Wednesday, August 29, 2007

sears lighting, and killing time

It's Wednesday evening, and it's 2 more sleeps until we move. So of course the time is crawling by, and it's driving me batty.

I'm at the Sears website checking out lighting fixtures. The house we're buying needs some lights updated. So I thought I'd have some fun posting pics of the ones I'm admiring.

This one has seagrass shades, which I love. I love it because it's a natural organic element. This one is $129.99tx. I'm thinking for our dining room. It may be too big though, our dining room is only 10 x 10.

This one may be installed at 9, 21, 33 or 45" heights. I'm thinking for the kitchen, mounted at the shortest height. I'm hoping the 9" includes the light itself. A great price at $54.99tx.

Whoops, I guess that's it for chandelier types. Oh well, that killed about 7 minutes. ;o)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

if i could start ALL over again....

My lovely friend Alli put me onto the urban outfitters site (sorry no html until I get back onto the pc where all my html codes are conveniently recorded). Anyways, I thought I'd have fun and post some pics of all the things that made me go "Oooooo". Yes they are quirky and eclectic, and they'd be perfect for my fantasy loft apartment in a cool big city.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

coffee table before and after?

When you are house sitting, you have a lot of time on your hands. So you end up sitting at the computer a least if you are anything like me. This is my big accomplishment this evening, and that is seeing if our new coffee table could be de-contemporaryized through painting. The colours aren't quite right, I'd use a more gray green. All the same, it helps to see the potential. What do you think??

more pictures that inspire

I'm still on the hunt for pictures that inspire me. I realized last night that I'm a little obsessed at the moment, with this decorating thing. It stands to reason though. We're not in the house yet, we're house sitting, so I really have nothing else to occupy my mind. I'm restless. I want to get in there and start making it a home!!! Only 5 more days until we get in, but it's these last days that are going by the slowest!

Here's our new coffee table. It's birch with a dark stain. I found this picture online. We got it for a really good deal, it was marked down for clearance. It was my hubby that really wanted it, and it grew on me quickly. I usually don't like furniture with glass in it, but I love all the levels for displaying some things. I'm not sure if I'll leave it with the dark stain, I might end up painting it, but maybe not. I do want to add some fine lined dark accents to our decor (now there's a word you won't hear me say often!).

Saturday, August 25, 2007

our latest aquisitions

Yesterday we picked up these used pieces of furniture for a pretty good deal. The table and chair set was $200 (Canadian), and the dresser was $80. Both pieces will be painted.

I'm not sure if i'll use the table in the kitchen or not, it's pretty sturdy and it's small size is perfect for the small eating area. It's way too small for the dining room, only because it wouldn't fit all our lovely friends!!

As for the dresser, I'm hoping it will fit in the dining would look so purdy!!!

Friday, August 24, 2007

painted furniture

Don't mind me, I'm just collecting inspiring colours for painting my furniture, old and new.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

what's my style??

I'm having a style identity crisis!! My previous house was very cottagey. I'm not so sure that's really a good reflection of me and i've suddenly realized that i feel the need to reinvent myself through this new house. Moving into a new place is a great chance to do that, providing you can recycle your old stuff through paint or modification.

I've found the perfect couch and love seat at Leons, and i'm sooooo tickled that my hubby has actually agreed to buy them. Yay for delayed payments!

So, now i have the fun of searching out pictures of interiors that make me stop and go hmmmm. Here are some at pottery barn that did just that, though i require a definite touch of eclecticism, and more splashes of colour. I think i'm seeing a

Saturday, August 4, 2007


I'm taking a break from packing. We have bulkheads over the kitchen cabinets in our soon-to-be new house. I found some pics online where people added crown moulding and matched the colour to the cabinets. The kitchen is going to be painted a creamy white, and the walls a nice pale green, an old Martha Stewart colour in fact.

Here's the kitchen we're getting:

Here are some pictures I found online, the progression of a kitchen makeover. Could I do the same???

Thursday, August 2, 2007

ugly fireplace

Look at this thing. I adore our new house, which we take possession of August 31st. There's just one thing that really bugs me. The propane fireplace. I've let go of the fact that it's a natural gas stove, and not a "real" fireplace for lovely crackling wood fires. :o( I won't miss the mess and the soot though. But this fireplace is UGLY! And so not a colour that is condusive to my taste.

Look at this idea below. It's from none other than my brilliant sister, an unofficial interior (and exterior) designer. She took into consideration our lack of funds. Check out her link on the right side of this page, called 'Just Beachy' (yes I'm too lazy to do it right here!). Some day she'll be official for sure. Thanks sis, for giving me hope!