Yellow and Grey Gender Neutral Baby Shower

When it came to baby “Stone’s” shower, it only made sense to transfer the grey and yellow theme from the nursery to the shower.  I was happy to assist the mama-to-be’s sister in planning and prepping and DIYing in preparation for the surprise shower! It was so much fun combining the modern and natural elements to create what I believe was a pretty chic event!


Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Simply Style - Grey and Yellow Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Makeover Monday – Living Room Makeover

We had a great weekend in Ottawa with Patrick’s family and my sister was able to make time in her crazy schedule for a quick visit.  It got COLD though, like way cold! When we got home last night it was down to 1 degree and this morning I woke up to blowing snow.  It doesn’t seem to be sticking but I’m pretty sure my over ambitious gardening attempt last weekend is now dead…. sorry to my bank account and husband.  On a bright note I still have my snow tires on and for all of those who laughed at me well ha ha the jokes on you {not really though}.  I have also been battling allergies/a cold all weekend and am tempted to go to work this morning a la Katie Bower style, but think week two on the job may be a little early to pull out my crazy, what do you think?!  Well enough about that, it’s makeover Monday here at Simply Style and I am excited to reveal another room that we have “made over” in our home.

We got the keys to our house around 2pm on a Friday afternoon.  We were obviously excited but when we walked in and saw the place empty we realized how dirty things were and how much had to be done to our anti-fixer-upper!

Now we didn’t notice this first dilemma when we walked through the house {twice} but once it was empty you couldn’t miss it.  Apparently when they laid down the hardwood through the upstairs, they didn’t bother to take off the baseboards or put down quarter-round so we had a sweet little gap that was a killer dirt and dust collector, so we knew we had to fix that right away!  The previous homeowner also loved to hang about a bazillion pictures {or at least make a bazillion holes in the wall} really high so there was also lots of poly filling to do.

I was so excited to be in our new house but everything felt dirty and not ours and so me, being the crazy person I am, had to do something about that {like right away}.  After doing a quick tour around the house I left everyone to run down to our local Benjamin Moore store.  As I have mentioned before people generally think I am completely insane a little ambitious at time and this was definitely the case at the Benjamin Moore store.  I was looking at paint chips and narrowing it down {in a matter of 45 seconds as if I were running the back picking triathlon} when I was asked if I needed any help.  When I explained we had just closed on our house and I HAD to get paint on the walls I got the typical “who is this crazy person” stare.  She suggested I take some paint chips home and see what they look like but she obviously wasn’t getting my OCD  completely rational need just like every other new home owner {I’m sure} to get some basic home renovation done IMMEDIATELY!

For the main floor {it is fairly open and each room flows into the next} I was looking for a griege and chose Revere Pewter.  I was also picking up trim paint {because something had to be done about the disastrous chocolate brown in our master bedroom} and who knew there were so many whites!  I went with Chantilly Lace for all our trim, doors and anything else that ended up white in our house.  Finally I needed paint for our master bedroom, I knew I wanted a dark grey as I had bought our pin-tuck duvet and the fabric to create and gigantor headboard but of course {like the organized designer I am} I didn’t have either of those things with me.  I was 99% sold on the Chelsea grey but wasn’t sure if it would be too dark, lucky for me they had it on one wall of the showroom so I was able to see it in action and that was that!

About 45 minutes after we got the keys to our house I was rolling some revere pewter on a wall of our new living room.  This was when I had my first Benjamin Moore heart attack {which you can read about here} as you know, but never fear, all worked out in the end.  So needless to say I was a little nuts when it came to painting our house and actually painted every room except one in the first 4 months or so and all this painting desire started in this room, the living room.

Here is what the space looked like when we did our walkthrough after our offer was accepted.

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{before}

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{before}

See those high pictures? What is with that?  As you can see this was an ok space but not an amazing space.  Once all the furniture was done this is the canvas we had to work with.

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{before}

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{before}

Ok, so this is not a major makeover like our downstairs bathroom or kitchen makeover.  Of all the spaces in the house this one was actually pretty, well, neutral, no lime green or chocolate brown trim here.  But as I have mentioned there is nothing like a fresh coat of paint and this was the first room I tackled.  After painting the room revere pewter with an accent wall of chelsea grey and moving in our new couch and the reupholstered chairs I tackled, we had a pretty boring space.

