Good Causes

Part of the surprise joy we have gotten out of blogging has been the opportunities to help other people. Here are a few links to some good causes and the people who have contacted us. Please help spread the word as you see fit: 1. Krista from Hopeless Chest is spreading the word about a… 

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Savvy Shopping With Homesav

Have you heard of it yet? No?! It’s THE spot to shop online. Glamorous value for the smart, savvy shopper. And it just happens to be Canadian!!    “HomeSav’s raison d’être is to provide our members with a unique selection of contemporary home décor products and services from trusted brands and retailers. We are committed… 

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Today’s Shopping Finds

new pillows and throw

If you read our earlier post, you know the kids and I went “field-tripping” to Ikea today. We also managed to pick up some “Wellingtons” and splash pants for the kids (no, not at Ikea, you sillies!).   Anyway, I found these two larger pillows and the throw at Ikea. The two white/leaf pillows we purchased awhile back at… 

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Spring Thaw?


With our backyard looking like this this morning (BLECH!):   The troops are getting a little antsy indoors; J-Man is playing hockey in the kitchen (!) and the girls’ room is too messy to play in. And Momma doesn’t have the patience desire to see them through tidying it just now. What to do? Well,… 

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Cherry Apple Art Giveaway

My friend Rebecca, who creates the most fashionable accessories ever at Cherry Apple Art, is having a giveaway on her blog.     She’s giving away a piece worth about $65, but if she gets 40 comments she may just up that to giving away two pieces!! How’s that for generous!?! Just go visit her blog… 

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Tickle Us Pink!

Hi, it’s me again. Just wanted to pop in (between paint strokes) and give a HUGE shout out to House and Home.   They have listed {aka}|design – our little ol’ blog – on their blog roll. We are thrilled to be included with several other very talented bloggers on this list. Thank you House… 

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I’ve Got My Paint Clothes On

before chalkboard

We’re working on our own magnetic chalkboard paint project  for the kitchen.   And the fabu people at DecoArt  sent us this box full of goodies for review:     Watch for these finished projects and more! (Okay, that sounded like a late night shopping channel pitch!) What are you working on this weekend?

Thank you Yesterday On Tuesday!

Last week we added one of our fun little spring decor projects     to Yesterday on Tuesday’s link party.     This week they gave us a feature shout-out for that project!     Thank you, Malia!!!    

Zinc Look Letters

zinc look letters

I love the look of aged zinc letters. Okay, so it’s not a new idea in decorating by any stretch. Do a google image search for zinc letters and you’ll find a plethora of images. {Anthropologie’s 8″ Zinc Letters, $18 each} I wanted to add a little hit of style to an awkward corner of… 

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National Home Show 2011


{I warn you in advance that this was a long day which equals a long post!!!} WHAT FUN!!!! Dean (Mr. AKA Design) and I visited the 2011 National Home Show  yesterday and we had a blast! Now before you judge us for ditching our kids leaving our kids with an incredible sitter on Family Day,… 

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How about a CSN giveaway?

Due to inclement weather and another cold bug going around our house, our DIY projects have been put off for yet another weekend. And due the the afore-mentioned cold bug, our trip the National Home Show originally scheduled for today has been postponed. Sigh. So how about a giveaway?! This time around we’re giving one lucky… 

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Feeling blah? Maybe you have…


The In-Betweens? (source) Turns out it’s not serious, just not fun. Why not drag your sad puppy self over to KathySue’s blog  and read about a few possible cures? See you soon!

BOGO 50% Off

This one’s for all my local peeps (funny I don’t actually say “peeps” out loud in real life – it just types so nicely!). Anywhooo…. Kitchen Stuff Plus has BOGO 50% Nexxt wall art in-store only until February 27th!   If you live near a Kitchen Stuff Plus, pop in and grab some art to cheer up… 

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Fab Find: Farmhouse Wares


If you’ve already found this shop, you can skip to our next post.  But if it’s new to you, GAH!!!!  It’s F-A-B!  It’s called Farmhouse Wares and it is the vintage nostalgic {yet green} shop of Betsy who was formerly Creative Director for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. Unfortunately they don’t ship outside of the U.S. at this point…but… 

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Exciting Special Announcement!

**Warning: While we think this post is incredibley exciting, it’s a little text heavy. Photos will come in the next post, promise!** No, we’re not expecting again, like so many other design bloggers in blogland!  That boat has long ago sailed, baby! What we are announcing is an {aka}|design special project…an eBook. Shannon is actually… 

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Overstock Discount


Last week contacted us asking if we’d like to offer a discount to our readers!! We were thrilled to accept and thought that you all might really like that. Yes? If you don’t know what Overstock is, where have you been? Just kidding. Really. According to their site, “ is an online retailer offering… 

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National Home Show Ticket Winners!

We asked if anyone wanted a pair of tickets to The National Home Show. You commented. {Thank You} We picked two winners. Congratulations to : Amanda and Jennifer!!! You’ve each won a pair of tickets to the National Home Show. I couldn’t figure out the thing, so we drew the old fashioned way… paper… 

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Be Happy, Think Spring

nest in cloche 3

With our leak last week, we are waiting ever so eagerly for spring here at Chez Acheson. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little spring indoors now, does it?   This is our little cloche with a makeover, filled with some spring-time bits and pieces: a white ceramic bird from Bouclair (I actually have two… 

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Whoa! Brass Makeover Tricks!

In case you can’t tell by our right sidebar, we love a few lot of blogs. Trying to keep them organized and the lists from becoming cumbersome is sometimes a challenge. We subscribe by email to a few of our favourites to be sure we don’t miss anything in our daily blog hopping. It was by… 

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Happy Valentine’s Day

love paper chain

For whatever Valentine’s Day means to you, however you do (or do not} celebrate it, Happy Valentine’s Day to you. (Corinthians paper chain, Etsy’s Ormolu)