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:



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




2. Heartland (local) // $2700.00 CAD



3. Elmira (local) // $2300.00 CAD


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?



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?



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!



window, window, wind i say

house 2I have been waiting impatiently to begin posting our trials of choosing the finer details that will eventually go into The Little Barn. Last week I began with this post on the overall look of what we will be striving for. I suppose that I could say it’s a mixture between reclaimed, vintage, modern, and rustic. I received such positive feedback from all of you. Even though I don’t always respond to comments, I do receive and reread them over and over again. Really, you guys are the best. Thank you so much.

You may be thinking, “What’s with the title, Emory?” Well I always try to come up with witty titles for my posts. You know, to draw you in but to make it lighthearted as well. I didn’t just want to call it “The Little Barn: Windows” or “Dust in the Window” or anything else along those lines (although that latter one is kind of clever). When I used to do the baby talk program at the library, we had one rhyme that went,

Wind, oh wind, oh wind, I say,

What are you blowing away today?

Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves, I say,

I’m blowing my scarves away today.

For some reason it just stuck with me, and it’s all I could think about when I was trying to come up with a line that had “window” in it. So I changed “wind, oh” to “window.” Hey, that’s what a four-year bachelor degree with Honours will get you.

house 1Ok, now to discuss these windows. This has been one of the more taxing decisions in building our house so far, and one that I have been thinking about for nearly two months now. Before Little Green was even on the market, I constantly thought about the possible colour coordinations of our roof and windows. Because we chose a white metal roof for LG, I wanted to go with a different colour. The plan all along was to go with metal clad wood windows for The Little Barn, and so any roof colour was an option. When we found out that we would be saving thousands of dollars by choosing vinyl windows, we began to consider going down that route instead. However, what stood in our way was that:

1. I really, really did not want white windows.

2. Going with coloured vinyl windows was not really an option since any scratches would reveal the white underneath.

3. The only other base colour besides white was more of a beige/sandstone tone and our contractor told us that it probably wouldn’t look attractive.

I went back to considering metal clad wood, but was completely lost, once again, as to the colour of the roof. A few days ago, our contractor came over and told me that we had only one day to decide what colour of windows, roof, soffit, facia, and eaves we wanted since he wanted to order it all the next day. I nearly lost it. With Geoffrey’s help, I got him to draw up some sketches of colour options. I went back our consideration of vinyl windows since they did offer us more flexibility with cost and the fact that we could match our roof to our windows.

Here were our best options:

Scan-white-white1. White vinyl windows. White metal roof.

Scan-red-red2. Red vinyl windows. Red metal roof.

Scan-grey-white3. White vinyl windows. Grey metal roof.

Scan-beige-brown4. Beige vinyl windows. Brown metal roof.

While we did choose a colour combination in the end, I would love to hear your thoughts on which one you would have chosen. I will reveal what we picked next week!



the little barn : plans

Exterior copyNow that we are ready to begin building, I wanted to share our plans of The Little Barn. Everyone has been so kind and so supportive with our house hunting. This journey has been 6 months in the making, and during the times when I felt as if we were never going to find anything that was right for us, I would get a message from somebody telling me about their own adventures and how admitting defeat is not an option. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and I am thankful for my amazing family, friends, and readers for giving me the motivation to keep on searching. I know that this will not be our last home, but I hope that it turns out to be ours for a long time.

exterior inspiration 5exterior inspiration 11.jpgPinterest is something that I really need to sign up for. Do any of you guys have it? In the meantime, I continue to grab ideas for our new home from cabin books, various websites, Instagram, and random pictures that our contractor sends or gives to us. The exterior of TLB was drawn up by Geoffrey and I after we combined a bunch of exteriors that we liked into one that we loved.

2.jpgWe love one and a half storey homes, wanted few windows, lots of doors, and for it to look older rather than newer. Our plans are to use reclaimed barn wood for our siding, authentic barn doors for our front doors (as seen above), a metal roof, and to have either a deck or patio flanking the entire side of TLB.

main flrmudroomThe main floor will have an open concept living room, kitchen, and dining room. The bathroom will be located in the middle of our house, while the mudroom and guest bedroom will be in the back. The mudroom will also serve as a laundry room and dog room, so I want it to be very big and to have a wood ceiling, walls, and floor (like in this photo above). The bedroom will have its own set of doors that lead outside so that our guests can feel comfortable to go in and out whenever they please.

kitchentable3.jpg4.jpgI want our kitchen to look very farmhouse vintage, like the kitchen found in the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver, Colorado or the prairie kitchen in the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I want old-looking appliances with only a few rustic cupboards. I also plan to buy antique and industrial lighting. I want it to be open and sparse. We are hoping to have our contractor build us bench seating and to purchase a large antique kitchen table. Our shelving will of course be made up of crates.

photo 1Here is a photo of the bathroom that our contractor would like to build. With another claw foot tub and antique sink, are sold on it.

loftOur master bedroom will be located in the upstairs loft, just like in Little Green. We have plans to make the beams exposed (in the above photo), and to make the ceiling, walls, and floor wood. 

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 9.56.09 PMI wanted to have the overall square footage around 600, but our contractor told me that he wouldn’t go less than 800. After we found and modified a house plan, the main floor ended up being just over 700 square feet, while the loft was over 300 square feet. That makes the total 1113 square feet. I am not getting my original dream of a tiny house, but I am getting a happier husband and a pretty lovely home in the end.

What do you think of our plans thus far?



  • Hello! My name is Emory. I am a wife, mother of four (three on earth in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.

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