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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before and after: remy’s room

remys-room-1Hi everyone! Well, like I posted earlier on Instagram- it only took 7 months and 3 houses, but we finally have a room for Remy!

I can’t believe that we went this long without having anywhere to put her things. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I remember going out for supper after my biweekly doctor appointments, and crying in the restaurant every time because I didn’t have a nursery for our baby-to-be. At the time, I felt like such a bad mother. While I hope to never relive that experience of being so pregnant and feeling so unprepared, I also realize that it really wasn’t the end of the world. However, I am so glad that she has a room of her own! Let’s begin the room tour.

before-roomAbove is what her room looked like when we first moved in. The walls were painted beige, and the ceiling had a cloud design on it. There was an old fixture, dirty blinds, and dated switch plates. (Please excuse the mess of boxes, I couldn’t put anything away until her room was painted.)

remys-room-2-2Geoffrey and I chose a basic white, zero VOC paint for her walls and ceiling. After two thick coats, we were ready to set up her room.

remys-room-4remys-room-11A week before Remy was born, I published a post on my nursery envy. The inspiration for Remy’s room largely came from this room. To me, its whimsical nature and somewhat chaotic state is exactly what I think of when I think of a fun and well-loved child’s room. Plus, I’m notorious for hanging crates as shelving. It was a perfect match.

remys-room-6The white rose was Remy’s baptismal flower, and the little black-eyed-Susan was the first flower that Remy ever picked for me.

remys-room-7remys-room-8Remember the post with her crib? It’s a Jenny Lind, and we made a road trip specifically to purchase one.

remys-room-9-2Her sonogram photos were a DIY project that I shared in November of last year.

remys-room-12Rather than buying a new light for her room, we removed the one in the hallway and turned it from brass to silver by spray painting it. We lucked out with the light, since I was having the worst time trying to find one that would suit a little girl’s room. This one even has flowers on it. I think that it’s so cute now.

remys-room-3We still need to replace the carpet with hardwood flooring, and change the colour of the baseboards. However, that will probably be in a few years from now. Until then, Remy (and whomever else may come along) can have the ugly but soft carpet to play on.

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Emory

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cups and succ(ulent)s

IMG_0024The last time I published a post about our kitchen, we had installed new cabinets and had partially rearranged it. After all of that, I still had not yet achieved the light and airy look that I was hoping for. You know the one. I can usually be found in the IKEA catalogue. White walls. Open shelving. Exposed plates. Greenery. Minimalist. So, I rearranged things once again.

IMG_0043I dragged the massive wire storage unit that we purchased from Home Depot into the kitchen, switching out the antique wooden armoire. After I washed the rack down, I set about arranging all of our plates, cups, and succulents on it. 

IMG_0034IMG_0038I couldn’t have asked for a better fit. It blended in so beautifully. I love how it displays our plates and bowls from Crate & Barrel, our glassware from Anthropologie, our organizers from IKEA, and my collection of over thirty succulents that I have been carefully growing over the last few years.

IMG_0039IMG_0023This is now my favourite corner of The Little Barn

IMG_0059Have a great weekend!

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Emory

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kitchen makeover

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 12.27.15 PMOn our most recent visit to IKEA, I made sure to grab the latest catalogue as we were leaving. Oh-Em-Gee. Has anyone else looked through it yet? I think that I may have gotten drool on every page. I instantly wanted to update every room in The Little Barn. First, let’s start with the kitchen.

As a reminder, this is what our kitchen currently looks like.

IMG_0061IMG_0071IMG_0074I feel that it’s overcrowded, and I’ve never really been to keen on the layout. I plan to move our 9′ church pew outdoors, put the kitchen island under the window, order bottom cabinets for the wall with the crates, and move our giant table into the middle of the room.

Here is my inspiration for our new Scandinavian look.

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 12.29.57 PMScreen Shot 2015-11-06 at 12.26.53 PMScreen Shot 2015-11-06 at 12.27.15 PMWhat would I ever do without IKEA?

