The Top 2 Stores I Visit For Projects

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Seeing that it’s February and it’s a month known for ‘love’, I thought I would spend some time, sharing some great places that I often visit for projects and for clients.  Although there are many places I outsource, the following two stores are ones that I ensure I get to!

Although it is not necessary to purchase new things for projects, there are times when I need just the right something.  Here are my most ‘go-to’ places that I often visit!


Now don’t start cringing!  I can certainly relate to all the screws and gadgets that you can get with an IKEA product (in order to set it up).  TRUST ME!  What I LOVE about this store is that they typically have just what I’m looking for.  A couple of my absolute favourites that I’ve used in multiple projects:


I have used these boxes (that come in a variety of sizes) for bedrooms, family rooms, and offices.  Although black and white are always available and are typically the colours I stick with (as black and white pretty much go with anything), IKEA does change colours with the seasons.   Some pretty cute colours this year that enable items to be contained and neat and tidy.  Prices vary depending on the size however, you can’t go wrong for $4.99 for a 2 pack of boxes that are great for storing CD’s, games, chargers, and $8.99 for a 2 pack that are great for storing newspapers, photos or other memorabilia.

 Kassett Box - RedKassett Box Blue

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Here’s an image of the boxes used to contain items in a storage unit.  What was once a messy pile of cords, chargers, etc. is now an organized dream!

Before and After

Another item I’ve used in multiple projects is

HEMNES Shoe cabinet with 2 compartments

Hemnes Shoe Cabinet

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I am totally in love with this cabinet for a few reasons:

  1. It goes flat up against a wall so no gaps.
  2. Although there are only 2 fold-out drawers, there are actually 4 different places for shoes.  There is a shoe cabinet with 4 fold-out drawers with no drawer as well.
  3. There is a pull out drawer for keys or other items.

From an organizing view, I love this piece because you are limited with space for shoes.  Once the space is full, then decisions need to be made as to what shoes you want in the space!

Hemnes inside1

see how it goes right up against the wall?

I have this exact piece in our mudroom coming off of the garage door.  Our shoe organizer is not a storage unit for all our shoes.  It is a storage for shoes most frequently worn (or that are in season). The only tricky thing is that winter boots don’t fit so well so we don’t put them in (plus they are usually wet).

I also love the pull out drawer.  For my family, that is the key drawer.  Any key that we own is in that drawer.  There isn’t a need to search around the house to find a set of keys.  If I see a set of keys laying around, I just take them and put them in the drawer.  My family has got so used to my little routine they no longer ask where their keys are.  And hey – guess what?  They, for the most part, put their keys away!

Hemnes 2

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This shoe cabinet is very reasonable at $169.00 and comes in white and black-brown.  The 4 drawer cabinet is $149.00.

4 drawer 4 drawer 2

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Great timing it has been for me when I received the latest update blog from Work It Out!  Their latest blog is on Spring preview from IKEA.  Some pretty neat designs (if you need them)!

Spring IKEA

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 Pier 1 Imports

The hours I can spend in this store alone!  From toss cushions, to table wear to the extra staging accessories.  From their lamps to their chairs and anything in between.  Such unique pieces can always be found.  I think what I truly enjoy is that every time I go into the store, it’s a bit like Christmas.  New products come in all the time!  A few of my favourites:

 Sabine Chair

Sabine Chair

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This classic chair is regular price $229.95.  This style of chair comes in different fabric as well.  I’m such a fan of black and white as it can be extremely elegant, yet a bit casual as well.  Love, love this chair!

Daffodil Table

Daffodil Table

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This accent table is great to go along with a chair (like the Sabine Chair above).  It’s regular price is $129.95 and is available in antique white and brown as well.  A great side table that’s just the perfect size!

 Serena Table Lamp

Table Lamp

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This lamp, or a version of this lamp, can be seen in many decorating photos as well as in many show homes here in Calgary.  It’s a great lamp to go with any decorating scheme!  Regular price is $125.00 (on sale right now for $99.99).

If you have never been to a Pier 1 Imports store, ensure you have plenty of time.  They typically have some kind of sale one and if you are an email subscriber, they have a “Dealy of the Day”.

One Word of Advice

As with any shopping, it is always my advice to know what you need BEFORE you head out shopping.  Stay true to your ‘list’ (and I hope you have one) and do not get sucked into just buying items for the sheer fact they are on sale or are a good deal.  Measure your space, know the vision and function of your space before heading out!

If you need help falling in love with your home or getting it ready to sell,

become a client today!  On-line or In-person.


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  1. on 04.03.2014
    at 6:09 AM

    I would like to say something after reading your article about stores and shopping. You have shared some amazing and informative details with us and i appreciate your skills in this regard.

    • on 07.03.2014
      at 11:35 PM

      Thanks Kelly. I appreciate your comment!

  2. on 26.04.2014
    at 7:45 AM

    Hi, Gitcalgary,

    by reading your article i changed my home theme completely. your photos are high quality images and it is good article.

    • on 26.04.2014
      at 5:30 PM

      Thanks Sri! I’d love to see pictures (if you’re comfortable in sharing). Happy we could help you out!

  3. on 02.05.2014
    at 1:37 AM

    Thank you for sharing this article with us,,

  4. on 22.06.2014
    at 5:31 AM

    Really interesting interior design concept. Thank you for sharing.

  5. on 15.08.2014
    at 7:12 AM

    Ikea really has the most interesting and inspiring interior design products and their ideas about everything they made really makes me say wow I wish I could have all their products. Thanks for sharing great information and images for decoration of home

    • on 15.08.2014
      at 2:49 PM

      I just got their new magazine and am excited to see what is new and what color schemes they have for this year. Glad you could stop by our blog!

  6. on 22.09.2014
    at 3:01 AM

    Thanks for your great and informative post. I like it.

    • on 22.09.2014
      at 6:43 AM

      You are so welcome! Thanks for stopping by. ~Sheri

  7. on 13.11.2014
    at 6:18 AM

    The shoe cabinet is the answer to my prayers. I am not a good organizer and my shoes are always scattered here and there. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

    • on 14.11.2014
      at 9:13 AM

      That IKEA shoe cabinet is one I have sourced for multiple clients. I love it as it really does limit the number of shoes you can have in one spot. And honestly, you can only wear one pair at a time. 😉 ~Sheri

  8. on 19.11.2014
    at 5:01 AM

    Interesting concepts. Especially I just loved the shoe racks. It is so innovative 🙂

  9. on 12.06.2015
    at 12:12 PM

    nice post thanks for sharing with us

  10. on 29.08.2015
    at 9:57 AM

    Wow! Thank you! I continually wanted to write on my site something like that. Can I include a fragment of your post to my office chair blog ?

    • on 29.08.2015
      at 4:38 PM

      Hi Ann,

      Sure…feel free.~Sheri

  11. on 07.11.2015
    at 3:13 AM

    These styles of furniture are really nice, thanks for sharing . keep going 🙂 I looking to hear from you

    • on 10.11.2015
      at 4:52 PM

      Thank you. ~Sheri

  12. on 26.01.2016
    at 8:13 AM

    The style of Sabine Chair is very impressive.Thanks for sharing interesting post.

  13. on 10.02.2016
    at 4:59 AM

    Hello gitcalgary, you have added a very useful information for me.I appreciate you. I am very fond of purchasing beautiful and stylish chairs , and adorn my house with beautiful furniture as well. I like the chair ,cabinet and table you have specified here.

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