Stairway to Heaven (and Delores)

There is one more room to share upstairs – the spare bathroom. It’s kind of small on it’s own though so I thought I’d throw our new stairway in this post too. If you are wondering about the title of this post, we named this bathroom “Delores” because my husband and I kept getting confused when referring to it or the ensuite. I suggested we name it and that’s what my husband came up with. Does that make us odd? Possibly.
Anyway, here are the before pictures:

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So “oak”ed out!!
And here is what the stairs/Delores look like now:
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IMG_3581 We tried to colour match the banister and the posts to the existing hardwood floor. The balusters are Benjamin Moore’s “Cloud White” and the walls are Benjamin Moore’s “Stonington Gray”.
We replaced everything in Delores but the bathtub which was still in good condition:
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And just because I can’t resist, here is a sneak peek of the nursery theme:

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We aren’t finding out the gender so I had to pick something that would work for a boy or a girl. I have lots of ambitious projects for the nursery. Hopefully, they all come to fruition before baby is born!

Thanks for reading!

 

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!

 

Be Our Guest

I will start off the tour of my new and renovated home upstairs and today, I will share with you our guest bedrooms. There are 4 bedrooms upstairs – one is the master, one is my craft room, and the other two are guest rooms (until or unless our family grows, if you get my drift)…
This is what the rooms looked like before:

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Renovations to these rooms included:
  • Replacing the baseboards, trim, and doors. We stained the baseboards, trim and doors with “Cloud White” by Benjamin Moore. We chose 5 inch baseboards- in hindsight, we wish we would have went for 8 inch for more drama.
  • Scraping the “popcorn” ceilings and painting/retexturing. Again, we used “Cloud White”.
  • Painting the walls. Both rooms are “Stonington Gray” by Benjamin Moore.
  • Replacing the carpet
  • Replacing the light fixtures
Here’s how they turned out:
Guest Bedroom 1

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Most of the furniture from our old guest room fit nicely in here so I don’t have to spend more money on getting this room furnished. I have plans to strip the white desk in the corner, make  a window treatment, and make a cover for the window seat.
Guest Bedroom 2

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I moved some of the furniture and all of the decor from the old master into this room because our new master has room for a king sized bed. This room is basically complete except getting a nightstand for the other side of the bed.
These rooms were not the most dramatic before and after of our renovation, but I am pleased that the decor turned out so well without having to buy anything new! So, who wants to come and stay for a visit now?!
As always, thanks for stopping by!

 

Hello! Is it me you’re looking for?

It has been so long since I’ve blogged that I forgot my password and just had to reset it. Some of you have been asking if and when I’m going to blog again. You know what they say – absence makes the heart grow fonder so I expect your love for chez sharah has increased tenfold during my six month “sabbatical.”
So what’s been happening and why haven’t I blogged for so long? I learned the hard way that buying a house, ripping apart and reno-ing said house, selling current house, packing up all of one’s prized possessions in current house, moving and unpacking all of one’s prized possessions to said renovated house is a little bit time consuming. Oh and on top of this, working 50+ hours a week, training for a half marathon, and taking a few trips. Are you getting the sense that I don’t like to sit still?!
The last six months have gone by in a blur and it’s time for life to normalize. July is my month to breathe, relax, DIY, settle into the new home, and, of course, get back to blogging again! I spent the evening organizing all of my pictures of the renovation and I have decided to share them with you one room at a time, from demo to the finished product. I am too exhausted to get started on that tonight so I’ll leave you with with a few pictures of my outdoor pots this year. I stuck to my usual grasses and foliage but there are a few newcomers, namely the canna lilies and vinca vine (I love that name – sounds like a rockstar name – or, is that just me?!)
I look forward to getting back into blogging and I am grateful to all who still continue to be interested in my ramblings! IMG_2387 IMG_2388 IMG_2389 IMG_2390 IMG_2391

A Work In Progress

Let me introduce you to another room in my home: The Bonus Room (I think I could come up with a more clever name than that)…

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This was the first fully furnished room in the house when we moved in because we used all our previously owned furniture. The scheme was warm colours –  reds, browns, and greens. The problem was that the room didn’t really flow with the rest of the house so I recently began the process of redecorating it. At the moment, it looks a little bit like a dog’s breakfast!

