2016’s Best Ikea Hacks (So Far)

Sixteen new DIY projects to add to your list.

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1. The Cabinet Turned Mural
There’s your typical storage, and then there’s this. Stack two sets of a pair of Ivar cabinets side by side, and paint a mural of your choosing or cover with a graphic wallpaper.

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2. The Stylist Organizer
A slatted bed base becomes a wall-mounted storage solution for the home office – bonus points for being both stylish and functional. Get the how-to here.

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3. The Comfy Ottoman
Enter one budget-friendly DIY that takes under an hour to make and only requires a cushion plus a cover. Get the scoop onPoppytalk!

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4. The Planter That Rocks!
An everyday planter reinvented with an edgy texture that exudes fearless style with a bright pop of color.

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5. The Baby-Gym
An IKEA hack even the little ones would approve of. See how one blogger turned a colorful mobile into a minimalist baby gym!

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6. The Bathroom Hack
Meet Superfront, a Swedish company that offers a variety of stylish accessories with the purpose of elevating IKEA basics. It’s hard to believe that this was once just a plain sink cabinet!

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7. The Office Trays-Turned-Planters
Repurpose these ordinary office organizers into sleek planters by simply placing the lids on the base and filling the trays with your favorite greens!

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8. The Colourful Frame
Lend a touch of color to your wall art with painted frame mats. Here’s how!

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9. The Minimalist Dishes
Paint transforms these basic coasters into chic and minimal trinket dishes. Get the how-to here.

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10. The Pendent Wrap
For the overhead lighting that looks a bit outdated or plain, add a delicate yarn accent for a more dressed up feel. Get the scoop here.

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11. The Double-Duty Frames
Spray painted (and double-sided!) frames make for the best wedding party props. See how this bride customized the frames for her big day.

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12. The Mod-Planter
Terracotta planters are a thing of the past. Reinvent IKEA’s Ingefara planter with a fresh coat of paint.

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13. The Vanity Stool
You’ve probably seen your fair share of this must-have fur-covered stool – here, a DIY that will cost a whole lot less.

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14. The Gilded Pendant
See how one blogger transformed the Melodi pendant into a chic lighting source fit for the dining room.

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15. The Marble Desktop
It’s no secret that a marble finish instantly lends a more refined and elegant feel to just about any space. Here’s how to recreate the look for just a fraction of the price.

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16. The Media Centre
A line of the Sektion fridge top cabinets paired with a slab on top and bottom becomes the media center you never knew you needed.

Time to go to IKEA!

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20th Anniversary Of The Pender Harbour Jazz Festival This Weekend!

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WELCOME TO THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PENDER HARBOUR JAZZ FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 16-18, 2016. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A BIRTHDAY PARTY!

This annual event showcases many different styles of jazz styles to appeal to every ear: Straight up, Swing, Boogie Woogie, Big Band, Gypsy, Afro, Fusion, Gypsy, 30’s and 40’s, Hot Latin and more. Bring your blankets, umbrellas, sun hats, sun screen, dancing shoes, and have a great time!

Continuing their Icon Series, the festival is showcasing 2 Canadian Icons: BILL COON and OLIVER GANNON with TWO MUCH GUITAR.

The Big Band this year is the amazing Juno and WCA nominated JACLYN GUILLOU with her tribute to Dinah Washington, ‘This Bitter Earth.’ The 2 set performance will be at Saturday’s JAZZAPALOOZA.

And this year they have added a new tradition: Gospel Hour on Sunday morning, taking you back to one of the roots of Jazz. Their inaugural group is THE SOJOURNERS, A Cappella, at the School of Music.

Check out their Programme here!

5 Long Weekend Ideas for the Sunshine Coast

With the long weekend approaching, and the weather report calling for a “chance” of showers (what else is new here in B.C.?), it’s tempting to get out of the city and explore somewhere new. With the Sunshine Coast just a short 40-minute ferry ride away, here are 5 ideas of what to do this long weekend once you get to the Coast:

1. Farmer’s Market, Music Festivals and Local Shopping in Gibsons

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The Coast is home to the a one of the highest population of artists, artisans and crafters in Canada. It seems that everywhere you go there are artist studios scattered along the way. I would suggest to start the tour at Gibson’s Landing, which is a quiet place to spend your afternoon browsing through locally owned shops, restaurants and art galleries. There are also Farmer’s Markets and Music during the weekend afternoon in Gibsons!

My favourite place to stop at Gibsons Landing is the Sunshine Coast Oil Co. Whenever I walk by I have to step in. The shop is full of different types of Olive Oils from all over the world – and the best part is that you can taste them? I never knew that there is this another entire world out there that is passionate about Oil’s, but this is a must stop place when visiting the Coast!

2. Beer Tour

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There are two places on the Coast which us west coasters dream about – Brewing Companies! You see them popping up all over Vancouver, but did you know that the Sunshine Coast has two Brewing Companies of their own?

Persephone Brewing Company is near the ferry in Langdale – only a couple minute drive from Gibsons Landing – and partners with community organizers to plant vegetables ad their own organic hops on the land. The beer is great and the atmosphere is relaxed. Whether you are stopping by for a quick look or decide to get some lunch and a beer, the place is very welcoming and a great start of your Sunshine Coast tour!

If you are making the longer drive to Powell River, I would strongly suggest to visit Townsite Brewing. It is located in the old townsite area of town, and the atmosphere is fun while their beers are tasty and well-crafted. This place is well worth the trip!

3. 35th Annual Sunshine Music Festival in Powell River

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The Sunshine Music Festival in Powell River is an annual event and not to be missed if you are on the Coast. There are world class performances in a picturesque setting at Palm Beach Park on the waterfront. You can also shop at the local craft markets and food vendors. Why I love it is because the Community Music Award donates 1 percent of gate receipts to a local artist or organization that promotes music and musicians in the Powell River area. It’s for a good cause and has great music!

4. Botanical Gardens Annual Harvest Festival

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The Botanical Gardens Annual Harvest Festival in Sechelt is a great place to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon. There will be live music by Brothers in Farms, plant sales, bake sales, and garlic sale. There is also an easy 1.1km walk throughout the gardens. What better place to spend a Sunday than in the garden?

5. Get Outdoors

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One of my favourite ways of getting to know a place is to take a nice hike that leads to a phenomenal view. If the weather holds up this weekend, I would strongly suggest to walk through the Skookumchuck Narrows. It is a 4km loop through some of the most beautiful coastal forest I have ever seen, before getting to a cliff overlooking the rapids.

Other hikes throughout the region are the famous Inland Provincial Trail in Powell River, and the Suncoaster Trail which was home to the coast’s most famous artist, Joni Mitchell.

Time to explore. Happy Long Weekend!