Thursday, 31 December 2015

Entryway Coat Hooks

It must seem like (because it sure feels like) we are spending an awful lot of time on our tiny entryway.  It is true, for sure!  I think because it is so small and we need it to be high functioning, we are continuing to strive for the balance between form and function.

I received this beautiful set of hooks from a sweet friend for my last birthday.

We knew they would be perfect in the entryway to hold the jackets, etc. of our guests and especially our older children, when they come to visit.   The newel post is the preferred coat dumping ground until now which only makes this space feel even smaller. 

Ian cut a piece of pine to length and it was my job to paint it.  I must admit that I slacked off and kept forgetting about it.  Finally, I remembered to at lest put it on my to do list, so it actually got done!

We had a debate, should it be stained, painted white and distressed or painted the same as our front door.  We both voted on the front door colour. I only painted the front and four sides, so it was easy, two quick coats.  As you can see, I slapped it up on another hunk of wood and painted it right on top of the freezer.  You can interpret that as the work bench was covered in junk from other projects!

Ian hung it as soon as it was dry, centering it under the barn star that hangs in this space.

When it is full of coats it sort of blocks the light switch to the downstairs stairwell,  However, there are only five steps and there is another switch at the bottom, so it is not a big deal if you do not feel like digging for the switch.

I think we will call this space done, for now ;)

Thanks for visiting and have a super happy and safe New Years Eve!
Ian and Laura

Monday, 28 December 2015

Entryway Light Fixture Update

We finally got a new light fixture for the entryway. Which may not sound like that big of a deal except that we could see the old fixture from almost everywhere on the main floor, so it was always in your face!

You can sort of see the old fixture in the photo above.  It isn't meshing with the bright and airy look we are going for.

I had something in mind for this space, but it was sooo not in our price range!  Then I decided I liked this one (pictured below) that I found online from Home Depot which has a price point of about $250. almost half the cost of the one that was my first pick.  I sent Ian the info and he liked it too!

We had to ask ourselves if we loved the other one twice as much, he he.  And the truth is not so much.

Then when Ian was having a look around to make sure we were sold on our second choice, he found it for even less at a local lighting store!  Like for under $200., score!

He snapped it up and brought it home, and had it installed right away.

And boy does it ever make a difference in the space.

Here it is as Ian is installing it, the rings still aren't spaced quite right at this point but it is already looking awesome!

And here it is all lit up after it is hung!  The brushed nickel colour is a perfect match for the rest of the fixtures on the main floor.

And with the lights off.

A little close up.

Lights out close up.

A little pic from below.

It is just so pretty, from every angle, and so perfect for our vision. 

We also worked on another project for this tiny little space, which we will be sharing soon!

Thanks for visiting!
Ian and Laura

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Happy Holidays

Hi there!

We would like to thank you for visiting us and checking in on the progress we are making on our little house by the lake,  we hope each of you has a wonderful holiday season with your families!  We are very much looking forward to all of our children being under one roof for a few days!

Ian and Laura

Monday, 21 December 2015

Easy Planked Sign

Hi there!

We wanted to share a super easy sign that we created for our family room with you.  We forget to snap some photos of the actual building part of this project, however it is super simple.  We did create a quick diagram for you, though.

We had some planks left over from our two ceiling jobs, but you could easily grab a couple of planks for this project.  Ian pretty must guestimated ( that's a word, right?) on the size for our finished piece. He cut 4 sections and screwed them together from the back using two scrap pieces running perpendicular to the main planks as braces.  As shown in the diagram below.

The piece measures approximately 18' x 3' .

Next we gave the piece a coat of stain, we just used some leftover we had lying around.  It is a nice rich and dark colour.

Once the stain was dry (we waited about 24 hours) we gave it a coat of paint using a dry brush technique with some left over paint from our front door.

The last step was die cutting the text.  This was cut from adhesive vinyl using a Silhouette die cuting machine.

Here is a little look at it as it hangs on a long, long wall in our family.  This grouping barely takes up any wall space, so we will definitely be adding to this collage as we find or create more pieces!

Thanks for visiting!
Ian and Laura

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Everyday China Cabinet

Hello there!

When we moved into this house, we simplified a bit of our everyday living.  Beginning with choosing not to unpack all our china (over the years we have had several sets given to us, which we paired down to 3 sets over the past 5 years}.

When we moved here we had less storage for kitchen stuff and china; that coupled with the desired to have an airier and more open look prompted us to leave it all in the packing boxes.
We have this beautiful old pine cabinet that Ian inherited from work about 15 years ago.  He originally brought it home to use as storage in the garage.  It was filthy and stained and dusty and did we say dirty?  There was no way it was coming into the house!

Then he spent 6 weeks cleaning it up, painting areas where the stains would not budge (and painting some more areas to balance out the look), and then he added glass to the upper doors.

And guess what happened, you bet!  It came inside and has been loved ever since.

We really wish that we could still get this paint, but we were able to at least colour match it recently to use it elsewhere in this home.

Now it houses our everyday dishes and wine glasses. Even our crystal is still in boxes, we are much more content with dishware that we can take out on the back deck and not stress about things getting knocked over by a running dog or flying ball.

There is even a little space for a few seasonal ornaments :)  The moral of the story? Don't discount what a little elbow grease and a can of paint can do!

Thank you for visiting!
Ian and Laura

Monday, 14 December 2015

Pop Up Gift Wrapping Station

Hi there!

We wanted to pop in quick today and share our fun Pop-Up Gift Wrapping Station, our own little ode to the Pop-Up stores that appear at this time of year!

We are getting a little too old to sit cross-legged on the floor and wrap gits, so we pulled out a folding table and added a table cloth to hide the legs and trash bin.

