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Dear Spring: Hurry up!!

15 Feb

I don’t know about you, but I am getting sick of this winter weather…. It just feels as though it is never going to end.

I thought I would post some SPRING inspiration to hopefully hurry it up a little ๐Ÿ™‚ or atleast give us something to dream about!

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KT, XOX

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A colourful entrance….

11 Jun
There is nothing better than a bright & welcoming front door. I am thinking about painting our front door so here is a little inspiration….

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ORRRRR….. just go with a classic black ๐Ÿ™‚ You can never go wrong with black

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KT, XO

All in the details…

6 May

Here are some lovely ideas on how to dress up your bathroom – It’s all in the details…

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Happy Monday!

KT, XO

Spring Planting & Garden Envy….

21 Apr

Spring is coming, slowly but surely. I can’t wait for the good weather so I can get outside and tackle my gardens!! Adam & I spent the whole weekend cleaning out our garage and storage rooms. We purged 2 truck loads to the dump and 1 truck load to Goodwill….. feel’s so good to get the house cleaned up! Hopefully next weekend the weather will be a little warmer and we can start cleaning up the yard, and get some spring planting done. Here is a little inspiration …

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Click on the picture below to learn how to make great planters & hanging baskets….

Fingers crossed for warm weather!!!!!

KT, Xo

Reader Design Dilemma

3 Apr

I have had the sweetest girl message me for a little help and inspiration for her new home, so of course I am happy to help! I went to her house this week to check it out and have her bounce some ideas off me. She is in a beautiful new house built by Jeffrey Homes. It has great bones and an awesome layout. She has a 7 month old, so since she is so busy I thought I would put together some ideas for her vision.

The paint colour used in her house is: Benjamin Moore – Stormy Monday

This gray colour was also used in the main floor ofย  the writer of – “Hey Gorgeous” Blog (whose house I love by the way…)

And her Kitchen was featured on STYLE ME PRETTY!!!!! very exciting… take a peak by click on the photo below

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Now back to my design inspirations for my reader….

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Currently her entry is bare. So I have come up with a few ideas to make it a little more homey and functional

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And I also love the idea of this Shoe storage unit from IKEA $169

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Click on the picture for more details on the website

http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/40216908/#/20169559

DESIGN IDEAS FOR OVER COUCH

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She has a giant wall at the back of her family room that she wants some help with.. we threw around the idea of floating lacker shelves from IKEA ($29) and placing different sized prints on them. I also think it would balance the room out nicely if she had one large print above the sofa to the left of the main wall.

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BEDROOM

She is wanting to paint her bedroom furniture to give it a little more of a romantic feel to her bedroom. I have suggested Painting it Benjamin Moore “White Dove” and changing the hardware. LEE VALLEY has some great hardware selections.

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  1. The Lantern Light is from Home Depot $200
  2. Hardware – Lee Valley
  3. Picture Frames for above bed IKEA (3)

I love this Lantern Pendant from Home Depot! I think I might get one in black for my Kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

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She has some great shelving in her bathroom behind the door, and is unsure of what to put on there…

I suggest something like this (I like that they painted the back wall)…

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I feel so blessed to meet so many amazing people through my blog!! I never thought something so small could bring such sweet people into my life โ™ฅ

If any of you every want to bounce some ideas off me, feel free!

KT, XO

Easter is around the corner!

24 Mar
EASTER is on it’s way!!!!
I thought I would put together a little EASTER inspiration for you…
Hopefully the spring weather will hurry up and get here!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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http://missmustardseed.com/2012/03/simple-spring/

EASTER TREATS โ™ฅ

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I think I might try this recipe out for Easter weekend “Cadbury Mini Blondies” from the blog Bakeaholic Mama

Recipe:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups milk chocolate mini eggs

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Happy Easter Week everyone!!!

KT, XO

Eat, Drink & Be IRISH

16 Mar

I love St Patrick’s day!!!! This week, it is both my birthday & St Patty’s – so we are throwing a little party on the weekend to celebrate. Now it just so happens my family is IRISH, so we like to celebrate in style. I thought I would put together a little party inspiration for those of you that would like to join in!

We are going to make a Green party Punch, something similar to this below…

For the ingredients I am mixing:

  • Lime Vodka
  • Fresca
  • 7 Up
  • Green Powerade
  • Cut up limes, oranges and lemons
  • And top it off with some lime sherbert
Irish Pint Glass 2 for $12

Irish Pint Glass 2 for $12

Now you definitely have to look the part on St Patrick’s Day….. I got a cute shirt from Walmart for $7. But I wish I had of known earlier Urban Outfitters has some great T-shirts and accessories!!!

Urban Outfitters $24

Urban Outfitters $24

Sock 3 for $20

Sock 3 for $20

Mens t-shirt $20

Mens t-shirt $20

A little party inspiration…

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I have been prepping my house for the party… Here’s a sneak peak

this is where we will have the green punch ๐Ÿ™‚

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Gotta have some green jello shooters…

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I hope you all have a wonderful St Pattys day!!!!!

KT, XO

a little SPRING in your step

11 Mar

Spring is almost here!! The snow is finally starting to melt, and the weather is getting a little warmer. I thought we could all use a little spring inspiration โ™ฅ

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And we can’t forget about those rainy spring days….