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{work in progress}

The mirror beside the couch is something we have had for years, an old HomeSense find as is the ottoman {it coverts into a single bed and is probably my best HomeSense find to date}, the rug I picked up while in the US at TJ Maxx for $50 and the pillows are from HomeSense and Ottawa Street in Hamilton, ON.  You can see that I had a {sort of} vision for the space but it wasn’t coming together.

Well after some work paint and repurposing we transformed it into this:

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{after}

The end tables were $15 {thank you Kijiji} and were another up-cylce project you saw here.  I picked up the lamp bases at the Christmas Tree Store in the US for $24.99 and the shades I found at HomeSense for $12.99 each.  The gallery wall is all re-used frames that we had.  I originally wanted all white frames but really didn’t want to spend the money on buying new frames when we had all these so I embraced the black and silver and with some spray paint for those that didn’t fit the mould we created this!

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{gallery wall}

The only new items in the gallery wall that were purchased are the antelope head {I have an unexplainable obsession with faux taxidermy, it is only thanks to Patrick and perhaps me being reasonable, that we don’t also have a horse, moose, deer and dog head somewhere in the house} and the mirrored clock {which is currently just looking good and not operating}.  I picked up the antelope almost a year ago before the HomeSense people or others realized the design obsession that was beginning with regards to faux taxidermy so he was only $24.99, they are now selling for $50++ at HomeSense and a LOT more elsewhere.

The clock was something I spied and stalked for awhile.  I needed to replace a hot pink shoe print that Patrick did not approve of that was originally in the gallery wall.  The clock was originally $29.99 which was more than I wanted to spend when I had something that was working for the time being, it then was reduced and reduced again to $16 but I still didn’t pick it up.  Finally I was at HomeSense one day and spotted it for $11 and quickly snagged it up as it was the last square one they had!

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{end table and curtains}

The large hurricane and sticks in the corner is something we already owned but all comes from IKEA.  I’m still not sure if it is going to take up permanent residency here but for now it is working for me.  Oh and check out those exaggerated baseboards, do you not love them!  Since we were putting the quarter round down, this Pinterest inspired project from House of Smith’s was an absolute must! Patrick thought I was insane {much like the Benjamin Moore lady} but I knew they would be spectacular and they are!

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{couch}

That middle pillow was a more recent addition that I snagged at, HomeSense of course, for $24.99.  It is a Colin and Justin and I love how it ties the other four together.

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{chairs and nesting tables}

The reupholstered chairs found their home on the opposite side of the room and between them are the awesome geometric end tables that were a donation from my parents when they moved.  You know how I LOVE nesting tables so I was over the moon when my Mom sent these our way!  The throw is $20 from Target and the pillows are from Home Outfitters and HomeSense.

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{Zoe loves the chairs too}

This little Mexican loves the sun and this is her afternoon spot when the sun is beaming through the windows.

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{window}

The curtains are from Target for only $19.99 per panel and the sheers are from Ikea for $7 for two panels.  I snagged the super long curtain rod with diamond finials from HomeSense for $29.99 which is a steal!  The bench was a repurpose project and is made from an old $10 coffee table I picked up at a garage sale.

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{hutch}

The mirror has found a temporary home leaning against the wall on top of this hutch.  We aren’t sure if we will be putting a tv in this room or not yet so it hasn’t been hung but I kind of like it leaning!  The hutch was another donation from our amazing family.  This one came from my in-laws and was an old Teak buffet.  It took a LOT of primer to stop the brownish yellow from seeping through but after a few coats and then a coat of the leftover paint we used in our upstairs bathroom makeover {wedgewood grey}.  I adore this piece and love how it turned out! Oh and theres those awesome baseboards again!

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{after}

This is a really fun room, it doesn’t get used much {accept by Shaq} but it is the first thing you see when you walk in our house and I love the tone it sets.

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{after}

I originally intended this room to be mostly grey and white but have since embraced the black.  I have considered recovering the ottoman and spraying the mirror above the hutch but I think I like the balancing effect the black has.  Plus it speaks to the black mirrors and ties everything together. Oh and the light fixture is going to be changing, just as soon as my not so  organized husband finds the pieces for the fixture that is supposed to go up here! So, what do you think?  Do you think I should eliminate the black in this room or leave it the way it is?  Is the black ottoman too bold?

