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Liz's holiday bedroom makeover

A Flickr contact and fellow Ottawan Liz has been VERY busy over the last couple days. She has completely redone her bedroom and I had to post about it here because she did a fantastic job. I am also completely jealous because all I have done to my pale yellow (barf) bedroom is rip out the closet, leaving a gaping hole in the floor and chunks of drywall missing, and it is really starting to get on my last freaking nerve. Anyway, here is what Liz had to say about her bedroom makeover:

"I can't tell you how much I love our new bedroom decor. Thomas and I have been planning this room since we moved in over a year ago and now that it's done, I can't even imagine how we put up with the bland walls for so long! It took us 2.5 days of painting and building IKEA furniture. We still want to replace the outlet covers but that will have to wait until one of our dads can help us because that involves electrical work. The closet doors in the photos need to also be replaced but we need to save up more dough for that because it's going to be pricey! Also we will eventually do new base moulding and some crown moulding in white. The pictures in the white frames are going to be changed, we just haven't found the right ones yet. We just couldn't pass up the deal we got on the frames so we decided we'd just ditch the ugly pictures inside :)"

I love everything she has done to her bedroom - the colours, the symmetry, the use of white furniture that stands out so beautifully against the walls, the painted headboard....YUMMY! Liz has gotten the decorating part of my brain going (more than usual) and I am so going to get my ass in gear and start planning my bedroom.


Here are some details of her sources: "The paint we used was Aura by Benjamin Moore. The headboard is painted on the wall using a matte and a semi-gloss finish in the same colour (Bittersweet Chocolate). The accent wall blue is Caribbean Blue Water and the rest of the room is Sea Star. White furniture is from IKEA except for the white ottoman which is from Bouclair Home. Accent pieces are mostly from Homesense and Winners."


Favourite Aussies 08

So much talent coming from the great southern land of Oz. Here are some of my favourites this year. Aussie interior designers, architects, stylists and photographers rock. Oh so many fabulous rooms I think there might have to be a part two very soon. Enjoy!

Dan MagreeGreg Natale
CoopConcept Interior Design
Amanda McLauchlanMaree Homer
Jared FowlerGreg Natale
Amanda PriorArent & Pyke
Scott WestonSteve Back
Richard BirchSue Ferris


Outdoor favourites

I've gone through my files and found my favourite "outdoor rooms" for 2008. I love living outside as much as possible and if I had spaces as stylish as these I doubt I'd want to come back inside. Whether a chair pulled up casually in a favourite garden corner, a private place on a veranda or an architect's dream melding outside with in there is inspiration a plenty. Miksch
Claesson Koivisto Rune
Lucyina Moodie

Eric StaudenmaierEric Staudenmaier
Reed DavisShootspaces
Quentin BaconMagni Design


My favourite bathrooms of '08

I will be posting over the next few days my favourite photos of the year, by room type. The bathrooms from this year (and by this year I mean that I've saved on Flickr after Jan 1 '08) that have inspired me are below.

Reasons I love these: old world beauty, most amazing tiles EVER, fun wallpaper, sleek and simple, copper tub (OMG), mosaic tiles, glamourous, quirky in white, insane view, dramatic, earthy, oversized artwork, dark and moody, bold colour...


Not just new years day

Today is a special day each year. Not just because it's the first day of a new year, but it's also my mom's birthday. This year though was a extra special one, although one my mom was not looking forward to whatsoever. Today my mom turned SIXTY. Yep, a SIX followed by a ZERO. She made us swear we wouldn't make a big deal out of it. We all (my sisters and our significant others and the grankids) went to my parents house and had an amazing fondue. I just wanted to post something for my mom because she's awesome, and she reads the blog all the time. She's pretty proud of me for my part in what Jo and I have accomplished with our wee blog. :) And I'm proud of her because she's one hot looking mom. She was hit on by many of my guy friends in high school. It was hilarious. And she's still hot at 60. She might kill me if I post a recent photo of her, so I'll just post a couple of really old ones (these were all I could find). One when she was pregnant with my twin sister and I, and one when we were 2. Happy birthday Mom. You don't look a day over 30. I swear.