Deck Design Plan


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Remember when I told you that I was making it my life's mission to finish off and actually use our deck this year?

Well I needed some sort of new plan. You see, for the last few years I was committed to using all neutrals. But with so much faded brown wood and brown furniture it was all looking a little blah.

These were the items that I had already bought previously:

Boring, right?

1) Garden Treasures Severson 4-Piece Conversation Set - Lowe's
We bought this cute, inexpensive set a few years back. At the time, it was the closest thing that I could find to a Pottery Barn set (that wasn't a million dollars). I'm still really happy with the look and quality of this furniture. It's staying!
2) Black Wall Lantern - Homesense
The wall lantern was my most recent purchase for our outdoor space. It was purchased to replace the bare bulb that had been there for the last four years or so. 
3) Allen & Roth Outdoor Patio Cushions - Lowe's
Here is my mistake. I chose green / brown / tan cushions from Lowe's that matched the furniture set I had just bought even though I didn't love them . They were the most neutral ones out of the selection, I knew they would fit the furniture perfectly, and the price wasn't bad. I lived with them for a few years and now I have to say goodbye. It's time to find something that I love.
3) Tan Outdoor Umbrella - Costco
The tan umbrella is staying. Again, I had wanted something neutral and good quality. (The umbrella that came with our outdoor dining set was orange which isn't really a favourite colour of mine.)
4) Black Weber Barbeque - Homesense
This super cute barbeque was a Father's Day present to Alex last year. I pretty much got a wifey of the year award for that one. It's new, it's cute, of course we're keeping it!
5) Antique Galvanized Metal Bucket - Ebay
The metal bucket was a gift from my Aunt when we thought we bought our very own cottage (I still didn't share that story yet, did I?). It's already outside with a gardenia tree in it.


This year I finally decided to add some colour to the boring scheme that I had going on. You know what that means, right? FABRIC!!! I searched through all of the outdoor fabric at my local Fabricland until I found the one.

Isn't it just so pretty!?!?! What I love about it is that it has some tan (to match the umbrella), it has colour (but not too bold), and it has several colours to pull from (cream, yellow, green, tan, blue, and navy). I bought a few meters and pillow forms during one of Fabricland's 50% off sales. Using the fabric as a jumping off point, I came up with a little design plan.
{Keeping in mind that some of the items in the above photos are just random pictures from the internet and not necessarily the exact items that I will be using.}
I'm pretty happy with my plan so far. I've bought / collected most of the items that I need. However, I still need to sew the cushions and find a few little fun accessories. I'll make sure to share some pictures as things come together.
Bye for now!

My Little Garden That Could


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Soooo, let's just say that I am not a gardener.
I have a tendency to plant flowers all willy-nilly-like without putting much thought into how big they will get or when they will bloom. That being said, my little perennial garden is looking better, but still needs so much work. Let me explain.
Here is how it started back in 2011. Yup. All kinds of ugly.
Here's how it looked a few weeks ago. 

And after a few weeks of TLC and some trellises for the climbing vines, here's how my little garden is looking now.

It's not terrible but it's no Better Homes and Gardens feature if you know what I'm saying. It's driving me crazy that the clematis is all bushy and climb-y on the right while the climbing hydrangea on the left is taking forever to grow. Don't they know that I really, really, really like symmetry?!?

You're cute. But, could you grow a little faster please?

The plant directly in front of the clematis is way too close to it. I keep having to untangle it from the creeping vines. Next year I'll have to move it over or forward or to a new spot altogether. Also, the two plants at the front center are a little bit scraggly. I'm trying to decide if I should give them another season to establish themselves or replace them right away. Decisions, decisions.

Even though it's not perfect.............this little garden still makes me happy. I mean, look how pretty these flowers were!!!  Before the bugs ate them.

P.S. I'm pretty sure that I should label this post under "Snoozefest".

P. P. S. We were stuck in the house the last few days because of rain. This is Cooper's reaction when I asked him if he wanted to go and splash in some puddles. "WOOHOO!"

