Dec 13, 2016

JORD Wood Watches + a GIVEAWAY!!!

Hi everyone! I'm back with another blog post two days in a row! Crazy, right? I'm on a roll! This is going to be an exciting post because I know there's been some anticipation about it after the teasers I put up on Instagram and Facebook a few days ago. I'm happy to announce that I've partnered with JORD Wood Watches and I'm glad for the opportunity to tell you more about the company and about my new favourite accessory. The best part is, they're holding a GIVEAWAY so keep reading to the end of this post to find out how you can enter to win your very own watch! 

Before I say anything further, I want to let you know that this post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches; I received a complementary watch from the company, but all opinions are my own. In fact, after I was approached by them (but before entering into the partnership), I coincidentally happened upon the company's booth at the Gentlemen's Expo in Toronto and I got to talk to the reps in person and, most importantly, I got to check out the watch samples they had on display. After seeing them, I knew I needed one of these watches in my life!!! I mean, the photos of them online are gorgeous on their own, that much was already obvious, but after seeing them for real and trying them on, I got to see their amazing quality first-hand. 

The watch I picked out (pictured above and below) is the Frankie series Zebrawood & Champagne women's watch. I love it for its neutral wood tone and equally neutral champagne face colour. And let's be honest, I like the name too - y'all know how much I love my bubbly, lol!!! Seriously though, because it's neutral it goes with pretty much any outfit, and the mix of casual wood material and elegant watch face make this the perfect accessory whether you're going for a relaxed weekend look or if you're getting dressed up for a fancy night out. If you're partial to something bolder with more colour, JORD has a variety of watch faces to choose from as well as a variety of wood types ranging from bamboo to ebony, acacia to sandalwood, and many more. You can see more of their women's watches here, and they have men's watches to choose from too

A couple more things I want to tell you about JORD Wood Watches that I learned from the reps at the Gentlemen's Expo... The first is a fun fact: the company name is not pronounced the way it looks, it's pronounced like "yode!" Second - and this is very important to me - the company is very transparent about their sustainability practices and they disclose information about each wood source on their website. I was also happy to learn from the reps that JORD makes the wooden watch parts from the remnant pieces of wood that are too small to be used by the original source. Meaning that JORD isn't going around cutting down forests, they're creating products from the residual wood left behind by other companies that would otherwise have been discarded.  

Okay, it's giveaway time!!! It's easy - all you have to do is enter your name and email address at this link by December 18th, 2016. JORD will send you an email confirming your entry, which also contains a $25 voucher so that even if you don't win the giveaway, you'll at least get money off the purchase of a watch after the contest closes! These watches are the perfect indulgence as a present for yourself, and are also a good gift idea for that special someone on your list (I'm actually going to be placing an order myself for a Christmas gift for someone). 

Once again, here's the link to enter the contest: 

Good luck! Let me know in the comments below what you think of these watches. Or give me a shout on social: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook 

Dec 12, 2016

Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas: My Holiday Home

Hi friends! I hope you've been enjoying the lead-up to the holidays! Can you believe Christmas is only two weeks away??? Are you ready? I haven't finished shopping for presents yet, but I've at least finished my Christmas decorating, and today I'm happy to take you on a tour of my home. And by 'home' I mean 'living room.' That's because I don't really go all out - I mainly focus on one room of my house at this time of year. But if that doesn't satisfy your xmas decor desires, then guess what...I'm participating in this home tour with nine other bloggers!!! At the end of this post you'll find links to everyone else I've teamed up with, so please check out their posts too! 

Alrighty then, let's get to it! My holiday decorating is in the small details, like white carnations coupled with boxwood branches (in previous years I've used cedar branches), a wreath hanging from the curtain rod, and a pillow with the word "Peace" embroidered in sequins. 

Here's how the room looks at night: 

One of my favourite views of the room is to look at the sofa through my ghost chairs. I live in a narrow house, so I opt for furniture in glass and acrylic materials because they give the illusion of more space. 

