master bedroom: before and after

Today, I will be sharing our master bedroom makeover with you all! 

When we first gained possession of this acreage in March 2019 we were paying two mortgages. We therefore decided to hold off on renovating until our house in the city sold. On top of that, it seemed like everything was breaking and so any extra funds that we did have went towards repairs. 

We ended up selling our home in July. By then the weather was too nice to stay indoors and so we pushed back the renovations again. We instead focused our attention on fixing up the yard. We said that we would start painting inside once it got cold again. That finally occurred in October!

Why we did start with a master bedroom remodel? In the past, I have always made our bedroom the last room that we touched. I feel like no one sees it except us, so why be selfish and make it a priority? This time, I really wanted to put more of an effort into honouring the marriage that Geoffrey and I have spent the last almost decade living, loving, and fighting for. 

Coming out of the fog of the newborn stage, I feel a renewed sense of self. Almost like I’m allowed to focus on things that aren’t just baby-related. I have finally started working out, I have gone to a real hairdresser for proper shorter and blonder hair, I have made appointments for just me, and I have started doing photography for clients again! With this also comes a desire to have fun with Geoff, to go on dates, and to grab as much alone time as possible! Hence, a need to pour that attention into a physical space like our bedroom as well.

From the above before pictures, the room didn’t look that bad. Up close, it was a different story. The house was previously rented out to someone who basically let their three massive dogs destroy it. The bedroom doors were torn to shreds, the handles were chewed, the floor and window trim was completely scratched, there were several toll-free phone numbers written on the walls in pen, screw holes everywhere, a ceiling fan covered in fly poop, and decals of soldiers with guns and parachuting out of airplanes. Like what the heck?

The first thing that we did (after months of hanging a blanket in the window to block out the sun) was purchase blackout blinds. Our bedroom window is south-facing so it catches a lot of heat in the afternoon. I cannot believe that we have waited this long to buy them! They work like a dream and look very nice. If we were to ever move again I wouldn’t hesitate in buying the same ones from Home Depot.

Upon hanging the blinds, we set about painting the walls. I went to Pinterest for inspiration and after seeing how beautiful one black wall looked in a white bedroom, I couldn’t resist. My boring self never seems to stray far from black and white walls. I am trying to venture into new colours, but for now, I couldn’t be more pleased with the way it turned out!

After the walls, trim, and doors were painted, we needed a shelf to display everything that I had been hoarding in my closet for nearly a year. It was going to be a shelf dedicated to our marriage and our three babies. Again, my love for all things familiar got the best of me, and I returned to Home Depot to buy the same knotty pine board and black brackets that we hung in our old house, and even the living room of this acreage! One day I might stumble onto a different solution, but until then, this is what a prefer with both the price and look.

Up went Remy’s newborn pictures, Wilder’s birth announcement, Rowen’s only sonogram, and our wedding photo. This shelf sparks love and joy and sadness and everything that my life has been over the last decade. I feel privileged each time I glance up at it.

I also replaced the old plastic switch plates with brushed metal, and the junky register with a black metal one.

Time now to focus on our bed, which I felt was missing something. We upgraded from an old wooden queen frame to a new metal king about one year prior. It was during that time that I also had to buy new bedding to fit the bed. Again, lack of imagination over here, I had zero ideas as to colour scheme. I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and felt completely overwhelmed and out of my element. What I ended up walking away with was white everything! Sheets, pillows, pillowcases, quilt … I didn’t know what else to do.

This time round, I felt such a desire to add a pop of colour. I went to my favourite new store, Home Hardware in Warman, SK and browsed their beautiful aisles of home furnishings. What I ended up buying was an orange pillow (is that orange? yellow? rust?) for $50! It was way more than I intended on spending on one throw pillow, but goodness it was worth it. Remy calls it an owl pillow for some reason, and Geoffrey knows that he’s not allowed to touch it. The blanket at the foot of our bed was crocheted by my late grandmother.