Wall Letters in the Master Bedroom


Monday, June 30, 2014

At first I was going to call this post "Love Letters in the Master Bedroom" but I thought it would give you the wrong idea. Don't worry..... I will forever stay true to myself and continue to avoid mushy and / or sentimental stuff like it's my job.
I must explain, then, that when I chose to spell out the word "love" on our master bedroom wall it is clearly because I love:
Sleeping in. ;)
I keep waiting for the perfect time to take pictures of our bedroom. I'm slowly trying to find the right accessories, ceiling fixture, etc. But if I keep waiting for things to be perfect then my posts sure would be few and far between. So, even though I had to kick dust bunnies out of the picture because Alex lost the broom in the basement - here are a few recent pictures of our master bedroom.
After debating whether or not I wanted to display a shelf, a series of pictures, or a mirror over the headboard I decided to go with some reclaimed wooden wall letters instead.
Even though I am fully aware that I could have gotten Alex to cut out some letters with a jigsaw - I asked for these letters as a Christmas present so that I could make some progress on our bedroom without having to do any projects. (Yup, I'm lazy now.) Plus, the fact that the letters came in random colours added a little bit of anxiety excitement to the purchase. I thought it would force me to use colours that weren't too matchy-matchy. (Um, why does my brain do that?)  
I bought the wall letters online. I'll share where they are from at the end of this post in tiny letters because I'm not sure if I would recommend them. Poor Alex had a nightmare and a half trying to order them and get them shipped to Canada. After a few headaches we ended up with not one but two broken letters and shipping charges in excess of $150. Not cool, people, not cool. I just keep telling myself that broken-and-then-glued-back-together letters add to the charming, cottage-y look that I'm going for.
Despite the shipping stuff, I do think the letters look pretty cute up on the wall.
I might even admit that I LOVE them. Get it, love them?!?!?!
Wah, wah, waaaaaaah.
Please try not to be jealous of our Sony alarm clock from 1995. And the piece of scrapbook paper that I threw in a frame so it wasn't empty for this picture.
I'm liking how the room is coming together so far, minus the scrapbook paper, alarm clock, and dust bunnies.
Here's where things are from in case you were wondering.
Quilt - Homesense
Duvet Cover - Ikea
Nightstands - Homesense
Task Lamps - Restoration Hardware Baby and Child
Wall Letters - Anthropologie
Headboard - Sears Home
Curtain Panels - Crate and Barrel
Wall Colour - Old Prairie, Benjamin Moore
Trim Colour - Simply White, Benjamin Moore
P.S. I finally figured out why my other duvet was so lumpy. I had no idea how much good quality, down duvets actually cost. When I bought our previous one I thought I was paying a decent price at $49.99. It turns out that king sized duvets cost as much as $600. Wait, what!?!?!?! Alex and I bit the bullet and purchased a better quality duvet from Costco last week for around $230. The reviews were pretty good online. I feel a bit wasteful getting rid of the old one since we only had it a few months but it was poorly made and just had to go. 
P.P.S. Happy Canada Day and Fourth of July and all that jazz!!! Yay for lemonade and fireworks! What are you up to?
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Mini Task Lamps for the Master Bedroom


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Back in January I wrote about how I had just ordered some mini task lamps for our master bedroom side tables. I was nervous about the purchase because a) they were a bit of a splurge, and b) I had never ordered anything from Restoration Hardware before.
Mini Academy Task Lamp - Restoration Hardware Baby and Child
Well, let me just say, that I absolutely love them. The lamps arrived practically two days after I ordered them, they were packaged really well so there was no damage (I've had a few bad experiences with shipping lately from other stores), they are really heavy / well-made, and they look real good.  
Since I made the bed this morning AND dusted this afternoon I thought I would finally share a picture. Here is the side table on my side of the bed.
Keep in mind that I do not like this combination of accessories. But, it's what I have lying around the house so I'm sticking with it for now.
Maybe this week I'll take some more updated photos of our master bedroom. I've made a little bit of progress in that department with a quilted bed-skirt, some linen curtains, and some wall art over the bed.
However, before I take any pictures I need to replace our duvet. I've decided that I cannot live another day with the lumpiest duvet of all time. I'm sucking it up and using some of my birthday money to get another new one.
Back to the lamps though - aren't they the cutest things you've ever seen!?!?

This, That, and the Other Thing


Monday, June 16, 2014

Oh, hi. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Ours was jam-packed with yard work, trips to Lowes and Home Depot, swimming lessons, bike rides, visits with Dads for Father's Day, and......... a baseball game.
Yes, you heard that right. Cute friends of ours were short a girl for their co-ed baseball team. They asked if I could help. I do like helping. But, the truth is, I haven't played baseball since the seventh grade. And even then I tried to hide behind the bench when it was my turn to bat. The good news is that I survived, I apparently didn't suck too badly, and I ended up with a really cute baseball glove. It's pink. And I sure look sporty when I wear it.
I did, at one point, have to bake some muffins. I told Alex they were a Father's Day breakfast treat - which they were. They were also for lunch and snacks though because we sort of had no groceries.

Alex liked his Father's Day card. I debated whether or not to write a cheesy line on the bottom. You know, like, "Dad, you're a great catch." I decided to keep it short and sweet. I really hope you like my pretend-kid writing. I can't play baseball - but I sure can print some scribbly letters!

This kid loves his little bike to the moon and back. We're working on saying the word "bike". For now though, all I hear all day is, "Mama, I want to go. I WANT TO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

And last, but not least, my little Charlie Brown perennial garden that I talked about here is surprisingly looking quite pretty.

Today I'm treating myself to a blog post. My report cards are done, my photo sessions are all caught up, and I only have two baskets of laundry left to fold and put away.
Today it feels like I'm not doing too bad at all.
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