Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This Little Estate Workshop Recap {Floral Pumpkin Painting}

The little girl in me happily freaked out this past month when a group of lovelies joined me for an evening of creating.
If you missed this workshop, don't fret my pet, there will be more to come! Here is a little peek at what happened at our  Floral Painting Pumpkin Workshop.
My studio easily doubled as our workshop space for a fun evening painting pumpkins together.
 Flowers and greenery graced the table to inspire the florals we were about to create.
Everyone had the opportunity to try their creative hand at transforming a faux pumpkin to enjoy for seasons to come.
 
We gathered around the calm of candle light for a relaxing evening in with new and old friends.
A gathering of creatives isn't complete without some drinks and snacks in my opinion.
This particular workshop was designed to encourage the inner creative in everyone. I shared the basis for painting florals as I have done on the walls in our home (as seen in the background of this space in below picture) and encouraged the girls to put their own personal spin on a floral design.
 This group was the absolute best. They all stepped out of their comfort zones and let their inner artist out. I loved meeting all the new faces and learning more about each lovely who attended.
In the end, painting pumpkins was a fun excuse to socialize, meet new people, get our hands dirty and to walk away with something pretty after an evening having a few really good laughs. 
Looking forward to meeting more lovelies at future workshops while growing our inner creatives!
Do you have an idea for a future workshop? One that you would love to attend with a friend? If you do, I would love to hear! Leave a note in the comment section below or email me directly at thislittleestate@hotmail.ca
Looking forward to hearing your valued opinions.

Happy creating Lovelies!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Moving Chapters: Chapter 18: {Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal}

Our master bedroom was stuck in the 1950s when we took possession of our home last year. Because we usually have our eyes closed when we are in this space, it was never a priority to make over. ;)

However the DIY-er in me couldn’t just leave it as is when we moved in, so I decided to paint the space a pretty cream tone to brighten it up and then took it one step further by painting out the wood trim around the perimeter of the room, around the linear window and the flat panelled built-in.
That little update worked for us, but it was far from a restful and peaceful retreat. Truth be told we then got into the habit of allowing our bedroom to be the space where everything goes to hide. All the dirty laundry baskets piled high when people come to visit? All the half-finished projects? All the baskets of unmatched socks?  YEP! They ALL got hidden behind closed doors in our master. Seeeeeeeeeee????
This summer though, we decided the whole space really did need a major over hall. We needed a place to rest our tired heads after a long day of renovating our home, and this space above was just not cutting it.
Immediately I knew we wanted a cozy and bright space filled with lots of texture along with a lot of pretty and soft elements. I wanted our made over room to be a space that was equal parts feminine and masculine, both bright and dark. A high contrast room in all possible ways.
After a lot of back and forth about our dropped ceiling dilemma. (Read: I begged hubby we should spend money to change it and hubby talked me out of it while showing me our bank account, again and again and again...) We decided it wasn’t in our budget to replace the original ceiling in our bedroom space because down the road we will raise the roof of our fixer upper and at that time will upgrade our ceiling with some wood planks of some sort. Although, this ceiling doesn't match the design aesthetic of the made over spaces within our home it does match our budget as hubby so often reminded me.
In the meantime with this makeover, we created a cozy cocoon with paint alone by carrying the same warm grey from the top of our walls up and over our ceiling. This paint trick truly did wonders for this space! The ceiling now is much less noticeable and fades into the rooms overall design. What a quick and effortless change that's perfect for any room with a less than loveable ceiling. Seeeeee?

I jumped right into this room's makeover by choosing a beautiful warm grey tone called Thunder from Benjamin Moore to use on the upper part of our walls and ceiling. The bottom part of our walls were painted a warm white called Cloud White from BM as well. We love millwork and believe that a room should look finished even when it is empty, so we chose to create traditional custom wainscoting to install on the bottom ¾ of our walls to be covered in that creamy white. A pretty marriage of dark and light! (To see Cloud White used in another area of our home check out our Mudroom Makeover HERE)

This room took a lot of our summer evenings to complete, so I apologize for the dark progress photos. With the kids off on summer break when this room was being completed, we made a grand attempt at filling their days with the beach and hikes and then every night after work, we got a little more accomplished in our space as we worked around our spaces existing furniture. Many times we wished we could have emptied the room to complete it, but we are getting more accustomed to sleeping with sawdust after all and in the end had no other room available to store a king sized bed.

 Night after night we caulked these walls and painted coat after coat of paint over our paneling, ceiling, closets and walls.

There was one day in particular that I don’t wish back during this process. That was the day I had an electric sander in our space because I wanted to create smooth blended walls after puttying all the paneling’s seams with wood filler. At that point, I kinda wanted to give up as I watched our bedroom get covered in a thin layer of sawdust, but I knew all of the late nights and messes along the way would be worth it.


Seeing the room come together right in front of our eyes, night after night, was rewarding enough to encourage us to keep up our dusty momentum. We dreamt of a bright (okay, dark) future filled with restful night sleeps.


And then one night's work turned into the day where our space came together! Now that our bedroom space is finally finished, it's the room that everyone in the family finds themselves retreating to.
And I cant blame any of them! This space is now the puuuurrrrrrfect cozy retreat for all of us and we are so happy to have a master bedroom that is finished and functional now.
I'll give you more details soon, but in the mean time if you want to see more snaps of our master bedroom makeover you can see the space featured in Leons Furniture’s 100+ page digital lookbook HERE and can also be seen at Hello Yellow HERE where I share a little more about our makeover.
We will show you HOW exactly this space came together in subsequent posts and share with you how we saved money and time along the way so you can do so too at your home!

Like, with this DIY project:



Stay tuned, more on our master makeover to come. What was your favorite part about this made over master? We would love to hear your opinions. Have you seen this space in Hello Holiday yet? What did you think?

Happy Wednesday Lovelies!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hello Holiday Crafternoon {An Afternoon of DIY Festive Fun}

If you like to create as much as I do then you'll love the idea of a crafternoon!


Not sure what a crafternoon is? It’s precisely what its name insinuates! An afternoon spent crafting! What better way to get into the holiday spirit, then gathering your nearest and dearest together to attend an afternoon of making and creating fun and pretty Christmas projects.




Come one, come all to The Gladstone Hotel Saturday, November 21st and take part in this FREE event. You'll get a chance to craft alongside some spirited Hello Holiday bloggers!
This week Leon's Furniture's holiday digital look book called Hello Holiday launched and from cover to cover it is full of holiday and entertaining ideas by some of your favourite Canadian Bloggers. The Hello Holiday Bloggers shared their tried and true DIY gift ideas within the pages Hello Holiday  and NOW want to show you HOW to make those gift ideas at a festive fun filled crafternoon!
Make DIY Potpourri gifts with Thalita from The Learner Observer .




Or create DIY felt garland and DIY bath bombs
with Kassandra from The Little Dekonings .



Or toss the ordinary gift bag approach to wrapping your presents this year and come to my DIY gift wrapping workshop! 



Want to attend this Eventbrite Hello Holiday Crafternoon ?

We hope you will!  Simply go HERE and sign up to enjoy an evening in getting festive with a group of enthusiastic creatives.
https://issuu.com/leonsfurniture/docs/leons_hello_holiday_2016


PS: If you haven't seen it yet, HERE is where you can check out the whole 100+ page Hello Holiday 2016 Edition.