One Room Challenge Week 2

By LIta October 10, 2019

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Hey!!! It’s week two for the One Room Challenge!!!! First I’d like to thank Linda and her team for this great event!!! This week in this casa we have been super busy and you want in on a secret!? I have barely done anything! EEEEPS It’s 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon and I’m whipping up this post! EEEEEPS! I actually have been really busy because we have a family wedding this weekend!!! So we have out of town guests for the week. Also don’t mind the photos. I never realized how they were until after and now Liam’s room is occupied by his Auntie and 2 twin cousin girls Katie and Khloe! They are so cute!!!!

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Ok, back to this post. Good news I do have the new bed! This one was really affordable from Wayfair. I shopped my house for the nightstands. The nightstands I bought for Kale’s room but they are too high for his bed so I snapped them up for this room. I have guests till Tuesday so I hope to get something done this week! I may just have to sneak in there for a couple hours an evening lol I do have a couple goals for this week

1 Build my floating book shelves

2 Refinish Liam’s Dresser

3 Pre cut board for Stuva Bench

4 Repair walls

5 shop for wall sconces

Number one though is enjoying my family in town and this beautiful wedding!!!! So wish me luck and have a wonderful week!!!! Also please be sure to visit all the other great participants of the One Room Challenge here!

Xo Lita

Article's New Look Book

 

Article’s New Lookbook Is Full of Must Haves for Entertaining This Fall 2019

 

By Lita Lee September 27, 2019

Does the change of Season have you have you wanting to refresh your home this fall? I would highly recommend Article. Baig and his cofounders – Fraser Hall and twins Sam and Andy Prochazka launched the Vancouver based company In May 2013.  How do they do it? Cutting out the middlemen, like wholesaler warehouses and export agents, the company’s mission is to sell quality modern furniture at an affordable price. Earlier this month Article has released its Fall 2019 Entertaining Campaign which features three different Looks: Wabi Home, Modern Organic and Modern Glam.

And I was very excited to see they also launched two new bedroom lines, both which are made of Black American called Lenia and Nera,

Wabi Home

The Wabi Home Look is inspired Wabi Sabi: The Japanese philosophy to live a perfectly imperfect life.  If you follow me on Instagram you know I love this concept too.  Using Nature as a stunning backdrop here they mix organic materials, Moody colours and lots of textural elements to create a cultivated personal look.

 

Article I Crave? Lento Black Leather Chair, $399

 

Modern Organic

Craving the Modern Organic Look?  Very family friendly feeling here.  This look has loads of natural materials yet very modern and chic. I have the Madera Sideboard.

Article I Crave: Taxada Taos Tan Sofa $2859

 

Mod Glam

Are you Maximalist? Do you like to add Bold elements in your home?  The Mod Glam look is what you want.  Mod Glam features luxurious fabrics, shiny brass elements with deep colours.

Article I Crave: Equa Brushed Brass Side table $319

 

Lenia

Lenia’s Design features Black American Walnut Wood with a mid-century vibe and a very family friendly design.

Article I Crave: Lenia Queen Bed, $1249

 

Nera

Ok first off, OBSESSED!  This design is for all Mid-Century Lovers out there!  Featuring the Black American Walnut, Function and style I know these are going to be iconic!  “Commanding presence with thoughtful touches!” – Article

Article I Crave: Nera Queen Bed With Nightstands, $1599

 

Thanks for reading!  Please be sure to tag me @craveinteriors so I can see which Article’s you Crave?

Xo, Lita

Simplifying the Dreaded Which White to Paint Process.

By Lita Lee October

This Post is in partnership with My Favourite Paint. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that help me bring you new exciting content!

Believe it or not for many years I was against white paint.  I thought that it would make your house feel like a hospital and wondered why on god’s green earth would anyone want to do that.  Well I am proud to say I am a changed woman and here’s why.

Ok Let’s get real.  You and I are not going to see the difference between Simply White, White Dove or Chantilly Lace on your walls in most lighting.  Don’t over think it.

1.) What is your Natural Light?

For a darker room and don’t have a lot of natural light, choose a warm white.  It will look like a clean white on the walls.  Why?  Because cool crisp whites in a darker room tend to look too shadowy. 

When it comes to a room with a lot of light, do the opposite and choose a cooler crisp white.

Here are a few of my Faves

BM Warm Whites are White Dove, Simply White and Cotton Balls

BM Cool Whites are Chantilly Lace, Atrium White and Decorator’s White

2 Trim Is Easy

Keep trim to a clean un tinted White.  Little Tip!  If the rest of your room is a crisp white, just paint all the boards and trim the same colour.

