Staining’s my favorite

Staining’s my favorite

Taken from one of our family’s most oft-quoted movies “Elf.” Cause we are high-brow like that. Actually the line by Will Ferrell is, “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite!” Well, that’s how I feel about staining….it’s my favorite. Here’s a little staining tutorial for ya. I started with this table that was found at the best garage sale ever! It was cute and […]

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Highway Robbery

Highway Robbery

I’m waiting for the law to show up at my door any minute now. Why, you ask? Because I’ve committed highway robbery. Seriously. A couple of weeks ago, I was on kijiji (like Craigslist) looking through the furniture ads when this little piece of heaven jumped out of the computer screen at me. It was listed for…. wait for it….FIFTY.DOLLARS. You cannot buy junk furniture for […]

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How to paint a perfectly “weathered” oar

How to paint a perfectly “weathered” oar

I have a client who is from Halifax. She misses it so she decorates with coastal touches to remind her of home. She had been looking for oars to hang on her wall.  Not “decorative” oars or mini versions of the real thing, but the real deal. One day we were at Canadian Tire buying camping gear for my son’s school trip to Algonquin Park […]

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Numbered Bench

Numbered Bench

Thrifting the other day, I came across this bench. Totally homemade/shop class type of bench.  The stain color reeks of 70’s privacy fences.  But just look at those sweet cottage-y lines…   and that suh-weet price tag! I wanted this bench to look very shabby and cottage-y but not blah so I thought numbers would be a nice touch. I rolled on a coat of […]

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Throwing out the decorating “rulebook”

Throwing out the decorating “rulebook”

So I had been looking for a fireplace mantel for a couple of months. This summer I pulled up to a garage sale and spotted a beauty with a sign on it that said FREE… one of my favorite words in the English language! I couldn’t put the car in park fast enough. The owner was in construction and his client had replaced this mantel […]

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I hit the garage sale lottery today!

I hit the garage sale lottery today!

This morning started like every other Saturday morning. Garage Sale ads in hand, GPS set, Diet Coke and a little flash cash.  I had a list of about 10 or 12 sales that I wanted to hit.  One ad in particular caught my attention and I knew I had to get to that one first.  Words like vintage and antiques always set off the bells […]

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Thrifty Halloween Display

Thrifty Halloween Display

I don’t go crazy decorating for Halloween.  All the black and orange together isn’t really my thing.  This year I did a spooky vignette on the sideboard in our foyer. My daughter Hannah helped me.  Her contribution is the recipe for love potion, which is inside the birdcage. She also created all the potions in the bottles! Hang on to your hat….here is the recipe! […]

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Using photographs in your decorating

Using photographs in your decorating

I’m picky about the things that I hang on our walls. I want it to mean something. Not just some random image or something mass-produced where everyone you know has the same thing hanging on their wall.  I like things that tell a story, make us happy, are interesting, or all of the above. Usually photographs fit the bill.  I am a shutter bug so […]

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Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday Mom!

My mom will absolutely kill me for posting this photo of her.  That’s okay…after looking through all my photos of her I liked this one because it represents her approach to life… full speed ahead! My mom is the most fun-loving, energetic person I know.  Her answer is always yes…even before you finish the question.  She is a blast to be around and we usually […]

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Shabby Union Jack

Shabby Union Jack

Union Jacks are hot right now. In the decorating world, I mean. To people in the UK they’ve always been hot, and rightfully so.  I picked up this Union Jack pillow at HomeSense the other day.  Does it matter that I’m not from the UK? Not to me, obviously. It reminds me of the Beatles and pubs and Bridget Jones and the British Open and […]

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