July 2014 archive

Chez Newb: Upcycling Cupboard Doors

After a mini cupboard demolition in our bathroom and a major demolition in our kitchen, I’m feeling confident that I’ve read about every possible re-use for cupboards and cupboard doors on the Interwebs. So here’s a quick project I did this week that I thought I’d share with you. It’s kinda goofy, but it did […]

Design Crush: Golden Lake Rustics

Last week when we headed out for our yearly vacation on the sandy shores of Golden Lake (between Eganville and Barry’s Bay in the Ottawa Valley) I thought I was escaping from the world of design trends for a while…but when we arrived at McMillan’s Cabins one of the first things I saw was this: […]

Design Crush: Cushy Ottawa Cushion

When I was at Boogie + Birdie last week, shopping for my blogging better half’s birthday, I saw this fantastic pillow. Perfect for the Ottawa resident who needs to keep constant tabs on the lat and long of our fair city.   The cushion is made of a heavy linen and would be so great on […]

Entryway Enhancements: Mere’s Mudroom Plans

I think with our late start to Spring and Summer I missed the crucial “Spring Cleaning” binge. Or maybe I’m just lazy? Regardless, I’m making up for lost time. As you might remember I’ve been painting the shed, buying a new vacuum, trying to finish the kitchen by tackling new projects, and painting my back […]

Summer Reading

I love to read. When I was a kid, I always had my nose buried in a book. I used to get in trouble in elementary school for hiding books inside my desk and secretly reading them during class time when I was supposed to be listening to what the teacher was saying. My parents […]

Decorating with White {Wicker Emporium Guest Post}

Warm summer days make me look longingly at beautifully styled and maintained white rooms. I’ve got the white kitchen, so what could be harder to keep clean than that? (She asks knowingly ;-)) I’m over at the Wicker Emporium blog today sharing some tips for how to decorate a white room. And I’m here staring […]

Homemade Baby Room Decor & Gifts {Etsy Picks}

I was poking around Etsy for a baby gift for a friend this weekend and spent far too long absorbed in the site ooh’ing and aah’ing. I started marking so many things as a “favourite” that I thought I should share a few of these finds with you too. I am focused, as usual, on […]

Chez Nous: Paint Paralysis

While Mere’s been painting up a storm in her kitchen and backyard, I’ve been suffering from some paint paralysis over here at Chez Sykes. Help! When we were chosen to be part of the 2014 Para Blog Crew, it was going to be just the push I needed to finally finish painting the bedrooms 2 […]