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Fall printable

fall printable

Fall is officially here and so I have made a new fall printable for those of you who love switching seasonal prints around the house just like I do!

After all, home is where life happens, and I just love to wake up to a different print every season of the year. I know, i’t a bit excessive, but new prints make me smile in the morning and make cleaning the kitchen way more bearable!

Though I must admit that this year I wasn’t very exited about fall at the beginning: we had a rather chilly and short summer after a very long and really cold winter – I should get used to that though, that’s what life in Canada is after all So I just felt like I’m not really ready for that new season yet. But since I can’t stop time, and I didn’t want to be unhappy about something as uncontrollable as a change of weather, I decided to make a list of all the things that I love about fall, and this is where this print came from!

Pumpkin  spice
Cozy  scarves
Apple  cider
crunchy  leaves
scented  candles
crisp air  walks

.. love you fall

Now, every time I look at it, I actually get excited about fall and what it brings! The time spent outside, the crisp air and all the fall smells and spices! Not to mention the fall fashion and accessories!

free fall printable

fall printable

free printable for fall

You can print your fall printable HERE ! And if you’re on Instagram, please do tag me in your photo so I cans see how you styled your print! Enjoy!

Makeover sneak peek

I couldn’t be more exited about the changes coming together here at out small city cottage! As you all know, I love improving out tiny home and making it more cozy, practical and comfortable, and so I have partnered up with Leon’s furniture again this year for a two exiting makeovers!

Firstly, our small playroom that often plays the role of a guest room, really needed an update! I was dreaming about a smaller and more comfortable sofa bed for this room, since the one that was there was overwhelming the entire space, and my guests didn’t really like sleeping so low on the floor. As well as a better way to display big girl toys that my daughters have accumulated over the past year. . And also, a place for my little kindergartener to do her homework and draw or craft whenever she wants too! But since its a small room with a lot of functions, a good design and well adjusted furniture where the key to success!

Here’s my mood board with the new furniture from Leon’s and bohemian accents that are colorful enough for a kids playroom and sophisticated enough for adult guests to feel welcomed!

makeover moodboard

 

And since I couldn’t find this quote print with winter flowers ( since the summer in Montreal is already over, and I like it when my art matches my mood and the seasons) I made a printable version!: free printable

 

If you’d like, you can print it here!

And secondly our small kitchen was in need of new appliances, an over the range fan and more display shelf space! Our old appliances where mismatched and didn’t work that well anymore. So I’m over the moon to be replacing them with the all new Kitchen Aid and to finally be adding open shelving around my kitchen sink!

Here’s a mood board of what look I hope to achieve in our tiny kitchen. You can see the photo of my old kitchen situation, and the big white cupboards that I’m finally exchanging for the open shelves, and my choice of the appliances from Kitchen Aid!

moodboard

It’s never easy to choose the right appliances, and believe me, when you live in a small home with a small kitchen it’s even more complicated! Finding the right dimensions and great functionality for the family life was my biggest challenge, but now I’m beyond exited to share with you what I found, and how it will match my kitchen! If you too have a small kitchen, then stay tuned! 

So now I can’t wait to show you these makeovers! You can follow me on Instagram to catch more sneak peeks, and while you’re there go check the Leon’s feed as it’s full of gorgeous decor inspirations!

Kitchen print to print at home

Free kitchen printable

If you follow me for a while now then you know that I just love styling and redecorating my home! So no surprise, I’m working on two secret makeovers now, and one of them involves my kitchen! I won’t tell you any more for now, but I will share with you my new print that I made for this space!

I was looking for a pretty calligraphy style print for my kitchen, but since I couldn’t find what I want, I decided to design it:

“This kitchen is for dancing, coffee sipping and sweet kisses giving! Dishes can wait.”

Because I really believe that everyday moments of happiness happen right here in the kitchen, and for me they consist of my morning coffee, my kids sweet kisses and of seeing them dancing spontaneously while I make dinner!  Also, If you’ll look really close you’ll se what I really deeply believe in:  Dishes can wait. It’s a reminder to live first, and worry about things being cleaned second.

It’s a reminder to enjoy these everyday moments with family, because in the end of the day, that’s what we’ll remember most: kitchen dance parties. And once the kids will grow up, they most likely won’t remember if the sink was always clean or not. But they will remember time spent with us!

Free kitchen printable

 

 

 

free kitchen printable

So you can just click here to download your own kitchen print!

Free kitchen printable

And because free printables are my jam, you can be sure I’ll be adding new ones soon! Because a good quote can make my day, and I’m sure many of you feel the same!

And if you’re on Instagarm please do share a photo of how it looks in your kitchen, and don’t forget to tag me in your photo, will you please? Now excuse me while I’ll go dancing in my kitchen!

 

 

 

3 tips for choosing the best off white paint

3 tips for choosing the best off white paint

We all know that a colour can make or break the room. It can add depth, character and light, or it can make a space look drab and uninviting. And I believe there are no ugly colours, its only about a good fit! So ever since I did my living room makeover last year, I knew that I had to change the wall colour. All of a sudden my living room looked dark and so serious with my new furniture, while all I craved was a bright, modern and airy look!

So it was time to paint these walls a new colour. Now, choosing a right white is never easy. While the purest, whitest whites may look flat and cold, the vast choice of off-whites can be overwhelming! There’s so many shades, some are more yellowish, some bluish, some greyish, and it may seem like the choice is simply impossible!

