Project #OakPointPorch

Good Evening!

Today I’m sharing some initial progress on my little #oakpointporch project . This porch being the one at my family’s cottage in New Brunswick. The porch is by far the most used space in the cottage, other than the kitchen, and while it’s very cozy, it’s pretty dated. There is A LOT of brown, orange and yellows which is not a colour palette I’m super keen to keep around.  The porch has a living and dining area which currently looks like this:

Living area

Dining area

My initial inspiration board is posted here and uses various blues, greys, pale yellows, greens and white for a fresher take on the space.

 Budget is tight, so I need to re-use, re-fresh, re-purpose before buying new.

What has to stay for furniture?

1) The dining table and chairs shown above. They are relatively new and in good condition.

2) We have two old office chairs (one of which is shown below) that are a good compact size for the space, and with a little makeover (white paint, updated fabric) the pair will be perfect.

chair 1

3) My Dad is a big fan of this wicker rocking chair so it is staying, but I’ll give it updated cushions and pillows.  The side table-lamp combo will also remain as it is a family piece but will get a new shade.

Chair 2

What is going?

1) The pull-out sofa is out, but the new one has to also be a sofa-bed. Having so few beds in the cottage as it is, we can’t afford to lose any!  My parents have already picked out the Manstad sofa-bed from IKEA in the dark blue colour.

2) THE WRETCHED BLINDS…..I have been bugging my mother to get rid of these blinds for years.  You can’t tell from the picture but they are a about 5 times lighter where the sun comes in and are really just awful.  In fairness, window treatments aren’t cheap and we have fourteen windows in the porch….so I can see why she was putting it off….but I’m glad she isn’t pushing to keep them now.


3) The flooring! The bad linoleum and old carpet will be replaced with something better…what exactly that  something is has yet to be determined.

My initial inspiration board is posted here and uses various blues, greys, pale yellows, greens and white for a fresher take on the space.  I have lots of ideas for how to make it pretty, but first I wanted to take a look at the floor plan with the furniture we’re keeping.  I did a quick one last night using Floor planner.  So far, this is what I have. (for some reason 2 of the windows did not show up…hmm).


Hmm, for some reason 2 of the windows did not show up….anyhoo, you get the idea. It’s hard to visualize the pretty stuff (colours, fabrics, accessories) in this program but this step helps me really see how the furniture can be arranged.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress.



Monday Updates and Musings

  Good Morning!

It was a busy week last week, but I’m finally starting to get some projects up and running again around my place.  Now that I have a more functional storage closet (which I will post about tomorrow), I have been able to move some things into the closet from the built-in shelving unit in my living room. I am going to create a bar area there, but I still need to use some of the shelves for storage. And I want those shelves to be hidden.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I contemplated curtains but I really would prefer doors. BUT, I hadn’t been able to find doors that fit exactly. Then my Spidey-upcycling-senses kicked in and I spotted these in a garbage pile on my street.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I went back and measured and they fit! And with some upcycling magic, these will be perfect!

I’m also getting the lovely ladies at Tonic Living to make me some new custom drapery for my living room.  I just have a sheer white panel now and I’ve never really loved it. This is the fabric I chose:

Millie, Berry – via Tonic Living

And the best part of last week for me was that I finally entered the iUniverse and got an iPad mini! My first Apple product!

It’s super fun! Now I just need a case.  You can bet there will be a post on that coming up soon.

Have a great Monday!



Bedroom Reveal!

Good Morning Lovelies!

TODAY IS THE DAY!  I’m soooo excited to finally share with you my bedroom reveal!  Yes, I know, it’s been a long time coming.  It’s actually been complete for a little while but I needed some time to add small finishing touches and to actually shoot the space.  And I use “shoot” in the loosest sense of the word. However, despite some struggles getting good after photos, I am as giddy as a school girl with the results of my redo, and I’m so happy to share it with you.

As I was editing the before pictures it occurred to me that you can live in a space for a really long time and be completely unaware of just HOW bad it looks. But then you can take photos of the same space and all of sudden you see how terrible it is, despite the fact that you have been seeing it everyday. Just take a look…

WOW….I lived in this room in this state for close to 8 months before I did anything about it. 8 months people. There are no words.

Who doesn’t need a rattan bench that is ripped to shreds?  I bought this bench and desk at a yard sale for next to nothing, knowing eventually I could fix them up.

The rocking chair in the corner was my second ever upholstery project and I originally was going to keep it in the room, but ultimately moved it to my living room. My dresser is in generally good condition but it hadn’t been refinished or painted in close to ten years, so it needed some love.

I really like my dancing girls and originally thought they could stay in the space but, in the end they didn’t really go with my new vision.

