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

Boys Bedroom Redesign

Happy Monday!

The goal of this redesign was to build an extra bedroom.  Having an extra bedroom is nice, especially for growing families but also guests.

This redesign included all the elements of a renovation. Flooring, doors, lighting, paint and storage . The end result looks amazing and the room now is safe and a great boys bedroom.

Laminate and DRICore was chosen for the floor. The DRICore gives the floor extra warmth. For enough lighting the clients wanted pot lights and they look great with a flat matte ceiling. The clients originally thought about an Ikea storage system but then decided on a closet. There is ample room now for storage. 

There were a few hiccups with the drywall but they were resolved and the room looks great. The clients wanted a blue paint colour and Indigo Batik from Sherwin Williams was the right choice. It is a beautiful deep blue giving the room a cozy feel.


Guest Bedroom Featuring Sherwin Williams Rhinestone

Happy Monday!

Thankfully there was no rain in Ottawa this weekend which made it extra fantastic! While I was outdoors a lot I needed to work on our guest bedroom. Having a guest bedroom is important for us. I thought about making the room a flex room but decided on having it solely for guests.

Having long term guests and having a room just for them is nice. It is an easy solution. We have in the past blown up air mattresses for kids, but for long term guests that does not work that well. 

We also have aging parents that need a comfortable bed to sleep on when they stay. 

This is going to be an easy bedroom makeover. The walls have been painted Rhinestone by Sherwin Williams. I LOVE this colour. It is such a beautiful soothing colour. Looks like an airy blue with a touch of grey. Other times it looks more white with a blue undertone depending on the light. It is a perfect airy paint colour that will work well for a serene guest bedroom. 

Take a look!

SW 7656 Rhinestone

In progress!



Cottage Decor At Maison Simon

Happy Wednesday!

For those of you with cottages, and are looking to add a few decor pieces then Maison Simon might have just what you are looking for. 

The paddle art print is perfect with all the wonderful colours. Also how about the rustic cottage cup? I can imagine myself snuggling up with that amazing throw. 

Have a look below at more amazing finds perfect for the cottage!

Rustic cottage large cupRustic cottage large cup Paddles art prinPaddles art print

Wool-sock stripe throwWool-sock stripe throw

Key West stripe shower curtainKey West stripe shower curtain



Beach Inspired Paint Colours

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I love to change my throw pillows and add some beach inspired decor during the summer. It works nicely with our home and makes me feel happy! 

If you are looking to paint a room or two and need a little colour inspiration then maybe the paint colours below could work. These are all Sherwin Williams paint colour that I am totally loving. They are perfect for that beachy feel. 

Take a look

Rhinestone – SW-7656

Waterscape – SW-6470

Liveable Green – SW-6176

Rainwashed – SW-6211

Open Air – SW-6491


Coastal Design

Happy Monday!

Kate Bell Design did such a fantastic job creating just the perfect home for her clients. The home features a beautiful palette of neutrals and pale pastels. Bringing the water and home together seamlessly with the right combination of finishes and paint colours makes for a stunning home.

The living room combines textures and soft coloured linens. It feels like a relaxing retreat. How can you not love the dining room. The designer chose a soft blue paint colour that brings the outdoors in creating a soothing coastal feel. 

Although I love every single space the master bathroom is jaw dropping. Perfect for a relaxing bath. This home is perfect and the colours are perfect. Have a look below!

Coastal Design - KitchenKitchen – Kate Bell

Coastal Design - Living RoomLiving Room – Kate Bell

Coastal Design - BathroomMaster Bath – Kate Bell

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