From the Beginning... July 24 2010, 0 Comments

The new ceiling and the living room have been painted, but first I’m going to take you through the whole process of my house from the beginning to now.

(On the left) We purchased the property in 1998 and started the renovations in 1999 which were completed shortly after. My husband and I did all the work, he built the addition and we both tackled the interior work together.

Our son Nick helped out occasionally, he’s in the business and builds houses; in is his spare time he works on his own house.

His before and after pictures are as dramatic as ours were. Here are the before pictures of the front and back of the house prior to the renovation.


We had many comments as we took the family to have a look at it once we made the purchase.

My mother, “Just get a bomb and that will fix everything.”

Nick “What were you two smoking?” The boy has a sense of humor.

Jen the daughter, “You have totally lost it!”

Here is the view from the road as the house looks now.

We had a vision, the house was in a great spot, the view incredible, and once inside, very dated but had a good feeling. We bought six windows.

Even though we had a good vision of what we were going to do, we hired a professional to put the plans on paper. Save a few arguments and it is good to have another perspective.

This gave a good visual foundation of where we were going and it was much easier to make adjustments on paper, before we actually did the renovations, and in the long-run, saved money, because we did not make costly mistakes.


A Day in My Studio… May 16 2010, 0 Comments

Last Saturday the weather was wild and crazy, blowing winds, rain on and off.  For me, a perfect day to go to my studio and sew.

A day in my studio is inspiring and comforting it never feels like work.  My mission was to sew a storage bucket.  My bucket is made from linen and lined with sail cloth, and old sail, we had a sail boat once.

Here are results of those endeavours… I will use it for many things, storing magazines, odds and ends and used it display my freshly picked lilacs. The softy gray/brown of the linen paired with the lilacs is a nice contrast.

I will be making more buckets and they will be in the store soon!  

Hint: How to keep you lilacs lasting longer: 

Cut branches like you are pruning tree or bush, bring the branches inside, split  the stem at the bottom with sharp scissors about 1inch ( if the stem is woody, gently smash the ends with a hammer this will help the branches absorb water. 

Remove any bud or leaves that will be under water to prevent rot. Place in your favorite container in warm water, place in a cool location away from direct sunlight.  And enjoy!            


Lilac is the new Beige!   

Try these colours… 

- Misty Lilac (Benjamin Moore) 2071-70: This is a very pretty colour with blue-and-white fabric.
- Grape Hyacinth (Pratt & Lambert) 31-24: A grayed purple, a nice compliment with a warm beige and camel.