We’re Heeeere!

Hey blog friends! It’s been awhile. I finally feel like I can sit down and blog again without my to-do list creeping in and interrupting my thoughts.

So, we finally moved! Yay *cue dancing music* !! It went relatively smoothly and we are so happy to be in the city where Matt has been posted and is working. The commute was a long 3 hour drive for him and even though it wasn’t daily (24 hour shifts), it was getting tiresome. It was also harder on me to not have found prenatal care up where we were, and to be trying to schedule ultrasounds up in our new city without being there yet, without a Dr.’s referral….etc! So let’s just say it was due time to be in our new place!

Leaving PMQGoodbye military base housing!

The moving company the military assigns you to was pretty cool, and the packers did a good job (nothing that was fragile was broken!) too. All of our belongings have turned up as we finished unpacking, and we couldn’t be happier with how the moving experience was.

Moving truckNew houseCul de Sac New Place

New House empty

So I took a bunch of pictures encapsulating the moving process (mainly for my scrapbooking pleasure 🙂 ) and some of the finishing touches around the new house as we’ve been unpacking. I’ve been in my decorating glory (love setting up a new house! 😀 )!

Kitchen before

Kitchen before

Kitchen afterKitchen afterKitchen after

Still working on finishing touches (seems to be an ongoing process), moving things around here and there…Browsing for finishing touches. We also plan to paint most rooms, but while we’re waiting on that, we hung some pictures in the meantime so it’s homey. ❤

Dining room beforeCoffee station dining roomDecor new houseDining room decor

The coffee station resides in the dining room, which is kind of perfect. It frees up counter space in the kitchen, as that’s where the coffee maker and kettle reside. Who doesn’t want coffee or tea with their dessert after dinner? 😉 The hutch stores dining room accessories such as extra candles & candle sticks, placemats and cloth napkins on one side. The other side holds (even more!) tea bag varieties, hot cocoa (and a canister of marshmallows!), while the drawers are home to coffee and loose leaf tea filters, a milk frother, stirring spoons and sweetener packets.

The lyric (our wedding song) wall art is hung up again, after being boxed up for 2 years! It’s in the dining room along with my shelf, and chalkboard (menu). The shelf has my Tiffany & Co. candlesticks on there (also boxed away previously), which were a generous gift, and wine glass with corks and a bottle (now vase) from the winery we were married at.

Bedroom beforeBedroom beforeBedroom afterBedroom after

Yeah, so still a work in progress. Office is also now a combo guest room and that’s just about finished…and still hanging photographs each day as I feel inspired as to where they should go. But it’s a fun process and we’re getting there. We had our first guests (my in laws!) come up to see the house and they were also so kind as to look after our cat during the busy moving days. Cats are the most neurotic animals and I think she would have been spooked by the chaos the movers and boxes brought, along with the change of residence! She is doing well though, and seems to love the sliding back door and the views that come with it, and has found many cozy spots to nap. My in laws came along with us to tour the city a little bit, which was nice. A great way to break up the hectic days of setting things up. We were able to check out some of the surrounding areas, as well as tour the air force museum which was kinda cool! Matt and I are also trying to enjoy the rest of the Summer by doing little day trips here and there. We were able to visit a local zoo last weekend and this weekend we look forward to an annual family pool party/ BBQ. The weekend after THAT we are going camping with friends at a provincial park!

In other news, the baby is continually growing and healthy! 😉  I’m currently at 21 weeks and feeling pretty great. My full appetite has returned and I’m no longer quite the picky eater, thankfully. We have our first OB appointment on Thursday and I would love for her to set me up with another ultrasound in order to find out the gender!!

Well, thanks again for letting me catch up and reading all my ramblings 🙂 . I hope & plan to blog again soon.


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A Place To Call Home

The house we just bought is lovely. It’s not exactly a character home, nor as charming as I would have hoped, but it has great potential. Our last house was the same type of layout, so I was super hesitant to walk through this one. Moving into the same type of home as before – how boring! There are so many more interesting homes out there. However, Matt is pretty persistent and he convinced me with his eagerness to go check it out. I kind of hate to admit it – but he was right! Once we walked through it I was tickled pink with it.

It has good bones, and lots of room to grow into. The finishes throughout this home are nice as well. It isn’t something that we would feel like we need to re-do to either a) correct what was wrongly done, or b) suit our tastes more.

Even though it’s a bi-level/raised bungalow/raised ranch, the entrance is a pretty good size. The banister and spindles are perfect, as is the front door. The stairs are even wide enough for two people to walk up side by side, if they really wanted to ;). It’s also nice that the side window is there to let in more natural light.

Banister

Foyer

Rustic looking “hand scraped” hardwood floors are throughout the upper level, and an unfinished basement is the perfect clean slate for a decorator at heart wife and a carpenter husband team 😉 .

