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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arie : newborn photography

Arie Newborn - 12.1Arie Newborn - 11Arie Newborn - 1Arie Newborn - 14.1Arie Newborn - 10Arie Newborn - 3.1Last month, I had offered to take pictures of my sister’s newest son, Arie. I had never done a newborn photo shoot before, so I felt like it was an opportune time to try it. He was a mere three weeks, and slept through the entire thing. Even with his four siblings running around and trying to kiss and hold him, he never stirred. What a perfect little subject.

Arie Newborn - 8Happy Monday, everyone!

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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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Emory

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wood cot diy.

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in the corner of little green’s living room lies about 5 feet x 3 feet of space. this space exists between a large window and a bedroom door, as well as a lovely little floor register which is perfectly located for those cold days and evenings. this space also happened to drive me nuts for an entire year.

not knowing what to do with the short and narrow corner, but wanting some sort of comfortable yet ample and, of course, different looking seating (i set high standards for little green), i was completely lost regarding how to furnish that area. for the longest time it looked like this. that is, until i came across this cot on hickory + juniper’s blog. not to sound like beyonce knowles’ character in goldmember, but shazam! i finally knew what to do with the space!

for two weeks we searched every store in our city for a 5 foot long cot. we had no luck. then we started considering childrens’ beds. they weren’t right. finally, i was so discouraged and saddened that i would not be able to have this unique seating, that i completely gave up. then suddenly, it hit me! when we bought little green, the previous owners had left a rickety storage unit in the basement that we weren’t using. without even measuring the space, i just knew that it would fit. and you know what? it did. :-)

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first, we needed to add extra wood so that we would be able to not only make the cot sturdier, but could lay down a mattress as well. it turns out we found reclaimed wood from another dismantled shelving unit in our house. little green is a home that just keeps on giving! 

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next we brought the cot inside and screwed on the wood. easy peasy.

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then we purchased a foam mattress and cut it to fit cot just so. after we finished, truman came along and chewed the corners of the mattress for us. they don’t look like this anymore. they are rounded. (i suggest leaving out this latter part in your own diy.)

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finally, we got to add our finishing touches! this was my favorite part of the entire construction. however, i love the way that it has turned out and it is now my blogging station. to each their own, right?

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what i bought.

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urban outfitters is without a doubt one of my favorite stores to shop at. do any of you readers ever shop uo online? if not, then you are truly missing out! they frequently have deals that can only be found through their website, not to mention the best and inexpensive array of home decor! they have yet to ship furniture to canada, but until that day comes, i am happy with only purchasing smaller treasures.

this is what i bought:

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1. make yourself at home rug.

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2. sunshine orbit tapestry.

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3. floral flag tapestry.

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4. please don’t leave rug.

i hope that you enjoyed my latest assortment of whimsical goodness. :-)

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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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