Tuesday, August 19

The Office

Here's the office, the smallest bedroom. 

I pulled the desk away from the wall so I could face the door while I work or surf. The monitor is probably too large, and the other computer stuff too ugly for my petite leggy desk but since it's not making me crazy it stays. I spent a week with the desk pushed against the wall and it was only OK...

Anyways, I stole my ZiZi plant from the foyer, but the plan is to get a larger fluffy wild messy plant for the marble top table in front of the window. I feel like it will help distract from the big bad computer box.

I didn't put much thought into the art placement. I hung whatever on existing nails. I am going to ask our contractor to build a picture rail around the entire room. I am hoping for a whole lot of WOW from that picture rail!

And now? I don't think the room needs accessories (CLUTTER!)...a jumbo happy plant, new light fixture (the old one from the upstairs bathroom is waiting to be installed) and picture rail should be enough!

Friday, August 15

Pillow Project

A little project I am working on that is going much faster (and sucking up WAY MORE YARN*) than I imagined!

I was hunting online for great pillows for the kids beds at the cottage and I saw fuzzy ones for $180 that I knew I could make!!!

I asked mom to bring up the leftover yarn and rug canvas she saved from when we were kids. She had quite a few colours and I hoped there was enough from this hodge podge to make one euro sham. At the time, it seemed like sooo much yarn, but it's all used up!

It makes more sense to start rug hooking at the bottom of the canvas and work your way up. I cheated a bit and hooked yarn guys all over the place in a random happy way. I wanted to make sure that the 80's colours were spread out all over the pillow, in case I had to buy new yarn to finish it off. 

It's loud, but that's cool!  I really love it!

Sorry, this post is useless as a DIY because I have no idea how much I have used so far, or how much I still need. I do have a link to colours.

I will come back when I am done the second (and third?) pillow with a cost breakdown. It's not going to be cheap, because of the volume of yarn, binding, pillow back and buttons or zipper...Still, I think I can get one done for $40-50...I mean, I hope it costs way less than that, but at this rate...

JEEZ it's 5pm...gotta start cooking! Whole rainbow trout tonight with tomato cucumber salad and veggie sticks.

Sources: Pillow One , Pillow Two

*have to order more from Mary Maxim to finish

ps. the kids LOVE it and every time I get it out they come over and fight over who's pillow it is...charming boys ps. I just thought of something! You could buy a latch hooking kit of a butterfly or boat or penguin or duck, as long as it's in a colourway you like, then scramble up the colours!!!! Way cheaper!!!

Toys live here

We have a lot of toys (and books and puzzles). We have a very generous family + I can't stop buying them = lethal. We give away a load every year, sometimes twice a year, so I don't feel that guilty...still, it's a lot of stuff.

This morning I cleaned up the closets and the toy room (or the "Toys Room" as my little one calls it). I am feeling pretty darn good right now! So much accomplished!

Next: Move truck photos and pretty up the office.

Wednesday, August 13

Moved the boys into the old master bedroom

All the rooms upstairs have been shuffled. We moved out of the old master into the new master. I moved the boys furniture into the old master bedroom (second largest room). The toys went into the boys old bedroom (third largest room, no closet) and the toy room became the new office.

I was dreading this reorg because I thought it would force me to buy new furniture. This room is good! It makes me very happy.

We will transfer the truck photos from the boys old room to the wall behind their heads. Big job! There are a lot of photos!

I have (non matching) bed frames for both boys, but they roll out of bed. They also jump on the beds like monkeys. I could get bars to hold them in but why not just leave the mattresses on the floor I say! Easy...and looks good to me!

The light fixture is vintage, bought it at the 400 market last year for $128. It looked way out of place with my old master bedroom furniture but I like it with this room set up!

The mirror wall hasn't been touched.  I will leave the mirror in this room and raise it 3-4 inches. The family photos will need to come down.

ps. the next job is cleaning the closets and moving the clothes.


Monday, August 11

In print

Livingetc magazine included a photo of our basement in their August publication! Fun!

Except, now I want the whole house photo shoot ready! Uh-oh...time to move the furniture! (I swear everything is heavier than I remember it being...)

Source: Livingetc, August 2014 issue, lifestyleetc.co.uk

Nesting nightstands

Staples Canada generously gifted us with two sets of Monarch 2-Piece Nesting Tables. I love them! Staples wants to get the word out that they sell accent tables and accent chairs.

We are using three of them as nightstands in the guest bedroom in the cottage and the other one has been so handy to have in the living room!

