When Fall brings its colder days, I always choose to stay in and focus on my interior. I get very excited about the idea of changing a wall color here, of a piece of furniture there…

A couple of weeks ago, I sold my mirrored night tables and got new ones, who needed some tlc. My inspiration: Pinterest! I saw this picture of a half-moon table, used as a night table, and this is where the party began:

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I was able to find similar ones on Kijiji, made out of solid cherry wood:

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Although I thought the wood was beautiful, I wanted to go for a white distressed look. I took a girlfriend’s advice and tried Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to add a Shabby chic twist to those rather traditional tables.

A bit of information on the Chalk Paint:

– Annie Sloane gave that name to her product because of its velvety, matt finish;

– Comes in 30 decorative and historical colors made for painting furniture, painting floors, and walls;

– No need to prime or sand! Love it.

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I used the two-color distressing technique. This tutorial will help you at home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjxKGQrO1UE

Step 1: I painted the tables in Graphite:

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It is very important to use Annie Sloan’s brushes. They’re great for achieving texture and allow you to paint expressively as the bristles are strong and firm but pliable.

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You can get those brushes, as well as the paint, at Malenka if you are in the Ottawa region.

Step 2: After it dried, I re-painted them in Pure white:

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Step 3: distress time! There is two way of achieving that look, whether by using sand paper or using a damp cloth and gently rubbing specific areas so that they grey come out.

Step 4: I used Annie Sloan wax to protect the tables.

Result!!!

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and once in my bedroom, it just got better. I’ve decided to add a frame behind them, to complete the look:

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Lots of decorating experts will tell us to use neutral colors on the walls and use bright, vivid ones in accessories. Agree. However, how fun to add a bit of punch on one wall? One accent wall?

Here is what I did. I fell in love with a yes, way overpriced wallpaper. There was no way I could afford more than one double roll, so I had to be creative. This is the result:

BAM!

BAM!

I created a frame with inexpensive wood moulding, painted the same color as the walls and installed the wallpaper in a couple of hours! Warning: wallpaper that is not pre-pasted can be a pain. You will need patience 😉

A couple of weeks ago, I saw Spring cleaning arriving and took a great decision: repaint. I have been in my condo for over a year now and the mint green I first chose had done its time.

I wanted something less girly, so thanks to Kijiji, I sold my glamorous lamps to buy new ones:

Bye bye beautiful black lamp!

Bye bye beautiful black lamp!

Since the nice days of Spring and Summer are ahead I thought: let’s go cottage/beach/Ralph Lauren look. Redecorating doesn’t get too costly when you decide to move things around.

What I did and how much it costed: I first took the drapes that were in the living room and brought them to the bedroom. Remember this?

Those pannels moved to my bedroom!

Those pannels moved to my bedroom!

There was a sale on Sico paint, so I bought a gallon of Skyscraper Blue for $30

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I exchanged a Home Depot gift certificate to buy Nautica-inspired lamps:

I made some pillows out of shams that I found for $2 at St.Vincent-de-Paul and found a nice frame at Home Sense for $89. TOTAL: About $130 with taxes!! Not too bad… Here is the result:

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Little details as finishing touches:

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Beautiful picture of my grandma...

Beautiful picture of my grandma…

I hope I inspired you to embrace Spring cleaning by pairing it with a little redecorating!

Yes I know white Christmas trees were in during the eighties… I took a bet with a girlfriend at work that I would prove her that they can be beautiful today. I think I won!

Before showing you my tree, let’s look at some inspiring ones:

This beautiful clean tree is from a 2009 House and Home post

This beautiful clean tree is from a 2009 House and Home post

Post from Desire to Inspire

Post from Desire to Inspire

I saw this Candy-like tree on octobersfrost blog

I saw this Candy-like tree on octobersfrost blog

Ok my turn! I really like contrasts, so I picked teal and green decorations and used peacocks and small birds for the finishing touch! Not so eigthys now..

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Those little birds are just too adorable!

Those little birds are just too adorable!

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You wouldn't believe what they sell at Canadian Tire!

You wouldn’t believe what they sell at Canadian Tire!

A special thanks to my best friend Hélène, who helped me decorating and took the beautiful Instagram pictures!

Happy holidays everyone!

I made it! After months of research and work, I finally finished putting together the boutique hotel look I wanted for my guest bedroom! I documented everything so that you can recreate the look in your own house without spending too much.

The most complicated part was to build and mount the custom headboard. I was lucky to get help from friends. Since I live in a new building, all the condo doors were covered with masonite for protection. I asked to recuperate them I got the pieces cut. I bought foam and white fabric to cover them. Total cost: $150. Laser level helped to mount each piece on the wall:

And the headboard was done!

Next step: I wanted to find nice nightstands, again for low cost… I looked and looked… and found two eightys looking tables for $25 each at a Thrift Store. I had a vision!

I first removed the traces of gold and sanded them.

Pieces of furniture from that era are often made of laminate and it can be hard to find a paint that will stick to this kind of material. Thanks to recommendations from my friends at The Home Depot, I used Smart Paint from CIL. Then I used Sico Cabinet paint (I picked a nice brown called Nunavut 6181-83) and bougth new handles for a perfect finishing touch. Total cost: $70.

Everybody wanted to help!

So here is the final result:

Have fun with paint! It can transform any piece of furniture!

All my thoughts and inspirations are finally coming to life! I moved into my new condo a month ago and I am slowly infusing my style to it!! Work, work, work, so much work but so much reward.

