Monday, May 20, 2013

The big HUGE news and magic fairies

Hello friends!
It is the most gorgeous sunny perfect weather, I don't have to go to work because it is a holiday day ever here in Canada. I am sitting in one of my chairs in the living room with a gentle breeze and birdsong in the background. A hot coffee and a talking cat walking around my living room. Oliver is probably a little more vocal because he had to spend half of yesterday in his room(so now he is in exploring mode) with his other cat buddy Sammy because they are shedding like bears right now. Now don't get all bundled up that I am leaving my cats locked up because they shed, I couldn't have hair floating around the house because it is the absolute cleanest it has ever been for my big HUGE news.


Yesterday in fact.

We were contacted by an editor about a week and a half ago and asked if I(we) would like to be apart of their Houzz tours. The screaming and whooping commenced as I was calmly trying to type out a professional sounding email. I forwarded the email to my mom and she whooped and screamed so much in a hotel room my dad came out of the shower to see what was wrong.

We got hooked up with our contributor Esther and lined up a date. Could we do it this weekend? which at that point was a mere 9 days away which to have our house ready is fine but they wanted the outside too. Holy toledo!

We have been working like rabbits getting everything ready, shoveling out 6 yds of mulch into the gardens, weeding, planting, dusting, cleaning, vacuuming, window washing. I called in my A-team (my super mom and always ready for everything brother) on Friday to help and they were awesome, allowing me to finish up little bits that needed tending.

 The shoot and interview was a lot of fun and there will be a lot of communication back and forth for sources etc. Esther was a little overwhelmed with the sheer amount of vignettes in our home to shoot and ran out of daylight trying to capture them all. She had mentioned that blogger homes are so fun to shoot because we love to talk about our spaces and have so many stories to go with everything. Darn right, I have hunted, DIYed and thrifted everything in our home. There is a back story some with funny characters to everything.

 I don't have an exact date for the tour to go live but some time in the next month. I will let everyone know closer to the date. I will be screaming it from the rooftops.
A lot of my friends aren't really housy people and the few I have told (don't want to jinx it) hadn't really heard of Houzz so trying to find a suitable example to explain how big an opportunity this is was difficult. It's like the Toronto Maple Leafs winning the Stanley Cup. WOW! (and I am not a hockey person)

And as I sit here this morning, I am wondering about that possibility of some magic fairies for hire to keep my house looking this amazing. I am being extremely proud of our home and loving it being this clean,tidy and quite frankly a little sexy haha.
My laundry room is never a disaster but it doesn't look like this with no clothes in either the hamper or the basket. I am just so caught up but seriously without little magic wings it will be back to socks caught in behind the washer and softener stuck to the lid.

I got the sexy striped linen towel from LinenMe  and it's mate found a home in our kitchen.

Well, that's it folks. I hope you will join me over at Houzz when it goes live and I hope you enjoyed your tour of our clean laundry room. That collection of irons really give you the impression that ironing happens in here doesn't it.

It doesn't.

Have a great Victoria day Canadians
Have a great Monday my other friends,


  1. Looking forward to it. Does feel good to have the house in tip top shape.

  2. Oh I love your home and all of your fabulous vignettes, I can't wait to see the whole tour on Houzz. Love, love ,love the laundry room, it is fabulous. I have a collection of old irons too and yours are amazing. Don't forget to link up to Inspire Me this evening, this is wonderful new and will help spread the word. Hugs, Marty

  3. How exciting!! Congrats-love your house and your style, and can't wait to see the tour! :)

  4. Congrats!! I only recently found your blog and was thrilled that your style is closer to mine than most any blog I have found. So glad that you are getting this attention.

  5. congratulations! you deserve it, you house is beautifull! :) see u on houzz :D

  6. Beautiful house, or rather..Houzz! Congrats, I can't wait to see the tour!
    Big hugs,

  7. What a fantastic opportunity. Love those irons and your spiffy home all dolled up for the shoot. It's beautiful and I look forward to seeing the tour!

  8. wonderful news! Congrats - I look forward to seeing the feature!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  9. Love your laundry room! Congrats on your Houzz shoot!

  10. Congratulations! What an exciting opportunity. Can't wait to see your home on Houzz.
    Mary Alice

  11. Congratulations! I love checking in on your blog posts and your home is beautiful with so many neat ideas. No wonder Houzz was interested. I don't know how I missed it, but I didn't know you are Canadian. I am adding your blog to my list of Canadian blogs in my sidebar.

  12. Love,love,love your laundry room! Makes me want to go do a load!

    Haha, er not!

    Congrats on Houzz!

  13. This is my first visit and, wow, Houzz!! I love looking at the site and look forward to getting a new features email every week. Congratulations. Can't wait to see yours.

  14. That is truly marvelous news, I am so excited and happy for you! Congrats!

    It is all truly well deserved, indeed!!

  15. Yepper, I understand your feeling of winning the Stanley Cup. Way to go! It's great that HOUZZ is interested in showing the world what a fantastic decorating job you are doing. Already the good things from HOUZZ are coming your way...being featured on The Scoop, where I found your blog. Now, put down your coffee cup and get that "I've Been Featured at The Scoop" button on your side bar. :)

    I am now following on GFC and invite you to visit my blog anytime.


  16. You totally deserve that honor! Great for you!

    Love your style!!!

  17. I just discovered Houzz! Congrats. Do you have a tutorial for your birds on a wire? I love it.

    1. Hi Patti-Ann,
      Thanks for visiting. I wish I could take the credit for creating the bird decal but I ordered it from Etsy a few years ago. The store has since closed but if you type "birds on a wire decal" in you may hit the jackpot.

  18. Congratulations! That's terrific news!! Your laundry room is truly lovely. :)

  19. How wonderful!! Happy to have found your blog. Now a follower.


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