8 Surprising Reasons You Should Stop Using Plastic in Your Kitchen

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The first plastics were invented in the 1860s and were initially touted as substitutes for natural materials like ivory and tortoiseshell. Celluloid, for instance, invented in 1869, was praised as “the savior of the elephant and the tortoise.” Fast-forward to today and plastic, while an amazing and ubiquitous convenience, is often viewed more as a growing health and environmental threat than a savior. Here are 8 reasons to stop using plastic in your kitchen and throughout your home.

Creamy Mushroom Parmesan Tartlets You’ll Gobble Up

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I recently had one of my oldest and dearest friends over for dinner and I committed a faux pas: I cooked a recipe I’ve never tried before! Luckily for me, the recipe turned out well. Even better than well actually – I decided to make a second batch of it the next day because my family loved it so much! I haven’t shared a recipe here in a while but my family’s seal of approval confirmed I needed to put this one on the blog.

This Creamy Mushroom Parmesan Tartlet recipe is just right for when you need an easy and quick appetizer. You can also prepare it ahead of time and cook it just before your guests arrive. It tastes delicious hot out of the oven.

I’m all for recipe shortcuts when you’re pressed for time. I made this with soft and easy to mix cream cheese spread though you could just as easily use a block of cream cheese. And I used parmesan flakes (it’s what I had in the fridge) and saved time having to grate it myself.

These creamy mushroom parmesan tartlets are the perfect bite size and explode with savoury flavour. But be warned – you’ll be tempted to gobble them all up and ruin your dinner 😉


  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 2/3 cup cream cheese spread
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Take the puff pastry sheet out of the freezer. Once defrosted, cut it into 2″x2″ squares. 
  3. Use a vegetable spray to grease your muffin pan. Place the squares gently into the 24 mini-muffin pan with the corners overhanging the edges of the cup slightly
  4. Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add the butter.Add the mushrooms, thyme and garlic. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Sauté until the mushrooms are soft.
  5. Turn off the heat. Put the mushroom mixture onto a plate and place it in the fridge for five minutes to cool.
  6. Meanwhile, mix the cream cheese spread and parmesan cheese in a bowl. Add the cooled mushroom mixture and stir to combine.
  7. Using two teaspoons, portion the cheese and mushroom mixture between the 24 puff pastry cups.
  8. Whisk one egg and a splash of water to create an egg wash. Brush the egg onto the edges of the puff pastry.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes. The filling should be slightly bubbling and the puff pastry will be a golden brown. Serve immediately

A Spring Home Tour With Touches of Easter

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Woohoo, it’s the Seasonal Simplicity Spring home tour week. Are you ready to dig out from under the snow and embrace spring? Hosted by Krista at The Happy Housie, the tour features 39 blogger friends this week who are ready to inspire you with bright and fresh decor for the season.

Today, I’ll be sharing two spaces in my home: the dining room and the living room. I’m not one to go overboard with my seasonal decor (except maybe for Christmas, ha!) so my spring decorating is more an updating of rooms with lighter textures, some floral accents, and just a few Easter accessories.

Let’s start in the dining room:

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When it comes to spring decor, this dining room doesn’t need much! The wallpaper, Flora by Borastapeter, creates a lush, lively springtime feel. With the pattern being so busy, and the dining room not very big in size, I keep the accessories to a minimum in this room. The table is styled simply with my collection of blue and white ginger jars and a faux arrangement. These jars are a classic and work in every room, whatever the season.

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Blue and white is a combo I never tire of. I’ve repeated it in the decade-old dining room chairs which I had recovered in fabric from Fabricut. I also switched out the jute rug that was here previously for a more muted blue-grey solid border wool rug.

In the corner, I’ve tucked a pedestal Sean made a decade ago. It really draws your eye into the room when you stand at the door. I’ve placed a head or bust planter on top. I’d love to place a maidenhead fern inside but haven’t quite found the right size, so for now, it sits empty.

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You might have noticed that we finally have a new window covering in here. It’s a custom blind from Tonic Living and it matches the window coverings in the living room across the hall. The simple linen shade with grosgrain ribbon trim is classic and complements the traditional moulding beautifully.

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Another spring update is the display on the storage buffet. To keep things clean and crisp, I’ve decorated the buffet with just two faux topiaries placed on either side of the round mirror, and a tiered tray. I used to have Christmas ornaments in the tray but I’ve switched them out with all my teacups. Teacups are too pretty to be kept in storage, don’t you think?

