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DIY Halloween Ghost Garland

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Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids, this easy DIY ghost garland is a perfect activity to get everyone in the spooky spirit. It’s simple to make and you just need a few materials that you probably already have. It’s perfect for little helpers who are getting excited for Halloween and it’s a fun way to kick off decorating for October 31. All you need is some tissue paper, glue, and twine and a little bit of glitter if you like a bit of sparkle.

Materials

  • white tissue paper
  • styrofoam balls (I used 1 1/2″ ones)
  • permanent marker
  • twine
  • glitter
  • tape

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY supplies

Directions

1. Place 2- 3 sheets of tissue on top of each other. With about 8″ on all sides, put a dab of glue between the sheets of tissue paper (since Ari helped we just used a glue stick but a glue gun would work as well), plus one on the top sheet for the styrofoam ball.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

2. Place the styrofoam ball on the glue and wrap the tissue paper over it.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

3. Cut or tear the tissue paper about 6- 8″ around the ball. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it just adds to the look of the ghost.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions 

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

4. Use a permanent marker to give the ghost a face.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions  

5. If you want a bit of sparkle, dab some glue on the ghost’s face and sprinkle with glitter. Tap to remove excess.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

6. Repeat to create as many ghosts as you want and tape some twine or string to the backs of the ghost’s heads. Hang & enjoy!

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY  

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

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October 5, 2017
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Simple Fall Decor Ideas {+ Free Printable}

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall is officially here. It’s that time of year in between Summer and all things Halloween… and then Christmas. And before we get out the bats, witches, and jack- o- lanterns, it’s the perfect time to put out some pretty Fall greens and pumpkins. And gourds (can’t forget about those!) ;). 

For about $30 we picked up some pumpkins, gourds, and plants for our front porch and added some throughout the house to bring a little bit of Fall indoors. I also clipped some fresh greens from the garden for some pops of colour and arranged everything into little groups using colour and texture to create interest (I went with mostly white with pops of orange and green). Decorating for the seasons doesn’t have to burn a hole in your credit card to look good- especially when you can add a cute free printable into the mix!- and you might already have more than you need, you just have to get a little creative. One of the things I’ve been wanting is a sign that can be used year- round as I switch things up for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. I didn’t want to spend a lot on it since I like to change things up throughout the year, so I decided to make one. All you have to do is print and pop it into a frame (I used one from good ol’ IKEA), and decorate to your heart’s content. 

You can find the click + print link for this ‘Welcome Home’ sign at the end of the post, plus check out these tips for easy home decor (even though this post is about decorating for Fall, they are good year- round):

  • use colour and texture for visual interest (these mini pumpkins and gourds cost around $15 for all of them)
  • pick a colour scheme and carry it through- it can be lots of colour or just one or two, but keeping the colours consistent will make a big impact (like I said, I went with white, orange, and green before the black and orange of Halloween come along)
  • layer items/ prop up against each other to add depth/ height
  • get creative- use items you already have and set a budget for items you want to buy; if you’re really lucky you might a few things that will work year- round so you only have to add a few seasonal accents
  • when all else fails, make it yourself (like a sign you can print right at home 😉 )

Fall decor and welcome home free printable Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

 Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Print your own ‘Welcome Home’ sign

Download the free Welcome Home printable below!

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Click + print: Welcome Home Printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

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September 28, 2017
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Dried Orange Scent Sachet

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Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

It’s beginning to feel like Fall… And in less than two weeks the season will officially be here. Bring on all the cozy: the sweaters, boots, scarves, hats, hot apple cider (call me old fashioned but I like it better than PSLs), Fall decor, candles, baking……. all of it. I’ve started adding some Fall touches around the house and as much as I love LOVE candles, I wanted a flameless option to add a seasonal scent to the house.

