Wednesday, 18 November 2015

LAZY LADY DIY: KITCHEN MAKEOVER, TRAY WALL EDITION

This is me..
Just like                                                             ...
Not typing, barely getting anywhere in blogland life.
But anywoo I am back to show you my masterpiece!

What do you do when you have a very large wall and a very unsightly heat pump??
Well first you paint it (the wall) we upgraded from a builders beige to this muted teal.
Now, the wall is too large for one piece of art, I need something more complex to draw your eye away from that monstrosity. ^ 

I didn't want to go with just the basic photo gallery wall, I do them in almost every room, time to change things up.

Enters the silver platter wall!


I (my mom) had so many silver platters from our wedding a few years ago, and they were just hoarded away probably never going to see the light of day beyond the odd Christmas gathering. So I stole a page from one of my favorites, designer, TV personality, the bachelorette herself! Jillian Harris
 


I watched this episode of Love it or list it Vancouver months and months ago but I never forgot the tray wall! I loved it so much, so I hung onto this ^ Instagram photo in the hopes of having a tray wall in my future. 

Now to execute the plan..
If you have learned anything about me it should be that I. don't. plan.
I'm lazy.
I take the easy route. 
Most of the time its worked out :)

For tray wall I wanted what would be fastest and easy to hang them = command strips.
If you don't have command strips in your life then you need them, NEED THEM.
I never hammer any nails into my walls anymore, nails equal so much work!
measuring, hammering, re-measuring, re-hammering and then you're stuck with all the holes for eternity!



When used properly these leave no marks, nothing.
They aren't cheap, each container of 4 will cost you around $4-5 dollars but in the long run of nail holes, I think its a worthy investment.

Lazy lady tip #2:
If you can eye ball it, no need to make a detailed layout plan. 
only tools needed were the strips and a level, DO NOT SKIP OUT ON A LEVEL, even the laziest of ladies need that!

I picked up the largest tray and started placing around that.
The plan being I can always keep adding trays to the wall, I can rearrange down the road since I am only semi committed by using the command strips. 

I love my house to be a little bit imperfect, call it lived in, shabby chic..


Once I got a couple up I saw the direction I needed to go and it was like they just hopped up into place!

I love it so much! 
I love that they were used in our wedding and now get to be displayed.
love that its a bit unique or unusual.
I forgot to mention most of them came from second hand stores so in the scheme they were fairly inexpensive! 
and it adds just enough bling to distract from that unpleasant, yet practical heat pump! 



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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

NOVEMBER LADIES, BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!



I love being a November baby!
Here in Canada November equals cool weather, hot drinks, the staple outfit of boots, legging and scarf; and if we are lucky a light dusting of that pretty sparkle snow.
*Not to be confused with a truck load dump Mother Nature, just a light dusting!!

So in celebration of November babies everywhere I've teamed up with 7 beautiful blog ladies for a November giveaway!

XO Kerry - Leopard scarf
The Lavender Ladies - $15 Starbucks giftcard
The Flynnigans - Face mask, cleansing clothes, mascara and nail polish
Mommy Needs A Dr. Pepper  - Anthropologie Egg Dish
Mommy's Vanity  - Bath & Body Works Scented Candle + Lotion
All Things Lovely  - Pumpkin Spice Latte Chai + Mug
Holly's Housewife Life  - Sephora Lip Moisturizer & Under Eye Mask
In the Loop  - Wet Brush



*One lucky winner will win the whole prize. Prize valued at $125.00. Open to US and Canadian residents. Giveaway open from 3 am Pacific Standard time 11/4 to 12 am Pacific Standard Time 11/8. Winner will be announced within 24 hours of closing. Good luck!

 Best of luck!!
Enter below using Rafflecopter 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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http://hollyshousewifelife.blogspot.com/2015/11/november-ladies-birthday-giveaway.html 

Sunday, 1 November 2015

A scent-ational memory with Demeter


I wasn't at all hung up on sentimental details when I got married but one thing  I really wanted was a new perfume specifically to be worn on my wedding day. 
It was something I read about on The Small Things Blog you buy a new scent for that special occasion then whenever you wear that scent in the future you will be transported back to wedding memories. 

I have a terrible, terrible memory, I need a visual, musical or in this case a scent-ual?? scent-ical?? reminder. (There's probably a word for that, I just thought scent-ual would be more fun)

In walks the Demeter fragrance memory box..


I was so excited when this showed up at my door, it had been a long day at work and this was a unexpected surprise. Unwrapping it I was shocked to find a completely custom, beautiful trio of  scents just for me!


On the Demeter website you can actually customize your own smells. You can purchase duos or trios and pick them to fit your preference, you can layer them or wear individually. 



I was sent two sets of three fragrances, the first set of scents (above) are memory inspired by Demeter's CEO Mark Crames. The trio is so personal and unique, I love his description of each scent and why he choose them/was so passionate about making them perfect.

You can read here:

Out of the three I am partial to the Vanilla Cake Batter, but that's a no brainer for me because I love delicious foodie scents. In second place would be Mountain Air because it really does remind me of fresh, clean smells. However Rice Paddy layered with Mountain Air = a lovely crisp scented duo, and exactly why these scent trios are so cool! There are so many possible combos.


On to my scents (above),  nailed it!
Fall is my very favorite time of year, everything about it screams memories!
Cool weather, warm drinks, comfort food, Halloween aka candy, my birthday aka cake!
Flashbacks, flashbacks, flashbacks!

All three of my personalized scents are so yummy I feel like licking myself when I wear them.

Mulled Cider, smells exactly like cinnamon and a gum my mom used to chew when I was little, flashback to my young self stealing pieces from her work smock ;)

Caramel, smells like family familiar fudge and the sweetest of sweet of Halloween candies, those little square caramel ones that were so popular in the '90's. I want to dip my entire body in a bath full of this scent, from head to toe I cant get enough.

Vanilla Cake Batter, nothing left to say.

On days I'm feeling more Autumn-y I will wear just Mulled Cider.
For a milder scent day, Cake Batter.
And for any day for the rest of my existence.. Caramel, it's just that good.
Worn all together the trio balance into a delectable scent-sation!
And if you want to get fancy use as a room spray, your house will smell like it belongs on Pinterest.

You can check out the rest of the scent library here.
Be prepared for scent overload, they legitimately have all the smells!

Thanks to Demeter and the Canadian Beauty Bloggers for sending me the above fragrances and making them so me!