Hardwood floors

There’s already been several trips made to Home Depot, Lowes and many decisions have been decided regarding renos (which is great, seeing as how Matt can sometimes take a little while to “commit” to an idea) 🙂 . We have our “to-do” list made and we’re thrilled to start projects together! I look forward to sharing DIY tutorials on my blog! Some of the inspiration for this new home consists of:

Immediately:

Exterior:

– Repainting shutters (to freshen them up. Colour still TBD). 🙂

– Planting both perennials and annuals (front gardens and planters for deck).

Planter idea

– Painting walls (throughout main floor)

We prefer neutral, earthy tones:

Neutral paintNeutral paint colours 2014Neutral paint colours LOVENeutral paint coloursNice paint colours

Foyer:

– New light fixture in front entryway

Light Entryway

– Table, shelf or bench for entry (on opposite wall of closet).

Raised ranch entryentry shelf and baskets underneathraised ranch entry way bench

Ikea table front entry

Eventually could turn that IKEA table to this (DIY card catalog):

DIY Front entry table

Living Room:

– DIY end tables (pallets)

End tables

Bathroom:

– Installing a fan (they currently have a ceiling fan in their upstairs bath – kinda strange).

– Painting bathroom trim (it’s blue like the walls – blech!)

Still a little unsure of how I feel about the bowl sinks they have in there, but love that we’ll have the double vanity.

Bowl Sinks

Kitchen:

This will be our new kitchen:

Another angle kitchen

– New range fan (theirs is white, and we’d want it to match our stainless steel appliances that we already have).

– New dishwasher (we plan to sell theirs along with their white fridge and stove so everything matches!)

Can we just take a moment to celebrate the fact that I’ll have a dishwasher once again?!! And a DOUBLE sink!! (Our first house had 1 & 1/2 sinks, and this rental on base has ONE sink and does NOT have a dishwasher). I miss the dishwasher for sure…

– Finishing backsplash behind stove (was left blank for some reason)

– Repainting kitchen island (antique white)

The kitchen cabinetry has a cherry finish, but painting the island with white chalk paint is a good compromise to my LOVE for antique white cabinetry, Matt’s distaste to painting cabinets, and my dislike of cherry cabinets. (This way, the painting of the cabinetry is minimal!)

Cherry cabinets offwhite island

This gives an idea of the cherry with the white island.

The island we have has this cool feature where the garbage and recycling are on a slide out drawer!

Garbage and recycling drawers

– Finding décor for top of kitchen cupboards and for corner shelf on end cabinet

Kitchen cupboard decor

Decor on kitchen cabinets

I love the vintage pieces! 😀

Kitchen shelf on cabinets

There’s a shelf like this added to the end of one of our cabinets by the window.

– Adding some art to our current coffee station 

Coffee bar

Our coffee/tea station will be set up at the one end of the kitchen, and I’m looking forward to it having a more permanent residence 😉 . Pinterest has cute coffee printables and chalkboard art that will make it complete! (I just might be a tad obsessed with chalkboard art!) 🙂

Coffee station chalkboard printableChalkboard printable coffee nookChalkboard coffee bar art

Basement:

– Adding a sliding barn door to conceal laundry room (it’s the first room you see as you head downstairs into the unfinished basement)

Laundry barn doorsBarn doors laundry closet

SO psyched to have this!! 😀

Master Bedroom:

The master is a good size, as is the closet. We still would like to attempt to make our headboard, though not entirely sure if we want to make it with old barn wood, OR if a more elegant, upholstered/fabric one would go better. Time will tell 🙂 . We have espresso coloured furniture, but got some pieces used, and others at IKEA. I’d like to replace the hardware on the dresser and night tables so they all match. I hope to decorate with lace, mercury glass and candles, making it kind of a vintage/rustic/romantic space ❤ .

Barn door headboard

Cluster of candles inside deep glass canisterMercury glass clocheRomantic lace and flower in vase

Vintage mercury glass drawer knobs

Eventually:

So, the basement is unfinished, but is framed and ready to go! The family room and bathroom are our first priorities, and we’ll likely drywall/mud/tape every room at right off the hop. Once completed, assuming time allows (before we move again), we move on to finish the other rooms.

Family Room:

– Create accent textured wall (wood pallet)

Barn board pallet wall basementPallet wallPallet accent wall

– Carpet throughout basement (Something neutral, thinking maybe a berber).

Neutral carpet samples

– Pot lights (LED)

– Wood beams on ceiling (another feature that I am SO excited for!)

Wooden beams

DIY wood beams

– Gas fireplace insert with stacked stone and a rustic mantle ❤

Gas fireplaceFireplace rec roomFireplace for family room

We like the stone that has a mix of greys and browns.

Stone for fireplace

– Purchasing a sectional (maybe in a dark grey!)

– DIY sofa table (to go behind the sectional)

console table

– DIY Industrial shelving (for some books and board games)

Industrial shelving

– Vintage media/games room décor (a lot of this stuff is DIY and seems fairly easy!)

