simple porch makeover

Disclaimer: This really isn’t a total porch makeover so much as it is more of a temporary fix.

The front porch of our century old home slopes. When we bought our house, the room was drafty, dirty, and had a linoleum floor. I think. I can’t tell the difference between lino and vinyl. It was in one big piece, and rather than being glued down, it was merely placed on the sub floor. The entire perimeter of the flooring was curling upwards. It was so unattractive. One day I got fed up with it, so I picked it up and threw it out the back door. What I was left with was a sub floor covered in old glue, pictured below.

The issue with installing any new flooring in our porch was that the space between the floor and the bottom of the front door was approximately 1 cm. That ruled out hardwood or tile. Rather than buying new linoleum, I asked Geoffrey to try to get rid of the glue so that I could stain the sub floor. It was still in pretty good condition, considering its age.

When he used an electric sander on the floor, the glue heated up and began to spread. It became a sticky mess and was quite apparent that sanding and staining the floor was no longer an option. So I went onto Plan B. We ended up removing the remaining carpet and I painted the sub floor white. It really brightened up the small space!

I purchased a hanging light fixture from Home Depot and Geoffrey switched it with the motion sensor spotlight.

I also hung a few things and stacked two crates so that I could display my Kinfolk magazines and a few other items. I finished the room off with my Baba’s rug that I adore.

That’s it! This room only cost $20, which was the price of the new light. It’ll have to do until we can really get in there and make more drastic changes.

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Emory

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bathroom: after

bathroom-after-8Everyone, welcome to our new bathroom!

bathroom-after-6A few days ago I showed you the before pictures. It was a white disaster. We decided to go with grey for the walls. Always a creature of habit, this is the exact colour that we used in our first condo that we owned together, as well as in our next home. But it’s been a few years since then. When we went to the paint store, it was the first colour that I gravitated to, and Geoffrey agreed that it would look best. It’s called Fine Silver by CIL.

bathroom-after-7If you recall, I was originally going to choose one wall to hang wallpaper on. However, after searching through a few stores, I couldn’t find any wallpaper that I loved as much as what I hung in our back porch or what I saw on Pinterest. Still wanting a feature wall, I was contemplating painting one black. In being such a dark and drastic colour, I decided to paint all of the walls grey first, and if I felt that something was still lacking, to do it then. In the end, I’m glad that I decided to wait.

bathroom-after-3We purchased a new toilet for our bathroom. I also bought a white shelf to hang above the toilet, as well as a picture for the shelf. I reused an old tin as a plant pot and found a purpose for our IKEA spice rack that I gotten a few years ago but had never used. We put it above the sink and it now holds the hand soap and a succulent.

bathroom-after-2I love the way that the bathroom turned out. I think that it has a somewhat modern yet peaceful feel to it. I’m shying away from rustic elements with our new home given that it’s so old, and am going for more of an updated look but with modern and antique elements. I hope that it shows.

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bathroom: before

bathroom-before-2Remember this post? In it, I had written about how we were going to renovate our one and only bathroom. Today I will show you the before photos.

bathroom-before-1Everything in our bathroom was either white or a variation of white. This included the walls, baseboards, flooring, bathtub, sink, registers, and more. It was too much. It felt sterile and dated.

bathroom-before-5bathroom-before-6Additionally, the technique that they used on the baseboards made them look dirty. No matter how hard we scrubbed them, they never looked clean. It annoyed me to no end.

bathroom-before-3I really wanted to replace the linoleum flooring, and I even inquired about doing so over the Christmas break. However, given that we would have to remove absolutely everything in our bathroom, it would’ve turned into too big of a job. This is something that will have to wait until we have a second bathroom in the house, since we will be without a toilet while they replace the floor.

bathroom-before-4I’m so pleased with the way that our bathroom turned out. I’ll reveal those photos to you in a few days. I knew that this bathroom was ugly, but I didn’t realize just how ugly it was until we made it over.

Until then, stay tuned!

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Emory

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porch makeover: peony wallpaper

peony-wallpaper-diy-2When we bought our home, our back porch was designated as the family room. Yet, the set-up that they had felt off. The large living room was nearly empty, and the back family room felt small and disjointed from the rest of the house. I knew immediately that I would be combining our living room with the family room, and that the back room would become a porch.

peony-wallpaper-diy-1Before photo.

Once we had moved in and I had turned the space into a porch/dog room/office, my next task was to make the room look nicer. With its grey carpets, low ceilings, and dirty white walls, the room felt more like a messy dorm than a nice area to study and a cozy space for the dogs to hang out. Sure, it didn’t need to be gorgeous. It did need to be different, though. I just didn’t know how.

peony-wallpaper-diy-4One thing about still having to get up in the middle of the night to nurse Remy is that I do all of my best internet searches then. After perusing Pinterest one night, I found the prettiest back porch. The layout from the kitchen to the back living space was almost identical to our home, it was actually quite startling. The only difference was that the Pinterest room had wallpaper. I knew that I was going to have to buy some as well.

peony-wallpaper-diy-6I lucked out by stumbling across nearly identical wallpaper at HomeSense. I didn’t even know that they sold it there, so it was quite a happy accident. It was so easy to install! I’m going to be returning to the store to get more (but different looking) wallpaper for our bathroom. However, one room at a time.

peony-wallpaper-diy-7We really only have a few hours each weekend to do renovations and DIYs, but I’m kind of enjoying slowly setting up the rooms. I definitely feel less pressure to have a perfect home, this time around. I’m thankful for that.

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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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  • Hello, friends. My name is Emory. I live on the Canadian prairies with my husband, daughter, and animals. Welcome!
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  • A horribly blurry picture that pretty much sums up our week together. It's been 5 days and our home is nearly flu-free. Dada is off working in a different province, (smiles aside) Remy is not happy with me today, our house is a renovation disaster, and I have a photography session scheduled tomorrow that I'm not yet sure if I need to hire a babysitter for. I'm not going to lie, I'm really looking forward to this week being over with. It was not easy, however that's life. There is so much that I do have to be thankful for! We are in good health 99% of the time. My husband finally has a great job. I am lucky to be able to work when I want at what I want. We have a house. Most importantly, I have my little goose to snuggle with. I sincerely hope that if anyone else is having a bad day/week/month/year, that you can also find the silver lining. Our own life is not for everyone, nor is it Instagram perfect. If we're lucky, it is the one that we desire, even in the difficult times. Enjoy your weekend! Thank goodness for breastfeeding. My darling caught her first flu yesterday. I tried giving her bland foods and drinks all day- she wouldn't touch them. Then I tried her favourites- still nothing. Instead, all she wanted to do was nurse round the clock. That is how we spent the majority of the day- nursing, bathing, cuddling, barfing, repeating.
My goal was to breastfeed Remy until she was 18 months old. After that I had no plans. As she is nearing month 19 earthside, I've discovered that she has no intention of stopping. 
On the rare occasions when she's sick, I'm reminded of why we have kept it up for this long, and why we keep on going. I'm almost certain that she would've become dehydrated yesterday if it wasn't for me nursing her. So although fed is best, the breast is truly a gift.
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