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The table is ready to be set with these blue floral dishes and this trendy and inexpensive black flatware.
Now let’s move across the hall, to the living room:
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I’ve shown you a bit of my spring decor already, including the pickup truck filled with flowers and the spring fireplace mantel. But we’ve moved the furniture around – okay I’ve moved the furniture around… my husband would be happy to never move anything ever! – so let me show you how this living room is looking now.
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Do you ever get the urge to just switch your furniture around? I find that rooms have energy ranging from calm to chaotic and changing things up can change that energy as well. This room was lovely but it was feeling a little stiff so some rearranging was in order.

We used to have the two blue chairs to the left of the sofa. Now I have them flanking the fireplace. This creates more of a conversation area and anyone sitting here can converse with someone sitting on the sofa.
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Moving the chairs created room for this games table near the window seat. The pair of windowpane ottomans are the perfect height to sit at the table. We really love playing board games here as a family.
You might notice that I have just a few Easter decorations around the room. A few decorative eggs in a glass jar on the coffee table and on the mantel, a striped bunny jar on the bookshelves, a ceramic bunny… you don’t need a lot to give a feeling of springtime and Easter.
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I’ve also moved the buffalo check chair to beside the entryway. It’s tucked into the corner so it doesn’t impede traffic and now it’s become a cozy corner, especially with the plaid ottoman and the happy little plants.

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I’ve moved the blue desk from in front of the window to the opposite corner.  Chloe likes to sit here in the evenings, work on her sketches and digital art and listen to music on the Google Home. I really love seeing her sit there. She’s at that age where she spends a lot of time on her devices, watching YouTube or playing on Roblox so seeing her consumed with drawing with pencil and paper is a nice surprise.

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The custom English roll arm sofa continues to be my favourite spot for an afternoon nap. There are so many pillows in this room so I’ve just placed one here. It’s a long time favourite pattern, Orangerie Rose. The cashmere throw is just right for keeping cozy these days when it’s still a tad bit cold.

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The room feels much more open now, though a little more chaotic and random than I’m used to.  I do like the new relaxed energy of the space. It’s good enough for now – spring is a good time for change!

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The Most Expensive Mistakes a Home Buyer Can Make

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A home is the single largest purchase most people ever make, but if you’re a newbie to real estate transactions, it can also be one of the most confusing. With so much money on the table, it’s crucial to know how to protect your assets during the home buying process. Scroll through to learn about some home buying mistakes that can cost you big bucks—and what you can do to avoid them.

The 7 Easiest Ways to Grow Herbs

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Nothing beats the taste of fresh herbs in a home cooked meal, and the freshest herbs can be grown right on the kitchen windowsill! Even gardeners with questionable growing skills can reap the benefits of an indoor herb garden, thanks to a number of innovative gardening kits now on the market. From seed starter kits to smart planters, we rounded up seven of the best indoor herb gardens. Whether you think you have a green thumb or not, these kits could be exactly what you need to take your indoor herb gardening skills to the next level.

How To Decorate Series: How To Start Decorating a Room

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Do you enjoy decorating? Do you find it fun or do you struggle with the process?  Design blogs can help with that by providing information and inspiration. Over the years, I’ve shared a lot about how we design, renovate, and decorate our home and I think we have our decorating process nailed down. I’ve talked about decorating ideas, products, layout, and how to DIY – but there’s a few things I haven’t really discussed.

The Why we do the things we do, the factors that impact our decisions, and the order in which we make decorating decisions are just as important as what those decisions are.

To dig into that deeper, I thought it was time I took you on a journey, a decorating journey, and share the A to Z of a single design project. I call it ‘decorating’ but I’m referring to decorating, remodelling, and renovating projects; they’re just different degrees of intensity.

The interesting thing is, no matter how big or small your project, no matter your style, these decisions and steps are always the same. If you find decorating a challenge, perhaps you’ll find ideas on how to overcome some of the obstacles. Over the next few weeks, I’ll share my process of How To Decorate and we’re going to start right from the beginning. Today’s topic: How To Start Decorating A Room. 

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Here’s my belief: we all have the ability to decorate a room. But to decorate a good room that functions well, works over the long run, and is beautiful? That takes planning and forethought.

The first step in decorating a room is deciding which room to decorate. 

If we had a giant stockpile of money, this wouldn’t even be a consideration and we could do all the rooms. But most of us have limited funds and limited time so we have to pick and choose which projects are a priority. So how do you decide? Rarely do our homes feel ‘finished’; there’s always a room in need remodelling or updating! Here’s four factors to consider before you start decorating.

1.  Need

Think about “need” in two ways: qualitatively and quantitatively.

