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5 quick and simple decor updates

Feeling the urge to redecorate but don’t have the time or budget to do so? Here are 5 quick and simple decor update ideas to satisfy your craving without breaking the bank!

erin living room 5 quick and simple decor updates Photography Virginia Macdonald

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win: a farrow and ball paint diy book

When it comes to the cheapest and easiest way to perk up your home decor, paint always wins the argument. It was true years ago and certainly held true during our Decorating on a Budget live Twitter chat last week!

From your walls to flea market finds, a fresh coat of paint can create a world of difference. And Farrow & Ball took this to the next level. In a new book, they showcase 21 DIY projects that prove that paint is not only an affordable way to update  your decor, but can also make a standout customized statement piece. Been craving getting crafty? You’re in luck because we’re giving away this book to one lucky reader! Read on to see how you can win.

farrow ball contest banner 460 win: a farrow and ball paint diy book

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new-use tuesdays: rubber band

When you need a secure hold in a snap, you turn to the good old rubber band. It’s reliable, resilient and certainly affordable. For this week’s new-use spotlight, check out a few more uses for this household staple.

Rubber bands Bill Ebbesen new use tuesdays: rubber band

Photograph by Bill Ebbesen

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decor: desk before and after

The final before and after I wanted to share with you is of the desk area in my apartment, which can be seen in this months Style at Home. This area shows off one of my best finds – my vintage over-sized mirror. Here’s the after, read on to see the before!

Desk After decor: desk before and after Photography by Virginia MacDonald

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new-use tuesdays: milk

Today is such a grey, rainy day in Toronto that it makes me want to lay in bed eating cookies with milk (am I the only adult who still does that?). So it’s only fitting to put this week’s new-use spotlight on milk. Beyond it’s cheer-up potential, you’d be surprised what this calcium-filled drink can do.

Best Before Ricochet Studio new use tuesdays: milk Porcelain Best Before creamers, from $45 US each, Ricochet Studio.

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spring your doors into life: five ways to upgrade your front door

I could not be more pleased with the timing. It’s spring and a renovation project brings me to one of my favorite salvage shops, The Door Store. While the shop carries far more than its name implies, it is here that I am often reminded of the simple, mystical beauty of a great door. Wondering about the shop’s various nooks and corners you quickly realize that you don’t have to embark on restoring a century old door to achieve a look that’s rich in character and design. Here are five easy ways to take your door from drab to distinguished.

1 Choose a bold paint colour

A bold paint colour for your front door gives it immediate presence and personality. Consider a high-gloss finish, it adds depth and be cleaned easily. You can’t go wrong painting your front door in a high-gloss black, it’s a very classic choice and will go with everything. If you are feeling daring, make a statement with any of these bold choices:

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erin’s picks: 6 of my favourite things in robin’s egg blue

I saw my first robin yesterday. The chipper bird was hopping delightedly on my front lawn. His enthusiasm for spring was contagious so I began thinking about how much I love robin’s egg blue. When I arrived at work this morning a spring collection from the bespoke wallpaper company Galbraith & Paul was in my inbox. And voila! Their beautiful Sakura paper is available in Sea, which is a palette of green and robin’s egg blue.

2014 sakura sea wp buoy 1100x849 erins picks: 6 of my favourite things in robins egg blue

Galbraith & Paul's Sakura wallpaper in sea. image courtesy of Galbraith & Paul

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editor’s picks: my 2 no-fail grey paint colours

I love grey. Ever since I was a teenager my room has always been painted grey. But I have also had years of trouble-shooting until I found two fantastic greys. One is Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath and the other one is Glidden’s Designer Grey. This does not mean that there aren’t other fabulous greys out there (in fact I am working with Beautitone paints right now on a new Style at Home paint collection and I can guarantee that there will be some beautiful greys!) but when it comes to knowing that I have to go-to paints, these two are no-fail.

farrowright editors picks: my 2 no fail grey paint colours

 

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den before and after

When we toured our home, I loved the small den tucked away above the garage (or as my husband calls it, “the lions den.”) It’s not large by any means, but we were enticed by the idea of having a little refuge off of the master bedroom for watching TV and having some quiet time. I viewed it as a great little bonus space on the second floor and was excited to transform it into a soothing oasis.

 

den before den before and after

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colour: be bold

Sharing a sneak peek today from a produced shoot Stacy and I did early this week. For my own home, I usually gravitate towards lighter colours – however I fell in love with the dark Benjamin Moore colour we used as our backdrop!

Paint colour: be bold

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