You will have to forgive the unpainted trim, this room has not been touched as of yet.

This old crock hasn't really had a purpose since our move so it was nice to put it to work corralling wrapping paper, for a little while at least.

We had some extra baskets and bins in various sizes that are working perfectly to hold ribbons, gift bags, tissue and little gift toppers.

The added bonus is, on Christmas Eve it will easily convert to a small buffet table.  Our family tradition is to enjoy a late fingers foods dinner while watching The Santa Clause by Tim Allen!

And look it got put to use right away!  Now to get back to the wrapping!

Thanks for visiting!
Ian and Laura

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Starting on the Bedrooms


We can honestly say that the renos and revamps on this house are taking much longer than any house we have owned - and we have almost completely gutted 2 homes!  Both times we gave our selves a three month window from start to move in ready.  This house thankfully was move in ready but there seems to be a never ending "to do" list and with that many ways to spend our money, ha!

We finally started on the main floor bedrooms, well our youngest sons room to be exact, the master has in fact not been touched at this point.  So our boy's room was bright yellow, and while it wasn't an awful colour and he didn't dislike it, it did not coordinate with anything we had for his room, and as you know it is much cheaper to paint than buy all new!

Before moving in we upgraded our son from a twin to a double bed, since he shares with our dog and they are both growing :)  As you can see this room has great light!  It is lovely and airy in the summer months with a nice view of the woods behind us.  We may have mentioned but normally we are not ceiling fan fans,hehe, but we used them a lot last summer and rarely needed the A/C because of said woods. So they stay.

This is the colour that we picked for this room, it is called Faded Denim by Benjamin Moore, it is a nice airy warm blue and coordinates well with many other colours.

And this is how it looks on the walls.  As you can see we are working on hanging some art in this space, we will share that soon.  (Unfortunately all of these photos were taken at nigh time.)

Another view, the paint looks great against the white trim.

There is a fun alcove on the right side of the room.  It is actually a little bigger than it looks in this photo. We have some fun plans for this space.

Think along this line, but wall to wall.  We are pretty excited to start on it. However, (that is a big word for but) we need to remove the carpet and install new flooring first.  We know the previous home owner put new flooring in the living room and dining room within the last year so we sourced out the same flooring and unfortunately it is discontinued, so now we are playing the matching game!  Ian found something close and that might just have to be good enough.

Thanks for visiting today!
Ian and Laura

Monday, 7 December 2015

Holiday Decor and Free Printable Art

Hello there!

We have been busy getting the house ready for the holidays, doing a bit at a time and enjoying the process!  Today we are sharing a bit of our decor with you and we are offering some free printable art!

Here is a look at one of our 10 free printables!  Each one should be fine to print up to an 8x10 size, we wanted to keep things pretty simple for home printers.  We have been using printables as part of our seasonal decor for a little while now and thought it was about time we created 1 (or 10) of our own!

We started with putting up the kids tree with our youngest, using all of the ornaments that have been collected for them since our oldest was born in 1989.  He asked if he could inherit all of them when we die! He loves Christmas! Maybe more than he loves us! haha!  The kids tree is in our family room, which we have not touched in our renovation process yet.  It feels funny decorating in there because the room is so not us yet, but in the same regard it was nice to put more of our things into it.

The next room we decorated was the guest room, adding just a few simple touches like the wooden bead garland to the bed.

A bowl of golden apples to the night stand.

Some vintage carolers to the top of the wardrobe. 


Where we also hung our old advent calendar on the door knob.


And finally, pretty light up angel that was gifted to us adorns the dresser.

Then we headed back out into the family room and set up this little Pinterest inspired vignette , the quote was printed on our home printer and "aged" with some ink.  We love this look!

You will likely notice that our family room is darker and boasts more antique pieces than our living room.  In our old home, we had a large antique collection and are currently trying to balance the pieces that we kept with the bright and airy lake house look we are  now going for.   We think we have just decided to go a little darker in the family room, this is where we curl up and watch movies so it seems like a better idea than light and bright, maybe a little more of a cabin look.  We have some ideas we are throwing around so we shall see!

This cabinet is super pretty and old and even still has the original float glass, it made the initial cut as far as going onto the antiques "keep list" but it is going to need to be re-homed as there is just no where for it in the long term design plan.

Sometimes just adding in a few pinecones and glass ornaments to an existing candle urn helps bring it into the season.  You will have to ignore all the plaid blankets on the furniture in the family room, it is our lame attempt at dog proofing them! ha!

We picked up this sign at Homesense a few years back for only $15.00, they are a great source for inexpensive holiday decor which we layered over this old window frame.  They both hang in our entryway.

The shoe cabinet in the entryway got a little staging as well, the art piece was made last year and a quaich that gifted to us many years ago got a little dressing up too.

This is the ledge that overlooks the entryway,  it is the perfect spot for these festive little tea light holders.

Usually we have a second tree for the "grown ups" ornament collection, but that likely isn't going to happen this year, so we pulled out a few ornament to dress up the living and dining rooms.

A pretty little dish holds some red balls for a pop of holiday colour.

The dry sink holds some sparkling ornaments and an "old" Santa print.

This mercury glass acorn is a favourite of ours, and another Hoemsense score! 

This shiny bulldog is out all year long, but at the holidays he receives a pretty red bow - we just can't resist!

We put some of our favourite ornament into a crystal bowl on the dining table - we figured they shouldn't all be stuck in a box during the holidays!

The bowl sits below the dining room light, from which another ornament was hung.

And now for your free printables, as we mentioned you have 10 to choose from.  Here are the sneak peaks and links to our download page for the full sized jpegs. 

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Thank you so much for sticking with us today in this super photo heavy post!
Ian and Laura