Home Content – The Wallpaper Diaries

Ok so I admit I put the whole wallpaper search on hold for a while. I did order the mural for the family room, which just came in. And was debating just painting the hallway instead of wallpapering it, mostly because the cost of awesome wallpaper was just so high! (seriously – it’s an investment!). But I really didn’t like the idea of a plain hallway, i wanted impact and life, some creativity! It’s tough with a hallway, there’s no direct sunlight and i have really awkward light fixtures (they came with the house, see below).

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So I took the time while I was waiting for the mural to arrive (meanwhile we did the baby’s room and our bedroom) to brainstorm solutions for the hallway. Should I just do the one wall? (but then would the impact be there?) Should I try one of those stencils like you see on Pinterest? (seriously, at 30+ weeks pregnant I can’t exactly get up on a ladder and my husband is not really the ideal candidate for this job) Should I just say ‘eff it’ and do plain jane paint for the entire hallway until i have the money and inclination to do it right? And then I was watching Candice Tells All and discovered paintable wallpaper. Oh. My. God. Could this be the solution?

As it turns out doing the hallway in Paintable Wallpaper is going to cost less than half of what it would cost for any of the cool graphic print wallpapers that we were looking at. And there are a lot of options, you can get anything from just a really cool texture, to a geo repeat, and plenty of traditional options as well. Including an option that would be awesome for a ceiling to mimic tin tiles.

Geo:

PW geo diamonds

Texture:PW texture

Tin Ceiling:PW tin roof

And the winner for us is this guy, i just love the traditional pattern and the scale of it. Also the fact that the texture is on the raised pattern really adds dimension:

PW raised relief

So the plan is to leave it white (the ceilings are going to be painted white as well, this grey has GOT to go) and then when it starts to look a little dingy we can just put a fresh coat of white paint on it. It’s highly durable and designed for high traffic areas. Can’t wait to show you the ‘After’ photos.

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Style Content – Pastel Power

The forecast for last night & today was so miserable – I just refuse to let Spring think it can drag it’s butt any longer. So I did my best to pretend the warm sunny weather is on it’s way by opting for a pastel mani/pedi. I wish I had had the presence of mind to take note of the colour names – both are Essie. Obvi i went for mint green on the toes and a pretty soft coral on my hands, my sincerest apologies for not knowing exactly which colours they might be.

Pastel Power

A fresh mani/pedi will cheer any girl up – well at least it always cheers this girl up. Especially these days as I can barely manage to shave my legs, never mind paint my toes. It’s the one indulgence I’ve tried to maintain through my pregnancy – because when you look good, you feel good. And some days when the hormones are through the roof and you don’t know if you are happy or sad or coming or going – you need all the help you can get. A little pastel polish goes a long way.

Home Content – DIY Antique Sideboard Update

I sort of have expensive taste. That’s not really a secret. But right now I’m working on a budget and I’ve got a long list of ‘wants’ for the house regarding decor. My husband has a long (more expensive) list of ‘needs’ for the house (air conditioning, new windows, etc.) So I’m trying to get creative wherever possible to save a few bucks and still get the outcome I’m looking for.

I LOVE setting a gorgeous table, so when it was time to do a registry for our wedding last year I didn’t hesitate to pick out China knowing I’d put it to good use eventually. Until this weekend it’s all been sitting in the boxes it originally arrived in, just waiting for a proper home. I was looking at a full fledged China Cabinet but to get the size I need to look appropriate in our space it would have had to be custom made running us upwards of around $4000. Not really where I wanted to spend that kind of money right now. So I hit up Kijiji and got my craft on. I opted for something a little more ornate, knowing with the right paint and new knobs it would balance out some of our more modern/industrial furnishings. The beauty of antiques is that they were made so well! This sideboard is as sturdy as they come.

Original Sideboard ($250);

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The process (remove knobs, sand down thoroughly, wipe down with damp cloth);

ImageI opted for a high gloss navy to offset the black/white/grey theme in the rest of the space;

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Fill drawers and cupboards;

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I used one of my favourite (and previously framed) tea towels to line the drawers.

Add art (more to be hung still) and Voila!

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Home Content – Inspiration is Everywhere

Our bedroom is the last room to tackle in our home decor rampage. It also happens to be the most mismatched room in the house during our ‘make-do’ stage, and awkwardly laid out. As a first time expectant mom I’ve never ever been more motivated to turn our bedroom into a sanctuary, knowing that rest is of the utmost of importance both now and in the months to come. So where does one even begin to start? We don’t have one single piece to start with.

I’ve showed countless online images of headboards and duvet covers to Mr Content but he just couldn’t give me any direction from ‘a picture’. So I thought I’d take it a step back and dropped by the paint store to pick up some potential paint swatches, but instead of showing him one at a time, i put two potential palettes together and presented them that way. Bingo!

