Old Lamp Makeover


Everyone loves the SPA experience. However, there are so many things in our lives that get into our way preventing us from going to the spa; time and money being the first on the list.

Let’s face it, the less costliest spa treatments, such us manicure or pedicure, start at $ 50 for a 60 minute treatment, so even if we find time to go to the salon to get such treatment, most of us, cannot afford it on a regular basis.

Two weeks ago I had a pedicure in a newly opened spa in my neighborhood, and I really enjoyed the pampering, relaxation and the ambiance of this new spa. Moreover, I got inspired there, so few days later I assigned myself a project; to rejuvenate the outdated, old lamp that I have been storing in my laundry room for ages. The assignment included finding a “spa feeling look” for this lamp.

This lamp has a story behind which makes me emotionally attached to it, so this is why I did not get rid of this “oldie” in the first place. Due to the space constraints I threw or gave away so many things, but I have always found place to store this old lamp.


For that “spa feeling look” that I was striving to achieve, I found a template (http://www.ellinee.com/blog/diy-paper-orchid/) for creating these beautiful paper orchids, and luckily I came to find a suitable white lamp shade at my close by Home Sense store.

I decided to go with white and light grey for the lamp base, and it took me 20 minutes between two coats to get the painting part done.


I printed 15 paper orchids and trimmed them down while watching my favorite Big Bang Theory show. After gluing them down according to the instruction from the website above, I attached them to the lamp shade by sewing them on using invisible (polyester) thread. So all it took me to between trimming, gluing and attaching the orchids on to the lamp shade was 1 hr and 30 minutes and, as I mentioned, I was watching TV too.
Now that I have this lamp I will recreate this spa inspired corner to relax while doing my manicure and pedicure at home. Hopefully, I will stick to this plan as I think it will save me some money and time too.

I am happy with the project. Let me know what you think. Do you have any project in mind that you could include these beautiful paper orchids? I would like to hear from you.

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Curtain Panel Makeover

I was thinking for a while about giving a refreshed look to a curtain that covers a north facing window in my living room. This window does not present any privacy issue, so initially when I made this panel I opted for a sheer fabric, and instead of attaching the panel to a rolling mechanism, I attached it to the wall using velcro tape. I glued one side of the velcro tape to the wall and sewed on the other side of the tape to the curtain panel.

Borig Look
Borig Look

For over eight years this curtain panel served the purpose and seemed that it was blending in nicely with the decor in my place. As the time went by the curtain itself, as well as that window corner appeared to look quite tired and boring and gradually, instead of disliking that corner, I started hating it.

My TV is right beside this window so, like it or not, I was kind of forced to face the curtain and that boring corner whenever I was watching TV. As much as I wanted a new look for my curtain, I also did not want to spent too much money or time creating that new look.

Well, I was lucky. I achieved what I wanted and only spent $ 0.50 and 30 minutes of my time.

I found an Iron-on Rug Binding tape in a color I wanted. It was on sale in a local fabric/sewing supply store ( Dressew, West Hastings, Vancouver BC also available online at http://www.createforless.com/ ). I bought two packages for $ 0.50.
I already had in mind the design, so I used the dressmaker’s chalk to mark the lines that would serve as a guidance for the tape to be ironed on.

I used the top of the panel as the starting measuring point. I draw a line 8 inches from the top and side hems, and then created two squares on each side at the top.

Subsequently, I started with ironing on the tape along the marked lines.


Even at the ironing stage, I was getting really exited as it seemed that the project is coming along very nicely, so I could not wait to finish and hang up the panel on to the wall.

Less than 30 minutes I was done with the ironing process, and proceeded with hanging up the panel.

The result was amazing. The old tired looking panel not only looks refreshed, moreover, it makes a “statement” in my living room.

Thrilled with the result, I did not stop there, so I “shopped” around my apartment to find some decorating items for that new corner in my living room. As you can see I found these vases and I think those added a “city chic look” to this corner.



Well, I am very happy with the outcome. Hope that you like it too.

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Vintage Look Wooden Box

My husband loves Cuban cigars. In fact he is passionate about them. Several years ago he quit smoking, but once a while he used to smoke a cigar. His craving for cigars grew bigger over the years and, along with the craving, the empty wooden cigar boxes started to pile up.



I liked these boxes and was kind of reluctant to throw them away. I was sure that there must be a way to repurpose them somehow, but no idea clicked my mind on how to make them usable. Well, yesterday I got stricken by an idea on how to beautify these boxes. I was reorganizing my storage and came across to a can of “wood black glazing paint for untreated wood”; so, I thought I should try to paint the empty cigar box so we could use it to drop the keys, wallet, change etc.


This vintage valet inside the box is over 150 years old and used to belong to my husband’s predecessors. Throughout a century and a half this wallet went through some interesting experiences, and even survived three wars. Now the valet has found a cozy and glamorous spot, and it appears to feel relaxed there


Before starting to paint, I used the masking tape to create a design and make the box more appealing.


After the paint dried, I lined the inside of the box with animal print fur fabric, so this box now even has a touch of glamour.


Hope that you liked this idea and design. I am planning to make more of these boxes with different designs, and give them away to my friends.



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Home Office Design Ideas

After purchasing our Vancouver condo 8 years ago, we immediately started with major renovations. I was working abroad at that time, and as we did not hire a professional interior designer for our project, I took a month leave from work to oversee how the work was progressing.

We were extremely unlucky with our contractors so we changed a few. The renovation project lasted for quite a while and was completed after several months. However, as my husband and I used to live in this place on an OFF and ON basis, for me decorating this place has always been an ongoing process. This place has now finally taken the shape of a HOME so I would like to share with you some of the picks of our place.  Our condo is not big and, as it faces north, it is not the brightest either. However, thanks to our well thought design choices our place feels quite spacious and bright.

In this post I will show you my Home Office Space design. Originally this space was a hot water tank and a laundry room sheltering a rusty washer and dryer.  Above the washer and drier there was a horrible wooden shelving made by the previous owner as his DIY project. Well, after getting the possession of the condo, I could not wait to tear everything down, and boy how right I was.

I replaced the old washer and dryer with a new stackable set and placed them adjacent to the hot water tank. I divided the laundry corner with some self made curtain panels using fabric and hardware from IKEA.


I placed the computer desk/shelving against the angled wall and the drawer chest against the wall facing the entrance and placed the file binders on top.

Home Office

Recently, I have applied a fresh coat of paint (Benjamin Moore’s Sea Haze) and I slip covered the chair.

Home Office Filing Solutions

I am enjoying my home office. It is very small but it has an advantage; everything is within the reach, and this is where I will be writing my blogs from.

I got to go now. It’s coffeeeeee time.

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