Movie reel decorMedia decorTheatre room decor

Media room artRec room movie decorDIY Dominos for media roomBasement media room decorCards framed for media roomDIY basement rec room

Scrabble wall art

…complete with a snack station!! We’re both pretty big movie buffs, and it will be a great space to relax, have friends over, play games and just hang out.

Snack station media roomBasement media room snack stationBasement snack bar

Maybe hang this by the snacks – I know Michaels has a bunch of them 😉

Marquee arrow

Bathroom:

The bathroom is already roughed in and ready for fixtures, which is cool. We both really like spa-like bathroom décor. Since there won’t be a linen closet in there, either a wood cabinet and some shelving will be great for storage.

Wood cabinet

Shelving bath

Ladder shelf spa accessoriesRustic bathroom storageSpa bathroom ideas

Fish

We found a vanity that we both love, that comes with the countertop and sink as well. I love the open shelving on the bottom of it – perfect for storing rolled towels or baskets of accessories.

Vanity for basement bath Vanity countertop basement

Bathroom lightsStarfish basket

We’re thinking of going with oil rubbed bronze fixtures, tile flooring and a shower with an acrylic/fibreglass base (easier to clean when you don’t have a tiled floor/grout). We also want to put a nook inside for shampoo/soap.

Oil Rubbed Bronze Fixtures

Shower tileBasement bath shower tile colour

We haven’t yet decided on the accent tile, or the tile/layout for the floor, but there’s still time for that 😉 .

Laundry Room:

I will decorate the laundry room just as I had intended to before. Beauty and function with vintage touches throughout.

Safety Pins hungLaundry room proceduresLaundry room washboardLaundry room shelving and hooks

Utility/Furnace Room:

It’s GREAT that these two rooms are separate. More storage space, for sure! We don’t have a garage, so all Matt’s tools and our camping gear would be kept neatly in here.

Utility room storage

(4th) Bedroom – Guest Room:

I’m pretty set (unbeknownst to Matt) on having a travel themed guest room. It’s super cute and so easy to find home décor for. Pictures for inspiration for that room are here. Because it’s in a basement, I’d want to keep the curtains long on the windows just to give it the illusion of a long window, when they’re closed.

Jar of samples for guestsTrunk as side tableFramed wifi passwordCompass beddingGlobes

Basement bedroom

I’m sure ideas will change, and renos will get done bit by bit as time and money allows. Things happen in life, and sometimes other stuff comes up and needs to take priority, so we need to be flexible! It’s just great to get the ideas flowin’ and to shop around for deals and get quotes. We are SO READY to get in there and start making it our own! The only downfall to this property is the closing date that came with it!! We unfortunately don’t take possession until early JULY. They are also military, and so we needed to stick with that date. So, until then we will have fun shopping, planning and idea bouncing! And all the DIY projects we do end up completing, I’ll be sure to share! 😉

So We Bought a House

This week we have been on our house hunting trip with the relocation service that moves military personnel. We left on Monday so Matt could clear in, get his uniform, meet some coworkers and report for duty. Tuesday was our first official day of house hunting. We spent a good portion of that day driving around town with our real estate agent and saw 9 properties. It was a super busy day!  Our agent was born in raised in the city the base is in, and he lives in the town next to it. He was giving us quite the tour! It was so nice to see all the city had to offer and he pointed out anything he thought would be of interest to us. He was so knowledgable about places, and recommended both restaurants and things of a recreational nature. What I thought was SUPER cool, was the fact that he is a volunteer firefighter! Such a neat coincidence. It gave Matt and him something to chat about. He mentioned that his ex-wife also works in the health care system and that is MY career field. He actually used to be on the board for a charitable, non-profit social service agency that supports individuals with physical disabilities – exactly the type of organization I used to work at! He was filling me in on all the places I should apply to when I’m looking for work. It was awesome to have such a positive experience working with someone whom we had never met before this point, and was just referred to us. Tuesday night we went out for supper to a popular burger joint and to the movies to watch “Insurgent” (<– which was awesome!) Wednesday we spent the day driving to check out in the country checking out the more rural properties that were further out from the base. Most places we walked through we’re NOTHING like the pictures on the listing we saw online, unfortunately. There was lots to be done, and the renovations that were done looked more like “DIY” projects gone wrong. As the day went on, I couldn’t help but feel discouraged. Where did God want us? What community and which house would be a good fit for our (soon enough) growing family?! Finally, after 17 houses in 2 days, there was a great one. A promising one. One that actually was pleasing to walk through. One that wasn’t located across from a police station and close to a Dairy Queen that was just robbed (true story. That really happened). A house that wasn’t beside a tractor trailer service (one property we saw WAS). One that didn’t have cracks in both the foundation and the plaster walls. Room to grow into. Plenty of storage space. Within an 8 minute drive to the base, and on a quiet circle within a town. The very LAST one of 17. We made an offer that same day. And the short version of the story is: we bought the house and couldn’t be happier! We’re super excited to complete some DIY projects and give it our finishing touches. Most of all, to have a place to call “home”.