This little DIY was inspired by none other than the food dehydrator that has been a staple in my kitchen for the past few weeks as we pick fresh herbs from the garden to dry (we have a round one like this one and love it). I’ve seen lots of cute ideas with dehydrated oranges (warning: this may not be the last one you see here 😉 ), and this DIY is a great way to add to the coziness of your home for the Fall by making it smell amazing. You can choose any scent combinations you like, but I really like the smell of coffee and added citrus essential oil to help keep the house smelling fresh. I opted to make a sachet that I can tuck out of reach from the kids, but pouring everything into a jar or vase would also make for a pretty home made potpourri to display (those dried oranges just make everything look pretty). This is also a great option if you’re trying to avoid artificial air fresheners- simply switch up the scents for the season to keep your home smelling fresh.

Materials

1 large navel orange

Citrus essential oil

Piece of paper towel or tissue paper

1- 2 cups coffee beans

Paper bag

Lightweight fabric bag (or use a piece of fabric tied at the top)

Directions

  1. Begin by cutting the orange into slices not quite 1/4″ thick

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges 

2. Place slices into a food dehydrator (or you can preheat your oven to 250 degrees and dry the slices for 2- 3 hours)

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

3. When the orange slices have dried, allow to cool. Add a few drops to a piece of paper towel or tissue paper.

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

4. Pop all of the items into the paper bag- the dried orange slices, coffee beans, and paper towel/ tissue paper- and wrap it up so nothing can fall out. To be extra secure tape the seams so no coffee beans fall out.

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

5. Pop everything into the fabric bag and tie at the top. Pick where you want to have the scent in your home and place the sachet. You can tuck into a closet or add it to a Fall display/ vignette. 

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges  

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

As I mentioned, you can also dry the orange slices in the oven at a low temp for a few hours, but I love the option of a dehydrator and the round one we have gets a lot of use. If you’re thinking of buying one, this one is similar to the one we have and works great.

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Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

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September 14, 2017
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Oh Canada: 10 Ways to Get Your ‘Eh’ On for Under $75

 

The love for all things Canada continues today on OHP! Canadian- themed decor is pretty trendy right now, but the cabin/ woodsy/ lumberjack themes have been classic style trends for home and style for as long as I can remember. Whether you like to incorporate it into your home or your wardrobe (or both!) there are plenty of options out there to choose from. Have some fun with your style and decor with this selection of 10 items that celebrate Canada (with everything costing $75 or less!).

No matter where in Canada you live, there’s no place like home and I’ve rounded up 10 favourites for home and style as part of my #Canada150 celebrations here on the blog. Being from BC, the woods, ocean, and outdoors play a big part in my life and I couldn’t resist including a few provincial items too. Whether you just like them for the Summer, or use year- round, I hope you like these ideas for adding some ‘Eh’ into your life! 

Clockwise from top left:

Burgers Beer Bonfire tee- The Sweet Life Apparel

Provincial Mug- Chapters Indigo

Life is Better in Canada Pillow- Chapters Indigo

604 or Bust Sweater- All Twerk & No Pray

There’s No Place Like Home Printable- V Shop by Victoria Senges

Set of Vintage Canoe Paddles- Chapters Indigo

True North/ Strong + Free Wood Signs- Allybeth Design Co

The World Needs More Canada Mug- Chapters Indigo

BC Wood Wall Hanging- Sprig West– on sale! $17, usually $22!

Looking for more ideas to celebrate Canada? See the links below!

Canada Day Strawberry Chia Parfait

#RedandWhite Pop Up at The Local Space: Post a Photo to Win!

Canada Day Bunting Printables

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June 28, 2017
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Hello SUMMER! {Free Printables}

hello Summer free printables

Let me be the first to say: HAPPY 1ST DAY OF SUMMER! Or as I like to call it, my favourite time of year. 😉 Canada Day is right around the corner and there’s some fun stuff coming to OHP to help celebrate Canada 150, but before we get to that I couldn’t resist posting something to celebrate the switch from Spring to Summer. I’ve got 3 Summer- inspired printables for you to download and print at home to bring the season indoors. All you have to do is pop in a frame or use some washi tape to adhere to a space that needs some brightening up. Pick your favourite or go for all 3 for a cute group. Click the links below to download. WELCOME TO SUMMER! <3 

palm leaves hello Summer free printables

Click to download: Summer Vibes

palm leaves hello Summer free printables

Click to download: Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

palm leaves hello Summer free printables

Click to download: Beach Please

Tip: These prints should fit a standard piece of printer paper with a border around the design when printed. Scale up or down to size the image to fit the frame you want. 50% should be about right for a 4″ * 6″ frame; I went for 60% since I had a matte in the frame I was using.

