Sunday, September 24, 2017

Choosing Paint Colors- The Story

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Choosing paint colors was quite a task for me as you all know now... but the story of choosing the colors and then buying the paint is one I think you will really enjoy. So, here it goes:

My friend and colleague became my personal sounding board through this entire process. I would run color ideas by her, pretend I knew what she was talking about when she spoke about undertones, lighting, furniture coordination etc. In the end, I knew that whatever she suggested was the "right choice" including convincing me to paint ALL the walls. 

Yep, you read that correctly. At one point in this whole process being overwhelmed by color selection I was going to leave the living room, kitchen and main open are walls alone. Reflecting on this now I have no idea what I was thinking and in fact I can admit, I wasn't thinking! The moral of this part of the story is don't give up! No matter how stressful or difficult it might be to choose a color. Choose one!
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Top: The wall colors before me moved in
Bottom: The wall colors mid-painting (big difference, eh?!)
Now... the day we went to buy all the paint ended up making me laugh and realize that taking my own advice would be a good idea. The lady I met in line took it to the extreme... here's what happened:


I was standing in line (it was on sale 50% off, so of course I wasn't the only person with this idea) with my list of paint requirements written out by room, how many halls per room I thought I would need and the name of the color I chose. I had quite a list which I knew would take a while to mix so when a lady came and stood by me in line with one gallon in her hand I asked if she wanted to go ahead of me. 
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My cart full of paint
She smiled and said (in French), "Well yes dear but I need to choose a color". I am pretty sure without thinking about it I looked at her with huge eyes and surprise. 

She went over to the color board, pulled out a green swatch and then came back next to me. Shocked that she just pulled a color without thinking about it, without consulting anybody and without considering undertones I had to ask, "so you are going to go with that one?"
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We exchanged back and forth for a few minutes and I chose a few other colors for her to consider (although still green) for her bathroom. She ended up choosing one of my suggestions. 

After she had her color mixed she walked away with a huge smile on her face and said  "Merci ma belle, merci!" 

What we can all learn from Madame McGraw:
It really is "just paint"
Going with your gut works almost every time 
Be open to suggestions from others to help you make the best decision

For those of you struggling to choose a color... maybe just go in and pick one like Madame McGraw did! 

My shoes for that: Suede Strappy D'Orsay Flats
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

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When the Pumpkin Spice craze first started I really didn't jump on the band wagon. I (without having any idea) assumed I wouldn't like it and was totally against liking something just because everyone else did. Fast forward a year or two when I finally gave in and ordered a pumpkin spice latte instead of my typical order during a conference I was attending in Houston... well, let's just say I have never looked back!

Pumpkin spice has become the smell of fall for me. Kind of like what I think when I smell spruce, evergreen and especially pine trees... I am immediately reminded of Christmas. Speaking of Christmas (if you know me at all, you knew I couldn't get through a holiday related post without bringing up Christmas!), I love decorating the house for the holiday season and this year in particular am beyond excited to decorate our new home! But first, Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice.

I have been pinning away getting ready for fall but have also taken a few recipes as inspiration from fellow bloggers to help get the creative juices flowing (and my tummy rumbling!).

These muffins are not exactly pumpkin spice, but they sure do look nice...
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Honey & Betts (@honeyandbetts)

Not only do these pumpkin muffins looks delicious, they keep in the freezer up to 6 months!  

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Valley Family Fun (@valleyfamilyfun)

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A Lush Life (@alushlifeblog)

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And, one from me that takes me back to that first Pumpkin Spice experience in Houston, TX. I told you about the latte, but I didn't tell you about the scone I tried the next day. It was absolutely to die for! When I found this copycat recipe, made scones (for the first time) and they were just as good I knew I had to share it with all of you. So here it is:
There's a Shoe for That (@jennamac007) - recipe originally found on Pinterest from Damn Delicious

Last, but certainly not least for all of your fall inspiration needs, check out my Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice Board on Pinterest and be sure to follow along. 
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Happy baking, decorating & pinning!

