SO THIS HAPPENED: IKEA PAPER SHOP

Ikea Paper Shop

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YUP. YOU READ that right. The best and worst thing ever has officially happened.  Best because freaking IKEA started a freaking paper shop that I freaking love (you know how I get about these things!) and worst because… drum roll please… it’s not available in Canada. Shocker [insert not shocked face at all]. Unbeknownst to me they actually launched this line awhile ago in Europe and have since (aka today) brought it to the grand US of A. Why do the Americans get all the good stuff. It’s so… I don’t know? Racist?

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The coolest, right? I must say having access to this stuff would make any and all Piccolo Design Co. packaging a breeze! Also – Ikea actually already stole my heart once this week when they launched this video promoting the 2014 catalogue. A bookbook! HA.

Ikea Paper Goods

I guess I’ll just have to hold my Swedish meatballs until it they decide to set up shop here in Canada, eh? See what I did there?

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HOUSE HIBERNATION – GETTING READY FOR FALL

PlaidFox Sheepskin Area rug

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TO SAY THE weather’s been unpredictable in Vancouver this September would be an understatement. Early mornings feel perfectly fall complete with Pumpkin Chai cravings and the first sightings of your breath. By 1 o’clock we’ve got a heat that could rival that of a mid-summer day. It makes getting dressed impossible and throws my fall nesting rituals completely out of whack. I wake up wanting to toss veggie chili into the slow cooker but by dinner I’m whipping up what one can only imagine will be the.last.summer.salad. Again.

Now don’t get me wrong – as long as it’s not raining I don’t really care if it’s hot or cold. But Fall happens to be my favourite time of year and this Sepetember has been a total tease.

Nonetheless, I’m in total hibernation preparation mode and am looking for ways to make my humble abode the perfect sanctuary to will the winter months away. A few weeks ago, I was warned by a previous tenant of my house (who popped by looking for old mail), that I should probably prepare for a sky-rocketing hydro bill since this place, apparently, gets mega cold. Awesome. I may have scolded Daniel the other day for merely suggesting I turn on the heat while tossing blankets and sweatshirts his way. “Turn on the heat? It’s only September. I won’t do it. I’m not made of money you know? Here put this on.” Guests – don’t be alarmed if I offer you a hat and mitts upon visiting. Okay I’m exaggerating (but not really).

The worst part, in my opinion, about winter is having to get out of bed in the morning. You know, that moment when you have to break the duvet incubator and the cold air rushes in. WORST. I’m trying to imagine a worse feeling and I can’t. Okay I’m exaggerating again. But it really does suck.

PlaidFox Sheepskin Runner

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Last week, just as I was being reminded of what a cold morning felt like, my house got to play dress up with some new products that hit the PlaidFox site. We shot this beautiful Sheepskin runner along side my bed and I decided that the only thing that would make the brutality of getting out of bed on a December morning less terrible – is the prospect of sinking my toes into one of these, first. Does wanting a sheepskin make me a bad person? Tell me no! Besides I’d be bringing home good company for the one I already have… okay bad joke.

PlaidFox Sheepskin rug

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But in all seriousness these throws and rugs are authentic and come from Auckland and they feel as beautiful (or better) than they look. In fact, as someone who previously owned an Ikea sheepskin, I have to say that for not a lot more they are much higher in quality.

I not-so-secretly hoped I could keep it after the photoshoot but no dice. It’s a purchase I’ll be making for sure.

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STRATHCONA HOME: KITCHEN HARDWARE

New Hardware

EVERYONE ALWAYS SAYS if you want a cheap and cheerful way to update your kitchen, change your hardware. My kitchen cabinets never had hardware to begin with so I knew the impact would be huge.

Gold hardware was the sure-fire answer for me but I hadn’t anticipated how hard to find (and expensive!!!) it would be. Ordering it online wasn’t really an option for this impatient soul and besides, I couldn’t stomach the thought of breaking the bank over such a small detail. Even if the affect would be substantial.

Enter everybody’s favourite, love-to-hate, hate-to-love Swedish store. Oh Ikea –  no body does it like you. I ended up finding the Tyda Handles at my local store for 75% and decided that was a price I could get on board with. And because I like to add a little bit of complexity to everything I do – they weren’t ready to go up until they got a nice coat of spray paint.

Best Metallic Gold Spray Paint

If you turn to the interwebs you’ll quickly learn that finding the perfect gold spray paint is no-small task. A lot of selection and with a lot of varying results. Thankfully a bajillion other people have  already done the extensive research and Rust-Oleum Metallic always comes out on top. I also bought a clear finishing spray since I knew the handles would be, well, handled a lot. Kind of like with my cabinet paint, I bought a matte finish but and am not 100% convinced that was the right call. A satin/glossy finish might have been nicer.

Anyway. This DIY project was relatively simple but there was one part of it that was extremely intimidating to me. I’ve spray painted enough things in my lifetime I assure you that wasn’t the intimidating part.

My master-measuring parents had left me to my own devices at this point. Somehow I was going to have to mark and drill holes for the hardware making sure it all lined up perfectly. So. Much. Pressure!!!

Because I suck at math and anything related I’ve gotten really creative in the past with creating templates for such projects (see my method for hanging frames up).

So here’s what I did.

Hanging Hardware Template

My plan was to install the hardware over the trim part that I had just added to my cabinets in their makeover. This made all the measuring much simpler. I grabbed a spare piece of wood and measured out the middle of the 2″ piece. Then holding the piece up to my actual cabinets (so its was flush on the sides and to the bottom) I marked where on the door I wanted the bottom of the handle to hit. By doing this I was able to line it up easily on each door and know exactly where I had to drill.

I cut a piece of tape and put it over the back of the handle and punched a hole through it where the screws would go. This helped me get the spacing of the two holes just right. Then I taped the piece onto my wood template (centred) and marked the spacing.

Then just to be sure it was all right – I drilled holes into the wood where my marks were and attached the handle to double-triple check it all.

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Once I knew that was all good I was able to just lay the template over the piece of trim, line it up on the sides and top (or bottom) edge. And mark my drill holes. Using the template ensured that all the holes would be lined up on every cabinet.And voila! That’s how I attached my hardware which looks – stellar – if I do say so myself. More pictures to come as I continue to reveal my kitchen reno!

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