3 tips for choosing the best off white paint

So I have rounded up my very favorite off-whites,that add depth and interest to the room, and a simple guide to help you choose:

  1. Warm or cold tone- which one to choose? If your room is rather dark opt for a warm tone, as it’ll brighten up your space. If your room is full of natural light, you can choose the cold or neutral tones, they’ll all look great!
  2. Choosing the right colours for your furniture. Usually we pair cool tones with cool tones, and warm with warm. So black wood pairs great with cool tones, while light and yellowish wood looks best with warm tones. If you have a mix of both, go for the neutrals! 
  3. Airy and bright, or cozy and moody? Generally speaking, warmer and more pigmented tones add the cozy aspect to your room, and bright and cold tones will create the airy and bright feeling.

So my living room usually doesn’t have direct sunlight, all of my furniture is in warm colours, and I wanted to have that bright and airy feel. I was trying to decide between the warm and sunny Snowy Owl and the cold and bright Polar Bear. I ended up chooseing the warm tone of Snowy Owl, as it matches perfectly my warm colour palette and it reflects light much more than my previous wall colour.

Now, as for the painting the space, it went really smoothly. This Premier Infinity paint that I used, is a one coat paint + primer colour formulation, with super saturated pigments, providing really an amazing coverage! It’s also stain resistant, easy to wash and has a lifetime warranty!

best off white

perfect off white

Here’s the before, with the graige paint :

the before

And here is the bright and airy after:

Best off white paint colours

3 tips for choosing the best off white paint

off white paint

 

I just couldn’t be happier about the result: this room is finally airy, bright and warm, looks bigger and modern, just as I imagined! Now that I know how easy painting can be, I feel like painting the rest of my home too!

 

Choosing the best off-white paint colours

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Canadian Tire, all opinions remain entirely my own. 

Free prints for coffee lovers

free prints for coffee lovers

I’m a coffee lover aka an obsessed and addicted mombie ( commonly known as a tired mom-zombie), and I’m not ashamed to admit it! Actually I love my coffee so much, that I have made these two prints for my home, that you can download and print at home for yourself too!

Because let’s be honest here, parenting wouldn’t really happen without a big dose of caffeine in the morning! These sleepless nights and early wake ups are only bearable because of coffee ( I admit it could be tea too). So to celebrate that little magical bean, today I give you not one, but two free coffee lovers prints!

First is the simple reminder of life priorities as a mom :

” But First Coffee”

And the second sums up the dynamic in my home pretty well:

“This home runs on strong coffee & lot’s of sweet cuddles!”

And since I’m still pretty much obsessed with calligraphy style prints, both of them are just that, black and white quotes, that blend in with any decor! So just pick your favorite, download and print!

free prints for coffee lovers

free prints for coffee lovers

free prints for coffee lovers

free prints for coffee lovers

So you can get the ” But First Coffee” here, and the “This home runs on strong coffee & lot’s of sweet cuddles!” here.

And a little reminder: when printing at home, try using thicker and better quality paper, that way your prints will look like from a print shop!

Now, let’s have some more coffee, shall we?

free prints for coffee lovers

DIY calligraphy coffee mug

DIY calligraphy coffee mug

“All you need is love and a cup of coffee”

Are you a coffee lover like I am? Would you like to have a new coffee mug every month? I know I do! And with each season kicking in, I automatically feel the need for an adequate and new coffee mug. I’d love to have a different mug for a different state of mind, like the ” Hello gorgeous” and “Great things will happen” mugs for the days when I need encouragement, and the “Nope” for the days when I need to send out a clear message to the universe. Also, let’s not forget the monogrammed mugs, as they make for a great littlle gifts!

And with mothers day arunf the corner, I’m sure you started thinking about diy gift ideas, didn’t you?

So with a clear addiction to pretty mugs I needed to find a way to save my budget from this craziness. And here’s where the DIY sharpie coffee mug saves the day! They are really easy to make, and the possibilities are simply endless!

easy calligraphy style diy coffee mug

So I have made the “Hello”, “Bonjour” and a monogram “M” coffee mugs as gifts for my mom and my sweet friends, and a “#bosslady” and “sip” for me. Here’s how:

What you’ll need:

– white mug
– sharpie
– paper

For a more natural feel of your handwriting, try writing down your word on a paper a couple of times first. That way once you’ll start tracing on a mug, your hand will be more steady.

After writing down your word , try tracing it over to give it a more calligraphy-like feel. In real calligraphy the letters are a bit thicker on one side, so you can try imitating that.

Mug

 

Mug

Mug

Mug

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So for my self, I wanted one mug with the bosslady hashtag on one side, and a set of closed eyelashes on the other side: seriously, closed eyelashes are the easiest to paint even if you have zero artistic skills! And my second mug got a “sip” on one side and ” coffee” on the other one.

Once you’re done, leave your mugs to dry for 24 hours. I know it seems like a long time, especially they feel dry almost right away, but that’ll make them more resistant after baking.

Bake them at 300F, for 30 minutes. After that time turn the oven off, but leave your mugs in the oven so they cool down gradually.

Don’t ever put them in the dishwasher, as that will wash down the sharpie. Wash them just like a delicate porcelain, by hand, and they’ll last that way!

Mug

diy calligraphy coffee mug

So, do you know what will you write on your mug?

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