Where Has November Gone?! 

December is here!! November…came and left – FAST! Didn’t it? I feel like I merely blinked and it was gone. And now the most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching! 

I have a lot of good stuff to share these days as a lot has been happening and I’ve been making more of an effort to document these happenings and whipping out my iPhone at a moments notice! 😉 I think being a mom has helped me learn to have super quick reflexes! 

Speaking of being a mom – Levi is now a ONE YEAR OLD! Can you believe it?! They certainly don’t stay little for long. It seems as though almost overnight he’s full of sass at times and has all these opinions about things. Not even kidding! He now shakes his head ‘no’ all.the.time. And he’s suddenly become a picky eater! And super independent with things now too. Where did my snuggly little baby go? He’s always itching to go explore 🙂 .

To celebrate his first birthday we drove back down to Matt’s parents. They let us have his party there – which worked out super well because that way he could be with family and close friends. It was a lumberjack themed party – which I thought was pretty perfect for the time of year, Movember and all that good stuff  😉 . It was a full house – I think there was about 26 adults and 12 little ones running everywhere! My in laws are pretty awesome for opening up their house to that many guests!!

 It was so much fun planning this party. It definitely helped me to be more excited about the fact that my baby is now one year old! Pinterest is always a great inspiration and got my creative juices flowing. When I think about my theme “lumberjack” I think about flannel, outdoorsy, camping, roughing it, that type of rustic feel. So I incorporated a lot of natural, outdoorsy elements in my decor and tried to keep it as simple as possible. With this theme, I was able to utilize a lot of our camping gear as well as my winter/Christmas decor, so that helped us to stay on a budget! I had leaves, acorns, and pinecones scattered around, and used more rustic party supplies like birch “ribbon”, twine and burlap.

 

I printed off some fun lumberjack photos from Pinterest as well as some of Levi’s first few months…

Aww, look how little ❤

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The key things I wanted to have at the party was a hot chocolate bar and trail mix favours, so those were fun to have and were enjoyed by both the kids and adult alike 🙂 .

  

  

My awesome sister took all the photos for me as I was busy prepping food/welcoming guests, etc… But sadly there wasn’t a picture taken of the hot cocoa table! I can tell you that it was fully stocked with many goodies! We had out both a vanilla syrup and a peppermint syrup (that I made myself). Then for the toppings there was both chocolate and butterscotch chips, whipped cream, caramel sauce and cinnamon, mini marshmallows and even salt! So people could have a salted caramel hot chocolate or even a peppermint one! There were many flavour options and it was thoroughly enjoyed. This is something I’ll definitely do again at another party 🙂 .

For the trail mix we put out salted peanuts, pumpkin seeds, banana chips and raisins. I had some “sweet timber” out on that table too which was Kit Kat bars stacked like logs and scattered some tootsie rolls to add a little sweetness to all that salty. 

I made everything myself. I wanted a fabric banner and considered buying one on Etsy, but it was cheaper to make it (and was super simple!) I baked “pancake” sugar cookies, and also made both red velvet and chocolate cupcakes (black and red – lumberjack flannel, anyone?!) 

  

    
 I had picked up both the lantern (similar) and the wooden server (acacia) from Chapters/Indigo. The candle was Bath and BodyWorks “Pumpkin Pecan Waffles”! Mmm…it was especially fitting as lumberjacks are known for their big breakfasts! 

We took our own cakesmash/ one year photos of Levi at a conservation area and then had those pictures framed an on display at the party! I was so pleased with how well they turned out. Little bottle brush trees were found at the Dollarstore.

 

Everyone came over for lunch and we served pulled pork on a bun with a side of brown beans and broccoli salad (which I nicknamed “forest of trees” – everything is on theme, of course!) with apple cider punch. There was other little finger foods/ snacks (s’mores kabobs AND s’mores dip!) and by the time we brought out the cupcakes everyone was either stuffed or had indulged in too many sweets already!

 

 

The birch paper straws I ordered on Amazon as well as the wooden utensils! The plates and napkins were from the dollar store.

   

  

  

 

 “Sharp” cheddar and Pepper “Jack” cheeses 😉 . To keep things cohesive, food was placed on either white or wooden serveware. Some things were left to keep warm (pork in slow cooker, beans in a soup pot and S’mores dip in a cast iron skillet). 

 
 

The cute little “log” place card holders are Kate Aspen and fit the party theme perfectly! 

 
    

The cute “Don’t Feed the Bear” printable can be found on Etsy. The bear glass jar that I had filled with Teddy Graham’s was actually Matt’s that he had kept from his childhood! My sister let me borrow the brown teddy bear 🙂 .

