Seven Minutes in Heaven

You actually only need one minute in my closet to realize you’re in heaven!
This is the first time that the hubby and I have shared closet space. In our first home, the master had two closets and in our last home, I kept all my clothes and accessories in an entirely separate room. But, after six years of the marriage, the time had finally to come to share a closet!
As mentioned in my previous posts, we took space from the master bedroom and bathroom to increase the overall size of the closet. The result was totally worth it – we both have a lot of space and room to grow into it (i.e. I can buy more shoes and clothes, right honey?)!
We did a “his” and “hers” space, using the closet from Sex and the City 2 as inspiration. We worked with our cabinet maker to get the exact  look and function we envisioned.
Here’s a couple before shots of the closet:

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And here’s what the closet looks like now ( I tidied it up just for you guys):

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Andrew’s side is panelled entirely in walnut. His drawer fronts are made from glass and the pulls are stainless steel.

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We went more feminine on my side with painted white cabinetry and crystal knobs. I also incorporated open shelving to display my jewellery and my shoes. My cabinet maker suggested I add in the mirrors, bench, and little drawers to the awkward space at the entrance of the closet – those little drawers have actually come in handy for storing all my extra makeup! I planned on making a cushion for the bench, but right now that area just tends to collect junk!
I have one more room to share up stairs and then we’ll move onto the main floor which is where some more dramatic renos took place!

As always, thanks for reading!

I’m back…I think…I hope!

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a shitty blogger (sorry to my mom and mother-in-law for the foul language but it’s the most appropriate adjective here). My last post was over six over months ago. That’s really not acceptable, is it? Good thing I am not trying to make money at this blogging thing!

I’ll be honest with you folks and tell you that today is the first day that I felt like blogging in a long time. This is not because I’ve lost interest in decorating, renovating, organizing, or the blog itself. The truth is that the last several months have been a little rough because I am with child!

I am 21 weeks pregnant and, well, I felt really shitty (again, sorry mom and M-I-L) for about 14-15 weeks. It felt like eternity! When I finally got over the nausea/morning sickness, I still didn’t have the energy to tackle projects to blog about or just blog period. Apparently, growing a human being takes a lot of energy! I am beginning to feel like myself again and am back to tackling some projects around the house – hallelujah!

I still haven’t finished sharing pictures of our new house which I will continue to do over the next few months. We are also doing some work in our backyard this spring and, of course, there is the nursery which I will be decorating in the summer when I go on maternity leave. So, there will be a lot to share with you!

Anyway, that is the update from Chez Sharah and thanks to all who are continuing to read despite my absence!

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Here we are, showing off the baby bump (there is actually a decent sized bump there – just hard to tell in this photo!). As you can see, we take ourselves pretty seriously 😉

Stay Tuned!

Gettin’ Crafty

There is a fourth bedroom upstairs that’s a little awkward shaped as the ceiling is quite low in some places due to the shape of the roof. On the house plan, it’s called a “bonus room.”
Here is a few pictures of the “bonus room” before we started the reno:

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Because of the built-in shelves, you can’t really make it a media room – there is no wall space to put a TV! There is no closet so it wouldn’t make a great bedroom either. It would make a good playroom, but we don’t have any kids.
I decided to use the space as a craft room. I thought it would be a great place to store my craft shiz, do my DIY projects, and blog. I also work from home quite often so it will also double as my home office.
The renovations in the craft room were the same as the guest rooms:
  • Replacing the door, trim, and baseboards
  • Scraping and retexturing the ceiling
  • Replacing the carpet and the light fixtures
  • Painting the walls (including the built-in shelves). The walls, trim, and baseboards were painted Cloud White (Benjamin Moore) and the shelves were painted Coventry Gray (Benjamin Moore).
Here are some photos of the renos in progress:
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You can see in these photos some painted squares on the wall. I buy samples of colours and paint them on the wall because I like to see how the colour is going to look in the room at different times of day in different lighting. This lessens the chance of getting the whole room painted and then realizing you don’t like the colour!
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Right now the craft room is pretty empty with just few odds and sods from my old makeup room in it:

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My plan is to furnish it with two large tables, a desk, and a few low storage consoles. I am hoping to find everything I need at IKEA! I’ve included some links below for craft rooms that I am using for inspiration:
Sarah Richardson IKEA Craft Room
Soothing White and  Minty IKEA Craft Room
Turquoise Plantation Inspired Craft Room
I will do an updated post when I get the craft room completed (which could be awhile)!
My sister will be guest blogging again about her newly renovated laundry/mudroom soon and I think my next post will be about my favourite “second-hand finds”.
As always, thanks for reading!

 

The Great Outdoors

It has been a quite a while since my last post. It’s been a busy few weeks at work and I was out of town for one week on a course. I am hoping to get back on schedule with my weekly posts (I give you permission to harass me if I don’t!).

With the arrival of summer, I spent a little bit of time this weekend sprucing up my deck. Here’s a few shots of the deck before:

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Pretty boring, and blah, right? This patio set is ten years old.  It was a gift from my mom in my first year of university and the matching umbrella was left behind in Edmonton three years ago when we couldn’t squeeze it into the U-haul! This year, I finally decided it was time for a furniture update.