Although they came in a white finish, the paint was a bit thin, and matte. I wanted glossy so I repainted them. I love the way they turned out! I want to go one step further and dip about 3-4 inches of each leg in a bright colour paint. Not sure what colour to pick (What do you think?) I also considered painting the tops one colour and the legs another (bright blue and white? or orange and white maybe!!), or the inside of the tray in one colour and the outside, and legs in another (pastel yellow and white?)...these tables are begging for your personal touch!

ps. Land of Nod has a similar style table, I also noticed these and these
pps. The walls in here need to be done (goodbye pink). Then curtains, blankets (buffalo check?) and new duvet cover, maybe some throw pillows. The art will change since it is not convincing me.  We have a long way to go!

Thursday, July 31

Boys Bathroom

Mirror was installed in the boys bathroom this morning.

Once the mirror went up it became obvious we need to tile around the window - finish that entire wall in tile. sigh.

I love the floor tile, even though the black grout is super dirty and turning white.  I need to get a scrub brush since the grout is sunk into the floor, not level with the tile, and debris gets trapped.

The tub is the bomb. It is six feet long with drain and filler in the middle, allowing a child to sit at each side. The hand held shower should come in handy for washing the kids.

The cubbies make me happy! The shelf is a beautiful solid piece of wood. The sconces are vintage from etsy.

I want to love this room, but, in equal parts I like the wall tiles and want to rip them out. I guess it's not the tiles, it's the thickness of the grout. The grout is too chunky and way more graphic than I had intended (or maybe I was just wrong). I guess that's something I can and will get used to. The real 'problem' is that the black grout emphasizes the chipped edge of every single cut tile - every tile that is not whole is chipped/frayed at the edge. I don't know what they can do about it. We will wait until September and see. I can probably get used to this too. Is it normal?

ps. The sink is on back order.
pps. Likely using this light
Boys bathroom

Wednesday, July 30

Move in ready

The contractors left for summer break! Coming back in September.

They worked two weeks past their original end date to make the new master move in ready before they left. When they come back in September, they will take care of everything still outstanding (rads, lighting, some door knobs, millwork in old hallway, paint touch ups, tile back splash in master, etc...)

The walls and trim are Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. The floors are quarter sawn red oak to match the existing house. Faucets are Riobel.

I am VERY happy with the room. I want to move the furniture in right now! I will start with the nightstands...

ps. the boys bathroom mirror went back to the shop for a minor adjustment. It should be installed tomorrow morning, and then no more workmen in the house until September!

Monday, July 28

DIY Daybeds with Trundles

Last week, we built two daybeds with trundles for the cottage. The beds are styled after Donald Judd's daybed design. Apparently, beds built during the architect's lifetime now go for $100-150,000 at auction! They are the real deal!

I am soo happy with ours. I love the size! We assembled them in the room, and they will never come out.

We started with the trundles, making them a perfect fit for our mattresses. I didn't want any extra space between the mattress and the sides of the box. We followed Ana White's plans, changing the sides to 2x6's from her 2x8's, and 1 1/2" casters (not 2"). It's a perfect fit, not too tight - still easy to change the sheets.

Then we designed the daybed around the trundle, leaving  1/2" on the sides of the trundles to slide them in and out. We used 2x4's for structure (holding up the main bed), and maple veneer core plywood for the walls. The plywood has a good side and a knotty side, which was fine by me!

We bought everything from Home Depot (not sponsored), and had to rent a van to get the backboards home (48" x 71.5"). All the cuts were done at Home Depot.

The total cost, including van rental, but not including the clear coat was $105 for the trundles and $215 for the beds (plus tax). Compare these costs with IKEA Flaxa, $90 for the pull out bed and $149 for the bed frame. We could have done it differently and saved:

Potential Savings, overall: $132
1) We could have used the off cuts from the plywood base as the front face of the trundle bed. Making it all match and saving the cost of two 2x6's. Savings: $17
2) We could have used a cheaper plywood. The cost per board was $55 each, you could get away with the 3/4 inch fir ply ($35-40) if you like a busy grainy look (like the base of the trundle). Savings: $60-$90
3) You could make the height compatible with your SUV. Seriously. Measure your truck first, you could save $25 and some hassles by making them 46" tall instead of 48" tall.
4) If you are in the USA, my numbers probably won't mean much since you can get everything for less!!

ps. There was a version of this bed in last month's Canadian House and Home Magazine and I first saw it in Sofia Coppola's living room
pps. I am not really great with writing a step by step tutorial because I will probably forget steps and you will fail and blame me. Plus my mistakes would live forever online! and my boys are hopping on the back of my chair..so here are some photos I took during, in case you want to try it out. Also, you can get ideas from the assembly instructions for the Ikea Flaxa Daybed:
Note: We tacked the 2x4's to the walls with screws. Then we drilled holes and added three carriage bolts along the sides and six bolts at the back. The bolts with nuts are holding it together, these screws helped us get to that point. We also put in a few screws to attach the back to the sides. Everything was glued first.