Mister Master

Or is it a missus?
So far the renovations I’ve shown you have been pretty basic. The master bedroom/bathroom were where the major renovations happened upstairs. There is a lot to go through so I’ll show you the master bedroom this week and the master bath/closet next week.
This is what the room looked before:

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This was the only room in the house where we moved walls – to accommodate a larger walk-in closet! We also took out the double french doors and replaced them with one door that matched the rest of the doors in the house. The layout used to look like this:

Master Bedroom Plans Before

 And this is the layout now:

Master Bedroom Plans After

In addition to moving the walls and taking out one of the doors, we also:
  • Replaced the baseboards and trim. We stained the baseboards, trim and doors with “Cloud White” by Benjamin Moore.
  • Scraped the “popcorn” ceilings and painted/retextured. Again, we used “Cloud White”.
  • Painted the walls. The colour we used was Spider’s Web by Dulux.
  • Replaced the carpet.
  • Replaced the ceiling fan with a chandelier for a little bling.
Here is a few pics of how the room progressed:

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This guy was hanging out in the room when the clean up began. I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of him. I kinda wish my vacuum came with a face and a name (are you listening, Dyson?!)
Here is the room now:
IMG_2740You can catch a glimpse of our amazing view in this photo…
Obviously, the room needs some work! We bought a king sized bed and used our night tables and console table from the old house, but we’ll have to buy more furniture. We’ll do that when we’ve saved some money again! I would like to putting a small seating area in the corner and perhaps a low long console table for display items on the other wall. Then of course, I’ll need to get drapes, artwork, new bedding (we’re using our queen sized coverlet still), etc., etc. I’ll post an update when I finally get the money/time/energy to finish it off! In the meantime, it’s a good place to have pre-bedtime dance parties (yes, that happens)!

Thanks for reading y’all!


The Master Bath Reno

Does anyone remember when I blogged on April 21, 2013: “I’ve got some interesting projects coming up – a bathroom reno and some furniture updates for the bonus room so stay tuned”? Well, the reno in the master bathroom is finally done – just in time for us to move to a new house! We were in the midst of this renovation when we bought the new house so we had to see it through to the end.
Here’s the bathroom before:



The reno included:
A new countertop (we opted for white quartz)
New tile on the floor, shower, and backsplash (which we extended across the wall behind the toilet)
New faucet
New hardware and mirror
Updates to the decor including a new shower curtain and adding art
Although the space is small, it looks pretty darn snazzy if I do say so myself!
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  • The faucet is from Restoration Hardware
  • The mirror and shower curtain are from Winners
  • The artwork from an Etsy shop called My Little Pixels and I had it framed at Michaels
  • The silvery vase was once glass and I used this tutorial to make it look like mercury
The renovations to the new house are coming along. I will be posting an update in the next couple of days…AND, chez sharah is turning 1 on February 18!! Thanks all for reading, giving feedback, and generally showing me love and support this past year!

Chez Sharah Is Moving!

We unexpectedly purchased a new house at the end of November so chez sharah will be moving this spring!
Since moving back to our hometown a few years ago, my husband has dreamed of having a home that backed onto a beautiful coulee landscape. Unfortunately, buying an undeveloped lot like that in our city is almost impossible. We would have to buy an existing home and do extensive renovations if we wanted to live on the coulees. We kind of gave up on the idea, but my husband continued trolling MLS in case the right place came up for sale. Lo and behold, this house popped up this past October:


When my husband showed me the listing, I was skeptical. I loved our current house, I didn’t want the hassle of moving, and this new house was twice the size of our current home! What did we need all that space for?! I grudgingly agreed to go and look at it. After we looked at, we hummed and hawed for a week before deciding to make an offer. We were pretty overwhelmed to find a house that we could potentially stay in forever at only 30 years old (and no sign of kids yet!).
Fast forward two months later and the house is ours! So, now what? Major renovation time! The house was built in 1990. Although in excellent condition, it is outdated and in need of a facelift. The renovations begin next week and our contractor tells us they will be done mid-April. We will continue living in our current home in the meantime. Here’s what’s happening over the next few months:
  • Replace all the doors, baseboards, and casings
  • Scrape the ceilings and re-texturize
  • Paint the whole house (except the basement)
  • Replace all the carpet on the main floor and upstairs
  • Gut and re-do the kitchen
  • Gut and re-do the master bathroom/walk-in closet
  • Gut and re-do another bathroom and the powder room
So, without further adieu, here are pictures of the house in it’s current condition:

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We are not doing any renovations to the basement for now. We will eventually fix it up when we need the space.
Now, time to play a game! Did you spot the following:
  • Carpet in the master bathroom?
  • Oak…everywhere?
  • Brass…everywhere?
  • The indoor hot tub?
  • The salmon and blue blinds?
Well, it’s all gotta go! I’ll sell the bad ass blinds to the highest bidder! Stay tuned as we reno this place from top to bottom! And don’t worry, I’ll still continue to do my little weekend projects and organization projects too!
Thanks for reading! 

