Condo Life

Getting Beachy with Walls Republic Wallpaper

Walls Republic Wallpaper

By now you are probably well aware that we have moved from our downtown digs to a new, furnished, model home. We have loved the transition albeit a little unusual to buy a fully decorated home.

As great as it is, we also want to personalize it to really make it our own. We’ve done a few projects here and there, and we have more planned, but today, I am so excited to share our most recent project, a feature wall in our master bedroom.

A few weeks ago, I shared with you that our new home features a beachy feel and colour scheme and that I had fallen in love with a weathered laminate that looked like an old beach house. This laminate can actually be used to create a feature wall. Sadly, when I received a quote for this, it was close to $1,000; too much for our budget.


Walls Republic

I wondered if I could create this beach house feel in a cheaper way so I began searching. I’m so glad that I did because I discovered an amazing wall covering company called Walls Republic. For 17 years, Walls Republic has been providing designer wallpaper, contract wallcoverings, and wall murals.

I fell in love with Walls Republic because they feature a variety of colours, textures and designer styles that fit every budget. They keep up on the latest trends like wood, stone and brick textures and have been featured on styleathome, House & Home and more.

We were able to create our beach house dream for a third of the price and turned an impossible project, into a reality by choosing the Pastel Blue Vintage Wood wallpaper.


Our entire decorating experience from start to finish with Walls Republic is shown in this video. Check out how easy it was and the dramatic outcome:


For some, choosing a wallpaper online might sound daunting, but let me tell you that it is easy-peasy with Walls Republic because they have put a lot of effort into making it that way.

First, you can order up to five free samples at so that you can shop with peace of mind. Once you choose and order your favourite pattern, you have 30 days to return it (unused) no questions asked! From nature wallpaper to flower wallpapers to graphic black and white wallpaper, Walls Republic has a huge selection of beautiful wallpapers to choose from.

Walls Republic provides a handy and easy-to-use wallpaper calculator, but if for some reason you find yourself with more than you need, you can return that too (unopened)…see what I mean about peace of mind?

And lastly, all orders (within CAN & US) ship for just $10. And speaking of shipping, many of the Walls Republic patterns qualify for ‘2 Hour Shipping’ which means your order gets hand-picked, packed, and shipped within a maximum of 2-hours’ time. Cool right?!


Wallpaper Before and After

I cannot express how impressed I am with our Walls Republic experience. First, I am in love with the weathered, wood paneling look that we have achieved. It makes me smile each time I walk into our room because it truly makes me feel like I am in a rustic beach house and we all know how much I love the beach! It gives the room depth and adds interest to an otherwise, blank wall.

Beyond the esthetic appeal, the quality is top-notch as well. The wallpaper is very durable and easy to clean. And speaking of easy, Walls Republic Residential wallpapers are non-woven backings, making installation a breeze. Non-woven papers mean you apply the paste to the wall, not the paper itself.

Our pattern came with instructions but you can also visit Walls Republic University to learn wallpapering techniques and tips.

If you’ve been thinking about including a feature wall in your house, I highly urge you to do so. It is so fun and exciting to go bold and to step outside your comfort zone…you won’t be sorry. And I absolutely recommend that you do so with Walls Republic; they have the best quality, prices, designs and customer service.

Walls Republic


As mentioned, you can check out Walls Republic on the web but you can also gain inspiration and learn more on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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City Mom


Disclaimer: we received complimentary product for the purpose of this feature. All opinions are completely our own.

Buying a Furnished Model Home is Painful!

Buying a Furnished House

See that picture above? The cute little starfish? Pretty right?

Well, all I can see is this:

Buying A Furnished Model Home

These labels have become the bane of my existence. You see, every single item in our house (when we moved in) had a sticker just like this on it. I mean each fork, napkin ring, pillow, rug, lamp, soap dispenser…the list goes on.

I assume the stickers are for inventory purposes as the choice to buy furnished is not mandatory. This way they can track which items are in which model home etc.

The day we took possession I came in to spend two days cleaning the house from top to bottom. It’s not that it was overly dirty, but we wanted to start with a clean slate. When I discovered these little pains in the butt were on everything, I began attacking them like a fruit fly on wine (I have experience with this).

By the end of only day one, I noticed a sharp pain in my finger; it seemed to be coming from under my fingernail. It really hurt. I finally realized that it was from using that finger all day long, to get under each sticker to peel it off.

