Colin and Justin’s Cabin Pressure Season Two

by Colin & Justin

Is it really a whole year since ‘Colin and Justin’s Cabin Pressure’, Season One, aired on the Cottage Life television network? Yup, 12 months have passed and, in that time, we’ve turned our attentions from Muskoka (location, for Season One) to Haliburton where we recently bought another slanty shanty – one that was almost falling down thanks to collapsed piers, major rot and serious animal infestation. But little fazes us: we, after all, can fix anything. Even if it means shedding desperate tears and dealing with construction issues that we’d rather leave to Bryan. Geddit? “Leave It To Bryan”? Oh never mind…

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Photography by Brandon Barre

But worry not: we turned adversity into joy. Our 800 feet collapsing marvel is positioned on beautiful Drag Lake, and, courtesy of its south west elevation – and good bones – it had potential written all over it. Let’s just say, though, that our reparative budget doubled… but so too did our final vision. In just four short months, we went from ‘pig in lipstick’ to beauty queen and we couldn’t be happier with the transformation. In exterior terms, it’s a veritable vision of Scandinavian minimalism: all graphite grey siding and jet-black roof. And inside? We composed a ‘luxe lodge’ esthetic with serious Mid Mod overtones. Don Draper eat your heart out. What better place than the cottage to imbibe an Old Fashioned cocktail?

As our transformative journey protracted, we added a whole new roof, an entire basement (did we mention we jacked the 30 ton house 20 feet off the ground? You have to see that scene to believe it) a new kitchen, two new bathrooms and two new bedrooms. And, while we were at it, we added a cute four bunk bedded bunkie and a whole new elevation to accommodate a sunroom. Jeesh…

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Photography by Brandon Barre

It’s been a massive project but we couldn’t be happier. Last time round, we bought with friends, but this time round we invested alone. It’s so lovely. And we’re so happy. But, by God, the epic transformation nearly killed us. See all the Season 2 action weekly, from Sunday, 22nd March, at 9pm on Cottage Life. The network is in FREE preview from today, Saturday the 21st. Enjoy!

For more info visit www.cabinpressure.tv

Colin and Justin are appearing live at The Cottage Life Show on Saturday, March 28th at 1:00 pm.

Calgary Living

  • The sofas with fabric from Kravet are custom through Elle Design. The stone top coffee tables are from Ethan Allen. Wall colour, Pittsburgh Paints Ostrich Feather.
  • Dining Chairs custom through Elle Design, fabrics by JF fabrics and Kravet. Dining Table and Sideboard custom through Modern Country Interiors. Lighting custom Zia Priven light through Stonegate Designs. Mirror Chintz & Co.
  • "Not everything has to be the star in a room. Some finishes and elements are supporting players. Pick your focus." ~ Leanne

“There’s no greater compliment to a designer than being asked to do a second (or third) project for a client,” says LeAnne Bunnell of Elle Design in Calgary.

When repeat customers hired interior designer LeAnne Bunnell to transform an intended bachelor pad into a comfortable family home they knew they were in great hands. After all, they’d worked with LeAnne before and were confident she had the skill to bring their design and lifestyle visions to life.

Were they pleased? They’re already working on their next project together.

LIVING
The living room is open to the kitchen and provides access to the backyard. LeAnne resisted any temptation to make this room “formal” as the family wanted a cozy space for casual entertaining.

DINING
The beadboard ceiling and textured grass cloth walls emphasize the more traditional elements of the design while providing a comfortable atmosphere for adult or family entertaining. The fabrics are all washable.

“Dining rooms should be used frequently. Obviously for eating, but also for making family memories.”

Photography by Adrian Shellard

Bar Cart DIY

A retro Salton Hot Table is rescued from oblivion—returned to a life of purposeful, colourful service.

Dabble Post

MATERIALS REQUIRED
Serving or bar cart (aka, a good find)
2 Colours of Spray Paint – Outdoor/Indoor – Krylon – gloss
Mod Podge
Paint Brush
Wrapping Paper

CURBSIDE CLASSIC
Always pay attention to the road ahead, but keep an eye on the curb for treasures that may be abandoned.