Finally, we needed to replace the “crappy” ceiling fan. When I was at Home Depot I browsed their selection but didn’t see anything that I thought would work. Next I went on Amazon and spent the better part of an evening searching for a black ceiling fan. Again, I couldn’t find one that I really liked. I was so disappointed and was about to give up for awhile. Suddenly, I thought to check Canadian Tire’s website (that is where we bought the fan for our previous master bedroom). As luck would have it, it was the pre-Black Friday event. I immediately saw one that excited me, and it was on sale for $149 from $249. I went the very next day and after using my Canadian Tire money, it came to $130 including taxes. I was so happy, and it’s the cutest darn thing!

One of my goals in making over our room was to transition Wilder into sleeping in Remy’s room, or their shared room. That didn’t happen. While I will eventually replace his crib with a black mirror and a tall plant, until I paint and design their room, he’s going to keep sharing with us. No matter, I will miss him too much if he leaves me.

Thanks for reading! Please leave any questions or comments below.

Emory

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1st birthday: tips for a successful party

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Hey guys. Prior to even thinking about throwing Remy a first birthday party, I researched several ways on how to throw a successful one. Small children can obviously be unpredictable, and so finding ways to increase their happiness and avoid things that might set them off is imperative. We are lucky in that Remy hasn’t yet thrown a tantrum. However, with her first birthday fast-approaching, I’m sure that they are just around the corner. Until then, I will include a list of surefire ways to have a (somewhat) successful party for a one year old! These are taken from what I have found online, in addition to my own knowledge as a new mother.

1. Keep it short. Babies can get overwhelmed quite quickly, so try to have the party run for no more than 2 hours.

2. Invite people that your children know and like, and not those who they make strange with or are guaranteed to cry around. However, this can’t always be avoided.

3. Avoid balloons and any other party favours that are choking hazards or are potentially dangerous.

4. Dress them in clothes that they are comfortable in. Remy hates anything on her head, so although I wanted to make her a feather crown to wear, I know that trying to keep one on her head would end in a disaster.

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5. Don’t go Pinterest crazy. If you’re going to DIY a lot yourself, make sure that it’s well in advance and things that are manageable to create.

6. Also, don’t go all Top Chef for the party. Buying ready-made food or desserts is a great way to eliminate stress for yourself. I ended up ordering cupcakes for Remy’s party nearly a month in advance, and we are serving chips as a light snack.

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7. Hire a photographer if possible. Just like Remy’s birth, I didn’t want to worry about capturing the perfect moments, nor about editing any photographs afterwards. I also wanted plenty of pictures of us as a family. We have hired someone to photograph her party.

8. Bring a few of their favourite toys along. Because we’re having her birthday in a rented room at the library, I’m going to set up an area for large blanket and several of her toys. This way, she will have a place to play that feels familiar, and the other children can easily join in.

9. Don’t try to set up everything by yourself. Because I’m planning on having Geoffrey watch Remy all morning, I’m going to enlist in the help from a few friends to come to the library and assist me in decorating the room.

10. Schedule the party around naps. This one is for obvious reasons.

11. Finally, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, include some fun details for your guests, such as a photo booth or colouring books!

That’s all that I can come up with. Do you have any tips to add? If so, please write them in the comment section.

<3

Emory

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1st birthday: activity books (diy)

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetLast week, I explained how I wanted to create a photo booth for Remy’s upcoming party as entertainment for the adults. Today, I’m going to show you what I made to ensure the children at the party wouldn’t get bored either. Also, let’s face it, adults can have fun with this DIY as well!

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-48-amscreen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-29-amI created these activity books in Microsoft Word. After going online and finding clip art from the film Moonrise Kingdom, I saved the images that I thought would look best. I also made sure that they were in black and white, which makes colouring them in much easier. Then I opened a Word document, flipped the direction of the page to a landscape rather than a portrait, then added the images.

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-15-amI created the first and last page from scratch. I chose a similar font to what is seen on the movie poster, and made a flag with the number 55 on it. On the back, I put the hashtag that I am hoping people will use for the party.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThese activity books were quite simple to make, and only took the better part of the morning to design, print, and staple them together. I’m going to put them in a crate on a table at the party, and put a mason jar of crayons beside them. I know that my nieces are obsessed with colouring, so I think that they will go over well with the older children there.