hello Summer free printables

palm leaves hello Summer free printables

   palm leaves hello Summer free printables  

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palm leaves hello Summer free printables

 

June 20, 2017
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Backyard Gardening: 5 Books for the Green Thumb Family

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 We’re heading into gardening season on the West Coast and I’m already looking forward to the warm months to come spent outside digging in the dirt. For the past few years we’ve planted edible gardens and last year was the first full season of us planting our two raised box gardens full; everything from kale to peas. Will and I both enjoy gardening and the output from all our hard work, and we’ve enjoyed teaching Ari about gardening and plants the past two Summers. Gardening is definitely a labour of love, but you can enjoy it on as big or as small of a scale as you like. I joke that our back yard is my favourite room of the house in Spring and Summer and soaking up the Vitamin D in our backyard is one of my favourite ways to unwind.

With Ari turning four this year, we’re looking forward to her helping even more in the garden, even if it’s only simple tasks, it’s something she loves and a great opportunity to teach her about growing food and nature. Our goal is to grow organic food and make the most of homegrown eats through the Spring and Summer, while also teaching our kids a love and appreciation for the outdoors and letting them be a part of the process. You don’t need a lot of space to enjoy gardening- pots, containers, and vertical gardens are all great small- space options- and there are methods to make the most of even small garden plots. Even if gardening isn’t a passion- maybe it’s something you just want to dapple in- or want to teach your kids about how plants grow, I thought I’d round- up some reading material to kickstart gardening season. 

I’m sharing 5 books below to help build your gardening library, including a few titles for kids, so everyone in the family can enjoy their time digging in the dirt. All titles available from Raincoast Books.

What Will Grow?

This book for kids teaches about a variety of different seeds and what they grow into- everything from peas and tomatoes to oak trees and sunflowers.  It’s perfect to teach kids about how plants grow from seeds and that they can transform into many things: flowers, trees, fruits, or vegetables. A great intro to gardening for young readers that includes info about seed growth and simple tips to start your own garden, plus four pull- out pages that kids will love. The pages are full of bright illustrations with planting tips for all of the seeds featured at the back of the book, along with the stages of growth from seed to full- grown plant. 

By Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

What happens in the dirt that we don’t see? Lots of things! This kids’ book shows the hidden world of nature below the garden surface plus all the activity that happens above ground through the four seasons. Everything from worms and other bugs, to the animals and creatures that call the garden home. This a great book to teach kids about all of the critters that are a part of the garden world throughout the year and shows how it changes through the seasons- from prepping the garden for planting, to the final harvest of the year. At the end of the book is a list of suggested further reading for little gardeners along with an ‘about the animals’ section to teach kids about the creatures featured throughout the book.

By Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

The Little Veggie Patch Co. DIY Garden Projects

This book is loaded with ideas for garden projects, ranging from simple ideas for kids to all- out garden DIYs. Whether you’re looking for garden space ideas- want to build your own vertical garden, repurpose items to help plants grow, or want to attract garden- friendly bugs to your yard?- or get your kids involved, this book has over 250 pages loaded with ideas, all accompanied by easy to follow step- by- step instructions and photos to help you complete your project. I’ve already got a few bookmarked to try with the kids and I’ve seen a few DIYs I’d like to try making for our box gardens as well. I like that this book can help you from start to finish of setting up and growing a garden, plus has simple ideas to get the kids involved. 