23 Charlotte

First Signs of Spring

The snow has begun to melt. Today, temperatures were above 0 (Celsius, here). The sun was out, I even had my some of our windows cracked open for a brief period of time! It really helped to freshen thing up. Music was cranked, did some “Spring Cleaning”…it was a productive day. Yesterday was daylight savings time and it’s so nice to have our longer evenings back again. It’s not dark right after supper!! 🙂 Spring will be here soon enough and the Winter blahs will be gone away!

We’re especially looking forward to this season because there are some exciting changes on the horizon. Matt will be graduating, and will start working in his new career as a firefighter. We both have birthdays in April, and Matt is turning the big 3-0 ! We are also moving in the next several weeks. Lots of changes ahead, a lot to be excited about! 🙂

I created a few printables to share. Feel free to print ’em! I sometimes frame mine and add mine around the house (see our home here and here) for some décor. I hope you enjoy them!

Spring Printable

Hello Spring Printable

Spring Chalkboard Printable

What do you do to get ready for Spring? Care to share? What do you love most about the season?

 

 

 

You May Say I’m a Dreamer…

We’ve been drooling over this real estate listing. So, to continue on with my crazy last post from earlier this week, I wanted to share design and décor inspiration for this dream home of ours! Last time we discussed the main floor, and now I want to cover the upper level. This includes the bathroom and bedrooms/sitting room on the second floor 🙂 . For those of you who haven’t yet read the last post, we are going to be looking at buying a house that appears to be our “dream home”.  I say “dream home” in the most practical way, as it isn’t outrageous or anything, but it meets all of needs and wants on our list of “must-haves”. It isn’t a mansion, mind you, but it is full of character and charm. It is completely our style, and is completely affordable as well- which is a dream in and of itself! Let’s begin!

Exceedingly abundantly

Because we covered so much of the floor plan in my last post, I decided to cut it short in attempt to make it more “reader – friendly”. I did not mention that there is a main floor laundry room as well as a powder room, so let’s start with that. CUE THE PRETTY PICTURES:

Powder Room:

What can I say about the 1/2 bath on the main floor? It’s cute but it’s currently styled a little too contemporary for my liking. The vanity is an espresso, with a white above mounted sink. The whole room is painted turquoise – which I actually kind of like, but looks quite modern with the fixtures compared to the rest of the house. This is my attempt to “redecorate” it to look a little more vintage and farmhouse.

Powder room layout and wainscotting

This is the layout of the powder room. It also has wainscoting (<3) ! I think it would be a good idea to mount shelves above the toilet for extra storage. Something painted espresso, or even just a reclaimed wood – which would look a little more rustic. We could even add (iron?) brackets to make it more formal. It’s best not to let that space go to waste! It’s such an inexpensive thing to do, too.

Shelving in powder roomShelves above toilet darkRustic wood shelfCast iron bracketsShelves above toilet

Also for additional storage, I hope to find either an antique chair, small round table, or old wooden footstool to place accessories on.

Small table powder roomShelf & accessories in powder room

I have a bunch of apothecary jars and it would be nice to have something to place them on. I usually fill them with all sorts of bathroom goodies: cotton balls, q-tips, soaps, bath salts, etc…

I’ve always envisioned having a wallpapered powder room (strange? Maybe!). It could either be above the wainscoting on all 4 walls, on one accent wall, or even in the ceiling!

Wallpapering one wall in powder roomTrellis wallpaperSarah Richardson Powder RoomSarah Richardson wallpaper powder room and stool

I love the wallpaper in that last one SO much! Sarah Richardson is my favourite designer and always uses awesome prints. This next wallpaper is another personal fave:

Powder room wallpaper vintage

I think if we were to keep the turquoise paint job, a more “trellis” wallpaper accent wall could look cool. Otherwise I want to rock those vintage prints! Perhaps Matt could have the final say 😀 .

I also would like to mount a second mirror – a scissor style/accordion arm wall mirror.

Powder room wallpaper and mirror

I would create a DIY cute(!) “Powder Room” sign to hang above the doorway. And I really dig this tile floor…

Bath tile floorPowder Room sign DIY

I think all these details help in making it more vintage and elegant as opposed to purely contemporary.

If we were to keep the turquoise wall colour, a cabinet door pull like so would match nicely:

Drawer pulls gold and turquoise

I think turquoise and gold are a great match and can look so vintage and beautiful! If we were to wallpaper the entire bathroom, then something more neutral would look better. Maybe in an oil rubbed bronze. I love knobs. They’re a super cute and cheap way to make something more personalized.

Vintage knobs Vintage knob

I would add some brass or (matte) gold to the fixtures too. There are soo many tutorials on Pinterest with how to spray paint your faucets. It’s a good route to go, rather than fork out the money to replace them, just tor the sake of decorating.

