A Pastel Home

Just in time for the Labour Day long weekend, the massive project we’ve been working on ALL summer long is finally here: THE PATIO!

Let me start by saying the outdoor space at this home is a LOT, like easily as much space outdoors as we have indoors between the yard, back patio, front yard, front porch, and small front patio as well. The backyard came together fairly quickly and easily once I planted my veggie and flower gardens, although I have added some flowering shrubs and bushes that I hope will really expand next Spring and transform the space a bit more. The front yard garden is still a very sad outrageous mess of weeds, and other than a power wash, we decided to leave the front patio and porch as projects to think about NEXT YEAR. Which just leaves… the back patio!

When Jonnie and I first toured this apartment, we were both overwhelmed by all the potential we saw for the back deck. It’s massive, partially covered, and gets a ton of great sunshine all throughout the day. On the day we got our keys, we did another little walk around, and he casually mentioned maybe it would be nice to do some painting to brighten up the space out there (sometime down the line). Unfortunately for him, he’d said it out loud to me, and I never do things reasonably or slowly or “in time”.

Shortly after moving everything into our East Van apartment, I came up with a plan for the back patio and got to work. Benjamin Moore very kindly supplied all of the paint we needed for the project, and I thought from there, the rest would be easy! A little sanding, a bit of painting, and voila – new patio! What can I say? I have a poor sense of reality. This turned out to be the most labour intensive home project that I’ve ever embarked on, and the work ended up taking nearly the entire summer to complete. We started with sanding back in June, then moved on to extensive pressure washing, and once everything was dry and prepped, we finally started painting. Turns out, outdoor painting, with various textures and previous paint jobs and endless cracks and corners and weather restrictions is much less straightforward than say, painting an accent wall inside.

I need to give credit where it’s due here: I had a lot of help. It took me, Jonnie, my sister, and her girlfriend Emily countless hours to finally get every inch of the patio painted, from floor to ceiling beams. Luckily Benjamin Moore’s Aura Exterior paint had such good coverage that we could get away with just one coat on all the woodwork (after a light sanding) but it still took ages to get between all of the fence posts, every angle of every roof beam… you get the point! The floor painting was my favourite part – we used a product called Sure Step, which had texture built into it that both prevents future slipping, and evens out the cement. Painting over our stained, bumpy old cement flooring and watching this paint fill all of the little holes and cracks was so satisfying.

When all of the painting was finally done, all that was left to do was decorate! A jungle of plants was obviously a must, but beyond that I felt a bit stuck. I used a lot of the same IKEA furniture from my last patio setup on the North Shore, so I really just some pops of colour to bring life to this space. I’m not sure how I landed on , but it turns out almost all of their pillows can be made as outdoor throw pillows! Once I fell in love with Megan Galante’s , the rest came together. White string lights and a couple of colourful candles pulled the vibe together for both day and night, and Summer’s favourite addition was definitely her from Busy Puzzle (love that nice neutral gingham fabric).

I shared the before and after video today in my reels, but I also wanted to put together a list of sources and share our experience with this project in full on here! Let me know your favourite part in the comments below!

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All paint by Benjamin Moore

Floor paint (special non-slip product) here (colour is “Desert Sand”)

Outdoor paint for beams and fencing here (colour is “Peach Cooler 022”)

IKEA Outdoor Couch here

IKEA Outdoor Rug here

IKEA coffee table (similar )

IKEA side tables here (no longer available)

Miss Garden Glory Shell chair pillows here

Oui by Indigo large pedestal planter

Oui by Indigo medium pedestal planter

Society6 leopard floor pillow

Society6 sun throw pillow

Society6 leopard throw pillow

Minnidip Banana Leaf Pool here

Similar banana leaf throw blanket here

Busy Puzzle indoor / outdoor swing here

CB2 Bistro set gold table here

CB2 Bistro set pink chairs (no longer available)

*this pink shell bistro set is also so my style and so affordable

White string lights here

Paddywax arch candle holder (similar here)

IKEA gold tray (similar here)

Candles by Homecoming and Lohn

Bloomin’ Easy low maintenance plants (like my pink lemonade rose!) here

Get Creative

It feels like it’s taken forever, but my first official room reveal at the new house (aka #pastelsunriseplace) is live! I teamed up with Crate and Kids to dream up a truly whimsical all-purpose setup for our spare room. Part playroom and craft space, part reading nook, and part guest room, this space could have easily become a forgotten void at the back of the apartment where we just threw bits and pieces, and for the first month or so it was. But luckily I had a vision, and this space fit the bill!