By Mat Pember and Dillon Seitchik- Reardon 

Tiny Garden, Huge Harvest

Don’t have a lot of room but still want to grow some yummy things with your green thumb? This book provides tips for small plot and container gardening with step- by- step instructions for designing, planting, and harvesting. It shows that you don’t need a lot of space, you just need to make the most of it. It includes tips for different garden options- vertical, tiered, pot/ container gardening, as well as what kind of garden you’re thinking of: do you want to be able to harvest and eat what you grow, or simply enjoy the act of gardening? It also has information about gardening techniques and what to do with the food you grow, including garden planning, four- season gardening, succession planting, and how to preserve harvested edibles. At the back of the book is a handy index with information on a variety of edible varieties including some popular herbs. Added bonus: this is a little book loaded with info- it’s about the size of a postcard, making it perfect to tuck into your bag when you head to store to buy gardening supplies and want a quick reference guide.

By Caleb Warnock

Herbs + Flowers

Maybe something on a simpler scale is what you’re looking for? This little book is a great guide for growing more than 32 kinds of herbs and edible flowers (have you seen how pretty a salad looks garnished with fresh flowers?) and has beautiful illustrations of all the plants featured. Each variety is outlined with key information including how it tastes, when to plant and pick, and serving suggestions (ie fresh dill is nice eaten raw or cooked and pairs well with cucumber, lime, lemon, and red peppers, among other tasty combinations). It also includes substitution suggestions, so you can try out different options if a certain plant doesn’t grow well for you (I’ve tried growing basil from a seed unsuccessfully, so have opted to buy a small plant in the past, but other ideas according to the book include mint, lemon balm, and oregano). Another great reference book to tuck into your bag to take to the store when you stock up, and a simple/ enjoyable read no matter what your skill/ expertise level.

By Pip McCormac, illustrated by Louise O’Reilly 

 

All of the books listed above are available through Raincoast Books.

Find them online on Amazon.ca and Indigo.

Website: raincoast.com | Instagram: @raincoastbooks | Facebook: Raincoast Books | Twitter: @raincoastbooks

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March 30, 2017
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Glitter Champagne Flutes DIY

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If you saw Monday’s NYE party post, you would have seen these pretty gold glitter champagne flutes. This is a quick and easy way to dress up your glassware and is the perfect finishing touch for that signature cocktail you always serve. If you’re hosting a NYE party this year, this is a simple DIY that can be done the day/ night  before, with the supplies easy to find. And if you don’t want to add glitter to your favourite glasses, just pick up some inexpensive ones from the grocery (or dollar) store. Now all you have to do is decide what to serve in them. 😉 Cheers to the new year!

Supplies:

– glasses

– dishwasher- proof Mod Podge

– glitter

– rubbing alcohol & cotton swab

– sponge brush

Directions:

1. Start by cleaning the glasses in hot soapy water. Once dry, flip them over and wipe the bottom with rubbing alcohol.

2. Use a sponge brush to coat the bottom of the glass with dishwasher- proof Mod Podge. Try to get it as even as possible.

3. Tap your glitter over the surface until evenly coated. Tap to remove any excess.

4. Optional: If you want a little bit of extra coverage, press the base of the glass into a pile of glitter. Tap to remove any extra loose glitter.

5. Remove excess glitter from the rim of the base by spinning the glass in one hand and using your  other index finger to clean the edge all the way around.

6. Allow the Mod Podge to dry based on the instructions on the bottle.

7. When dry, follow up with a second coat of Mod Podge to seal the glitter & allow to dry.

8. When dry, whip up your favourite batch of cocktails or pop open a bottle of bubbly and enjoy! To clean, you can simply put the glasses in the dishwasher, or wash by hand with warm soapy water. Don’t leave submerged in water as this may damage the seal.

Want to see more great party ideas for NYE?

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NYE Photo credit: Ava to Zoe & Paper + Parties

December 28, 2016
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My New (Old) Home Sweet Home {with Piya from THH}

In the world of Pinterest and Instagram, who doesn’t catch themselves getting major envy at some of the beautiful, perfect, magazine- worthy homes they see? It makes for nice eye candy while you scroll through, but it can also leave you feeling a little bummed about your own home:  ‘My house totally doesn’t look like that’. We don’t all have big budgets to tackle that reno or a limitless credit limit to splurge on all the things to make our homes picture- perfect. And let’s face it, some days it’s worth a celebration that the house doesn’t look like a bomb zone with kids running around as you attempt various chores/ cleaning, etc (‘let them make one mess while I clean another’ sound about right? 😉 ). And having an older home that comes with a few quirks can definitely make the process more interesting and challenging. My friend Piya who owns The Handpicked Home and I both have vintage 70’s homes that came with a lot of personality. Over the past year we’ve worked together on a few projects, but comparing notes on updating an older home has been something we’ve laughed and joked over as we discover bumps in the roads of our various projects.