Brushed brass faucet

Lastly, light fixtures! It’s so hard to tell from the pictures on the real estate listing just where the lights are exactly. I do love sconces, but a ceiling chandelier might be the way to go. It would look so elegant! ❤

Industrial schoolhouse light powder room Brass chandelier powder room

Laundry Room:

Until we go on our arranged walk-through, we have no idea what the laundry space holds for us. All we know is that it is main floor laundry. Will we stack our machines or have them side by side? Half the fun is not knowing 😉 . IF it’s a laundry closet, I would really love it if Matt would build me some barn doors to enclose the space.

I love the look of these sliding barn doors. And it seems like a really simple/doable DIY project! I’ve seen tutorials where you can make them for under $80, while some say as little a $20!! 😀

Barn doors laundry closet Laundry barn doors

Laundry room shelving and hooks Baskets, wire baskets, galvanized metal on shelves

If room allows, I’d want a couple shelves above the machines. Get a couple of baskets (a mix made from various materials), and some galvanized buckets to fill rags with, or scrub brushes, for example.

laundy room vintage decor Crate with jars of soap

I have tons of glass jars, and already keep my clothespins in one. Utilizing a vintage crate, is a great way to corral items.

Laundry decorLaundry room proceduresI love this print, and would frame it or something else similar. You’re in your laundry room a few times a week or maybe even everyday! Why not make it nice looking? Give yourself something visually appealing to look at while you’re folding your clothes.

Laundry room ironing board hung

I also think using two hooks to hang an ironing board is a great idea. Framing those two hooks is even better 🙂 .

Laundry room washboard

Also for some décor (thank goodness we don’t have to use these anymore!), I hope to find an antique washboard and either hang it on the wall, or lean it on a shelf.

To go along with the washboard, I’d hang some giant safety pins.

Safety Pins hungMaybe ones that were painted and all distressed and chippy. Or the rustier the better! I think these touches would tie the laundry room in with the rest of the vintage farmhouse décor.

Finally, since I’m such a sucker for textiles, I would add a rug. Possibly something jute, whether it be a ticking stripe or just a herringbone weave.

Jute herringbone rug Jute striped rug

Master Bedroom:

I don’t know much about this room, other than I want to create a serene retreat for the both of us. This past year we just got new bedside tables from Ikea. Our tallboy dresser we just bought used off of Kijiji. They’re both an espresso colour, however all have different hardware. I would like to change the drawer pulls and have them match (or at least coordinate with each other) so they can look like a set. Perhaps something mercury glass will work nicely…

Vintage mercury glass drawer knobs

Currently, our bed is merely made up of a mattress sitting in a frame. There have been many cool ideas I have come across for creating a headboard. We could maybe choose a fun fabric and upholster one, or find an old door and turn that into our headboard!

Upholstered headboard Barn door headboard DIY headboard

I think another important aspect to the master bedroom is creating vignettes that are romantic and dictate who you both are as a couple. Something like this would be utilising one of my favourite fabrics (lace). If we go with the mercury glass knobs on the dresser/side tables, then I hope to incorporate it around the rest of the room as well.

Romantic lace and flower in vase

Seems pretty easy to recreate! 4-e1418154989880

Ampersand DIY

Curtain finials Mercury glass vase

Just tying in that mercury glass with subtle touches 😉 . I think putting our vows under a glass cloche or a wedding photo would be so pretty ❤ .Some of our photos from either our engagement or wedding could help incorporate a more rustic/country vibe in the room:

Engagement Pictures

Rustic Wedding Pics Barn wedding photos

To keep the serene and relaxing feel in the master bedroom, we would keep the colour scheme we had in our last house that we both loved so much. Our bedding and furniture would match perfectly:

Master bedroom colour scheme Master bedroom paint colours

For the room off of the master, we both automatically thought, “NURSERY!” when looking at it. I think until that time comes, it would make an AWESOME dressing room! A sitting area/reading nook, and my vanity at the other end…

Dressing room wallpaper Dressing room wallpaper accent wall

Would look so great with vintage floral wallpaper.

Chaise Setee with sconces and mirror Powder room sconces Clothes organization Dressing room necklaces on knobs Vanity Vanity perfume and bangles Vintage vanity

Dress forms

Beautiful, no?! 😀

Master Bath:

Our bathroom is currently done in a spa-like coastal theme, which I would also like to keep in our next house. The upstairs bath in this listing we’re interested in is done with a dark wood vanity, and dark purple wainscoting with lighter purple walls. So we’d definitely repaint this room (if we get this dream home of ours 🙂 ).

Beachy paint colours Beach Bath paint colours

Spa bathroom ideas Starfish in bath Beach farmhouse bathroom

Fish

How CUTE is this glass fish for soaps or even seashells or something?! LOVE!

Our bath towels are more of a muted grey and teal, as well as our accessories. The wainscoting in this bathroom is currently PURPLE, so we would paint it back white 😉 . Maybe add some hooks, and some storage (ladder shelf or hutch of some kind), and we’re set!

