family room to back porch to bedroom makeover

When we purchased our home a year ago, the back addition was labelled as a family room. It was also one of the first rooms that I tried to improve a bit. In this blog post, I explained how we added wallpaper, a new light fixture, barn wood shelf, and began using it as a porch/office. This worked very well for us and our dogs until recently. Above are the before photographs.

Knowing that we desperately needed a third bedroom for guests, I began to brainstorm how we might be able to change the space into just that. I was also thinking about resale. I contacted our realtor and asked him what it would take to legally call a room a bedroom. He replied that it would need a window (or door) and preferably, a closet. The room was already equipped with the former, so we set about obtaining the latter.

The first thing that had to go was the carpet that our dogs so aptly stained over the previous year. I returned to the same flooring store where we purchased the carpet for Remy’s room, and picked out a laminate floor that I thought would work well.

Next we ordered a large wardrobe from IKEA. Prior to its arrival, I gave the room another coat of white and Geoffrey added the quarter round moulding. After we completed that and the closet arrived, he put it together for us. Then I set to decorating- the best part!

Here is our newest bedroom:

I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about staging a room. That and my style so often changes. That said, I do what I can on a limited budget. I’m sure that many will pick out flaws with our work, but we’re both so happy with it. It’s a huge improvement and better yet, has increased the value of our home. We know that it was a smart decision in the end.

Emory

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lay lady lay

3.jpgIn anticipation of our new home, I’ve decided to get rid of all of our bedding for both our master and spare bedroom, and start from scratch. We’ve owned the same duvet, pillows, covers, you name it really, since we first started living together over four years ago. Some of it was actually from before then. Yuck. 

After putting off the daunting task of buying all new bedding for a few months, I made it my mission to set aside an entire day looking online for the perfect set. Or two sets, in this case. What I initally thought would take a mere morning, turned into 9 hours of draining internet searches, followed by one purchase that I gave to my mum in exchange for her buying me something different, and a trip to IKEA where we purchased the remainder of our items. Success? Sure!

The above photo is the inspiration for our spare bedroom, which can be seen in this post. Below, are my bedding choices.

Master Bedroom:

post3American Duvet Cover and Shams

post4Texas Pillowcases

post2Cross Throw Pillow

post1Military Blanket

Spare Bedroom:

bedCoverlet and Shams

$_57Fisherman Pillowcases

$_12Deer Throw Pillow

$_12 (1)Military Blanket

Next time, I’ll need to find a more convenient solution. Where do you shop to purchase your bedding?

<3

Emory

in the master bedroom

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I’ve been gathering inspiration for our master bedroom over the past few months. The truth is that this has been one of the hardest rooms to find photographs for. Our bedroom will be a combination loft and bedroom, with sloped ceilings, beams, and hardwood floors. While I thought  that it would be easy to find pictures for this space, it turns out that my usual search terms of ‘rustic’, ‘loft’, ‘cabin’, ‘reclaimed’, and ‘industrial’ yielded next to no results. Months later, and with only a few photographs on hand, I began to write this post. Then something miraculous happened. After rummaging through Google images, I came across an attic bedroom that had the precise look that I was going for. I clicked to view the page rather than the image itself, and to my utter amazement, all of the photographs that I had saved from various websites were there on one webpage alone! ¡Ay, caramba! Who was this ingenious individual and how had he/she hacked into my vault of master bedroom inspiration? 

Under the overly obvious and seemingly simple category ‘awesome bedrooms’, I had hit the mother-load. The gods had spoken, and led me directly to tumblr’s collection of attic bedrooms. Consequently, I was finally able to publish this post.

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Thank you, fuckyeahcoolbedrooms and others.

<3

Emory 

the not-so-reclaimed siding

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetHi friends, and happy Saturday! Are you enjoying it? I hope so! I’m spending mine working at the store, which in my eyes, doesn’t really feel like work at all. So I’m pretty happy. :-)

Before we examine the siding and the title of this post, I’m going to backtrack a little. It was only 10 days ago when I revealed our metal roof to you. While I initially liked it, a tiny part of me did question if we made the right decision in going with brown. It didn’t pop the way that I had hoped that it would, yet at the same time, that’s exactly why I did choose it. Putting my emotions aside, I told myself to just wait until the siding comes. I knew that everything would change once that was up. Boy, did it ever.

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetNow to discuss the siding. The plan for the siding on The Little Barn was always to be reclaimed wood. So my husband and my brother-in-law began to spend their weekends tearing down old barns and outbuildings across the province. They were not hard pressed for these types of structures given that we live in Saskatchewan. Yet, it was backbreaking work and extremely time-consuming to do so. It didn’t take long before we began to rethink our decision. Upon assessing the quality of boards, mulling the idea over amongst ourselves, and finally discussing it with our contractor, we chose not to put that particular wood on our house. We were just too afraid of leaks and dry rot.

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIt was our contractor that came up with the perfect solution. He was able to get wood siding that had been sitting on a distributor’s lot for a few years. No one had wanted it because it was beginning to look reclaimed. It had already turned grey, and best of all, they were selling it to us at an extremely low cost. In the case of miracles, this was a big one. I still cannot believe how lucky we were to get this amazing material.

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIn the end, our not-so-reclaimed siding is one of my favourite things about The Little Barn. Well, one of many.

<3

Emory

up on the roof

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 9.58.13 AMHey guys! The day is finally here for me to reveal our metal roof to you!

2.jpgIf you can remember this post, I had enlisted your help in choosing a colour for a new roof. Most of you thought that red would vibrant and beautiful, which I agreed with. However, given that our previous metal roof stood out, this time, I wanted one that would blend in with its surroundings.

4.jpgMaybe I was playing the devil’s advocate, or maybe I was just stubborn in my vision for a weathered-looking house. Whatever the case, I am so thankful that we chose the colour that we did! 

1.jpgI think that the brown looks great here, but honestly, you should see it with the reclaimed siding that is now up. Honestly, it is absolutely gorgeous. 

3.jpgDon’t worry, the siding post will come soon. :-)))

<3

Emory

  • Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I live on the Canadian prairies with my husband, daughter, and animals. Welcome!
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