I have been waiting for the chance to do an under the sea themed room for ages (it was on the table as a nursery theme for Summer but it never came to be!) and this “spare room” felt like the perfect opportunity to make those mermaid dreams a reality. It all started with trying to find a place for the “World is your Oyster” neon that Fuse custom made for Summer’s first birthday. I had the idea to do a wave wallpaper accent wall and install the neon on top, and the design really took off from there!

The hardest part about styling this space was trying to incorporate all the different uses I needed it to fulfill, without making it feel like a little room with a lot of “stuff”. Crate & Kids is stocked with so many incredible pieces that work for adults and kids alike, and because many of their designs are created with kids in mind, they were the perfect place to shop for a less spacious room like this. Some of our favourite pieces are the little table with nesting stools that tuck neatly away, the beautiful clay-coloured dotted quilt on the day bed, and this awesome kaleidoscope that Summer hardly ever puts down. You can find a full list of items in the room with links below – just keep scrolling!

If you like what you SEA, enter to win a $500 Crate & Kids gift card on my Instagram post today!

SOURCES //

Furniture /

Day bed – IKEA, link here

Velvet floor pillow – Crate and Kids, link here

Octopus Beanbag chair – Crate and Kids, link here

Metal bedside table – Crate and Kids, link here

Long low bookcase – Crate and Kids, link here

Kid’s play table – Crate and Kids, link here

On the walls and windows /

Peel and Stick Wallpaper – Wallphy, link

Curtains – Walmart, similar link

Gold curtain rod – Crate and Kids, link here

Peg rail with paper roll holder – Crate and Kids, link here

Decor Bits and bobs /

Ceiling light fixture – Crate and Kids, link here

Custom neon sign – Fuse Neon, link here

Textured rug – Crate and Kids, link here

Mermaid Atlas book – Crate and Kids, link here

Kaleidoscope – Crate and Kids, link here

Shrimp plushy – Crate and Kids, link here

Large pink muslin accent pillows – Crate and Kids, link here

Shell accent pillow – Crate and Kids, link here

Dotted quilt – Crate and Kids, link here

Wavy sheet set – Crate and Kids, link here

Small tufted throw blanket – Crate and Kids, link here

Pastel tassel garland – Crate and Kids, link here

Extra moroccan throw pillows – similar link

Shell vase – vintage, similar link here

Wooden orca toy – Holztiger, link

Pink toy guitar – Smallable, link

*The items in this post from Crate & Kids Canada were gifted

Get Creative

It’s hard to miss – gleams of homemade copper fixtures and furnishings seem to be visible in every trendy shop, restaurant, salon, cafe and beyond. We’ve always admired the handiwork of business owners and friends alike, eagerly soaking in tales of welding and trips to the hardware store like sponges. After seemingly endless “field research” we decided it was about time to try our hand at making our own copper creations.

We didn’t want to overcomplicate, so we tried to do these two projects with as few tools and supplies as humanly possible to make them more attainable for both ourselves and our writers. I won’t sugar coat it – these DIY’s were still pretty advanced! Copper is super malleable and easy to damage, plus the parts don’t always fit together as easily as expected. It’s a little hit and miss, and we highly recommend giving yourself more time than you’d expect. Take it slow, measure twice before cutting, and get a friend to help if you can!

Simple Clothing Rack

What you’ll need //

2x 6′ length of 3/4″ copper piping (a total of 12feet)
2x 3/4″ copper elbows
4x 3/4″ copper Tees
4x 3/4″ copper caps
Goop Glue
Sanding block (coarse)
Washi Tape (or painters tape)
Sharpie
Acetone and cotton balls
Clear enamel spray paint
Pipe Cutter*

*You are also able to pay a small fee to have your piping cut to length at Home Depot, or visit their Tool Rental Counter to borrow a pipe cutter!

The pipe cutter we used is small and handheld, simply tighten it’s grip around the pipe lining the blade up with your sharpie mark. You want it firm enough to hold the pipe in place but still able to rotate freely, the blade will score the piping until it breaks. When you can start to smell pennies you know its working, keep tightening the grip as you cut.

Instructions //

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The clothing rack is made up of 5 pieces;
Top Bar – 3′
Bottom Bar 1/2 – 3′
Bottom Bar 2/2 -3′
Side Bar 1/2 -5′
Side Bar 2/2 -5′
Bottom Sides – 4x 4″
Feet – 4x 2″

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Measure carefully and use a sharpie to mark where you’ll cut. Write the piece’s name and measurement on some tape and label each part before you cut to stay organized.
Once you’re pieces are cut to size and labelled, start assembling.
You’ll notice most copper piping you buy is marked with ink, it’s easy to remove with acetone, we recommend doing this after your cuts but before you assemble.
The Top Bar is connected to either end of the Side Bar’s using the 2 copper elbows. If you find it difficult to slide the piping into the elbow, sand down the edge with your sanding block evenly until it fits. Lay this aside and begin the bottom.