Hooks bathroom

Rustic bathroom storage Starfish basket Bathroom calming and vintage Vintage bath storageLadder shelf spa accessories

 Guest Room/Office:

This is one room that we would probably combine into two functional spaces. Neither of us really work from home, and therefore a full office isn’t a necessity. We would be having family and friends stay with us, however, as we’ll be living a couple hours away from our home town. Thus the combo guest room/office!

I think a vintage travel theme would be so cute in here. Take a little look see:

Office and guest space

I like this room layout, so that everything fits. If things were tight, a bed in the corner could possibly work! Our guest bed is currently a double.

Corner bed

Compass around light fixture

Not sure how easily something like this could be done, but think that this compass design around the light fixture is another cool way to add the theme to the space.

I would want to create a gallery of pictures on one wall, with a combination of both vintage maps, quotes, and pictures of our travels thus far. On another wall, I think a few clocks from Ikea (4), and vinyl lettering could make a really neat display.

Ikea ClocksFree printable vintage mapsFramed for guestsframed for guests stayingFramed for guest room

Be Our Guest sign

chalkboard in bedroom

Maybe even a small chalkboard where I could leave little welcome notes 😉 ! I could print some pictures or maps and decoupage some cardboard letters to spell either, “travel” or “welcome” and hang them up. With a gallery wall, the options are endless!

Modpoging maps to spell word

Planes on wall

I could even hang a couple of antique planes on that feature wall amongst the frames.

My grandma gave us a really cool vintage trunk, and picking up a piece of glass to put on top of it, and putting it off to the side, would make a cool “travelling” side table 😀 .

Trunk as side table

Stacking suitcases either at the end of the bed, or as another bedside table, is a great idea. Even keeping one opened, and putting a vignette inside is an option. I currently have a brown one, but will be keeping my eyes peeled for a few more at second hand stores and flea markets!

Suitcase, globe, wifi Stacked suitcases stacked suitcases with plant Stacked suitcases with mirror for sidetable Vintage luggage at end of bed

 DIY foldable luggage rack

And it would be awesome to put a luggage rack and have it folded up for guests to use. I found this instructional and it looks pretty simple to construct 🙂 .

I also want to frame our wifi password and frame it. Cute and thoughtful ;). That, along with a wind-up alarm clock and maybe a candle would complete the bedside table. If I could find a basket of some kind, it’s a great idea to put some towels or an extra blanket in. A large apothecary jar can be filled with soaps, shower caps, and other mini toiletries, in case those overnight guests may have overlooked packing these items.

Framed wifi password Side table with suitcase and wire basket with towels

Guest room decor and basket with blanket

Jar of samples for guests

Our current guest room bedding is a quilt set Matt’s grandma made for us. I love the colours – a mix of tan and navy. These accent pillows would match perfectly 😉 .

Compass bedding

Cute travel throw pillow

I have a globe in our office already at the moment, so we could put that in there.

Globes

Another cute travel/ DIY option is to hit up IKEA (where else?!) and pick up a couple things to recreate into something a little more rustic for storage and organization for the office portion of the space.

Ikea card file

Ikea card catalog

This new house had better still be available when we go to buy it! We’re going to check it out and make sure it’s everything we hoped it would be NEXT WEEKEND, and make them an offer! I’m so excited to decorate and make it our own – can ya tell?! We just got our house hunting trip dates approved the other day by Matt’s receiving unit and we are beyond excited. It feels good to get organized and be well on our way to fulfilling his first posting! Matt is ready to be done his training and I am ready to embrace this first posting and get settled into a new area!

Thanks for letting me share my inspiration on this “hypothetical home tour” 😉 . I love that I can use this to compile my ideas together!


 





Wishin’ & Hopin’, Thinkin’ & Prayin’

We have found our dream home. It’s so beautiful…a century old, red brick, story and a half farmhouse. It’s nestled on a corner lot on a quiet, dead-end street. It has a spacious living room with a front bay window. The entryway has a beautiful winding staircase to the upstairs. The eat in kitchen has an island, antique white cupboards, and there is also a formal dining room (with wainscoting!) It has 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, main floor laundry, and a garage. The master even has a sitting room off of it!! We think it would be so perfect to have a nursery in that area 🙂 . It also boasts hardwood floors, a metal roof, 2 lovely outdoor patio sundecks and beautiful garden(s)! Just chocked full of character and charm. Even the name of the street is elegant sounding – “Prince Albert Street” :D. Can you see what I mean about “dream home”?! It meets close to everything on our needs AND wants list.

Delight

Matt graduates from his training course March 20th. Afterwards, the relocation services company arranges a house hunting trip for us. So we can see it in 3 weeks! Until that time, when we can get down there to walk through this lovely abode, we wait and trust that God will keep it aside for us if it is His best for us.

