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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Nori Nut Sticks – Easy Healthy Food Processor Recipe

Nori Nut Snack recipe from www.visualheart.com

This nori nut stick is the perfect snack for those times when you’re craving something salty and savoury like chips but want wholesome nutrients instead. Unlike a bag of chips, you only need 1 or even half of one of these sticks to feel satisfied. Note, I haven’t figured out an exact recipe so you’ll have to bare with me and experiment just like I did to get the right consistency. I’ve made them twice and realised you can’t really fail if you have a food processor and blend until everything comes together. Just make sure to ease up on […]

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Modern Sideboards and My Dining Room Wish List

Dining room style wish list for www.visualheart.com

When we first moved into our loft we went thrifting for sideboards and purchased a well-loved vintage one, it wasn’t in the best shape but the price was right. It’s 71″ inches long, a pretty standard size for sideboards and holds so much stuff. We use it for our vinyl record collection and Andrew’s Scotch collection. The cool thing about it is it has drawers inside and a flip-down bar top, but that also limits what can go in it. I’m at the point where I’m ready to let it go, it’s no longer my style and I’m not loving the red/orange […]

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Functional and Affordable Modern Home Office

visualheart home office loft

I’ve been freelancing and working from home for a couple of years now and I’ve finally figured out what essentials I need in my office. I’ve rounded it all up in this post to give you some tips to achieve a functional yet stylish home office with a few basic items. Sitting for a good chunk of the day means I need a comfortable supportive office chair, it took me a while to find one that was affordable yet supported my back and looked good. I refused to have a typical black plastic office chair because my office is in […]

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Easy Kitchen Makeover Using Matte Black Hardware

loft apartment kitchen

This year I’ve really been into matte black fixtures, lighting, faucets, appliances and cabinet hardware. Some of those items can get pretty expensive, but cabinet hardware is the most affordable of them all since you can do it yourself. There’s no need to hire a plumber or an electrician and in most cases just changing out cabinet pulls can totally change the look of your kitchen (or bathroom). Here’s our kitchen before the hardware update, we had simple stainless steel minimalist pulls, they looked fine, but I was ready for a change and wanted to try this matte black trend […]

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Our Kitchen Renovation 5 Years Later and What I’d Do Differently

loft-kitchen2

It’s been about 5 years since we renovated our loft apartment, specifically the kitchen renovation. I wanted to look back on the process and share with you the things I’d do differently if I could do it all over again. Lets start with some before photos. Hello 1990’s! Note that this kitchen renovation was done in less than 1 month and my family and I work in the industry so I got a lot of deals on skilled trades and materials. Things to make note of, the puke green on the walls, the purple beams and ceiling, the raised bar […]

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A Review of the Texa Rug from Article

Texa rug in fog gray from Article

Exciting news, I finally own my first adult rug! I got the Texa rug in fog gray from Article. I replaced our worn out cotton rug that I had purchased online several years ago, it was tired and I was ready for a change. Honestly, it was never really warm enough under our feet because we have concrete floors and it was thin canvas, sure I could have got an underpad, but those are so annoying when you want to vacuum. The old rug had a bold pattern that was a big feature in the room, (see photo below) it kind […]

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The Best Metallic Gold Spray Paint

Metallic gold spray paint comparison

I’ve used a lot of spray paints over the years, but I keep going back to Rustoleum for my furniture projects. I use metallic gold spray paints for metal drawer pulls or furniture feet, but I’ve noticed some metallic spray paints are more realistic than others. I’ve had a lot of questions from readers about metallic gold spray paints. I thought I’d do a simple comparison of 3 types of metallic gold spray paint from Rustoleum to help you with your projects. It’s very hard to capture the exact colour and brightness in photos, so even after reading this post, […]

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Vintage Mid-Century Modern Sideboard Before and After

Vintage mid century sideboard before and after

This narrow plywood and particle board sideboard was the most I have spent on a project, but with the popularity of mid-century modern furniture right now, it’s driving up the prices of everything that looks remotely like vintage. This piece cost $60, it was a lot considering I usually find them for free or less than $40. I figured it was worth the purchase because the glass doors were in great shape, the legs are solid wood and it was a unique size. The narrow depth is something that would fit perfectly into a small apartment and there’s plenty of […]

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Why Large Art Looks Better Than A Gallery Wall

Custom canvas print

Goodbye gallery wall, the new trend is large art and I love it. When we first moved into our loft, we put up a gallery wall because it worked with the art we already had, it was a mash-up of my art and Andrew’s art on one wall. After 5 years I got pretty sick of it and we weren’t really in love with any of the pieces. I decided that large art is better because it looks less cluttered, creates a bold focal point in the room and overall it makes me happier and that’s the most important reason […]

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