yards and yards of gravel

The Little Barn Gravel - 3Hey guys! Well, we finally did it. After a year and a half we took the plunge and ordered gravel for The Little Barn’s driveway. Above is a photograph of how the house looked before the gravel.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetGeoffrey ended up spreading all eight yards of gravel with merely a shovel and well into a few evenings. This was taken while he was distributing it.

The Little Barn Gravel - 1Now our home no longer looks like it’s been neglected. All we need now is an address sign and fence. Baby steps.

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make these : rustic christmas candles

Rustic Christmas Candle DIYI truly believe in making Christmas gifts. In addition to the tutorials that were featured on the blog last year (here and here), I was inspired to create one that could either work on its own as a holiday craft, or as a thoughtful present for those whose homes embody a rustic feel. 

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 1What you will need:

Several jam jars
Scented candles
Aged book
Pine leaves
Twine
Moss
Scissors
Crazy glue

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 2Steps:

1. Measure the width and circumference of a single jam jar. Take those measurements and trace them onto the number of book pages that equal the number of jars. Cut and remove.

2. Now trace shapes onto the sheets of paper that will cover the jars. Again, cut and remove those shapes.

3. Take a jam jar and wrap it in one of those sheets of paper. Holding the paper with one hand, wrap twine around it once over so that the paper will stay in place. Tie it in a knot, and remove the excess twine.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 34. Place one or more pine leaves on the exterior of the jar. Use the twine to make it stay in place, wrapping around the jar several times.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 45. Once the exterior is complete, place a dab of crazy glue onto the bottom of the candle. Now set the candle in the centre of the jar.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 66. Fill the jar with moss. Then wait until it becomes dark, light the candle, and watch the shapes dance on the wall or surface. It’s quite beautiful!

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The countdown is on! Only 16 days remaining!

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Emory

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kinfolk magazine : my beside table (the fashion designer)

Kinfolk_Vol16_BedsideTableFashionDesigner-1My favourite magazine, Kinfolk, semi-regularly publishes a series entitled “My Beside Table.” It is within these articles where the reader is allowed to glance into a bedroom and a world that is different from theirs. It is a seemingly uncomplicated concept, but one that I personally love exploring. The accompanying photograph rarely shows the actual bedroom itself, which only enhances the fun in fantasizing what the real space looks like. While I admit to never considering it before, I feel as if a beside table would say a lot about our personalities and lifestyle. Here is the most recent issue’s beside table.

Tell me, what would we find on yours?

Emory

STARR HOUT, WHO COFOUNDED THE NEW YORK–BASED FASHION BRAND APIECE APART WITH HER FRIEND LAURA CRAMER, TALKS ABOUT HER EVENING RITUALS AND HOW SHE’S MADE HER BEDROOM KID-FRIENDLY. 

There’s nothing in my bedroom except a bed, a crib and two side tables. I consider it a sanctuary and sacred space. I like to keep work away from my bed, which means no notebooks, sketchpads or pens. I’ve learned to keep my phone away from my sleeping area too—preferably in the other room, which helps us all sleep through the night. This really helps with putting my mind at ease and ensures that I’m not checking my notifications or responding to messages just before I go to bed. I like to shower before bed in order to wash the day away, then I try to feel grounded through stillness and meditation, which usually calms my nerves for a solid slumber.

It’s pretty important for me to have a bedside table with sufficient space to put various objects, so smaller tables just won’t do. I chose a nightstand that’s roughly the same height as my bed, which maintains the plane and makes it easy to retrieve things: It’s a tray table, complete with an Anglepoise lamp and a Braun clock.

A couple of the objects that live on my bedside table are some Aesop hand cream and a meditation singing bowl that doubles as a toy for my little 11-month-old, Finn, who’s drawn to its shiny brass and its ability to make music. While we’ve had to make some changes in our nighttime routines to adapt to a baby’s unpredictable sleep cycle, it’s been a joy changing the bedroom to suit his needs and sharing our space with him. Unfortunately, flowers are too much of a distraction for Finn though, as he loves to touch and often destroy bouquets.

In the morning I’m a firm devotee of Grady’s Coffee in a Robert Blue mug, and in the evening I’m never without a jumbo-size canning jar of water with a spike of coconut water. I don’t snack in bed all that much as it gets too messy, and I like a really clean bed.

When it comes to sleepwear, I favor Apiece Apart’s Peruvian tees or slip dresses, and I adore my white Fog Linen pillowcases and French linen bed sheets from Le Monde Sauvage in Paris. I’m a big fan of white beds and pieces of furniture that are simple, functional and timeless in their beauty. I love the blonde wood, burlap curtains, white linen sheets and sheepskin elements of my bedroom.

I enjoy reading soft, feel-good books before hitting the sack. Some of the ones currently on the table are The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer, The Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler and the poetry of Mary Oliver. Before drifting off to sleep, or sometimes in dreams, my mind often returns to my favorite places in nature or sees light sparkling through the leaves and dancing on the sea.

