come on home and turn me on

During our last Edmonton trip, my husband and I ended up buying the majority of our lighting for The Little Barn. You must be thinking, ‘Whaaaaaaat? That must have cost hundreds, and possibly even thousands of dollars!’ Heck no, it didn’t. Would you like to know why? Well I have one word for you, IKEA. After purchasing three lights for our kitchen, one for our bathroom, two for our mudroom, and three for both of our bedrooms, our total bill was approximately $250. Success. 

Here is a preview of our new lighting. 

88fb0a5f07cf18aa65b8f2afa18207d6http-::www.pinterest.com:pin:453526624945887926:FOTO $19.99 (for our kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms – image via Pinterest)

277e7a6367bee3f1d127cbcdc8e5a091OTTAVA $59.99 (for our mudroom – image via Pinterest)

http-::www.pinterest.com:pin:393079873699077256:http-::www.pinterest.com:pin:17310779793152283:RANARP $19.99 (for our bedroom – image via Pinterest)

There’s only one thing left to say, and that is, IKEA you are a Godsend.

<3

Emory

blueprints to my heart

house1.jpgCan you believe that I have been discussing The Little Barn for over two months now, and I have yet to show you the blueprints? I’ve shown you guys our lot, our design ideas, our windows, our exterior materials, our appliances, and more recently, our spare bedroom inspiration, but nothing on our finished plans! #Whoops #ItSlippedMyMind

What began as my husband and I drawing up our visions of a home that suited our current needs, and hopefully those going into the near future as well, then turned into our contractor modifying the design ever so slightly on his computer, to finally, an architect adding his part with professionally drawn blueprints. While the scanned pictures that you will see today pale in comparison to our own stunning copies, I hope that it will do the trick in giving you further insight into the making of our new home. 

house2house3house1I’ve stared at these prints so many times that they no longer seem surreal. Yet, I will never forget the first time that they were physically handed to us. We were standing in our contractor’s driveway, in 30°C weather, and using his scalding black SUV as a tabletop. I couldn’t have been more thrilled about seeing our future home from so many different angles, and with such precise measurements and detail. It could have been the heatstroke, but I swear that up until that point, nothing had made me more happy in our real estate trials thus far than these long white sheets of paper with scribbles all over them. (Literally scribbles. Our contractor proceeded to scribble all over them.)

Oh, house building. How we thrive on such small successes.

<3

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?

<3

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?

<3

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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