I’ve loved being a part of and watching Piya and Pav transform the home they bought a year ago and we wanted to share about the process along with some tips for anyone who’s got an older home, or one that just needs a little TLC. It can be exciting to renovate/ redecorate, but it can also sometimes feel overwhelming when you’re trying to figure out what to do. So over the next couple of months we’ll be sharing different tips and ideas from Piya’s experiences that you can hopefully use in your own home that are simple, don’t break the budget, and help make your house your home in all it’s imperfect glory (and let’s face it, probably have a laugh over as well, because what home project ever goes as planned?). Piya and I chatted about a variety of things to do with moving and home renos and she’s sharing about her experience so far below along with some before and after photos to show the progress they’ve made. It’s really amazing to see the difference some paint and creativity can make to a space and Piya’s home is a great example of what you can accomplish, regardless of how quirky your home might be

What was your previous home like compared to your current one? How did you want to make this home the same/ different in terms of style and personal touches?

Our condo in Morgan Crossing was a show suite; it had never been lived in. It was a two-level, two-bedroom, two-bath home with a beautiful, large kitchen that included a gas range and quartz counters. Our house needed a lot of TLC when we purchased it, but Pav knew that I could work my magic to design a space we could both love. The condo was easy to make sparkle because it was already shiny and new! This house was going to be a little more challenging, but I love a challenge. We went from always entertaining in the open-concept kitchen and family room in the condo, to focusing on the seating area in our living room of the new (old) house as an alternative. It’s not worse, it’s just different. 

I knew I had the opportunity to have even more fun with our house, like adding wall decals, which I had always wanted to do in our condo but never got a chance to. So even though we no longer had our sparkly dream kitchen, we had something else; something with a lot more character and charm and history that we could make our own. A few months after we had moved in and made some changes, the daughter of the previous owners came by to pick up some mail and when she walked in the door, she was blown away by how great it looked. What a difference a fresh coat (or three!) of paint can make!

What was the timeline from finding the house, moving in, and completing the facelifts?

My husband was on the hunt for a house, right when the market was picking up but still before the real craze of bidding wars and no time for inspections. We were in a condo in South Surrey, beautiful and new; a gorgeous space. Pav (my husband) knew, though, that this was the time to try and purchase a house with a decent size lot when we still could. As White Rock and South Surrey were at the top of our wish list, we started looking there first, but worked our way back to my old ‘hood in Cloverdale where we found her. Older, and in need of some serious love, we made our offer and it was accepted.

Because it was at the beginning of December 2015, we waited to get through the busy Christmas season at the shop, so we rented it out and stayed in our condo until January, when we put it up for sale and accepted an offer fairly quickly. We had until March to move out, which gave us a lot of time to pack and say our farewells (even though it’s always left until the last minute anyway) and we moved into our new (old) house in April. We began painting right away: every single wall and our brick fireplace, and replacing all the light fixtures. The bathrooms upstairs were not holding up, so we decided to renovate those sooner than expected in June, and that took about a month to complete.

Decorating is always an ongoing adventure, especially with a space that’s almost double the size that our condo was. But I wasn’t really finished enough to be truly happy with it until probably September. Things always take longer than expected; shop life keeps us really busy, so trying to squeeze in time for the house can be a struggle – emotionally, too, since I do take pride in making our space less house and more home. There were plenty of frustrations along the way, but it’s looking so cozy and sweet now that it was all worth it in the end!

   

 

What drew you to this house?

