Winged Armchair


This geometric pattern grey and white winged armchair sells for $499.99 which is a fraction of what a similar custom chair would cost. The lines are clean and soft and the brass nailhead detail adds extra points. I would reupholster the lumbar pillow w a solid cream knit or color cotton/linen fabric so as to personalize it and not be so matchy matchy.

$499.99 Homesense – homesense.ca

Gothic Design Chest


This Gothic design chest is a beautiful piece that I can see in a living room housing an entertainment system, in a bedroom storing linens or even in a kitchen storing bowls and china. No matter where in the house, this is sure to be a showpiece.

$399.00 – Turquoise Décor 4461, boul. Saint-Laurent
Montréal (Québec) H3W 1Z8 – turquoisedecor.ca

Sparkly Candlesticks


These sparkly candlesticks and antique patina on the leaves will add a touch of glamour to your table, mantle or even bathroom counter.

$29.99 Homesense – homesense.ca

How Paint can Transform

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Oftentimes I find myself trying to ease clients into seeing beyond what they think they want and what could make their living space more harmonious and connected with their personalities. In this case, a young couple believed that only in a few years down the road would they be able to renovate and get the kitchen of their dreams. In the meantime, they would live with this kitchen which they did not enjoy and which compromised their happiness.

A kitchen is where the homeowners congregate, cook, eat or simply spend time with friends and family in. It is a room that cannot be avoided and one that should feel uncluttered and joyful.

Kitchen before Paint Makeover

Kitchen before Paint Makeover

The kitchen opens up to the dining area and living space. The cabinets were an orange melamine simili-wood which jarred with the rest of the colors in the adjacent space. That color combined with the dark brown quartz countertops and dark wood floors made the kitchen feel enclosed and uninviting. Since we were not renovating the kitchen, we worked with what we had.  I pulled a color from the backsplash and painted the cabinets Benjamin Moore Muslin which contrast nicely with the walls which were painted Benjamin Moore Dune White. The cabinets being this bright color allows the wood floors to really pop and highlight their beauty.

Kitchen after Paint Makeover

Kitchen after Paint Makeover

This goes to show how a little paint can go a long way. When correctly chosen, it can convey a drastically different mood and have a powerful effect on the ambience of the room. The kitchen feels fresher, brighter and more welcoming. Now a couple of under cabinet lights and we’re in business J

 

DIY Headboard

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While many people appreciate the look of an upholstered headboard and bed, few know that it can be a pretty simple Do-It-Yourself project. The appeal is that the fabric chosen can be one-of-a-kind, durable, and an expression of the owner’s personality. Not to mention that a soft headboard is great for children, especially those who enjoy jumping on their beds… and therefore bumping their heads.

I created a simple rectangular-shaped headboard for a little boy’s bedroom. In this particular case, the duvet cover was already purchased so I pulled from the colors in it and found a beautiful geometric patterned fabric that echoed the blues and greens.
The bed was the FJELLSE from Ikea and only $39. I painted the sides and legs in glossy white paint. Then I nailed a piece of plywood to the back of the bed since the current headboard was much too low. In this case, I had to cut and glue foam to fit and cover every possible crevice this headboard had in order to make it a smooth surface. Sometimes headboards are already flat and will be easier to pad with foam.

Padding Headboard with Foam

Padding Headboard with Foam

Once the headboard was completely padded with foam, I covered it with a thinner foam mousse and stapled it. You will need to use a professional heavy-duty stapler, not the office kind.
Finally, I smoothed out the fabric over the headboard and decided where it would go. This is important when you have patterned fabric, in order to make sure it is centered.

Stapled the Fabric in Place

Stapled the Fabric in Place

Once that was done, I stapled it tightly to the bottom and the back, making sure that the corners were pleated and pulled tightly.
And voila! A custom-looking headboard that is extremely budget and children friendly and took little time to make.

Finished DIY Headboard

Finished DIY Headboard