Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Just a quick post to show the grandparents my wonderful kids grad outfits. The girlie is graduating from grade 8 and the big boy is graduating high school.
Here is a preview of their Grad looks. (The girlie was being fitted at the time of the picture taking)

What do you think? Where has the time gone? The girlie said I was going to curl up in my sons room and cry when he leaves. Probably true.

Monday, April 27, 2015

New Custom Ikea Master Closet

It's been awhile since I last posted, but my update on the new closet space is complete. We were trying to buy 2 new dressers to replace the antiques we were using. Anything worth buying was going to run into the thousands, and who wants to hide thousands of dollars away in the closet? Unless they are Manolos, of course! So we decided on a revamp of the whole thing. It ups the value of the house and keeps us tidy all at once. I think you remember what a mes of overhanging clothes it was before.
Hard to tell from the picture but with hanging clothes on both sides of the narrow closet it felt like you were walking into a tunnel. 
We called various places and found the cheapest way was the Ikea way. So hubby and I took an afternoon and a sturdy vehicle and off we went to the big blue box store. Hours later we had this lovely pile to look at:
We then stripped the closet, filled holes and painted my new favourite shade of white, Benjamin Moores Swiss Coffee:
A soft white with a hint of warmth.
As usual , the house was a pigsty for a few days during reno. Always is.
We had a few errors along the way, like never try to raise an 8 foot structure without all four sides. Crack! We fixed and moved on, and no duct tape was involved thank goodness.
I even have a nice Jewelry niche! 
I think my hubby would marry this new pants hanger!
Pretty neat and tidy! We saved about 3/4 of the cost of dressers or a custom wardrobe and got exactly what we wanted! Love Ikea!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dresser Search

My hubby and I are on the hunt for 2 dressers for our room. We realized that in almost 25 years of marriage we've never bought any new furniture for our bedroom. Up till now it's been antiques found on the cheap, seconds from family or a couple of home builds. Not that there's anything wrong with that! Nope, it's just that both of our dressers are at the end of their life, mine with sticky drawers and loose handles, my hubby's has no storage and drawers that create sawdust with every movement.
Here is my hubby's
It's more of a sideboard than dresser.
Here's mine
A garage sale find that is pretty but needs a graceful retirement, not every day usage.
We've gone to local stores and found that the only way to get a dresser is to take the flimsy one in stock or to order and hope for the best. Not my style. I want quality, something to last me the rest of my life. We are talking to 2 custom wood workers and we hope to find something like this:
It starts at $1700 us so that's a little steep when we need two. Hoping to give a local builder our business if they can come up with a better price.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Macaron Magic

This post is for my mom sunning herself in lovely Florida! I told her I was making my hubby an early Valentine's present, a reminder of our time in Paris. There is something we both could have lived on when we were there, the stunning Macaron. A crispy sweet meringue cookie with a creamy filling. They look oh so simple but require patience and exact measuring.
Here is my not so perfect version:

And here is the "professional" version
Try as I might I cannot find a fine ground almond flour so my version always looks grainy, yet they are so yummy. My favorite is chocolate with salted peanut butter filling. Don't worry Mom, I put some in the freezer!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

High Fashion of Ellie Saab

Once again I bring you gorgeous gowns from the runway. Without further ado:
You're welcome

Stella And Dot Party

My Girlie and me are putting on a Stella and Dot party in March! My good friend Lauren is a stylist and a very talented salesperson. Here is a link to their site:

I have so many pieces and just love them!
Here's one that I own:

And one my Girlie has;
My girlie would like to get this!
and I'm looking at this:

Can't wait!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Home Made Double Desk

We've been living with a cut off old school style desk for years. It barely housed the computer let alone all our stuff so we finally threw it to the curb. Literally. And no one took it. So my hubby cut it up to use as covers for my magnolia. Repurpose!
This was my inspiration, a desk for two:
Functional yet sleek. So we hiked over to Ikea and bought some metal legs for $40. and a discounted wood countertop for $125. A bit of stain later and here she is:

We love it! Room for two and it's simplicity forces me to keep it tidy. (that's the theory anyway).
Hope you like our budget home DIY.