Thursday, April 30, 2009
Pendants 1 by Alray98 on Polyvore.com
1. Dahlia Pendant
2. Knotted Rattan Pendant
3. Bronze Pendant
4. Small White Pendant
5. Ikea Rutbo Pendant
6. Black Mumm Silk Pendant
Pendants 2 by Alray98 on Polyvore.com
1. Kimono Silk Pendant
2. 2-Tier Round Pendant
3. Stripe Rendant
4. Silver Baroque Pendant
5. Ventura Square Pendant
I'm thinking of a simple one for the family room, and either the exact same, or a fun one for the dining room.
I'd love to use the Dahlia pendant from board 1 in the dining room, but it's only 10" high x 13.5" wide and the room is 10'4" by 17'6". According to Style at Home, a chandelier should have the diameter of 2 x the width of the room, but converted to inches. i.e. the width of the room is 10'4", so the diameter of the lighting fixture should be (10.3 x 2) or 20" at a minumum. That's a big friggin light fixture!
I wonder how hard it would be to create your own. Buy the hardware and then use some sort of paper crafting to create the shade? Maybe that's too ghetto for such a big dining room....who knows.
Hopefully giving myself a list of monthly goals rather than daily ones, it'll make the failure sting a little less.
- Organize Kitchen
- Learn to/begin sewing draperies
- Make a meal plan for each week
- Each week, include 1 new recipe or dish
- Have a real date night with hubs
- Strip & repaint dresser from the 'rents
- Keep plants alive
I think that's a pretty simple first list...we'll see how it goes in a few weeks time.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Every single time I watch Sarah's House, or Sarah's Cottage, or even Design Inc, I wonder where they go. I know they're in Toronto, so it's not the same, but I'd like to know a good, inexpensive, reliable place to do some of the things they do on the show. Some examples:
- curtains and drapes
- window seats & general seamstressing
- antiques, thrift store finds
I'm only starting to view things with the potential of what they could be, and with purse strings tight, it looks like an avenue I need to explore more. Plus, it's fun to re-use things and personalize them.
If anyone happens to know some Ottawa resources for these things, please let me know.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I e-mailed Abby for our family room. I have oodles of inspiration images saved on my computer, but unfortunately none of the magazine ones that I have in hard copy at home.
I can't even think about how great it would be to be chosen for the challenge. I tend to get my hopes up (i.e. I mentally spend the money as soon as I buy a lottery ticket then I'm crushed when I inevitable don't win), so I'm trying to be realistic.
But seriously, I need the help.
Thanks for having the challenge ladies,
Monday, April 27, 2009
However...while reading through one of my new favourite blogs, Bower Power, I realized that there must be some way that all of these other people are able to format their blogs.
You see what I did there? I embedded the link into the actual words! Sometimes I amaze myself.
So I went to work trying to figure this out. I'm pretty decent with technology and this shouldn't be so hard. Thanks to the help feature I figured out the 2 things that were bothering me most about my blog:
1-That the spacing was unreliable and, well, crap. Apparently a little 'Edit HTML' and a little '<>' combined with the much more efficient Preview feature made this problem go away!
(note: I couldn't actually use the real code or it wouldn't show up. Just take away the 1st and 3rd spaces and you're a Crunchwrap supreme)
2-That I'd have to copy and paste the entire link if I wanted to allow linkage to it. I knew it was possible to embed a link (is embed the right word? I have no idea but it sounds really good), and I'd done it in chat rooms (ok, one, and it was Weddingbells). But how do people know these things if they're not a web designer???
Anyways, a mere highlighting of the word you want to embed to (seriously I can't stop saying it), pressing ctrl+shift+a and then pasting the link...and you're done.
I'm so happy I did a little happy dance in my chair a few times this afternoon. My co-workers wouldn't understand the excitement--they ARE web designers.
Here's hoping my posts are now a little easier to read!
Note: In case you didn't get it, the slogan for the Crunchwrap Supreme is Good to Go. I was having too much fun with my new tricks, sorry.
Here's the little 5 year old up on the pillar:
They're not quite as scared of the (paved, fenced,protected) front porch now and venture out there every once in a while if we're out there and leave the door open a crack for them. Until a car drives past, a dog barks, hubs or I stand up or move our chair, or pretty much anything happens. Lawd, they're cute.
I also looked at the rattan arm chairs, but the colour was a lot lighter than the website images, and they were more expensive, so I decided to wait and try to find something else.
I also had a planting tutorial with my mom yesterday (since I've never had a garden and have a borderline black thumb), and planted in some pots I had previously painted using a half-assed version of John & Sherry's pot painting tutorial. I followed most of it, but just used acrylic craft paint I had here and sealed that with the same water seal...we'll see how it goes.