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I would love a nice trench coat like this…

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Pinterest has recently got me addicted to the J CREW Bubble necklace, I am just obsessed. Now this piece of jewellery does not come cheap, it is $170 …. And since I am not much of a jewellery person, it really doesn’t seem worth it for me to pay that much. HOWEVER – Zulily had the exact same necklace (more like a replica) on sale for $14, so I got to buy 3 in all different colours – and I am super pumped! Now although they might not come back on Zulily, I know you can get them on etsy and J CREW factory online (clearance price).

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Speaking of J CREW – I would also love a pair of these coloured vans…

Happy Sunday!!!

KT, Xo

Tips on building a new house

3 Mar

Building a new house is great – but it comes with alot of responsibility. You need to make sure you make the right decisions and that you are fully aware of your options. Make sure to do your research, so that you can have your new build at it’s fullest potential. No point in having any regrets when building your dream home…

Here are some things to think about….

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OUTLETS:

I can’t express how important this is. The placement of outlets in literally every room needs to be thought out long and hard. Imagine the placement of your furniture and accessories before you mark where you want the outlets. And keep in mind recessed plug outlets so that cords don’t stick out of the wall.

Electrical, phone, and cable/internet all need to be thought out.

Places you might not think to add an outlet:

  • Pantry
  • Beside the Mantel (for Christmas lights etc)
  • High placement on the wall (if you are going to hang your tv)
  • Kitchen Island, around the counter, in drawers, etc..
  • don’t forget about outside plugs in your front/back yard – and your porch too!!
  • Closets, beside desks, and any high volume area
  • Depending on the room, you might even need outlets on the floor

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  1. Have electrical outlets installed low and horizontal for a cleaner, more discreet look
  2. Make sure to install dimmers on most of your lights
  3. Make sure you have cable outlets in all bedrooms & family rooms.

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PLACEMENT OF LIGHTS:

Make sure you have tons of lights. I still can’t believe I don’t have a ceiling light in my family room…

  • Scratch the recessed cheap lighting and plan for sconces in bathrooms
  • Only have the builder put in the outlet for a light, and go buy one yourself
  • lighting in cabinets/under cabinets

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LOVELY ADDITIONS:

  • wainscotting
  • High ceilings
  • Thick crown moulding
  • Kitchen backsplash
  • Built-ins for the family room and kitchen
  • Storage space: Extra Cabinets or cubby holes are a a great use of extra space

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UPGRADES worth the $$$$

  • Hardwood
  • Hardware (door handles)
  • Interior doors
  • Faucets!!!!!! or offer to supply your own…
  • Basement Bathroom rough in/ Central Vac

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KITCHEN ESSENTIALS:

  • Have your microwave built into a cabinet or the kitchen island
  • Add a wine cooler in your island
  • Warming drawers near the oven
  • Wine rack

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Happy Sunday!

KT, Xo

Man Cave Progress

24 Feb

Happy Sunday! I just wanted to give you guys a little update on our basement, it is really coming together! Finally almost everything is done except a few little touches. But I am going to share it with you anyways…. ๐Ÿ™‚

So I would just like to take you back first to where we started….

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So since my last post of ideas for the basement, there has been a bit of a change. Although we went to IKEA and got some slipcovers to go over our old couch and chair, unfortunately they did not fit. So, that being said we kept the IKEA futon, and thought we would use that as a couch instead. Our basement is pretty small, so it actually worked out better. We went back to IKEA, and bought a new grey chair that is super comfy with the money from the returned covers!! We also have a coffee table that will be coming down here shortly….

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Here is our new grey chair from IKEA… it’s called the KIVIK for $250 (The pillow is Ralph Lauren from Homsense, and the blanket is Hudson Bay)

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We moved the bar fridge beside the futon (now Adam doesn’t even need to get up lol). We still need to get some photos for the picture frames – Going to try and find some great group shots of our friends (I’m sure that won’t be too hard).

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We were finally able to hang Adam’s draft Jersey!! That was a pretty big moment in his life, so I think it is great we get to display it finally. ย We bought the white bench from IKEA and the pillows are from Homsense. The picture to the left is of team Canada, Adam’s parents gave that to him.

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Here is our Chalk Board wall ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it turned out so awesome!!! You can kind of see in the pic we actually got a piece of cork board and also painted it with the chalk board paint, just so we don’t have TOO many holes in the walls. Adam also had this idea to take an old hockey stick and hang some of his old Jerseys.

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Adam has played for a lot of teams over his career, so we had to keep it limited to 6 jerseys… lol.. a girl can only look at so many jerseys ya know? The picture at the end is actually something the Blackhawks gave him from his first NHL game – It’s the game sheet & the puck… pretty cool.

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We just put up this bar area today. We got a super old piece of barn wood from a little shop downtown and got the supports from Homedepot. I am going to paint the supports but leave the wood, I think it looks so rustic and awesome.

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Just need some bar stools and we are ready to party!

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This little area is where we are keeping all the booze! Still needs an old rustic mirror to go on the wall, don’t ya think?

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I got this rustic bowl from Homesense and I just love it!!

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So there you have it, Adam’s little man cave. We are both so happy with it – and I think we found the perfect balance of manly and still flowing with the rest of the house! Now we just need to have a party ๐Ÿ™‚

KT, XO