Well we are deep in the month of February and like most of you who live in cold winter climates, I am just about done with Winter, so I hope this post will make you think of Spring for just a few minutes.  

I love setting a beautiful table and adding plate chargers is a great way to make your table scape look pretty.  

DIY Painted Charger Plates

DIY Painted Charger Plates

Pretty plate chargers with a non-Christmas look are very hard to find, and when you do find some pretty ones, they can be quite expensive.  I set up this pretty, Spring-like plate setting using metallic serving trays that I upcycled into plate chargers.

DIY painted plate chargers

DIY painted plate chargers

Whenever I am thrifting, I always pick up a few metal serving trays and look for different patterns.  You know me, it's all about THE MIX!  They are usually priced anywhere from $1.00 to $4.00 each and are very easily found.

So here are the original 6 trays that I started with.

Thrifted metal serving trays upcycled into plate chargers.

Thrifted metal serving trays upcycled into plate chargers.

I wanted them to be a soft blue colour and so I chose "Elegance" by Country Chic Paint.  After the paint dried, I sanded  and distressed them lightly.  I then sealed them with Natural Wax.

DIY Plate Chargers - painted in "Elegance" Country Chic Paint.

DIY Plate Chargers - painted in "Elegance" Country Chic Paint.

Country Chic Paint has just launched a new accent Metallic Cream that is user friendly, and as a participant of their 2015 Blogger Squad, I get to try out their new products!  To emphasize the raised details on the platters, I applied the Metallic Cream in "Silver Bullet", concentrating mainly around the raised edges.  The silver cream over the blue paint has a pearl-like look to it and it is very subtle.  You can apply the Metallic Cream with a brush, but I actually used my fingers for this project as it was just easier to spot apply it on the raised details.  Everything can be washed-up easily with water.   The Metallic Cream comes in three other colours. You can click here to see Rosanne's (co-founder of Country Chic Paint) video tutorial introducing the Metallic Cream .  I just love her accent!

DIY painted plate chargers.

DIY painted plate chargers.

Spring place setting.

Spring place setting.

DIY painted plate chargers highlighted with Metallic Cream in "Silver Bullet" by Country Chic Paint.

DIY painted plate chargers highlighted with Metallic Cream in "Silver Bullet" by Country Chic Paint.

I love the look of the different patterns mixed together and emphasized with the Metallic Cream.

Spring table-setting with DIY chargers.

Spring table-setting with DIY chargers.

The Metallic Cream does dry up pretty fast so if you apply a little too much cream, wipe-off the excess immediately.  I found it was best to work in small sections, applying and wiping-off.

DIY chargers

DIY chargers

Wishing for an early Spring! (Tulips)

Wishing for an early Spring! (Tulips)


I recently had the opportunity to try out a new paint line.  Fusion .  It is the newest paint by Homestead House Paint Co. 


Fusion ™ is a mineral-based paint with low VOC's.  It is super durable once fully cured.  I first tried out this paint on these two small projects.  It gave great coverage and was self-levelling so there were no brush strokes.


What makes this paint different from most other decorative paints is that it requires NO TOP COAT!  That's right, just paint and you are done!  This paint dries to a matte-finish, but if you want more of a sheen you can add some wax.

You can also easily distress your pieces, although it is best to distress soon after it dries.  I used the wet-distress method for the stool and left the bird cage as is.

I love this pretty blue shade.  It is called "Inglenook" and there are 24 different colours in their line.


Don't you love my little cozies?  I upcycled them from the cuffs of an old wool sweater!


Both of my pieces required only one coat of paint.


At first I was a little skeptical as to the durability without adding a topcoat.  I painted the stool a couple of months ago and aside from the distressing I added myself, the paint held up wonderfully.  This is a stool that gets a lot of daily use in our home. 



If you would like more info on this paint, click here.

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Hello friends,

I attended the Interior Design Show in Toronto,  a.k.a IDS15, held Jan. 22-25.  It was a last minute trip my girlfriend Johanne and her sister Nicole organized.  We drove down to Toronto which is a 5-1/2 hour drive from Montreal.  It was nice to get away and see what's trending in home decor.

