Still Chalkboard Obsessed!

YO,

Chalkboard is obvi nothing new these days. If you follow any interior design trends or even do a light browse on Tumblr these days, you know that chalkboard paint is EVERYTHING. I LOVE it a little too much! It’s my dream to have a little country kitchen with a chalkboard wall. It will happen, however, until then I will kick it apartment style and chalkboard what I can. I thought I would show you what I have done in my own little apartment here in Frenchland…CHECK IT.

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This old dresser has been in my boyfriend Daniels family for quite some time. When we received it, I believe it was baby pink. We refinished it, painted it white, and we have used it in our bedrooms for years! This year we refinished it yet again in chalkboard paint and then added some new handles. It really goes to show that with a little effort you can recycle things you already have. Also, right now the dresser is being used as a little bar in our kitchen area. Get creative and move stuff around. Just because it’s a dresser doesn’t mean it has to be for clothes. Just because it’s a bookcase doesn’t mean you can’t use it for your clothes or shoes in your bedroom. Moral of the story; Breath new life into things you once thought were shit.

See you soon!
The dukes signiture

The Joys of Snail Mail

IMG_2764What up bitches and hoes, bitches and hoes

It’s yo boy Bri. Obvi.
Today we are talking about the joys of snail mail. That’s right, snail mail. Signed, sealed, delivered kind of shit. The kind of mail that requires a little lick. The kind of mail know one sends anymore. It’s an art form really, and who doesn’t love getting a letter in the mail!? In fact if you don’t like getting snail mail, We’re straight up not friends anymore. It’s sad to say that letters in the mail just don’t get sent anymore. In fact, Canada post is phasing out door to door delivery in the next 5 years! When I heard this I was gobsmacked! Truly upset! But then I thought about how I didn’t even send mail…so like, why should I be so upset. There is something romantic however, about a handwritten letter, and I took it upon myself to keep the romance alive in 2014. “write more snail mail!” SO WHO’S WITH ME! Get up off your lazy ass and buy some adorable stationery(or create it). It’s out there Jerry, and you’ll love every minute of it. I got my shit at Anthropology in the sale section. LOL. I do believe Indigo has some cute stationery too! Do what you gotta do gurl, just get writing those damn letters!

See you later!!!
The dukes signiture

Happy New Years Bitches!

Hey You Kids!

Photo Cred to some kid on tumblr.

Photo Cred to some kid on tumblr.

Happy New Year!

It has certainly been a while since I posted on The Duke of Design hasn’t it!? I was terrible at keeping up, However, 2014 is HERE BABY! I have made it one of my many New Years resolutions to blog my life away! Here is the skinny on what has been going on and an explanation for my lack of blog power. I was working for a company with REDICK hours. As in 3:30 am wake up call…then, for arguments sake, an hour drive to a different city…what the capital F was I thinking. It was long ass hours and I found myself MAD everyday. You KNOW I can’t be dealing with that SHIT Euryday. So, I quit! I had the power to change my life BACK to the better and I did just that! I went home for Christmas and had a wonderful time breathing in fresh pine air, eating the most seafood chowder I ever have in my life, and spending lots of time with my beautiful family! Nova Scotia Christmas never fails to impress! Also, It snowed on christmas day. HOW PERFECT! My gorgeous sister Lady Melissa would like to point out that THAT is a Christmas miracle.

I figured the best way to start off this blogging adventure was to share my New years resolutions with you! You are more than welcome to share yours with me! I would love it. Do it now.

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I would also like to point out that this is not so much a strict list as it is what I would love 2014 to include. Click that image if you want to be able to read those resolutions.

See you farts soon!
xoxo
The dukes signiture

Working with what you got!

Well Bonjour,

Today we are talking about artwork. Artwork is a very strange thing when decorating your home. One, because people like to pick art that’s a mass production MESS, and two because it’s so easy to have GOOD artwork on your walls with very little effort. Just use things that you ALREADY posses. DAS RIGHT LADIES, LISTEN UP. I am going to share a perfect example of working with what you got.
The area above our coffe/bar station in our kitchen was looking pretty plain jane. We needed to fill the wall up with happiness and something appropriate for the space. Lord knows im on a STRICT budget so I needed something CHEAP, but pretty, and hopefully kinda special. I remembered Daniel had an old 1960′s Betty Crocker cook book, with AMAZING illustrations in it, just sitting around for a long time. We always liked to take it out to look and laugh at the great pictures and recipes inside. Some of the titles are PRETTY AMAZING and super outdated. It got me thinking about how much we enjoyed the cook book but it was always stowed away in a cupboard. Daniel and I decided to choose 12 of our favourite pictures and frame them with simple, white frames from the dollar store. We hung them in 3 rows of 4 and I think it looks absolutely amazing. The cost was under $15.00 and now we can appreciate them everyday when we make our morning lattes! Check it out!
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Until next time!
The dukes signiture

The Power of Paint!

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Whats up doodles and noodles!

It’s yo boy Bri, coming at you LIVE from Montreal Canada. Todays blog post is to show you THE POWER OF MOTHA FUCKIN PAINT BICTHES! I am SUCH a HUGE believer in slapping a coat of fresh paint on ANYTHING to spruce it up or give er’ a new look. Before (as you can see) our floors were pretty nasty, but after the wave of a highly toxic floor paint wand they are given new life. I also found the cutest rugs at Urban Outfitters the other day and will show you them, liiike maybe tomorrow…maybe. Anywhoodle enough with the chit chat, here is the before and after!

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BAM!

See you soon!
The dukes signiture

Its Been a long while eh!?

Hello to all my Noodles and Poodles,

It has been such a long time since I last updates this blog of mine! There has beens so much change in the last few months, and it is WAY to overwhelming to share it with you…at least for now. I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually little by little. To some it all up? I moved from Toronto to Montreal! New apartment and lots of decorating to be done! In the next few days I will update you guys n’ gals with what my place is looking like so far. For now I will just show you what I bought today. Its super riveting and revolutionary.
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Basically just handy wire baskets and cute red and white paper straws…LOL. Deal with it biznatches.

Love you!
The dukes signiture

Merry & Bright

Wieners,

I LOVE Pinterest; you should probably follow me. I spend hours upon hours pinning, pinning, PINNING! But here’s the thing, I appreciate the pins yet never actually use them as inspiration in the practical sense. So, I’m making changes and started small by duplicating this beauteous holiday chalk drawing.

Love you doodles and poodles,

DIY With Bri: End Tables

Bitches and slores,

I did a revolutionary DIY yesterday. It involved spray painting end tables we found in the garbage WHITE. WOAH. For the record I HATE spray painting. I feel like I have a CLAW for a hand when im done. That summer scooping ice-cream for rude Americans wearing socks and buckle sandals really fucked me over. Carpal tunnel for the win.

Have the best Sunday!

Dahlia Friends

Hey you noodles,

I bought three new friends today. Meet Bryanna, Ethel, and Sophia. They are my new beautiful Dahlias friends I got at my favourite little flower shop on Queen East called Quince Flowers!So far they have been great listeners, and really put a smile on my face every morning. Have the best day guys!