3 Choose different Whites!

If you choose different whites it helps your home not look like a hospital.  Also, not all rooms have the same natural light.  So have fun with this colour!

4 Choosing your Finishes

When it comes to the different sheens there is a method to the madness.  General rule of thumb is Flat finish for the ceiling, eggshell for the walls and semi gloss for the trim and doors.  But if you know me rules are made to broken right?  I am currently in love with a flat matte finish and have painted our master including all baseboards in Benjamin Moore REGAL Select Interior Paint – Ulti Matte in the colour Chantilly Lace. 

5 I always like to test a couple in the room to ensure I get the right colour.

Here I have shared my favourite ride or die whites.  A collection of crisp and cool to warm and greige too.  They all are beautiful colours.  This will inspire you to get your painting on!

Happy painting and please tag me @craveinteriors to show me your colours you choose! 

Xo, Lita

One Room Challenge Week 1

One Room Challenge – Boys Bedroom That Feels All Grown Up Fall 2019

 

By Lita Lee October 3, 2019

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Here I am!  My first One Room Challenge and I am beyond jacked to be here!  I started this blog with the One Room Challenge in mind. To say I’m not nervous is an understatement!  There are so many inspiring designers taking on the challenge this fall so please be sure to peruse and say hello!  The project I will be working on is Liam’s room and one I have been chipping away at, saving and patiently planning.  That my friends are definitely not my strongest personality trait.  The One Room Challenge is technically 5 weeks which is a very tight timeline, but of course things get a lot more fun for me here because week 2 I have a family wedding to attend, with several out of town family members staying with us!! So my One Room Challenge is 4 weeks , but I got this right!!!! A running joke here is if you stay with us we’ll have a job for you. So with all of that happening I’m dying to tell you all about my plans!

Three years ago we built them these bunk beds. You can find the tutorial  here . We tweaked the design a bit.

Three years ago we built them these bunk beds. You can find the tutorial here. We tweaked the design a bit.

If you have been following me on Instagram you know how much we enjoy building our own pieces of furniture.  When we first moved in, we decided to build the boys bunkbeds and found a plan online from Ana White!  Of course, we added our own little hacks to it but we were pretty damn proud of the way it turned out.  Now that they are older Kale wanted his own room and the bunkbeds just didn’t make sense anymore.  So, this One Room Challenge I will be transforming Liam’s room to feel all grown up! 

Here I did a little update and painted them black to give it a more modern look. But now they are taken down and going to the fire wood pile!

Here I did a little update and painted them black to give it a more modern look. But now they are taken down and going to the fire wood pile!

The plan is to add a vertical shiplap wall and paint black.  Ok ok, painting the wall black is making me so nervous but I really want a black wall! I’m on the fence about it. Comment below and help me with this one. Please! A custom bookshelf wall and a fun built in nook with extra storage for hot wheels of course!!!  I’m also revamping a great mid-century dresser!  With all these cool projects, I also plan to write some great tutorials to follow along on the blog so stay tuned for those as well.

Here is all my Inspiration for the room!

This picture gave me instant butterflies in my stomach!!!! The matte black vertical boards merries together so seamlessly and gives the perfect suttle interest. But I’m not stopping there. With my design layout, we will install the boards horizontally on the bottom half and install them vertically on the top half to really draw the eye up and help add height tot the room.

Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

Another project we will include is a custom floating book shelf wall. I really love the idea of this because it’s so functional utilizing the vertical space for storage. Fantastic way to add art into a children’s room as well with all the bright and colorful covers. Perfect way to add whimsy.

Design by  Georgianna Quin

Design by Georgianna Quin

Liam has an obsession for hot wheels, so naturally I need some storage that is large enough to handle his collection. if you are a boy mom you know exactly what I’m talking about. Here I found the perfect solution for an odd nook in his room. Measuring the space I learned that I can fit 2 IKEA Stuva units perfectly. I plan to add a piece of wood to the top to finish it nicely and custom ordered a bench cushion from Tonic Living. Add a few cozy pillows and a throw and it will be a perfect little nook for Liam to read all of his stories!

I have always been inspired by my long time friend over on Instagram Erin Wheeler from Sunny Circle Studios. With a big obsession for a great Mid-Century piece of furniture, the Teak adds a nice amount of warmth to any design and I just love adding a vintage piece to a lot of my spaces. It adds interest and a story to the space.

RIP Bunk Beds

RIP Bunk Beds

So, with all of this agenda I am really excited to get started and kick off my first One Room Challenge. Please be sure to follow along on my stories @craveinteriors  Good luck to all the participants and see ya next week!!!