OLD TO GOLD
Using metallic gold Krylon spray paint, evenly coat all exposed metal parts, including the wheels and black rubber tires. Paint the rest of the cart in a contrasting colour.

MOD REVIVAL
Mod Podge is a gift to DIY’ers who long to turn objects into decoupage treasures. Select a decorative wrapping paper and cut to fit the required areas. Use a paintbrush to coat the bottom of the tray and place wrapping paper on its surface. Smooth out any bubbles with your hands and apply another coat of the Mod Podge over wrapping paper to seal the surface. Let dry overnight.

Dabble Savvy: Poke holes in air bubbles with a needle, smooth with a paintbrush.

From Issue 15 – May 2014 

Peek a Boo Wall Feature

Junior League

Drywall isn’t the only option when it comes to dividing and defining spaces.

Check out this peek a boo wall feature we designed to visually separate a master bedroom from the adjacent bathroom.

Our goal was to visually define and separate the two distinct spaces but allow the natural light that pours into the bedroom to filter into the en suite. A simple, cantilevered shelf acts as a dressing table with the addition of a slipper chair upholstered in grey velvet.

 

 

Sophisticated Gray

Just as there’s no piece of clothing that actually conforms to the body size of everyone, there’s no such thing as a single gray that is always right.  In fact, gray can be one of the trickiest colours to work with as its undertone is so prevalent.

We relied on a variety of gray tones in this recent urban condo redesign.

5 shades of gray

Here is a guide to some of our fave gray categories from lightest to darkest. Enjoy Oyster has a slight blush beneath the surface owing to its pink base. It’s lightness makes it ideal for a sunny, light filled space. But come evening, its deeper side takes over and the sultry gray undertone shines.  Try Benjamin Moore’s Heaven 2118-70.

Barnboard is a warm gray that looks perfectly weathered by the sun. Benjamin Moore’s aptly named Barnwood CSP-115 is a toasty brown gray we use frequently.

Gunmetal is a cool gray, meaning there’s a hint of blue just below the surface. Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan AF-690 is a go-to gray for contemporary urban spaces.

Charcoal is a dramatic choice sophisticated enough for a formal living or dining room. We love the navy-esque feel of  Benjamin Moore’s French Beret 1610. Use this in a family room where cozy TV watching takes place.

Nearly Black is the category to reach for when you want drop dead glamour and formality. The deepest, darkest sky looks something like Benjamin Moore’s Universal Black 2118-10.

Frosted Flakes DIY

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Snowflakes, gemstones and ribbon enhance a gift as well as the look of your Christmas tree. DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci dazzles us with inexpensive dollar store finds.


Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Frosted Flakes’ in Issue 11 of Dabble

Pumpkin Patch DIY

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Cast a spell on Halloween with these devilishly-dyed doily-covered pumpkins. The eerie display is — to die for.

Follow the DIY Guy’s 5 easy steps to create your own earily beautiful entrance this holiday season.

Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Pumpkin Patch’ in Issue 10 of Dabble.

How to Properly Use Painter’s Tape

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A great paint job begins with solid preparation. Proper masking technique for paint protection is key to achieving sharp, clear paint lines that will make any project have professional results. The following steps will help you prepare for almost any paint project.

Preparation:

* Ensure you’re using the best tape for the job.
* Remove wall hangings (pictures, nails, fixtures) and fill nail holes.
* Use sandpaper to smooth the wall.
* The surface should be clean, dry and dust free before you begin painting.
Surface Types:To help ensure clean, damage-free removal, your tape’s adhesion level should match the type of surface you are planning to mask.
* Delicate surfaces like wallpaper and fresh paint call for ScotchBlue(tm) Painter’s Tape Advanced Delicate Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector.
* Masking light to medium textured surfaces is the job for ScotchBlue(tm) Painter’s Tape Advanced Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector.
* For best results on heavily-textured surfaces, use ScotchBlue(tm) Painter’s Tape Original Multi-Surface or ScotchBlue(tm) Painter’s Tape Advanced Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector.
Using Painter’s Tape:

