Happy Halloween

It's here! It's here! It's finally here! Ahh! Happy Halloween everyone! I am a little bit excited, can't you tell! It's my favourite time of year! I love this holiday! I just wanted to pop in real quick and wish everyone a safe, happy, candy filled and creative Halloween. This is my first Halloween handing out candy and I couldn't be happier! Enjoy today everyone!




Amanda

PS What are you doing this Halloween?

Where Have I been?

It's been almost exactly a month since I last wrote. A lot has happened. It's been a crazy adventure and I have so much to tell you. So let's catch up!

Since June when we bought our house, I've been running and I feel like my feet haven't touched the floor since. It has been nuts. We found a lot of things wrong with this house that should've been discovered before. Unfortunately the papers were signed, and that meant there was no going back.

So setting up the home is being like a 2 step process at the moment. Rion has to get the house in a good enough shape before I can decorate, paint or even put most of our stuff away. Currently I am at my desk with 10 boxes surrounding me.

How To Choose The Right Colour For A Room In Your House

So I am all about the decorating life. I am constantly thinking of how I want my house to look, and how I am going to achieve it. A few weeks ago I posted about needing some colour inspiration for my house. It turns out though I may not be able to paint everything as quickly as I would have liked. Apparently there is some much needed work to be done at the house than we originally had realized. That being said though, it didn't stop me from buying paints and also looking for more inspiration.

Apparently there is a lot more that goes into choosing paint colours. You want to choose colours that are going to work well with a room. Sometimes a certain colour just doesn't work in the room you're trying to put it in. If you are having a tough time trying to figure out which colour to put in a room then check out these different colours here!

Red
Red is a very stimulating colour, so definitely keep it out of children's bedrooms. Unless you want them up all night. This colour is great for a room that will have a lot of foot traffic. Try to keep it in your dining room, hallways or even play rooms.

Orange
This cheerful colour also works really well with rooms that are used quite a bit. Try to keep it out of bedrooms and the office. Instead put it into your hallways, kitchen, dining room, living room and family room. Not willing to paint it on your walls? Try having it as an accent colour instead! It is much more toned down than a wall, but still gives it a pop of colour!

Yellow
Yellow is a very warm and bright colour. If you have a room that receives little to no natural sunlight, try painting it yellow. It can be overwhelming though, so pair it against a colour such as grey, white or light blue to tone it down. This is a great choice for your kitchens, living rooms or family rooms.

Green
Bedrooms are a great place for this colour. That is because it has a calm soothing affect on the person. It also works well in your kitchens. Keep this colour in rooms that have a warm feel and has lots of natural sunlight. Green in a cold room does nothing to make it feel warmer and inviting.

Blue
This is a common colour put into bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. That is because it is immediately a soothing and relaxing colour, which is exactly what you want in these rooms.  It also helps a small room look bigger. That is perfect for a small bathroom!

Violet
This is a colour that be very overwhelming and sometimes even a little draining. If you plan to use violet in a room try to just keep it to an accent wall.  Lilac and lavender though are both good colours for bedrooms.

White
White can be used in any room. It can make it look clean and inviting.  It goes well with any other colour, and allows the focus of the room be placed on the furniture, paintings or accents. It also is a great way to make a room look bigger than it is.

Black
It is a general no no to put black paint on walls. It creates a negative, draining affect. Because it is more of a masculine colour, it is sometimes used in bachelor pads, and can create a modern sleek look. Instead though try to just use the colour in little accents placed around the room.

What is your favourite colour to paint a room in? Did anything on this list surprise you? Let me know in the  comment section below!


Amanda

My New Kitchen... So Far







No one told me that when you move you will eat a lot of takeout. I mean A LOT. I did so well with batch cooking till close to the end, but it still didn't seem like enough. To be honest I am kinda sick and tired of takeout/delivery/restaurants. I have been dying for a home cooked meal.

We knew before moving in that we would literally have no kitchen. That's right, legit no kitchen. There was a stove, and a sink, but no no fridge, cupboards or counter tops. That was fine because we found a cheap one from Ikea that we actually liked. So we started working away. Well not me per say, I let the strong men deal with that one. It was to save my sanity and theirs.

So the boys started  tearing walls, and flooring. Turns out there was 7 layers of flooring underneath, with no concrete slab as the foundation. That was another problem, which will be discussed another day. They had to rewire electrical and fix plumbing. The tearing down took a hell of a lot longer than anticipated. I am assuming that is typical in houses. I wouldn't know, since this is my first home.

Next came the flooring. We bought this great looking floor and Rion installed it himself with the help of a neighbour. The floor turned out great. Which is fantastic since we bought it for the rest of the house. I really think it brightens the house.

Finally the cabinets, sink and faucet. Even though there were some minor issues with the counter tops, I have to say that Rion, my dad and my brother did a great job working on it. It  took a bit to assemble, but I have to say I really like it.

You may notice I have no top cupboards. Unfortunately I have no space above the counter to put them. Our ceiling is too low for right now. So we have bought a few shelves that I am looking forward to putting up. We also have a bookcase where all of our pantry food will go, and a bar for the dishes to go into it.


So that is where we're at right now. Obviously there is a lot left to do. We don't even have handles on the drawers and doors, or the kitchen painted, but it is a great start. I am so proud and grateful for anyone and everyone who has worked on this kitchen. It looks fabulous!

Why am I telling you  all of this? Because I am ridiculously excited to make my first meal here tonight. Like extremely excited. I am sure you have all felt that way.

Any tips for setting up a kitchen? I would love to know! Let me know in the comment section below!

Amanda

Creative Tip Tuesday- 3 Tips On How to Find Magic at Flea Markets and Garage Sales

Are you a sucker for a good deal? I know I am. I will look high and low for a good deal anywhere. I have always been like that. With a mother who taught me the value of garage sale hopping at a young age, a father who refuses to pay full price and a brother who comes out with the most interesting finds, I guess you could say it's in my genes!

One of my favourite activities to do on a Sat or Sun is to go find beautiful treasures at yard sales or at flea markets. I would come home all excited to show off my new finds. I have noticed though, that with the internet, and auction shows, it is becoming more and more difficult to find great finds at great prices. Now everyone seems to be knowledgeable in the worth of something, so now they are charging a higher price. Can you blame them? No probably not. I can't blame someone for wanting to make back some of the money they spent on their toys, trinkets and furniture. But from a buyer's stand point it sucks.

Even though garage sale season is almost over, flea markets are usually open all year round. Here is some tips on how to find great pieces to diy or to craft with!


  1. Dig Deep. Most people will put their best pieces up front. That usually means that they are a bit more expensive. Dig around and look for pieces that have paint chipping off, little dings and other minor issues like that. Usually if the  pieces have noticeable imperfections (that you can fix), you can haggle and get it for a cheaper price. That leads me to my next point.
  2. Haggle. I will admit I don't so well with this one. Particularly because I get super nervous talking to people, but if you do it properly you can totally get the price lowered. There is no reason why you should have to pay for their original price, especially if there are lots of imperfections to it.
  3. Do your research. If they can do it why can't you? When we decide to go to yard sales, we normally spend Friday night doing our research. We check out what they have, where they're located and what time they start. This helps us to plan out our route. Overkill? Maybe, but it has also allowed us to find some really great items that I can work with. 

I am a big believer of purchasing items at flea markets and yard sales. I hope after this you are too. What are some of your tips for finding treasures?


Amanda