  

    
 

I love how hard dad is laughing in that picture above! 

  

He thoroughly enjoyed that cupcake 😀 !

 

You can kind of see the hot chocolate table set up behind us under the window and photo banner.

   
 

Levi was gifted some really cute clothes, a few toys and lots of great books!

   

Levi and I got a few cute pictures with my younger brother and sister. I loved that a few people dressed up in the lumberjack flannel shirts to fit the theme! 

  
 

   
 

Poor Levi had so much fun but was so hopped up on that cupcake and was in dire need of his afternoon nap! He was super tired after all the party festivities came to an end.
It was awesome to be back around family to celebrate the blessing this kid is! Matt and I feel so fortunate that he’s ours and that he has such a wonderful extended family who loves him and  prays for him regularly. We are truly blessed. ❤️

  
  

    

  

  

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Little ‘Buoys’ Can Be So Much Fun!

Hey friends! How has the end of your Summer been going? I know…so sad. It always seems to fly by! Ours seemed crazy busy, between our move mid-July, to family parties, zoo trips, a camping trip and all the travelling back and forth (about 2x a month) to our home town – POOF! It’s gone!

It felt like we accomplished quite a bit:

~ Found out our baby’s gender!

~ Had my first OB appointment

~ Moved into a new house

~ Went to the beach a handful of times

~ Went camping/had bonfires

~ Visited a new-to-us local zoo

So, yeah, it was pretty busy and quite enjoyable! This coming Fall brings with it more newness. We hope to find a home church in our new city, attend prenatal classes, have a maternity photo shoot, and get the baby’s nursery all set up! Prenatal classes are in September in our town, and with Thanksgiving, maternity pictures and 2 showers October is going to whiz on by as well! So that just leaves the nursery…

Ahhh, yes – the nursery for our wee boy. First of all, can I just say how surprised we both were to find out we are having a boy?! Right from the start we both thought ‘girl’ for sure. So did much of my immediate family! Makes me think my mommy instincts are off or something! Don’t get me wrong, though, we are both thrilled to be having a little boy. We definitely wanted at least one of each (we both would love a big family). So, yeah, I just had to put on my thinking cap in terms of nursery décor. Theme? Colours? It took a week or so to kind of put ideas together and agree on stuff! Now we are set and this is the look we are going for:

Nautical Nursery for Baby ‘K’

Now, I know nautical is pretty popular – I’m seeing it for both genders actually. There’s just so many ways to work with it, keep it more sophisticated and not so “baby-like” and you can easily find pieces/décor/objects that you can incorporate into this theme literally ANYWHERE. The colour scheme we chose is navy, grey, turquoise & cream. The walls are going to be painted two-toned tan/beige (think sand), with a lighter shade up top, and darker below. Matt is going to be putting a chair rail up to separate the two colours. 😀

Hobby Lobby:

Green & Gold Cast Iron Anchor

This cast iron anchor wall décor is perfect for a gallery wall! The colours will also match our theme nicely. Did I mention it’s only $3.99?

Nautical fabric

This fabric has the turquoise we want, and I plan to use it to create DIY bunting to hang above the curtains in the nursery. $9.99

I also will use burlap and a solid navy fabric for bunting. 😀

Wood steering wheel

This steering wheel is wooden, and I love the twine wrapped around it. It’s regularly priced at $44.99, however I’ve seen it go on sale for 1/2 price a few times now. So for $22.50, it’s really not bad!

Message in a bottle - Hobby Lobby $5.99

Message in a bottle – Hobby Lobby $5.99

Tin bucket w rope handles

These galvanized metal buckets are at Hobby Lobby, and while I love the rope handles, they’re priced at $12.99/ea. So I may just try to find them elsewhere as I need a few of them. You could just tie your own rope over the handles and voila!

This blogger said she got her particular buckets at Ikea, however, I can't seem to find them online at neither the U.S. nor Canadian locations. BUT I did see some at Dollarama, and that's fine by me. They would make for perfect storage on the closet shelf, etc...

This blogger said she got her particular buckets at Ikea, however, I can’t seem to find them online at neither the U.S. nor Canadian locations. BUT I did see some at Dollarama, and that’s fine by me. They would make for perfect storage on the closet shelf, etc…

The good thing about nautical décor is how versatile it can be. I would consider using baskets for blankets, crates for stuffed animals, etc… and it all goes with the theme!

I envisioned hanging this up and maybe placing some starfish in in. I would also hang a few of his baby pictures, as well. So a type of gallery wall!

