Category: House of Dreams

Our home’s tried-and-true paint shades

A lot of people find picking a paint colour REALLY hard, but I can’t get enough of it.  That doesn’t mean I’m always choosing the RIGHT colour, of course. But I love the thrill of pawing through the different paint chips and brazenly deciding…

Creative paint storage solutions

One of the best parts of my new laundry room / DIY studio is that I finally have ALL of my paint in one glorious, organized colour-coded spot! Before the studio, when the room looked like hell, I was storing our large paint cans…

Sure, you can paint your oil tank!

So our basement oil tank always looked like this …  Actually, it was more like this … And sometimes THIS … When I shared our laundry room makeover on Sunday, you might recall the oil tank was looking a LOT different … I knew…

I ordered a rug and now I’m freaking out

After what feels like years of pining after rugs and not being able to pull the trigger, I did it. I used birthday money + a healthy PayPal balance to buy this Verona Blue Area Rug on Wayfair. Isn’t she gorgeous? Yes, I jumped…

Creative storage nooks & crannies

As a journalist, I write a lot of stories. One of the best ways to guarantee you’re writing about something that interests you is to pitch stories, but I rarely have the time to sit down and drum up ideas. It’s all I can…

Transfer letters without stenciling

Put down your coffee cup, because this is officially your cue to turn to the person next to you and say “Um, did she really need to label the door to her powder room?” Nope, but I wanted to! That wasn’t my plan all…

DIY canopy bed with rainbow curtains

“ROY-G-BIV, ROY-G-BIV,” I kept murmuring to myself as I stacked and examined different bolts. “Roy … gee … bivvvvvv.” I was on the hunt for rainbow hues that weren’t straight out of a cartoon. I ended up removing the “I” (indigo) — all of…

Turn one end table into two DIY nightstands

Our youngest had been without a nightstand for all of her three and a half years, and she felt she really needed one for her lamp (which isn’t plugged in) and her light-up spinning Elsa jewellery box (which blasts “Let It Go” when we’re…

The gold and white cleaning wall

Sometimes I’ll tackle a DIY project because I think it looks fun or would be pretty in our home, but other times it’s strictly to fix a disastrous area that makes me cringe. The top of our basement stairs? Total wreck, all of the…

Modern console table makeover

There once was a low console table that lived in the front hall of my mom’s house. It had a woollen hat and mittens on the drawers and three kids sledding across the top along with a few whimsical snowdrifts. It became one of…

Making a point to Power Hour

When I redid my entire Google calendar schedule — which is a beautifully organized symphony of colour and alarms and recurring events — I added in two Power Hours a week: one on Tuesday morning, one on Thursday morning. Both from 8:30 to 9:30…

Current obsession: our DIY kitchen stools

I’m starting to figure out that for each season of parenthood, there is a piece of furniture you will toss and later regret. When our son was a baby, we scrapped our glass (potentially deadly) coffee table. When he turned one, we realized we…