Most certainly the lot size. Ultimately, our plan will be to tear down the house and rebuild our dream home (yes, we will be those people on the block!), which might also be the only way we are able to afford the space we really want. I am more about quality over quantity, so the rebuild will be about the fixtures and special features over the high square footage. Who needs extra, bare rooms to keep clean? Not us!

What also drew us to this house is the unique layout. It’s a ‘70s three-level-split home but not like any others out there we’ve seen. It boasts a large foyer and dreamy living room, with a dining space along with a bar area we created. An original, three-sided brick gas fireplace keeps us cozy, and the master bedroom even has a walk-in closet! Not the largest walk-in around, but I’ll take what I can get!

What were your priorities/ on your ‘must change this’ list when it came time to renovate? 

The bathrooms were high on the list; painting was probably first since it seemed easiest at the time (ha ha ha – Pav will have a laugh over thinking it would be easy) as well as changing the lights. The house also needed updated blinds – we went way too long without real window coverings, but did put curtains up in the meantime for at least a little bit of privacy. Meanwhile, I was finding some additional furniture for the space and planning our feature dining room wall.

We also decided what we wouldn’t be focusing on, which was the kitchen. We figured since we were planning on tearing down eventually anyway, and it already came with stainless steel appliances, there was no use in increasing the value of a room that wouldn’t exist in five years. Five years – that’s the plan: live in the current space for as long as we can and hopefully not longer than five years. We tend to work quicker than we think, so we will see how things eventually turn out!

What do you love/ hate about renovating an older home?

The hate is for the delays; the things that go wrong; the new things that need attention when you’re still working on the “old” things. The love is the satisfaction from seeing your work complete; the joy of accomplishing projects on your own home; the chaos of working on it with your husband – and enjoying the space together each night after a long day at work.

How is this home different from your previous place?

It’s old! It’s also twice the size. There have been a lot of additions made to the house over the last forty years and not all of them were done well. There have definitely been some challenges, but we also saw a lot of potential. It’s unique and homey, and the yard is a huge plus!

How did you make changes on a budget?

We took on a lot all at once, so we knew we had to stick to a strict budget for updating the house. Pav took on the painting (as much as he doesn’t love it) with his parents helping out, to save some money on labor. We did have a team helping us manage the bathrooms, but we were able to use the same group that is currently working on the new build of Pav’s parents’ house and piggyback off of a larger project, so that helped us save some costs as well. Some of our feature light fixtures were a splurge (like the chandelier above the dining table), but because we bought several for different rooms, we were actually able to negotiate a better price which helped us save at least $200 – that was a bonus.

The hardest part is working one month at a time and not being able to buy everything all at once – isn’t that always the case? Pav had to remind me that we needed to wait some purchases out, like bringing sweet new pieces home from the shop (always a struggle) or our dream sofa. Good things come to those who wait – and, for now, we are enjoying the space and the fact that we can take a break from maintenance work.

 

How do you make your house ‘yours’? 

Putting a room together doesn’t come easy for everyone; there are some things to remember about the placement of chairs in a living room or how rugs can make a space warm and cohesive. But, for the most part, do what you love. Does that art make you feel good? Throw it on the wall. Not sure if the cushion matches but you love it so much? Grab it for your couch! Magazines are meant to serve as inspiration, not rule books. You don’t have to worry about making your place “magazine-perfect” so long as it’s perfect to you, and your quirkiness and love will show through to whomever steps through your home.

Can you put a dream rug over existing carpet (which, by the way, you can!)? Do it, if it feels right to you! You’ll make it perfect with your own charm and personalization. I say, don’t be afraid to make some design moves. And, honestly, a fresh coat of paint can make anything, anything, look great. Got a China cabinet or headboard that’s dated but you can’t part with? There’s nothing a little coat of FAT paint (a local chalk style paint company) can’t fix! You’ll be hooked and want to paint everything you own!

 

What are the quirks and fun thing about decorating an older home vs a new, all- white house? Do you love it, hate it? Or both?

