1. Walton dining table, $1199.99
2. Margeaux wall sconce, $185.99
3. London Eye sculpture, $313.79
4. Striped design acrylic throw blanket, $96.99
5. Tall cabinet, $354.99
6. Marguerite area rug, $279.99
Illustrations by Brendan Fisher | Wood and paint, homedepot.ca | Bedside tables, mattress, duvet, duvet cover and grey cushions, ikea.ca | Canadian Living bed skirt, bedbathandbeyond.ca | Art, jensennagle.com | Flowers, fiorioakville.com Image by: Angus Fergusson
Want to transform the look of your bedroom? Inspired by board-and-batten siding, this headboard looks like a million bucks—on a way smaller budget. It's super simple to build and you can easily customize the size to fit your bed.
- Tape measure
- Table saw or handsaw
- 1/2-inch sheet of MDF
- 1- by 5-inch MDF board
- 1- by 3-inch MDF board
- Several 1- by 4-inch MDF boards
- Wood glue
- Clamps for drying (optional)
- Nail gun and nails
- Caulking gun and caulk
- Paint tray
- Paint roller and paintbrush
- Paint (We used Behr Ultra Pure White 1850)
- Screwdriver and screws
- Wood filler
Measure the width of your bed. Using the saw, cut the sheet (A) so it's 4 inches wider than the bed— this was 57 inches for us—and 66 inches long. (We had ours cut to size at The Home Depot.) Cut the 1- by 5-inch board (B) the same width as the sheet. Cut the 1- by 3-inch board (C) 4 inches longer than the width of the sheet, which was 61 inches for us.
Place the boards horizontally on top of the sheet so they're flush.
Measure from the bottom of the 1- by 5-inch board (B) to the bottom of the sheet. Cut four 1- by 4-inch boards (D) to the same length. Place them vertically equidistant on the sheet.
Create a grid by cutting remaining 1- by 4-inch boards (E) to fit horizontally between the vertical boards.
Glue each board in place on the sheet; let dry. Using the nail gun, secure each board in place. Caulk any edges (if you see gaps); let dry.
Paint the headboard. To make it easier to paint the sides, elevate the sheet on scrap pieces of wood.
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|This story was originally titled "Paid To Party" in the September 2014 issue.|
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Canadian Living's home and garden director shows off her curves in a body con dress.
Photography by Carlyle Routh. Hair by Jukka/Davines/Plutino Group. Makeup by Jodi Urichuk/Bite Beauty/Plutino Group.
Have you ever flirted with the idea of trying a daring style but weren't quite sure how to pull it off? We found six women who were intrigued by a trend they usually avoid, then we gave them the support and style advice to help them make it their own. Here, Canadian Living's home and garden director, Sarah Gunn, steps out in a body con dress.
Much like Sarah's decor esthetic, sunny hues and pretty pastels are her wardrobe mainstays, along with ladylike fit-and-flare frocks. But there's one item of clothing Sarah has always admired on other women yet hasn't slipped into herself: a body-conscious dress. "I have curves—some in the right places and some not—and I'm not sure how to enhance the good ones and hide the bad ones in a formfitting style," says Sarah.
Karl Lagerfeld dress, $189, thebay.com. Earrings, bracelets, ring and shoes, bananarepublic.ca. Clutch, coach.com.
The first step to feeling confident in a body-hugging dress is a good foundation, a.k.a. undergarments. Sarah donned a Shapeez Tankee slip ($125, shapeez.com), an all-in-one bra, slip and shaper that helps eliminate visible bra lines and back bulges while slimming the waist and the stomach. When it comes to choosing a fitted dress, keep it sophisticated; we selected a style with elbow length sleeves and a high neckline, allowing Sarah's silhouette and her legs to be highlighted. Finally, the dress features black panels on the sides, which ever so slightly cinch the waist, helping to create the illusion of a more defined midriff.
