Hi there! This page is dedicated to my lurve of Wayfair!
I hope that my design experience and Wayfair choices will help you to decide on some beautiful things for your home too!!
I would never never never ever (Taylor Swift never) share a product or service that I don’t LOVE love love. Some items were provided by Wayfair, and some were purchased. All major expenses for renovation, cabinetry, flooring…. pretty much everything… were paid by yours truly. I hope you click through my fave Wayfair finds on this page.. in support of my blog….(affiliate links help pay for my liquorice eating habit)…AND, more importantly…to help save the shopping legwork for you. I picked out some really cool stuff! You’re gonna love them!!
Sending you a bonk ton of love for your support. Let’s get this parrrrtayyyyy started!
Q. Why Wayfair? With all the choices in the marketplace? Why?
A. First of all, I love to shop in my pajamas. I love doing my shopping without ever having to step into a shopping mall. Gah. Malls make me want to throat punch people. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE that Wayfair now ships to Canada. Woooooooohooooo!!!
Q. Do you buy small items only to be safe, or do you go for the gusto and go big or go home?
A. I go big and get it delivered to home. I first started ordering small things like pretty white jugs, and tea kettles, and then starting working my way up to the bigger items like gorgeous bar stools and brass floor lamps (ADORE!) I made it all the way to a sofa! <– PS. that’s my fave piece.
Q. Can we just talk about those stools. They were chrome! How’d you make them all brassy brass brassssss?
A. It wasn’t a big challenge to change the Wayfair stool (similar one//mine is discontinued) to a brass look. It was truly easy!! We had the chrome powder coated ! We hired pro’s to do the work, and I ADORE them. They are one of my faves and mix so beautifully with the other brass elements in the kitchen. The white covers are easy to wipe clean. I’m a happy camper, and they are really comfy!
Q. It looks like you like to mix natural elements in your design. Tell us more.
A. I love white and the staggering simplicity it brings to a space. My signature elements are clean lines, bright whites with restrained accent colours. I like to throw in some vintage finds and even cool finds from the backyard… like twig curtain rods!…
PS. There’s a DIY for the curtain rods here.
You can see a lot of natural elements in our cabin too. We incorporated old windows, a vintage ladder and armoire … into a more modern feel with a wee Wayfair stove, chrome faucets and pretty little tea towels.
Q. You renovated a kitchen AND built a cabin all at the same time? Eeek. Was that overwhelming?
A. Our kitchen was getting a little rough around the edges. It had been 15 years since our last kitchen reno and it was time for a facelift.
I wanted to design a kitchen with NO upper cabinets (gasp, right?!) and a walk in pantry (to hide the fridge. Gasp again. Hide.The.Fridge. ) Helllooooo, I love that part now!
Designing spaces, it’s my JAM. I share all my insider scoops on how I do it here.
Q. What are you faves?
A. I adore our reclaimed barn board flooring and I super duper love the lighting. This one is stunning in real life, even though it looks so simple online. It’s simplicity and quality is beyond words. Sure, it’s a light. But I love it. I wanted the lighting to be like ‘jewelry’ in the room.
Another fave is the countertops. I priced marble and quartz and it was beyond our price range.
Our DIY concrete countertop from Buddy Rhodes Concrete was the best thing we ever did. The countertops are divine. No really. D.I.V.I.N.E. It is almost the first thing that people mention when they come in the kitchen. Thank ya very much 🙂
Q. What was it like living through the renovation? Was it as bad as you thought it may be? After all, kitchens can be challenging.
A. I have to say this was the most difficult renovation of my life. Our kitchen cabinet contractor went AWOL for most of the time. We had to live for almost four months without a kitchen. At the same time, my husband had a health prognosis of terminal cancer. There are no words for those life changing moments.. You can see the video and blog post here about how we managed through it all. xo
Cue stress. But we made it.
Q. TELL US MORE ABOUT THE CABIN. IT LOOKS DARLING.
You can see more pics here on Instagram … and as much as I truly adore the treehouse… the cabin is a breath of fresh air. The white. A total stunner.
Q. What is your favourite piece in the room?
A. Helloooooo. SOFA. 🙂 We find ourselves as a family sitting there together, almost every single day. The fact that the kitchen is in the same room allows us to all be together, whether we’re cooking, or
sipping wine dancing haha.
Q. How did you decide the style direction you went in?
A. I am inspired by white white white and okay… functionality. We put in new windows to brighten the room ( I love white and open spaces) and I really wanted to use a lot of gold and brass.
My champagne gold inspiration came from Delta Faucet Canada. Their champagne bronze faucet is like gold jewelry! I used that element as my inspiration for the entire kitchen.
Q. What was your biggest failure or challenge?
The biggest challenge was DEFINITELY our contractor. I am so accustomed to working closely with contractors, planning every little detail. In this case, we walked around him on pins and needles. It was extremely difficult to plan things when you don’t know what’s coming and going with your contractor. Many of my big decisions like the sofa, the kitchen stools and the lighting were sourced online with Wayfair. Online shopping made it soooooooo much easier. Free shipping (and now they ship to Canada! WOOT WOOT!) No hassles, no traffic, and I can sip wine while ordering. LOL.
I would never do that. I totally did that.
Q. Tell us anything you’d do differently. Mistakes teach us a lot.
A. Be extremely clear with your contractor on how the process will go. Establish timelines, payment milestones and how change orders will be dealt with. Over budget and plan on it taking much longer than you think. Plan for twice as much time and money. Have it in writing. I like to think that life can work on a handshake, but sadly it doesn’t always work out that way.
Q. What advice do you have for those that want to achieve your style?
A. My advice is that you don’t have to break the bank on renovations. Paint is inexpensive and goes a long way to making a huge difference. I use twigs for curtain rods. A lot. It’s a classic in my home. LOL.
Best advice.... When in doubt, paint it white.