I envisioned hanging this up and maybe placing some starfish in in. I would also hang a few of his baby pictures, as well. So a type of gallery wall!

Like so :)

Like so 🙂

So far we currently have the crib set up, a dresser that will be converted into a change table, and curtains hung. We also found a steal of a deal on a rocker/glider chair and gliding ottoman on Kijiji – $40 for the set! I am going to be on the hunt for a fabric to reupholster the pair. I also have a couple IKEA spice racks that I will be painting white and converting into bookshelves. They will be hung within arms reach of my rocking/gliding chair. 🙂

Such a cute idea for forward facing childrens books. http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/40070185/ - $6.99

Such a cute idea for forward facing childrens books – $6.99

Ikea

Ikea “Matilda” curtains – sheer, white, $19.99/set. We have blinds as well, to keep daylight out more effectively, but love how breezy and light feel these curtains are.

This crib was just gifted to us by another guy on Matt's crew at the firehall! It's a 4-in-1 too, which is pretty awesome.

This crib was just gifted to us by another guy on Matt’s crew at the firehall! It’s a 4-in-1 too, which is pretty awesome.

Pottery Barn (Kids):

Ever since I can remember I’ve had a love of all things Pottery Barn. I just REALLY love their style! So of course, I found this adorable navy, fabric sailboat that is perfect for our baby’s change table! It will corral diapers and other essentials, while it’s adorable grommet ‘port holes’ and canvas flag just scream “cuteness”! 😉

PB Fabric Sailboat Changing Table Storage - $39

PB Fabric Sailboat Changing Table Storage – $39

Adorable lamp - I prefer just the nickel one. $89

Adorable lamp – I prefer just the nickel one. $89

I think I would get 3 navy or 3 white. Perfect for mounting under a floating shelf, and for hanging a few outfits on!

I think I would get 3 navy or 3 white. Perfect for mounting under a floating shelf, and for hanging an outfit on!

...like so! ;)

…like so! 😉

Etsy:

I found a few cute wooden objects on Etsy that could be hung as well, OR set on the wall shelf (I want above the change table) However, if time allows, my handy husband convinced me that he can make these items for me:

Nautical Nursery - Wooden fish décor - Etsy $24. These are the colours of our baby boy's nursery.

Nautical Nursery – Wooden fish décor – Etsy $24. These are the colours of our baby boy’s nursery.

Perfect colours. Love it and how the paint looks all chippy and rustic looking. $24

Perfect colours. Love it and how the paint looks all chippy and rustic looking. $24

A turquoise striped oar would look so perfect hung above Baby K's crib. Etsy - $25

A turquoise striped oar would look so perfect hung above Baby K’s crib.
Etsy – $25

These are NOT on Etsy, but Matt said he'd make one for me. If he makes the base and creates a dowel, I can make a sail with left over fabric from the bunting. This sailboat can sit on the shelf above the change table.

These are NOT on Etsy, but Matt said he’d make one for me. If he makes the base and creates a dowel, I can make a sail with left over fabric from the bunting. This sailboat can sit on the shelf above the change table.

DIY:

So along with the possible wooden (see above) pieces Matt is crafting for this, I mentioned painting the spice rack/book shelves. I also want to spell out Baby K’s name (shhh…not telling!!) just under the oar above the crib. Each letter will be different. For example:

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By using an old map, I plan to decoupage one of the letters in Baby K's name!

By using an old map, I plan to decoupage one of the letters in Baby K’s name!

Lots of ideas! I’m so glad we finally settled on a theme. I was being very indecisive about it! Tomorrow we are going out to pick up the paint. I can’t wait to get started on his room. I want Baby K to feel as special and loved as he is! 😀

Scrumptious Salads

I don’t know what it is about the Spring, but as soon as it starts getting warmer out, and the days stay light a little longer, I start to crave salads. Winter is over, Spring is finally here, and I make comfort food no more! Gone are the Shepherd’s Pies, meatloaves, chillies, Mac and Cheese dishes and soups from my ‘menu’. I start to say, “Hello” to the crunchy, refreshing, colourful salads of Spring and Summer! A perfect side dish to so many entrees; they’re so versatile! Some of them are hearty enough to BE the main event at a meal!

My my love for salads runs deep, but it can be easy to get bored with them and to get into a bit of a salad rut 😥 . Here are a few of my favourite recipes I’ve collaborated that I have either already tried, or they are on my ‘must-make’ list. Hopefully these can inspire you too!

  







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! 😉

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?

 

 

 

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!

