Fall is probably my favourite time of the year. Sweaters, cozy comforts, and of course all things pumpkin spice. But fall also makes me nervous- knowing we're moving into colder temperatures, shorter days and more time cooped up indoors makes me think about the list of projects I still have to finish around the house! Although we went through a massive renovation for basically all of 2014, there are still lots of neglected areas I want to finish- holes to patch, unpainted trim, products that still have stickers on them, boxes that still need to be donated, a million paint touch ups- and I don't want to look at all that chaos while cozied up at home all through the winter. It would be amazing to feel like I can just enjoy my house for a while (at least until the next urge to redecorate perks up!)

So right now (RIGHT NOW!) is the perfect time to get a few things done on your punch out list. Cross them off, get them done and get ready to enjoy and bask in your completed space. 

If you need a little motivation to help you out, I've partnered with CIL Paint on a fun contest that will absolutely help you towards the goal of a beautiful home. Getting there doesn't have to cost a lot- sometimes a can of paint is really all you need. 

The Beauty on a Small Budget contest challenges Canadians to make a room beautiful on a small budget using CIL Premium paint. So pick your space- paint out the fireplace, change up your favourite accent chair, or tackle the walls- and simply post a photo of your completed space on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the paint can in the photo and the hashtag #CILPremiumBeauty. 

The grand prize will consist of a two-hour home design consultation with either myself, style-maven Erica Cook, or editor-extrordinaires Earl Einarson and Jan Halvarson from Poppytalk (pending location of winner) and (HELLO!) $5,000 CDN in The Home Depot gift cards.

CIL Premium paint can be purchased exclusively at The Home Depot and costs just $29 for a 3.78 L can. I've used the paint throughout my entire home and I can tell you from experience a little bit goes a long way. As a busy mom of 5 I am in love with the fact that it is paint and primer in one- streamlines the process and makes things go faster : )

In addition to being a paint and primer in one, CIL Premium paint is also:

• Free of VOCs before adding colourant

• Washable & durable

• Virtually odourless

• Easy to apply

So get your creative juices flowing and figure out what your project will be! The contest begins October 13, 2015 and closes on November 29, 2015. You can enter as many home projects as you like- just be sure to include the hashtag #CILPremiumBeauty and a can of paint in your images. The more projects you tackle, the better your odds!

Now wait for it- if that wasn't sweet enough I am making it even easier for you- I am giving away a $250 Home Depot gift card so you can take part in the CIL Beauty on a Small Budget contest. To enter, 1) share this blog post on Twitter and tag me @lisa_canning and the hashtag #CILPremiumBeauty 2) tell me what paint project you'll be undertaking. That's it!

I'll be selecting the winner this Friday October 16, 2015 at 9am. Contest is open to Canadian residents. Winner will be randomly selected and gift card will be delivered via courier to the winner.  

As for my house, here's what I need to tackle with paint:

Pink walls be gone- we basically half completed this bathroom and then never finished! It's time!!!!

These shelves are going to get a fun accent colour of some kind… 

And all these marks on the walls will finally disappear! 

I hope you'll join me in this challenge- excited to see what you might tackle : )