Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Splash Of Colour

Recently, Jason’s mom graciously gave us a metal bench for our front porch; I like to think that my “nightmare” post had nothing to do with it. Regardless, we are very grateful and can’t wait to enjoy our morning coffee sitting on the porch, snuggled together under a homemade quilt (also “donated” by Jason’s mom). 

I haven’t seen it yet due to the extensive clean up of our front porch (in progress), but I believe it may look similar to this:

Image taken from here

Since I have been on a colour kick, the thought of transforming this beautiful black metal bench into a colourful master piece is too tempting to pass up.  Now, settling on a colour is the hardest part of this transformation so I thought why not take a poll?

First let’s set the mood….

Here is the mood board for our front porch (the green square is the colour of our siding):

Here is a sample of the fabric that Jason’s mother gave to us for the seat cushions (image taken from here):

Here are the colours I think would play of nicely with the green siding (colour samples were taken from bing images):






And last but not least, here is a picture or Molly

Of course, she has nothing to do with this post but she loves laying on the front porch and I also wanted to make sure you were still with me. 😉

Take your time, ponder the choices and cast your vote OR leave a comment and tell me what colour you would paint the bench. Who knows – we may just choose your suggestion and dedicate a post to you in our bench makeover.



Party Hardy this weekend

My sister-in-law laid claim to the Forth of July partying long ago and that has become a tradition in the family. Everyone gathers at her place to eat red, white, and blue cakes, fruit salad, punch and what ever else they could whip up with this theme. Kids run around with sparklers and then afterwards everyone unwinds by a huge bonfire where smores are roasted to perfection. 

This looks exactly like the cake she makes and it is delicious! (I got the above image from here)

For those of you who have stumbled across this blog, you may have been able to deduce that I am Italian-Canadian….two dead give aways (at least in my mind) are as follows: my name and my spelling of the word “colour”. 

I was going have a flag but stumbled across this image.  Seriously, anytime you find a beaver wearing a Canada t-shirt, you just have to go for it.

Where was I? Oh, Canada. (hehehe – like the national anthem…sorry, couldn’t resist).

So Canada Day is July 1st and with these two holidays being so close together and our families living 5 hours apart, one may think “Oh dear lord!! What are you guys going to do???” (or maybe something less dramatic) 😉

This year, Jason and I have decided to divide and conquer.  While he stays down and enjoys the red, white and blue; I’ll be driving north to pay homage to the red and white. 

Up north, it will be a toss-up between a day on the lake for a family fishing trip or changing a fuel filter on the tractor (if we get rained out). Either way it will be a good time – and that is no exaggeration.  Whenever I get together with my brother and sisters, we are always tinkering with something and by the end of the day my stomach hurts from laughing so hard. They are a riot!

Come Monday, I am sure we will have a slew of pictures from both functions and a ton of stories to share.

What are you guys doing this weekend? Any themed parties planned or fuel filters waiting to be changed?

Abra Kadabra! Behold the master bedroom

I can’t believe the amount of work we have done molding the apartment house into our single family home.  It is slowly coming together but there is so much more to do. Now we get into the really fun stuff – DECORATING!!!!!

Before we go crazy let’s take a moment to enjoy the transformation from what was once a living room into what is now our master bedroom.  Ahem, drum roll please…..

Here is the living room. Notice the beautiful drop ceiling and painted-several-times-over panelling:

The sky was the limit, what did we want to do for our master bedroom? After going a little wackadoo with colours and themes, I managed to settle down and decide on a colour scheme. We went with painting an accent wall antique tin grey, black and white photos and other inspirational pieces that complemented both our styles.

We still are kicking ourselves for not taking pictures of the actual demolition but we both had a lot on our plate at that point and blogging wasn’t even a concept that we knew. When we finally got our wits about us we snapped this beauty and with that the blog began.

Finally with several repairs to the ceiling (let’s not even go back there), a coat of white paint, and the agonizing wait for the carpet, we got to a point where our master bedroom looked like a bedroom.

Did I mention that we wanted an accent wall…well here it is in all its glory and it is B-E-A-UTIFUL!!!

After several hours of  paint drying we were able to set up our bed and move the mattress from the floor to where it belong. Then, after more than a few coats of pledge, endless fiddling with the covers and pillows I snapped this beauty.  What kills me is that I didn’t notice the small cardboard box on the floor beside the floor lamp – CURSES!!!! Oh well, you can’t win them all. 


We still have dressers to move in, plants to position, pictures to hang and I was toying with redoing the headboard after reading about it on Young House Love but that all can wait for another post.

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