Thank you Sarah Richardson, thank you Ralph Lauren / Nautica and thank you all decorating magazines!  So far my living room:

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My favorite piece: a cabinet found in an antique store for $60!

My drapes and pillows coming to life!

Staging pic!

Another great find: the first generation of Samsonite luggages!

… and my bedroom are done:

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Detail of my great grandma’s bed that I refinished

There is more to come… I need to take care of the guests’ bedroom. I want to create a boutique hotel-feel bedroom. First inspiration: this amazing headboard created directly on the wall by designer Kelly Deck:

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Hotel feel headboard

Next step: colours… I think I will go with a light moka on three walls and a darker one (almost chocolate) on the headboard wall… Accent colours still needs to be determined… More to come!

My condo decorating plan is coming along and I look forward to moving into my new place in a few weeks. Now that my living-dining space has been taken care of, I am now working on my master plan for creating the prettiest bedroom ever! This is my starting point: the movie Marie-Antoinette:

This movie is simply exquisite, with its explosions of colours and textures!!!! And what can I say about the beauty of Versailles.. so inspiring!

Credit: Mademoiselle Florens

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Where to start? I already have lilac damask-printed drapes that I’ve made with the help of my mother a few years ago. They totally have this Versailles look I am going for!

Lilac damask drapes – thank you C&M Textiles!

Now let’s think wall colours.. I have to admit I was totally stucked since the drapes have an iridescent undertone that is quite hard to pair with other colours. A girlfriend of mine suggested mint green and I CANNOT THANK HER ENOUGH for her great idea as it links everything together: the movie, the candies, and my girly side!

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I opted for a green in the Sico palette that is called Scallion Whites. Not too blue, not too yellow. It is pretty similar to the colour on those cupcakes and the items on the following dashboard:

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I find the woodwork in this picture very inspiring too:

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I decided to go with pink orchids as accents:

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Those mirrored bedside tables from Pier One Imports will be on each side of my bed:

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Finishing touch: Black lamps to give the room a modern and glamour twist:

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I cannot wait to show you the finished product!!

New Year, new resolution: get back into blogging!

A new exciting project just came along: I bought condo! I have been renting for the past two years and although I did spend time (and money!) decorating my living space, the investment factor wasn’t the same for me since I didn’t own the place.

My new playground has close to 1000 square feet and lots of sunshine, since it’s a corner unit. The plan will give you a better idea of the layout.

DECORATING TIME!

Ok although I am only moving in April, I couldn’t wait to open my design books and my inspiration binder full of magazine images to get started!

First stop: Dining and living area

My inspiration: a couple of things..

  • Sarah Richardson’s use of navy paisley in a baby’s bedroom, plus mixing it up with orange

    Sarah Ricardson's nursery

 

  • Jonathan Adler’s current philosophy of pairing strong colours with a base shade, like grey

    Jonathan Adler's living room

 

  • One of my favourite designers of all time: Ralph Lauren. Can’t go wrong with tartans…!

    Ralph Lauren's duck walk plaid

 

Following these designers’ styles, this is what I was able to put together so far:

  • I absolutely love the greys of the Sicopalette! It was hard to pick, but I decided to go with Ice Castle. This beautiful warm grey will go on the walls and I will also use it in a gloss finish on casings that I will use to create tone-on-tone frames too!

    Sico 6184-31 Ice Castle

 

  • This grey will certainly tie up with the modern milk chocolate brown kitchen cabinets:

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  • I will create a frame behind the tv wall, and fill it with this gorgeous orange and beige wallpaper, by Antonina Vella:

    Antonina Vella wallpaper from the Dolce Vita collection

 

  • I also found this navy paisley fabric from the Nautica collection, which I will most likely use to create drapes:

    Nautica hampton bays fabric in navy

 

  • Pillow talk: never underestimate what you can find in thrift stores! I found two pillowcases for $1.98 (yes!) in a thrift store close to work and I transformed them into these beautiful pillows, that will go on by beige sofa:

 

Those used to be pillowcases!!

 

  • I will also create smaller pillows with this ethnic-inspired fabric:

    Positano fabric in indigo

 

This is just a start! I still need to find some furniture for the tv wall!! More to come!

Kelly Wearstler is one of my inspiration when it comes to interior design (and actually fashion too – Google her to see how well she dresses!). This California based designer is mostly known for being a judge on reality television serie Top Design. She is known for thinking outside the box and for creating bold yet well put-together looks. Her brand, KWID (Kelly Wearstler Interior Design) includes products ranging from fabrics, bed and table linens, dinnerware, rugs, wallpaper and much more. She is the author of three books, the most recent one being Hue, published in 2009.

Read more about her design thoughts in her blog: My Vibe My Life.

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Her book: Hue. Credit: Interiorly

 

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This last picture inspired me for my living room! I was able to find a wallpaper that looks like this malachite wall:

Get inspired by her design too!!

Fan of Lonny Mag? You will be happy to learn that Canada now has a new online magazine covering design, food and travel: Dabble. This free bi-monthly publication is the work of Kimberly Seldon, a well-known designer who is also the Design Editor of Chatelaine and a contributor of Style at Home.  Dabble’s complementanry website is almost finalized and will be unveiled in a few days.  Subscribe to the weekly newsletter to get the lastest stories!

Here’s a sneak peak at Dabble’s content:

Work of designer Erinn Valencich:

Erinn Valencich (credit: Dabble)

 

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Credit: Dabble

Travel destination: Prague (yes please!!!):

Credit: Dabble

 

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Credit: Dabble

Check out the magazine at: http://dabblemag.com/