I first removed the old patio furniture and gave the deck a thorough sweeping and washing (I was wishing I had a pressure washer as I had to put a lot of elbow grease into that baby and it still looks grubby!). I washed the railings and windexed the glass inserts. I then gave the BBQ a good scrubbing  Speaking of which, is that weird? Am I the only one that cleans my BBQ? In my defense, look at the unfortunate state that it was in:

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What if the Queen of England unexpectedly stopped in for a tenderloin?  How would I ever live that down?

Thanks to more elbow grease (good thing I had lots of that on hand), I can now see my reflection in the BBQ:

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The new patio furniture was set up and I added a few decorative accessories (I will introduce you to Oscar the orange bird in a moment). Finally, I hung a string of miniature patio lanterns for evening ambiance.

Here’s what the deck looks like now:

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There’s Oscar!


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And here it is at night:

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Finally, here’s what my pots on the deck look like now (they have really taken off):

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One final note…

As I write this post, my province and little city are in the midst of a record-breaking flood. Alberta has already experienced significant property damage and displacement of many people from their homes as well as at least three deaths. My heart goes out to those who had to leave the comfort and security of their homes behind and those who have returned home to the wreckage. We are so blessed to live in a province of resilient, hard working, and generous people!

Thanks for reading!

Basketcase

My name is Sharah and I am a basket-aholic.

That’s right, I am addicted, obsessed  and enthralled with baskets. They are all over my house and I can’t stop myself from buying more whenever I’m out. For the sole purpose of this post, I walked around my whole house and took an inventory of all my baskets  – 58 baskets and counting…

Why do I love baskets so much? Well, I’m glad you asked!

To put it eloquently, they hide shit! They make any closet, storage area, or cabinet instantly look organized and pretty (even if you’ve just shoved a bunch of random stuff in them that really doesn’t go together). In the words of my wise BFF:

Baskets are indeed an organizer’s best weapon.

I like this quote because it makes me feel like I’m an organizational superhero! In fact, my favourite brand of baskets is called Clutter Busters….Isn’t that a great superhero name for a neat freak like myself?

Allow me to demonstrate the organizational power of baskets in “Before/After” picture form:

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And just so you can really get an idea of the extent of my problem, here’s a sampling of my basket collection:

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Thanks for reading and Happy Mother’s Day to my mama and all the other awesome mamas out there!

Weekend Project: Jewelry Organization

I tackled a fun project this weekend: reorganizing my jewelry collection!

I had been on the look out for quite some time for fun ways to organize/display my jewelry. I trolled the internet for cute jewelry trees, boxes, or trays, but nothing really captivated me.

While searching, I stumbled upon this closet and thought this system was fantastic:

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But I couldn’t find a tiered jewelry tray that was nearly as cute as that Tiffany Blue one!

Then a few months ago, I spotted these framed corkboards at Homesense and thought they would be perfect for hanging my necklaces. I hung them up in my Makeup Room (yes I got a whole room to myself for my clothes, makeup, jewelry, and shoes – that’s the beauty of having no children…yet!).

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I previously purchased this egg tray from Anthropologie to hold my earrings (I stole the idea from some other blogs):

So I decided to try and find other cute trays to hold the rest of my earrings and bracelets. I was thinking glass dishes or vintage-looking china bowls.  Yesterday, I popped into Value Village and another second hand store to see what I could find. It was my lucky day because all of these glass dishes came home with me for under $20:

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This is how it all came together:

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Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, the display is quite practical too because it allows me to see all the pieces in my collection easily which makes it more likely that I will wear each piece more often!

Thanks all for reading!

For the record…

I’ve been on the hunt for a piece of furniture to hold our recently acquired record player and ever growing record collection. This was the previous arrangement:

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I call it floor chic.

Seriously, the cluttered corner was driving me crazy!  The breaking point for me was when I leaning over to change the record (I believe I was putting on Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys) and I bonked my head on our mantle. It startled me and I immediately squatted back down and did something wonky to my thigh which prevented me from working out for about 5 days. That’s when I declared, “We need a better set-up than this” at which point in time, my husband’s pupil’s filled with dollar signs.

I was looking for something with shelves to  accommodate the size of the records – I wanted to line them them up rather than stack them. I spotted this walnut bar cabinet on Crate and Barrel’s website and thought it might work:

But it was $1,000 and then I would have to pay for shipping…..I wasn’t willing to spend that much money so I put my hunt on the back burner.

We were in Crate and Barrel this weekend and my husband spotted the perfect piece. AND – it was in the clearance section! A quick Google search of “standard size of a record” on my iPhone confirmed that I could store the records vertically. Perfect! One credit card swipe and a quick loading into my SUV later and we were in business!

This is the piece in the living room:

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Does it look familiar? Yup, it’s the same one I spotted on their website and we scored it for $600! I had no idea it was the same one until I got it home and found the saved picture on my computer! That’s what I call destiny, people!

It stores the records, the record player, and the Bose SoundDock perfectly (just need to drill some holes in the back to feed the cords through):

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Shall we admire it from afar?


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An organization project and decorating project all rolled into one? That’s my idea of a rockin’ weekend!

Thanks for reading!!