Back to School, Already?

Kid's Backpack Station

Although summer isn't over according to the calendar, Labour Day Weekend marks the end of it in my mind. I don't know if it's just me, but July and August seemed to fly by. Here's hoping for a gorgeous September! Yesterday, my son and I went shopping for furniture and supplies for his new apartment. He's entering his second year of college and decided to live with a friend instead of the usual residence. Knowing how small and uninviting those … [Read more...]

Repurposed Jewelry Cloche

Repurposed Jewelry Cloche

On my birthday trip to Vancouver over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to do a little shopping and picked up an adorable individual butter dish. A while ago, I promised myself to only purchase items I had a specific plan for (even if something was a bargain). I've never been one to be wasteful or spend money foolishly, but I did find that we always seemed to have stuff to take to the second hand store or items sitting in cupboards and drawers … [Read more...]

Office Makeover {One Room Challenge Finale}

Office Makeover- DIY Art Canvas, RANARP work lamp, Printer's Keyhole Desk

The One Room Challenge may be over, but I'll still be carrying on with my office makeover. When I joined this series on October 2, I set out to cure my case of 'Decoritus Interruptus' and I'm happy to report that I'm on the road to recovery! Each week I've made progress in one way or another, and thanks to the brains behind this series (aka Linda of Calling it Home), I'm that much closer to putting a check mark beside "organize and decorate my … [Read more...]

One Room Challenge Office Makeover {Week Five}

File Box with Chalkboard Label

My One Room Challenge office makeover is nearing the final week and there's still so much to do! However, I know if I hadn't committed to this series, the projects I've been wanting to do for over a year would still be on my to-list. Instead, I've been able to cross a few off, and that's progress. Accountability really is the best motivation, isn't it!     If you've been following along since the beginning of this … [Read more...]

One Room Challenge Office Makeover {Week Two}

Office Desk Top Drawer- Before

Wow, did this week ever fly by! As mentioned last week, I accepted Calling it Home's challenge to transform my home office over the timeframe of six weeks. This week I focused on sourcing a few items (you'll see these in the coming weeks), as well as organizing my desk drawers. Considering the easiness of this project, I wish I had done it months ago. Let's just say I'm a little giddy over it!   I'm embarrassed to show you how … [Read more...]

Office Makeover…Again! {One Room Challenge}

One Room Challenge Linking Participant

Sometimes I feel like the shoemaker. I started my home office makeover¬†more than two years ago (perhaps three), and then it happened- something Kimberley Seldon likes to call 'Decoritus Interruptus' (no, it isn't some kind of illness)! You know those rooms you intend to transform from top to bottom, starting with all kinds of enthusiasm- furniture ordered, a fresh new coat of paint, accessories added here and there, some new organizing … [Read more...]

Finding it Hard to Let Go of Clutter?

Clutter-free garage with clever storage

Over the weekend I was visiting my husband's aunt and noticed she had a large stack of boxes and bags in her mudroom filled with items she wanted to donate.¬†For the past few weeks she's been going through each room with a fine tooth comb, culling the stuff she felt she no longer had a need for and was taking up unnecessary space in her home. I have to say I was a bit surprised at the change since she has always been someone who liked to hang onto … [Read more...]

A Functional Laundry Room + More Showhome Highlights

Calgary Hospital Home Lottery Master Ensuite

How was your weekend? It rained on and off around here and, after running some errands and doing some chores around the house, we decided to check out some showhomes. With the plan to build a new house within the next two to three years, we're always on the lookout for clever design, decorating and organizing ideas. Sometimes it takes going through several homes to come across anything I truly love, but this time we were fortunate to find a few … [Read more...]

Dorm Room Storage and Decor {For Him}

Dorm Room Storage and Decor for Him

Over the weekend we helped move my son into his residence at college. It's not that I was trying to block this day out of my mind (well maybe I was), but summer went by way too quickly, and I definitely wasn't as prepared as I could've been. Boys tend to be procrastinators when it comes to this sort of thing. Somehow duvet covers, hand towels, laundry baskets and lamps aren't really on their minds when they're on break. I, on the other hand, … [Read more...]