ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 4: WE’RE GOING GREEN

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 4: WE’RE GOING GREEN

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I have a tendency to be a wee bit indecisive about design decisions for myself. So much so, everything happens at the last hour in one big glorious creative rush.

The fun part about that- it is like my days working as Production Designer on HGTV shows where we truly only had 48-hours to get an entire home camera ready. The bad news- sometimes you need to pivot and make decisions based on lead time and availability.

So in my case, because I did not make my mind up in time, the built in storage that I had imagined for my kids’ playroom won’t be happening in time for the reveal. But what this did was led to making some other decisions that I think is going to serve the space for the better (and built-ins can always happen later).

WE’RE GOING GREEN

If you remember my bedroom makeover, I am a little obsessed with Urban Wall Decal. I am using this Emerald Brush Stroke product over EVERYTHING lol and I cannot wait.

To pick up on the green in the decals I’ve picked up these gorgeous green chairs.  These are going to be really fun for my kids to swivel lol.

And instead of a built in unit, I get to use something I have had on a vision board for a really long time- a wooden tv easel!!!

That’s the design update this week- in other news, look at the little angels who will get to enjoy this space:

New family photo courtesy of the talented Light the Sky Photography.

Check out what all the other guest participants are up to over here!

MY EPIC PLAYROOM: ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 2

MY EPIC PLAYROOM: ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 2

One of the reasons I love the One Room Challenge is because it “forces” me to make decisions.

Because I am legit the most indecisive person when it comes to designing for myself.

Ask me to design your living room? I typically have it designed in my head within 5 minutes of entering your house! When I worked as an HGTV production designer, I did not have the luxury of time on my side- I got very good at picturing how a space could look great for camera within 5 minutes of the cite walk through.

But for me? BAHAHAHA. I have so much trouble deciding for myself. I’m grateful for the One Room Challenge as it acts as a fire under my behind to get spaces finished.

As I shared last week, I am going to be tackling the playroom in our new home in Florida. In today’s post I am going to wrestle through some of the design decisions that need to be made pretty quickly!

Like in this space by Joanna Gaines, I need all the storage. The space is HUGE- so there is all kinds of potential for some beautiful built ins, open and closed storage… and a library ladder!!!!!!

Don;’t you just love this space by Roxanne West? I do.

Ever since I watched the scene where Belle sings about wanting adventure in the great wide somewhere on the ladder in that scene in Beauty and the Beast, I wanted a library ladder. But I have never lived in a home with large enough ceilings to pull it off! My playroom has these great soaring ceilings and lots of natural light- so I am excited that this can be a reality!

One other thing I need to navigate is how to place the TV in this space- I don’t love designing around the tv. THat’s why these spaces by Studio McGee (ps HAVE YOU WATCHED THEIR NEW SHOW ON NETFLIX?!?!?!) speak to me- I am either going to paint out the built ins a dark colour so the TV does not stand out, or invest in a TV that looks like art when the TV isn’t on so that it’s not such an eyesore….

Go see what all the other guest participants in the One Room Challenge are cooking up this week of the challenge!

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 1: AN EPIC PLAYROOM

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 1: AN EPIC PLAYROOM

It’s that time of year again, where designers, design enthusiasts, and anyone with enough design loving gumption to complete a room in 6 weeks, participate in the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. This challenge has helped me complete several spaces in my previous homes, including my laundry room, my home gym, and my bedroom in my new home in Florida! This season, I am tackling an area in my home we are going to use as a playroom for my kids!

As you can see, this space has essentially become the space where random furniture has been dumped. Here is what I am excited to turn it into:

This is a shot of my basement in our previous house in Canada. I want to create a similar functional space- where kids can watch TV, play board games, hang out with friends, etc.

I also want ALL THE STORAGE. We still have boxes in our garage full of books that have not been unpacked because we simply don’t have adequate storage… YET! This project is going to get my garage cleaned out lol.

Go check out what everyone else is up to in this challenge and come back next week to see more of this design take shape!

 

MY #CASACANNING BEDROOM REVEAL!!!!

MY #CASACANNING BEDROOM REVEAL!!!!

The time has come! My bedroom in my new Florida house (affectionately called #casacanning) is complete and I am THRILLED. I feel like grown ups live in this space. I am so grateful.