On day two I came prepared with a scraper to assist me in my tribulations. But guess what? It didn’t work nearly as well as my fingernail, and I was working against a deadline; we were moving in the next day and you know what they say, ‘no pain, no gain’ so a picking I went, all day long.

I know what you’re thinking, wow, this is really a first world problem and I agree; we are so fortunate to have been able to buy a beautiful new home with beautiful new furnishings. And in the end, this is just some fun food for thought.

But every once in a while, I walk past something or pick an item up, and guess what? There’s a pesky little label staring back at me and I swear I can hear it whisper “you’ll never find us all!”

City Mom

Our New Home – Part Two {Video}

Our New Home

As promised, here is part two of our new home; this video features the other two floors (main level and basement) of our new house.

Those who know me well, know that there are two things that really make me “tick” (other than all the obvious ones) and that is the beach and Paris! Once you see the video, you will know why I fell in love with this little home.

A couple of months before buying our new house, my husband and I attended the Lifestyle Home Show here in London. One of the vendors had this gorgeous, weathered beach house flooring. Knowing that colour scheme and style would have never fit in with our downtown condo, I jokingly asked my husband if we could redo just one room in the condo to get that vibe in our home.

Though that flooring is not a part of our new home, the vibe and colour scheme is. As you can see in the video(s), the top two floors have a fresh and airy colour scheme with small “beachy” elements here and there. And the basement? Well, it’s just a Paris-lover’s dream come true!


Buying a furnished model home allows a unique privilege to move into a home that has been professionally staged and designed. But I am still a DIY’er and wannabe designer at heart so I have been having fun adding my own touch to the house to really make it ours.

If I had my choice, I would live in a rustic, shabby-chic beach house for the rest of my life (and visit Paris on the weekends), alas, at this time in our lives, that can not be a reality so, bit by bit,  I am going to try to create one here in the city.

Stay tuned for some fun additions that are both cost-effective and relatively easy to implement to enhance the theme and/or design of your home.

Thanks for watching!

City Mom

My First Chalk Paint Project


So now that you are caught up on my life as of late (we moved in case you missed it) I can start to share all the exciting, new, fun and sad things we are experiencing since relocating.

One of the things that I had longed for when living downtown, was a little more space. Not necessarily more square footage (in our new house, we actually only have about 400 sq. ft. more space) but a different kind of space.

Our downtown home was one level with two bedrooms, a main kitchen/dining area, a living room, two bathrooms and a small office room. Our new home has three levels, three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and a finished basement.

What this means is that we all have more places to spread out to, including an entire room (with windows yay!) devoted to crafting, sewing and office work. It’s really my dream come true. We also have a garage and driveway and an unfinished part of the basement that all help to contribute to my first chalk paint project.


Now that I have a few spaces to work on “dirty” projects, I have taken full advantage. One of my first and favourite projects was refinishing a console table, that funny enough, I tried to sell but couldn’t. It really is true when “they” say it can be a blessing to not get what you want.

Not Getting What You Want Is a Blessing

This table is made of really high quality and was purchased in one of Toronto’s trendy furniture stores on King West, so I hesitated to let it go, but alas, it was the completely wrong colour for our new home so up for sale it went.

When I just was wasn’t getting the price I felt it (the table) deserved, I decided I was going to keep it, and use it to fulfill a dream, and that was to refinish a piece of furniture all on my own.


City Mom Chalk Paint

While I realize that I am not the first (nor the last) to share a chalk paint project, I do hope that this post will provide inspiration for you to refinish that table/chair/dresser etc. that you’ve been hanging onto to do just that. It was a fun and rewarding project.

Steps to Chalk Painting

Thankfully chalk painting is a fairly easy and straight-forward project to complete. Here is how I did it and what I used:

  • Decide upon your piece of furniture/item that you are going to refinish
  • Select your brand and colour of chalk paint that you’d like to use
  • Measure the square footage of the piece you are painting and buy the corresponding amount
  • Note: if you plan to distress your piece, you may want to put one colour on the bottom and another on the top
  • You do not need to sand your piece first…just begin painting
  • I used a small paint brush because I liked the look of brush strokes as I felt it helped make my piece look more weathered
  • Let the first coat dry, and decide if you will do another coat (I ended up doing three)
  • After you have applied all of your coats, let it dry overnight
  • Move your piece to a well ventilated area and begin sanding – sand the entire project with a very fine grain sandpaper
  • If you are going for a weathered/distressed look, you will also want to use a heavier grain sandpaper and really use some elbow grease – focus on the edges and corners of your piece
  • After you have completed all of your sanding, it is time to apply a generous layer of wax – this will help to keep your surface protected

Here is a great video that you can use for more inspiration and more detailed instructions: Refinished Night Stands with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint by iamlikehearted.

