Tuesday, 12 December 2017

It’s not fancy, but it’s been home

When we moved to Nova Scotia, we thought we’d be living in our rental house for a year. Then that year became two years. And then two and a half years. And now we’re finally moving out – and moving into another rental house. UGH! I’m telling you, building a house yourself takes a loooonnnnggggg time!

When we first moved into our rental house, it was kinda… well, old and tired. Nothing really wrong with it, but not much had changed since it was built in the ‘70s. Luckily our landlord has been super-cool and bought new light fixtures and appliances and faucets and even let us make over the kitchen.

I don’t have many before pictures, but here are a few afters…

exterior front

from bedroom

bed and table

corner 3 rs

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orange oar

blue railing

kitchen 2

And I also did some furniture makeover projects along the way…

after 3

turquoise after


whole table

pink dresser

And some little decor projects…

gallery wall 2

cushion 1a front


So sitting here on our last night in this house,  I’ve got mixed emotions. I really wish we were actually moving into our house, so the fact that we aren’t kinda sucks. Our next rental house is quite nice and has great views and is closer to the beaches. And as much as I sometimes complain about this house being small and not having anywhere to go to escape from Brian, I’m actually going to miss it. It’s suited our needs perfectly, and it feels a lot more like a home now than just a rental house. I hope the people who are moving in next week enjoy living here as much as we have.

Onward and… well more like sideways than upwards, but we’re getting there!

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Feelin’ the navy & white vibe

It may be cliché, especially in a coastal house, but I love the combination of navy blue and white. Fresh white and rich navy blue together looks so crisp and classic.

navy white living room


Bold and Beautiful Bedroom: Wardley king size bed in Chalked Oak and Holkham Sand headboard €2,900 (£2,095); Arthur stool in Angus with dark oak legs €580 (£420); Tolsey rug in Navy €485 (£350); Edinburgh side table €345 (£250); Burlington small lamp with Lucile shade in Warm White €165 (£117); Cley throw in Navy Stripe €195 (£140); Grace scatter cushion in Agatha Navy€49 (£35), Sophie bed linen in Peat; Long Island medium sofa in Pale Oat €2,470 (£1,780); Beatrice scatter cushions in Brancaster Navy €49 (£35); Low water prints III and VI; paintwork in Navy. www.neptune.com


it all started with paint


I keep wavering between different ideas for how to paint the main living space in our house. First I wanted shiplap, then I didn’t, and then I did again. And now we have 91 planks of the stuff, so there’s no turning back! I was going to paint it all white, but I had some Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue left over from painting the guest bathroom in our rental house and thought I’d try painting a few planks to see how they’d look.

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And I loved them! So I painted a few more…

blue shiplap

I think shiplap painted a dark colour gives it a more modern look.

dark shiplap 1


dark shiplap 2


dark shiplap 3


And seeing as the style of our house seems to be evolving into sort of modern industrial casual coastal, I think the navy blue shiplap fits right in.

blue shiplap 2

blue shiplap 1

And one of the best things about putting up the navy shiplap is that we finally have some colour in the house now – well, besides the lovely pink insulation :-)

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Moving Day! Well sort of…

First we were going to be in our rental house for one year. Then it was two years. Then it was two and a half years. And now, after two years, two years six months and eight days, we have to get our butts out of here because someone else is moving in. But as you can see, our house isn’t exactly move-in ready.

This is the front entry.

front entry

These are the bathrooms…

bathroom up


These are the bedrooms.

guest bedroom


And the kitchen.


And the staircase.


And the living room – at least we have a fireplace and the shiplap is finally starting to go up.



At least the utility closet has been painted :-)

utility closet

Yeah, so, as you can see, our house isn’t exactly liveable at the moment! Luckily we have a friend who’s currently back home in Germany and she’s very kindly offered up her house here till our house is ready.

So today isn’t quite the moving day I had envisioned. Our furniture and the rest of our crap gets to move into our house today, but Brian and me and the dogs have one more stop to make before we can move in. Oh well, as our friend said, at least we won’t be living under a bridge ;-)

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Breaking out of my colour comfort zone

If you know me, you know that my favourite colours are purple, bright green,  turquoise, and blue. I try to break out of my colour comfort zone sometimes, but I usually end up back in my happy colour place.

As we’re getting closer to painting and decorating our house, I’m thinking about what colours I want to use. The front door is bright green.The kitchen & dining area will be navy blue, turquoise, and bright green. The upstairs bathroom will be turquoise and navy blue and white. I bought a purple area rug for somewhere not-yet defined. Can you see a pattern here?!

So I really want to come up with a different colour scheme for the guest bedroom. I have a pretty out-there idea – brace yourselves for some colourful inspiration pictures!

colour palette








Yep, that’s a whole lot of bright colours and not a speck of purple or navy blue to be seen! My plan is to install wainscoting or board & batten on the lower two thirds of the walls, and then paint the remainder top third of the walls orange and the ceiling pink. Sort of like this, but much brighter!

wainscoting 2


And maybe get our antique white wrought iron bed sprayed turquoise.


So who wants to sleep over in our crazy-colourful guest bedroom? :-)

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Barn door or console table?

I really really really been want a sliding barn door somewhere in our house. I’ve been trying to convince Brian to put one on the upstairs bathroom, but I keep running into road blocks. Light switch is in the way, wall isn’t wide enough, Brian complains it doesn’t provide enough privacy… I don’t see me winning this battle!

When my friend Victoria was here for a visit in the spring, she suggested putting a barn door on the downstairs bathroom. Which would work – no light switch in the way, wall is wide enough, and privacy isn’t really an issue because you walk through the laundry area before you go into the bathroom.

laundry door

Interestingly, some of my barn door inspiration pictures are barn doors on bathrooms – hmmmm…

white barn door


wood barn door


blue barn door becki owens


grey barn door


This one is an interesting twist on a barn door – it’s a door and a painting in one :-)



But now I’ve run into a problem – this wall is also the perfect spot for a console table. It’s right next to the entry, so it would be convenient to have a spot to put down keys and mail. And it’s one of the few walls in the house where I could hang a piece of art.

console dark blue wall


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console table sand and sisal


console view from my heels


It would be nice to have room for a barn door AND a console table :-)

light blue barn door and console table


So, what way would you go? The console table would probably be more functional. but I love barn doors!

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