we sold our acreage

If you read the title I’m sure you can infer what this post will be about. This summer we decided to list and sell our acreage.

This was an incredibly hard decision to come to. We never thought that we would be moving after only 3.5 years of living here. We were so content in this specific home and in this specific part of the province. We truly loved what our acreage inevitably became, and saw the potential for future growth.

When we first moved in, everything was red, dark, marked up, and just forgotten about as a whole. We painted and puttied and renovated like mad. Slowly, room by room, this house opened up; becoming brighter, functional, and more beautiful with every remodel. It became a reflection of us and where we who we were as a family unit.

It all began with a video tour. From there, we added fenced gardens, refreshed our master bedroom, the kid’s closet, guest room, playhouse, culverts, jungle gym, Wilder’s bedroom, exterior doors, basement bathroom, basement family room, dog run, living room, Wilder + Beau’s bedroom, entry + laundry room, and finally two bathrooms. What you didn’t see was our kitchen (see above) and hallway renovations.

So why are we moving?

We spent 4 anniversaries within these walls and welcomed another baby. While we did have setbacks (because that is just life), it was mostly only happy memories. I will never forget our daily walks to the park down the dirt roads, or the beautiful star-filled clear nights, or the quietness, or how we spend all day everyday outside in the summer, or seeing our dogs run in our big yard, or our nice neighbours, or the wheat fields that surround our property, or the easy flow of our house, or the freeing nature that just comes with living away from everyone and being in your own paradise. Everyone who came out here would exit their vehicle, stand in the driveway, and say “you’ve got a little slice of heaven out here, don’t you?”

Yes, we did.

So goodbye, little acreage. We will always miss you.

Emory

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6 budget-friendly renovation ideas to spruce up your home interior

Having a luxurious, sophisticated home can be challenging, especially if you have a limited budget. Luckily, there are budget-friendly ways to achieve a superb look and feel for your abode.

When planning for the redesign of your home interior, consider design secrets from experts that can make your residence look stunning without breaking the bank. From getting a fresh coat of interior decorative paint to installing the latest type of flooring and window treatments, these are some affordable solutions you should know and seriously consider.

1. Add pillows

Pillows serve two primary purposes – they can add elegance and a cozy feeling to a room and provide added comfort when you use your sofa, chair or bed.

When picking out pillows, consider ones in a bigger size so you can sit and rest on them whenever you want to. Also, lavish pillow inserts filled with down are considered the best options.

2. Use crown molding

Details matter in making your home appear custom-made and high-end, and crown molding can help you achieve it. It helps bring together the walls and ceilings to attain an elegant look. This finishing touch can make a room look finished and expensive.

Luckily, crown molding is affordable and available in different sizes. But for a greater impact, consider crown molding with wider trims. Install it on high baseboards, chair rails, ceiling medallions, columns, and ceiling beams.

3. Choose interior decorative finishes

Adding or changing the paint color can immediately make your home look refreshed and good as new. And for this task, it’s best to use decorative paint finishes.

Using decorative paints has become popular over the years because of the many benefits it provides. These include:

  • Low volatile organic chemical content
  • Ability to replicate the natural look of surfaces like stone, wood, and marble
  • Can add texture and dimension to a flat surface
  • May be used to fix wall irregularities like patching holes and levelling depressions

Compared to home wallpaper, decorative finishes don’t peel off. The surface is washable, and it doesn’t have any seam lines. More importantly, the walls can breathe, so moisture won’t get trapped beneath it.

Interior painting involves several important considerations, including selecting the most suitable type of finish and color for your home. If you find it hard to cherry-pick, reputable paint companies in Dubai and around the world can help you make the right color selection.

4. Light each room adequately

Lighting makes a huge difference to home interiors. It does not just brighten up a room but can also affect your emotions. It can make you feel productive and relaxed and even lift your spirits.

It is ideal for every room to have a mix of lighting fixtures: task, accent, and overhead lights.

For instance, consider using downlights to gently wash the curtains and walls with warm brightness in your living room. Use accent lights to highlight art and position table lamps close to seating to add another layer of lighting.

As for your kitchen, bright lights are highly recommended. Install recessed lights beside the edge of the ceiling and hang overhead pendant lights over your kitchen island. Place LED light strips on the bottom area of your upper cabinets to create a well-lit counter space for food preparation.

In your bedroom, use a bedside light with a movable shade and a dimmer. This offers more flexibility should you want to redirect the light elsewhere.

Make sure you consider the orientation of every room. Install more lighting fixtures if a room does not receive direct sunlight. But don’t overdo it because this can just be a waste of your time and money. To save energy, use LED bulbs.

5. Use the right window treatments

Window treatments add elegance to your property, on top of some much-needed privacy. For curtains or drapes, stick with elegant materials like cotton, linen, and silk.

