Before and After: Mint Mid-Century Modern Sideboard

Vintage mid-century modern console before and after by @visualheart

This mid-century style sideboard was in rough shape. It’s made from particle board, the worst material in the world (ugh). It has a thin layer of melamine on top with lots of scratches and water damaged which immediately posed a challenge. I could see it had good bones and was just asking for a second chance at life, especially since mid-century modern is still very popular right now. Scroll down to see close-ups of the before and what it looks like now. I’m also sharing tips on how to paint water damaged particle board. The first step is clean it, […]

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How To Use Pinterest To Grow Your Business

Pinterest tips for business. How to drive traffic to your website using Pinterest. @visualheart

If you’re a small business owner, entrepreneur, side-hustler or blogger and you’re not using Pinterest you should. It is one of the fastest growing sites and it is an amazing tool to drive traffic to your website. I joined Pinterest when it launched in 2010 and became addicted to pinning inspiration, graphic design ideas, project ideas for clients and much more. This is my account: pinterest.ca/visualheart I quickly saw the value in it as a tool for my creative projects, but also saw it as a way to share ideas with other people. After pinning frequently, I discovered my following building, […]

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Simple Modern DIY Pom Pom Wreath

DIY Anthropologie inspired pom-pom wreath

The first Christmas wreath I ever had was back in 2015, it was a gift and it was absolutely stunning, you can check it out over in this feature post on Poppytalk’s blog. This season, it seems like the pom pom is all the rage along with all things wool and felt. I really wanted a neutral minimalist wreath for our home and I refused to buy one, crafting something unique is always the way to go. After a quick search on Pinterest, I found a few pom pom wreaths that I really admired, but I wasn’t into the medley of […]

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Printable Modern Christmas Gift Tags

Printable Christmas gift tags by @visualheart

Happy Holidays! Here’s a set of 12 printable modern Christmas gift tags versatile for just about any gift. They are perfect for last minute gift wrapping and brighten up plain kraft paper or gold paper. I’ve designed them simple and modern on a standard 8.5″x11″ letter-sized sheet of paper so all you have to do is pay for the design and the .pdf file will download. Then print it at home on card stock paper or take the file to your local print shops like Staples or Kinkos and get it printed on card stock. The last step is to […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Give the Gift of Light

Christmas gift guide 2017 - Give the Gift of Light from @visualheart

While I’m not big into holiday shopping and just buying “stuff” for people. I do love a thoughtful, functional gift and it’s even better if they’re made locally. Perhaps, brighten up someone’s holiday season by giving them the gift of light this year. Here’s a few beautiful and functional ways to do it. I particularly love these hand-poured candles by Brand and Iron, because they are not only beautiful, but they are consumable so it’s not just another tchotchke that will sit on a shelf or end up at the thrift store in a few years. See below to get […]

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Loft Dining Room Makeover with Article Ecole Dining Chairs

Article Ecole dining chair review by @visualheart

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I have a strong dislike for a set of replica Eames dining chairs that we had at our dining room table. They make horrible noises when moved around, you constantly have to tighten the screws and the plastic seat cracked within a year of purchase. So I have been researching chair options for a long time, realising I needed quality “adult” chairs that will last a lifetime. I already own a few pieces from Article, so I knew I loved the quality. If you don’t already know, Article is an original […]

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Before and After: Vintage Cabinet Makeover That Converts into a Desk

Painted Vintage Cabinet Table makeover

I recently completed this unique furniture makeover. It’s a cabinet that has a desk that flips up on the back. It’s made from solid plywood and was covered in some ugly thick stain. I just knew a fresh coat of paint would give it a new life. This piece is ideal for a small apartment because of its dual functionality. The first step is to prep the surface. The entire cabinet was sanded lightly to remove a thin layer of the glossy stain. Then I wiped it clean and let it dry completely. After that several thin coats of stain […]

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Yam Smoothie Recipe That Tastes Like Pumpkin Pie

yam smoothie recipe by @visualheart

You probably read the title of this post and thought to yourself, ew gross, a yam smoothie? What is she thinking?! Well, don’t hate until you try it. A yam smoothie has quickly become my most favorite breakfast because it tastes like dessert. Think about it for a minute, yam is a similar texture and taste to pumpkin and once you read the recipe you’ll discover it’s basically pie in a glass. Yams are naturally a really great source of vitamin C and fibre so it’s a great way to start your day or boost your afternoon before or after […]

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5 Cozy Rugs That Hide Dirt and Warm Your Feet

5 cozy rugs that hide dirt

6 months ago we got rid of our thin printed cotton rug and started looking for rugs that were cozy yet practical. I guess you could say we were looking for an ‘adult’ rug. While our thin cotton rug was super stylish and easy to shake out because it was lightweight, it really didn’t make the room feel warm and cozy. We have cold concrete floors and we wanted something to make our living space feel inviting, but we also wanted to make sure it was low maintenance, meaning the pattern was good at hiding dirt so we didn’t have […]

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Aqua Bathroom Accessories

Aqua bathroom accessories

Who says you have to follow the seasons or the latest color trends to have a stylish home. I’ve shopped some of my favorite brands and gathered together some whimsical aqua accessories you can add to your bathroom for a fun pop of color. All product links are listed below. Add one or two of these accessories to a neutral space to brighten it up and add personality, or go bold and use them all together. Aqua is such a fun and uplifting color, it can update almost any space with just a few touches here and there. Switch out your […]

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Fresh Creamy Homemade Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe

Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe

Homemade Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe There’s nothing better than homemade ice cream, once you try it, it’ll be hard to enjoy the store bought stuff. I have a few other ice cream recipes on here, check out Matcha Ice Cream and Chamomile Honey Ice Cream. It’s currently blueberry season here in British Columbia and there are fresh blueberries everywhere, so that’s how this blueberry ice cream recipe came about! I was going to just make a blueberry sauce and have it with plain ice cream, but then I thought, why not mix them together, I was worried it would water […]

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A Review of the White Oak Seno Sideboard from Article

Article Seno Sideboard | @article via visualheart.com

After much deliberation, I decided to add the Seno sideboard from Article to our dining room. Our vintage sideboard was in rough shape and I never really loved the colour and style. I mentioned in this previous post about sideboards, that I was looking for something more modern. The Seno sideboard from Article is the perfect mix of vintage yet clean modern lines but the white oak adds some character. If you’ve been thinking about buying from Article but you’re scared to purchase furniture online without seeing it in person, I urge you to take the plunge. This is the […]

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