quick refresh: paint it white

OK, you know I'm crazy for white. And paint. Especially white paint. So it was an easy decision for me to paint out a brown plastic mirror frame that was left in my condo by the previous renter in order to create a calming, all-white display on my dining room credenza. 

painted mirror

It was easy to do- I just taped off the mirror, then brushed on one coat of primer then one coat of latex gloss. Simple and effective. 

Take a look at my previous credenza display here.

find it friday: vintage wallpaper

As I was reading through the special edition of Domino magazine recently I came across this kid's room that was cleverly and sustainably designed. 

vintage wallpaper silhouette
The floor tiles are recycled, the paint is no-VOC and the fabrics are organic. But what I really fell in love with was the giraffe cutout from vintage wallpaper. Great idea to use old leftover wallpaper with the cool designs from days gone by! 

I found a source for the silhouettes, but you could also simply cut your own from vintage paper. Here are some great shops to find it in. 
vintage wallpaper silhouettes by Inke Heiland via CO

Hannah's Treasures via Etsy
Vintage Wallpapers
this one isn't vintage, but the pictures for the designs are, and it is sustainably made - by Studio Ditte via CO
Rosie's Vintage Wallpaper

countertop decisions: trendy and sustainable

I came across a great article recently on Fresh Home about the 10 hottest kitchen countertops. 

sustainable countertop
Fresh Home
Interestingly, many match up with those that are sustainable, eco-friendly versions as well.  I blogged last year about green options for countertops. Go take a look and then compare them against the trends. I'm betting you can find one you love that fits both categories! 

green idea: create an eco-chic cozy home

1 - eco-friendly setee from Pure by Ami McKay
2 - organic wool throw By Nord
3 - chic felt storage basket from recycled PET bottles, by The Lollipop Shoppe
4 - sustainable, natural cowhide from PURE
5 - natural tree stump bench from FSC certified wood, from Kalon Studios via All Modern
6 - sustainable and stylish wood desk from SlowWood
7 - bamboo globe from KILO ZULU
8 - 100% organic ikat sheet set from West Elm
9 - recycled wire floor lamp from EcoChic

quick refresh: flower pot fix

I love the inexpensive Fall flowers you can get at the grocery store. I don't however, like the ugly plastic pots they come in. A quick and cheap fix is simply to wrap it in burlap and tie it with jute rope. Fits right into a natural look and dramatically refreshes a table or doorway. 

Hope you are enjoying Fall as much as I am! 

room of the week: light and bright workspace

I'm drooling over this light, bright and calming room, which I am pinning as a favourite workspace to mimic one day. Not only is it black and white (which I am just slightly obsessed with) but it is simple and uncluttered, uses natural materials and has a ton of sunshine coming through. Perfection. 

bright home office
photo by Kira Brandt via 

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quick refresh: mid mod footstool

If you visit much you know I love vintage seeking, especially for mid-century modern pieces. A while back I found a footstool that had lots of potential. A little paint on the legs, and new fabric stapled onto the bottom and I now have a refreshed mid mod stool. Easy peesy, right? 



diy footstool

find it friday: fall tableware

On Monday I showed you my refreshed Fall table. Here are my sources, and a few others I'm swooning over as well. 
(Yes, I love Crate&Barrel). 

rattan place mats: Crate&Barrel / salt and pepper shakers: Crate&Barrel / water carafe: IKEA / dishware: West Elm / wood salad bowl: Crate&Barrel / cutting board: Indigo / oil infuser: the Bay / woven basket: Ten Thousand Villages / linen napkins: Etsy

black and white day 19

I'm loving this renovated kitchen and living room in sleek black and white by Mango Design Co. The space is modern and clean-lined, but still exudes warmth with the wood floors and colourful accessories like books.  

Black, white, natural materials and books. Yup. My kind of home. 

All images via Mango Design Co. 

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school colours

Etsy / Etsy

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