But if you don’t want draperies, consider wooden blinds or woven bamboo shades. The goal here is to dress your windows because window treatments can make your home appear well-designed and elegant.

6. Accessorize

Most homeowners think that accessorizing their property is an expensive venture, but there are ways to do it while staying within your budget.

For instance, think gold! 

Featuring gold in your home interior helps create a feeling of elegance and richness. You can accessorize with gold mirrors, gold picture frames, or gold-legged tables. However, make sure not to put too much gold-toned materials in one place as you’ll run the risk of having a home interior that looks overdone.

Indeed, there are plenty of affordable and effective ways to elevate your home’s appeal and comfort.

So, if you’re planning to redo or refresh your home interior to make it look more elegant, cozy or welcoming (or all three), make sure you implement the above tips. 

Author Bio:

Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.

acreage renovation: new countertops

Before.

After.

So begins our kitchen renovation …

which is on hold until summer is over and we are finished tackling the outdoor projects. 😂 However, it’s a start (and a beautiful one at that)!

Emory

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covid renovation: farmhouse guest bedroom

Geoffrey and I made a renovation list in 2019, detailing which room we would renovate and when. For instance, this guest bedroom was originally slated to be made-over in the spring of 2021. That was pre-COVID.

At the beginning of our self-isolation, it was still too cold to be outside twice a day. Remy’s preschool and activities were all cancelled, so like the rest of the world, we were expected to be home all 24 hours of the day. With all of this extra time, I knew that I would need a project. One that I could do while being in the basement with the kids while they played. This guest room was the solution.

This is what it looked like before. It wasn’t in that rough of shape. The drywall was exposed in some areas where the paint had been ripped off of the wall. Other than a few blemishes, it seemed like a fairly simple room to spruce up. All it required was some paint, better furniture placement, and for my husband to stop using it as his work closet/filing cabinet.

Because we were supposed to limit the amount of times that we went shopping, we made it our mission to reuse paint, furniture, and decor where we could. Not only did it keep in line with our zero waste mission, but it made it an uniquely Coronavirus renovation. Challenge accepted.

We had over half a can of pale green paint leftover from our children’s bedroom, and half a can of of white. I decided to do two walls and the closet in the green and two walls in the white. Even with two coats we would be needing every last drop of paint. I prayed that it would look good, because there was no room for error.

The green looked much better in the guest bedroom than it did in the upstairs bedroom. That was a huge relief. I painted the rest of the bedroom slowly over a matter of weeks, in between playing with the kids and having to wait for when Geoff had time off. After two coats, many touch-ups, and sealing the edges in silicone, I was finally done! 

In keeping with our farmhouse theme, I chose to use the majority of our antiques in the guest bedroom. The bed, armoire, Hudson Bay blanket, and white crate are all vintage items.

We reused the dresser, cowhide rug, braided rug, plant, planter, bedding, and curtains from our other rooms in our home.

I did have to buy a wall sconce and gold curtain rod from Amazon. We also bought a new register and switch plates from Home Depot. Other than that, it was a successful COVID renovation!

Emory

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we sold big green

Friends, last week we officially handed over the keys to Big Green. After owning it for (one week shy of) three years, it became the longest that we had owned any home. So much happened during that time. We moved in when Remy was six months old. We said goodbye to a dog. We said goodbye to a baby. We welcomed a baby. We celebrated birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Christmases, Easters, and more. Geoffrey changed careers. I became a stay-at-home parent. We made friends. We vacationed a little. We learned a lot.

Mostly, I would say that we did renovations. Oh my goodness, how we renovated. It began with a new mailbox. That year, we also put wallpaper in the back porch and made over Remy’s room.

In 2017 we attempted Remy’s room again, revamped the bathroom, renovated the upstairs hallway, did Remy’s room for the third and final time, our front porch, the main floor hallway, the back porch again, and backyard.

In 2018 we started by redoing the dining room, living room, kitchen, then a little of everything when I was pregnant and nesting, and finally our master bedroom. We ended up tackling every room in our home, as well as the exterior. The only area we didn’t get to was the unfinished basement. Hopefully the next owners can renovate it, thus completing the total home makeover.

In 2019, when Wilder was only three months old, we listed Big Green and moved into our current home. In the end we realized that we are not city people. We both grew up on acreages and farms, moved back to an acreage after getting married, and then finally bought our own this year. We belong in the country.

I will forever love Big Green for what it taught us- even though we experienced hardships within its walls. However, it was a good home and such an incredibly fun project. I will especially miss playing with Remy in her cozy little room.

These were the final listing photographs of our beloved home. I hope that it’s as treasured by its new owners as it was by us. Goodbye, Big Green!

Emory

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