To the right of the large print of Manhattan art is my marble-topped bar. The gold-framed mirror above it has a partner on the opposite side of the room. For the last 5 years I had a red and gold colour scheme and I was getting really tired of it, so this year I switched it up and went with a blue and silver colour scheme. To keep my bar in tune with my decor, I pulled out all the blue-and-white booze that I had on hand! 

Take another turn to your right and you'll see my demi-lune table, perfect for displaying my light-up JOY sign, some cedar branches and my snow globe. And all my coffee table decor books! 

Another turn to your right and there's that other gold-framed mirror I mentioned earlier. I hosted my annual Christmas party two weekends ago and I thought it would be fun if everyone wrote their social media handles on the mirror with special markers I have (Ninja Chalk) so that all my guests can easily follow each other. (Yes, I even drilled a wire basket to the wall next to the mirror to hold the markers for the evening. I've since taken it down, just need to patch the holes.) 

I love the simplicity of cedar branches draped over my gold mirror, with ornaments hung from them... 

I hope you've enjoyed this tour of my living room! I'm hosting my family for Christmas dinner, so I'll be doing another post of my tablescape... at least you'll get some more variety and more of an actual "home" tour! In the meantime, I want to share a couple of the outtake photos of cats getting in the way (but upon looking back, I realize there are cats in almost all my non-outtake photos??! ha!). And following these last two pics, please see my friends who are participating in this home tour blog hop. 

As promised...please visit my friends to see how they are celebrating Christmas - you're in for a real treat with more home tours, Christmas adventures, holiday cooking and more! 

Nov 10, 2016

Guest Bedroom Makeover, One Room Challenge, Fall 2016, Weeks 2-6!

Well well well - it's already Week 6 a.k.a. reveal week of the One Room Challenge and I haven't updated any of my progress since I first showed you the room in Week 1!!! Unless you follow me on Instagram and saw my Insta-stories...otherwise you would not have seen any of the progress. I wasn't planning on entering the challenge this time around, knowing I wouldn't have the proper time to dedicate to it, but I decided to join at the last minute anyway. Sure enough, other priorities took precedence like I knew they would and my weekly updates fell by the wayside. I'm still glad I joined the challenge though, because even if I wasn't blogging about my progress on a weekly basis, the challenge was the kick in the pants that I needed to finally get some work started in my guest bedroom. 

By the way, if you're new to my blog you can catch up on Week 1 here, and if you're new to the One Room Challenge, learn more about this decorating event on Calling It Home - shout out to Linda for creating this challenge! 

I'll be honest with you - the room isn't completely finished yet. I painted the room (walls, trim and doors) and put the room back together so it's at least in good enough shape that I can have guests stay over, but it's missing the finishing touches like the artwork, window coverings and decent lighting. Here's a reminder of what the room looked like before: 

And here are a couple of pics of the painting in progress: 

And here's a teaser photo of what the room looks like now:   

Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll have more of a proper "reveal" to show you but for now I'm just happy that Linda's One Room Challenge got me this far along! 

Since I don't have very much in the way of pretty "after" photos for you to see, hop on over to the reveal photos of the 20 featured me, you won't be disappointed! And after that, please visit my fellow guest participants, they have worked so much harder than me and I'm so proud of all they accomplished.  :) 

Oct 6, 2016

One Room Challenge: Week 1, Fall 2016

Hi there! Are you surprised to hear from me? Well you should be, I haven't blogged in months. I've been busy working on a new project - I'm the editor of Wantfolio, a website & app featuring all the best global lifestyle content from blogs & media, it launched at the beginning of the summer and it's been getting all my attention. More on that later though, I promise! I noticed that the last time I blogged was to reveal my bedroom makeover that I did as part of the One Room Challenge last spring, and guess what...that's what has me back on here again - the fall round of the ORC has arrived! In case you haven't heard of it, the One Room Challenge was founded by Linda of Calling It Home - twice a year, Linda rounds up 20 design bloggers to renovate or redecorate a room in six weeks and blog about their progress every Wednesday. On Thursdays, she invites anyone else who wants to participate to join in on the fun, blog about their room makeover progress, and link up their posts on her website to create a supportive community of like-minded people who come together to cheer each other on as we all work to finish a room in our homes. 