Qualitative needs are emotional needs, those things that you feel. Every inch of your home should be used or enjoyed. Is there a room that you avoid or causes you dread when you enter it? Is there a room that’s been neglected? What room do you avoid showing guests when they come for a visit? Your answers might indicate a qualitative need: is there a room whose redesign would bring you greater happiness in your life?

Quantitative needs are those hard and identifiable needs that translate into numbers. For a home, those numbers could refer to your home value (e.g. adding a second bathroom to increase your home’s value), expenses (e.g. replacing your windows to save on heating costs), or time (upgrading your kitchen to make it a more functional and better working space).

Typically, quantitative needs will be more expensive and you’ll need to save up before you embark on these projects. This brings us to the second consideration, budget.

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Replacing our front window with one that let in light and a breeze was necessary in our non-air conditioned home!

2.  Budget

Knowing your budget beforehand helps you to prioritize which projects to tackle. You might want to work with a smaller budget and complete a smaller project. Or, you might consider saving up until you have a larger budget and tackle a more intensive project. Both kinds can be equally satisfying. Later in the series, we’ll talk about allocating the budget and breaking it down into different elements. But at this stage, it’s enough to have a rough idea of how much money you have to work with so you can at least eliminate projects that are completely out of budget.

3. Timeline

It’s not unusual to have your projects determined by a real or perceived timeline. I find that imposing a timeline on your project can help motivate you and push you to achieve more than you thought possible. Our six-week long living room renovation that we completed for the One Room Challenge is a great example.  It’s important to note though that while the physical actual execution of the project was six weeks, the planning and preparation took much longer!

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Examples of elements which could impact your decorating timeline include:
– seasonality: certain projects are better completed during warmer weather. Gardening and pool projects need to be done in the spring and summer. Exterior paint projects are best in the early cool days of fall. And it’s ideal to complete large renovations like kitchen makeovers when you can bbq outside and running back and forth to the garage/workshop isn’t a hardship.
– life events: Major life changes like welcoming a baby can precipitate major renovations. In the nine months before Chloe arrived, we finished up a kitchen renovation, tackled a bathroom renovation and nursery renovation as well! Welcoming guests over the holidays, rearranging rooms after the kids have gone off to collage… life events have a way of making ‘someday’ projects an immediate priority!

4. Effort and Skill

Some projects are easier than others. If you have the knowledge, skills (and tools!) to complete a design project, you’re more likely to go ahead and tackle it. However, if its a complicated project, one that is long, multi-phased, and requires expertise you don’t possess, you need to find people who have those skills to help you do the job.

Decorating projects that require simple tasks like painting a room or rearranging furniture can often be done quickly and at little cost. Generally, the more difficult a project is, the more it will cost and the longer it will take.

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Basement demolition is one project we left to the pros

It might seem like a simple decision, but deciding which room to decorate requires a lot of thought and consideration. I’ve made the mistake of rushing in and just wanting to get things done (this room was a prime example of that) and while I might have had a finished room at the end, it wasn’t one that I truly loved or one that really met our needs after all.

As with most things, preparation is half the work. Take the time to consider your needs, budget, timeline, and skills and it’ll be obvious which room you should decorate next.


I’d love to know if you found this first instalment in the How To Decorate series helpful. Let me know what your most burning decorating and renovation questions are and I’ll address them in a future post. What stumbling blocks do you encounter, what keeps you from transforming your home into a place you love? Let me know in the comments below!

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Colored kitchen sink in 25 colors, deck mount faucet design

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Here’s a great new colored kitchen sink just added Whyte & Company’s already expansive lineup: A two bowl kitchen sink with a drop-in design that accommodates a deck mounted kitchen faucet. Drop-in sinks are the way to go if you have a laminate counter. You can get this kitchen sink in 25 colors — including […]

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How To Decorate Series: Defining A Room Layout and Function

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Have you ever walked into a room and things just felt “off”? Maybe it was the way things were laid out. Or there were problems with the way the room functioned that didn’t become apparent until some time had passed and you actually used the room.  In today’s instalment of the How To Decorate series, we’re talking about some of the earliest but most challenging design decisions that need to be made: defining a room’s layout and function.

In the first instalment, I shared How to start decorating and the four things to consider before taking on any decorating, renovating, or remodelling project. Once you’ve decided which room you’ll be tackling, you need to identify what you’ll be changing.

The main problem areas you need to assess for any design project are layout and function

  • Layout: is the room plan effective? Are the furnishings and architectural details laid out in a manner that is useful, logical, and aesthetically pleasing?
  • Function: are the basic functions of the room working? Are there damaged, non-working, or non-sensical features that need to be fixed?

