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Monday, April 21, 2014

Scenes from the weekend.

How great is a long weekend? Especially one that lasts four whole days. Although ours was relatively quiet, it was wonderful just the same. A dinner out with friends, two family dinners and a leftovers meant that we didn't even have to do any cooking. However, that, combined with lots of chocolate treats, means that I need to get back in to a healthy routine this week. So. much. food.

While we really relaxed, we did manage to get some things done around the house. Sunday was sunny and warm so I spent a couple of hours cleaning out the gardens and raking leaves. It certainly looks a million times better but doesn't quite feel like spring around here just yet. I'll be happy to see things green up a little more.

Steph tackled the removal of the wallpaper in the bedroom. What a job. Glad it was him and not me. Soon he'll be able to start on the built-ins but the walls are not in great shape under that paper so that may throw a wrench into the timeline. Old houses are always full of surprises!

I've been slowly repainting all the trim in the house. I started in the kitchen and moved into the hallways. It had been six years and was starting to look a little banged up. I also decided to go with a brighter white. Previously, I had ICI Natural White and now I'm transitioning over the BM Chantilly Lace. It's not the most rewarding of jobs considering no one has noticed but to me, it feels so fresh and clean. Worth it to me!
I used the leftover paint to cover up the large canvas painting that hung in the living room. Some will be surprised because I got lots compliments on the print. I really just didn't like it that much anymore and really, it was not a real painting but a copy and had no real texture in person. In other words.. it looked cheap:) I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with it but I have a few ideas that may or may or may not include some gold paint.

Beaufort slept the weekend away, save for a couple of runs and walks and a day at Grammy and Grampy's.

He also got lots of treats and kisses.  Of course.

It wasn't all messy projects! What's Easter without a pretty bouquet of tulips? They bloomed beautifully all weekend, reminding us that spring is near!

I hope you all had a great Easter weekend with your loved ones and that it's feeling spring-like where you are.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Next up.

With the bathroom wrapped up, we are onto our next project. It's off to a slow start but the important thing is that it's started.

Wallpaper removal is far from fun and of course, it's not coming off particularly easily. Darn old houses. Or really, does it ever?

My parents picked me up a couple of these Ikea beauties yesterday so they will be making an appearance in the space.

Any guesses as to what we are up to? Here is another clue. Oh good fun!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I bought a pouf!

Actually I bought two of them... 

I've wanted a tan leather Moroccan pouf for my living room for a few years now, ever since I saw them in every magazine and on some my favorite blogs. For some reason, I never took the plunge and bought myself one. 
I'm slowly attempting to create a new look for the living room and despite the fact that it's not going to happen overnight, the little things, like these poufs are a step in that direction.

I ordered them from this Etsy shop. You never know what you are going to get when you order online so it's a bit if a risk but the reviews sound good so I'm fairly confident. They are all handmade so there is bound to be some differences but I hope they match in size and color. That would be a bummer.

I'll let you know how it works out. Can't wait to receive them!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Link Love.

How is it already April?

  • We recently had five snow days in a row from school. I made a few batches of the Pioneer Woman Oatmeal Crispies freezer dough. I highly recommend making some asap.

Did you know cauliflower is apparently the "new kale"? Weird.
That makes three posts this week! Am I back?
Have a fantastic weekend!