Sunday, January 29

Owl Obsessed

I've been seeing this charming owl umbrella stand in design pictures and I absolutely love it!

I found the stand on amazon, made by Two's Company. It's a pricey little piece but precious indeed!

Friday, January 27

Framed Chalkboard

Chalkboards are great around the home.  I've created my own DIY framed board for the kitchen to write reminder notes and shopping lists on.  Hung on the pantry door, here is the finished product!

I purchased the chalkboard at the dollar store, it came with an eraser and a package of chalk.

 The only supplies I needed were a hot glue gun and glue sticks.

An old shabby but chic white wooden frame was chosen to house the chalkboard.

I left the existing wooden frame around the chalkboard so I have a ledge to set a piece of chalk on inside the frame, it's about 1/4" thick.

Wednesday, January 11

DIY Chandelier Update

A few weekends ago I found this lovely glass milk shade chandelier at a thrift store.   I'm not sure what the style is or how old it would be, I couldn't find much online.  If you know or have any ideas please share!   For $24.99 I found my kitchen chandelier that needed a DIY'ers touch.  My goal was to have a chandelier in the kitchen opposed to standard track lighting and yes, I hung it up high!  How daring eh?  It suits the space well and wouldn't look right hanging low.  My kitchen is tiny so there are no shadows created when the fixture is on.  In a larger kitchen you might need pot lighting along with a chandelier to prevent shadows.  Cheers to re-using friends!


Thursday, January 5

Clear the Clutter

We all end up with untidy piles of stuff from time to time, junk drawers and closets or rooms where we throw "everything else". Just like my mom, clutter drives me batty.

 There are ways to tackle clutter and keep on top of it. You won't walk into my home and find everything perfectly organized but I do my best to keep most things in their places. Some ideas to keep you clutter free into the new year are:

~ Have a home for everything. I have a container for nails, one for screws, etc. On the back of my basement door I have a hanging organizer (normally used for travelling to hold toiletries)  - it has 6 compartments, one for rubber bands, one for batteries, another for picture hanging hardware, etc. By creating a place for everything you won't be digging in your drawers for these items.

~ Organize your junk drawer with small baskets (found at dollar store). Keep all your pens/pencils together, scissors and tapes in another, etc.

~ Get rid of all your expired products (hair, makeup) and anything you haven't used in the past year such as hair clips.

~ Designate a basket for all the remotes, phone chargers, and other electronics you find laying all over the place.

~ Dontate clothing you haven't worn in over a year.  Throw out socks with holes.

~ Create a donation station. I have a basket in my basement that I whiff all my good will items into.

If you are short on time, create a calendar and write down specific de-cluttering tasks you are going to do on certain days. The tasks are so easy you can break them down into less then 10 minute activities. (For those of you that hate cleaning!) 

Taking a methodical approach helps you stay on top of organization.  Now all you have to do is maintain, maintain, maintain. Put things back where they belong so you can keep calm and carry on.

Here are some organization ideas I found online...

Basement organization station

A teeny closet transformed

Drawer Organizers

Sunday, January 1

Vintage Lighting

I've been searching the net and a few lighting stores here in Halifax for pendant lighting to go above my kitchen island.  And I checked out a few lighting stores on a recent trip to Toronto.  No luck, just couldn't find that unique piece that was set aside from all others.  I really like Yoke Pendant lighting but prefer a vintage aged touch and most of what you find comes in either bronze, gold or silver and looks brand new.

A seller on Ebay came through and had a vintage pendant light that caught my eye so I ordered 2 of these beauties:

Junkyard Lighting

It's a simply modern vintage pendant light.  An industrial look with a vintage style socket with on/off paddle key and vintage style cloth cord. When ordering you can customize the cord length and color of rope plus it comes with the vintage style Edison squirrel cage bulbs! 

I've got two of these installed over my kitchen island and they look fabulous.  The bulbs themselves are gorgeous.  I still have a bit of drywall to complete and a little painting then my kitchen makeover reveal will be posted and you will see these lights in action.  Check out the sellers website, lots of unique lighting finds:

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