While I’m usually an early riser, I end up spending a lot of time in bed throughout the day thanks to Finn’s nursing schedule. There’s a large tree right in front of our apartment that I love to look at while I’m nursing. I find its wide, generous arms inspiring, refreshing and recharging.

Kinfolk’s take on Starr’s bedside table: Bella Coffee Table by HAY in oak. Piani Table Lamp by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Flos in white. Shirt by Zara. Bedspread and glassware by HAY. Books by Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir and Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset.

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hand-painted wilderness tablecloth : diy

TableclothDIY4-1In my honest opinion, a tablecloth is an equally ingenious and underrated kitchen object. Many people tend spend a lot of money on their dining room furniture, given that kitchens and dining rooms are generally the gathering place of the home. Yet, what they then use to protect their tables are nothing more than a few tiny rectangular placemats. Guys, that’s like getting out of the shower and only drying your kneecaps. No? Well, I personally believe that the entire table needs to be covered. 

So what stops most people from using a tablecloth? To begin, they usually don’t want to hide their expensive table but rather show it off when company comes for a visit. It can also be hard to find a good-looking tablecloth. Then there’s that extra step of having to wash it after meals. This DIY will address those issues. 

Tablecloth DIY 7Materials for a hand-painted tablecloth:

Either a

Plastic tablecloth
Acrylic paint
Brushes

Or

Cloth tablecloth
Fabric marker

Tablecloth DIY 3Steps:

1. Lay out your tablecloth in a large room.

2. Paint your design.

3. Let dry.

4. Use with fervour! 

Tablecloth DIY 5If you do not wish to wash the tablecloth after meals, then opt to use a plastic one. That way, you can recycle it after a few uses, and start over with a new design!

Tablecloth DIY 8I chose to make a wild and whimsical tablecloth to match the rustic decor of The Little Barn. Given that Canada day and Independence Day are just around the corner, this is an opportune time to make your own patriotic one! I guarantee that guests will ask you which store you purchased it from. You will then be able to boast that it was made by your own two able hands. Talk about a ‘wildly’ successful craft project!

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reclaimed wood shelving : diy

TLB - Shelving DIY 4-1I had mentioned a few months ago that upon the completion of our new home, The Little Barn, we were still lacking any forms of shelving or cabinetry. In staying to the home’s rustic theme and our own passion for DIYs, my husband and I wanted to be the installers of the storage solutions. I also wanted to live there for a few weeks before we would determine what the shelves and cabinets would look like. That way, whatever we did eventually build would be the most fitting for our needs and the general feel of the house.

Due to the insistence of our contractor, he placed a broom closet just off of the kitchen. I was against it at first, and had wanted to use that space for something else. Yet, he didn’t back down, and so I thought that if he was that passionate about having one in our home, then he could put one in. Thank goodness he did! What was I thinking? Of course we needed one. Honestly, this turned out to be one decision that I’m glad I was wrong about. Well, that and our massive wrap-around deck. And our range hood. And ceiling fan.

TLB - Shelving DIY 3That being said, we now had this beautiful little broom closet, but with no food pantry in site. The armoire that was originally going to hold all of our non-perishable items was quickly filled with our kitchenwares. I hadn’t realized that we had accumulated so much. For the next few weeks, we had considered every possible way that we could change our broom closet into a pantry. My first solution was to stack crates on top of one another. The end result looked cheap. Again, I left it for awhile, and was about to buy a stainless steel storage unit when I suddenly thought of evenly spaced reclaimed wood shelving. Why hadn’t I thought of that before? Probably because it seemed unsanitary. Hey, I’m all about form over function. (That’s not actually true, I think that both are equally important.)

With a good scrub down and regular dusting, I thought that it would be perfectly fitting. My handyman husband went to work, and in one afternoon, he had installed all of the shelves for me. I love that little closet more than anything now.

TLB - Shelving DIY 2Here’s what you need to make your own reclaimed wood shelving:

Reclaimed wood
Brackets (we chose our favourite plain brackets from Home Depot)
Screws
Level
Pencil
Drill
Stud finder

Steps:

1. Take measurements of the available space.

2. Measure and cut each wood board to those dimensions.

3. Hold up the wood to the approximate and appropriate place on the wall. Place the level on top, and mark off the bottom of the shelf once it is level. Remove the shelf.

4. Using the stud finder, find and mark the studs on the wall. Be sure to do so below the space where the shelf is to be hung. If the studs aren’t evenly placed, try to hit at least one with the bracket, and use drywall anchors for the other. 

5. Screw the brackets to the wall. Place the shelf on top and finish screwing the brackets to the shelf. (Keep in mind that depending on the size of the shelves, you may want to do these steps in a different order.)

6. Once the shelving is secure, you may start using it!

TLB - Shelving DIY 1I’m so pleased that we went about installing our own shelving this way. It’s simply fitting and functional for our space and needs.

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