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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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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