April 28, 2011

Shabby Chic Bed & Breakfast

Over the Easter long weekend, Jon, Nicholas, Jon's grand-parents and I took a little ride to a nearby town called Chelsea in Quebec. We were looking for a fabric store for Jon's grand-mother. We came upon the sweetest little B&B and I loved the style of the exterior so much that I just had to share. It is called the Auberge Old Chelsea B & B. I took a few photos to share and also grabbed a few other pics from their website.

I loved these personal and so-chic accessories:

In the basement, they have a small business that makes quilts and covers. They were closed but I couldn't help but take a picture of the stairwell going down. Notice the quilted wall! And that dress form and ladder! So cute!

Here are a few pictures from their website:

Sitting room: oh-so pretty!

This is a separate cabin that one can rent, or you can rent a bed!

Bedroom: just beautiful and bright!

Master bedroom: I love the animal head (is that an antelope?) on the wall, and the vintage children's rocking... elephant!

I was so  smitten from my 5 seconds with this B & B, I just had to share it! Don't you just love discovering jewels like this one? Hope you enjoyed it too!

April 20, 2011

Easter and Spring decorating {that actually rhymes...}

As I mentioned in my previous post {of a few moments ago...} I was so happy when I got an excuse / reason to decorate for Easter / Spring, as  we are hosting Jon's family on Good Friday! So, I tell you, I got busy - busy - busy coming up with inexpensive crafts and DIY decorations, some that will be stored after this week, and others will remain until I feel like switching them up. This brainstorming included several trips to my favorite dollar store, of course.

I think they are quite self-explanatory, so I will just go ahead and reveal them for you:

Jars of Easter Goodies
Total cost: $10 on candy, ribbon and mason jars already had on-hand so FREE

Easter Printable in Frame
Total cost: FREE

"Home Sweet Home"  and "Made With Love" Signs
Total cost: $2 frame, print was FREE and DIY-ed (inspiration from an Etsy shop called Freshline Illustrations. Honestly, don't the prints make you happy?)

Large Table Centrepiece Tree
Total cost: $12, for Styrofoam tree, plastic eggs, napkins to cover eggs and moss (already had the bowl)

Small Table Centrepiece Tree
Total cost: $8, for Styrofoam tree and small green eggs (dug-up the vase)

Small Ceramic Bunny
Total cost: $1 (was in color, I spray painted him white with on-hand spray paint {that I officially hate... maybe more on that later.} )

Total cost: $10, for floral decor and crystals (had the vases and stones on hand)

Hanging Easter Eggs and Lanterns
Total cost: $4

More Easter Goodies
Total cost: $2 for candy

I also hunted around the house to add more color and interest on the main floor with this little zone. I already had this tray {I intend on staining or painting the wood}. This vase of flowers actually consists of my and my wedding party's bouquets from the wedding! The sweet little lantern was $2 at the dollar star. And the metal star? Yeah, I made that in high school!

Oh, and just cause I love them so much, I also found these perfectly matching and perfectly cute oven mitts for $2 at... you guessed it... my favorite dollar store!

I am just about ready for the weekend... I think. We'll see. Feels oh so fresh!

Oh, and watch for my small living room corner wall gallery...

Easter pots

In the last week or so, we realised that my in-laws {Jon's parents, grand-parents and step-brother's family) will be coming to visit for Easter, and, we are spending Good Friday at our house! Which meant... I had a reason to decorate for Easter!

I was searching for inspirations for 'shabby-chic' looking ideas that could be DIY-ed on the cheap. I spotted this cute idea on Knock Off Decor and thought I could customize it.

So, off to the dollar store {my fave} I went to find some supplies. My plan was to make 6 pots to spell "E-a-s-t-e-r" to display atop of my NEW armoire. I picked up:
-6 small pots at 3 for $1 = $2
-small foam self-adhesive letters = $1
-one roll of matching ribbon = $1

The rest of the material I already had on-hand:
-white acrylic paint
-apple green card stock
-glue gun and glue sticks

My first step was to paint the pots quite quickly so as to achieve a less-than-perfect look. That way, they would look a little shabby.

While that dried, I cut out six squares from my apple green card stock.

Using my son's crayons {which really grabbed his attention} I shabbily {just made up that word} traced the frame of the squares, added dots to act as "nails" {I think, I guess}, then covered the entire surface in white and then a bit in gray, to give it a more muted and distressed appearance.

I then whipped-out my $1 foam self-adhesive letters and peeled and stuck them accordingly. I trimmed six even pieces of the apple green and white swirly ribbon. My final step was to apply a strip of ribbon around the top edge of the pot, and then apply the square {in diamond shape} to the front.

