Staples Home Office Wishlist

I’m submitting my last minute entry for the Staples Home Office #MakeMoreMakeover Contest. Better almost late then never! Our home office is in the middle of our apartment and since we live in an open space, it’s necessary to have the office area very organized and clutter free. I’d love to have organizational containers to update our space, proper task lighting, supportive chairs, and a monitor (I currently work on my laptop, which is horrible for Graphic Design and my posture.) Who knew Staples had such cute and functional things! Check out the pen below, it’s the most expensive pen I’ve ever seen, […]

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Spring Florals

I’m don’t generally wear pattern or enjoy much pattern in my home, especially floral, but this Spring seems to be the most beautiful for floral graphics on accessories, clothing, stationery and home decor. It’s like the 80’s are back but with a modern twist, these florals have cleaner lines and punches of colour. Check out some of the items I’ve gathered below: Shoes by Fluevog / Dress by Modcloth / Purse by Kate Spade / Rings by Forever21 / Shoes by Native Shoes / Record Player by Urban Outfitters / Floral Clock by visualheart / Cups by Anthropologie / Pillow by Chapters-Indigo / Pillow by visualheart / Rug by Urban Outfitters

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Polished Concrete Floors

polished concrete floor - after

As soon as we got the keys to our place we got to work by quickly ripping out the laminate wood floors and selling them on craigslist (surprisingly they sold within a few hours). The floor was about 80% salvageable, there were a few places with water damage and wear from bad installation. Luckily they were just floating floors so they came up really easily. We were crossing our fingers that the concrete floor underneath would be in perfect condition, natural grey and sealed. Oh boy were we wrong…. It was ugly, really ugly. They had painted brown diamonds on […]

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Apartment Entrance Before and After

The entrance to our apartment was kind of depressing. Peel and stick vinyl tiles were placed just in the entrance area and they were the biggest pain in the butt to remove. It was like they stuck them down with super glue, but eventually they were removed (by some contractors we hired). We kept the concrete floor throughout our entire space and put down some rugs to keep things cozy. It’s mostly the little things that make me happy about the current state of this space, as it’s still a work in progress. Here’s some before photos: In the entrance […]

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Mid Century Modern Before and After

Last week I found a cabinet for free and saw that it had some potential under the beat up ugly white paint job to possibly be a Mid Century style project. From the inside I could see that it was mostly made of some kind of wood, but it was pretty beat up, so I figured I could only salvage the drawer front and paint the rest of it. The best part, the bottom of the cabinet had brackets attached for legs! Check out the ugly before photos: Here’s what it took to give this white box a new life: […]

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Upstairs Bathroom Renovation: Before and After

As promised here’s some updated photos of our upstairs bathroom renovation. But first, check out these before photos. The upstairs bathroom was interesting…. The previous owners had installed a “steam shower” which wasn’t installed properly so technically someone could have been electrocuted while having a shower. Not cool! Personally I’d probably die from having to look at the ugly tiles while showering. The tiny shower area was divided by a wall which had the toilet and vanity on the other side. This space is tiny! I’m not sure why they thought it would be smart to make them into 2 […]

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Downstairs Bathroom Renovation Update

I thought it was time to take a few new photos of our bathrooms. This post will just be about the downstairs bathroom renovation, look out for a post about the upstairs bathroom soon! Even though our renovation was over a year ago, things are still not perfect, but the renovation is done and it’s generally pretty, I just keep fussing over accessories (although I’ll like fuss about that stuff my whole life haha). Also, the fact that I REALLY want to replace the light fixture. We put in a cheap Ikea fixture as soon as the reno was done, it […]

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Tropicana Cabana Dresser Before and After

Another dresser before and after. It’s becoming a regular thing! I love giving an old dresser a new life with a bit of paint and new hardware. I’ve been using the same paint colours because I’m on a tight budget and there’s really no point in buying new paint until I’ve used up what I’ve already got. So I did the same colour combination as a recent makeover I did to this dresser. The paint colours are Tropicana Cabana and Snowfall White from Benjamin Moore. Unfortunately I don’t have decent before photos, because I was too excited to start on the project that […]

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Before and After: Dresser

So i’ve started a hobby. It began with a few projects for our apartment, but I’ve now decided to look for furniture that has potential and give it an update, hopefully on a regular basis. Dresser projects seem to be the best for resale and they fit in our car when we need to move them. This latest dresser was only $10! Trust me, it was totally worth $10, it was in horrible shape with a very broken drawer a ton of scratches and chips. I had to seriously sand it, repair the missing corner on one drawer front and follow it […]

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Hallway Art

Our hallway is very broken up with doors, small walls and stairs. There’s a small section of wall that you can see when you walk in the door, and it was asking for some art! My parents gave us these awesome bicycle prints, they have been in our family for years. We had some super old Ikea frames that were actually made of wood, yes, that’s how old they were. So I purchased some mat board from Michaels and cut them to fit into the frames and just like that we added some character to the space. The cabinet below […]

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Spring Inspiration

Just when I thought Spring was almost here, Vancouver got blasted with snow for 3 days. My winter blahs set in again, (made worse by unemployment), I was in need of a pick-me-up. So I did some online window shopping. Here’s a few colours, textures and objects that caught my eye. Enjoy! Anthropologie, Native Shoes, Aldo, Hershel Supply, The Beautiful Project, Urban Outfitters, visualheart on Society6, Ardene, Barefoot Contessa, Old Faithful Shop, Frends Headphones, West Elm, CB2

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Dresser update

A while ago I posted about a dresser I found that was in need of a lot of love. I realized I forgot to post an update showing how I’ve decorated it. I bought these fun prints at Ikea to fit in some existing frames that were in storage. I can’t let go of this paper orchid Andrew made me when we first started dating, the paper has faded a lot, but our love hasn’t (haha sorry couldn’t resist) so it will stay there until it falls apart. I’ve had the metal scooter for a long while, it just happens to […]

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