So here is what caught my eye?  This blog post is a little lengthier than usual.

Definitely lots of large-scaled bold patterns and color on home furnishings.  From rugs and wallpaper, to sofas.  There also seems to be a continuing trend with objects from the natural world, rustic wood furnishings with live edges and also scandinavian-inspired simplistic furniture.

One of the first exhibits we visited was Montauk Sofa.  A brand that manufactures sofas right here in Quebec (yeah!).  They have done away with their usual white slip covers and furnished with this bold plaid pattern.  Pictured above is myself and my girlfriend Johanne.  Nicole was too camera-shy to pose for the picture!!!!!!  I think this was one of the coolest exhibits.

Lots of color and patterns on rugs and pillows.

Missoni Home

Missoni Home

Above and below is from the Missoni Home exhibit.


I've also been noticing lots of patterns with butterflies.

Digital prints on rugs.

Impressionist paint brush strokes on pillows and drapery from Le Pattern.

I believe this red-patterned plate is from the Hermés collection displayed at the William Ashley exhibit.  Again bold pattern seen here too.

There was also no lack of color in appliances either.  Check out these colourful 1950's-retro appliances from the Italian manufacturer SMEG.


Even one with the Union Jack!

Caesarstone had quite an interesting installation.  A place to burn some energy and have some fun.  The swing seats were slabs of Caesarstone.


I don't have much Scandinavian furniture in my home, but I just fell in love with these beautiful stools from Coolican & Company.  Simplicity and elegance.


How can you also not fall in love with this "Ninna Nanna" Canadian-made bassinet from Monte.  

Below some furniture from Miles & May.

Below, a huge display of coloured glass.  

I brought along my older camera and had lots of problems with my shutter button jamming.  So sorry for some of the blurred images.

The biggest highlight for me was the Ikea exhibition.  They partnered with two of my favorite Canadian magazines, House & Home and Style At Home and both styled a kitchen with Ikea cabinetry.

Here is House & Home's kitchen.

Lots of layers and mixing.  I especially loved this part of the cabinets styled like a French pantry.  

Copper pots and patterned tiles.

Modern-looking breadboards.

Here is Style At Home's exhibit.

Vintage mirrors mixed in with lots of copper.

I don't remember from which exhibit this yellow chair was from but more pops of bright colour.

Below is an upholstered chair from RADform.  A design firm with whimsical furniture and accessories.

Farrow & Ball had a beautiful Armoire painted in this bright orange colour.

The Well Light from Object/Interface.


Another one of my favorite items, were these recycled slate blackboards from another Quebec designer (yeah!!!!) Kino-Guérin.

Amongst all the bold patterns and bright colours, it was refreshing to see this display of blue and white plates from Susie Osler Ceramics featured in Heidi Earnshaw Design's booth.

I loved the oars displayed on this wall.  Unfortunately, I did not note the exhibitor.

From the Benjamin Moore Paint exhibit.  Now that's really making a statement.

Below is the Andrew Richard Designs exhibit of outdoor furniture.  Lots of live-edge pieces.  I love the raw and refined approach.


We also got to attend one of the seminars given by Thom Felicia from the t.v. show "Queer Eye For the Straight Guy".  Remember that show?

We were able to take in the whole show on Saturday and so were free to shop all of Sunday but I must say, even for Toronto, it was COLD.

We had a delicious Italian-style brunch at SOLITA on Dundas St.  A newly-opened specialty grocery market and café.   Doesn't this look great.  (If you are in the area, stop in for a quick lunch or pick-up some of their delicacies.  A little plug for the Owners, Vicki and Maurizio, who also happen to be family!)

SOLITA, Toronto

SOLITA, Toronto

Fresh breads delivered daily.

Fresh breads delivered daily.

This beautiful painted cabinet is from our visit at the Anthropolgie store.  Love it.

