Paint it Black

[facebooksimplelike] When I posted about the treasures we found to decorate our Outdoor Spaces, you may recall my disgrace about the peeling porch paint.  And if publicly humiliating myself is what it takes to motivate me, then so be it. I painted the porch.  SW Black Fox, rolled on 2 coats, took all of 20 minutes. And that led to a fresh coat … [Read more...]

Oversize Dining Room Lantern

[facebooksimplelike] Our love affair began in a parking lot. Not the most romantic of beginnings, seedy & cheap almost. Fitting, because I could see she had 'A Past' - sitting there in all her brassy boldness. But it was like a magnetic energy that pulled us together.  You know that feeling when all your nerve endings go on high alert and … [Read more...]

Summer Happy – Outdoor Decorating Inspiration

[facebooksimplelike] FINALLY I SAY! I have thawed, the sun is warm and wonderful and the time is here for living outdoors! We’re in the midst of "re-creating" our outdoor spaces a bit, I’ll show you what we’ve been doing around here soon. It involves spray paint, re-purposing, and color....just a few of my very favorite … [Read more...]

Main Bathroom Renovation

  [facebooksimplelike]   Well, my clients finally have their home back – renovations are complete.  Renovating 2 bathrooms back-to-back definitely creates a few weeks of havoc & inconvenience, but kinda like ripping off a band-aid, they just went for it.  I’ve already taken you through the completed Ensuite Bath, and detailed … [Read more...]

Happy Mothers Day

[facebooksimplelike]   This is completely non-decor related, and not my regular weekly post.....but it’s Mothers Day. In honor of the occasion, I want to wish a Happy Mothers Day to every Mom who is flying by the seat of her pants, trying to figure things out as she goes, and feeling absolutely overwhelmed and insane sometimes. The Moms … [Read more...]

Mirror, Mirror (or Door) on the Wall

  I'm loving beautiful old doors....All the carved details, weathered finishes, and architectural elements are amazing You don’t even need to do anything with them – just lean them against the wall: fullbloomcottage theparisapartment But you CAN do some really cool projects with old doors, like these: Mount bedside sconces on … [Read more...]

Ensuite Bath Renovation

  My clients Cynthia & Keith are thrilled with their ‘new’ bathroom. A few weeks ago I told you all about the details of the choices we made for the finishes in this renovation.  I hope that gave you some insight into the basics of what’s involved in creating a cohesive & amazing space. Now that it’s complete, you can see how those … [Read more...]

Vintage Lighting….and a Tutorial

[facebooksimplelike] I’ve owned up to my fixation love affair with Vintage lighting a few times, here and on Facebook. I don’t understand it any better than you do, it just IS. The fact that I have more lighting than lighting outlets is actually the bigger problem. Anyhow. Sometimes you get lucky and find a Vintage Light that requires no … [Read more...]

Come on In, Let me show you around….

   Hey Hey Crazy Cats – guess what? I have nary a DIY project nor a Home Staging adventure to share with you this week. First, the new globes aren’t here yet, and if the USPS ever gets them here,  they’ll be hung in the most fabulously fabulous way and I can’t wait to show you. Second, bathroom reno#1 is … [Read more...]

Updates, Thoughts, Kijiji….and some crying

[facebooksimplelike] Well, the only thing that’s been going on around here lately is work....that bathroom reno I told you about last week is headed to the finish line, and I’ve been Staging like crazy. And did you ever read my post on Manly Decorating?  Well, that milkshake is bringing the boys to my yard because I’ve had 2 projects decorating … [Read more...]