Refinishing the Ikea Docksta table: take four

Ok guys. What the heck?! I'm sure you've all heard of Ikea's all famous Docksta table. She's pretty suave, if truth be told, but she is not without her faults. For one, she has been known to show a scratch or two, and refinishing her is not quite as easy as one would think. Regardless, … Continue reading Refinishing the Ikea Docksta table: take four

What You Need To Know Before Building A Deck

Woot woot. Woot woot. This is me, doing a little cyber dance, because the project we most dreaded is finally over!!!! When we first started planning, we estimated that this deck would cost no more than $400 and take us maybe three days to finish. Boy were we wrong. In total, this project probably took … Continue reading What You Need To Know Before Building A Deck

Something old in every room: Finding forever love in a rug

People, meet my new true love. Her name is Victoria, and she is a rug. But not any rug: a 9x12 hand-knotted and hand died wool rug from the late nineteenth century. I know, right??? She's fancy. She's royal. She's so out of our league. But more on her in a moment. First I want … Continue reading Something old in every room: Finding forever love in a rug

A Review of Ikea’s Karlstad Sofa

When Tom and I bought our first house, we spent the weeks leading up to the move in date trying to hunt down the perfect sofa for our space. We wanted something modern, spacious and durable, but had a pretty tight budget to work with. After much debate, we decided to bite the bullet and … Continue reading A Review of Ikea’s Karlstad Sofa

Our $350 DIY Patio with Ikea’s Runnen Deck Blocks

  Our backyard has sat untouched for the last two years while we tackled the more important projects within our house. Because of this, we didn't really go back there. There wasn't much reason to do so! With all of our furniture sitting on the grass, we found that as soon as we sat down … Continue reading Our $350 DIY Patio with Ikea’s Runnen Deck Blocks

Chloe’s Room Reveal

Chloe's was the first room to really feel complete in our house. Perhaps it was because we wanted her to feel at home when we made the move from Halifax to Ottawa. It's also possible that designing her room was just more fun than the others! Finding pieces that complimented one another, without being themed, … Continue reading Chloe’s Room Reveal

A Complete Kitchen Reno for only $5000

  Ahhhh the kitchen. Easily the best room in any house. So much time and love has gone into making this space. When we first moved in, the cupboards were a dark oak, the counters were forest green, and the backsplash was done with dated diamond square tiles. We knew that we would eventually want … Continue reading A Complete Kitchen Reno for only $5000

DIY Hardwood Stairs and Painted Spindles

Stairs are easily one of my favourite features of a house. When we chose our first home, it was solely on the fact that it had AMAZZZZING hardwood stairs. When we moved to Ottawa though, every single house we viewed had a set of stairs that was plastered in carpet. Why? I have no idea. … Continue reading DIY Hardwood Stairs and Painted Spindles

DIY Subway Tile Backsplash – Tips, tricks, and what to avoid!

There are a million and one tutorials on the web explaining exactly how to install a subway tile backsplash, and each one will tell you how easy it is. This post will not. Instead we will walk you through some of the things we learned during the process, and explain how you can avoid making the same … Continue reading DIY Subway Tile Backsplash – Tips, tricks, and what to avoid!