Thank you for reading! xo

 Lita

Picking The Right Rug - A Fool Proof Guide to Getting The Perfect Rug

By Lita Lee


This Post is in partner with Loloi Rugs. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that help me bring you new exciting content!

Are you buying a new rug?  Have you been pinning endlessly and searching every site known to man and still can’t make decision.  I know the process can be very overwhelming – what size, colour, pattern and style do you buy?  Don’t worry because I’m here to help you choose the perfect rug that will bring your whole room together.

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Area Rug Size

Buying a rug that is too small for the space is the most common mistake I see in homes.  I look at a rug as a focal point.  Have you ever been in a room and everything looks beautiful and something is off?  It’s usually the rug just being too small.  Now a rug that is too large for the space will look off too.  Think of your rug as a pair of jeans – it needs to fit comfortably.

Hey I gotcha, all you do is use painter’s tape and measure the right size of rug you need in your space!  Remember all the front legs of your furniture should be placed on the rug.  There should be roughly 12-18” of free space around your coffee table.  In your Dining Room keep in mind that when you shuffle your chair back to get out of your seat, your chair should still be on the rug.  When it comes to a bedroom just make sure that no matter what side of the bed youget out of your toes should hit the area rug. 

Keep in mind depending on the space you put your rug, it will get a different amount of traffic.  To ensure your rug lasts for years to come keep it on a level surface,  keep it out of direct sunlight, rotate it so it gets an even amount of wear and if it’s in direct sunlight just keep in mind that those sunnies will fade your new beauty, so again rotate for this reason also.

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Rug Materials

Hands down the material you choose will affect the budget and quality of the rug.  One thing I always make sure to ask myself is “Will this hold up to my real life on the day to day?”

My boys are pretty hard on the rugs.  Do you have kids or pets?  Choose a rug fiber that’s durable and easy to clean up all those mucky hands and spills.  Just think the longer the fibers, the more plush it will be.

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Again keep in mind what works for your family?  If you have a family member that has allergies, a morrocan beni Ourain may not be on the menu.  You will want the fiber makeup to be more organic like a jute or seagrass or at least a tighter weave like a Turkish kilim.  Does a family member use a wheel chair or have a cane?  A low pile rug would suit your needs best.

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Rug Styles

This is probably one of the most intimidating factors when it comes to buying a rug.  The choices are endless!  The rug needs to reflect your personality and of course go with all your furnishings.

For this I don’t use any rules when it comes to choosing your rug style.  I have read that designers recommend to mimic the shape of the room or a piece of furniture.

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Rug Patterns

You never want your room to look like a ugly Christmas sweater!  Choosing a crazy colour or pattern can result in something just not good.  When choosing a rug pattern here’s a couple helpful strategies so that it complements your furniture and accessories.

Neutral walls?  Add some energy by adding some colour or a intricate pattern.   My personal favourite is Persians rugs or kilim for a timeless look.

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If you have more colour and energy on your walls , then tone down the choice of rug to something more neutral.  You don”t want to be refereeing the walls and rug fighting for attention.  In this house anyways, my boys are enough.  This is where you find the beauty in simplicity whether it’s a stripe or even a solid to help unify the space.

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 Choosing a rug colour

Now the colour.  I think of it like choosing a wall colour. Dark walls and rugs make a room feel smaller.  Light coloured walls and rugs really open up a space.

Big recommendation!  If you have kids or pets a darker coloured rug is the way to go.  A spilled cup of juice or coffee will hide the messes.

Another method that will create a pulled together look is matching your rug to accent colours that already exist in your space.

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Rug layering

Do you have a rug your absolutely in love with and can’t part with but it is way too small for your space?  This may sound contradictive but you can still use it!  The trick to this is by layering the right size rug underneath.  You can use a jute, sisal or even a stripe or black and white pattern. As long as the base is neutral.

So there you have it! Buying a rug should be much easier. What I do is make a point form list in my phone so I don’t get distracted as well. If you have any questions feel free to comment below and happy shopping! If you have any questions please comment below!!!!

Lita

Our Master Bedroom Tour + Get The Look

Master Bedroom Tour + Get The Look

By Lita Lee May 6, 2019

This Post is in partner with Rove Concepts. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that help me bring you new exciting content!

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It feels so good to be done our Bedroom Design.  I liked our bedroom before, just didn’t love it.  I went through a big bohemian phase and feel like my style is evolving to more of a Eclectic style with a hint of the California vibe.   I wanted to freshen up the space to have a bright, simple and calming feel to the space with some texture.  Let’s get into it.

