Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Creating A Deck Destination

Let's have a look at the deck on "The Bungalow" flip house.
Renovations are well underway and I will be putting my focus on styling the deck.
It will be listed on the market in June.
Let's have a look at what it looks like today, and what I have in plans.

Keeping in mind this is the before stage...

Whether the weather is cooperating where you are or not, let's officially declaring it outdoor season.
So it’s time to dust off the patio set and get a jump start on spending quality time in the backyard.
I am teaming up with Wayfair to create a welcoming, relaxing deck destination.

Of the flip houses I have right now, The Bungalow deck and backyard is very private and relaxing.
Located in a small town subdivision, it is surrounded by large trees, giving the backyard all the privacy you need to go for a swim and to enjoy family and friend gatherings, a bbq or just relaxing with a book while you soak up the sun.

Have a look at the deck the way it is now.
Lots of work needed here - sand and paint the deck, replace missing spindles.
I would like to keep the pool if possible, but keeping the pool I will have to add a fence around it.

Here are some plans for the styling of the deck.
Since I am at the planning stages, the first place I always hit are my stores.
And my number one store is Wayfair
First place I start is in their sale section....always in the budget mind set!

 Whenever I think of a backyard deck, I think gazebo.
Maybe it's because I love being outdoors, and love relaxing under shade.
For this property I would go with a portable gazebo.  And put it directly in front of the swimming pool.

Metal Portable Gazebo

I love the look of an outdoor chaise lounger.
And I especially love this look.

Chaise Lounger

A pretty fireplace to enjoy on a warm summer evening.
I can hear the fire crackling!

Woodburning Steel Firepit

And what could be more relaxing than the sound of bubbling water from a water fountain.

Fiberglass Fountain

And a few floral containers

Urn Planter

Galvanized Steel Hanging Planter

Stay tuned for the before and afters of this deck, and the entire house!
We are busy making all kinds of changes to this beauty.
I check in everyday on Facebook and Instagram

This post was sponsored by Wayfair, but all wording is my own.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Southern Salon Comes to the Rescue

I have just returned from my Southern roadtrip.
And I want to talk about the amazing spa experience I had.  My sole purpose of this trip was to go to one salon.

Sure I antiqued all the way and back, but I had one destination and it was
The Lauren Ashtyn Collection
A hair salon in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
They maybe my newest Sponsor, but truth be told I am pretty sure I begged them to be my Sponsor!
Let me talk about why.....


This blog post will be a personal post.  A very personal post.
My hair thinning.
Yes, as I age, and colour my hair I was finding my hair was thinning on the top.
Not drastically noticeable, but ever so slightly.  Enough that it made me notice.
It was embarrassing for me.  I wouldn't mention it to anyone.
I curled it, moved my hair this way and that way to try to hide it, then hair sprayed it to death!
I mean I wouldn't even tell my own sister about this problem I was having, and now I am telling thousands!!

Let me start at the beginning.
My hair my entire life has been thin.  But I always had a lot of hair, so it made up for it.
About two years ago,  for the first time I coloured my hair blonde.
I loved it then, I still love being a blonde.  And want to continue to be this colour.
But I worried about the health of my hair and scalp due to the colouring.
And more so, after I started noticing it was thinning.
Up to this point, in these two years, I have coloured it three (3) times.
I was letting the roots grow back over the winter, mainly to let my hair breath.

So I started to think about extensions.
Give my hair a boost.  When I go out in public, it's very important to me to look my best.
I am not a glamour queen, but I pride myself on looking clean, professional and classy when I step outside my door.
Even when I head out to one of my construction sites, no difference.
I may not put hammer to nail, but I am the owner of these properties, and it's important to me to look professional.
But my hair started to become problematic for me.
  Made me self conscious of it. It was even starting to get me down.

Source - tlac_natalie

Then I took to the internet.  Looked at different salons in my area.
I'm thinking hair extensions would do the trick for me.
The more and more I look, I am becoming discouraged.... nothing.
I see a lot of those extensions that are hair strips and they clip on.
But this is not what I had in mind, what I was looking for or what would work for me.