Dinner For Six

We started a tradition in our house of having a few of our closest friends over every spring for a several course meal with wine pairings. My husband loves to cook and I love to bake/entertain so we always enjoy putting these things together….and of course, we both love wine so it’s a great excuse to drink copious amounts of it!!

This year, we did 5 courses. We asked both couples to bring an appetizer and a bottle of wine to pair with their dish (it’s too much work to do it on our own)!

The evening was a smashing success. It started with a crisp glass of champagne and ended with a rowdy game of Telephone Pictionary. If you’ve never heard of or played this game before, I highly recommend it. You will get a great ab workout from all the laughing! Somewhere in between all of this, the six of us belted out “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida.  I know what you are thinking and yes, we are that cool!

Let me set the scene first. Here’s what the table looked like:



And without further ado, here’s each course with its wine pairing (if you are interested in any of the dishes, I’ve put some links at the bottom of this post):


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Blue Corn Chips
Paired with Moët & Chandon Champagne


Lettuce Wraps
Paired with 2012 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Cloudy Bay


Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Blue Cheese and Chives
Paired with 2010 French Chablis from Vielles Vignes


Short Ribs with celery root puree and carrots
Paired with 2009 Châteauneuf du Pape by Roger Sabon


Salted Caramel 4 Layer Chocolate Cake
Paired with a 2005 Riesling by Mission Hill

And just so that you don’t all think I am too much of a pretentious douche, this is how I pronounce Châteauneuf du Pape.

A special shout out goes to my mama who made 90% of the cake so that I could get other things ready! Thanks mom!!

Recipes Links

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Daniel Boulud Short Ribs

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake  (To make it gluten-free, I swapped out the cake recipe for this one)

Thanks all for reading!

Happy Easter!

It’s Easter and Spring is officially in the air! Here are a few decorative touches I’ve added to my home for the season:

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I love tulips – they exclaim “Spring is here!” I had to resist the urge to purchase a bunch in every colour. In fact, I may go back to the grocery store tomorrow and do just that! Does putting a penny in the vase actually extend the life of tulips or is that just a myth? I googled it and couldn’t get a straight answer.


These eggs actually spell out Happy Easter but I accidentally smushed the “H” when I was closing the trunk of my car. I thought it would look a little silly to hang up “Appy Easter” so I threw them in this bowl instead!

Happy Easter!

Some Updates to the Bathroom

It’s the little things in life that bring me the most joy. Hence, why I am super pumped about some changes in my shower! I recently purchased a new shower curtain from Target. I had been wanting to replace my tatty old one for awhile. Here’s the old one:


I had my eye on this one from Etsy:

My motto is you can never go wrong with ikat and chevron! Okay, I just made that up, but don’t you agree?

While I was down in Phoenix last week, I spotted a pretty darn awesome shower curtain at Target (I can’t wait for Target to get to Canada!). It’s from their new Threshold line and it was only $19.99. What’s not to love?! So I bought it and stuffed it on my carry-on for the ride home!

After purchasing the new curtain, I decided it was time for a new rod and shower rings (the ones I had have some serious rust going on). I purchased a brushed pewter rod from Canadian Tire:


And these rings from West Elm (you can purchase these almost anywhere though). These are the only kind of rings I use because they slide across the rod so nicely:


While I was at Canadian Tire today purchasing the shower rod, I spotted this Simple Human shower caddy that I’ve had my eye on for the last 4 or 5 years!  It was kind of pricey as far as shower caddies go ($39.99), but it has a bunch of cool features. Don’t take my word for it – check out this delightful little video about it!

It has now has a beautiful home in my shower and holds everything so the shower ledge is no longer cluttered with items that don’t fit.


Here’s what the bathroom looks like now:


The new shower curtain matches great with the accessories I purchased from West Elm several months ago:



One more look:


And here’s a project that will keep me out of trouble over the next few days:


Thanks for reading y’all!

Where The Magic Happens Part II

So I began showing you the master bedroom a couple of weeks ago and I had left off showing you the drapes. Here’s the rest:

The espresso wood bedframe was swapped out for a cream fabric headboard with a silver nailhead detail:




The headboard is from Urban Barn and the style is “Duchess” – I was able to pick the fabric and the colour of the nailheads.

I purchased the fabric for the pillows from fabric.com and Designer Fabrics and had my drape lady whip some up for me (I, unfortunately, cannot sew to save my life).


There was really no need for a dresser in the master as both the mister and I have separate closets, but I wanted a piece of furniture for the wall that the bed faces. I spotted this console table from West Elm and lusted after it for several months:


Unfortunately, it was too long for the space. Well, then I got a bee in my bonnet that I needed a console table for that wall. It seems that most are a standard length though and I couldn’t find one short enough to fit. So, the mister and his father took matters into their own hands and built this spectacular piece:


Apparently, it took some 8 cans of high gloss white spray paint to achieve the desired result. It now has a beautiful home in the master:


Finally, in the corner of the room I added in a sitting chair and this little ceramic side table:


One final view:


I still need to tweak bits and pieces. I want to create some sort of vignette on the console table, spruce up the items on the bedside tables, and add in some more art…another project for another day!

Thanks all for reading!