Friday, March 30, 2012

DIY With The Kids

I wanted to add a little something to these plain candle holders that I had sitting in a cabinet.

So I pulled out the stencils and paint. I had the kids choose their favorite numbers (which took a little longer than I expected) and paint them on. 
I love personalizing items in my home.
The kids had fun and I like the look!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Knobs: An Easy Update

Throughout my house, I've changed the knobs on a number of different pieces. It's an easy, quick and inexpensive way to spruce up any piece of furniture. You'll be surprised what a difference something so simple can make. Here are a few knobs I've used in my home:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Kitchen Shelves

I'm still debating if I'd like open shelves in my own kitchen. One thing for sure is, it forces you to be neat! If this is your style or are thinking about trying this in your kitchen here are a few ideas.

Make it pop with a bright color on the wall.

Integrate some art work

Remove your cabinet doors.

Blend the look with your pantry. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fabulous Foyers

A well designed foyer can set the tone for the rest of your home.

Images Pinterest. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

DIY: Bench With Storage

We've had this old TV console sitting in the garage for a while. It was originally used for the boys video games, TV and storage. I never liked it and was glad to get it out of the house. A couple of weeks ago, I was clearing out the garage and was ready to sell it, but instead came up with a brilliant idea. We needed extra seating in our bedroom and this console was the perfect height for a bench! So began the project:

What you need:

Sand Paper
Sand And Primed

Paint color: Gentle Rain

I painted it once, then let it dry overnight before adding a second coat.

Time to stencil the doors.

The whole family wanted to get involved at this point! I've stenciled many surfaces before but glass can be a bit tricky since the paint doesn't adhere to the surface right away. Remember to just dab the stencil on. My older son helped hold the stencil down at the edges while I painted. My husband decided to go over the stencil a second time with more paint, which wasn't the best of ideas. It ended up leaking through the stencil (see the difference between the left and right door). He made up for it though by helping me with the cushion cover!

Attach new nobs

For the cushion, I went to a local fabric store and bought a piece of foam and fabric. The cashier suggested a foam and fabric adhesive so I wouldn't have to sew the fabric. Well, lets just say, I'm glad I tested it on a scarp piece of fabric before using it for my cushion. It didn't work too well and even left a stain. Instead, I called my mom (she's an expert sewer) and she gave me tips on sewing the fabric over the cushion. It worked out great!

I didn't permanently attach the cushion to the bench. I may decide to later re-use this piece as something else.

Now we have extra seating, storage and it looks great. Glad I kept it!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Egyptian Inspired Design

 Egypt is known for it's stunning architecture, rich history and spectacular style. Designers today have created contemporary chic pieces based on classic style that seamlessly fit into any decor. I like the subtle interpretations.

Here are a few that caught my eye. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fashion Meets Interior Design - Hijabtrendz

Why not display your personal style in your home decor?

For today's post, I worked with Hijabtrendz to do just that. I created a design based upon an outfit by Mariam Sobh. I enjoyed creating this look with her inspirational style!

I gave the room a very feminine feel, while keeping the overall look quite simple. Elements of creme, from the skirt, are spread throughout the room. Touches of soft pink are displayed in the pillow and hand blown glass lamp while navy from the tunic can be seen in the pillow covers. Two arm chairs add structure from the handbag along with the black. The light fixture and butler stand bring in the gold. To mimic the look of sequins from the tunic, I used candle holders and a light fixture which are both round in shape and add a little "bling" to the room. The wood carved backdrop adds texture while bringing the whole look together.

Hijab Fashion: Night and Day

Long Skirt Jane Nude - Antik Batik
           With different textures and subtle color differences you can take an ordinary black and white outfit and jazz it up. Who says you can't do a little cream with hints (of pink in it? And don't forget, black and gold go with everything! :)
- Mariam Sobh

Friday, March 16, 2012

Guest Post: DIY Lampshade

I love the look of a ribbon framed lampshade. A simple element which 
can completely change the look of a lamp. 
Ready to try doing this yourself?

Well my friend and amazing DIY'er, Omaira Alam, is back to share her step by step lampshade project!


I bought this cute little lamp at a garage sale and I loved the lines of the shade and the colour. It was the perfect piece to add a little bit of ambience and light for a small corner. But it always looked a bit unfinished.

I wanted to do a little touch up, but nothing too dramatic or requiring a lot of commitment. Changing any piece of d├ęcor always requires a certain level of commitment and I wanted this piece to remain versatile.

I went to the dollar store while visiting Toronto and picked up some ribbons. One of them was a thin brown metallic braided ribbon which would be perfect for the lampshade.

What you need:

Glue gun

This project took literally an hour at most. A quick and easy decor touch up for when the little one is napping.

Hold the ribbon for a little bit after gluing it just so it has a chance to stick in place.

A nicely, finished piece, in neutral tones ready for any room.
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