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Now this, dear readers, is how you remember to do all those pesky little chores around the house that are so easy to forget. Make your own list, frame it and check off each task as you finish it with a dry erase pen. Genius! This also makes it reeeeally easy to assign chores to […]


This ingenious to-do list/calendar is the brain child of Kristy at Next To Heaven. (See her entire post about it here.) She simply framed scrapbooking paper in eight frames and writes the week’s activities directly on the glass with a dry erase marker. Seems like you could also write the meals for the week on […]


Did you know there was such a thing as a color of the year? I had no idea. But what a fun, albeit nearly impossible and probably futile idea to choose one color that embodies all the hopes and passions of the year. Apparently, Pantone thought that “Honeysuckle,” as the color pictured above is named, perfectly […]


I love paint and painting. Simply love it. I think I have painted a room in my house every year for the past 6 years. Springtime always gives me the itch to paint, probably due to the flood of warm light that comes in through the windows, making the current wall color seem dull and […]

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What are the trendy colors for 2011?

by respaced on September 24, 2010

I love reading the color forecasts each year for the following year. It’s always inspiring to see the brilliant “new” colors and imagine them on my walls or bedding or throw pillows. This year, the trends seem to point toward lots of blues, grays and plum colors with no true reds or bright greens. To me […]


Redecorate your home with garage sale finds

by respaced on July 30, 2010

It’s mid-summer, which means we are at the height of garage sale season. For those of you who love home design, but have a minuscule budget, garage sales give you the opportunity to buy items inexpensively that can be transformed into cool furniture or accessories for your home. Here are some ideas for turning your […]


Actually, the title of this post is a bit misleading. I’m not quite sure how Organelle managed to make these fabulous chandeliers out of clothes hangers and bicycle rims. Maybe you are the kind of person who can figure it out merely by studying the photos. Organelle is a design studio based out of Vancouver, B.C. The […]

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Have you been longing for some new throw pillows, curtains, maybe a duvet cover, but don’t have the money to buy them or a sewing machine to make your own? Then you are in luck! The craft geniuses behind my favorite fabric store Bolt (2136 NE Alberta) have opened Modern Domestic, an indoor crafting space […]


Use old linens to redecorate inexpensively

by respaced on March 31, 2010

Have some old linens laying around? Does your house need a little something new and fresh? Put on your thrifty-yet-creative hat and turn those old linens into a new look! Here’s some ideas to get you started: Sheets Cut them up into strips and make a rag rug.  Recover your ironing board.  Make a headboard […]

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5 uses for a vintage letterpress tray

by respaced on March 26, 2010

I love vintage letterpress trays. All those tiny compartments just scream for some sort of brilliant repurpose job. But repurpose as what? Here are some great ideas I found: Drawer organizer for a bead collection by Rivulette from her Fickr page. Funky photo display by Anna Betts at Colour + Sound. Tiny figurine curio cabinet […]