* When you’re ready to mask, pull tape off the roll a few feet at a time.
* Apply tape to the surface, pressing down the edges as you go.
* Secure the tape to smooth surfaces by pressing the edges down with a putty knife or 5-in-1 tool. Don’t use these tools on medium or heavy textures, as they can tear the tape.
* To further seal against seepage and paint bleeds, use your brush to paint a little of your basecoat color along the tape edge.
Removing Painter’s Tape:* Remove tape at a 45 ° angle, using a moderate speed.
* For best results, pull the tape back on itself. If adhesive sticks to the surface, try a 90 ° angle.
* If paint starts to lift, use a sharp tool to cut (or score) along the painted tape edge.
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When to Remove Painter’s Tape:* Advanced Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector: 14-day clean removal
* Advanced Delicate Surface with Edge-Lock(tm) Protector: 60-day clean removal
* Original Multi-Surface: 14-day clean removalFor more information, visit: ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape.

Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Faux-Panelled Walls’ in Issue 1 of Dabble

Bye-Bye Blackboard Blahs

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Finessing a finish that’s been in the line for several years, Benjamin Moore has introduced a new edition of its Chalkboard Paint that now is tintable in any colour.

The ChalkBoard Paint colour choices are endless and go far beyond the classic black and green chalkboard colours we are use to. Time for a DIY project!

Rockaby Birdie

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Nicholas Rosaci’s DIY dreams branch out into an enchanting and elegant baby’s room decoration. Print out this templates and make your own.

TO MAKE THE BIRD:

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TO MAKE THE FLOWER:

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Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Rockabye Birdie’ in Issue 8 of Dabble.

 

Copper Frame DIY

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MATERIALS
* Picture frame of your choice
* Spray paint (automotive)
* Painter’s tape / masking tape

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Tape off the glass with painter’s tape or remove glass if you can.
2. Spray paint frame to give it a custom look.
3. Let dry for 15 to 20 minutes and then apply a second coat.
4. Make sure the paint has properly dried before putting in a picture.

To see another Copper Showstopper DIY project by Nicholas, check out Issue 6 Feb/Mar 2012.

Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – Candy Coated’ in Issue 5 of Dabble.

Candy Coated

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Turns Jujubes into a sumptuous showpiece. This festive DIY is deliciously easy to make.

MATERIALS REQUIRED
Styrofoam cone:
* 24’H, 6′ diameter base
* 4 pounds of Jujubes (approx.)
* Toothpick for each Jujube
* 5′ cake pin
* Decorative bead or crystal
* 8′ candle base

OPTIONAL
* Hot glue gun /sticks (For a non-edible Jujube tree)
* Automotive spray paint

1. Dream a Little

When selecting Jujubes, choose the colours, shapes, and sizes that complement your style and decor. Candy canes, peppermints and rock candy are great alternatives to Jujubes. Remember to buy extra candy since you’re bound to eat a few while making your tree.

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2. Jube it Up

Starting from the top and working in rows, insert a toothpick into each Jujube and push them, one at a time, into place on the Styrofoam cone. For a decorative, non-edible Jujube tree, affix the candies to the cone with a drop of hot glue. Make sure the glue gun is set to low so the glue doesn’t melt the Styrofoam.

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3. Sleigh Bells Bling

Up the glam quotient with a crowning crystal bead (available at craft stores). Slide the jewel onto a cake pin (also available at craft stores) and insert the pin through a larger Jujube. Push the crystal adorned Jujube finial into the top of the Styrofoam cone.

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4. Sparkling Finale

In a well ventilated area, spray paint a candle base using automotive spray paint, which is durable and comes in a variety of glittering metallic finishes. Nicholas is using a shimmering green to complement his blue Jujube tree.

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5. Drum Roll

Finish the festive masterpiece with a feather boa wrapped around the bottom of the tree base. Tip: To give your Jujube tree as a gift, wrap the entire thing in clear cellophane and top with a ribbon.

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