 

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This is what it looked like. The bedroom was pretty neutral as I painted it out “Simply White” by Benjamin Moore and added one bold wall in “Witching Hour” by Benjamin Moore.  I added some light drapes from Home Sense and the room has a dark grey carpet.  Don’t be fooled it’s totally okay to layer a area rug on the carpet.  Big goals is to put in a new wood floor.  In order to do that I would need to do the entire house and there is no budget for that.  So dark carpet it is!  The night tables were thrifted and are actually end tables, but they worked at the time and were the perfect height.

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The placement of the bed just never felt right in the room and I really wanted to update that IKEA pendant that everyone was goo goo for!  We all go through our phases right!

Photo of how she is now

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I love this room guys.  Our new bed and nightstands really give the room a modern, simple look and the wood adds some warmth.  By Placing the bed on that wall it allowed me to frame the bed. First thing I did was gave this room a lick of white paint! Because the room is north facing the right white was key! Thanks to My Favourite Paint the owner Renee came out and helped me select the perfect shade called Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. It really changed the entire feeling in the space!!! Don’t worry! I have a White Paint Guide Post coming soon!   I chose this beautiful bright white Linen Fabric by Ennis to help the space feel airy and the black hardware really gives it a polished look. The curtains were made by David’s Design Center.  I chose to go with a pleat and so glad I did.

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When selecting and measuring for my two little windows I had to really consider the light in this space.  Again the room is dark but I am also a light sleeper.  When I wake I aint going back down easy and so I wanted the space to be bright during the day but keep light out so I’m not woken up at the break of dawn.  I already have Hunter Douglas Cellular shades to make it dark when needed so the curtains were used to really soften and frame those little windows.  Depending on where your windows face you may or may not have these issues but,  wrapping it up this is all things to cinsider.  The fabric and drapes were gifted Ennis Fabrics and David’s Design Center, otherwise It would be Homesense curtains again.

Another whole room shot

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Moving along the bed is from Rove Concepts.  It works perfectly in the space and the wood adds some organic modern design to the space.  Goes so perfectly with the fresh white walls and it has a nice contrast with the hints of blue.

The rug is from Kech Mara Designs.  I wanted to add a neutral colour so there’s a nice contrast between the bed and the carpet again with nice a nice contrast and texture in the design. 

The bedding is all from Cultiver Goods which is THE SOFTEST EVER!!!! linked below.  This bedding is all organic linen made from European flax and feels soft to the touch. I chose to get separate fitted sheet and a different bed sheet for an effortless look.  The Mira Throw is a heavy weight Linen and adds a layer of texture to the bed.

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Close up one side shot of the bed.

The nightstand and lamps are two peas in a pod.  The lamp is a beautiful organice piece of teak paired with the modern walnut nightstand works and I just love it. The nightstands instantly make the space feel fresh and now. These also have two soft closing drawers which I love and loads of space.

Of course I tossed my bible “The Surf Shack” by Nina Freudenberger, my Saje for a calming smell, my newest ceramic splurge by Element Clay Studio for all those wee bits and a vintage ceramic piece with pretty dried daisies from West Elm.

Let’s go to the other side of this room.

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Are you not in love!!!  Look at the super model of a bench.  This was gifted from Wu and MchughI I styled it here at the foot of our bed bur for everyday yes we are tv in the room type of people.  The antique bench adds so much texture and character to the room.  Playing the other side of the spectrum from the modern Scandinavian furniture they just work and it’s pretty darn gorgeous.

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I borrowed one my CB2 chairs down stairs to fill the space in the corner.

I’m pretty happy with this room.  I do have a couple things I would like to update over time. Some wall hooks or A beautiful Antique wood wall rack. A chair for the corner so I’m not borrowing chairs from the living room and a slightly larger light.  I love the semi flush mount by Mitzi but I think a small chandelier would look better.  First have to scrape that popcorn ceiling. ( not looking forward to that job.)  This room is so easy to keep up and not feeling cluttered.  In a master bedroom I like to keep the space simple and peaceful.  So that’s a wrap folks!!! If you have any sources for an Antique Wall Rack pop a comment below! Would love to know how you like the room too and if you would change anything. Till Next time!!

Photography Credit www.lindsaymills.ca

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1. Throw Pillows 2. Semi Flushmount Light 3. Linen Throw 4. Antique Vase 5. Small Ceramic Bowl 6. Beni Ourain Rug 7. Bed 8. Nightstands 9. Sheets 10. Duvet Cover and Shams 11. Surf Shack Book 12. Chair 13. Art 14. Table Lamp 15. Lumbar Pillow 16. Bench

Special Thank you to all companies involved for providing products for my design to come to life. UUsi Studios, Hudson Valley Lighting Group, Cultiver Goods, Juniper Print Shop, Ennis Fabrics, David’s Design Center, My Favourite Paint and Wu and McHugh.