What to do with your A. R. T.

What to do with your A. R. T.

Your home should always be the back drop for you to showcase cool stuff! Here are some ideas to spark your creative juices, don’t be afraid to play around and see what feels good to you!

The always popular gallery wall– mix the mediums, sizes and shapes while unifying the subject mater, mats or frame color

Lean on me- Lean your pieces on window sills, fire places or the floor. This will add visual depth and interest to your room, also draw the eye up if you want to highlight a cool ceiling or light fixture.

Create a headboard– Use a large scale piece behind your bed to create a great focal point and add some drama!

Group ON- Hang mirrors in a grouping vertically to bounce light around the room and accentuate the size of the room * mirrors can mimic windows too if you are low on views


I like white rugs and I cannot lie!

I like white rugs and I cannot lie!

Believe it or not white can be just as practical as darker colors as long as it’s in the right room and you stay within these guidelines:

Do- opt for synthetics, they resist stains best!

Do-Fluff it up! Consider sheep skins & faux fur, their long fibers trap dirt making it less visable

Do– choose white if you have a light haired fur babe, you won’t notice the hair so much

Do- pair with furniture you really want to highlight- the white rug will act like a blank canvas

Here are a few of my faves, all can be found on Westelm.com, Wayfair.ca or allmodern.ca and are under $300 bones.#winningf8d7c8d15abc947d30b7bf0f51ec11aa


“Me Man-Me Need Cave!”

“Me Man-Me Need Cave!”

I can’t say I have ever met a man who does not want his own space.Whether it’s a shop, a shed or who knows what, they all seem to rejoice when they are in there! Today I am sharing my husband’s man den. While I definitely wanted him to have most ( I didn’t really want this but I know that I had to let him to be the nice wife I wish to be) of the input this space doubles as an overflow entertaining area when we have guests so I wanted it to at least flow with the rest of our (my) style throughout the house.

Here I will share my Top 5 Tips!          

Particulars:This space was an unfinished basement so with drywall,flooring, paint to every single detail in the room the investment was just under $14,000. The total square footage is 340 bringing it in at roughly $40 per square foot.

1- Choose durable finishes! We went with a commercial grade laminate flooring but added an extra layer of underlay for added warmth in winter & a good ole Costco rug to catch any spills. Dark laminate counters to hide a multitude of sins on the wet bar as well as a black granite under mount sink to keep any messes hidden! Add extra insulation for noise barrier if your TV is going to be loud on game night. This room mirrors a furnace room so we wanted all noise from that blocked as well as any flow to my office past that.

2. Do not cheap out on your bar/wine fridge. Do not. There is a huge difference in quality on these and for the few hundred dollar difference from an average one to a good to great one-it is worth it.Cheap ones a). don’t keep things cool and b). are noisy!

3. Don’t be afraid of custom orders. We wanted a 7 ft real wood  bar table. Could not find one in our vibe so I did some snooping and found Daniel Nelson from Driftwood Works and we Facebook-ed back and forth until we found our grain and stain of choice and he had the table fabricated and a matching Dart Board Wall shipped to us in less than 3 weeks for $1000 both pieces!

4. Save where you can. We wanted a new couch and seating BUT real life took over and that is on the back burner so we used our old sectional and I dressed her up in easily cleaned throw pillows and blankets.We also decided to cut the cabinetry cost in half but not doing upper bar cabinets. We had glass shelves made from a local glass company with special mounts that can hold a lot of liquor weight.

5. Show who you are! My husband loves the outdoors, sports,  and likes to entertain. We are both big kids at heart so the space is full of nods to all those things.

At the end of the day we ended up collaborating on a space that works for him and a space that I am not embarrassed about having to show guests- a true #WIN!  We set our budget at the start and I am happy to say we hit our target. When we disagreed on any decisions I quickly moved on and showed him other options instead of sticking on anything and creating a “scene”. A true collaboration which is what life is all about!

Details are noted under the photos

The OG’s Office

The OG’s Office

Ah the home office! Friend or Foe? I say F R I E N D. First off, if you have a dedicated space for this in your house-yay you! You are already winning.  The trickery comes if you don’t set it up for functionality.  The office has to work for you not just make you look functional, otherwise your mess will inevitably end up on your kitchen table or worse….in bed with you!

This is my home office, after a few different layouts I found what works for me. The room is 12×13 and I spent about $2000 on it, or $12.80 per sq ft if you are counting. It was simply decor & styling my vision at a decent price point.

Here I share my Office Edit’s:

  1. The work flow is #1. Cut down time looking for things. Do you just sit and type? Ok cool, but if you type, print, file some stuff, need coffee every 15, then set yourself up to have all of that handy. In ARM’s length if at all possible. It will cut down on you getting side tracked.
  2. Desk Dilemma. I Love love love love love cool writing desks. LOVE EM! However it isn’t 1890 and we all have CORDS. Ugly cords and a lot of them. If this will send you bananas like it does me, get a desk that will hide them at least a bit. Yes, you can zap strap them close to legs and run them under rugs etc but they will still be in eyesight. So pick a style that will work with your Desk-losophy or you will be in cord hell.
  3. Check Yo Lights– Make sure you have ample lighting to work. One overhead might not be enough, task lighting such as a desk lamp will save your eyes and you can find tons of cool ones. Then check your natural light and how it flows in the room. If you have dreamed of your eastern facing desk watching the sun rise as your write your novel you may soon find that the light pours in until 2pm and you can hardly see. Top down bottom up window coverings are a great solution for that!
  4. Storage Wars. Do you need to hide unsightly files or paperwork? Will it bother you if you have to look at piles of paper? Once you know your comfort level you can build your style out around that.
  5.  If for some reason you are not wired up correctly or don’t have enough juice to run all your devices you should sort that out STAT. You will want your main work station close to the J U I C E.

The Morning Hustle

I turned this 5th bedroom in my own home into a dedicated workout and yoga room. The room is 168 sq ft and came in at $3500 or roughly $22 a square foot #score. This includes drywall,paint and flooring.

I wanted a calm, cool and collected vibe…almost minimal but still with delicate details.

The Edits to know:

1.The room had already been dry walled with a closet opening and instead of taking that framing out we kept it in for resale value. Closet doors can easily be added if our needs change.

2. Because there are no site lines or neighbors behind us I left the windows un-treated to allow the window to act as a constantly changing piece of art work and it matches the minimal vibe I was after and I am so glad I didn’t clutter it up!* it did make the room hard to photograph though!

3. I Added gym underlay  beneath the laminate floor for cushioning these old joints! It is cheap to do so why not?! And less of a tripping hazzard than gym mats if you have rug rats working out with you- I don’t but it is a good to know tip!

4. I made sure to select a light with a disbursement shade on the bottom. When you need the light on in early winter mornings you don’t want the bulbs staring you in your eyeballs- crunching is bad enough as it is!

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