Catalogue Clutter

A few months ago, I wrote this post about the Restoration Hardware catalogues.   The catalogues arrived with a thud on my front porch.  They weighed way too much, were barely read and were recycled very quickly.

Fast forward to last week and I saw this great post called Taming the Paper Clutter Beast from Thrifty Decor Chick.  In her post, she talks about how she tackles the clutter in her home, including those oh so tempting store catalogues.  She specifically mentions the Restoration Hardware catalogues (and others) and she tells us an easy way to stop the catalogues from being delivered.

It’s called Catalog Choice and it allows you to unsubscribe from hundreds of catalogues faster than contacting each store directly.

I get some catalogues delivered and in addition, I usually am guilty of grabbing one each time I go to the store.  I do love seeing what Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, West Elm, etc have to offer.  But I rarely look at them once I get them home. So, today I am going to unsubscribe using Catalog Choice.

Hopefully, I will be able to stop bringing them home from the store.

Quick Bench Project

About 2 years ago, we did a major home reno. We basically took our home down to the studs and rebuilt 90% of it. It was such a great experience that I should have kept a blog during the process.

It is hard to believe, but since that big project, we still have lots of little things to do, to finish, to replace and to decorate.

One thing on our to do list was to get a bench for our newly created mud room (which I will show on a future post). Preferably a bench with storage. I scoured Craigslist (which I do on a regular basis) and found this:


(internet image since I forgot to take a picture when we bought it)

It is an Ikea Lesvik shoe bench that they no longer make! With room for 8 pairs of shoes or baskets! SCORE!!

We had plenty of leftover primer and white paint, so one afternoon my husband took over my project (was he bored?) and we got this:


I had a cushion from a previous bench that we were no longer using, so I popped it on top. I may change the fabric in the future, but for now it works.

I was so pleased with our little project. So simple, yet so effective. I am working on a couple more things and will share those later in September, when the kids are back in school and I have a little more time.

linking up with Thrifty Decor Chick and Homecoming

If I had a million dollars…

Remember that song by the Barenaked Ladies ?

Well, back in 1992 when that song was first released, you could buy an amazing home for $1 million dollars that had a huge yard, a built in swimming pool and a tennis court.

Today ?  Well, you would need $25 million to buy this condo, with a pool, but no yard and no tennis court:

I wonder if they will ever change the words to their song…


Quick trip

I am working on a post about organizing my closet which I will share very soon. This job required a “quick trip” to Ikea for hangars. As most of you know, there is no such thing as a quick trip to Ikea!

In addition to the hangars and other small items, I realized I needed wanted these beautiful blue tea towels for the kitchen.


After all, even the kitchen could use a little colour!

Grey Kitchens ?

Today’s Vancouver Sun has a story in their home section – Shades of grey: What’s hot in the heart of the home.   The article goes on to state that grey has been the go to neutral since 2010.  Grey is now appearing in 55% of kitchens and 56% of bathrooms.

I don’t think I have ever been in a grey kitchen.  I have seen them on Pinterest and in magazines, but not up close and personal.

I like the feel I get when I am in a kitchen with rich dark cabinets and espresso stained floors and I especially love a fresh white kitchen, but grey ?

I am not so sure about having grey as the backdrop to my home… but for my clothes ?  Now, that’s another story!