June 2014 archive

Hot Shopping Spot: Zone Maison, Ottawa

This week I’m spending some family vacation time staring at scenes just like this one. It’s fantastic!! Just help me wish away some of this rain though, k? But last weekend (Father’s Day actually…) I was staring at these. Where: Zone Maison, 471 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6Z5 www.zonemaison.com/ I’ve been writing about all kinds […]

Homes We Love: Some Inspiring (Role) Models

  I’ve always loved touring model homes. I remember going through them as a kid and checking out the bedrooms to “claim” the best one before my brother did. Now, I like to visit models to see how the builders have designed and decorated the homes so that buyers fall in love. Sean & I […]

What to do with a Blank Wall? {Drop Cloth Canvas Art Tutorial}

Finally! A picture of the kitchen! (Part of it at least.) We’re still struggling with kitchen reno paralysis. Ugh. Everywhere we look there’s another job to do and we’re at a loss finding the time together to get it all done. Awhile ago, we painted the back kitchen wall an incredible dark grey MOLTEN by […]

Recommended Reading

I’ve been up to my arms (almost literally sometimes) in paint this week. I showed my friend the colour of my back door by referring to a splotch on my arm one night over dinner. And yes, I will be buying a better exfoliant for après paint days soon! While I’m finishing up some last […]

Get This Look: 3 Ways To Use Linen In Your Home

Beach Style Living Room by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Nancy Van Natta Associates   Linen is classic and timeless, fresh and comfortable, soft and luxurious. It’s a sought-after textile in home decorating, offering a winning combination of natural beauty and durabiilty, but does present some challenges. Today I’ve rounded up a few great […]

The Power of Spring Cleaning + A Money-Saving Tip

Is there any better way to make your house look camera-ready than a good Spring clean? No number of pillows, candles or fancy lamps can beat a clean, fresh-smelling room. I know this because my house is always in need a of Spring clean. And I have a LOT of pillows. With two adults, a […]

Chez Nous: Life Is Better On The Porch

Welcome to my porch! We had a gorgeous weekend in Ottawa – perfect porch weather. Actually, I love my porch in any weather! It’s west facing, so even on chilly afternoons you can bask in the sun. Porch season starts early and finishes late Chez Sykes. In fact, Mere had some great tips on extending […]