Let’s take a look at each of these areas in depth, using my latest home project to illustrate these points. Here’s our next remodelling project, Chloe’s tween bedroom:

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This is the room when we moved in. There was nothing drastically wrong with it so we moved Chloe’s furniture in and didn’t really do anything with it over the last few years. But over time, the room has proven to have quite a few problems that need to be addressed. Here’s what the room is looking like now:

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Okay, there’s a lot going on. We’ve really just thrown the furniture in here from Chloe’s last bedroom and its not quite working. So let’s break it down by looking at each problem area.

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When we first put the furniture in this room, Chloe insisted she wanted the bed tucked up against the wall so that she could have lots of floor space for playing with her toys, tumbling, and doing whatever it is kids do in their rooms. That necessitated putting the desk on the opposite wall. This layout created a few issues:
  • the side table, bed, and bench felt squeezed against one side of the room
  • the desk created an obstacle when coming in the door
  • the open area in the middle of the room felt under-utilized

How do you layout a room?

When considering room layout, identify what pieces of furniture need to be in the room. Start with the biggest piece of furniture and determine the ideal spot for that item first.

Consider sight lines. Your room should have a focal point that draws your attention. Distract from big, clunky features of the room

Ensure there’s breathing space and room to move around furnishings. Not everything needs to be pushed up against the walls. Make full use of the space. Think about using vertical wall space as well as floor space.

Also consider if there are architectural changes you can make which would help the flow of the room. In our old master bedroom, building out a bump out in one wall allowed us to change the furniture layout completely and create a much more efficient and attractive room.

The alternatives:

In this case, we have a bed, side table and desk that are necessary. We have the option of putting the bed in other locations: against either of the dark purple walls, or beneath the window. Having the bed beneath the window doesn’t leave enough room between the bed and closet so that option isn’t viable. Putting the headboard against either of the purple walls could work, so let’s consider the other issues before we finalize the layout.

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From a function standpoint, this bedroom has a few basic needs:
  • the door needs to be unimpeded and open fully
  • you need access to be able to open the window
  • there needs to be adequate lighting
  • the closet needs to be accessible
  • there needs to be room for clothes storage

The only area that seems to not be fully functional is the closet. In the last six months, the closet bifold doors fell off of their tracks repeatedly so we removed them altogether. They’ll need to be replaced.

Additionally, the closet storage could be improved. The shelves are fine but could be more efficient with pull-out drawers. The right hand side is unusable for a shorter child and has a lot of wasted space.

Considering the Layout and Function issues together, we have two options. Note: I’ve used the Room Planner on the Urban Barn website to create these renderings.

Option A – Bed on Left

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Option B – Bed on Right
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Which of these plans would you say is the best?

Option A gives ample room around the bed for the entry and closet doors to swing open. But Option B creates a nice focal point, with the bed facing the door as you enter.

We’ve already moved the furniture around so I’ll show you which layout we decided next week. Suffice it to say, it already looks much better!

I hope this post has given you some ideas on how to tackle any layout or function challenges you might have.

Next up, we’ll talk about style and design and how to build a cohesive and attractive scheme for any room.

A Basement Refresh

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Has your home ever felt finished? Truly finished, as in there were no more rooms left to decorate, no bathrooms in need of renovating, with even the landscaping established and lush? I feel like that state of home bliss is a unicorn; you want to believe it’s out there but you’re not quite convinced.
So it is with our basement. With a whole house to redecorate, we haven’t really done anything with this space since we moved in two years ago. I think most basements fall to the bottom of the priority pile. Money is better spent on kitchens and living rooms that we use daily and where we entertain guests. But basements? They can become homes for leftover furniture, unpacked boxes, and all the useful but mismatched things that don’t fit anywhere else. 
It was time to give our basement a refresh. I did just that, with little expense and just a few clever decorating changes.

The Before

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Here’s what the basement has looked like for the last few years. This side is the lounge area. It’s where we have movie night, play video games, and where I’ll sit occasionally to leaf through my magazines.
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Can you tell we just moved things from our old house, plopped them down here, and called the room ‘done!’? Let’s see if you noticed all these things that are wrong with the room:
– the rug is too small
– the painting is too small and hung too high (on an existing nail, ha!)
– the sofa is squeezed into the corner
– the dresser looks bare
– the wicker ottomans, while awesome looking, are almost 10 years old and are not great for sitting
– there is no design scheme and the colours and decor look… boring!
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There’s also all this unused space behind the ottomans. The fireplace is a great feature to have but it kicks out a lot of heat and we don’t use it too often. And don’t get me started on the paint colour, the fireplace rock, and the black zone of tv and electronics. I have plans to make all of those things more attractive when we do a bigger basement renovation down the road but for now, they’re livable and functioning.
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On the other side of the room is Chloe’s play area. We generally keep this area open so she has room to play on the floor with her dolls and LEGO – and of course do some gymnastics 😉 We moved the tufted ottoman to the basement for extra seating over the holidays and the striped pouf is one Chloe likes to sink into.
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Sean built the dollhouse for Chloe out of two IKEA Ivar 2 section storage units. I do love it (it has shingles, siding, and a matching dog house!) but sadly, I think we’re almost at the end of our doll-playing years 🙁 Eventually, I’d love to turn this part of the basement into a cool tween hangout.
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I know… things are looking a little chaotic down here. But with just a few design tweaks, this basement is looking like a new space!

