Monday Morning Love – A Colourful Bathroom, and Some Great News

Morning everyone! I hope you had an excellent weekend. Is anyone else having a hard time believing that it’s the last week of August already? Where has this summer gone? It seems like just last week I still putting a hat on when I left the house and already there’s fall clothing in stores, and today I saw Halloween decorations for sale in Home Sense.

Anyways, I saw this image of this bathroom by Natalie Clayman a few weeks ago and I loved it so I thought I’d share. I adore all of it – the red vanity, the marble sink, the wall mounted faucet, the scones,the rug, the black bamboo mirror, but I think the best part is the whimsical Paradiso Wallpaper by Nina Campbell. Love it.

You may recall that this summer I was taking an Intro to Drafting course (this might be part of the reason I feel summer has flown by). Anyways, the final grades were released yesterday, and I’m a little pleased with myself.Grade - Intro to DraftingYay me! Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful week!

These aren’t resolutions. Really.

After my not so stellar attempt at resolutions in 2012 I vowed I wasn’t going to make that same mistake again. Nope – I wasn’t going to make any sort of resolution or list or mental note or anything related to things I wanted to get done in 2013. And then I got an email on January 2nd.

Apparently sometime in December Apartment Therapy posted that they would be running what they’re calling the January Cure, and I signed up. With statements like: ‘If you are ready to whip your home into shape, get it clean, organized and under control, we’re here to help – let’s do it together! … we’ll send you emails from January 2 through February 1, giving you all the info you need to know to follow along, stay motivated and complete your assignments. By the end of January, you’ll be sitting pretty in a clean, fresh, organized home’ can you really blame me? I mean who doesn’t want to live in a clean and organised home? I certainly do.

Anyways, I signed up and then kinda forgot about it, that is until I got my first email about it on January 2nd. The task? Make a list of the things in each of the rooms in your home that you want to change. Drat. My not-making-any-resolutions-or-lists-in-2013 vow lasted about 30hrs into the New Year. Oh well. I’m a glutton for punishment so I made my list of things I wanted to change in each of the rooms in my home, and unsurprisingly discovered that quite a number of them are the same as what was on my list from last year. What’s a little different this time is I was supposed to keep the number of to-do items per room to 3-5 which forces you to prioritise what’s most important – the changes that will make the most impact. Here’s my list:

Foyer

  • Organise front hall closet
  • Organise linen closet
  • Change overhead light
  • Add a rug

Bedroom

  • Organise closet
  • Add window coverings
  • Get two matching bedside tables
  • Paint the walls

Bathroom

  • Organise medicine cabinet and under the sink
  • Replace the shower curtain rings

Living room

  • Organise the bookshelf and media cabinet
  • Add more lighting
  • Get some more storage
  • Add window coverings
  • Paint the walls

Kitchen

  • Organise my cabinets – make better use of limited space
  • Paint the ceiling
  • Update the lighting
  • Remove the weird (ugly) wall organiser

Dining Room

  • Repair walls and paint
  • Get more storage
  • Add window coverings
  • Change the overhead light

Its funny that when you only list 3-5 things per room the list seems rather manageable even though some of the things will be big jobs (I’m looking at you dining room walls). You probably noticed that the first thing for almost all the rooms is to organise. I’ve got so much stuff that isn’t organised in any particular way (Er, I guess that  means it’s disorganised) that I can’t find anything (my tape measure for example).

If you’d like to join Apartment Therapy’s January Cure you can click here, and in case you want to know what you’re getting yourself in for, here’s a schedule of everything you’ll be asked to do.

PS – Yesterday’s task was to create an ‘outbox’. Mine’s done, and I’m hoping it will soon be overflowing.

Apartment Therapy's January Cure - Day 2 - complete

Apartment Therapy’s January Cure – Day 2 – complete

Some Favorites from 2011

With the end of the year fast approaching, I thought I’d reminisce about a few of my favorite projects from this year (in no particular order).

My bathroom mini makeover took me a while to get finished, but I’m rather pleased with the end result.

Bathroom after

The Bridal Shower favours I made were a bit of a departure for me, but I like the project as they were done for a good friend.

The Finished Product

The dining chair project was one that seemed to take FOREVER, but I’m happy with the end result. Next time I paint furniture though – I’ll think twice before using a paintbrush.Rewiring my bedside lamps is a favorite project because I was incredibly intimidated to try it, and in the end it was very simple to do.My dollar store bookend project is a favorite because it was the first time I’d really made something new instead of just modifying it.

Fred and George – the Lion Bookends

It’s was fun to go back and take a look at some of the things I’ve accomplished this year around my home. I wonder what projects will be my favorites in 2012?

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