DIY Holiday Ornaments

At this time of year, you’re probably rushing to find a handful of small gifts that are as unique as they are meaningful–for all of those friends, neighbors, and co-workers on your list. A fun (resourceful) solution to after-work mall runs? A timeless holiday ornament.

For this festive DIY craft, I chose to work with FAT Paint. They are a company close to my heart not only because Victoria, the owner, is a friend of mine, but because the paint is also my absolute favorite–due to its beautiful artisan chalk quality. FAT Paint transforms anything from small items, like these ornaments, all the way up to furniture pieces needing new life.

SONJA17.jpgI’m all about re-imagining decor items when possible; being sustainable when I can be and supporting local businesses–so that’s exactly what we did here, with the help of FAT Paint. I chose a handful of beaded wreath tree ornaments which I’ve always loved for their shape, but were tired looking and needed revamping.

SONJA13The Red Barchetta coated the scratched up wreaths with amazing rich Christmas colour and made them look new and gorgeous again.

SONJA15.jpgSome of the colors we played with were Cascadia–their limited edition, 5th anniversary rich hunter green, and Autumn; a beautiful rust red. We decided to go with the bright Red Barchetta, for our wreath ornaments featured above.

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SONJA27.jpgUsing precious little cloth gift bags from the dollar store, we dressed up each ornament for a beautiful delivery either on its own or as an embellishment on wrapped gifts.

SONJA28.jpgTa-da! Our finished holiday packages. Like what you see? Find a retailer near you, and hop on the FAT Paint train trend here.

Your Perfect Kitchen Wall Colour: 5 Ways to Streamline the Paint Picking Process

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Your Perfect Kitchen Wall Colour: 5 Ways to Streamline the Paint Picking Process

Choosing a new colour for any wall in your home is both exciting and overwhelming. When there are existing appliances, furniture and cabinetry to consider, the picking process can be quite tricky. Here are five ways to streamline the process, in your kitchen.

1. Browse inspirational photos from Pinterest, your favourite home decor magazines and Houzz.com. Next, narrow all of the photos down to those of kitchens similar to your own for a selection of loose fitting colour ideas.

2. If you’re embarking on a partial or full kitchen renovation, your wall colour should be chosen last. Cabinetry, counters and flooring should be chosen first as these colour choices will be a little bit more limited. Paint can be tinted virtually any colour.

3.Choose your favourite neutral colours from your backsplash or counter. This element will now be the star of your kitchen.

4. Bring photos of your kitchen, samples of your cabinetry, counters and flooring to the paint store to compare and contrast against your new perfect paint colours.

5. Narrow your choices down to 3 colours and get sample pots and small, disposable rollers from your paint store.  Buy white poster boards from the dollar store and paint 2 coats of each colour on each poster.  You now have good sized samples that can be taped to the walls and moved around so that you can see how each colour will look in the light of your kitchen amongst all of the elements.

Picking The Perfect Couch

When investing in a sofa for longevity as well as durability, you should expect to spend approximately $2500 – $3000.00. Shop around for seasonal and promotional sales that can drop the price by 20%.
Coveting the following five tips for your next sofa investment will ensure that your big purchase be a perfect pick–for the long haul.

 

  1. Take measurements of your prospective sofa space before leaving the house in order to determine the maximum length and width that your large purchase can be, to properly function in your home.

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  2. Bring a measuring tape with you on your shopping trips. 36 inches is a comfortable, functional (backrest) height. 36 inches is also an ideal overall (front to back) depth, to ensure the best leg support and lounging comfort.

  3. Arm rests should be no more than 4-6 inches wide. The narrower the better, for maximum seating space, especially in smaller living rooms.

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4. Choose a frame made of solid, kiln dried wood rather than MDF for the best quality, comfort and durability.

5. Deciding on a colour is often the most challenging step in choosing the perfect sofa. A neutral colour is your best bet, especially for long-term use. Pillows and throws work to add that pop of colour that you want in your home to make it look, and feel, pulled together.

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6. Finishing Tip: Ensuring your new, beautiful sofa fits through the entryway or elevator door of your home is a seemingly obvious, but an easily forgotten pre-purchase detail. Your measuring tape is the most valuable tool for this large purchase.