The After

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Doesn’t this room feel refreshed??

Let’s look at some of the small but impactful changes…
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The first change was switching out the rug. We’ve had this jute chenille rug for years, most recently in our dining room. The larger size helps anchor this side of the room and define the space. The neutral colour tones down the scheme while the subtle herringbone pattern adds texture. Eventually, I want a more coastal look for the entire basement to match the new craft room, and this rug helps convey that feeling.
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HomePop swivel chair, modern swivel chair, grey swivel chair
Another significant change was the addition of a pair of Modern Accent Chairs from HomePop.  Not only do they provide extra seating, but the clean lines and grey colour tie in beautifully with our existing IKEA Karlstad sofa.
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HomePop swivel chair, modern swivel chair, grey swivel chair
HomePop swivel chair, modern swivel chair, grey swivel chair
I’ve enjoyed working with HomePop over the last year and have incorporated quite a few HomePop products into my home. I am consistently impressed by the quality of their products. This chair in particular has gorgeous stitching on the arms and the box cushions are nice and strudy but not too stiff. As well, as an online shopper, I appreciate that most of the furniture comes fully assembled!
One particular feature of these chairs made them a must-have for our basement…
They’re on a swivel base!
They twirl around easily and are super lightweight and easy to move around. It’s great to have the option to have the chairs facing the tv, each other, the fireplace…

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or towards the play area. It gives Chloe and friends a place to sit, and its easy for us to spin around if Chloe wants to show us her latest gymnastics moves. Which happens frequently!
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HomePop swivel chair, modern swivel chair, grey swivel chair

The swivel chair + wicker ottoman + personal bowl of popcorn makes for the ultimate movie night.

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Aside from the chairs, a few other details really helped create a more cohesive style in this space. 
I added in a side table beside the sofa. I used one we had on hand and it’s a tad short, but for now, it does a great job. We also needed a table lamp down here (the recessed potlights can be so harsh) and this one makes for more pleasant reading.

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I brought in more of that coastal feel with blue and white accents around the room, punctuated with bold hits of orange. I’m not normally an orange person but I do love it paired with blue.
The dresser is one which we repainted years ago. Chloe and I went through her plastic bins of toys and gave away many of the toys she had outgrown. Now this dresser is filled with the board games, craft kits, books, and puzzles that she still uses.
The dresser has given me another surface to decorate and I’ve taken full advantage of it! Surprisingly, all of the accessories were things I already had so this little vignette cost me $0.

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I love how the orange vase on the dresser ties in with the orange artwork.

Seeing how easily this room came together, I wonder why it took me so long. Just because a room is temporary, and you’ve got bigger renovations planed in the future, doesn’t mean you need to settle for a mediocre design right now. All it took was some amazing new chairs and redecorating with things I already had to give our family a whole new space to enjoy.

Disclosure: This conversation was sponsored by HomePop. Thank you for supporting the brands whose quality products I bring into my own home.

11 Things You Never Knew About Daylight Saving Time

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Get ready to spring forward this month when daylight saving time (DST) replaces standard time in almost all of the United States and most of Canada and Mexico, as well as much of Europe and the rest of the world. But exactly why do we lose an hour of sleep each spring only to gain it back in the fall? Blame founding father Benjamin Franklin, who suggested in a 1784 essay that people should get out of bed one hour earlier in the spring and summer to enjoy more natural light. Fast-forward to 1895, when New Zealand entomologist George Hudson proposed the modern version of daylight saving time to give him more time in the evenings to collect insects. The idea gained traction in Europe during World War I as a way to save coal, and the United States adopted DST in 1918. It was, however, repealed the following year. Daylight saving time was reinstated as a wartime measure in 1942, but at the war’s end states and cities were free to decide whether to observe it or not. It wasn’t until 1966 that daylight saving time became official throughout most of the United States. Read on for a few more surprising facts about daylight saving time.