Chalk Paint Before and After

Chalk paint is easy to work with and is water soluble which makes clean up a breeze. It is also an incredible product specifically designed for furniture that can be used on almost any surface. You also get a nice shabby-chic look or a weathered beachy look which what I was going for to fit into our new home. It’s an easy project with a dramatic outcome.

I got my paint at Benjamin Moore but there are many places that you can find it. If you have any questions about my project, please feel free to ask.

Have you chalk painted before? Do you have a piece of furniture that you’re itching to refinish?

City Mom

We Moved!

You may have noticed that I was pretty quiet for the past few months…I apologize for that but it’s for good reason; we moved!

If you’ve moved before, you know how time consuming and stressful it can be. Not only did we move, but we sold almost all of our “stuff” and that took up a ton of time too.

You see, we bought a model home and chose the option to buy everything in it; from the furniture to the books to the candles, if it was in the home when we bought it, we kept it! Not only did we get all new things, but the colour scheme is completely different than our old home so almost everything had to go!


If you follow along with City Mom, you know that we absolutely loved our downtown home and loved being a part of the hustle and bustle the city centre offers. However, it did start to show a few downsides…don’t get me wrong…I still totally support urban living with children, but for our particular family, in our particular situation, it was the best decision at this time in our lives.

As Little S is an only child, she is constantly craving playmates; while I love a good American Girl doll session, I have my limits. Since she was the only child in the building downtown, playmates didn’t really exist. Furthermore, she didn’t have access to freely come and go, to ride her bike along the sidewalk and to play outside with other kids because of our high-rise location.


Once we decided that we wanted to make the move, we began our search. We browsed on and off without finding anything that we really loved. It either came down to price, location or size; none of which seemed to suit us.

We had come to love the ease of condo-life too much. It meant no outside maintenance, grass cutting, snow shoveling etc. but we were done with the high-rise lifestyle (for now). Nothing grabbed our attention enough to convince us that it was time to go.

One Sunday afternoon early last spring, we happened to drive by some signs that stated an Open House so we decided to check it out and we quickly fell in love with what we saw. Fast forward a few months and we were living in our new home.

And the best part? It’s still in London and it’s still a condo so we get the best of both worlds (in our opinion); we get the things we were missing like a driveway for playing, neighbours with young children and a yard but, we also  keep our low-maintenance lifestyle.

Before we actually moved but had sealed the deal, I kept telling others that we would be back downtown by the time Little S was ready to go to high school…and while I can’t predict the future, I’m not so sure that is true anymore. We love our new home so much. But that is why life is such an adventure; you never know what the next chapter is going to bring!

Stay tuned for my next post where I will share the other floors of our new home and some fun details about buying a furnished model home.

When is the last time that you moved?

City Mom




Magazine-Worthy Holiday Table for Under $50

Holiday Table on a Budget

When I received the most recent edition of Canada’s Style at Home magazine, I was really taken with the holiday dining table image on the cover. In fact, the entire issue had some gorgeous holiday design ideas. Sadly for me, I do not have the budget to recreate the image exactly, not even close in fact. I imagine the table accessorizing cost hundreds of dollars.

We are just not a hundreds-of-dollars-holiday-table kind of family so what is a girl to do who wants to have one but can’t? I decided that I was going to go out in search of items that could create the same sort of feel as the magazine design for a fraction of the cost.

I think I was pretty successful in my hunt and I was able to create a pleasing holiday table that not only fit our budget, but also our small dining table.


I should note that I already owned the wine glasses, dinner plates and cutlery so they are not included in the fifty dollar budget.

I bought everything at Dollarama except for the red tea light lanterns; those I found at Loblaws for just five dollars each.

Holiday Table on a Budget

List of items I used are as follows:

  • Two sparkle pillar candles
  • Silver paper napkins and one set of red tree ornaments
  • Silver tablecloth
  • Pinecone greenery
  • Two snow-covered candle wreaths
  • Four silver serving platters
  • Four antique-looking china bowls
  • Two tea light lanterns
  • One LED Pillar candle
  • Dinner plates
  • Silverware
  • Wine glasses

Holiday Table on a Budget

I am pretty pleased with the outcome of my little project and now we’ll be ready for any drop-ins over the holidays as my table will always be set.

Holiday Table on a Budget

What do you think? What project would you love to try on a budget?

City Mom

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