Gods Favour

I hope to paint a picture of this particular house and I will share my hopes in what I wish to add, and complete in there (décor- wise). For privacy sake and copyright purposes, I won’t be sharing the actual MLS listing.

Entryway:

Historic Home

So this isn’t THE HOUSE but it is a red door on a red brick historic home that has similarities. I want to add my urns (filled with seasonal flowers) to the steps and a front door “knocker”. Then the front will be welcoming and just add even more curb appeal!

Urns

Door Knocker - PB

This one is from Pottery Barn and I think it would look lovely!

I’m not too sure if there is a closet at the front door or not, so I would want to try and create an entryway/foyer! So many ideas on Pinterest just gets the creative juices flowin’ :)…

Foyer:

Light Entryway

This light has been my favorite light ever since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Ok, maaaybe that is a slight exaggeration, but I have always loved it. It’s also from Pottery Barn <3.

The stairs in this house are also stained darker on the treads and risers, with a dark handrail and white painted banisters. I think eventually I would appreciate a runner of some kind, just for coziness and a non-slip surface for kids. The stairway also has an elegant curve to it (almost giving the entrance a Southern charm), which I find so endearing.

I also would like some sort of “drop-off” spot (in the most elegant way 😉 ), so a console table would work nicely as a catch-all.

Entryway stairs and console

Entryway staircase runner

Stair runner

Love neutral runners with texture!

Entryway with console

A console similar to this one, with a mirror mounted above.

Entryway cubbies, hooks, bench

Entryway with bench and hooksEntryway coatrack

I love the idea of building (with the help of my handy hubby, Matt) a bench with cubbies, a shelf and hooks for some outdoor wear. I like that second last picture because of the shelf that is also included in the built ins. If we opt out of building that, then a bench with a cute coatrack could suffice (at least until we have children).

Living Room:

Speaking of built-ins, I also was hoping thinking we could have some on at least the one side of the bay window in the living room. It would be a great spot to feature some of my antiques and collectibles.

Built in shelves in living roomBuilt in bookshelves with vintage items

I also pictured us angling one or two arm chairs under the bay window, with either ottomans and/or a little end table in between.

Angled chairs with ottomans

Angled chairs with end tableAngled chairs by window

We both really like the casual coziness and function of a family room, and this house only has the one living room. For that reason, I think this room is going to be the most challenging to rearrange/decorate. We hope to find a sectional couch that isn’t too informal, but just comfy enough. It may be a bit too much pressure to put all on one little couch, but I’m confident a couch can handle it ;). Even finding a used one and adding a neutral slip cover would be an option! I like these ones:

Sectional love

Sectional

Sectional with table

End tables

Pallet side table

We also have some pallets that we are wanting to make into end tables! Could be a fun joint DIY project 😉 . We would stain them to match our distressed coffee table. ❤

Dining Room:

The formal dining room is wonderful and has my favourite wall design – wainscoting! Along with the beauty of that architectural feature, I love the idea of hanging plates or a serving platter to decorate one wall:

Dining room plates hung

I also like the idea of a chalkboard in the dining room. Whether it’s a leaning, giant chalkboard, or it’s an entire wall covered with chalkboard paint!

Dining room big shelves and leaned chalkboardDining room chalkboard wall

Dining room wainscoting and lantern light

This picture illustrates the wainscoting, and I love this lantern chandelier hanging over the table. ❤

Another piece of furniture that we would need to be on the hunt for would be a hutch/buffet/sideboard. We could go with something new, or makeover an old piece! I’m fine either way 🙂 . I thought it was so nice when some of these hutches had burlap in the back of the top half for textural interest. You can even add wallpaper with a pop of colour or fun pattern.

Dining room hutch collageHutch with burlapHutch reno wallpapered backDining room buffet

 I love ’em because they’e not only aesthetically pleasing, but they’re entirely functional as well. You can organize napkins, placemats, as well as cutlery. You can even display serve ware! I’m not too picky with how I would want ours to be, as long as it had a combo of both drawers and cupboards.

Even something like this rustic/industrial piece off to the side helps corral extra dishes and could look great.

Dining room industrial storage

 Kitchen:

What to say about the kitchen? It has lots of the antique white cabinetry that I so love.The listing did mention that the owners are taking their island and bar stools with them, so we’ll want to replace them at some point. Because the house is a historic farmhouse, I’d want to keep some of that within the décor. I love rustic, vintage, country, cottage, farmhouse chic, but I also like some more industrial pieces mixed in there as well. This is what I had in mind for the kitchen:

Kitchen island white with wood topKitchen island

I love butcher block countertops, but a butcher block island would be just as awesome! We would either buy it (or build it – we saw a really great one at a flea market that was handcrafted by Mennonites!) maybe with about a 12″ overhang, so that we could have a couple stools for people to sit at.