Uggggg, pretty awful, right?

Now on to the after….

If you recall back in September, I asked my sweet friend Christine over at Bijou and Boheme to design a mood board for my bedroom which was outlined in this guest post.  I didn’t actually know her all that well back then, but could tell we had similar tastes and I trusted her to come up with something totally pretty-rific. At that time, I had some things I thought that I wanted to keep in the room (but subsequently changed my mind) and I wasn’t going to paint and keep the wall colours the same (but then decided to paint).  Despite my constraints, she came up with this FAB design board…..

I LOVED everything about the design, the use of bold patterns and colours, and that brass Jonathan Adler Meurice light fixture is amazing, totally one of my faves. All the way along I used this little piece of gorgeousness as inspiration for the style I wanted to have.

I apologize in advance for the photos.  My room gets very little light and my fixture gives off too much light, and my camera is terrible so it was tough to get good shots. Hopefully you still get the effect.

Ahhhhhhh, so much better….

I started with the bold headboard fabric called “Fifties Rose” which I bought from Spoonflower, designed by Laura Mysak, and I went from there. I already had the IKEA curtains which just happened to work. I painted my desk, side table and dresser glossy black, and added new hardware from Anthropologie.  I painted the walls in a jewel-toned green (Canadian Tire Premier brand paint called Tantrum).  I’m in a rental and therefore, I couldn’t change the carpet, so I bought a cowhide rug at the Tandy Leather Factory to cover at least some of the nasty beige floor.

I reupholstered the headboard and the bench myself.  For the bench I went for a black and white check pattern (yippee, no more rattan!), which I think is a good contrast to the bold headboard. I already had the white mirror in another room so I just moved it in.

I also already had the 3 way mirror that is on top of my dresser but it looks so much better on top of the glossy black dresser. I created a gallery wall above my fireplace, which I think is my favourite part. It has art from some of my favorite artists, including four pieces from Leigh Viner (from the left, 1st column 2nd down, 3rd (center) column 3rd down, 4th column 3rd down, 5th column top), one from Esther Bayer (2nd column top), and 1 photograph from the Blandy Snorhal Shop (2nd column 2nd down). I also added some of my own pictures, vintage plates, and re-purposed pictures from an old shoe calendar.

I bid on and won this chair at the Chair Affair, a charity furniture redesign event that raises money for the furniture bank, which I attended last fall.  I made the pillow using this great pink and gold Ikat fabric.

Here are some other details… The brass light fixture is so, so, so great, and so unique. Although it is a little big for the space, I had to get it. It was only $100 at an antique store in my hometown! You can read the whole hilarious story about it here. It will make a great fixture over a big dining room table someday….you know, when I actually have a dining room! I made two of the pillows on the bed (the black ones) and the gold pillow I bought at Homesense. To fill in the nasty non-working fireplace, I took 2 small Ikea tray tables, painted them black, put pictures on top and stacked books below.  I also gold-leafed the candlesticks that flank the fireplace.

Let’s recap, shall we?

And that is it!  My new room…so much better.

OK, so it isn’t quite as nicely styled as you see here on a day-to-day basis, but since the redo I really have tried to keep it neater, and I’m definitely spending way more time in my room than ever before.

Have a great day!


Bedroom Refresh…with a little Remix

Good Morning Lovelies….

So do you remember waaaaay back in September when i posted that I was going to do a bedroom refresh? And remember how I was going to have it completed by October, then November, hmm, and then December. Well, I’m sorry to announce that it is still not complete. You see, I was 95% of the way there when I decided I needed to make a big change, which requires just a little more work on my part.  But I dare say it’s gonna be totally worth it. I won’t reveal the change yet, but I will say there is a bit more of this……

via 1, 2, 3, 4

Have a great day!

Furniture Photo Art

Good Friday Morning! Today’s post I’m featuring some some photographs I’m considering framing and using to accessorize my bedroom.  I wanted photos to reflect my passion which is furniture and upholstering, and as you will see, the ones I’ve chosen show upholstered furniture in various forms and photographed in various locations. Some pieces are completely deconstructed while others are constructed. Some are in rooms while others in unusual places. But all are beautiful in a simple and minimalist way.

Jessica Turnbow & Holly Ouellette (Chez Jolly) via Etsy

Sarah Ann Loreth via Esty

Blandy Snorhal via Etsy

Alejandra Laviada via

Pamela Klaffke via Etsy

Alyssa Moore via Etsy

Lisa Civitiello via Etsy

Jennifer Glass, Bespoke Modern Photography via Etsy

rebecca catherine via Flickr

Jay of Polalove via Etsy

Have a lovely Friday! XOXO