Anthropologie store.

Anthropologie store.

Eye-candy at Anthropologie

Eye-candy at Anthropologie

another display at the Anthropologie store

another display at the Anthropologie store

This was our view from the Sheraton Hotel where we stayed overlooking City Hall.

Overlooking Downtown Toronto.

Overlooking Downtown Toronto.

Our last evening in Toronto we had supper at  Buca on King St. West.  By then I had given up on my camera and unfortunately did not get any pictures but if in Toronto, I would recommend this restaurant.  Everything, and I mean everything I tasted was delicious.

This post has gone on much longer than I wanted, so I'll end here.  Hope you enjoyed seeing what's new in home decor.

Stay warm and have a great day.

- Mary-


Here is my latest project.

So a little while back a family member gave me this table.  It is a solid table, but definitely lacked some details.  Below is how it looked initially.  I knew I wanted this table distressed so I first had to  paint out the top in a dark brown paint to bring it as close as possible to match the bottom color.  I had on hand some General Finishes paint in Dark Chocolate so I used that. After it dried, I sealed it with a spray Varathane varnish to create a barrier so that I could distress and have the dark brown color show through.

Below is a picture after I painted out the top in the brown paint.  BTW, that dresser in the background is part of a whole bedroom set.  It has gorgeous wood detailed handles.  Can't wait to get started painting it.  I can see past the two-toned wood stains.

I painted this table in Coco as the base coat and added a wash of Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

To pretty it up, I decided to add some rope moulding and some wood appliqués on the apron and legs of the table.  Below is an i-phone picture taken in my dark garage of the individual pieces used.

Adding the rope moulding on the bottom edge of the table made a huge difference, don't you think?  

Rope moulding and wood appliqués added to a plain table.  Finished with Coco and a wash of Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Rope moulding and wood appliqués added to a plain table.  Finished with Coco and a wash of Country Grey Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

This is the side view, without the extension.





Christmas cactus in full bloom

Christmas cactus in full bloom

The above picture was taken back in December when my Christmas Cacti were still in full bloom.

I started out with just the table and as I was finishing it up, I was able to find 6 solid wood chairs which I painted similar to the table to make a set and re-upholstered the seats with drop-cloth.

I shared on my last post how I wax chairs "The Easy Way" here.

I am now selling (local sale only) the table and chairs as a set. [UPDATE:  SOLD]

Here is how they look together with the extension on.


Hi Friends,

I'm just popping in briefly to talk about waxing.  Waxing is never a really fun job, right!  And especially when you have to wax DINING CHAIRS.  You know, you feel like you will never get to the finish line!

I love working with brushes for waxing, but on something like chairs, I found this method below works so much faster.

I decided to make a short video tutorial to show you.  See below.

Do you have any tricks when it comes to waxing furniture?  I'd love if you would share your ideas  in the "Comments" below.



Every once in a while a client will send me pictures of furniture I painted for them taken from their home.

 It is always such a great thrill for me that I've decided to start sharing them with you all in a new segment entitled "FEEDBACK PHOTOS".

So I painted her sideboard, 10 chairs, table and a tea cart at various times, so it's fun for me to see how she put the whole room together.

 I only wrote a post about the table.  Remember this image?

 You can read my post here.

I love her choice in upholstering these beautiful Louis XVI chairs which she scored at an auction.   My client has young children, so having a darker material on the seat will be more forgiving for little hands!  I never did blog about the chairs either, but did share them on Facebook.  They have such beautiful engraved detailing on the wood frame.  I've never seen any like these.  Here is the picture I had shared on Facebook.  I had asked advice from you all on how I should treat the engraved carvings with regards to distressing.  I ended up just doing a little distressing, no dark wax or glaze was added.  I think using a dark wax or glaze would have been just too busy as the engravings were all over the frame.

For these chairs, I did not WAX them at all, but sprayed them with a satin varathane.  This is another way to  seal your chairs.  It is quicker than waxing but you need to do this outdoors! 



Transforming a manufactured table to this.....