Happy Monday, all!

<3

Emory

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1st birthday: flags (diy)

moonrise-kingdom-flag-diy-10Today I’m going to show you how I made the first craft for Remy’s upcoming birthday party.

Flags were everywhere in the movie Moonrise Kingdom. Given that the main character Sam Shukusky was in Troop 55 of the Khaki Scouts, the number 55 can be seen on numerous flags throughout the film. So I knew that I had to incorporate them in some way.

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Many Moonrise Kingdom-inspired parties on pinterest had Camp Ivanhoe written on flags that were then hung above the main serving table. However, I could almost guarantee that if I chose to write that, only a small number of people would understand it’s significance. I therefore decided to use the flags, but to write the movie title instead.

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There are so many DIYs for flags. For instance, you can either create them out of fabric, paper, or plastic. I was originally going to make them from scratch out of construction paper, but after coming across pre-made flags from the party store in the exact colour scheme that I needed, I couldn’t pass them up. I bought two packs, and cut the flags so that I will have four strings. On two of them, I wrote the words ‘Moonrise Kingdom’. It’s pretty straight forward, but this is how I did it.

Moonrise Kingdom Flags:

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1 pack of plastic flags
Computer
Printer
Computer paper
Sharpie
Scissors
Tape

moonrise-kingdom-flag-diy-23Steps

1. The first step is to find a stencil that you like. I chose to use Microsoft Word as I didn’t like the look of any of the stencils in the craft stores. Write out your desired word(s), increase the font, and print it out.

2. Cut out each individual letter. Once you have done so, place one letter on a flag, and trace it. Repeat for each letter, until you are finished.

moonrise-kingdom-flag-diy-213. After you have completed the writing, you can hang up your flags!

moonrise-kingdom-flag-diy-20There will be three large tables at the front of the room that I have rented for Remy’s party. I’m going to put one string of flags above either end table, and hang the two Moonrise Kingdom string of flags above the table in the center. I think that these turned out pretty great so far, so I’m really excited to see the final product.

<3

Emory

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1st birthday: theme

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Remy’s first birthday is on February 25. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone! To say that I will soon have a toddler is astonishing. 

I went back and forth on whether or not to have a big birthday bash for Remy. Contrary to what it may look like on Hello, Scarlett Blog, I am not one who seeks attention. I’ve never gone to any of my graduations (high school or university), we eloped for our wedding, and I haven’t celebrated my birthday with anyone other than family since I was a teenager. Instinctively, I am against hosting any large event. However, this one isn’t for me, it’s for my daughter. It’s to celebrate her and her life. While she won’t remember it, nor will she pay much attention to her gifts, I want her to look back on it through photographs and to know that we put in the effort to honour her. I also want her to see that she is and was loved by so many people. That is what ultimately changed my mind and made me pro-party.

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Now that I had mentally committed to a party, the issue of where to have it arose. Given that it’s at the end of February, and is still very cold on the Canadian prairies, anything outdoors was out of the question. We were in the midst of home renovations so our house was also out. My next thought was to rent a room in one of our local libraries. I had worked in the public library system for four years, and so I knew that they were great spaces to host birthday parties. After calling my favourite two, one of them had space available. I booked it over the phone, and immediately began brainstorming party themes.

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I can’t remember exactly how I came up with the theme Moonrise Kingdom, but when I did, there was no turning back. Geoffrey and I both love the movie immensely, and Remy’s own room is partly inspired by the woodland and whimsical nature of the Wes Anderson film. After looking up Moonrise Kingdom party photographs on Pinterest, I was hooked. I’m planning on going all in, and creating a room of rich, vintage colours and all things animal and forest-related.

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Additionally, I also plan on dressing like Suzy Bishop. Without realizing it until now, I already have her hairstyle! I want Geoffrey to go as Sam Shakusky, but I probably won’t spring that idea on him until right before the event. ;-)))

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I have a lot of DIYs to create prior to her party. I will be sharing them throughout February up until the day of the event. I hope that you will join me in preparing for birthday, and celebrating Remy turning one year old.

Have a great week!

<3

Emory

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