Each 4″ piece of pipe is sandwiched between copper Tee’s, like shown below. The copper Tee in the middle will hold the side bars, and should be facing up while the others point inward towards each other and hold each of the Bottom Bars.

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Once you’re sure all your measurements check out and you’re happy with the structure, secure each joint with goop. Don’t worry if you make a bit of mess, once dry it will peel right off the outside. Once it’s secure and dry you can add the feet. The feet are made up of a 2″ piece of pipe slid inside the end of the bottom and capped with a 3/4″ copper cap. Do this for each open end, use a hammer to make sure they are securely attached.

Copper is a material that oxidizes, which means air and even touch has a hand in tarnishing it’s colour – to preserve it’s copper glow use a clear enamel spray paint to evenly coat the whole thing.

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Double-level Side Table

What you’ll need:

3x 6′ length of 3/4″ copper piping
16x 3/4″ copper Tees
8x 3/4″ copper caps
Goop Glue
Sanding block (coarse)
Washi Tape (or painters tape)
Sharpie
Acetone and cotton balls
Clear enamel spray paint
Pipe Cutter*

Instructions //

This side table is more advanced than the clothing rack, we don’t recommend this particular one for copper pipe DIY beginners.

Here’s a colour-coded guide to what you’ll be assembling:

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Peach – Tees
Pink – Caps
Blue – 3″
Red – 1 foot
Green – 16″
Purple – 6″
Yellow – 8″

First, create 2 ‘Table-top casings’ using;
4x 8″ pieces
1x 16″ pieces
6x copper Tee’s

They will look something like 2 capital H’s when you’re done. Once you’ve measured to make sure it’s a good fit, use the goop to seal the joints. Set these aside.

Cut 2 16″ Cross Bar’s to help support the weight of your table, securely fashion Tee’s on either end. The Cross Bar’s will always fall perpendicular to your Table-top casing’s middle bar. These 4 components are the building blocks of the table and you can start building from the bottom up.

Put together 2 ‘feet’ just like in the post above. These feet get attached to your first Cross Bar, now add 2 pieces of 3″ pipe to either end. This makes up one side of the table, on the other side cut 2 pieces of 6″ pipe and slide 2 copper caps on either end. These 4 posts are the bottom of the table, you’re ready to lower your first Table-top casing on top of it, remembering that the middle bar of your casing is to run perpendicular to the Cross Bar you’ve just laid down. Build upward again in preparation to lay your second Cross Bar, again perpendicular to the middle bar but on the other side, fit another two 3″ pieces on top of the Table-top casing, laying your second Cross Bar on top. Working on top of the second cross bar, fit another two 8″ pieces. On the other side two 1 foot lengths. You should see each side climbing to reach each other, now add your second Table-top casing. This is the top of the table, the same way you’ve made ‘feet’, cut another 4 2″ pieces to fit between the Tee and the copper cap to finish it off.

Before you add your table surfaces, remember copper oxidizes – spray all over with a clear enamel spray paint.

We used Marble tiles cut to 18″ x 18″ for our surfaces, this is a popular size for tile and can be found at Home Depot. Alternatively, painted wood would add a fun pop of colour!

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A special thanks to Home Depot Canada for being a once-stop-shop for all our DIY needs

This post was sponsored, but all opinions are my own. To inquire about sponsored posts, please email jess@shineinfluencers.com

Dear Diary

It’s already been awhile since Jo and I first moved into #ThePastelPalace, and though we’ve put a lot of work into it there are still quite a few small details we’d love to update and change. Que the Spring cleaning daydreaming! From installing swan faucets to creating the most enchanting tiny outdoor space, we’re full of ideas about how our home will evolve, and we thought it probably made sense to put some of our favourite pieces alongside photos that inspire us here on the blog.

Some of our key goals are to declutter as much as we can, to add a fresh coat of paint to some of our more worn down pieces of furniture, and to add as many plants as possible- seriously, plants everywhere!

What are your house goals for Spring 2016?

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All images via. Pinterest

Dear Diary

We received all sorts of magical surprise packages over the holidays here at The Pastel Palace, and one of our favourite deliveries was a box brimming with magical objects from Imm Living. From dancing swan cookie jars to tiny poodle stamps, this array of glittering goodies pretty much swept us off our feet, and we immediately started staging some fun pictures of each enchanting product.

We didn’t originally plan on posting this shoot as a set, but in the end we were so happy with how it turned out that we just couldn’t help it!

Want some Imm Living magic in your life? We’re hosting a giveaway on Instagram this week!

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