Archive for November, 2012

Gift Idea: His Stocking

Friday, November 30th, 2012

It will be stocking time soon, and it seems we are always trying to come up with new ideas for the men in our lives. Here are a few ideas that have been tried and tested and may be good for your man too:

1. Switch Belts. We are huge fans of these one-size-fits-all belts. Available in a rainbow of colors with interchangeable buckles, we think they’re perfect for a stocking. 15% off for Boxwood readers for the next two weeks. Enter ‘BOXWOOD’ at checkout.

2. Classy Little Altoids. What’s not to love?

3. Mini Cologne. Unless your man splashes cologne around, minis are the perfect size. Banana Republic currently has four fragrances in travel size, and I couldn’t decide which I liked best. Usually $15 each, but often 2 for $20.

4. New Toothbrush. We probably all need to change our toothbrush more frequently than we do, and I can’t think of a better day to break out a new one!

5. Novelty Socks. Stripes, dots but we’ve found Santa socks don’t go down too well :)

6. Gift cards to his favorite eats are the way to his heart :) We usually buy these to places for lunch breaks, hoping to make work day a little nicer.

7. Black shower sponge from Bath and Body Works. Another thing that needs replacing often and would be nice new for Christmas Day.

8. C.O. Bigelow Methol Body Wash. The best thing ever.

9. Toblerone. Manly chocolate, and if he isn’t too interested, I’m sure you will find someone who is ;)

Do you have any tips for a successful male stocking? We would love you hear your tips.

Design Center Options

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Today I am happy to share a few picks for the new house. The initial design process was a lot more intense than I thought it was going to be and required some major vision. This was mostly due to the fact that the base price of the house was over our initial budget, so keeping upgrades to a minimum was priority over design decisions.

I was losing sleep worrying if I had made the right choices, knowing how expensive and wasteful it would be to change them. But now the dust has settled on the decisions, I am hopeful it will all work out.

Here are the choices we made:

External Color Scheme:

By no surprise I wanted our house to be white, but the builder didn’t like the idea as they are hoping for a ‘colorful’ community. I stretched as far as I could with a gray/taupe combo.

We drove to a different community where the builder has built a house similar to what ours will look like to check it out:

I am happy with the neutral color, as it makes the white trim stand out and think it might actually look better than all white. What do you think?

Interior Paint

Two-tone paint is a standard feature with our builder. One color on the walls and ceilings, and another on the trim work. Not a hard decision right? Wrong! At least for me…

I really wanted a subtle taupe or cream on the walls, especially because we won’t have a lot of furnishings when we first move in, and color can really cozy things up. However, I also wanted our ceilings white, which would cost 2k to have 3-tone paint. Reluctantly, I chose one-tone, white all-over to save my white ceilings. How do you feel about this? It seems most people don’t mind having color on their ceilings?

The house will be white and bare at first, but white rooms are always my fave, and in time I’m sure we’ll get it looking right.

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White kitchens are all the rage and my absolute favorite, but white was not an option, just a yellowish-cream that was a big upgrade. So, we took the opposite approach, with a “Java”dark brown cabinet. This is a little concerning as there is not a window in the kitchen, so we countered the dark with the lightest granite available and added lots of lighting to light the area as much as possible…keeping my fingers crossed it won’t be a dungeon and instead will be fabulously chic like this:


Brad and I agreed that flooring was something we needed to upgrade. We upgraded the carpet, and changed tile to laminate flooring on the main level. Unfortunately there were only five flooring samples to choose from, and of course I didn’t care for any of them. Four of them were too orange or yellow next to the dark cabinets, and one was pale and rustic. I needed something light to counter the dark cabinets so we went with it..enter rustic farmhouse into the style equation. Here is the floor choice next to a cabinet door and granite sample:

On a large scale, I’m hoping the floor will look something like this:

Hopefully the house will turn out to be a unique blend of craftsman, traditional and farmhouse chic…ha, we’ll see how that goes. We are so excited for building to start next week!

Many thanks to my Boxwood design team (Brad, Sarah and Mum), and the architects and design team at Holmes for letting me change the blueprints!

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2012: Pink Guest Bathroom

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Merry Chirstmas Everyone!

I’ve been dying to say that for weeks, but waited until our first decorations post to publicly shout it, and boy does it feel good! I’m not done decking my halls yet since I like to take my sweet time. But I do have one little room to share, my downstairs guest bath.

This year I went against all my natural instincts and chose bold, hot colours. Crazy huh? I’m actually enjoying the mix up, and figured a small space could handle it. What do you guys think, you likey?

To see last years green version, click HERE.

Target Placemats Only 19¢

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012


I’ve got a killer deal for you today…these placemats are only 19¢ at Target!

Simply print out the coupon from HERE ($3 off Select Home brand or Threshold table linen item) and use with this week while on sale, and they’ll be down to 19¢ from $3.99!!! Holler!

I pretty much love a great deal like this, but this time I was particularly stoked because I fell in love with these when I first saw them, but my thrifty self was winning that day so I resisted.

See good things do come to those who wait!

Deal Alert: Our Favorite Christmas Cards 15% off + Free Shipping!

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Have you guys scored any mega deals yet this cyber Monday? Free shipping is always something we hold out for, but today one our favorite sites, Minted are offering that along with additional discounts.

Minted has long been our favorite go-to place for amazing products, and this year we’re having a hard time deciding what Christmas cards to choose, coz their collection is simply too fabulous! Check it out HERE.

We’d better decide quickly because they’re offering 15% off plus free shipping on all holiday cards today only. If you’re tempted also, simply use code CYBER2012 at checkout.

wonderful life photo card

joyful season  photo card

classic merry holiday photo card

Aren’t these designs to die for? They even make our dorky photography look amazeballs!

Additionally, they’re offering 25% off their stationary, art, notebooks and calenders, soooo many great options for those tricky people on your list.