If you're new here and visiting from Calling It Home, allow me to introduce myself! I'm Lesley and I started this blog in 2010 as a way to document my house-hunting journey; I was buying a house on my own as a single woman so my blog had the playful name House Before Spouse, and there's a tab up at the top of the page that links back to those early posts if you want to read all about my adventures in first-home buying (or just click here). Eventually though, I felt the need to rebrand and expand my blog's content, and chose to self-title a few years ago. I don't post on this blog very often, but when I do I like to write about decor, fashion, food and other lifestyle pursuits. 

So let's get to the reason we're here today, yes? I'm turning an under-used room of my house into a guest bedroom! Here are the awful before pictures (I'm so embarrassed to admit that the room looks like this, but at least it will make for really impactful before-and-after pictures, right?): 

So obviously the cat litter boxes have to go, as does the Radiant Orchid wall colour! BTW - I chose this colour a year or two before Pantone did!!! And to be honest, I never loved it. I wish I went way darker with a richer purple. Doesn't matter though, I've never used this room, I always joke that the cats have a bigger bathroom than I do. Seriously, even Choupette can't compete with this!! 

My plan for the room is to turn it into a blue and white, cozy cottage retreat. There's no place I would rather be than at the cottage in the summer, so if I can't spend my winters by the lake in the sunshine, I'm going to bring that vibe to my house in the city. Here are some of the inspiration pics that I've collected, and even though most of them are living rooms I think you'll still get where I want to go with my guest bedroom: 

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I hope you'll stop by next week to see how much progress I've made. Which may not be a whole lot, because - SURPRISE! I've decided to work on TWO rooms in my house. For my very first ORC in Spring of 2014 I turned my master bedroom into a home office, and the more time I spend in that office, the more I need to make changes to better utilize the space. Since my home office is essentially the Wantfolio HQ, it's only appropriate that I blog about my office makeover from the Wantfolio blog - continue reading about that here

A big THANK YOU goes out to Linda for founding the One Room Challenge and for making it the successful event that it is today. She is a gem for creating a supportive and encouraging community of design bloggers who motivate each other to get sh*t done around our homes!!  ;) 

Did you see the projects that the 20 featured designers are working on? I've read them all and can't wait to watch their progress each Wednesday. Link back here to get caught up. And please take some time to visit my blogging comrades-in-decorating by visiting the guest participant link-up here

See you next week! Until then, you can find me on Instagram, Twitter & Snapchat (@lesley_metcalfe). I'm also creating want.boards on Wantfolio for all content related to the One Room Challenge! 

May 12, 2016

Bedroom Makeover REVEAL! One Room Challenge, Week 6 (Spring 2016)

Reveal day for my One Room Challenge bedroom makeover is finally here! The time has gone by quickly and yet it feels like I've been working on this room for much longer than six weeks. There's still work to be done in here - the rug I had planned to bring in from another room ended up being too small, I still need to put up the picture frames for my gallery wall, need to install the ceiling fan, and the trim and moulding will have to wait for a while. But the dark furniture and walls are gone, the room is now filled with lots of light, and once I inject a little more colour into the space it's going to feel as cozy as it did before. Let's get to the photos! 

For comparison, let's go around the room with before-and-after pictures: 


I still have some work to do to get the room more in line with the design board I created, but it will all come together in time. 

Many thanks to Linda from Calling It Home for hosting this challenge and inviting guests to participate! Not that I'm finished the room yet but I'm definitely going to be taking a little break from working on it, which will give me time to properly catch up on all my fellow participants rooms - check them out here, there are over 200 of us! And if you missed the 20 featured participants, their reveals can be seen here. I can't wait for the weekend when I can lounge in bed with coffee and my laptop to see all the room reveals. 

I'm hoping to keep up a once-a-week at minimum blogging schedule now that the ORC has ended, so I hope you'll come back for a visit. You can also stay in touch with me on Snapchat (lesley_metcalfe) and on Instagram.  

If you missed previous weeks and want to read about my bedroom makeover progress from the beginning, you can catch up here: 

Week 1  //  Week 2  //  Week 3  //  Week 4  //  Week 5