The room is small, so a light bright colour was the only way to go for the walls, but i added in some more saturated hues to show how some accent colours could really compliment the light. (think bedding, pillows, curtains, etc.)

Proposed Palette #1; Blues with a little Seafoam Green action

Blue Palette

Proposed Palette #2; Purples with a little Rose and Neutral action

Purple Palette

As it turns out Mr Content is not a fan of anything green, (not even seafoam!) so those were quickly eliminted from the blue palette. And although purple is his favourite colour he thought the light colour options for purple too grey toned, and anything else was too feminine for the walls. So we chose the lightest brightest blue in the palette and then started playing with accents, we ended up with an array of blues but i still felt like we were missing something to kick it up a notch. That little hit of the unexpected. And then I saw one of my scarves sitting on the dresser and it all came together in an instant!

Bedroom 1

The very light blue is going on the walls – ‘Sheer Bliss’ from Benjamin Moore, and the rest will serve as direction for bedding, accent pillows, headboard/bedframe, etc. Before and After photos to come hopefully in about a month.

Home Content – The Wallpaper Diaries

I’ve already got into my wallpaper woes, so I just thought I’d show you some of the options we were looking at. We borrowed the books and brought them home and as lovely as they are in the daylight, they are going into a hallway and lose all colour. I thought for sure we needed a really light coloured base, like white or off-white but in the evenings you can’t see any of the detail. Actually only for a few hours in the middle of the day can you see any of the detail. So, sadly, the search continues…

This Grey sample we didn’t actually bring home, I think it was a little pricey but it would be a better fit than the other options.

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This was my husbands preference but it started to look like wrapping paper to me and I think we’ll grow tired of it quickly.Image

Forgive the sideways pic below, grasscloth is super cool and I found one that has this great geo print on it but the price is extreme! So I didn’t see the bang for our buck here.

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This was my favourite of them all, but again you lose all detail without it being in direct sunlight all day. Also my husband wasn’t feeling the ‘sparkles’. You can see I was already picking out paint colours for the two end walls.

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So this seemed like a different option, only two colours in it – the base and the print which was all glitter. But too busy. Cool, but busy.

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So the search continues. Stay tuned for the next round.

Home Content – Mural Edition

With the first floor of the house mostly organized (just a waiting game now for the last of the furniture to arrive) I’m starting to plan the second floor. One morning I woke up with this brilliant idea to wallpaper the hallway. Originally I was thinking of a geometric print in greys/blacks/golds on a white/offwhite background. I wanted something bold so that when you went upstairs it really struck a chord (like the kind of chord that makes you think I hired a professional designer to come up with this brilliance).

So as it turns out sourcing awesome graphic wallpaper is not as easy as one would think, should you be ‘just’ a residential homeowner and not trade. But I persevered and finally found a store in the east end, Toronto Paint Store that had a great selection of Crown Wallpaper that I could actually see in person (as opposed to online). I went during the day and was helped by very friendly staff who also helped me come up with colour concepts for paint on the adjacent walls and also helped me figure out costing.

I brought Handsome Husband back there with me that evening after he finished work to vet my top selections and we brought three books home with us for a few days to see in daylight and in our own space. I was very excited to show him one concept in particular – a mural – for our family room. Initially I planned to wrap the wallpaper from the hallway around to the family room so we had a bit of a feature wall and also some direction for that room.  I found this amazing mural that i think really sets the tone for the family room and it got me inspired for a bit of a theme for the whole floor (colour and mood). The family room is a bit of a mish mash right now and screams ‘man cave’ (before and after photos of the final transformation will come at a later date). One wall is exposed brick, one wall has a sliding glass door to nowhere in it (great for light, but so awkward!), and the other wall will have wall to wall, floor to ceiling, white glossy built-ins for entertainment, books, and storage solutions (thinking ahead for storage for children’s toys in a house with virtually no closets).

So without further ado, here’s the Mural that thankfully my husband whole heartedly agreed with. And just like that I have direction for the whole floor, not just one room…

New York 'Chelsea' MuralI think it has just enough of the rustic look to work with the age of the house, and the grey tones are perfect with the exposed brick tones (they aren’t bright red, lots of taupe in them). And the hallway that opens up to the living room has a trio of gold & crystal chandeliers so the gold tones in the mural really work well. Instead of putting a couch in front of the mural we’re going to put my (future) rocking chair (new mom friendly room) and a side table of some sort to hold the kind of stuff a new mom needs handy when she’s nursing.

See where I’m going with this? Modern, Stylish, and family friendly. Blog post to follow shortly with wallpaper options.

Source: gilt.com via Melissa on Pinterest