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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?

How to organize kid’s shared bedroom

how to organize a room for a kids shared bedroom

I believe that when young children share one bedroom, they become closer together. Though sometimes the space is so small that it seems challenging to transform it in to a bedroom for two! But after almost two years of my two daughters sharing one tiny room, I have learned some tricks to make it work!

See, as soon as my younger daughter Rose started to sleep through the night, I’ve put my older’s daughter bed next to the baby crib. And that’s how they started sharing a bedroom together. Now, I think it has been one of the best parenting decisions that I had made so far. They became best friends. They sing each other lullabies before they fall asleep and they laugh and play first thing in the morning (which let’s me sleep longer!).

Though I know that organizing a cohesive, comfortable and practical space for two kids can be difficult. Here’s how you can make it work for your kids:

1. Choose a theme that’ll appeal to both of your children.

Decorating one room for two kids can be tricky, a specially if you’re trying to include their interests and characters.

That’s why instead of trying to match two different themes in one room, try something more general, like a color palette that’ll appeal to both of them. Then, using colours as your guide, add individual touches.

2. Pick furniture that’ll pass the test of time.

Choosing furniture that is good quality will save you money and time in a long run. Also while picking new beds, think about your kids needs in a couple of years : will they still fit in, will they be comfortable, will their style match their changing interests?

So instead of changing from the baby crib to a toddler bed and then to big girls bed, I decided to switch my younger daughters crib for a big girls bed right away. The small room looks more cohesive with matching beds, and the nighttime reading is so much more comfortable now!

shared bedroom

3. Go for neutrals and simplicity and then add accessories.

Since you’re organizing a room for two kids, you have double the chances that they’ll get bored with a flashy wall color or a bed in a shape of a car. Why won’t invest in a simple furniture that’ll match their growing personalities and neutral painted walls that’ll match any changing bedding.

4. Make organization a priority.

Two kids in one room doesn’t need to mean twice as mess. Add baskets for toys underneath the beds, and make sure that their clothes are easy to reach. Use vertical space above kids beds for storing small toys.

5. Accentuate personal space.

Let each of your kids have something unique: like a special decoration on top of their bed, or a shelf with their favorite figurines, a basket with their favorite toys underneath their bed, or a different bedding arrangements. If your children are old enough to read alone make sure they have a night lamp each. Let them choose the accent colors and let them arrange their own toys the way they like it.

6. Unify the space.

However if your kids are in the age when they always want what the other one is having, then you might like to unify their sleeping area as much as possible: by getting the same bedding and accessories for their beds. My daughters are two years apart, so in my situation unifying their room is the only way to go!

7. Keep it simple.

If your children do have a separate playroom, then keeping their bedroom as calming as possible will help them fall asleep easier. While decorating the bedroom, keep in mind that anything that attracts attention during the day, will do so also while you want them to fall asleep. So if you have a restless toddler, go for calmer colors and less toys around.

And that’s why most of the decorations in by girls bedroom is above their bed’s, so when they fall asleep it doesn’t distract them!

Sources:

Furniture: Leon’s

Unicorn and the tooth pillow : Brooklyn’s Room

Quilt: Not Sew Strange

Cloud Pillows: TwoLitlleTadpoles

Calligraphy print: Invited By Audriana

Unicorn in the purse: Endee Made

Dreamcatcher :Posh Pax Designs

Colorful prints on the shelf: free here on Pinterest

Rainbow/doughnut blankets : Little and Luxe Shop

Tassel garland : GenWoo

Great tips to help you organize a shared bedroom for yout kids: even in a very small space!

Free winter prints to print at home

free winter print to print at homeYou might not now it, but I really love changing decor around my home, and I love updating prints and pillows above all! I just feel like every time I do so, my entire home looks different, and I feel much better in the space that changes with the seasons.

And since I really love the style of the hand calligraphy ( I even took a calligraphy course once! ) and motivational and inspiring quotes, I decided to design some new prints with winter vibes in mind.

So with the snow out the window, and my need to cozy up our space for the cold months ahead, today I have two winter prints for you that you can print at home! The first one is a quote that I love so much, by a British poet Edith Sitwell, as its describes perfectly how I feel about winter:

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

And the second one is for all snuggle weather people like me! Perfect for any space!

free winter prints

free winter prints

free winter print to print at home

free winter print to print at home

So just click here for ” the winter time is..” print.

And click here for the snuggle weather print.

And if you’d like t update your gallery wall without spending a cent, then like me you can use some framed material, old calendar pages and a free printables. I even used a print from an art-book that I had though never looked through!

Tip: I suggest using good quality paper and a good printer set on printing on mat paper settings.

I really hope these winter prints to print at home will brighten your home and make your space feel a bit more cozy and inviting during the cold winter months! Enjoy!

free winter prints

How to transform your bedroom for guests

how to transform your bedroom for guests, great simple tips for hosting !

We live quite far from many of our family members, and so every month or two we have a visitor coming over for a couple of nights. Our home is rather small, and there’s no real guest room to host our guests, so sometimes we’d simply prepare our own bedroom for them to sleep in!

And so, with the holiday season upon us and many of you having family over visiting for Christmas, I thought I’d prepare a guide on transforming your bedroom for guests! I even made a printable for you, because I know that you don’t want to be second guessing yourself if your guests are comfortable on top of all the holiday preparations!

how to transform your bedroom for guests

how to transform your bedroom for guests

1. Prepare fresh sheets, fresh towels and fresh slippers.

As much as fresh sheets goes without saying, I really encourage you to get an all-white set for your guests. They’ll feel like they are in a hotel, but with that extra layer of cozy. Also, prepare at least 3 fresh white towels per guest, and a pair of new slippers!

2. Add an extra warm throw, preferably a heated one!

Nothing is worse than feeling cold in the night, and that’s why an extra blanket is a must! Except that sometimes that’s not enough and your guest is still cold!

My mother-in-law would always ask for 3 more blankets and would still be cold, and I always felt so bad for her… And then I remembered my grandmother, and how she would make my bed when I was visiting her for the night! At bedtime, we’d read together in bed and she’d tuck me in with her own heated throw. So I finally decided to get one for my home.
Just recently, I received the Sunbeam Faux Fur Reverse to Sherpa Heated Throw, and I couldn’t love it more. It features three heat-settings and has a three-hour auto-off function, is extremely soft and cozy, looks luxurious and chic on my bed, and makes my mother-in-law happy when she comes to visit!

how to transform your bedroom for guests

how to transform your bedroom for guests

how to transform your bedroom for guests

3. Set a welcome tray for your guests.

I always set mine with fresh water, small pretty glasses, some tissues, magazines (depending on my guests’ interests) and some extra snacks (like some good quality chocolates, mixed nuts or home-made cookies). You could also add a second one in the guest bathroom with some mini sized self-care products and an extra toothbrush!

4. And replace your personal photos with a printed Wi-Fi code (download my free printable).

Instead of making your guest fall asleep to your wedding photos standing by your bed, put a frame with a Wi-Fi code written in a pretty printable (that I made for you!), so your guest don’t have to look for it in the evening! You can get the printable I made here (just print it, and write in your Wi-Fi code).

So don’t stress too much over hosting this holiday season, simply check out these four points from my list, and I’m sure your guests will be comfortable, cozy and warm! 

how to transform your bedroom for guests

Disclosure: “This is a sponsored post in partnership with Jarden Consumer Solutions (JCS). All thoughts and ideas remain my own.”

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