3 Feb 2016

Our Sauna/Bathroom & Giveaway!

I'm so happy to finally share a few pictures of our basement Sauna renovation!  This space is just one part of our entire basement renovation that we've been working on slowly for quite some time now.  For this post I also had the opportunity to work with FinnStyle.  They provided me with some really beautiful products for our newly finished sauna.  They've also sponsored a really great giveaway and you can find all the details on how to enter at the end of this post.

Our Sauna space is truly multifunctional.  It includes the sauna, bathroom, a mini "pukuhuone" (dressing room) and even our laundry!  Today I'm showing you everything other than the laundry.  I'll hopefully share that with you soon as well.  I'm going to start with the little dressing/cooling off area. 
This area consists of a couple of stools some hooks and storage for our shampoo, soap, washcloths, etc.  The hooks are mostly DIY except for the large grey dot.  I used various knobs from the hardware store (some painted and some not) as well as a wooden doll head to create the hooks.  I simply added double ended screws to them and mounted them to the wall in a random pattern.  I love that they're a little quirky and incorporate some of my favourite colours.  

I love the Marimekko Unikko towels that FinnStyle provided.  I ended up getting more neutral bath towels and then went a little crazy with the washcloths getting one in every colour so that each member of the family could have their own colour.

I think this shot gives you an idea of the layout of the Sauna and bathroom.   The laundry area and commode are behind me in this photo.  I decided to forgo a soap niche in the shower since our wall tiles are so large.  I felt that the niche would end up looking too tall since the height of one tile was too short for a shampoo, but two tiles would make it look super oversized.  I came up with a really inexpensive solution when I found some wall-mounted organizers from Ikea.

 Here's a shot of the wood in our sauna.  It's a really light wood that we actually have had and moved with us to two houses before it finally found it's home here.  The Marimekko towel and this super minimal sauna bucket look lovely against the light wood.

Lastly, Is the vanity area.  I had the vanity cupboard made from some quarter sawn white oak that I found at a lumber mill.  I added some pulls that I made from a little girl's belt and some brass screws. We hired out the tiling for the floors and the shower walls, but I did the little backsplash behind the vanity.  The colour of the tiles is a little off due to the lighting in this space, but in actuality they are a light minty green-grey.  The mirror above the vanity was also another DIY project.  I had hubby cut down a mirror from the hardware store and use the same wood used in the vanity to make a little shelf.  Another Marimekko towel hangs from a DIY towel clip.  I'm going to post the DIY's for a few of these projects soon.  

So I hope you enjoyed this little tour of our Sauna/Bathroom!  Now, for the giveaway!  One lucky reader is going to win a $50 credit towards FinnStyle!  They have so many lovely products including major Finnish brands such as Iittala and Marimekko that you may have a difficult time deciding on what to get (I know I did!).

Click HERE to enter the giveaway.
The giveaway will close next Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. EST and is open internationally!  Good Luck!


Towels:  FinnStyle
Sauna bucket and body brush:  FinnStyle
Faucets & Sink:  Kohler
Eames Style Stools: HomeSense
Large Grey Dot Hook:  Target
Pendant Light:  EQ3
Wall Organizers:  Ikea

31 Jan 2016

February Printable Calendar

Another month has just zipped by.  We spent most of January fighting the flu which explains the silence here on the blog.  I did just finish taking photos of our basement sauna/bathroom renovation which I am hoping to post this week along with a really great giveaway!  I'm happy with how the space turned out so stay tuned!

This month's calendar is an elegant black, grey and blush feather number.  I considered doing something with hearts for Valentine's Day, but for some reason I was feeling the feathers this year.  The calendar is my own design using clipart that I found here.  You can find the DIY for my calendar holder here.

Click on the image below to download the calendar (*for personal use only please).

I had some requests to release all the calendars at once this year, however since our January turned into a flu fighting month I just didn't have the time to get them together.  For now I'm sticking to my usual monthly schedule.  I hope you continue to enjoy these monthly calendars and have a really lovely week!

1 Jan 2016

Printable 2016 Calendar

Happy New Year!  This new year really crept up on me!  We've had a relaxing holiday.  I hope yours has been lovely as well.  Have you thought of New Year's goals?  I haven't really given them much thought.  I know I would love to get some things finished up around our house.  Our basement is 85-90% finished, but there are a ton of little things to finish off and some finishes to source.  I know I haven't been very good about posting the progress on our basement and I'm hoping to share some of that space here on the blog this year.  I do have a sauna post coming up soon along with a fun giveaway though.  I'm not planning on trying any new diets or changing my fitness routine too much (I've been doing barre workouts at home throughout the past year and they're still challenging!).  Life seems to be just going by faster and faster and overall,  I would just like to slow down and really be present in both the exciting and mundane bits of life.

In all my Christmas business I had completely forgotten about my printable 2016 calendar, but I do have January's calendar ready for you today on the 1st of January.  I think I'm going to continue with releasing one each month, but I'm open to suggestions from you should you like me to release them all at once.

For January I chose a couple of patterns I found from here and here for my design.  The colours are soft and muted which is something I felt was fitting after all the business of Christmas and the holidays.   I do still like my little calendar holder I made last year. I don't know if you remember that I thought it looked a little like a chopping board when I first made it.   It must have grown on me.  :)

To download the calendar click on the image below (**this calendar is for personal use only**)
(*the preview appears to not be working once you click on the image below, but you can still download it by clicking the download button on the top right corner of the window you are redirected to).

The happiest of New Years to you!  I want to thank all of you who continue to read this little blog and wish you all the best this year!

24 Dec 2015

Kids Christmas Craft and Our Christmas Tree

It's Christmas Eve and I'm popping in to share a little craft I made with my boys as well as our Christmas tree since I didn't yet have it up for the Christmas home tour.  The craft I made with the boys was super simple.  We made banners exactly the same way as last year (find the tutorial here) and added some wood stickers from the craft store to them in a pattern.  I had the boys paint the wood stickers and then we just stuck them onto the banners using a ruler as a guide to keep them relatively straight.  I love how they turned out and my oldest wanted to use red in his wall hanging and once it came time to put the trees on.  He added a green one for good measure.  Little brother was not as picky and mostly enjoyed painting using his favourite colour green.

Here's a shot of the living room with our tree.  The boys decorated it all by themselves.  They pulled over the kitchen stools in order to reach the higher branches.  I personally love how it turned out including the ornaments that touch the floor.

I'm off to roast our Turkey for tonight's birthday party for Jesus as my boys have been calling our Christmas celebration.  I hope that your Christmas is filled with the hope that came on this very Holy night.

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