So here's what it looked like yesterday evening once I remembered to take some photos:
Which, admittedly doesn't look a whole lot different that a week ago, but it really does feel different. We had both breakfast and lunch out there on Saturday, enjoying the 20+ degree weather and it was fantastic. I could've spent all day out there.
I didn't realize how dwarfed the planters would look, so I'll need to do something about that, but in the meantime I think I'll wait to see if I can keep these ones alive for at least a couple days.
So still to do out there,
- Get some thinner cushions for the bistro chairs
- Get some sort of arm chairs
- Hang tealights
- Window boxes/Hanging plants once I acquire some gardening skills and the weather is more reliable.
- Sit and wait for our sod to be laid so it doesn't look like we're in a dilapidated construction zone.
Any tips on how else to inexpensively make the space better?
And here's the kitchen now (please keep in mind that my camera's still being a rebellious teenager, and that's why there's some strange shots-I'm not trying to be artistic):
I can't even explain what a difference they make to lighting up the counter. Where there were just shadows before in the corners where I'd be cutting veggies and what not, there's now actual light. It's fantastic.
Had we done this through the builder, it would have cost us $251 PER potlight, or $1,506 total!!! Isn't that crazy?!?!
So, for the $18 per that hubs paid for them through his boss, and an hour of his time, we have saved ourselves $1,398 and probably got better lights too. Sometimes I forget what a perk it is for hubs to be an electrician who loves what he does.
How did it only take him an hour you ask? Excellent question.
1-When the house was under construction, hubs went in with a drill, measuring tape and string while I stood guard in the driveway with pre-determined warning codes.
Having already determind the layout for the future potlights, he laid the groundwork and took some measurements so that he'd know exactly where to cut the drywall once the house was finished (i.e. Friday afternoon).
Because he'd drilled holes in the studs during operation pot light prep, he didn't have to fuss around and have to do extra drywall repair.
And because he'd run the thin string through the holes during the same operation, he just had to basically use that to run the wire and save himself the headache of making sure it went to the right places.
2-He does this for a living and he could probably have done it in his sleep.
He's done the same thing in the family room, so one of these days the lighting in there will become pot lights as well.
Of course, it bears repeating that he's a licensed, experienced electrician, so this was both safe and possible. I wouldn't even think of attempting it if he weren't, so please be careful.
Friday, April 24, 2009
- 2-person bistro table for casual dinners for hubs and I
- comfy arm chairs with bright cushions for nice lounging
- lanterns and candles all over the place
- a couple hanging plants
- some potted plants in colourful pots along the stairs.
I picked up some chair cushions in a fabric similar to this last weekend,
which would look just fabulous on two of these: Which hail from Ikea and are just $69.99 each.
And while looking for the chair, I also came across these great finds from our Swedish friends:
Outdoor reno version 1 by Alray98 on Polyvore.com
What d'ya think?
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I've said many-a-time how much I like this site, and that's only increasing. They had this awesome organization post earlier this week that was fantastic and makes me want to go home and organize everything! Then I get home and all I want to do is nothing. It's a problem.
However...John and Sherry don't seem to ever stop, so here are some of my favourites (in no particular order):
Stacie's YHL Mood Board:
I especially love the floor lamp, super glamorous side table and chair.
Beth's YHL Mood Board:
Chantal's Canadian YHL Mood Board:
Trudi's YHL Mood Board:
Courtney's YHL Mood Board:
Lindsay's YHL Mood Board:
Alice's YHL Mood Board:
My favourites on this board are the drapes as well as the fabric swatch up in the top left corner.
Sarah's Second YHL Mood Board:
Ashley's YHL Mood Board:
Eryn's YHL Mood Board:
Emily's YHL Mood Board:
Michele's YHL Mood Board:
Paul's YHL Mood Board:
Leslie's YHL Mood Board:
Liz's YHL Mood Board:
Emily's YHL Mood Board:
Lindsey's YHL Mood Board:
What an awesome coffee table! The rug, art and pillows also make this one a favourite.
Believe it or not, I was actually fairly selective in my choices and there were many that I didn't choose as a favourite. They're all really nice, just not necessarily to my taste. And they seem to be getting better and better.
I have to say I've actually been considering a custom mood board of my own for any number of rooms: family room, dining room or master bedroom in particular. I'd really like to do it myself though and can't really justify spending money (however little or worthy) on getting one done.
In the meantime, I'll just enjoy these ones. Or swoon, as YHL might say.