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New roman blinds for the bedroom

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We used to have white romans on our windows in our bedroom.
 They were purchased at Lowes when they came to Canada years ago, and were a steal. I can’t recall the exact price, but it was economical enough that when the backs of the blinds yellowed from the sun and made the white blinds white no more – I went back to Lowes and just bought the same set all over again.  However when the second pair discoloured from the sun I wasn’t able to find the same style in-store or, online anywhere. So windows have sat naked for years. (And, potentially why my neighbours may have seen ME naked for years) Continue Reading →

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#ProjectPinkRoom – Bedroom Reveal!

It’s time for the #ProjectPinkRoom reveal. Skipping back again, this room was designed for one of my close girlfriends daughters.  To pull this room together, I took to browsing Etsy – if you’ve been a long time reader, you’ll know that I’ve been doing “Etsy Find” posts since 2008.  That site is my go to spot for unique items, and the fact that it’s online takes the stress out of me having to source unique items around the city. Because I was really sourcing a lot of items from Etsy in my initial design I reached out to Etsy to tell them about the project – and Etsy loved the idea of helping make over this girls room and gave us a few Etsy gift cards to go shopping with which helped with what I would consider the “layering” of the room. But to help really finish the room, my clients Mom + Dad chipped in for the rest. I think this is a really great example of how you can source the craziest fun stuff off Etsy, mix it with Big Box store items, and get a look that is truly special. To remind you, below is what we started with…

Above is what we had – which really, is awesome for anyone because of that headboard. But it needed some “finishing”. My girlfriend was not sure the pink walls she had painted a few years back was the right shade. I really thought it was perfect – the softer the better as it allows for bringing in punches of colour elsewhere. It’s all about the layering in my mind, and that’s what I came in to do…… So, here is what I did…………………………….

Drapery and Hardware – Tonic Living 


The room is fun. It’s not serious, and it can grow with my little client as she gets older. If you wanted to tone down the room later on, you may one day replace the headboard with something in a linen. Easy switchups (and inexpensive changes) can be done down the road to make it less pink, and more grown up.

And there you have it! #ProjectPinkRoom complete.

xo Linds

Items Sourced From Etsy

Painting on Wall: Pamela Munger, Etsy
Gold Pillow : Etsy
Pink Wool Throw: Etsy
Pink Pillow On Floor (for when friends come to hang out): Etsy
XOXO Framed Print: Etsy
Vintage Alarm Clock: Etsy
Gold Magazine Rack (For her books) Etsy
Pink Tassel Garland: Etsy
Goose on the wall: Etsy
Bulletin Board: Tacks – Etsy/ Fabric – Home Depot / Bulletin Board – Staples
Don’t Grow Up It’s A Trap: The Penny Paper Co.
Bedside Tables: Salvation Army, Painted by Lindsay
Curtain Fabric + Sewing: Tonic Living(Fabric here)
Hardware for Drapery: Tonic Living – Old Gold Rod and End Caps
Chandelier:  Lindsay scored at an auction but similar ones here
Yellow Vase on Side Table: Cottage Country find but similar ones here
On The Desk: Pencils, Tape Dispenser, Personalized Note Pad – All via The Penny Paper Co.
Statue of Libery – clients own.
Marquee Light: We made it!!! (how to, coming soon) or you can buy one from Etsy. :

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#HelpingMyLittleBrotherDecorate – Bedroom Reveal

And finally – the other room we chose to decorate, with the help of Leon’s. The Bedroom. Lindsay and Peter chose the Whitely collection (which I pronounce the white -ley collection because it’s white but I think it’s pronounced the whit-ley collection) It’s white, and, pretty grand. This room was the one that was giving me trouble in terms of coming up with a “look” – but in the end, is is the room I’m most in love with. I LOVE white. It’s my wall colour throughout my house, and I have it for my own bedding.

When I arrived at their place to style their place, this is how the room looked, which I can appreciate is likely how many of us have our rooms. We spend all of our money on the furniture, and then stare at it wondering how on earth we’re to style it. Although I love white, I think you need to bring in some colour / pattern in somewhere, in order to bring in style. Especially if your headboard is as white as your bedding.

The most common thing I think is to head to a store and buy a matching duvet set with matching pillows and call it a day. I’m personally a proponent of white bedding – for me, it’s the most luxurious look and reminds me of a hotel. It also means you can switch up your look often, should you like to.  I don’t love 99% of patterned bedding. I feel as though it’s too much look for one room. (Like this. How many pillows does this bed need!?) But we needed some colour and pattern. And we had to do it in a relatively affordable way. And so, with a few accents, the bedroom set above went from the above, to this….

The throw on the bed was the jumping off point, as I showed in this post. From there it was pretty easy for me to get on a roll because the colours are really my colour pallet – I love cool tones, blues, greens, purples – everything goes together.

Some changes:


I switched out the lights that they had on their side tables for bigger ones that would be more in scale with the big headboard and also allow for them to read in bed.  Bigger lamps, minimizes the feeling that the bed is too big. I their existing lights to their dresser, and flanked each side – the height of the lights make the big mirror of the Whitley dresser set feel more in scale with the room. It also provides some beautiful light in the evening, should you not want the overhead light on.


I brought in three large Euro sized pillows from Tonic Living that was made in a dark blue linen. The pillow inserts are faux feather and feel like feather but aren’t, and therefore, not as expensive. Tonic made me a bolster cover in this fabric for an existing bolster form that I had (well, I stole from my Mom’s house) The custom pillows are what makes this room go from white, to AMAZEBALLS. (links to everything below)


I kept it pretty simple, going with the feeling that a bedroom should be relaxing and zen. On one side of the bed is an abstract print that I did, and on the other side, two smaller original pieces from Etsy hang. I lined them to no higher than the headboard.


