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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Home Loves

Lately I’ve been in a clean out/ donate everything/simplify mood. 🙂  I’ve been sorting through stuff whenever Levi is napping, rummaging in our closets and cupboards. Our basement is currently unfinished (other than being framed) so there are still a couple boxes down there from our move last *gulp* year! Stuff that I felt I couldn’t get rid myself of… Mostly nostalgic items.

A couple of weeks ago I was bringing out my Summery clothing (yes, I have clothes that changes with the seasons – call me crazy 😉 ) and filled two garbage bags with clothes that I had not worn in a couple years! It’s ready to be donated, and frankly, it feels so good. I was hoping to cash in on this feeling of organizing and I’ll celebrate with a fresh home accent when it’s all said and done. Next up is my purse collection. Not even sure how it turned into a collection. Seems I have a bit of a pack rat trait!

Here are a few things I’ve got my eye on to add a fresh touch to our home:


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Hope you’re all enjoying your week. Happy Friday!

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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!

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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!

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…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! 😀

“P – A – R – T – WHY?! ‘Cause I Gotta!”

Jim Carrey, anyone? 😉 Matt loves him. And this post is about Matt’s graduation / 30th birthday par-tay (which finally took place last Saturday!) 😉 When I had first spoke about throwing this party for him, the tentative date was set for end of March. However, we went on our “house hunting trip” and so the party needed to be postponed. Since it was in celebration of two milestones, and his birthday is April 29th, an April party was perfect!

I had it at Matt’s brother’s church in Niagara Falls, which was the perfect location as this is where our families and most of our friends are! I had use of their kitchen including stoves and fridges, and any utensils/serve ware  that I didn’t have enough of. I had drove down from the base where Matt had been training (where our rental is) while Matt was working at the base where we got posted to. He came to the Falls once he was done his shifts, and met me there. I came down a week earlier because it was my sister-in-laws baby shower (baby boy!) :D. This allowed me to have time to book a cake to be made, and to shop around for any last minute decor. My sister, was a big help with the set up. She also took these pictures for me of the finished result:

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The ladder had an extinguisher on it, a “fire helmet”, an ‘M’ for Matt, and a the firehalls Dalmatian ;). My nephews and friends kids, loved playing with with stuffed puppy and tearing off the balloons!

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The candy bar had ‘burning buildings’ on them, and a chalkboard stating the top movies/ music / toys on the year 1985 (when Matt Q’s born!). A photo collage was created thanks to the help of my sister! It telly was a little more tricky to put together than I bargained for. Pictures of Matt growing up with family and friends were included. There was ones of him camping, drumming, and dating me, and our wedding day. I tried to capture the 30 years of his life so far, and to include a picture from all the guests that came to the party!

“Burning Embers” were Reece’s Pieces (beside the ‘burning apartment building). “Water buckets” were filled nearby with blue Carribean and blueberry jelly beans.

Hot Tamales were the spicy, hot candies.



I did a “Stop, Drop, and Roll” with Gobstoppers, Gumdrops, and Tootsie Rolls. Most of these candies are Matt’s favourite!


Nib Licorice was “Rescue Rope”…

…and Cheesies were “Flames” at this party 😉 !

My sister helped me dip pretzels in red chocolate to make “matches”.

  

Chairs were set up along the outside of the walls, and kind of grouped together to encourage conversation. We did buffet style with the food tables in the centre of the room. Matt’s favourite food, Italian, was out. Matt’s mom provided homemade lasagnas, and then spaghetti with a homemade meatsauce was also there with of course chillies and parm. Garden salad, Caesar and garlic bread accompanied the pasta dishes. I made a (red) punch, and then of course bottled water was also provided for this firefighter themed party 🙂 .





I displayed a couple of his textbooks, his graduation certificate of completion, and a couple cool firetrucks I picked up for our new house (maybe for in the family room?).

Everything was was done kind of rustic, and red, orange and yellow ( including dinner plates, napkins, etc), with a touch of black and white (Dalmatian).

The cake was SO good and was white, with strawberry filling (Matt’s fave) and buttercream and had his grad day picture on it. It was served amongst cookies with tea and coffee.

About 40 people came, which was a great turn out, and everyone seemed to have a great time! There were many cards and well wishes given and Matt loved it. He thanked me numerous times afterwards, and I know it meant a lot to have the support of his family and closest friends there. We are looking forward to the adventures that lie ahead and even though we’ll be moving away from where we grew up, we know we have loved ones praying for us back home!

 

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)

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– 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 😉

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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?

 

 

 

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!