Living Room Makeover

For a long time, I have wanted to change up the colour of our living room and make a few other changes to brighten up our main living space. By a long time, I mean 7+ years so to say I was excited when the opportunity to parter with Benjamin Moore presented itself is an understatement.

I’d like to think I’m handy and can do it all but the truth is hubs is the handy to my creative. I get all these ideas and he is the one that really puts everything together. One thing I’ve always disliked about our house are the random brown feature walls all over the place. That was the first thing to go when planning our living room makeover. I started on painting the wall grey while Mike framed and created the top part of our built ins to extend to the ceiling. For full details on our renovation project you can check out this post here.

Primer

The entire surface required a light sand before we could begin priming the wall unit for paint. We used INSL-X STIX Primer to set the stage for the paint. STIX is the highest quality, waterborne, acrylic urethane primer/sealer. STIX can be used on almost any surface including PVC, plastic, fiberglass, metals, siding, tile, vinyl, glass, wood, plaster and drywall.

You know I like to keep it real with you guys… this stuff lives up to it’s name because it actually STICKS! We made the mistake of using a sprayer for this step. It was literally sticking inside the sprayer and ended up shooting out in chunks! * que the tears * and dust everywhere from having to sand the mess after. Probably should have read the part about it having an extremely hard film once cured. OOPS!

Would it really be a DIY home reno project if there wasn’t some kind of story that came from it tho?! Now that it’s all done and really does look better than either of us ever imagined we can have a good laugh at our little hiccup.

Paint

Now on to the paint! This is where I started happy dancing! We knew right away we wanted the unit to be white to carry over from our white kitchen. To make things easy in the future we went with Benjamin Moore ADVANCE Interior Paint Pearl in “Simply White”. There are SO many shades of white. After trying to match a few to our kitchen we just decided to go with one of their staple shades of white. You can check out their range of colours here.

Benjamin Moore ADVANCE Interior Paint was recommended by the helpful staff at their Langley Design Centre location. I took one of our kitchen drawers with me to match the finish on our living room built ins. Right away she assured me the Pearl sheen was what we wanted. She also offered a custom colour match like it was no big deal but we went ahead with the Simply White shade instead of always having a custom mix needed for touch ups or future projects. ( Yes hubs, there will be many more to come xoxo)

I really don’t know much about the specifics of paint but you can find all the features and info about their Advance line on their website here.

My jaw literally dropped when the painting was all done. I still can’t believe how much this has changed the whole feel of the space!

Thank you

Every step of the makeover has been SO exciting! Even the smallest changes have made me giddy because let’s be honest – progress is progress! The finished product is such a good reflection of what we both wanted. You guys, I can’t even. I’m literally ob-sessed with our new living room! A lot of our time at home is spent in the kitchen/living room. I can’t wait to create more memories here with our boys.

If you’re working on a project of your own you can find your local Benjamin Moore Retailer here. Thank you for following our makeover and hope you even found some inspiration of your own.

xoxo

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Master Bedroom Makeover

Master Bedroom
Reveal

Let me start by saying this has been a long time coming! Mike and I traded in his one bedroom man cave for our family home when I was pregnant with Joey. Between moving into way more space and preparing for baby one thing that fell to the bottom of our priority list was our bedroom. In my mind it was a place no one would be spending anytime in except us anyways so we moved his old brown suede headboard and matching furniture in, and that’s where it stayed until now.

Over the years it got harder and harder (for me) to look at. The desire to have something that we picked out together and was just ours grew. After a while Mike was on board and the inspo and shopping began! 

Bedroom Furniture
w/ Structube

I love the way an upholstered headboard makes such a pretty statement in a bedroom. Our bedroom is pretty big so finding a headboard big enough that the main wall in the room wouldn’t swallow up was not easy. Once I laid eyes on the Versailles Bed from Structube I knew it was the one!

