house & home house tour

Almost a year ago, the team from House & Home Magazine came over to our house to do a photoshoot for their Makeovers issue. I know many of you outside of Canada had a hard time getting your hands on the magazine and I promised to publish some photos once they became available to me. I'm happy to say that the House & Home website has finally put up the photographs some of which I will show you below. For the full story including the before photos of these spaces head over to their site.

Image credits:
Per Kristiansen

double whammy!

On Friday afternoon, I received a call from one of friends who said, "They're out - both magazines!" I couldn't believe it. I rushed over to the closest newsstand and there they were - both Chatelaine and Canadian House and Home.

I knew the publication dates were going to be close but I never expected they would come out on the same day.

The September issue of Chatelaine has the story on the bedroom makeover we did for one of our clients.  Last week, I gave you a little hint of what the finished room was going to look like and tomorrow I will share the final reveal with you. (Or you could rush out and pick up the magazine!)

The Canadian House and Home story is on our own humble abode. It's the story I've been hinting about for a few months now and is part of their special Makeovers issue only available on newsstands (in Canada today and in the United States on August 23rd) It contains all new photos of our house and some of my own tips for making wow-factor changes on a budget.

Here's a little sneak peak of how the story turned out.

I love the photographs Per Kristiansen took of our house. Having shot every conceivable angle in our home it was nice to see someone else's take on the house.

The article also contains a selection of before photos of the house that have never been seen before.

The new walnut shelf in our kitchen makes it's debut along with a very sweet shot of Henry on his tippy-toes!

Our bedroom finishes off the spread with a borrowed yellow throw from Hollace Cluny. The only item that was brought in as a prop for the shoot.

I also have a gallery of some of my favourite interiors up at House and Home so head on over there and take a look.  There are some images you have probably seen before but hopefully a few new ones as well!

Tomorrow, I'll be back with the bedroom makeover for Chatelaine magazine and on Wednesday (it's a busy week) I'll let you in on a little behind the scenes action of the House and Home shoot.


simple painted bottles

Next weekend, I'm helping throw a baby shower for one of my good friends. I love throwing a good party and a baby shower is the perfect excuse to pull out all of the lovely, feminine, delicious things that you can't get away with every day. I don't want to spoil the surprise too much but I was so impressed by how this simple project turned out that I wanted to share it with you. I discovered it on Poppytalk, who found it in the April edition of Canadian House and Home and Australia's Real Living. It couldn't be easier to do. Basically, you take any glass container (including recycled juice bottles or jars) and swirl them with your favorite paint colour.

Here is the project as it appeared in Canadian House and Home via Poppytalk.

Of course, you want to make sure the bottles are clean and that the label and any sticky residue is removed. Then, put a dollop of paint in the bottom of each bottle and swirl it until the paint covers the entire surface. I would suggest starting the project outside in case you drip any paint but them moving the containers inside to dry. I killed a few unsuspecting insects in my first attempt (sorry, bugs!)

Here is the before:

Beautiful in their own way...

And the afters...simply white.

I promise to show more pictures of the baby shower next week. Check back to see how we used these lovely, white containers.

black walls

Black walls are everywhere at the moment. I first noticed them in designer Connie Braemer's home featured in the October 2007 issue of Canadian House and Home. I was struck by how bold she was. Entire rooms including her bedroom and bathroom were painted black. One image, in particular, stayed in my mind. It was of a clawfoot bath tub with a small window and white hexagonal tile floors.

A few months later, we purchased our home on Marion Street. The bathroom had bead board panelling, a clawfoot tub, and white hexagonal floors. The panelling was painted a creamy white and the walls were mustard yellow. The overall feeling was quite cottage-y and country. Not my style at all! Knowing we had very little money to spend renovating the bathroom, I suggested we paint the whole bathroom black. Everyone thought I was nuts - a black bathroom ?!? But I knew black paint would be unexpected and make the bathroom interesting and contemporary. It ended up being the first project we did in the house. Here are the before and after pictures:

Eventually, I'd like to replace the reproduction pedestal sink with a vintage one. I'm also really liking the weathered brass fixtures that Jenna Lyon's used in her black bathroom shot by Melanie Acevedo. It seems so fresh after years of chrome and nickel hardware.