neutral pallet of greige, white, beige with black details. Plus lots of whimsical flowers! I do not have much experience putting outdoor flowers together, but I was so happy with how these turned out!!! We are thinking of adding another whicker chair so we can fit one more! I have already gotten so much use out of our porch and seriously cannot wait for more summer fun in my little outdoor sanctuary! Happy weekend everyone! I hope I could help give you some inspiration for your outdoor space!

PORCH SOURCES
FLOWERS: HOMEDEPOT | FLOWER POTS: HOMESENSE & WALMART | BENCH: SUPERSTORE | WHICKER CHAIR: IKEA | THROW PILLOWS: HOMESENSE & INDIGO | THROW BLANKET: INDIGO | DOOR MAT: TARGET | SERVING TRAY & ICE BUCKETS: HOMESENSE | OUTDOOR TABLE: WINNERS | LANTERNS: HOMESENSE & SUPERSTORE

spring décor updates

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Spring is here! This is such an exciting time of the year, longer days, blooms and new décor inspiration! I usually add a few new pieces to update my space every season to freshen it up! Right now I have been totally into greys, blues and mixing different textures. I like to keep our living space as simple and cozy as possible, with a few feminine touches. I was on the hunt for a new mirror to hang over the mantel and I had this one in mind. I ended up finding one on Kiji for a steal! Another great and inexpensive way I love to give décor a new life is spray paint or chalk paint. I have been loving the idea of using more greenery in my decor too! I love the way the space is coming along!

LIVING ROOM SOURCES
BLUE VASE: WALMART | CANDLESTICKS: IKEA | DECORATIVE VASES, FAUX FLOWERS, TOPIARY, BASKET, CLOCHE, THROW PILLOWS: HOMESENSE | COASTERS, THROW PILLOWS & THROW BLANKET: INDIGO
COFFEE TABLE BOOKS: INDIGO & WINNERS

easter decor

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Happy Easter weekend! I hope everyone is having a wonderful long weekend! I love creating traditions in our home for this holiday. Easter always reminds me of Spring time and how pretty it is! I also happen to love a good waffle and mimosa tray – complete with some cute straws! We picked up some pussy willows and fresh blooms that really made it feel like Spring, plus they smell amazing!!! Have a great Easter with those who mean the most to you today. And maybe indulge with a few mimosas and some mini eggs!

EASTER TABLE SOURCES
DISHES: TARGET | GLASSES, BOWL, ACORNS & STAND WITH DOME: HOMESENSE | MOSS: MICHAELS | EGG DECOR, PLACEMATS & TRAY: SUPERSTORE | NAPKINS & DISHTOWEL: HOMESENSE | NAPKIN RINGS & WATER CARAFE: INDIGO | JUICE CARAFE, EGGCUPS & BEADED DISH (USED FOR RASPBERRIES): IKEA | STRAWS: CRAVE CUPCAKES

office décor

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Hello! Finally sharing our finished office space (what does finished even mean though?!) today which feels so great! Decorating for me is kind of an organic experience. I definitely would rather take my time and wait until inspiration strikes if I’m stumped for creativity in a space! I apologize for the photo quality – I definitely need to invest in a professional camera, but these will have to do for now!

I really wanted my soon to be hubby to feel comfortable in the space so I resisted from making it too girly. I usually will add a few elements to do this like greenery and texture with darker furniture and accents. I love black and white décor right now so I continued that theme throughout the space. I had found the yellow pillow and instantly fell in love so also decided to add a few accents with this theme too. Plus you can’t forget the metallic accents, I typically stick to silver in most of our home, so I decided to have elements of both in this space.

Our gallery wall was something I was so excited about. Tyler had a print from a previous trip to Hawaii and picture from our recent trip to Jamaica that he wanted to incorporate! The shelf styling is purely décor items that I love and have tried to make them work together. Every time I find a new piece that I love I try it all over the house until I find the perfect place for it, but if I don’t I will spend hours trying to make it fit in with the shelf décor. Remember that shopping your own home can be fun too! I tried to add as many sources as I could think of! Thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

OFFICE SOURCES
MIRRORS & LAMPSHADE: TARGET | PINBOARD: HOMESENSE | SHELF DECOR: HOMESENSE, TARGET, IKEA, MICHAELS & INDIGO | TABLE: WINNERS | DESK, SHELF, CURTAINS, BLANKET, FLOOR LAMP & CHAIR: IKEA PILLOWS: IKEA, INDIGO & HOMESENSE | PRINTS: INDIGO | DEERHEAD: HOMESENSE | BURST WALL DECOR: TARGET | TOPIARY: HOMESENSE | CALENDAR, WEEKLY LIST & CALCULATOR: INDIGO | GOLD TAPE DISPENSER & SCISSORS: TARGET | CLEAR TAPE DISPENSER & STAPELER: SUPERSTORE | DESK ORGANIZER: HOMESENSE

bathroom decor

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After recently sharing my favourites for enjoying a bubble bath night in, I thought I would share just a little update of my bathroom décor! I added a few baskets to organize and some pink hand towels that I scored from Homesense recently. I love the way it turned out and hope this gives you some inspiration on how you can update a space with just a few items!

BATHROOM SOURCES
WALL DECOR: TARGET | TOWELS: HUDSON BAY & HOMESENSE | BATH CADDY: HOME OUTFITTERS | BASKETS: HOMESENSE | BATHMAT & SHOWER CURTAIN: SUPERSTORE | CANDLE HOLDERS: IKEA & TARGET