Bar stoolsBar stools industrialMaybe add some industrial influence there. 😉 And with pendant lighting too:

Industrial lighting in Kitchen

Farmhouse sink

Apron Sink

Another thing I really appreciate is the classic look of a farmhouse sink (sometimes referred to as an apron sink)! I’m not entirely sure if one could fit, or how expen$ive one would be, but what good is a farmhouse without the farmhouse sink?! That’s what I have to convince Matt of! 😉

I found a cool tutorial for spray painting your fixtures with a Restoleum paint so it looks like oil rubbed bronze. It seems like a great way to transform what you already have, instead of just replacing them! You can do the same with your cabinet hardware too.

Kitchen oil rubbed bronze hardware

Oil Rubbed Bronze Fixtures

The kitchen is an eat-in, although I’m not entirely sure how often we would use it when we have a dining room. I do love hutches though, and what I love even more is coffee/tea nooks! I think I would hang my industrial shelf unit which has hooks for teacups/mugs, wire baskets for storage, and a shelf above. A hot drink station would be perfect set up off to one end of the kitchen…

Kitchen

Eat In Kitchen Breakfast nookCoffee stationCoffee bar

Coffee stations are just plain awesome. Think of all the free space you’d have if your coffee maker, Keurig/Tassimo, french press, teapot, mugs, filters, loose leaf teas, sugar and creamer (I could go on and on 😉 ) were out of your pantry and off your counter top? ❤

I also think a bistro type set would go beautifully in the eat-in kitchen area, and if Matt builds a banquet of sorts, more of a casual meal time area would be created.

Eat in kitchen corner banquetEat in Kitchen corner banquet inspiration

I think it’s safe to say that I’m pretty attached. Even though it’s not actually ours yet (I’m getting a lil’ ahead of myself, I know 😉 ). I picture myself baking in the kitchen, and having a friend over for tea. I can start planting a vegetable garden, and Matt would have a spot for woodworking in the garage. We could raise our family here, celebrate Christmases and birthdays, host dinner parties …it truly seems like it’s perfect for us! I really love re-designing and decorating rooms, and Matt has heard that he will be posted to this base for at least 7 years. He is going to be busy with my “honey-do list”, but he loves carpentry and worked in residential construction prior to this new-ish military journey. He’ll be working 24 hour shifts and therefore only 7 or 8 shifts a month (sometimes even only 6!). I gotta keep him busy somehow 😉 . All these little (and some fairly big) projects are a great way of really making this house our home. Now, we just need to buy it first…

*Follow me on Pinterest for more décor ideas! Check back again soon to see my inspiration for the upstairs!*      

 Happy weekend!

                                          




Now That Spring Is In The Air…

…except it’s not, really. Sadly, enough it was just snowing yesterday. And temps have been -20ish. How nice 😦 . Did you know that Niagara Falls (our original neck of the woods) is partially frozen over?!?! CRAZINESS!! Don’t believe me? Oh, and check out the daredevil who climbed up it!daredevilNiagara falls frozen

Why does it seem like the Winter months tend to drag on so much? I don’t know about you, but I for one, am completely over this weather. SO looking forward to warm, Spring days ahead! It may be bone chillingly cold out there, but it is ALL SPRING in our home right now. See for yourself! 😉

I try to spread the seasonal décor throughout the house. This can cut down on clutter, as well as help to bring about a cohesiveness within every room.

Sometimes a bouquet of flowers is all you need! So fresh and such pretty colors. I tend to be drawn towards all things green and purple this time of year. I try to be creative, using what I have. I tend to use teacups as home décor, just because I have so many in my collection. I picked up the rabbit on the kitchen shelf at floral gift shop a couple years ago. The brown and yellow bird (unsure of the “type” of bird) was purchased from Winners, whereas the blue bird (on our living room antique trunk display) is from a houseware/gift shop in the Niagara region. The “Crown”  mason jar “vase” is an antique and was given to be from my grandmother. The kind of vintage looking “Nellie’s”  tins in the laundry room I got from a garage sale AFTER the actual soap was used, and they hold my homemade dryer sheets in one, and clothespins in the other. The third I’m using as a plant holder for some wheat grass. Those same tin cans can be found at HomeSense. The birdcage was also from Winners, and lastly I found my plant pot from IKEA.

Printables I used can be found here and here.

Dining Room:

Dining shelf

half of shelf

Flowers - Dining Room Table

Flower Arrangement
Living Room:

Trunk Display - Living Room
trunk display right side

trunk display left side
Living room end table

Kitchen:

Spring chalkboard

Crown Mason Jar Vase

Crown Mason Jar vase

Kitchen shelf

Laundry Room:

Laundry decor

laundry room decor

Guest Room:

Guest Room Spring decor

Guest Room Spring decor

Now my home screams “Spring!” and it’s so refreshing, especially compared to that awful white stuff we’ve been getting so much of. All I have left to do is decorate some eggs, and pick up some Easter candies for our candy dish (Cadbury Mini Eggs – *drool). I may attempt to create a Spring wreath, if I’m feel adventurous enough!

Wishing you warm days ahead,