Catalina 3 drawer chest was next on the list. Instead of having two small night stands and a dresser we decided on two dressers to use as oversized night stands. We ordered some chrome pulls to add a little detail to the dressers and tie in with the studded headboard. They have just been discontinued but the Madison 3 drawer chest is very similar.

Tip: make a template of the drawers so your handles all line up perfectly. We also put masking tape over the surface before drilling the holes to prevent any cracking.

Bedding w/ Brooklinen

I love the feel of fresh new sheets. With all the pretty new pieces falling into place in our room new bedding seemed like a must! The decision was not easy because Brooklinen has SO many swoon worthy options. We got the All Season Down Comforter with the Twill Duvet Cover in white. For sheets we decided on the Luxe Core Sheet Set in Steel.

You guys, it honestly feels like a dream. No more lumpy duvet that feels like a paper thin sheet. Nights are way cozier with Brooklinen in our bed. They just released a new collection for kids called Brooklittles. I love the Fog Stripe Duvet cover + Sheet Set. Totally want to get them for Joey.

Feature Wall w/ Walls Need Love

One of the things I never liked that our builder did was paint a few walls a taupe brown colour and then painted the rest of the house a nice grey. One of those walls happened to be the “feature” wall in our master bedroom. Once our pretty new bed was in the room that brown wall HAD to go! I got hubs to paint it white and what a difference that made alone. Brightened it up so much!

As nice as that white wall was, it didn’t stand a chance once I found the Clara Wall Mural from Walls Need Love. *cue all the heart eyes* (Sorry hubs). The mural comes in numbered strips (we got the 8 panel). You start in the middle of the room with strips 4+5 and work your way out to the corners from top to bottom. Each strip took around 15-20 mins but I am super picky and have ocd so it had to be perfect. We also have two small windows on that wall so working around those made it a little more difficult.

Woah. What a beauty she is now! I’m completely obsessed with how it turned out and love so much that I have something so girly in my house full of boys. The Clara wall mural literally made my bedroom dreams come true.

Mirror and Lighting w/ Urban Barn

Every girl needs a full length ootd mirror. Keeping with my girly little oasis I picked up the Presley Floor Mirror from Urban Barn. Hubs and I both like a little bling so when it came to lighting we both decided on a chandelier from Urban Barn that unfortunately is no longer available on their site.

I could decorate every single room of our house at Urban barn. We also grabbed a white leather serving tray, decorative pillows ( here + here ), candle holders (here + here), faux flowers, mini frames and jewelry box.

Decor w/ Bouclair

Found this faux leather bench at Bouclair and knew it was the perfect addition at the end of the bed. It comes in white and grey. Bouclair also has the cutest decor for every room in your home. I grabbed this hilarious bath mat, vase, and storage baskets as well.

Orian Rugs

Finally we finished off the space with this 9×13 Seaborn Natural area rug from Orian Rugs. They have so many beautiful looking rugs that add texture to any space. I love the way this rug ties into the space while still stands out enough to be noticed.
Thank you so much for stopping by to check out our bedroom makeover! Some of the pieces featured in this post are sponsored but all opinions are my own.

I’ve link the shops IG pages below incase you need some design and decor inspo!

Brooklinen | Structube | Orian Rugs | Walls Need Love | Urban Barn | Bouclair

xo

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LG Washes The Dishes In Our House

The LG QuadWash Dishwasher with TrueSteam Technology Review
Superior Performance + Gentle Care

With three growing boys in the house I’m sure you can imagine how many dishes are used on the daily. Don’t even get me started on how many cups they go through in one day and heaven forbid I grab the wrong one. Lets keep it real, the only thing I dislike more than laundry is hand washing dishes. Who has the time to wash dishes all day long? Because I swear they eat all. day. long.

What’s important to you when shopping for appliances? Dishwashers have definitely changed over the years. It’s easier than ever to be overwhelmed or confused with all the features and different options. I typically go straight to the big brands with known reputations for quality, like LG. I like to invest in a product that is reliable, that I can count on and know is going to last.

