Inspiration Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!  Half way through the week, Yippee!

My inspiration image today comes from me doing research on redo'ing stairs.  Currently we have carpeted stairs - I hate it.  It is ugly cheap carpet that the builder put in and with 2 dogs and 2 kids they are dirty, stained and GROSS.

I want to redo them.  Tear the carpet up, and lay hardwood on the stairs.  I love the look of this, dark step (treads) and white backs (riser), white banister and dark railings.  Super classy looking, and we could always add a runner later if we felt it was super slippery.

I know I missed Friday Favourites this week.  It's been one of those weeks and I still haven't caught up to my queue of posts, so in the meantime I'll add a few favourites here too!

1. Similar style sold at Overstock.com and for a very reasonable price.  Check it out here

2.  A desk lamp like this one is incredible on way more then just a desk, a side table, next to your sofa or your bed are great options for this beauty.  And it's cheap!  Check it out at Ikea: you can find the Ranarp lamp, here

3. A fav online shop of mine is Joss & Main, although I have yet to order anything specifically from them I have MANY plans.  I love the products they offer and for a daily event website they have such great variety and offer some really great prices.  This beautiful chandelier is an offering they have right now.  I really love this chandelier and was thinking it might look amazing in our master bedroom.  I'm sure everyone is aware of the pricing of lighting...what makes it so expensive anyway?  But I find Joss & Main very reasonable in their discount pricing and they quite often have some sort of lighting event happening.  Please note that this event ends in two days and will no longer be available by Dec 14, 2013. 

4.  The Penny Paper Co. have such great paper products, personalized stationary, kids art collections and also a great assortment of personalized household stamp.  I LOVE this idea and think it would make an amazing gift for someone as well.

5.  Another light from Joss & Main.  You can find this chandelier here in there "All that Glitters" event that started today.  Please note that this event ends in two days and will no longer be available by Dec 14, 2013.

6.  I think I've mentioned on here already that we're going to start working on the living room eventually but first I need to decide what I'd like to put on the main wall.  I really want built ins and have seen a lot of Ikea hacks that include the BESTÃ… system.  I love the functionality of this system, it's pretty and SO customizable.  Check it out online at Ikea


Inspiration Wednesdays

I'm at home today with two sick kiddos.  Inspiration Wednesday will be slightly delayed.  This is just a place holder and to let you know that it will be posted shortly.


Alright, the kids are tucked in, in front of the television watching a Christmas movie and I have a few minutes to post my latest Inspiration Wednesday.  My plan is to have a queue of these ready to go each week but I'm a little behind working on some other things and just haven't yet.  So in the mean time, here goes.

I am SO glad that I found this image on Houzz because it's pretty much exactly what I envisioned for our powder room makeover.  I love it! I love the tile border! I love the wainscotting, the simplicity, etc.  We don't have a very big powder room and it's just off of the kitchen so I really want to it flow with the rest of the house because the door is always open and pretty visible to the rest of the house (I promise, I'm working on a current house tour that should be posted soon).  Right now, the colour in the room is an ugly rust (I painted it, but it didn't turn out what I was hoping for) and it's never had a full design.

This might actually be the next fully designed room.  I was hoping the next room would be the living room but we also have to do the drop ceiling in the basement so that might not happen together.

Anyway, I LOVE this powder room and the simplicity of it.  I will definitely be using this image as my design inspiration!

I also wanted to post about a blog that I've really be enjoying.  Be sure to check out Rambling Renovators, fellow Canadians and design enthusiast.  I love her style and find I can spend a lot of hours just looking through her blog, reading and looking over the images she posts.  I really love the little getaway area she made for her daughter under the stairs.  Check it out here


Gift giving made easy with Etsy - For Him

Happy Tuesday!  Enjoy the last instalment of my 2013 Etsy gift guide here on P&B!  I hope you found a little inspiration for your holiday gift giving and maybe even introduced you to a few new Etsy shops!  I hope you enjoyed.  Have a super week!

Check out more of my ideas on my mens gift guide....

(Source: All found on Etsy.  soap gift setscarf, cuff links, walletleather braceletmessenger bag,Images used from each of the etsy listings)
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