                                          




It’s All Coming Together…

Hello, hello! How’s your weekend going? Got any interesting plans? Last night we ordered a pizza and just stayed in. It’s still quite cold here (this is Canada, yo!) 😉 and the snow came down all day today again. Matt had a long day Thursday, as he went in at his usual early time in the AM, then came home for a couple hours in the mid-afternoon. He rested, we quickly ate at like 4pm, and then he went BACK in again for his first nightly practice run. They have been training on the more practical side of things lately, as they are nearing the end of the training. This is refreshing for Matt as he is more of a hands-on kind of guy, and he wasn’t particularly digging the theory side of things. The fire was a “Code 4” (which is the highest level of response for fire dispatch). It required all hands on deck, and he was out until well after midnight. So he was tired. Hence the reason he wanted to just veg last night. And I can dig it ;).

I went out shopping  with a friend Thursday. Partially just for fun, and also I wanted to be on the hunt for some party supplies for Matt’s surprise Grad/30th Birthday party this Spring. I found this awesome vintage looking fire truck which was hand crafted by artisans. So happy about it! I have officially began planning…trying to see what items I already have on hand, and which ones I still need. I sometimes find myself to be more of a kinesthetic (tactile, hands-on) learner, however occasionally a more visual type of approach works well, too. I love the use of visual boards to get my thoughts and ideas in order. Before our wedding I had numerous inspiration boards, and I think that’s one of the reasons I really like Pinterest  – it acts like a giant bulletin board. So, for the sake of inspiration, and gathering décor ideas, I decided I would share some of my party plans. 🙂

Ok, so first things first. This is the look I’m going for. The “firefighter” theme, and a bit rustic/industrial. I put some stuff together to get a rough idea of what the set up would look like!

Ladder with truck & extinguisher

Matts training Matts training 2

I’m going to print some pictures of Matt while he was training. I’ll either put them on a display board/Bristol board for family/friends to look at, OR, I will attempt to include these photos (along with baby ones and various others from his entire life thus far) and tape them on a wall to say “3-0” 😀

I also found this “Firefighter’s Wife Prayer” and would like to print it and have it framed and displayed.

Firefighter Tribute

Firefighter party Party City

I plan to pick up some (red) paper plates and red serviettes from the dollar store, along with streamers and balloons, of course! I also found these items from a party themed store. I think the “caution tape” would be awesome either be on the walls of the room, or just around the table with the food! The mini extinguishers are also pretty cute and I would just have them strewn about on the table.

Firefighter Party6

I thought this was a great idea, with the peppers cut up and looking like “flames” and in the cups with the dip. I’m still in the midst of tweaking the menu items a bit.

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Wire Baskets

I have a red table cloth that I will be using, and I have tons of cutlery on hand (often we use them if we take a picnics or have a BBQ). I also have numerous glass jars that I will try to implement (apothecary and mason). I want to have some snacks and candy with the cake and those will work perfectly. We have some galvanized metal buckets that I bought from the dollar store before our wedding (they hung from shepherd’s hooks and had flowers in them.) The letter “K” is for our last name 😉 . The wire baskets I will use also, for placing food in (chips for example). I have 4 identical square ones, and just the one with the basket base. I think these elements will help incorporate the industrial feel.

I know the local party store only has select “firefighter themed” supplies, but I did see that they have some of these plastic helmets. I know Michaels carries crates, that would work great for stacking food and/or décor on. And I also have a white storage unit identical to the ones in the following picture. It would work well in giving items some height off the table.

Firefighter party

I know initially these parties seem too childlike, but I do like certain elements.  I would like to attempt to make these smoke clouds, and have them hang from the ceiling. The flames are also cool, and seem doable enough to recreate. I might also have a few clusters of these around the parameter ;)…IF I’m feeling crafty!

Firefighter party2

I like the idea of having the signs on the table by some of the treats. “You’re a Lifesaver”, “Rescue Rope” (licorice), “Burning Embers” (Reese’s Pieces). Maybe a bit cheesy, but totally my style. He’ll have to love it! 😉

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Check out these other similar “firefighter themed” parties:

Firefighter Party Inspo Firefighter Party Firefighter theme party

This was the party I saw online that started it all. It looks so amazing!

My next step is to get some quotes on cakes! Check out these ones below – they’re so well done. They look awesome!

Grad Party cakes

I know Matt will be so excited to see everyone, and he really has no idea about this! I’m excited to see the look on his face. I ❤ party planning! 😀 My ultimate hope is to make him feel special and loved. I’m so proud of all his determination and hard work, and can’t wait to celebrate with him!