Girls' bedroom: Mature and glam in pink
Girlie girls may love pink, but their bedrooms don’t have to be saccharine. This design blogger created a little lady’s room that’s as mature and glamorous as it is sweet.
When design blogger Christine Dovey of the popular site Bijou & Boheme took on the challenge of turning an above-the-garage family room into a bedroom for her eight-year-old daughter, Scarlett, the mission was clear: Create a fun and glam space that caters to a tutu-wearing girlie girl without falling victim to a childish princess look that would be down-right embarrassing by middle school. Because, despite her passion for design, says the busy mom of four: “There’s no way I’d take the time and money to do it all over again in a few years. No way!” So the style, while youthfully pretty in pink, also had to be timeless and mature.
Eight-year-old Scarlett Dovey was allowed to make some choices when it came to decorating her room – out of the pre-approved options, of course. She selected the gold floral wallpaper design (out of five) because she thought it looked like the inside of a jewellery box. “We had two finalists, but I’m glad she went with this one because the other one was too colourful and more expensive,” says her mom, homeowner Christine Dovey.
Christine just happened to attach this flower – made from dyed coffee filters, pipe cleaners and lace – to the bedpost on a whim one day and it’s lived there ever since.
The bright pink settee was scored for a song – as is – on Kijiji (lucky find), while standard big-box store drapery was custom pleated and embellished with pompom fringe trim for a delicate luxe look.
The lady of the room happily lounges on her pink settee.
A little high-gloss pink spray paint makes an inexpensive dressing table (which Scarlett uses as a desk) extra special. It sits by the window overlooking the backyard, making homework slightly more bearable.
A rolling garment rack, spray-painted gold for that glitzy effect, is perfect for dress-up parties. “It looks like it’s from a fashion studio!” enthuses Scarlett.
“Every few weeks, we go to the antiques market and I let the kids each pick out something that’s $5,” says Christine, noting that Scarlett gravitates to porcelain trinkets and pretty figurines.
When Christine and Scarlett saw the antique cabinet, it was love at first sight. But getting it inside and upstairs wasn’t easy. “At one point, we discussed hiring a crane! My husband turned blue,” says Christine. They eventually had the stair railing removed and found success.
Scarlett’s collection of stuffed animals is neatly coralled atop the antique cabinet.
A fresh seaside-chic lake house
This cozy lake house in Port Carling, Ont., boasts a fresh seaside-chic vibe while paying homage to old-school Muskoka.
Nestled on the south shore of Lake Rosseau in Port Carlin, Ont., this 6,800-square-foot six-bedroom house is decorated the way one would dress when visiting: in a crisp Polo Ralph Lauren Oxford shirt and comfortable, well-worn chinos paired with Sperry Top-Siders. It's a timeless look that's coastal, casual and effortlessly chic with a neutral palette at its core.
"The homeowners wanted to capture that warm, windswept lake house aesthetic but with a relaxed, cozy Muskoka feel for their young family of four," says Cory DeFrancisco of Mukoka Living Interiors, who designed and built the home from scratch, finishing in 2013.
Like a friendly smile and a firm handshake, the entryway makes a confident and inviting introduction to the home.
"A lot of old cottages have those tunnelling hallways in their guest cottage or service quarters, and this beadboard wall treatment references that," says builder and designer Cory DeFrancisco.
This small boathouse sunroom is literally right on Ontario's Lake Rosseau: On windy days, you can feel waves crashing up through the floorboards.
"We took up 90 percent of the wall with windows," says Cory of the gorgeous great room, where the ceiling's oak beams guide your eye directly to the view. "The overstuffed sofas are insanely comfortable," he adds. "They're slipcovered in high-quality Belgian linen that gets softer with each wash.
Though the spacious kitchen is crisp, white and polished, simple details, such as the grain of the reclaimed-oak floors and the texture of the brush strokes on the hand-painted cabinetry, keep it humble and homey. "It's a new take on a traditional cottage kitchen, with all the modern amenities," says Cory.
