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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 wallsrepublic.com 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.

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

Create the Perfect Valentine’s Gift With Posterjack + Discount Code

Posterjack Discount Code

There was a knock at my door this morning and upon answering it I saw a giant package with my name on it. This delivery was something I was eagerly awaiting as I knew it was the photo art Valentine’s Day gift that I created for my husband from Posterjack.

I quickly tore open the package and was in awe when I saw my creation come to life. It was more than I had imagined and I was so impressed.


It was Posterjack’s Valentine’s Photo Shoot Pinterest board that got my creative juices flowing. There are so many cute ideas so be sure to check out their inspiration board yourself to see all the great suggestions.

Posterjack Photo Inspiration

Since I was making this gift for my husband, I wanted to focus on just the two of us. I loved the photo of the couple dancing with the lyrics of a song imposed on top of it so I went with this idea and used Posterjack’s Collage Maker to do so. I knew of the perfect photo to use from our first year anniversary celebration, our Ring Ceremony.

And of course, I chose the lyrics from the first song my husband sang and played to me on his guitar which also became our wedding song; “Your Song” by Elton John.


It was a tough decision to make on what medium I wanted to use to create my gift. There are so many options with Posterjack; from Canvas Prints to Acrylic Prints to Metal Prints and many more options. Ultimately I decided that a Gallery Frame would be the most pleasing and dramatic way to present this special photo.


I chose a Rich Black frame with white matting in 24 x 32”.  It was a lot bigger than I had pictured especially for the price. I was impressed with the quality of the framing and print enlargement and the entire completed project.  I still can’t believe I was able to create a personal and sentimental high quality piece of art for less than $120! I can’t even begin to imagine how much this creation would cost at a local framing and photography store.


You can visit Posterjack.ca to browse the different options for creating photo projects. You can also take a look at the user-friendly interface that assists in creating the perfect piece of art.

One of the features that I particularly love is the guide that will notify you if your photo quality is appropriate for the size and style you have chosen for your photo art. This ensures that you get the perfect print each time and that there are no surprises on delivery day.

We made room for this print in our bedroom and as I sit here and write this I keep glancing up at it and I get swept away with how beautiful it is. I had to gift this to my husband a little early as I needed his help to hang it and photograph it to show you today. He was truly touched at the sentiment and the fact that I paired a beautiful photo of us with the lyrics from “our song”.


This is definitely the perfect Valentine’s Day gift and I think it would also make an excellent anniversary gift.


There is still time to create the perfect gift for your loved ones too. If you order by Monday, February 2, 2015 you can use the following discount codes:

  • Spend $100 or less and save 20% – use code LOVE20
  • Spend $100 or more and save 30% – use code LOVE30
  • Shipping is always free on orders over $150

What photo would you like to use to create a touching Valentine’s Day gift?

Disclosure: I received partial credit toward my photo creation in exchange for this review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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

Condo Chic – Guest Post

Image via Alto Condos

I’m really excited to feature a guest post today by my friend Shelly from The Daisy Diaries

Shelly’s personality is like no other; it’s contagious! Her blog is amazing, just like her. Make sure to stop by and check it out.

I fell in love with The Daisy Diaries from my very first visit. Shelly’s blog focuses on home design, eclectic, one-of-a-kind shops that she stumbles upon and unique storage ideas. 

Shelly has fabulous taste! You can be sure that if she’s chosen to feature something on her blog, then it’s worth learning about.

It seemed only fitting to ask Shelly to do a ‘Condo Chic’ post for City Mom. I would just die to have a large budget; give it to Shelly; give her keys to my condo and let her go wild. 

Perhaps it would look something like this… 

First off, I have to tell you how stinking excited I am to have been invited by Kelly to guest post at City Mom; especially since I simply adore Kelly and her fabulous blog! 

So, thank you Kelly! xo 

I’m Shelly and I blog over at The Daisy Diaries! And let me just say that I am super honoured to be here to share some fabulous Chic Condos with all you amazing City Mom readers! 

I hope you enjoy this bit of eye candy I am dying to share with y’all! 

I lurve all these amazing Condo spaces! The use of neutral colors really allows the architecture to be predominating in all of these spaces. 

I also, just lurve the clean lines and simplicity they all have to offer.  


Image via Alto Condos
Image via Woodsonrow Condos
Image via abuzz
Image via Kochi Architects Studio


Image via Interior Design Company
Image via DeSoto Condos

See what I mean? Yikes! Now, I need to move!

Kelly is there any room in your building? Just teasing! But, I would love to be your neighbour!

Again thanks for having me miss Kelly and to all the City Mom readers, you guys ROCK!!

Love, Shelly xo

Thank you Shelly and the pleasure was all mine!

City Mom

Photo Art with posterjack.ca – 20% Discount


Not too long ago I wrote a post about our master bedroom remodel. In it I shared that we were only 95% complete, with the last few steps involving finding some art for the empty walls.

Shortly after that post I learned of a photo art company called posterjack.ca. I was able to turn one of my favourite photos into a masterpiece for our wall.




Dealing with posterjack.ca was really easy. The processes of uploading my image, style selection and enchantments were straightforward and trouble-free. And delivery was really fast. Within days I had received my piece.

With posterjack.ca you can choose to turn your digital image into a canvas, poster, giant sticker (Peel n’ Stick) and framed or unframed mounted art. You can also choose a bunch of your favourite photos to create an eye-catching collage.  

I chose the framed photo option. This process was effortless as well and arrived ready-to-hang. Posterjack.ca keeps things simple. Custom framing can be expensive but when you want a classic style that will last through the years, you really just need a basic black frame that is durable.

Tip: I chose to add a border to my image, not taking into account that the frame’s matting would provide a border. If choosing the famed option I suggest not including a border.


All of posterjack’s framing components are made in Canada and come with an off-white acid free mat board and low glare framers acrylic. And the pricing is very reasonable. I was able to create my art, including an enlargement print of my photo for under $50. That price would be hard to beat.


Starting today, until the end of June, City Mom readers will receive 20% of their entire order through posterjack.ca. You just need to enter the code ‘citymom’ when prompted upon checkout.

posterjack.ca discount code

Visit posterjack.ca to make use of this awesome discount!

City Mom

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