Simply Style…Quick and simple ways to refresh a room

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t you just love updating the spaces? I sure do…I guess you could say it’s an occupational hazard ;)

Of course, just because I’m in the mood to freshen things up a bit, does NOT mean I want to spend alot of $$ doing so! I usually like to keep the main areas of my home mostly neutral so by simply changing up the accessories with colours and patterns, I am easily and affordably able to create a new look.

My latest “room refresh” has occurred in our master bedroom. The previous duvet set was warm and rich chocolate brown with a  paisley pattern. I had paired it with neutral taupes and ivories and some mixed metallic finishes…a lovely look for winter.

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Here’s the “winter” look…..

I love this look but was ready for something a little fresher for the upcoming spring season. As you can probably tell from my business name, my absolute favourite looks are those with a seaside or coastal feel. I absolutely adore the colour blue and anything with stripes. While away on a recent trip to the UK, I came across a navy and white striped duvet set and knew I just had to have it! Below are some tips on how I easily incorporated the duvet set with things I already had, to give my room a fresh new look, all on a shoestring budget :)

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A new striped duvet cover injects some new colour and a fresh pattern into a previously neutral space. The ivory pillows are part of the previous brown set and the french script pillow was taken out of storage in my basement…

 

 

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I changed up the existing silver round mirror over the bed with some rich wood frames that I already have for a stronger impact. The frames matting was a little more on the beige side than I wanted, so I simply turned them around on the “wrong”, but white, side.  I even re-used some navy and white fabric I had displayed previously in my Family Room.

 

 

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 I reused the existing lamp bases and then purchased some basic white drum shades at Walmart ($14) and trimmed them with some simple navy blue ribbon. I just pinned the ribbon at the back so it can be easily removed when I want to change up the look. I found the cute blue and white plate on clearance ($3) and thought it would be perfect to hold accessories. The silver coral was on sale for $18 at Michaels and the indigo blue vase was found for $7. It adds a fun pop of colour!

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 The mirror that was previously over the bed, finds a new home over the chest of drawers…

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So here’s the updated seaside-y look. I’m loving it and my husband (who adores boating), is loving it too!

Do you like to update things frequently? Have any tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear all about it! Please leave a comment below…

Have a great day! :)

~Katrina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids Parties- “SWEET” cake decorating party…

 

 

 

 

This is a big year in my little girls life…double digits!! Yikes! I can hardly believe she is 10 already. In honor of this momentous occasion, we had to have a super awesome party….no, make that a super SWEET party! We could think of no more fitting location than our favorite cupcake shop in Cupids, NL. The Sweet Shoppe!

At the Sweet Shoppe they offer a fabulous cake decorating party. What could be more perfect for a group of crafty tween girls?! Each girl got to decorate their own 6″ cake with expert instruction from Sweet Shoppes owner, Elizabeth Pilgrim.

The girls all seemed to have a fabulous time and were quite proud of their creations, which they got to take home in a perfect pink box, to share ( or not!), with their families :)

Here’s some pics of how the party went:

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The Birthday Girl is  very excited to get a “Sweet” goodie bag. She especially loved wearing the fun cupcake headband….she said she felt like Katy Perry :)

 

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The girls are very busy with their creations!

 

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Owner, Elizabeth Pilgrim, instructs the girls on how to use the different icing tips.

 

 

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Julia puts her instruction to good use! :)

 

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After their decorating was complete, we had a snack and each girl got to choose their favourite cupcake…yummy!

 

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So many “sweet” treats!!

 

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Love their mini milk bottle glasses…too cute!

 

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More yummy treats!!

 

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Ariana is very proud of her cake decorating :)

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Ariana loves fondant so this 2 tier cake was just what she wanted….so pretty!

 

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A very happy birthday girl!

 

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I made up the loot bags using simple pink paper bags tied up with a sparkly candy striped ribbon and filled them with goodies such as cupcake notebooks and candy-flavoured lip gloss. A perfect treat to end a lovely party!

 

 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like…Christmas!

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        It’s the end of November already….can you even believe it?! Around here, I’ve been in full swing with all the Christmas preparations. There’s been so much glitter going around our house that I’m sure I’ll be sparkling for months to come! Just in case you haven’t been following our Facebook page, […]

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Kids craft -Simple Pumpkin Ornament

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      Happy October everyone! Can you believe it’s here already? Halloween is less than a month away… My kids are getting pretty excited about the Halloween season. My 9 year old daughter has been anxious to get started on a few Halloween crafts. She has been busy looking at YouTube and Pinterest, coming […]

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Welcoming Fall…

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        Good Morning! It’s a beautiful, cloudless, pre-autumn day here! Hard to believe the Fall season is just days away! Have you started getting ready? I’ve spent some of my free time this week adding some warm fall touches around my own home. Thought I’d share a few pics with you all […]

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