Archive | May 2012

a clean outside

This past weekend I decided to get to doing work outside the house. Saturday I spent the day pressure washing the house (thanks to the p.washer loan from A!). I couldn’t believe the amount of dirt and brown water pouring down our white siding – yuck! Needless to say in my mind it looks a heck of a lot better!

Set up to clean!

I’m not sure if the average person would be able to tell or not but knowing it has been taken care of is satisfying.


Moose trying to help!

There are still several spots where it looks like possibly hard water has stained the siding. I’m going to get a scrub brush and soap to see if I can’t clean it up. We also got around to pressure washing the deck since the paint was starting to come off….it really does need another coat of paint. Added to the ‘to do’ list! Lastly we worked on preping the window and door frames for paint. Unfortunately we aren’t done yet but we should get the chance to start painting this weekend!

Cleaned except the huge stains I need to scrub…

fungus below/above what we got clean with some scrubbing…we got it all off the house in the end

Pre cleaning…

Post cleaning…much better!

It feels great to have a clean house exterior. Get ready for a painting packed weekend! Happy Thursday!


Exterior Trim Colour?

Decisions, decisions…

So I love the idea and look of the red door + black shutters but now I’m trying to decide what to do with the window/door trim.

Existing House

I’ve tried out a few scenarios in photoshop.

exterior trim options

Thoughts/Opinions? I’m leaning on black + black + black – black shutters, black door trim, black window trim. Like this:


Or maybe I do stick with the simplicity of all white trim…+black shutters/red door.

One thought I have is the back of the house where there are several windows and if we need to add any colour to the trim. + I never did pick a colour for the back patio door. It is the same style as the front door but I don’t want a bright red there too…I’m thinking the high gloss black but again I welcome opinions!

Back of House.

Back of House.

Thanks! Happy Tuesday!

live to design

(image from

I love design…research and design. I’m an Interior Designer but it is something I love not something I just do for a job every day. My work is primarily with commercial interiors and architecture; however, at home I have the opportunity to research residential design.

The internet has become a huge source of inspiration for our home, but I find I also draw on the architecture, environment and use of space. I believe that the study of people and space is one of the most interesting and important parts of design. As we live in our home I have been observing how we use the space, what is and is not practical, and what changes (structurally) I would like to make for better use of the existing home.

As my list continues to grow I can’t stop myself from coming up with new ideas that I bounce around with friends and colleagues. The more time I take to think about exactly what our ‘needs’ are, I get a better understanding of what I would like to see happen in and around our home.

The process has become an interesting experience, to be your own client. Personally, I believe that living in our home before (if) we do any major renovations will be the best way of understanding what changes will suit our lifestyle. When I am working for a client it is important that I understand how they use the space, what are their needs/wants, etc. Since this is such an important element, trying to be your own client without living in the space would prove to be difficult.

We are enjoying being our own clients.

Let our client/owner/designer experience carry on!


So I’ve decided it’s time to start some of my diy projects that are not as cost prohibitive… for now we are trying to save more money before we tackle another room in the house. So I have decided to still progress with our home I will start at my list of random DIYs.

– dresser –

The idea is to revamp an old dresser from my husband’s childhood that we have been moving with us for years. Its old, stained, but solid wood – good bones – so worth revamping. When we were at IKEA in the fall I bought long handles that were on a great sale! Since then they have been hanging out in the toolbox…so it’s time to do something about that. The old dresser at our last few homes was covered by a silvery table cloth. I was dying to make it look less like a collection of random furniture from our University days. But like I said, good bones so worth doing something with it. The highlight is that it will be home what I refer to as my ‘baking station’. Where I store all my baking pans, utensils, cake decorating supplies and on top of the dresser…my beautiful KitchenAid!

I think my idea is to repaint the old dresser with a two tone effect.

R’s childhood dresser

One of my favourite ideas is painting the overall structure white and leaving the drawer fronts wood, or paint them grey. However, anything that is black, white or grey usually goes with our home. Here are a few pieces of furniture I’m into – I welcome any suggestions and opinions! (my fav is #3 if I can figure out how to pull something like this off)


– word signage as art –

I’ve seen some great quotes while surfing blogs, etsy, pinterest, etc and have been making a running list. I’m planning to make art out of them for around our home. I love architecture and I am an Interior Designer – I love anything that reminds me of building, whether it is building blueprints, capital lettering and/or travel and beautiful photos architecture. One idea I came across that I would like to hang at the bottom of our stairwell is a sign that simply says “UP DN”. I plan to purchase other unique prints from online shops but an excited to create some of my own.

– bench –

We have a room at the back of our house which is a mix between a mudroom, laundry room, and provides access to the back yard/patio/car/garage. It is one of those spaces you look at and think ‘this could be of better use’. Well for now I think it will be a mudroom so to speak. Once we have children I would like to make it into a playroom so we still have somewhat of a living room that isn’t packed full of toys. However, I digress. In this ‘mix room’ I would like to have a bench by the outside door, ideally for putting on shoes and not piling junk on…a habit I will need to break all of us of.

DIY Bench (image from 2 friends & 2 cities)

At our wedding (almost a year ago!) we had a photobooth for our guests to enjoy. As a backdrop I bought a black on black print on sale at our local Fabricland, I have been hanging onto this fabric trying to figure out where to use it. I think this is it – I will use it as a bench cover. It will be ideal.

My lovely ladies in our DIY Photobooth

Photobooth Fabric

Another DIY (related to our future bench) is creating pillows out of cloth napkins. When my mother-in-law “Y” was visiting she gave me the idea. We saw cute napkins at Home Sense and thought they would be perfect for just that!

– curtains & blinds –

When we purchased our home we had requested that the window coverings be left behind. Great but they totally don’t go with anything in our home. For now they are convenient providing us some privacy and it keeping the sun from shining right in our eyes as we wake up but just another one of those things I would like to change. I don’t know what I want where yet other than in our kitchen. I love this fabric…

Fabric Designer: Maude Asbury – Vegetable Garden in Cream

I want to use it as fabric ‘roman blinds’ in our kitchen by following this DIY tutorial from We have three windows, the two opposite each other will be in this fabric and the middle I will draw a colour from the printed fabric and do a solid pattern or colour for this curtain (likely the grey). Something fun, retro and a bit different.

The north and west windows in the Kitchen

As usual the list continues to grow even if I am slowly getting some of it done…Please leave any comments or suggestions about my upcoming DIYs!

Happy Weekending!

What colour shutters?

I would like to say that I am happy for the weekend to be here and the chance to get outside and work on the windows/door/shutters! This morning I found this blog post by Victoria Elizabeth Barnes and am now getting more excited for our red front door.

But now…I was planning on painting the shutters grey before like in this previous post “Outside” with the red door, grey window frame trim + a black handrail. But after seeing the previous post by Victoria I am debating paint the shutters a high-gloss black? We live in a desert climate and the front of our house is east facing so the sun will kick the red pigments a** – but I think the black would be ‘ok’. I can’t quite decide.

Our existing house

Help please! Happy Friday!


I saw this when I woke up posted on two different blogs (a Goode House & necessaryoutlet) that I follow daily. I couldn’t agree more.

Happy Thursday!


Today I ordered the wallpaper for our bedroom! YAH! A friend of mine gave us a gift card as a housewarming gift last week since she knew I was hoping to wallpaper a feature wall in our bedroom.

We are going to wallpaper the west wall in the bedroom with this guy…

wallpaper for the Master

I’m pretty excited to start working on our Master Bedroom! Stay tuned for progress once the paper has arrived.