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Friday, October 25, 2013


Well, I almost pulled the trigger on a light fixture for the hallways last night.  But then thought I'd see if any of you wanted to help me decide. Or maybe, I was being indecisive :)

Our hallway upstairs is small and narrow.  It needs as much light as it can get.  The outlet box for the fixture is also a tad bit high, which limits how much space I have for a light. Also, the office light fixture will be visible from the hallway and so both lights need to work together.

(Hallway light fixture to go where that bulb is hanging out.  That insulation in the ceiling is our attic access. We've since added a door + trim. Our office is to the right. )
Here's a reminder of the office light we're working with. It's still waiting to be installed. Hasn't made it to the top of the priority list yet.

So what to buy for the hallway? Obviously I want it to be nice, but I'm not willing to spend hundreds on a wall sconce. You wouldn't believe how many of them out there do cost hundreds!!

Here's a few I'm considering. Most have gotten the hubby approval. 








I'm leaning towards no. two or five. Any favorites?
P.S. all of these fixtures are from They have great pricing and a rewards program you can sign up for. Plus lots of their items ship free. They're not a sponsor, but I've used them many times and like them a lot!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

making it kid friendly!

Sometimes, with my two little ones, I feel like I can hardly keep up with them, household duties and our renovation project, let alone blogging.  Just when I think I'll have a chance to write something usually one will wake up and so it doesn't happen!

So, I'm going to try to fit a short and sweet post in today. 

My darling sister, Shyla(one of the few sibling still living in Canada), gifted me a subscription to my favorite decorating magazine, Canadian House and Home. Since before I even went to school for Interior Decorating, I read this magazine. I think it was actually what put the idea in my head to go to college for my degree!  My first copy showed up the other day and I found a few minutes here and there to browse through it.

This image from a beautiful home they featured caught my eye. It's a kid's room done perfectly.

Besides loving how they incorporated a family heirloom antique bed with more modern furnishings, what I really liked was the mix of bedding.

The rocket sheet set is from Garnet Hill (and they glow in the dark!!), but instead of using the whole bedding set, they've been paired with a cute star patterned pillow, a simple coverlet and white shams and bolster pillow.

It's simple, but it's a smart way of decorating for kids. By just using a sheet set in a pattern that your kids loves (at the moment), and layering it with a classic patterned(stripes, checks, plaid, etc) or neutral bedspread, it makes it easy and less expensive to swap out if your child's interest ever changes as they grow. Because we all know how much that happens!

I'm pretty sure I'm adopting this idea for my kid's rooms as we start to decorate them.  I've pinned a bunch of adorable sheet sets from various companies over on Pinterest if you want more ideas. The Canadian in me is dying to use these sheets for our little guy.  I think I could get away with it!!