Simply Style Blog - Living Room Makeover{before & after}

Makeover Monday – Upstairs Bathroom Gets a Little Bling

ImageImage

ImageImage

I am excited to share our upstairs bath with you.  I don’t know what it is but I seem to have this need to live in our bathrooms I like them so much.  What’s that? That’s normal? Great, moving on!

Our upstairs bath wasn’t all that bad when we initially walked through the house, I mean the tribal face masks had to go but seeing as we were buying a house and not everything the crazy decorator previous owner had in it, I figured we were safe.  The bathroom was basically brand new with tiles halfway up the entire room, a ceramic floor and a pale blue on the walls, I figured a little paint and we would be up and running.  The only problem was we had registered for grey towels, charcoal and light grey towels, and since my green bathroom vision was already in full Pinterest swing {damn you Pinterest for furthering my OCD} the grey towels were going to have to go up here.  What is the problem with that you are wondering? The problem with that is that the floors and the tiny little mosaic accent tile in this bathroom are a lovely neutral shade of sandy brown, which basically has the bathroom looking like a muddy dirty mess once my grey towels are up against it.

Image

{the before – recognize that mirror and light fixture}

Image

{before – theres the little mosaic tile that put my grey towels to shame}

Image

{before}

Oh I wanted a grey bathroom so badly but since I turned my whole entire house a shade of greige, my master bedroom into a serious grey cave and was going for a grey couch for the living room, I figured parting with my grey bathroom would be ok, plus it would make things a little less well, grey up in here.  I decided I would keep the bathroom a shade of blue {“then don’t paint” says my loving and paint adverse husband} but just not the current shade of blue it was sporting.  After multiple one impulsive trip to Benjamin Moore {hey I work best under pressure} I had selected the colour.

Can I do a Benjamin Moore paint sidebar here?  Of course I can, it’s my blog and you can skip this if you like, but has anyone else painted with Benjamin Moore?  This company may be entirely to blame for heart attacks in women (this is quite obviously not the case, Benjamin Moore I love you, never change).  You are probably wondering what I am talking about, well I say this because, when you pick your colour at the store you have your little paint chip and then when you get home and open up your can, the colour staring you back looks nothing like the paint chip (and you cry a little for making such an expensive impulsive decision) but you roll it up on the wall anyways.  Now that it is on the wall not only does it not look anything like the colour of the paint chip but it also looks nothing like the colour of the paint in the can (and you cry for real because what have you done) and then you decide to just do one wall and walk away until it dries (because you are basically hysterical and you know that your husband is going to tell you that you shouldn’t have run out and bought paint about 20 minutes after you got the keys) BUT and this is a very big important BUT (think Kim Kardashian here… wait what?!) you walk back into the room, and the paint has dried and you are holding your little paint chip that you have been crying to for the last hour or so and by some miracle IT’S THE SAME!!!!!!!!!! The paint, now dry on your wall MATCHES the paint chip in your hand and you do your ever so sexy happy dance to the paint Gods at Benjamin Moore. 

I know you are probably thinking this is all too dramatic but I am not even kidding, 4 paint colours later I FINALLY realized that this exact scenario that I outlined above was going to go down every time I painted and that I just had to keep calm and carry on!

If you read my Benjamin Moore sidebar, that is exactly what went down when I began painting the bathroom Wedgewood Grey.  It looked like a grey muddy mess and I cried a little and panicked a lot because I was looking at my bathroom turning into the grey muddy mess I was trying to stay away from. But, as is ALWAYS the case, and I can make a definitive statement like that now being a Benjamin Moore paint expert and all (yea right!), it dried to perfectly match the paint chip I so impulsively diligently selected.

We actually did this bathroom before the downstairs bathroom but since I had a fairly good idea of what the downstairs bathroom was going to look like I knew I wanted this one to be different.  I fell in love with the Debbie Travis line of light fixtures from Canadian Tire and after several trips for other things I decided I was getting them.  The flush mount was going to go where the plain old dome light had previously resided and its sister the sconce was going to go above the mirror where the light that was transplanted to the downstairs bathroom hung out.  I don’t know if these have gone up in price, I didn’t think we even paid that much but either way it was/is a great deal for the style I wanted.  They give the look and feel I wanted for the bathroom without the price tag you may normally see associated with something similar.

