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November 11, 2017

Fall 2017 One Room Challenge – Week 6: Ikea Cable Management

I don’t know about you but I love watching television in my bedroom. I know, I know, I’ve heard it too: the bedroom is supposed to be a sacred, peaceful place free of media (ie. dopamine inducing stimulation) in order to encourage peaceful and restorative sleep. I get that, which is why I try to stop watching at least an hour before sleep time. Most times I’m successful, other times? Not so much. But I truly enjoy a good movie, or an occasional Netflix binge watch (Gilmore Girls anyone?), and sometimes I just need that kind of mindless enjoyment. Judge me if you will, but the tv in the bedroom is staying put.

The main problem was dealing with all the cords from the television, including a wide network cable that was wound up the floor, which we had gotten used to seeing but was downright ugly. Ideally, it would have been nice to bury that cord in the drywall, but unfortunately that’s just not in the budget. Plus, I found a pretty decent way of dealing with the cord issue, thanks to Ikea’s cable management solutions:

Starting at top, clock-wise: Signum, Kvissle, and Fixa.

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November 3, 2017

Fall 2017 One Room Challenge Week 5: Accessories

We are now into week 5 of the ORC and normally everyone would be in absolute scramble mode but this year marks the very first year the ORC has been extended to 7 weeks, owing to the unusual number of natural disasters that are causing upheavals in delivery time. SO, that gives me an extra week to add some final touches to my master bedroom project. This week I get to talk about accessories.

In the last few weeks of my master bedroom refresh I have planned, re-painted and DIY’ed, and now I’m ready to make things look pretty. This is the fun stuff. As you may know, I absolutely love the work of designer Amber Lewis. I am always checking out her projects for ideas, and I think I’ve come up with a general formula for her style:

-Nothing too trendy.
-Lots of neutrals – nothing too colourful
-Keep things light and airy
-Let the eye flow around the room with a perfect combination of light and dark, masculine and feminine, and…
-Use natural elements (plants, woven rugs, baskets, handmade pillows and blankets) throughout

One of my inspiration pics:


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October 27, 2017

Ikea Dresser Hack

I cannot believe we are already in week 4 of the ORC! This week was all about DIY, which is REALLY not my thing, but I became a DIY crazy lady with multiple trips to Home Depot, measuring, re-measuring, painting, cutting…you name it, I was in DIY hell heaven. And I will be the first to admit that despite my endless complaining this past week I am VERY pleased with the results. Maybe even a little proud of myself.

I had 3 projects in mind, one big one and two smaller ones. The big one involved transforming this plain Ikea dresser into a stylish masterpiece:

This is the Tarva dresser and a simple Internet search will reveal that many people are hacking it to create the dresser of their dreams. I was particularly inspired by Kristina Lynne’s version:


I simply followed her instructions and it turned out great! I did make one change, substituting the dark walnut stain she used for english chestnut (see why below).

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