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our new crib : a jenny lind

Red Jenny LindWhen we took our trip to Edmonton, AB, our goals were to buy our baby-to-be a travelling set (stroller and car seat) and a nursery set (a crib, dresser, and rocking chair). We had wanted to get the majority of our shopping done in that city as opposed to ours since the province has only one sales tax, whereas our province has both. Additionally, they have an IKEA store. Enough said!

I had always hoped that when we did  decide to have children, we would be able to buy everything from IKEA. Years ago we would spend our Sunday afternoons in the store dreaming about the furniture that we wanted for our future lives. This included their cribs and dressers. When I found out that I was pregnant I was already beginning to plan what its nursery would look like. Creating that finished product would inevitably involve a trip back to Edmonton’s IKEA to purchase the items that had been on my wish list for five years. So off we went. Soon after walking around the Swedish store, we realized that our dreams would have to remain just that. They were no longer keeping the cribs and dressers in stock. Fighting back tears (me, not Geoffrey), we left. Because we were leaving the province that day, we knew that we had to find an alternative store, and choose different nursery furniture all within a few hours. We decided to return to West Coast Kids. I cried the entire way.

Once at West Coast Kids, it had only taken a few minutes before we picked out a different crib. Out of the dozens that were there, only one had jumped out at me from the day before. It was turquoise and vintage-inspired, and was reminiscent of our green, antique bed which, coincidently, would also be in the same room as our future crib. They even both have wheels! We were sold.

Scandinavian crib styleWhile it is not an IKEA crib, the Jenny Lind has grown on me. Now, I prefer it to our original choice. It still has a Scandinavian feel, but is much more unique looking and better fitting with our own taste. Here are the specs on the crib:

A beloved nursery favorite, DaVinci’s Jenny Lind Crib features intricate detailing and signature spindle posts. Loved for its timeless elegance, Jenny Lind graces your nursery with a unique charm and innocence. Jenny Lind Crib meets or surpasses the latest safety standards, and every crib undergoes individual inspection.

  • Classic rich finishes to complement your nursery
  • Four adjustable mattress levels to set a safe height you can reach comfortably
  • Extend use of your crib with toddler bed and daybed conversions
  • Breathe easy with non-toxic finishes that exceed safety standards
  • Metal and spring mattress support gives optimum support
  • Extra strong slats for extra security
  • Support sustainability — made from New Zealand pine wood from sustainable, expanding forests

Apartment Therapy also has a slideshow of these cribs in real rooms.

IMG_0580All in all, and tears aside, this was only another lesson on how life never truly goes as planned, but somehow works out in the end. Our job is to just to roll with it. Kind of like the crib, and how I anticipate parenting will be.

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Emory

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  • Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I live on the Canadian prairies with my husband, daughter, and animals. Welcome!
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  • Thank you to all those who liked, commented, and sent me messages yesterday. I am overwhelmed by your love. I would like to share one more thing. Since 2013, I have used my blog as a creative outlet and my Instagram account as my diary. I feel it’s a much better platform to reach out to others, and to be more truthful (if we dare). I try to only follow those who don’t always show the ups and highs of their “perfect” lives. While I think that the more popular, beige square, ad-infused, California chic, glam mother accounts are beautiful, I also find them to be depressing and unoriginal. A miscarriage is real. It is nothing to be ashamed of. If you don’t choose to discuss yours, that’s totally fine! I needed to share mine in order to begin my grieving and healing process. I am now a mother to two children. This is something that I did not want to, nor will I ever hide. Yes, our second child came much too early and did not survive, but that does not make his/her life any less worthy. Our baby was alive at one time. Our baby has a soul. Now, our baby has a name and will forever be part of our family. We are a family of four- three on earth and one angel in heaven. So, thanks again all. Sadness. What a difference a year can make. Last holiday season, Remy turned 10 months old. She had just gotten her first two teeth, and on Christmas morning, had learned to crawl. This year, we are mourning the loss of our second child. I suffered a miscarriage this week, and it has left a deep void in our family. This was going to be our Christmas card where we revealed to friends and family our joyous secret. Now, it remains one of our only photos as a family of four. Because of this, I want to share it with the world. Give your children an extra hug and kiss for me tonight. You are so blessed to have them. All my love, Emory.
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