Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Striped Canvas Trio

Want an easy way to fill up a tall, empty wall. A trio, or triptych if you want to be fancy, will do the job. You can add instant WOW to an empty and awkward space with very little effort. 

Unfortunately, my step-by-step photo was deleted from my camera but this project requires absolutely no instructions. All you need is a set of 3 canvases, acrylic paint, foam brush and tape.

There was no measuring or fussy planning for this project. I started with a white canvas and just started taping off blocks of space. I painted each section and pulled the tape immediately. Acrylic paint dries immediately so quickly that there is really no down time. Just keep painting until you have achieved the look you love. 

I love the way this fills up the wall with splashes of colour. There are lots of sizing options available for canvases so you can really fill any size space you need.
This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How to Tie Dye

It's summertime and when you live in a beach community like I do, tie dye is pretty common. I don't think I'll be incorporating it into my wardrobe but I did think it would be fun for setting a summer table.

1. Something white
2. Rit dye (or any boxed tie dye kit)
3. Bottles for mixing the dye. The dollar store is great and ketchup and mustard bottles abound at this time of year.


1. Pinch the centre of your fabric and start pulling in a circular direction
2. Keep going until you have all your fabric rolled into a ball.
3. Wrap elastics around it to secure the shape.
4. Start adding the dye, making sure to get into the centre of the roll. Flip over and repeat.
5. Wrap in plastic and let it sit overnight so the dye will set.

I also had a tank top that was a little un-white so after saying I wouldn't wear it, I may change my mind.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gold Gilded Table - DIY

This might be one of the easiest diy projects you see this month BUT the impact from this little change is incredible. I took a very perfunctory Ikea side table and turned it into an eye catching piece in the room. I almost donated the table but I love it's airiness. It looks way more Hollywood than your typical Ikea piece after a simple diy.

Here's the before

Here's my simple toolkit.
You may be wondering why I chose to paint the table with the gilding as opposed to spray painting. I agree that it would have taken less time but I can't find a gold spray paint that I love as much as this liquid gilding. It's a Martha Stewart product and I think we can all agree that Martha sure knows what she's doing in the world of diy and home decor. The finish is matte and it looks like it was always gold as opposed to an obvious diy. I have trouble with the green hue that I keep ending up with in spray paint. 

Before you paint you want to tape off any parts that you don't want to be gold. There was not a lot left untouched but I figured gold wheels might be taking my gold obsession just a bit too far.

And here's the spectacular after. The spectacular part is that it looks like I bought it from a higher end store and it really looks like it's always been gold. So glad I procrastinated on that trip to the thrift store to drop this off.

So I'm dying to know if you have a gold spray paint that you'd recommend. Leave me a comment below if you do. I'll be ever grateful although my husband may send you a nasty email:)
This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience

Thursday, June 20, 2013

June - The Meanest Month of All!

If you're a parent, and perhaps even if you aren't, you'll understand what I'm saying when I loudly scream ENOUGH ALREADY! June, you are the meanest month of all. Even meaner than December.

Everything that has consumed our daily lives for the last 8 or 9 months is coming to an abrupt end. But, but, but we can't end anything without a party. That means we have approximately 257 parties, recitals and celebrations in the month of June. Can I just say that my kids are pretty damn lucky they've even had food in their bag at lunch time this month cause I'm so over it!

Not much in the way of design has been going on but here's a peek at some of the fun things that I've been doing...

1. Last summer I was invited to a photo shoot at the gorgeous home of my friend Tracey Ayton. It was a shoot for Style at Home magazine and it hit the newstands in May. It was such a fun night hanging out with our amazing group of west coast design bloggers. It was also fun to see myself in print, even though I have been mercilessly teased for being photographed grasping at a bottle of red wine. Okay, I like red wine. Leave me alone:)

Tracey, you are not only a mega-star photographer but you have extraordinary style, girl. Isn't that a gorgeous backyard? All photos taken by Tracey Ayton.

2. In my "other" world, I have finally finished the new blog I've been working on creating for the last couple of months. The Bright Box blog is all about happiness and the incredible mind/body/food connection. It's a woman's look at really living your full life. Come check it out and while you're there make sure to sign up for the newsletter. It comes out each Thursday but I'll give you a little heads up that there's going to be a cool giveaway in June for list members.
And what, exactly, have you been up to???

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Vase Makeover

Do you ever hang on to things that make absolutely no sense? Rather than sell something on Craigslist I'll donate a $100 item to a thrift store but I'll also carry around Ikea vases for years thinking I can repurpose them. Such is the case with these 2 ordinary, in fact quite boring vases. They have moved across the country with me. Why? I have no good explanation but now I feel I have the responsibility to myself to give them a makeover and actually use them!

Exhibit A - Boring Vases

Tools for Repurposing

Spray base colour. Once it's dry, tape off the area to be sprayed with the accent colour and protect the rest of the vase with saran wrap.

As a member of Frog Tape's Blog Squad I will have the honour of being part of the judging committee for this year's Earn Your Stripes contest. Want to win $5,000? Check out this link and see what it takes to be the winner. I know there are a ton of you that read this blog that could qualify for a win so seriously go check it out.

This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How to Decorate a Lamp Shade

If you were reading earlier this week you saw my post about spray painting a lamp coral. Once that was finished it looked so damn good that it made it hard to find a shade that could live up to such a high standard. Some dollar store daisies inspired me to try to transform the shade and I have to say, it may have even have become the star of this dynamic duo.


Any kind of dollar store flower will work. I used 10 bunches with 5 flowers per bunch. I ended up with only 1 flower left over in the end.

 Cut the stem off each flower as close to the base as you can get. I tried wire cutters first but ended up using scissors. I was able to get much closer to the base with scissors.

Add a generous glob of hot glue to the base of the flower.

And stick 'em on.

There was no rhyme or reason to the order I used. I just tried to make sure they covered the shade but could each stretch out their petals.

And that's it! Easy or what, huh?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Coral Lamps DO Exist!

So I had this awesome idea that a coral lamp would be the best thing ever for my daughter's bedroom.  Okay, let's do it.  Yeah, about that. Apparently they don't sell coral lamps, or at least not where I live. You know where this is going, right? It's DIY time!!

I really don't dislike this lamp but the colour just wasn't working in her bedroom. If you love, love, love this lamp then please look away 'cause you're not going to like what I did.

It doesn't get any easier than this.  Tape for protecting the parts you don't want to be coral and the paint. It's my first time using Design Master but I am in love. If you like flat or matte paint in the most amazing spectrum of colours then you'll love this.

Use your tape to protect all the bits and pieces you don't want to paint.

And then fire away. After acquiring the most beautiful colour for a base the next question is what kind of shade deserves to be seen with this baby. I tried out a few and nothing worked for me. A trip to the dollar store and these cute little daisies convinced me to go for another DIY project.

Come back on Wednesday for the lampshade reveal.

This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
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