I purchased these pillow covers from the Pillow People on Etsy and they have inspired the colour scheme for the whole  room:

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I have big plans to do the following:

– Paint (I am thinking Rain Dance by Benjamin Moore)

-Replace the coffee table

– Get new artwork

– Redecorate the book shelves

– Put roman blinds on the windows

– Get new lamps for the sidetables

I put together this mood board to give you an idea what I eventually want to do with this room. This coffee table is from West Elm and I think it is fabulous! It’s fairly reasonably priced, but I need to figure out how exorbitant their shipping costs to Canada are before I fall in love with it!

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Stay tuned as I keep you updated with the progress of this room!

Where The Magic Happens Part II

So I began showing you the master bedroom a couple of weeks ago and I had left off showing you the drapes. Here’s the rest:

The espresso wood bedframe was swapped out for a cream fabric headboard with a silver nailhead detail:

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The headboard is from Urban Barn and the style is “Duchess” – I was able to pick the fabric and the colour of the nailheads.

I purchased the fabric for the pillows from fabric.com and Designer Fabrics and had my drape lady whip some up for me (I, unfortunately, cannot sew to save my life).

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There was really no need for a dresser in the master as both the mister and I have separate closets, but I wanted a piece of furniture for the wall that the bed faces. I spotted this console table from West Elm and lusted after it for several months:

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Unfortunately, it was too long for the space. Well, then I got a bee in my bonnet that I needed a console table for that wall. It seems that most are a standard length though and I couldn’t find one short enough to fit. So, the mister and his father took matters into their own hands and built this spectacular piece:

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Apparently, it took some 8 cans of high gloss white spray paint to achieve the desired result. It now has a beautiful home in the master:

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Finally, in the corner of the room I added in a sitting chair and this little ceramic side table:

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One final view:

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I still need to tweak bits and pieces. I want to create some sort of vignette on the console table, spruce up the items on the bedside tables, and add in some more art…another project for another day!

Thanks all for reading!

Where The Magic Happens Part I

On MTV Cribs, whenever the celebrity leads the audience to the master bedroom, they always say, “And this is where the magic happens.” I am not sure what kind of magic they are referring to (wink wink nudge nudge ) BUT I am referring to yet another amazing transformation in my crib.  I’m going to talk about the master bedroom in two parts because there’s a lot to tell you and I don’t want this post to go on forever.

When we moved into the house, the master looked like this:

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(this isn’t our furniture – this was one of the pictures in the real estate listing)

And then there was this atrocity:

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What can I say about this? Well, I guess I don’t like the idea of taking a dump in a bathroom without a door. It kind of ruins the magic when your spouse accidentally barges in on you. I’ll leave it at that.

Needless to say, we closed in the master ensuite and added a pocket door so that it now looks like this:

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Once that was done, it was really just a matter of a decorating it to my taste. I’ve mentioned before that I am a huge Sarah Richardson fan and I took my inspiration from this room she did several years ago on Design Inc.:

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I love the yellow and grey colour scheme. I was so infatuated with the wallpaper that Sarah used that I tracked it down and purchased it myself. The wallpaper is by Cole & Son and it’s called “Rajapur”.  I found it online and discovered that the best price was through a UK company Fabrics & Papers. Here’s a better view of the wallpaper:

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We painted the walls “Spider’s Web” by ICI Dulux Paint (which matches the lighter colour in the wallpaper) and then wallpapered the wall which the bed sits against.

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(sorry, the picture was taken on an old cell phone and it’s not the best quality).

I had the drapes custom made with a fabric that I purchased from Fabric.com (I love this website – great deals and you can almost always find a discount by googling “fabric.com promo code”).

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The only things to do after were this were replace the headboard, finish furnishing the room, and add some artwork – I will share that with you next week.  Thanks for reading!

Also, would anyone like me to list the places where I bought my furniture/accessories?