Friday, February 19, 2010

Going on a Holiday!

So I'm off tomorrow - heading down to Florida to visit my parents who have rented a place for the winter. Luckily, my niece will be down there too so it should be pretty fun!!

Best part is that for one or two hours, I will get to visit with my best friend (who sadly lives in Phoenix, AZ)! By fluke, she will be in Florida tomorrow and Sunday as she is going on a cruise Sunday afternoon!! I can't wait to see her!!

Anyways - once I'm back we will be back to regular programming.

I've started filling the holes in my soon to be dressing room and we are currently thinking about paint colours for our family room :-) Lots of projects to come!

Have a good week everyone!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Reflections on this Mirror?

I came across this mirror the other day and thought it might work over our fireplace if I painted it.

What do you think?
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Relatively Mediocre Update

So I realize I haven't posted in a while and I'm sorry. I honestly didn't have much to talk about!

Last weekend we did a bit of shopping around looking for a mirror for over the sideboard and chairs for the family room. Once we finished the media stand, we couldn't help but realize that we definitely need some chairs to flank it. I sold our old Ikea beater on craigslist (gotta love craigslist!) so we are lacking in places to sit if friends come over.

We ordered 2 Martine chairs from Restoration Hardware back in December to serve as both end chairs for the dining room table and as chairs in the living room, but we realize they may also work as side chairs in the family room.  That is when I decided to follow up with RH about the chairs since they were estimated to  arrive early February.

I receive an email back from RH saying that unfortunately they have been backordered until MAY. MAY, people. Can you believe that? And they didn't even contact me to tell me! I had to ask!

Anyways - rant over.  All of this to say that we realized that we need to get on this chair hunt.

We hunted, didn't find any chairs that weren't over 800 each or covered in uber-synthetic fabric (you know the kind - supposed to look like velvet but ends up looking like plastic?).

We came home with this though:

Don't mind the fact that it is resting on a blanket and that it is dark as hell in there.  We found it at Home Sense and like it because it was the right size (I think) and seemed like it would match - it was a redish dark colour and the inside bit was kind of bronzy like the pulls on the sideboard.

However now that it is in the room, it comes off almost black. Granted we have no sun or anything but now I'm not sure.

What do you guys think? Should it be bigger? A different colour? A different shape?

Also - if you see any reasonably priced chairs that would work in our family room, let a fellow blogger know!

TIA :)


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hump Day Love

I think that Tuesday and Wednesday are by far the worst days of the week. Tuesday has terrible tv options in the evening, and Wednesday is as far as you can get from the weekend.

No better day than Wednesday to blog about something I love!!

I’m a bit of a gadget girl that is for sure. I still drool over Iphones (darn work-issued blackberry), HAD to get a Clarisonic when I heard about it and get crazy amounts of joy over computers. However, this is probably my favourite one in the house:

Our Nespresso machine!!!

I bought this 2 years ago almost as a birthday present for my husband. He is a bit of an espresso aficionado and had grand plans to buy a crazy machine that would grind the beans, make the espresso, steam the milk, clean itself and hopefully vacuum the house. All for the low price of around $1500.  Insane, I know.

After copious amounts of research, we went to the Nespresso boutique at the Bay in the Eaton Centre. It is this sleek looking place that makes you feel like George Clooney could walk in at any moment.  There, they show you how the machine works by making you espresso after espresso until you are hopped up on caffeine and all you want to do is BUY EVERYTHING IN SIGHT!

We kept it together and went home to do more research, and for J’s 30th birthday, my family and I went in together and bought him that lovely piece of titanium coloured machinery. Oh glorious coffee.

No, it doesn’t make hot chocolate nor can you put in a packet of freeze dried powdered milk that strangely turns into cappuccino foam when you press a button. What it does is make truly excellent espresso every time.  You can pick from a variety of types of espresso and the capsules are good for something like a year so you can stock up. If you don’t live near a boutique, you can order online for 1-2 day delivery.

Another great thing about it is that every machine makes the exact same coffee – so there is no real benefit to upgrading the machine unless you want more bells and whistles (i.e. cup warmers, integrated frother, etc.). So you can get a machine for as low as 250 or so.

We also bought the neatest gadget to go with it – the Aeroccino frother. Basically, you pour in the milk and press a button. In 90 seconds you have perfectly heated cappuccino foam or warm latte milk. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Anyways – I just thought I’d share the love. We get tonnes of compliments on the espresso and didn’t spend an arm and a leg to get it. No, it doesn’t vacuum the house but for the price we paid, that’s okay!

And no - I'm not being paid to advertise for Nespresso. I just love it that much!

Does anyone else have a favourite gadget in the house? Do tell J I’m always on the lookout for new ideas!


Monday, February 1, 2010

Craigslist Re-vamp Complete!

Remember our Craigslist find that we picked up with plans to turn it into a TV stand? Well weeks later, it is done! I'll give you a play by play, because it was our first time and maybe you can learn what to do or NOT do :)

1. Buy something on Craigslist that you like and consider yourself to be totally fabulous because you can fit it into the back of your hatchback. No suv for this girl :)

2. Try not to fight with your husband as you both try to get it down the narrow stairs to the basement. Attempt to convince him to do all of the painting right in the dining room. Get denied. (thank god, in retrospect!).

3. We took off the hardware did a light sand of the sideboard.  We also drilled holes in the back of some of the cabinets to allow the cords to reach the electronics.

4. Prime! We primed it with Zinniser Bullseye 1-2-3. It took two coats and we probably should have used a third. I don't know why but it seemed like a colour kept leaking through, especially in the areas where the wood wasn't finished (like the inside of the cupboards.

4. Paint! We used leftover matte cloud white on it. Ideally I think a semi gloss would have worked better, but this is what we had so we went for it.

5. Come home after a night out with colleagues to find that your husband has decided to "distress" the sideboard. Have minor hissy fit.  Realize that after sanding, 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint, you don't want to redo it. Distressed it is!

6. We then verathaned using a water based verathane that dries clear. We sanded between each coat, and J sanded with wet sandpaper after the last coat which made it really smooth.

7. Go to Lee Valley to pick out new hardware. Realize that measuring for hardware is annoying and leave husband to go it alone so that another hissy fit can be avoided.

8. Bring the sideboard upstairs and spend oh, a MILLION hours setting up the electronic equipment to work!

9. Sit back and watch the Bachelor on your new tv stand!!

Here is how the electronics fit in:

Eventually we are going to get one of those special remotes that go through wood and walls etc, but for now we can just leave the door open a crack and the remotes work.

The chairs that are in the room are not staying - they are just there until we find replacements.

Anyways - hope you like it!!