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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Tread Confidently!

 

Hardwood stairs are stunning, beautiful in every aspect, but also come with their own set of challenges. Simply put, they must be navigated with caution. It’s so easy for a foot to slip on the wood’s smooth surface, and when you have children this is a safety concern. In fact, it’s a concern for all ages as well as for pets.

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Can you imagine a tumble down this set of stairs?

So when I came across this photo on Remodelaholic’s site in a post by Tracie from Cleverly Inspired

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…I was inspired! I’ve always felt torn between the aesthetic of hardwood stairs vs. the safety of carpet on the treads. I’ve never been that keen on the look of carpeted stairs, but that’s maybe because I haven’t seen carpet treads quite like these. They are from Natural Area Rugs, and I was impressed with the number of options you have to choose from. The treads are available in 13 binding colours and 37 weave materials. Here’s an example of ‘Studio’ weave with ‘Fudge’ for the binding colour… but it’s really worth looking at all the choices for yourself.

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I know there are lots of different ways you can deal with hardwood stairs, but I like these carpet treads because they are made from natural fibres (Sisal, Seagrass, Mountain Grass, Wool), and they are easy to install. It is recommended that you use “Intertape” double-sided heavy duty carpet tape for a non-permanent installation, but for permanent installation you should use carpet nails or tacks and/or glue. For installation instructions click here.

Another way to reduce slipping on hardwood treads is to install grip guard stips.

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This set of stairs has used grip guard strips, and if you don’t mind the look of them they are a great option to consider.

Now for some amazing staircases… I couldn’t resist including them, just for fun!

Spiral Staircase

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Grand Staircase

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Audrey Hepburn Floating Stairs

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Lofty Staircase

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Geometric ‘Open Box’ Floating Stairs

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Modern Geometric Floating Stairs

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Bookcase Staircase

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Glass Frameless Floating Stairs

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Modern Minimalist Floating Staircase

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Floating Stairs

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I have to say, I think carpet treads would detract from the architecture of most, if not all of these sets of stairs. What do you think? Which set of stairs is your favorite? And do you like the carpet treads?

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