LG QuadWash Steam
Features

Say what you will, but you don’t, in fact, like doing dishes. Lucky for me, and for you, we live in the 21st century where the days of paper plates and piles of dishes in the sink are a thing of the past. Instead, you can get a smart dishwasher like the LG QuadWash Steam. You’re obviously wondering what’s so smart about it right?

Using the SmartThinQ® app you can check the status of your dishwasher. This means if you ask your husband to turn the dishwasher on you can easily check he’s done it before “nagging”. [insert eye roll here] It took me a few minutes to figure out how to connect my machine to the app but once its set up its very easy to use. The first time we ran the dishwasher I got a notification on my phone saying ” Add rinse aid to dishwasher for better drying performance ” and there I was, out smarted by our shiny new dishwasher.

Trust me when I say I had high expectations trying out this new dishwasher. It did not disappoint! There are so many things I quickly fell in love with that I didn’t even know I was missing out on with our last dishwasher.

TrueSteam Technology

To start with The LG QuadWash dishwasher integrates TrueSteam technology, a powerful steam that helps eliminate the need to pre-rinse dishes. TrueSteam technology offers maximum steam coverage to give you 60% less water spots or water stains on things like wine glasses so they come out shiny every time. 

The QuadWash dishwasher with TrueSteam technology has DualControl™. What that means is you can adjust the intensity between the lower and upper racks. This lets you wash more delicate items up top, like your wine glasses, while using a stronger setting on the bottom for your plates or pots and pans. The LG QuadWash dishwasher uses four spray arms instead of two to achieve maximum cleaning throughout the entire cycle.

I didn’t think I would ever refer to loading the dishwasher as fun but with LG’s EasyRack™ Plus it actually is. You can easily adjust the racks to accommodate all your dishes. Gone are the days of fussing with bowls trying to make them fit and not fall onto one another. You can even lay the racking system completely flat for pots. Sounds awesome right? That’s because it is. Bonus points for making my OCD really happy.

The LG QuadWash dishwasher comes with three pull out racks. I absolutely love the option of having the top tray for silverware and having the option of removing the lower basket if extra space is needed for dishes. If that isn’t fancy enough for you, (at this point my mind was already blown), you can also adjust the height on the left side of the top tray to fit small items like espresso cups or sippy cup lids. The middle rack is also height adjustable making every single piece fit in one load.


Cycles & Options

  • Auto – Cycle senses the load size, soil amount and soil toughness and optimizes to achieve the best cleaning
  • Heavy – For heavily soiled and hard to clean dishes
  • Turbo – A shortened, powerful cycle for washing only (You can select Extra Dry option to dry dishes)
  • Normal – For everyday normally soiled dishes
  • Extra Dry – For better drying performance (adds 20 mins drying time)
  • Night Dry – Runs the ventilation fan periodically to help vent the steam from the tub
  • High Temp – Raises the main wash temperature to improve cleaning
  • Dual Zone – Sets the spray intensity to soft for the upper spray arm and strong for the lower spray arm
  • Half Load – Washes intensively by selecting the upper or lower racks


LG confidently backs their products with a 10-year warranty on your dishwasher’s Direct Drive Motor. The Motor and self cleaning filtration system were designed with quiet in mind. The LG QuadWash dishwasher with TrueSteam is among the quietest on the market. The first time we put it to the test hubs and I watched a movie in our open concept kitchen/living room. We didn’t hear it at all.

The most likely time for me to clean up is during nap time so I really appreciate a quiet dishwasher. The other day Cruz napped on the couch with the dishwasher running and wasn’t phased at all. The boys have their moments when they want to help which I also appreciate and think is the cutest ever!


So far, I have nothing but positive things to say about our new dishwasher. Its definitely an upgrade from our previous machine. LG’s QuadWash dishwasher with TrueSteam technology is available in 2 colour options, Black Stainless Steel and Stainless Steel. You can check them out here.

Sponsored by LG Electronics Canada but all opinions are my own.

xo

 

 

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