My shoes for that: Little Kid Turkey Sneakers




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Monday, September 18, 2017

Choosing Paint Colors

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Making the title for this post "How to choose paint colors" was what I wanted to name it but really don't have any expertise to offer you on the subject. In fact choosing paint colors was the source of almost all of my stress before we actually took possession of our home. HOWEVER, I can offer you my non-professional advice and experience letting you in on the secret of what I did that fortunately worked out extremely well!

For all of you "regular home owners" like me, I think we can all agree that choosing colors is intimidating. You stand there in front of a huge panel of color and you can only choose one. Then top that off with rooms that you might want multiple colors for, open concept color changes, etc. It's just down right overwhelming.
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To try and help with your next paint color selection here are three tips:

Tip 1
Buy paint from somewhere that has great color swatches with multiple shades on a swatch.

Of course I didn't follow this advice because I was looking for a deal. After-all I was going to be painting the entire house, so getting a good deal on high quality paint was essential for me not to bust the decorating budget in the first weekend of home ownership.
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I love the SICO paint swatches found at Kent Building Supplies and usually go there to get fun colour names and good quality paint at a good price. But this time I knew I was going to be able to buy all of the paint I needed at 50% off at Home Hardware so I was swayed by the sale to the Beauti-Tone paint. I was really pleased with the paint, but I do admit it was a risk as I had never used it before. What I didn't like about Home Hardware was that each color swatch was an individual sheet. For those of you out there who are color experts and can tell which grey has a blue undertone and which grey has a green undertone these swatches wouldn't scare you off - all I knew was that there is a such thing as undertones and messing with them would be terrible once they are on the walls next to each other.

Thankfully Home Hardware has some super fun paint collections that made the experience fun again. More about that in a minute...
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Tip 2
Plan the colors for the whole house (or as much of it as you can) at the same time.

Not everyone has the luxury of painting their whole house at the same time or choosing the colors for every room. This is exactly my point... especially if you are not painting everything be sure to work around the walls you won't be painting to they don't stand out (in a bad way) when you're done your painting project. 

If you re-painting everything try to come up with a theme that you want to bring through the whole house to help with the flow. I know I might sound all "interior designer" right now, but I am merely repeating what my color expert friends told me and what I have learned by watching every episode of Masters of Flip (several times I might add).

Back to the paint collections from Home Hardware... I chose all of our colors from the National Parks of Canada collection. I loved that they each represented a Canadian National Park and since we purchased the house in the Canada 150 celebration year I thought it was a fun collection to choose.  
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Tip 3
Take a risk. 

In the end, it really is "just paint". If there is a color you have been dreaming of trying but are scared of... DO IT! You can always re-paint (or close the door).

I felt this way in our master bedroom. I saw a bedroom design done by Angela Price (wife of hockey player Carey Price, mom to Liv Price & Lifestyle blogger) that I fell in love with. I loved the dark walls and the general concept of the room. It has since become the inspiration for the wall color and some of the design features in our master bedroom.

And finally...
The colors I chose (by room):
  • Main area (kitchen/living room) - Whooping Crane
  • Entrance and walls leading downstairs - Grey Seal
  • Little Dude's room & Guest room #1 (bath rooms have chair rails so we decided to paint them the same colors) - Top half: Morning Mist from //:: National Park & Bottom half: Blue Heron 
  • Master bedroom - Dark Sky Night & Whooping Crane for the top border created by an existing chair rail
  • Guest room #2 & Office - Northern Reflections 
  • Rec room - Cobblestone Beaches
I can't wait to show you each of the rooms!

If you have a painting project coming up I would love to hear about it and even help choose colors, after-all it's always so much easier to help others than to choose for myself, haha. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Flying with a Toddler

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The real title to this post should be: "Flying with a Toddler... with minimal preparation!"

We are all busy in our day to day lives, but lately... well, lately having room to breathe seems to be asking too much. I am used to keeping a hectic schedule so normally this wouldn't be that "abnormal". But keeping up with EVERYTHING and preparing to go on vacation was absolutely incredible. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What I'm Pumped About for Fall


Inspired by one of my fellow Jambassadors I started thinking about all the things coming this fall that I am really pumped about and thought you would all want to know what's coming...