We got lucky with our place; it came with all these rooms that we could do whatever we wanted with. We can turn the downstairs into the man-cave (or Pav-cave!); we can have a bar area for extra seating when we entertain for dinner; we get to have an extra-large foyer that we can make pretty for guests as they first enter our home. It’s not new, it’s not white and pristine – it’s old and a little rickety (in a good way! There can be a good way, right?) and charming as hell!

It was full of wood paneling that we painted white (for our own makeshift wainscoting) but also included cedar ceilings which add something unique. There is a tonne of space (our condo furniture basically fits into one room- our family room) that we get to work with, and also a lovely yard and deck that we can eventually redesign as well. I do miss our condo sometimes, I just loved it so much. But now we get to have an adorable new space to call home, and even though it came with some struggles, we know we made the right decision (especially Pav– I don’t think I could get him to pay another strata fee again!).

What’s next on the list?

Adding to the décor! We also still (still!) have some unpacking to do, so we will complete this hopefully early in the New Year. We are borrowing my Mum & Dad’s couches right now in our living room; we already have our dream sofa picked out so hopefully we can pick that up in January as well. I plan to move the current furniture downstairs, and grab the new sofa along with new coffee/side tables to update the living room to complete it. Working in the environment I do, it’s definitely hard to not bring one of everything home with me every day!

The value of our home is in the lot. With the eventual plan to tear down and rebuild, we focused our attention on cosmetic changes like new carpet for upstairs, paint, light fixtures, blinds, heat vent covers, and, soon, little things like new door handles upstairs for all the rooms and matching light and plug covers. The bathrooms were the biggest job, and while we tried to keep the renovation budgeted, we knew we could spend a little more on things we could keep for the rebuild, like good toilets and shower fixtures, and spent a little less on the tiles, which we can’t later salvage. The soaker tub was new but we found it on Craig’s List (hooray!) and both vanities were from IKEA – we saved on these and I love them! I would not hesitate to keep them for some spare bathrooms in our future new home. If we do decide to update our kitchen next year, we will likely limit it to painting the backsplash and counter tops, just to make them more liveable (and likeable!). I found some pretty great tutorials on Pinterest that would make for a fun project!

What tips do you have for anyone looking to redecorate/ renovate/ do a facelift?

Get a lot of quotes! Talk to as many people as you can about your project list, especially people you already know– there are always great recommendations to be made through word-of-mouth. If it weren’t for the team that was already working on Pav’s parents’ new place, we would’ve worked with the same contractor that built our shop. That was a dream-team!

Also, try out some new DIY ideas (like painting your backsplash in the kitchen!), especially if you’re in a situation like us where you will eventually tear down anyway. They will probably turn out great, and you can spread the word and help friends and family with their DIY inspiration!

Finally, take your time. I had to come to terms with the fact that not everything could be updated at once, and that’s okay – you will learn to love the space and your guests will likely not even notice all the details that you know are still missing. Enjoy the adventure, whether you are doing it with a partner or experiencing it on your own. In the end, it’ll be the satisfaction of your own hard work and dedication that’ll make you smile everyday.  


Piya and I have more home- inspo coming to you in the new year! Stay tuned for more in our home sweet home series soon!

The Handpicked Home

1406 Johnson Road, White Rock, BC

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December 22, 2016
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Faux Fur Stool DIY

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Who else agrees- Pinterest is a dangerous place?! I’m always coming across project ideas I want to try and today’s post is 100% inspired by some pins I’ve come across of faux fur stools. Call me a girly girl but I think these fluffy accents are a cute/ fun addition to a room. I’d love to pair mine with a pretty vintage chair or vanity- what do you think??? I found a set of vintage stool legs and knew they’d be perfect for this project and I opted to not sand/ re- stain them but I updated the metal details and hardware with some gold spray paint for a touch of glam. This project did take a little while, so I’d give yourself and hour or two, but the results are worth the effort! Also be warned- working with faux fur can be a little messy, so be prepared to find bits of it everywhere after you’re finished! 😉 Now who’s ready for some crafty fun?!
Materials:
– faux fur 
– upholstery foam (available at fabric/ craft stores)
– wood cut to size for seat base (I made mine 1′ * 1′)
– legs (great for a repurposing project or find new)
– spray paint
– scrap fabric to line the underside (optional)
Additional supplies/ tools:
– glue gun
– nail gun
– drill
– scissors
– saw
– painter’s tape
– measuring tape
Directions:
1. If you’re like me and are repurposing pieces or just want to add some metallic detail, tape off the part you don’t want painted and spray paint everything- I also painted the hardware to match. Set aside to dry.
2. Cut your piece of wood to the size you want- I cut mine 1′ * 1′, followed by cutting the upholstery foam to size. I used 3 layers of 1″ foam to get the size of cushion I wanted; you can make yours larger/ smaller based on preference, just make sure you have enough faux fur to wrap around it.