A big weathered farmhouse table paired with slipcovered seating and sophisticated lighting that doesn't block the view equals a dining room with easy elegance. But the best feature of this space is that, with the doors open, you really feel like you're eating alfresco.
Even though this home is grand, the family who lives here wanted an overall feeling of togetherness, so Cory kept it largely open concept.
The west-facing Muskoka room, with wall-to-wall windows, is so bright that it can pull off the charcoal walls. "The darkness acts as an anchor, while the light that shines in highlights the furnishings," explains Cory. The modular sectional is meant for the outdoors (so go ahead, get it wet) and can be reconfigured when company comes to create multiple sitting areas.
The whole master bedroom is very generous, but its sleeping area is quite small. In it, you'll find only an upholstered bed, two small side tables and a 180-degree view of the water.
The large window behidn the free-standing bathtub overlooks a garden and granite. "It's hard to make boulders sound nice," says Cory with a laugh, "but it's a beautiful view."
"All of those elements are, I think, what makes it feel authentic to Muskoka. There's nothing ornate in the whole place," says Cory. And just 35 feet away, in the boathouse, the look is much the same. The palette is almost all white and the dress code is bathing suits - after all, the lake's right there. Take one step out the door, and jump right in. The water's perfect.
Add this sweet apricot-glaze to tonights pork tenderloin dinner.
Add this sweet apricot-glaze to tonights pork tenderloin dinner.
Give your usual pork tenderloin dinner an update by adding a sweet and savoury apricot-glaze.
1 In a small saucepan, stir together the jam, mustard and maple syrup.
2 Bring to a boil; reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring often, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.
3 Remove 3 tablespoons of the glaze to a small bowl and set aside.
4 Sprinkle the pork with the salt and pepper; brush all over with the glaze.
5 Place the pork on a greased grill over medium-high heat; cook, turning occasionally and brushing with some of the reserved glaze during the last minute of cooking time, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 160 ̊F, about 18 minutes.
6 Meanwhile, add the apricots to the grill, cut side down; cook, turning frequently and brushing with the remaining reserved glaze, until the fruit is softened and caramelized, about 5 minutes.
7 Remove the pork and apricots from the grill; let the pork stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
8 Sprinkle with the basil and sage and serve.
Learn how to properly prepare your home for an emergency.
Follow these simple, proactive measures to ensure your home is prepared for anything Mother Nature can throw your way.
No one wants to find themselves in an emergency situation, so it’s important to prepare your home as best as possible. Since there’s nothing you can do to stop Mother Nature, here are a few small, proactive measures you can take to help keep damages at bay.
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1 Clean the gutters
Overflowing gutters are one of the major causes of water finding its way into homes. If your downspouts are leaky, in disrepair or nonexistent, heavy snow and rain will go right into your foundation. Cleaning your gutters and repairing your downspouts should be on your annual maintenance list, and consider investing in gutter covers or screens to keep leaves out.
2 Fire-rate your home
Proper fire separation between floors will help contain smoke and flames, as will fire-rated doors. Roxul Safe‘n’Sound insulation is a product I use in all my renovations because it resists temperatures up to approximately 1,177°C, helping to prevent a fire from spreading and providing you valuable time to escape.
3 Seal the cracks
Everyone thinks foundation cracks are scary – and sometimes they are – but they’re usually just signs of an aging home and not indicative of structural issues. However, those cracks could compromise the dryness of your basement in a storm, so have them sealed with epoxy injections. They cost about $500 per crack, which is a lot cheaper than gutting your basement because of a flood!
Money tight? These inexpensive items will help keep you and your home protected.
Backup sump pump
If your home loses power due to flooding, a battery powered backup sump pump will help keep the water out of your basement. This is ideal if it’s a finished basement.
This is a great backup source to have on hand in case of a blackout. A generator is especially useful for long power outages in the winter.
Smoke & carbon monoxide detectors
COST: from $50
Severe storms can result in secondary emergencies like fires and gas leaks, so outfitting your home with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor will help ensure maximum safety at home.