Here it goes:
  1. Annapolis Valley Wine Tour - brought together by our husbands, three of us gals have become great friends. We haven't had the chance to get together in so long, so our upcoming weekend of Nova Scotia wine and friendship is long overdue!
  2. Work Travel - some of you know and some of you are not so familiar with me travelling for my job. This fall you can expect some fun Instagram travel pop ups in Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, etc. 
  3. Thanksgiving - this is the first thanksgiving Little Dude will really be able to participate in so you can be sure there will be some turkey fun coming your way!
  4. Blog Jam - I am really really (like really!) proud to be the New Brunswick Jambassador this year for Blog Jam. Last year I learned so much and can't wait to see what inspiration this year's even will bring. Thinking about going?! I can't wait to meet you there!
  5. Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice - 'tis the season and thank goodness! After a year without pumpkin spice everything I can't wait to indulge in a pumpkin spice scone (or 2!) and of course a pumpkin spice latte while travelling. 
  6. Little Dude's 2nd Birthday - I kinda can't believe I just wrote that! But, I will have some party planning on my hands this fall for my little man. If you have any pointers let me know! It's been nearly 22 years since I've been to a 2 year old's birthday party (that I can remember anyway...)
  7. Colourful hiking - hiking in the fall is my favourite! Stay tuned on my instastories to see where we end up and the colourful fall views we will get to share with you all. 
  8. Curtains - this might be a weird thing to look forward to, but it's the last big piece required to finish up the dining room, living room and master bedroom so we can pull the rooms together with final touches before showing them to you! I can't wait to have at least some of the rooms in our home "done". 
What are you looking forward to this fall?! 

My shoes for that: Daisie Pointy-Toe Pumps by Steve Madden in Rose Gold (of course!)

Jenna

Thursday, August 31, 2017

There's a Shoe for That - August Round Up

There's a Shoe for That


Here is your monthly round up of "My Shoes for That" for August... Just in case you missed a post or have been dying to find out where to buy the shoes you have everything here in one place!

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There's a Shoe for That
Mr. Black's Little Book
Shahan Gold Loafers

(sadly, these shoes are really had to find. Best of luck to you in your search!)


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Monday, August 28, 2017

Happy Wedding Anniversary {to us}

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I don't usually think too much about our wedding anniversary. In fact, in the 6 years we've been married this is only the second time we'v actually been together on our anniversary date. And to be fair the other time was in 2014 when we were at a work function of mine, so yes... we were together but it almost doesn't count as being together (not in my books anyhow). This year feels a bit different for some reason. We didn't do anything fancy to celebrate, we didn't buy gifts, but we were together. This year feels special and it is.

We did go to a new pub in our town the night before our anniversary as a little date night to celebrate. We started talking about what we've done over the past 6 years together, everything we have accomplished as a couple and how there is so much adventure yet to come. What struck me the most about our conversation is that it focused mainly around travel and experiences (other than Little Dude). 

We reminisced about the big trips we've taken almost every year: Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, Banff, Newfoundland, Cuba to name the ones we highlighted. And then laughed about all the times we've gone to Montreal - how really it's our home away from home and our #1 getaway location for a multitude of reasons.
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San Francisco - our big trip 2014
The biggest take-a-way from the night was that we didn't talk about any furniture we've purchased, cars we've owned, shirts that have been ruined, or anything material for that matter. The entire conversation was about our biggest accomplishment, Little Dude, and all of the fun we've had travelling and making memories.
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Canmore - our big trip 2016
So, to all of you newly weds out there or seasoned life partners listen up:
It's what you do that counts, not what you buy. Get out there, see the world and laugh your way through life together.

xo
Jenna

My shoes for that: Barefoot - sometimes you need to feel the sand between your toes to appreciate the beach your walking on and the life you're living.
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Santa Maria - our big trip 2015