Caught by Surprise… 200 Posts!

Wow! Anniversaries, they come and they go. I missed my one-year blogging celebration. Um, that was back in July! And now I’m realizing that Monday was my 200th post since this journey began. Can I just say, I was caught by surprise?

In the beginning I posted one article a week, but that all changed in February. Now you will find something new from me each week day. That’s not to say there hasn’t been the odd day missed here and there, but I do try to bring something fresh to you each morning. So since February it feels like my blog has gone from zero to sixty… and that’s why 200 posts caught me by surprise! Who was counting?

So I thought I would share my top 10 posts since the beginning. If you’ve already read them, thank you for reading! If not, when you have a moment, please enjoy the read 🙂

Tread Confidently

 Steve Hanks: Works of Art for the Soul


Patterned Floors: Painted & Stencilled to Perfection


Antiqued Mirrors: A Now WOW


Baribocraft Canada: Vintage Woodenware


Painting the Floor White


DIY with Vintage Glass Door Knobs


KRAVET: Did You Know?


White Wine Décor!


Cedric Sofa Meets Vintage Cousins


I’m often surprised at which articles grab hold, and which ones don’t. But I’m always flattered that people read them at all. I have so many posts that I loved writing, and often it’s because of the images. I don’t use all the images I find, or that I photograph myself, but some days I wish I could. There is just such a vibrant, creative world out there!

And so what keeps me up late at night?

Well that would be writing my articles so there’s something to greet you the next day. Time flies by. I love writing my blog! And I get so annoyed when my shoulders feel like granite, my back is as stiff as marble, and my eyes see like the reflection in an antiqued mirror… you know what I mean!

I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for anything. And so I want to thank you for visiting, and ultimately inspiring me to keep going. Without you my blog would just be words sent out into cyberspace. But with you my blog has a heart and a soul.

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Thank you for reading!

xo Sheila

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Patterned Floors: Painted & Stencilled to Perfection!

Have you heard? Floor stencils and painted floors are one of the hottest new (returning) DIY- glad you did- patterned floor trends. And, according to Canadian House & Home’s Suzanne Dimma (@suzannedimmaHH), another budget-chic hot trend is to paint wood floors white, then just paint over them when they get chipped up! More on that tomorrow…

But for today’s post… if you’re inclined to try the DIY approach to stenciling or painting patterns on your floor at home… and I seriously think it would be a sizzling hot update… here’s some inspiration for you!

One of the most common painted patterns is the diamond in two colours. You’ll see this appear in many different spaces, not always painted, but always with the same dramatic flair.

Love, love this porch. At first glance it looks like marble tiles, but if you look closely you’ll actually see the wood strips that have been painted.

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Pure perfection.

I think this room has a soft old world elegance about it, yet also has a sudden modern jolt with the fireplace.

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I really like the way the plank flooring plays on both styles. The diamond shape and the white diamonds definitely team up more with the fireplace, whereas the exposed diamonds work with the artwork and chair to take you back to another time and place.

How about this variation of the diamond pattern… it feels kind of retro to me.

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Depending on how you look at it, if you follow the wood strips, then you see a diamond pattern. If you follow the outline of the white border, then you see squares. The mix of colours, the black outline, and how the squares have been painted on the wood strips, definitely make this floor more interesting to the eye.

Would you tackle these next squares? I think they actually look like the easiest DIY so far. But they say looks can be deceiving!

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Precision is the key to success… well that and patience! Carefully measuring and taping the squares so they all line up inside and out, and sit straight on the wooden strips of the flooring is the challenge.

But then there’s also the option of keeping things simple with great impact.

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I love the perpendicular placement of the stripes to the stairs. Such a great way to play off the stairs themselves. I think this style would be a very manageable DIY option, and a great place to start.

Wow!

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This stenciled floor is stunning…and it would be so much fun to create. Just think of the endless options for a unique floor all of your own!

If you really want to stretch uniqueness to another level…

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…why not create your very own floor art? This is a handpainted floor based on a picture from an old textile book. You can find inspiration anywhere, and then just paint it! That’s definitely easier said than done for me. I’m not an artist by any stretch, definitely not one like this.

Doesn’t this concrete floor look amazing? Like it’s been given a hennah tatoo?

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I love it… so soft and delicate on such a strong surface.

This last floor is hand painted, though it’s perfection could easily be mistaken for a stencil.

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It’s actually the floor of an Italian restaurant in Nova Scotia called Rogi Orazio. I would love to see what the rest of this restaurant looks like! There’s something very intriguing about these shapes, the well worn surface that makes me want to see more…

Isn’t it amazing the difference painting or stenciling your floors can make? It brings a whole new life to your space, and the best part is that you honestly can do it yourself. It just takes prep, planning, and patience. Just make sure you allow enough time for the floor to dry properly. That’s the planning part!

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What do you think… would you step up to this DIY challenge?

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