I think every room needs plants – and lucky for them they have gorgeous light that makes their place a suitable home for a fiddle leaf fig tree. (i know, the blogger plant of the year) Also, I found a little piece of blue pottery while out in cottage country – I think it was $2, and I planted a little succulent in it. The blue of the pottery, plays into the blues throughout the rooms. A yellow Pehr hamper ties in the yellow from the bolster and has a similar pattern. The replication of colour and pattern, I think is what makes this work. There is also a hint of yellow in the throw, so we have the yellow in a few different places.

The investment in pillows isn’t inexpensive, perhaps the tally for the three on the back, the fabric, the pillow inserts (excluing the bolster) is around $350 (more or less). But it’s exactly what was needed to make this bed go from a showroom piece, to something warm and cozy and “designer”. Really, that’s a small, small price for really transforming a room!

And there you go! Our bedroom makeover! xo


Bedroom SetWhitley Collection from Leon’s

Custom Euro Pillows – Fabric, Sewing, and Inserts – All Tonic Living. Linen fabric – Tonic Living

Custom Bolster – Fabric and Sewing Tonic Living  (insert our own)

Bedding– Peter and Lindsay’s own

Vintage Wool Throw – Vintage, but similar ones can be found on Etsy

Side Tables and Lights– Ikea

Artwork – Abstract – Lindsay Stephenson, Cloud Painting by Roisin ReillyLandscape by Pamela Munger

Green Chair – Vintage – My Grandmother’s chair

Pillow on Green Chair / Kelly Wearstler pillow – Aurelia

Succulent and Pottery – Succulent from West Elm, Pottery was a vintage find

Hamper– Pehr

Basket – My own

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#HelpingMyLittleBrotherDecorate – Living Room Reveal!

I’m pretty darn excited to reveal the makeover I did for my brother and sister in law using awesome pieces from Leon’s. (Read previous posts on this collaboration here) I’m going to break it into two posts – the first up is the Living Room!

The living room is a bright beautiful room on a second floor overlooking a slightly busy street in Peterborough with 10 foot ceilings and beautiful architectural details. I felt as though the room could easily be in Paris. It seems fitting then, that Lindsay and Peter chose the

Tristan couch from Leon’s  – the linen, the curves and tufting reminds me of something that you may see in a Parisian home. Going with my original inspiration, this is what we ended up pulling together…

The piece that they picked for their living room was the Leon’s Tristan sofa.

Everything else is purchased on a budget or, handed down to the couple. The look is comfortable for a young couple – but the couch will transition with them as they change their style, or, living quarters.  One thing I’ve realized over the years of decorating my own home, is that a small room doesn’t mean you need a small couch.

One may have worried that such a grand couch would look too big in this room, but instead, it helps fill the room up – and makes everything feel to scale. Here are some key things that I think pull this look together

Couch Changes
Couches sometimes come with matching throw pillows. Matchy-matchy isn’t my style, so consider recovering the pillows they provide you with (with your couch purchase) or, do what I did and invest in bigger pillows. And, splurge on feather inserts, to give your guests extra comfort when they sit down.

We added two larger (24 inch feather) pillows to the couch, with a wool plaid I sourced from Designer Fabrics.  To keep costs down, I did one side of the pillow in  the wool plaid, and the opposite side in a black velvet. The wool I chose for the front was not what I’d call “budget” but by pairing it with a less expensive fabric it brought down the cost. I also went with 24″ pillows, which adds to the comfort of the whole couch. I feel as though 16″ pillows / 18″ pillows for a couch of this grandeur are too small, so it’s fun to invest in custom pillows in a fabric that you love. Just because a couch comes with pillows doesn’t mean you have to use them!

Art On The Walls
I think gallery walls are amazing – it’s a great way to bring in a lot of colour or art to a room to give it personality (see our living room as an example). There are a lot of resources out there as to how to do a good gallery wall – we just eye balled it – making sure that the pieces stayed within the width of the couch. We mixed in DIY Art (I made the “Darling, let’s be adventurers” using stock photography found online) with their own vintage artwork, and a framed print of a deed to the moon, a gift from Lindsay to Peter a few years back.

Extra Furniture
Things like the coffee table were handed down to the couple from my Mom, and that stunner of a leather chair used to be my Grandfather’s chair (I almost stole it from their apartment) The acclectic mix of pieces gives this room personality and a lived in vibe that is comfortable, which is exactly what Linds and Pete wanted! If you don’t have a family member getting rid of furniture, go to second hand shops and keep your eye open for great pieces.

And there you go! A pretty comfortable living room, a nod to Canadiana – but really reflective of the couple. 🙂 Stay tuned for the

bedroom reveal tomorrow!


CouchTristan Sofa from Leon’s
PillowsCustom made – Fabric from Designer Fabrics 
Art: Darling, Lets be Adventurers. (Custom made by me) Similar ones found on Etsy
Deed To The Moon: Available Here
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree: Ikea
Ikea Light: Ranarp, by Ikea
Leather Chair: My Grandfather’s chair
Paddle On The Wall: Scored at auction, painted by me – inspired by this paddle
Coffee Table: Handed down to Peter and Lindsay from my Mom
Rug: Handed down from my Mom
Wall Colour: Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore

See other posts in this series  – This post is brought to you by Leon’s. Leon’s provided the products from their store, to Peter and Lindsay, as part of this blog series.