Re: Working with small spaces + DIY desk

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With some changes happening this month, my work area at home decreased probably by half. Working at tight spaces can be a challenge, especially when looking for furniture that fits well with the space. So, I decided to make my desk instead and leverage the wall space I do have.

I really wanted to use this 7-foot bar top that my dad salvaged from our first house. It was well made and maintained; solid wood that was sanded, stained then varnished. Half of the work was already done! First I thought about mounting the desk to the wall to get a floating effect. Unfortunately because it is 7 feet long and is quite heavy, the wall may not be able to support the entire structure. Mr. Ko helped me come up with plan B! A quick browse…ok maybe an hour, on IKEA’s website to find table legs and a few other things, I got the dimensions and the measurements work. Total spend on my new DIY desk = $16 + tax. Not too bad, if I say so myself! I used the ADILS table legs in white and I think it’s still on sale!

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The colour palettes I created for this room was inspired by a painting I picked up while I was traveling in Paris. I just loved how fresh and calming it looks! 🙂 (the palette has RBG codes already in case you wanted to know)

While browsing through IKEA’s I stumbled upon some wall shelves with bright red brackets. Looking back to a color palette I made before starting to redecorate my new space, the red brackets adds that right pop of colour I was looking for! My sheer curtains and bedding complemented the entire look starting with the white metal bed frames and vibrant comforter.

I’ll have to show you guys my new space some time! 🙂

Do you have some tips on how to work with small spaces on a budget? Share with us by leaving a comment below!

Always

K

P.S. I made a few colour palettes before deciding on the one I wanted to use. Feel free to have a look at my Pinterest board! 🙂

Re: DIY green tea scrub ‘n mask

green tea scrub n mask.jpgFor the past month, I’ve been researching benefits of green tea on our skin and here’s what I found. To sum it all up, green tea provides great benefits for your skin as an acne fighting ingredient. It can also help with anti-aging and, my personal favourite, it help can detoxify your skin AND body. That being said, I decided to create a DIY green tea skincare scrub. Though, the more I tried the scrub, the more I realize that it can be used as a mask as well! Isn’t that a great bargain? 1 mixture for 2 uses?!

For this DIY green tea scrub ‘n mask, you only need 3 ingredients:

  1. green tea bag (fresh, not brewed)
  2. raw honey
  3. avocado
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Messy hair don’t care 😉

Here’s how I made it:

  1. I added about 1 teaspoon of green tea in a mortar and pestle; cut the tea bag to scoop out the dried green tea leaves
  2. Grind the dried green tea leave to make them less course; we want to exfoliate our skin not scratch it
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of honey in the mortar and pestle
  4. Take ¼ of an avocado and scoop out the meat using a spoon then put it in the mortar and pestle with the green tea leaves and honey
  5. Using the pestle, mix all of the ingredients together
  6. Once you’re done mixing the ingredients, wash your face and hands before applying the mixture on your face
  7. Gently massage the mixture on your face for about 2-3 minutes, and make sure that the mixture is evenly distributed your entire face
  8. Then leave the mixture on (like a regular mask) for about 10-12 minutes; you can leave it for longer, that’s totally up to you
  9. Wash your face with lukewarm water and gently remove the mixture
  10. Dry your face with a face towel by softly patting the towel on your face and your done!

I use this scrub ‘n mask once a week to help me detoxify my face after a long work week. The avocado and honey are also helpful to keeping the face moisturized. It’s an easy, affordable and all natural DIY skincare treatment I’ll definitely keep using, especially with the weather getting dryer and hotter. Give it a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below! 🙂

Always,

K

P.S. I wanted to share with you some resources about the benefits of green tea in case you wanted to do your own research about it.

 

Re: Last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas

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We’ve all been there…maybe more than once. Queen of the last minute gift buying, I came up with my top 3 last minute gifts for Mother’s Day this weekend (emphasis on THIS weekend!) Simple, thoughtful and just what mom needs.

  1. Framed + Signed Thank You Poem

I was walking around the mall a few years ago around this time of the year when I stumbled upon a vendor selling personalized poems. The poems were framed and individually made for the person buying or receiving the gift. Inspired by this vendor, I found a thank you poem online and did some basic graphic design work by adding a background behind the text, changing text styles and colour. To make it a tad more sentimental (cheesy lol), I personally signed the poem before putting it in a frame. My mom has kept it ever since! (Tip: you can find poems on Pinterest for different occasions)

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  1. Massage/Spa Packages

If you have the budget for these kinds of gifts, it’s definitely a great way to give mom a little time off from work and chores around the house for a relaxing afternoon. The price varies depending on the package you get, but you can never go wrong with a massage. I’m sure she’ll be thankful with a foot rub after work too! 😉

  1. Time alone

Talking with one of my hygienists last week, she was telling me how much she craves a little bit of alone time away from her 3 young boys. So for Mother’s Day, she simply wanted some time to focus on her. Now, there are many different ways you can go about giving mom some time alone. Husbands and fathers why not take the kids out around the city for the day and let mom do whatever she wants to do? Maybe mom just needs some time to read her book in comfortable silence?

Whether you buy your gift, make your gift or plan something special for mom, I’m sure mom will love them anyway! 🙂 Are you guys and gals doing anything special for Mother’s Day? Leave a comment below and share with us!

Always,

K

P.S. Feel free to use some of the Mother’s Day postcards I made. Just click the pictures to download the print versions below:

 

Re: DIY golden watch box

 

IMG_6731I have been looking for my gold spray paint for a couple of weeks only to have my dad tell me that he found it in the garage! I had leftover gold spray paint from a DIY basketball trophy I made a couple of years ago. Knowing that I had it in stock somewhere I wanted to use it to transform a few items. For this DIY blog post, I made a simple golden watch box as well as refreshed a soap pump and water bottle.

First you will need:

  • gold spray paint
  • newspaper
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • container of choice (I used an old Ferrero Rocher rectangular box)
  • gloves

Before you start spray painting, make sure that any label and glue residue is removed from the item you want to spray paint. Otherwise, the final product won’t look as smooth and polished. I used a toothbrush and some soap and water to brush off the entire glue residue. Once you’ve washed/cleaned your containers, you can dry them with a paper towel.

Put a generous amount of old newspaper on the floor to prevent your floors from getting sprayed on. Unless of course you want to add a little shimmer in your floors too? 😉 With you gloves on, you can start spray painting your container. Try to spray an even layer across. Let the paint dry for 15-20 minutes (depending on the kind of spray paint you buy) before spray painting another coat of paint. I painted around 2-3 coats for my watch box and only one coat (+ touchups on spots that look uneven) for my water bottle and soap pump.

I added a simple stripe and spiral design with the soap pump and water bottle by using the masking tape. Then, spray paint as normal.

I had been looking for a reasonably priced watch box that complimented my style. I didn’t necessarily find any I liked as much so I decided to just make my own. This is also a really easy way to add a little shimmer and sparkle in your everyday storage.

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Tip: You can also use different kinds of stencils to add a little pattern (e.g. old lace, doilies, or cutout letters).

Give this DIY a try and share with us your creations! Please feel free to leave a comment for any suggestions or questions 🙂

 

Always,

K