I think it turned out pretty darn cute for $5!

A few other DIY Easter decorations are still hiding up my sleeve... I should will share in my next post...

April 16, 2011

Armoire reveal!

So, here's the story! Before I even got around to posting my between-Before-and-After armoire post, I had actually already finished the armoire! Sneaky, sneaky... but I did not want to waste my post which showed you my thoughts and those gorgeous fabric options... so I posted it anyways.

I trekked over to my fave dollar store to find some el-cheapo material to make oh-so-sweet Easter decorations (to come...). While going up and down the aisles, something caught my eye... it had a quite beautiful and whimsy pattern.....

You guessed it, self-adhesive shelf and drawer liner! At $2 a pop, I knew the price was more than right! And the design on it incorporated a light chocolate color and a silver color, and it was just muted enough that I knew it would work perfectly. I grabbed a roll, kept going up and down the aisles, then thought "There weren't that many rolls, and that little old Lady behind me was watching me grab them..." Fearful that I would not have enough with one roll {and really, what was I thinking with only one roll, at that price!} I turned around and headed back towards that aisle. Of course Lil' Granny was looking in the same shelf, but I managed to grab, what I am pretty sure, was the last roll in that pattern.

After dinner, I took out the TV and thought I would try applying it. I have worked with this product before and remembered that it was difficult to achieve a smooth finish. Above that, the backing of the armoire itself was pretty rough and had two really bad areas that were far from smooth.

I measured out my first piece, then measured out my second piece, making sure to match the pattern. I slowly applied the first piece as best as I could, knowing full well that I would never achieve a perfectly smooth application due to the nastiness of the back board itself. I then applied the second piece. And I also ended up having to add a little strip to fill a tiny gap. In the end, it was actually very difficult to see where the bad areas were, and I also knew the TV would cover up most of it, so I decided not to worry my little head with trying to achieve perfection.

Cute right?

My next step was to cover the shelf. Again, I measured and cut my two pieces. The first piece went on really well, almost perfectly smooth. The second piece? Well, not so much! But the most visible parts were smooth.

I then covered the little 1" x 1" wooden brackets that support the shelf and nailed them into place. Finally, I placed the shelf in its spot, put my TV, tiny cable box and my stereo in place, and stepped back for my final reveal...

The Befores and Afters





I... LOVE... IT!

And what I have noticed is that a) I actually don't mind the look of the black knobs... and b) I also don't mind the look without the doors. My little treasure of an armoire will stay this way for as long as I want. Mind you, with this paper in place, I now feel that hardware such as this {from Lee Valley Tools} might eventually be in order:

In matte black bronze,
 Or in satin chrome.

My current armoire makeover total is $75.00 taxes included:
-the armoire was $50
-the quart of paint was $20
-the paper was $5
-any other material used, I already had on hand {sander, wood filler, nails).

Adding new hardware (which I don't think is absolutely necessary for the time being) would add $30 to that total!

To reiterate my previous posts title, armoire amore! It is oh so perfect in my living room!

My post is linked to:

The Girl Creative
Get Your Craft On Tuesday

April 13, 2011

Best part of Blog Land!

There are more than one awesome reason why I love blogging! First, I get to write about what I want and when I want. Second, it is a creative outlet for me as I am happiest when I am allowed and encouraged to be creative. Next, and I expressed this to you all last week, you get to peek in other people's homes! And without guilt {or criminal charges for that matter}. But the reason I explored today, and the inspiration for this post is that, in Blog Land, you can change your mind whenever you want! I am sure by now you have noticed the "wardrobe" change at A Sister's Home. And what did it cost me? Zero. Zilch. Nada. {I bet Jon wishes I could say the same about my more literal wardrobe upgrades...}.

I liked the design I previously had, which was from Blogaholic Designs. However, lately, I felt it needed a pick-me-up. It was starting to feel too drab. In a few moments of searching the Wonderful World Wide Web {that's Wwww in case you hadn't noticed}, I found a blog which had a huge selection of blog backgrounds... and all were FREE! The blog is called The Cutest Blog on the Block {it definitely has the cutest blog NAME on the block!}. I flipped through the 37 or so pages of backgrounds and narrowed it down to several that I really liked, including these:

You can see I was looking for a mix of color and a lot of brightness!

Of course, this one caught my eye {it's my wedding color scheme!} but I thought that was way too predictable!

I do hope you enjoy my choice as much as I do. In the spring, you gotta bring the brightness up a notch... or two!