This space began with this incredible wall decal called Bohemian Palms by Urban Wall  Decals. This whimsical pattern was so easy to install, and the palette is so soothing. And to be honest, given the restrictions with Covid, quarantine, no school with 8 children at home, and limited access to childcare, a decal was just a much easier option to install as I could nurse my baby in the middle of installation, my kids actually could help, and it actually was a fun and gratifying project to tackle. Also, the decals are KINDA perfect for covering all the crayon and pen marks my children have made on my walls. For that, I am a major fun.

My husband now calls me an interior “decalator”. BAHAHA.

Our 8th baby Colleen sleeps in our bedroom since she is just a wee 5 months old so this makeover needed a crib. But can we talk about this crib?!?!? I wanted something modern, and something in a warm metal if I could, and as I shared in past weeks, I had found some other options but at the very last minute, I found this beauty. I love it SO SO MUCH.

And then this gorgeous, chunky knit blanket (which I placed here just as decor, it’s little bit big for an infant!), is by a brand I am so excited to know. House of Royals is a brand I was recently introduced to via the wonderful world of instagram. Their mission is beautiful: to surround you and those you love with heirloom-quality lifestyle collections of sacred beauty, sacramental experiences, and treasures of faith that reflect each person’s royal dignity and dispose hearts to grace, because the soul is forever.

My fellow Catholic mamas, the pink silk ribbon that comes with this blanket is adorned with Swarovski crystals to assist you in praying the rosary. This luxe detail is so special and meaningful and it brings me so much joy.

I paired it with a whimsical crib skirt. and a floral crib sheet. 

   

When I finished applying the wall decal on the wall across from our bed, it dawned on me the green sofa from my living room could look just amazing (check out my living room reveal which I completed for the Fall One Room Challenge here!) So I voluntold my 11 year-old son to move the sofa into my room, we found a sofa for my living room from FB Marketplace to use until I can decide what I actually want for my living room, and voila. I am thrilled. For some reason, a green velvet sofa in my bedroom makes me feel like a GROWN UP.

This pink pillow was one that made it on the truck from our move from Toronto from Tonic Living, and the pink striped one is a Joanna Gaines beauty.

These nightstands were A STEAL from Goodwill (learn just how little I paid for them here). And they flank my green headboard- yet another affordable purchase full of so much style for this price. 

And when House of Royals offered to gift me this incredible Face of Christ on the Cross in Linen Veil, and this Lux Sancta Raw Alabaster Prayer Candle with a 100% beeswax candle insert, I fell in love. These deeply personal items tell a story- and feel so personal and intimate. I cannot WAIT to light this candle- I might even move my morning prayer time from my living room arm chair, to my bedroom sofa. Stay tuned to my instagram stories (@lisacanning) to see where I end up.

Finally, I think what makes this room feel so “grown up” is this bed. As I have shared with you, it was important for me to bring a little bit of Canada to our new home in SW Florida. So when selecting a mattress for our new bedroom, I turned to @endy, partly because of my nostalgia for all things Canada, and because of all the things I had heard about their mattresses.
Oh boy, did it not disappoint. Here’s my honest review after 100 sleeps: it is as firm, as it is soft. I realize that is a total dichotomy, but it is the truth. The Endy foam truly feels like a supportive cloud and has provided this tired mom of 8 serious comfort especially during these long, frazzled days. It is always the perfect temperature. I am often too hot when I sleep and my husband is often too cold. The foam’s open air cell technology enhances breathability and cooling throughout the night, and we both feel so comfortable throughout the night. I never knew that I might benefit from an adjustable pillow. The Endy Pillow allows you to customize just how much of their bamboo charcoal memory foam is inside the pillow- I am often on my side while nursing my baby, but sleep on my back through the evening- so having pillows of various firmness has really improved my comfort.

And then with ALL THE PILLOWS (the white striped ones again are Magnolia beauties, and the long lumbar and the linen blanket are Target finds) and fluffiest Endy duvet (which provides the perfect amount of weight for me without being too hot) I just feel so restored at the end of every day.

We work hard as parents, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW with everyone at home, camps cancelled, school in the Fall looking unsure in some places- and so I really believe it is part of our spiritual, physical, and emotional health to give ourselves a sanctuary to call our own. My kids walk in and keep saying it looks like a hotel. And entering this room truly feels like a bit of a getaway.

Although if I am being honest, I prefer getaways that include all these small incredible people (missing one in this photo!)

Thanks again to Linda who organizes this wild ride that is the One Room Challenge. Go check out all the other participants here.