Dream Home: An Update

First of all, I want to address what happened here at home in Ottawa yesterday. Our city (and country) was rocked with a terrorist attack and a soldier was shot and killed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. I went home last night and hugged my daughter so tightly - I appreciate and am grateful for everything the police and first responders did to keep our city safe. #ottawastrong

Now, onto to something a little lighter... an update on the construction of our dream home.

Since I last posted, a lot has happened.

The windows have been installed along with the front door (to be shown in an upcoming picture). All electrical, plumbing, HVAC has been installed. The insulation and the drywall has been completed as well. The siding has been started on 3 of the outside walls (the 2 sides and the back). Next week, the painter will begin with the primary coat, and I'm hoping trim work and flooring should start shortly after that.

It's coming along - pretty quickly actually, but I wish I was moving in tomorrow!

Stay tuned for more pics!


Raise the Roof!

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen the latest on our dream home being built. But if you haven't seen it, here she is...

The roof shingles are officially on! And over the past 2 weeks, both HVAC and plumbing have been installed. We're hoping that windows and electrical start to go in this week. We're very excited everytime we drive by and see what else has been done. In fact, my husband and I have little bets when we turn on our street about what we think has been completed.

If you don't want to miss out on the excitement of our dream home building, follow me on Instagram!


Big Changes

It's been awhile since I've posted here, but lots has been happening over here on the home front. Back in April, my hubby and I started chatting about maybe selling our house and maybe looking at moving. That maybe turned into a huge YES!

We loved our home but the neighbourhood and the lack of backyard were far from ideal. We lived in a new build community where the houses are built too close to each other for our liking and you have very little backyard to do anything with. So, we started talking about finding a new home with more space. We started our search for an older home that we could renovate and make our own, but with the prices of the "decent" homes that we found, it would blow our budget to have to then turn around and renovate it. Ideally, we would have loved to custom build our dream home. We thought that wouldn't be an option for us either as we thought it would cost us too much. But, we thought wrong. We found a great small builder who already owned treed lots for sale and were willing to work with us in creating the perfect home for us. We were sold!

By the end of May we had signed the agreement, put down a deposit, and finalized the architectural plans. By beginning of June, our home was on the market, and within four days, it was sold! It was all happening so quickly. We were given a closing date of December 19, 2014 for the new home, but with luck we're hoping to close by beginning of December.

We have moved out of our old home and are currently living with family while our dream home gets built. We have already selected our interior and exterior finishes. And within the past few weeks, the foundation has been poured and the house has been framed.

We are so excited to start this new journey and of course I'm thrilled about designing new spaces for our home. Our dream home will be just over 2,700 square feet with four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, dining room, study, family room, kitchen and breakfast nook, laundry room and mudroom. I'm giddy with excitement for all the new furniture, lighting, artwork, and decorative accessories I get to source and buy. Not to mention finding new places for my old favourites in this fresh space. I'll be sure to post more about the building process and of course all the new projects that I'll be tackling once we move into our home this fall/winter. Also, make sure to follow me on Instagram as I'll be posting plenty of pics too!


Ensuite Bathroom Refresh

It's amazing what a little paint can do to transfer a room. I spent my last weekend painting our ensuite bathroom with a fresh light grey (Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray).

Here is the before picture of the bathroom painted in builder's beige...

And here is the after...


The Perfect Big Girl's Room

My baby girl is not yet a year old (and of course I wish I could keep her small forever), but I can't help but envision what her big girl room will look like. 

You'll remember from previous posts that her nursery currently looks like this...

We originally went with a gender-neutral nursery, but I would love to go with a fun girly room once she's a big girl. Here are a few things that are a must to include in her new room.

This Princess artwork from Urban Barn would be a great jumping off point. Plus, no one is more of a Princess than a little lady, right?

Every girl needs a great place in her room to relax, read her books, and maybe take a nap, and nothing would be more comfortable than this bean bag chair from Bean Bag Boss. This Teardrop bean bag chair has a unique shape and it would allow her to sit in any position that she wishes. I also love the quilted seat and shiny metallic fabric. The perfect throne for a little princess.

I also found this great upholstered headboard from Wayfair in a rose pink. I really like the clean lines and simplicity of the headboard. I'm sure it could follow her into her teen years.

And no bed is complete without these adorable and girly toss cushions. The two floral cushions are both from Indigo, and the middle peacock cushion is from Structube.
I LOVE this chrome light from Mobilia! There are no words on how much impact this lamp would give to a big girl's room. Plus, it coordinates so well with the silver bean bag chair.

And finally, these accessories would be the perfect "cherry on top" for her room. All of these items can be found at Z Gallerie.

Someday her room will look like this, but for now I'm going to try to keep this little girl a baby. Well, for as long as she'll let me.


Dream Home

If I am ever so lucky to own my dream home, I would hope it would look something like this (keeping in mind that expense is not an issue)...

A girl can dream, can't she?!

(all photos courtesy of Houzz)


Home Office Reveal

When it came time to makeover the smallest (and very empty) bedroom in our house into my home office last year, I knew that I want a space that verged on the side of girly and that inspired me when I worked in there. Much to my delight, my hubby had no problem with me making this space girly, complete with a pink desk chair and floral curtains.

I didn't want to shove the desk up against a wall but rather float it in the middle of the room. And luckily having a laptop, an overhead light and a floor lamp made this possible. I decided to mix metals in this room also. I loved the look of the antique brass of the oversize round mirror and the curtain rod, but I didn't want to feel tied to that finish. In order to make the mixed metals work well, I made sure to use almost a 50/50 ratio of both antique brass and silver in the office.

The curtains were hand made by my amazing and talented mother. You can read more about that here. The chair was a process and a half, but this $30 vintage chair looks perfect in a salmon upholstery.

To the left of the doorway is a storage cabinet that holds my oversupply of decorating magazines and design books. You can also see my DIY ombre art and DIY upholstered cork board.

Here is the original design board for the room:

And here is the source list for the home office:

wall paint - Benjamin Moore in Down Pour Blue
chair - DIY project (you can read more about that here)
storage unit - IKEA BESTA
knobs on storage unit - Amerock "Allison"
curtains - DIY project (you can read more about that here)
curtain rod and rings - Home Depot
floating shelves - Home Depot
brass floorlamp - Target
lamp on storage unit - Home Sense
gold wall mirror - Home Sense
canvas art above storage unit - DIY project (you can read more about that here)
LOVE print - Made by Girl (in an IKEA RIBBA frame)
floral heart print - Rifle Paper Co. (in an IKEA RIBBA frame)
ampersand print - SS Print Shop (in an IKEA RIBBA frame)
"K" Initial wall art - Chapters 
upholstered cork board - DIY project (you can read more about that here)
desktop organizer - Martha Stewart Home Office
mirrored tray - Home Sense

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