16 Ways to Bring Summer into your Kitchen

1. Decorate with market finds. Place juicy tomatoes or ripe peaches in a big bowl, plunk an armful of sunflowers in a pitcher and keep fresh citrus on hand in a glass apothecary jar.
2. Roll out an indoor-outdoor rug. Bring in a dose of fresh color without worrying about spills and stains with a tough indoor-outdoor rug in the kitchen.


Patio Furniture Revamp

Summer is here and we spend a whole lot of time outside on our back patio.  I had decided this summer I was going to replace my tired and worn out old patio cushions with some new colourful cushions to brighten up the back yard.  The patio furniture itself was still in excellent shape but the cushions had lost their ummph!! 

I started searching for new cushions at various locations and online, but just couldn't find the right sizes or colours that I wanted and they were sooo darn expensive!!  So I decided I would just redo the old cushions instead.  I ordered some colourful fabric from Fabric.com a great site for a large selection of fabric.  I ordered 11 yards to be on the safe side and the whole order with shipping and handling came to approximately $130.  I wouldn't have been able to purchase even 3 cushions for that price.

Shut The Front Door.......

Curb appeal, yup that's what can make your home stand out from all the others. 

Since we've moved into our home a year ago, I've been wanting to paint the front door.  I felt like something was missing and I knew a couple of coats of paint on the front door would do the trick. 

So I've been cruising Pinterest and Houzz for some colour ideas and wow some doors just pop once painted...

Kitchen Progress

I haven't posted for a while as we have been busy, now that spring is finally here.  We've been more focused on the outside of the house now.  but I do want to show you what kept us busy during the winter months.  It's been a process but we are slowly getting our kitchen the way we would like.  I posted earlier when we first moved in pictures of the kitchen the way it was.  It was the one room in the house that I really didn't like.  I knew that in order for me to be happy in this house I needed something more up to date, so we had some work ahead of us. 

At first we were going to rip everything out and start from scratch but then decided (to save money and headaches) work with what we had.  The first thing I did was paint the countertops and cabinets, it made the kitchen feel a bit better and brighter.  Then we replaced the old outdated appliances with new stainless steel appliances, love my new gas range!   You can view the old post and pictures here.  Once the counters and cabinets were painted we had new flooring installed and decided to extend the existing Island. 

Little Boys Room

The other day I posted that I was working on a decorating project for a little boy's room.  The parents felt it was time to re-do his room as their son was now leaving the baby stage and moving into the toddler stage and needed a more age appropriate room and space.  Well the work has been completed and it turned out quite nice.

Never "rule" things out!

I recently landed another decorating job, this one was a little different from what I was used to.  My clients wanted to redo their 2 1/2 year-old son's room.  He was now leaving the baby crib stage and moving on to big boy's bed, so mom and dad thought it was time to change it up. 

Sock Monkey Love

Last Christmas I was onto a DIY jewelry kick, I made so many pieces that everyone (the ladies that is) in my family inherited quite a few pieces.  This year my craze is making "Sock Monkeys"!

Easy Christmas Wreath

It's that time of the year where everyone is starting to decorate, hang their Christmas lights and put up there trees.  I came across this easy DIY paper Christmas wreath that looked so beautiful that I decided to try it  myself. All you need to make this wreath is a wire hanger, paper and a hot glue gun.