Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Cool Modern Toddler Beds

Do you remember how old your child was when they first climbed out of their crib.  You walk into the room and think, hey, that's not where I left you, I totally put you in your crib.

We were lucky, it only happened a couple of months ago with Jackson so he was over 2 years.  Time to upgrade him to a toddler bed, a twin is going to be too big since he and Sloane will be sharing a room.  I would love to get a fab designer bed.  Here are some of my favourites.

The Natural Toddler Bed made by Highland Woods on Etsy for $500 CAD.
Echo Toddler Bed by Kalon Studios for $475

Classic Toddler Bed by Oeuf for $648

R Toddler Bed by Rafa Kids for 550 Euros

Hiya Toddler Bed by Spot on Square for $499

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Springing Back Into Reno Mode

It's been a while since we started sprucing up our home.  About 10 months to tell the truth.  We thought we could do a fair bit of work inside the house over the winter but the lack of an indoor work space in a basement or a garage made it too difficult.  Now that spring is here (according to the calendar at least), our drive and energy has renewed.  Yay for spring! 

Concentrating on the kitchen and dining room, we've done a lot over the last couple of weeks.

We painted the patterned & textured plaster ceilings and crown mouldings. 

We installed the new lighting in the kitchen.  It's an L-shaped kitchen, and look where the junction box is located!  We had no light in the L area at all, now it's nice and bright. 

The entire dining room has a fresh coat of paint, including the wall where the panelling and wallpaper was removed.

Best of all we have a new wood floor in the dining room!!!  Yes the triple exclamation point is warranted.  The green carpet is gone. Hip hip hooray.  Even though it's a dark colour the room is brighter and feels bigger.

Next up on the To Do List is installing the quarter round and door casings, repainting the trim work, and reinstalling the liquor cabinet in the dining room. 

PS - I know I said it's spring, but it's snowing right now, quite heavily.  Guess I'll be painting the trim pieces inside. 

Monday, 25 March 2013

Finding Modern House Numbers

Last year we painted the front of our house.  Bye-bye bright orange, hello battleship grey.  Now it's time to add some accents to complement the architecture of our home. First up is to get some new House Numbers and a Mailbox.

I don't know what it's like where you live, but mid-century architecture is rare in these parts which makes search for appropriate pieces like a treasure hunt.  Here's the results of my web research.

sausalito house numbers - zincParagon Modern House Numbers

Top Left:  Neutra House Numbers in Aluminum from Design Within Reach $24.00 USD each.

Top Centre:   Sausalito House Numbers in Zinc from Chiasso $14.00 USD. Also available in Espresso

Top Right:  Parragon Modern House Numbers from Atlas Housewares $25.84 USD.  4" Stainless Steel on Black Poly Fibre backing.

Middle Left:  Modern LED House Number by Luxello from Surrounding Modern Lighting & Interiors $57.00 each

Middle Right:  4" Modern Font from Modern Dwell Numbers $21.99 USD each.  Also available in Black and Bronze for $28.99 USD each.

Bottom Row:  All from West On Letters
Left:  3" Ribbon Black Annodized Finish
Centre:  4" Ribbon Condensed Natural Satin Aluminum
Right:  5" Ribbon Deep Natural Satin Aluminum

I knew what I wanted and was I ever surprised to find them at my local  Lowe's for $7.97 CAD each.  They are 5" Black Ribbon Elevated Mount numbers.

The Hillman Group 5-in Black Ribbon Elevated-Mount Number 2The Hillman Group 5-in Black Ribbon Elevated-Mount Number 1The Hillman Group 5-in Black Ribbon Elevated-Mount Number 4

Click here to see how they look on our house.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Choosing A Colour For The Front Door

As many of you know, The Hubs and I have been working really hard on our house over the past year.  One of our biggest accomplishments is the facelift we did on the front of the house.  We love the architectural style, although it is unusual for these parts, but were definitely not in love with the colour scheme.  Here's a referesher of how it looked when we bought it 5 years ago.

We have done a ton of work to the yard, there's actually 4 fewer trees now than in this picture.  The front has been painted, we changed all the hardware, numbers, mailbox etc.  What remains are new light fixtures and a new front door.  Here's how it looks today.
We're probably going to get the same style, flat panel, although there are some fantastic retro designs by Crestview Doors which are out of our price range.  The big question is what colour to paint the door.  Believe it or not, the door is the same colour in both pictures, the purple is not as bad with the grey but we're definitely not going with purple. So, I uploaded the picture to the Benjamin Moore Personal Colour Viewer and tried out some of today's most popular colours. 
Basil Green
Bermuda Grass
Scotch Bonnet
Jet Black
I've got my favourite, and The Hubs has his too (and they're not the same, shocking!), but I'm curious to know what you think.  Let me know which one you like the best. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

No Shoes While Eating + Other Quirks

There's a bunch of things Jackson does that I would call "quirky". He's got this little fold up stool for in the bathroom that he must put away between the vanity and tub before he leaves the room, or he gets upset. If you are visiting and you are wondering where your shoes have gone, look in the foyer, he tosses all the shoes and slippers he can find over the baby gate.  And if he's missing toys make sure to check under any furniture with legs, like the TV credenza, because he loves to stash stuff under there.

So here's the new thing he is doing.  We've had a few meals out lately and he absolutely refuses to eat until he takes off his shoes.  There he is, in the restaurant, reaching under the table to pull off his shoes, or boots as it is winter, and tosses them on the floor under the table.  Is this because we don't wear shoes in the house?  I think it's funny, and super cute to see his personality coming out.  Wonder what quirky things are next.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Awesome Murphy Bed and Desk Combos

When you are a family of four and you live in a small 3 bedroom bungalow (without a basement), it is really important to use the space you have in the most efficient way.

Sloane is going to be bunking with Jackson in the nursery and I'm still surprised how well all their stuff fit in there.  This means we are going to be able to keep the 3rd bedroom as a guest room / hobby room for The Hubs. 

The room needs a double bed (it's what we have already), a desk & chair, and open floor space.  Immediately, I thought a Murphy Bed would be perfect.  They even make them with a desk for when the bed is put away.  How perfect is that?

The shelf and desk top double as the bed supports so you don't even have to clear them off when guests come over.

Desk on the side is a nice idea, functions independently from the bed, but worry it's not big enough.
The most versatile with 3 different configurations.
Of course, these are all super expensive, into the $5000 range.  We're gonna look into DIYing it.  We'll let you know how it turns out, but it might be a while.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Warm Salad for the Winter

Salads, salads, salads.  When you are on a diet it feels like that is all you ever eat.  And while I do enjoy salads, they just don't hit the spot in the winter.  In the summer I love to have a cool, crisp fresh meal, especially Al Fresco.  But in the winter I want food that makes me feel content, worthy of hibernating.

Here is great recipe for a Warm Salad.  Keeps the calories down while still feeling satisfied. 

Tomato Chickpea Couscous Salad

  • 3/4 cup cooked whole grain couscous, kept warm
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Combine the couscous, tomatoes, chickpeas, green onions, and parsley in a bowl.
Mix vinaigrette ingredients, either by whisking in a bowl or shaking in a sealed container.
Toss salad with vinaigrette and serve on a bed of mixed greens.

This recipe is from The South Beach Diet on which I've lost another 4 pounds, making my total 10 pounds in 6 weeks.