close the laundry door and tiptoe across the floor

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Oh, Pinterest, you slay me. You are the cause of my late nights, and the inspiration behind my latest endeavours. I turn to you for warmth and comfort, and you never cease to lift me up when I am down. I hope that our relationship will continue to grow, our bond deepen, and that you will never leave me. I think that I love you. Does anyone else feel this way?

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(Image via UO)

I never gave much thought a Laundry Room before planning The Little Barn. In fact, our last one consisted of an old washing machine in the middle of our bathroom, sans a dryer. However, our new Laundry Room is quickly become the most diverse and important space of our new home. Isn’t that funny? This room has to function as a Mud Room, Office, Closet, Dog Room, Greenhouse, and Laundry Room, in addition to having access to the crawlspace beneath our home. Tall order. The size? 11′ x 9’10”. Can we do it? Yes we can!

Here are my reigning finds on Pinterest that are making me excited to create (rather than cower away from) this multi-functional space. I call the style primitive-meets-farmhouse-modern.

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9b46a7d27a1146e054f5b4cdf9b50ac6Too much? (Image via Pinterest)

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Emory

let’s cuddle in the spare bedroom and discuss decor

screen-shot-2014-05-13-at-9-03-44-amscreen-shot-2014-05-13-at-9-06-02-amOur two spare bedrooms in Little Green were a mix between country and rustic. When I had initially decorated them, I was going for more of a country/modern look, but over the next two years I had changed the layouts and content of the two rooms so much that they no longer had a defined style. They were stuck between a randomized bohemian look, sort of like a clown from a travelling circus was told to decorate each room and he did so, while on drugs. They were a mess.

I’ve been gathering ideas for spare bedrooms from all over the internet. This time, I would like a defined style, and to know exactly what furniture is going into the room as well as the layout before we move in. That way, my psychotic clown alter ego will be at bay and my usual anal retentive, organized self will be able to take over.

These are my four most inspiring photos thus far:

6a00d8358081ff69e201a3fd2a30e4970b-800wiImage via Elizabeth Morrow’s Home

4.jpgImage via Ralph Lauren’s Ranch

3.jpgImage via Free People’s Workshop

2.jpgImage via Moonshine Hill Inn

Do you have any ideas or images that you would like to share?

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Emory

living in the fridge

KirstyD_SMEGBefore I was ever a homeowner I dreamed of the day that I would have Smeg fridge in the middle of my kitchen. This was before every blogger across the continental United States had owned one. Before they were even popular. For me, it was love at first sight. I found their shape and colour schemes to be so unique and so very lovely. In the meantime, I have only owned small, unique refrigeration units in the hopes of having something just a little different than the run-of-the-mill models until I may purchase my first Smeg. Now that we are building The Little Barn, my dreams may come to fruition.

These are my top fridge choices:

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1. Smeg (must be imported) // $2600.00 CAD

 

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2. Heartland (local) // $2700.00 CAD

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3. Elmira (local) // $2300.00 CAD

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4. Run-Of-The-Mill (local) // Less than $1000.00 CAD

Choosing a fridge will dictate the entire look and layout of our kitchen. I’m honestly having such a hard time in deciding between spending a lot of money on something that I’ve wanted for years, or saving money and going with something extremely inexpensive but that I don’t really love. It’s a tough choice. What would you pick?

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Emory

all quiet along the potomac tonight

potomac-cabin-2Rarely do I ever create a post about only one thing that I love. I do it for movie and song reviews, recipes, succulents, what I bought and wore, places I travel to, and articles that I find. Oh my, maybe that is all I do! I should rephrase that. Rarely do I create a house post about only one thing that I love, or find inspiring. I am breaking that cycle today.

The Little Barn is going to be a total of 1113 square feet. That is twice the size that I initially wanted. When we bought our lot, I did not want a house bigger than 600 sq. ft. In fact, I was contemplating Tiny Homes that were 20′ x 24′, and some as small as 10′ x 16′. Yes, you read that correctly. I even had my husband convinced. I told him to think of it as an adventure and showed him examples of people’s own stories of Tiny House living. In the end, it was the refusal from my contractor that hindered my plans to go that small. However, the desire to build a Tiny House still burns within me, and I often research Tiny Homes for inspiration!

potomac-cabin-4potomac-cabin-5I found the Potomac Cabin on Pinterest a few weeks ago. Remember when I explained how I did not want a flashy roof or windows and that I preferred seasoned homes over newer-looking ones? Well, that is evident in my love for the Potomac. Aside from the name that brings me visions of strength, longevity, and speaks to my wayfaring soul, the cabin itself is the cutest and coziest use of reclaimed materials that I have come across in a long time. Its colours are understated, its space is well utilized, and although its a newer construction, its materials come with their own history. Add a ton of snow, and this looks like something that could be found in good ol’ Saskatchewan.

Would you ever consider living in a Tiny Home?

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Emory

eaves, soffit, and fascia, oh my

IMG_6404Hey guys! What did you get up to this weekend? I actually had both days off, which is very rare for me. I decided to use the time that I did have away from work wisely. I got tons of errands done, visited with my family, went to a local food event, took the dogs for tons of walks, checked on the progress of our lot, and spent much needed time with my husband. I really couldn’t have asked for more.

IMG_6405Today is the day that I’m actually going to reveal to you all the color of the roof and the windows that we have chosen! I must admit that after the initial window post I seriously reconsidered what we did pick. Most of you suggested that we go with the option of the red roof and the red windows. While I know that would have been a beautiful option, we didn’t go with those colours in the end. 

Scan-beige-brownSo what did we choose? The brown roof and the sandstone windows! I think that this will be better for us merely because each cabin that I do strive to model ours after seem to have more muted tones rather than more vibrant ones. Even though our home will be new, I want it to look as if it has existed on that spot for decades. I prefer it to look weathered over sparkling.

IMG_6403That being said, we still had the decision of what color of eaves, soffit, and fascia to choose. We found an old barn that is similar in color to what our new home is going to be, and brought along our samples. We ended up picking more brown tones for the three materials. I think by limiting the number of different colours that are going into our exterior, it will only aid in pulling the overall house together.

I can’t wait to see the finished product! Are you excited as well? 

Have a great week!

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Emory

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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