3. This step is optional, but I glued the first layer of foam to the wood base to help hold it in place while I secured the faux fur. This is up to you, but I found it really helped.

4. Cut your faux fur to size. I also cut a piece of scrap velvet to 1′ * 1′ to line the underside of the wood base so the bottom looked finished as well. For the faux fur, make sure you have enough to wrap all sides with 1- 2″ extra on all sides to secure it to the base. For mine I used a piece that was 14″ * 14″.

5. If you’re going to line the underside of the stool base, use a glue gun to secure it. Make sure it’s glued down well on the edges. Stack your upholstery foam on top of the base and flip it upside down on the backside of the faux fur (make sure it’s centred!). Now for the tricky part: For the corners, trim the corners of the fur away  (see photo), so that when you fold the fur down, the edges/ seams overlap by approx 1/4″- 1/2″ (any more and the corners will be bulky). Use the glue gun to glue the pieces together, making sure the raw edges are tucked in (I pinched the seams together for a tight/ clean seam). If you prefer, you can also secure with a needle and thread.

6. When all sides and corners are glued, use a staple gun to secure the fur to the wood base. I put a staple in each corner and in the middle of each side. 

7. When your legs and hardware are dry, screw them onto the base. I measured in 1/4″ from the edges based on the hardware I had. If you lined the underside of your base with fabric, make sure it doesn’t wrinkle/ pucker as you drill in the screws.

8. Brush off any dust/ fur trimmings etc and…

Enjoy!

September 22, 2016
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Summer Closet Organization

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Now that it’s officially Summer I’ve been going through all the closets of the house sorting through everything, purging unneeded items that got pushed to the back (out of sight out of mind, right?), and swapping out the cooler season essentials for our warm weather duds- goodbye boots and jackets, hello shorts and sandals!

There’s something about looking into an organized closet and seeing things neatly piled and labeled that is calming and makes things easier to find when you go searching for them. And as much as I don’t want to be inside with the sun out (although the past week or so of grey weather made it easy to be inside tackling this chore), it’s a great chance to wash and air things like duvets and blankets before storing them away until the Fall. Since I know I’m not the only one who gets the organizational bug I thought I’d share a few of the options I came across that will stretch your budget and come in handy for a variety of uses- see them below. For some more home organization ideas see my Home Organization board on Pinterest.

1. Cami hangers- Zulily
2. Accessory drawers- Zulily
3. Wooden hangers- IKEA
4. Accessory tray- Zulily
5. Show rack- Zulily
6. Storage bin- Chapters Indigo
7. Sweater weave basket- Chapters Indigo
8. Storage box- IKEA
As I’ve been purging the closets, I’ve also been going through dressers and tidying drawers- I feel like the kids are constantly outgrowing things and it’s a constant rotation of bringing out new, larger sizes and putting away the clothes and shoes they’ve outgrown (space bags have become a much- loved storage item in our house to save room, and they fit great in under- bed bins). And I’m guilty of holding onto things, thinking that I’ll wear something again, but really all I’m doing is putting off getting rid of something I haven’t worn in ages. Hoarder much?
The camisole hangers are something I’m excited about- I really need to re- claim some drawer space and these are a great inexpensive way to move things from drawers into the closet without giving up prime hanging room in our bedroom closet. I’m looking forward to having this major task checked off my to- do list! 
How do you keep keep closets and seasonal items organized? I’d love your tips!
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June 26, 2016
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