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The backyard is coming along nicely.  I have been held up a little bit due to very poor cold and rainy weather here in the greater Vancouver region.  Come on sunshine… where are you? 

But I’ve managed to get more than half of  it done so here’s a little peek at the progress so far.  Watch for the unveiling in a few more weeks when I get back from my lovely family vacation to the Okanagan! 

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I get excited when I come across a handy website and thought I should share it with you.  We are all guilty of buying Ikea furniture at some point or another and I mean how can you not be tempted with their easy basic designs and fantastic pricing. Sometimes it can be a little difficult with not getting carried away at buying everything in sight when shopping there!  So I stumbled upon this site (via another great design blog Decor8) and found a ton of fantastic decoration ideas.  Ikea has launched a new site, Live, to showcase how people from all over the world live and decorate with their Ikea products.  It goes to show that just because you have Ikea products, it doesn’t have to look like it’s Ikea.  And this really sparked my interest since I just half started a re-do for the kids room starting with very cheap Ikea single bed frames that I plan to completely make-over (watch for that post later on).  Visit Ikea Family Live and see what I’m talking about.

It’s interesting to see how the rest of the world live and their design taste.  You need to check out Prime and Louise’s home in Berlin. I absolutely adore their use of non-overpowering color.  Their home is really full of life and gives you that sense of lived in craziness, but still functional.  Its eclectic, but not cluttered in a not so organized way.  Its small but seems spacious.  They really have done a wonderful job.  I will definitely be stealing some decor ideas from them for my own little bungalow!

Here’s a few more of my favorites:

See all the home tours at www.ikeafamilylive.com

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Quiet breakfast

Love these early morning moments.

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Recently my sister approached me and asked to help her re design her 2 little girls rooms.  Sarah just a 6 month old baby 2 and a half year old Rachel.   Both rooms were a completely blank slate, white walls, white furniture, no personality.  They moved into their new house 1 year ago and have decorated the rest of the home, but left the girls rooms for last and now she had run out of steam and inspiration.  So that’s where I stepped in.  And as we spoke more about what we could do, she became confident that I understood her vision and left me with a budget of $1,000 per room (not including drapery and main furniture) and asked that I keep it all as a  surprise for her.  Wow… what a great challenging opportunity!  I jumped on that right away without any hesitation.   So here’s Sarah’s room before:

So the only thing she asked was no typical Pottery Barn Kids room (no offense Pottery Barn!).  She wanted eclectic, fresh, colorful and maybe a little soft and pretty shabby chic.  So where did I head first?  Straight to Apartment Therapy’s 0hdeedoh for all my inspiration.  I spent hours going through pages and pages of room tours and started collecting ideas.  Soon, in my head I had a vision and theme for each of the girls  rooms.  I was so excited to put everything together and see if I could actually make it functional for her little ones AND look good.   After 3 months of collecting and hard work, here’s how it looks now:

Here are some of the items (mostly from Etsy) used in the room:

Black Paper Cutout Letter from Papercutdiecut

Dainty Cuckoo Clock in pink from Callaghan Art Gallery

Just Chillin Paper Butterfly Pack and Wedding White Paper Butterflies from Jaime Mancilla

Mini Fabric Bunting from Knotted Nest

Owl Drawstring Bag Tutorial by Winter Peach

Paper and Wire Cow Sculpture from Boo Kee Sue

And I do have to admit that the fabulous book rack is from Pottery Barn Kids… just couldn’t help myself!

Hanging Hot Air Balloon Mobile from Hanging Mobile Gallery

And some of the items like the wood building blocks, fir wood shelf, rag quilt, wall hooks, framed hair clip holder, and the many colorful throw pillows were all made by myself.

Watch for Rachel’s toddler room makeover to be posted soon.

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10 years passed.

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.         – Henry David Thoreau –

Has it really been 10 years today since we married?  Did we ever dream that we would be here today in this blessed happy life with 2 beautiful children, house, dog, cat, small business and everything else that has comes along with it?  Thank you to my best friend for all the ups, downs and sideways.  I can’t wait to ride many more waves with you.    xoxo

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