Sherwin Williams Oceanside

Happy Friday!

Sherwin Williams gave us their colour of the year and I love it! Sherwin Williams colour of the year for 2018 is Oceanside SW 6496. 

Oceanside is a deep and moody colour. According to Sue Wadden, director of colour marketing at Sherwin Williams “Oceanside is the colour of wanderlust right in our own home.” Sherwin Williams wanted a colour that was “both accessible and elusive.”

If you are living in your home and want a bolder colour then this might be it! Have a look at some photos below!









Bathroom Photos People Love

Happy Monday!

I am choosing some wall and floor tile for a bathroom that has been gutted. For a little inspiration I thought I would share with you some photos on Pinterest people love. I agree too, they are great!

From classic to contemporary soothing wall colours and gorgeous tile work seems to be consistent throughout. However, we are seeing bathroom cabinets in blue, black and of course grey. Gold accents in the bathroom along with beautiful sconces are very popular as well. 

Glass enclosures for bathtubs for a more streamlined look is increasing in popularity. If you are renovating to sell inform yourself on what buyers are looking for. However, if you are renovating for yourself think about what you like and want in a bathroom renovation. 

Have a great day!

House and Home (Property Borthers)

Style at Home

Michelle Peek Photography

Kristina Lynne

Front Porch Ideas For Fall

Happy Wednesday!

It sure does not feel like fall in Ottawa right now. Can you believe this weather for September? Although it is blistering hot outside, Thanksgiving and Halloween are right around the corner. The corn husks and beautiful fall flowers are out in stands all across Ottawa. The front porch is a perfect place to add some fall colours. 

Here are some great photos that might entice you to add a little colour for fall.

Fall Porch 1Southern Living

Fall Porch 2Country Living

Fall Porch 3HGTV

Fall Porch 4HouseBeautiful


Laundry Rooms You Want to Do Laundry In!

Happy Wednesday!

Now that kids are back to school I am gathering some ideas for our laundry room. Our room is compact but small laundry rooms can still deliver a punch for their size. 

Laundry rooms can be overlooked, but they are important rooms that can get a lot of use. When staging they also get overlooked sometimes. Having enough storage and having a functional laundry room is important. Larger families really need a hard working room that can accommodate not only the appliances, but other essential items as well. 

Here are some great laundry rooms that really deliver in style and function. Take a look!

Style at Home – Modern Rustic Laundry Room

barlow reid design

Oliver Designs

colorTHEORY Boston


Best Farmhouse Kitchens of 2017

Happy Wednesday!

Farmhouse kitchens have made a huge comeback over the years. Some television shows have made this style so popular. I think they are beautiful and many people are embracing them for their own kitchen style. 

Elements of a farmhouse kitchen can include exposed wood. Wood shelving or exposed beams gives a kitchen so much character. Shiplap is another element that you sometimes see as well. It adds interest and beauty as well. The popular television show Fixer Upper uses shiplap in so many of their kitchen projects. Industrial lighting, antique or wood lighting gives it that farmhouse look as well. A farmhouse sink is another great characteristic of a farmhouse style kitchen. 

Here are three great farmhouse kitchens styles that I love. Take a look!

Linc Thelen Design – Farmhouse Kitchen

Bauscher Construction & Remodeling, Inc.

Becki Owens – Heber House

Canvas Prints For Staging

3 Creative Tips to Add Interest to a Staged Home with Canvas Prints

Canvas prints are a great tool for sprucing up a home for sale. They fill the walls with vibrant color and compliment the furnishings and décor. They are also extremely versatile. They can be grouped, staggered, or stand alone. Many home stagers use canvas prints to add interest to the homes that they decorate. And you can too. Here are 3 creative tips for using canvas prints in your staged home.

Tip #1: Use Canvas Prints that Compliment the Furniture in the Room

To achieve a cohesive, well put together look, think of the furniture and artwork as two parts of a whole unit. Pair artwork with furniture to compliment it. Hang the prints so that visually they are four to six inches away from the furniture that you are pairing them with.

Tip #2: Consider the Function of the Room When Choosing Prints

Artwork can also help set the mood or tone in a particular room because colors have a psychological effect on people. That is why you should always consider the purpose of that room before choosing your prints. For example, if you plan to use canvas prints in a bedroom, choose serene, peaceful colors and scenes that signify rest and relaxation.

Tip #3: Vary the Positions of the Canvas Prints from Room to Room

When you’re staging a home, you are selling a dream or fantasy to someone else. So, the last thing that you want is for it to be boring. Canvas prints (or any artwork for that matter) hung in a straight line doesn’t really stand out. Be creative – stagger the pictures to break up that line. Or pattern and group them in unexpected ways.

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Guest Bedroom Reveal!

Happy Wednesday!

Guests bedrooms do not have to be lack lustre. You also do not have to spend a fortune to achieve a beautiful bedroom. This is our guest bedroom reveal! It will work well for visiting guests and will stand the test of time. 

For the walls I chose Sherwin Williams Rhinestone. Rhinestone is a beautiful neutral. I really love this colour and we have it in our kitchen as well. 

I think the bed frame (from Ikea) is simple and is a great option for an affordable bed frame. The mattress also comes from Ikea. 

I opted for one nightstand instead of two. Sometimes less furniture is more. Having two simply cramped the room and not leave enough room to open the closet doors. 

I wanted our spare bedroom to be a permanent guest bedroom but making it a flex room is also a good idea if you are looking to put a desk in the room. 

Artwork, linens, curtains and accessories are nice finishes that make a room really pop. 

Have a look!

Sherwin Williams Rhinestone

Sherwin Williams Rhinestone


Sherwin Williams 2018 Forecast

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I was invited to a Sherwin Williams Colormix Forecast for 2018 and  I loved it. I really love colour so going was super special for me. Although neutrals work best for staging, colour consults for living are totally different. Some clients love colour and want anything but neutrals. 

Of course there are so many influences that go into choosing the right colours for 2018. It is interesting to see what they are and how they do influence different choices in colour. 

I love their sincerity collection. I am a little of a minimalist myself in my own home so this collection really relates to me. I also like calm, serene paint colours for my bedrooms so this collection works well. 

The other two collections called Affinity and Connectivity are also very cool. SW Black Swan and SW Jay Blue are great colours. I would love to work with some of these colours for sure!

Here are some of my favourite picks!

Pearl Gray – SW 0052

Sashay Sand – SW 6051

Black Swan – SW 6279

Jay Blue – SW 6797

Homburg Gray – SW7622





Cleaning Your Grout Before Selling

Happy Wednesday!

Dirty grout in a bathroom can look a little gross. If you are selling or considering selling than tackling your dirty grout is a good idea. There is nothing like a clean bathroom to entice potential buyers. 

I have tried many formulas to clean grout. A combination of baking soda and peroxide works really well. I like to mix the baking soda and peroxide to form a paste then I apply the paste onto the grout. With a small scrub brush or hard brush you can then clean your grout. It can be tedious but the end result can look amazing. It can make such a huge difference and make your tile look new again! 

Main BathShower Curtain – Masion Simons

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