Not finding anything in my local area, I start to expand my search.
I look in the Toronto area, maybe the big metropolitan will have something.  Anything. But found nothing.
And all the while....I'm not really sure what it is that I am looking for.

Then one day I am going through my personal Facebook feed, and The Lauren Ashtyn Collection pops up.
A salon that offers unique hair extensions.
I am interested in the one piece extension, with four clips to secure them into your hair.
Not wigs, but extensions of hair that blend in with your own hair.
This is exactly what I was looking for!

The Lauren Ashtyn Collection

 I am very interested.
I start to follow this salon.  Everytime one of their video comes on, I study it.
I watch all the before and afters.  Other woman with similar hair type and experiences.
Within a few months I knew this is what I am looking for.  This is exactly what I was looking for.
Then I take my plan into action.
Once again, I take to the Internet.  Looking for similar product in my own community, or as far as Toronto.
Again, nothing.
I knew that if I wanted this unique one piece hair extension, I had to go and check it out for myself. 

Yes they ship.  But I needed to see for myself what's what.
And I knew that if it was something I wanted to endorse I needed to see it in real life.
So I put together a road trip.  A trip to Spartanburg, South Carolina.  It's not really that far, 12 hours.
And I am so happy I did.  Best experience you could ask for.
True to their word and more.  They have the most beautiful volume hair extensions.
They attached to the top of  hair via clips.
Open them to install them on the top of your head, and clip them in place.
To take them off, open the clips and remove.  That easy.
They have two choices in volume.  A root coverage and a full coverage.
I went with the root coverage.  I just wanted extra volume to blend in with my own hair.
They also offer all sorts of other hair extensions products, but I am just writing about what I went with.

My first day I meet with Natalie.  The best of the best!
Stylist extraordinaire.
Colours my hair to match my extension. At the shampoo sink gives my scalp a mini massage.
Cuts my hair.  Drys it.  Curls it.
Making sure everything was to perfection before I left her chair.  And it was perfect!

Day two.  I return to get the extension piece.
We try on a few colours.  A few different products, or toppers as I call them.
In this picture below, I'm trying on the full volume extension.
 Having a bit of fun with the long hair!

And get this....they offer extra personal care services.
Makeup, eyelash extensions, eyebrow name a few.
A true, one stop shopping.  I totally LOVE this place!

I am genuinely introducing this salon because of their unique hair extensions.
And to bring awareness to those of you out there that might be looking for that something to cover up thinning spots in your hair.
Or just looking for a new look.
I have bought one of the extensions myself and hands down, give it a thumps up!
They do ship.  Contact them directly and they will walk you through the procedure.
They send it to you.  You get your own stylist to cut it for you.


My next one I will be getting it shipped to me.
Although what the heck, maybe I will hit the road again and pay another visit to Spartanburg, SC.
And for my Blog, Facebook and IG friends, they are offering Free Shipping to both Canada and USA.
 And those of you who visit or contact them, tell you I sent you!
When you order online they will ask if you have a discount code for the free shipping, enter "theoldebarn".

Free Shipping Code

Thank you Astytn for your brilliant entrepreneur idea and putting it out're a rock star!
 The Lauren Ashtyn Collection 
I am one happy lady with lovely blond locks!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Antique Roadtrip

I just returned from a seven day road trip, and I antiqued it all the way!
I made a special trip to Spartanburg, South Carolina for a two day spa treatment.
But on route, I stoped at a few antique shops....and took my time!

My time in Spartanburg was the best experience....I'm going to be talking about it in an upcoming separate post!

Check out some of the most beautiful treasures I saw along the way.

First stop was Canton, Ohio.  Then I traveled south.
Stopping in Wytheville, Virginia.

And then I wonder over to the antique shop across the way at Antique Station.

Spent some time in a few World Market stores.

And Lowes

Knoxville, Tennessee
I fell in love with this shop, Bearden Antique Mall
Really I meant it, I could live there!

And these are some of the things I bought.

Chandelier from World Market

Antique clock

Large mirror.

Harp table.

Confederate soldiers art.

It's good to be back home, but it always takes me a while to adjust back to non-road life.
I so much love road tripping, sometimes it feels like there is just not enough road!
Loving, and I mean loving my new antiques!!

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