Shop the trend:
Floral dress, $80, express.com
Zippered dress, $420, marc-cain.com
Scuba dress, $100, reitmans.com
Aspen dress, $129, bebe.com
Body con dress, $140, lechateau.com
Felicity & Coco dress, $137, nordstrom.com
Dex dress, $79, thebay.com
Dress, $210, armaniexchange.com
Franca sweater dress, $178, guess.ca
Body con dress, $50, dynamiteclothing.com
For the second year now, Etsy Resolution is helping creative entrepreneurs turn their passion and talent into a profitable career!
The main goal of Etsy Revolution is to help aspiring entrepreneurs start their new year with a great opportunity to make some extra income, and flex their creative muscles. If you've ever thought about selling your own handmade products, now is the time. Etsy is bringing you 16 experienced and successful sellers to mentor participants between January 30th and February 27th in a free email course.
Learn about product photography, what to sell, how to get yourself found, successful marketing techniques, search-engine optimization, and shipping tips. You'll get four simple emails telling you how to open your shop, find inspiration and beautifully curate your products to make them appealing to shoppers. All you need to do is sign up and read the lessons, complete some tasks and connect with other participants going through the same thing.
Registration is open until January 27th. Get your email in before it starts!
In the meantime, make sure to take some time to support other small businesses. Here are some of our favourite Canadian Etsy businesses that you can shop now:
With funny, inspirational and beautiful prints that you can download in minutes, Elemenopee Design allows you to do what you wish with their art. Put it on the fridge, a cork board, or hang it up in a frame—the possibilities are endless with these affordable designs.
Cherry Tree Gallery rustic white wooden arrows, $79, etsy.com/ca/shop/cherrytreegallery
Wall decor, shelves and hangers in this shop are all beautifully rustic. Perfect for a Canadianian feel in a family home.
3. Robinson Merch Company
Robinson Merch Company jewelry holders, $48, etsy.com/ca/shop/robinsonmerchcompany
This shop out of Grimsby, Ont. is putting a new spin on jewellery organization! These modern and chic holders are perfect to accent a bedroom, and go with pretty much any colour scheme.
Sweetheart Jewelry Box tiny gold heart necklace, $27, etsy.com/ca/shop/SweetheartJewelryBox
Delicate and simple is what this jewelry shop is about. Packaged in boxes with punny and sweet sayings, this shop is definitely a go-to for dainty and playful pieces to accent your style and personality.
5. La Reserve Design
La Reserve Design chunky knit scarf, $49, etsy.com/ca/shop/LaReserve Design
La Reserve Design might be the comfiest looking shop on Etsy! From blankets, to cushions, hats and scarves, this Montreal-based shop is serving up all your chunky knit wool needs.
6. Grace Design
Grace Design taupe clutch, $81, etsy.com/ca/shop/gracedesgn
This cute Toronto-based boho shop has all sizes of bags for women. Whether you want minimalist design or a long fringe, Grace Design has the clutch, pouch or shoulder bag for you.
7. SOCK Dirty To Me
SOCK Dirty To Me 'bring me wine' socks, $17, etsy.com/ca/shop/SOCKDirtyToMe
These fun socks with witty sayings on the bottom of the feet are a perfect gift (or a perfect splurge for yourself). With all kinds of categories to choose from, say exactly what's on your mind with these adorably funny socks.
CAMP Skincare dream skin duo, $68, etsy.com/ca/shop/CampSkincare
Not only does CAMP Skincare have pretty beauty and skin care products, it's also all natural and all plant-based. Perfect for giving your skin the hydration it deserves, this shop also specializes in baby and mommy products.
9. Lovely Body
Lovely Body pink berry grapefruit sugar scrub, $17, etsy.com/ca/shop/LovelyBody
This isn't your typical bath and beauty shop. With cold pressed soaps, whipped lotions, soap jewels and sugar scrubs, this stuff almost looks like dessert! (Except it's still soap, don't eat it)
10. Emme Cosmetics
Emme Cosmetics winter palette, $65, etsy.com/ca/shop/emmecosmetics
Eyeshadows, pigments and highlighters are the main seller in this shop. All the product is vibrant, shimmery and cruelty-free (big plus)! If you're a makeup artist or just a makeup lover it'll be hard to stay away from this shop.