Image

{the sconce up close and personal}

Image

{Sconce all lit up and looking sparkly}

Image

{flush mount}

 Image

{flush mount looking lovely}

Image

{fancy little flush mount all lit up}

Once the lights were home and installed I was really starting to love the vibe of the bathroom, I picked up the “diamond” shower curtain bar while on a shopping trip to Buffalo, NY for $19 at Tuesday Morning and the rhinestone shower curtain rings at HomeSense for $12.99.  I was originally looking for a chevron shower curtain but ended up opting for a plain white one on clearance at HomeSense for less than $15!

Image

{the bling shower curtain tension rod}

Image

{bling shower curtain rings}

That amazing cousin I mentioned in the Grey Bedroom Makeover came up to surprise me with one of my great aunts and check out the house {when it was in a complete state of chaos and the green and yellow kitchen was still in full effect} and brought me the most amazing house warming gift.  She’s got a pretty good memory that Cousin Cathy and knew I was all about chevron.  She managed to find the most amazing chevron umbrella holder and ordered me a blue and white chevron bathmat!  Originally I thought the umbrella holder would go by the front door and of course the bath mat in the bathroom but when I saw the chevron bathmat in the blingy bathroom I realized the umbrella stand was not going to be an umbrella stand anymore and turned into the most beautiful toilet paper holder I have ever seen!  I was so thrilled with Cathy’s finds and I still walk into my bathroom and smile because I have yet to see a chevron bath mat in my travels and well lets be honest, she couldn’t have matched the colours to my bathroom any better if she had tried!

Image

{chevron bath mat and umbrella holder turned toilet paper holder}

Image

{up close and personal with this beauty}

Image

{they were made to be together don’t you think?}

I knew I wanted apothecary jars to hold my q-tips and cotton pads and ended up finding these perfect ones at, you guessed it, HomeSense, for something like $6 and $8 each.

Image

{apothecary jars}

Image

 {bathroom counter}

I also picked up my blinged out toothbrush holder there, (much to Patrick’s dismay) it was a little more of a splurge item at $12.99.

Image

{more sparkle from the toothbrush holder}

And I recently picked up this coordinating blinged out box to hod our contact cases and all the other little things that seem to always be left on the counter without a home.

Image

{blinged out box – $12.99 HomeSense}

I really wanted one of those mirrors with the mirrored frame, I have a weird love for all things mirrored (and shiny) and we had seen them at HomeSense for forever but Patrick and I agreed we would wait until we were in the house to buy anything like that, well of course when I go to get THE mirror of my dreams THEY’RE GONE! We even travelled to Toronto to visit my parents and Patrick totally accommodated my crazy by stopping at 6 HomeSense locations with zero luck.

We ended up finding one at Bouclair (for a pretty penny) out of town but when we brought it home it was obvious my measurements were a little off and it had to go back.  Of course our Bouclair store here didn’t have the size down but I took it as a sign it wasn’t meant to be and headed over to HomeSense to see what they had and ended up finding this silver number for only $29.99.  I could not pass it up for that price, it was less than a third of what we paid for the mirrored mirror and I actually am happy with our decision.  I think it grounds the vanity area better and ties the silver in, plus I loved saving $70!

Image

{silver mirror}

I changed out the plain silver knobs on the white vanity for these, you guessed it, blingy ones I picked up at Home Depot.  I think it is a subtle change but really helps tie everything together.

Image

{look at that sparkle}

Image

 {and they even look great with chevron}

Once the bathroom was painted we exchanged our grey towels for white bath towels and bluish hand towels that almost match the walls perfectly.  I think it is fair to say on this project everything was coming up Tori!

Image

{the towels in action – love a clean white towel}

The finished product is one I am quite pleased with.  The light fixtures at the perfect amount of bling and coupled with the vanity accessories it all just works.  The neutral towels and shower curtain make it feel clean and spa like and the chevron bathmat and vase turned TP holder add the perfect amount of whimsy.

What do you think of our bathroom makeover?