Archive for November, 2014

A Romantic Weekend in Vancouver


Just before winter hits us on the prairies, my husband and I decided to make a little getaway to one of my favourite cities, Vancouver! It is absolutely gorgeous there this time of the year with all it’s majestic elm and oak trees in full yellow and orange fiery leaves….it rained a bit the first day, but such is Vancouver! The rest of the weekend was a glorious cool, crisp fall setting. Of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of my favourite stores, The Farmhouse, Country Furniture, The Cross and Heather Ross, a little shop we discovered near Granville Island. Along the way, cascades of shop flowers spilled over the streets.



Heather Ross’ shop is one of my favourite stops! It’s a small artsy little place, she is such a kind, bubbly personality and is always in her element surrounded by her personal artwork and creations. Right now her store is themed in a beautiful transparent sea haze green. Vintage pottery, glassware, personal soaps, candles and scented creams along with antique linens and eurostyle farmhouse antiques decorate the shop. It was dusk (already arriving at 4:30pm!) when we arrived and the sunlight streaming through the window and vintage glassware was stunning.






Another favourite stop is Farmhouse on S.W. Marine Drive. They had the cutest garden houses I’ve ever seen! Built from architectural salvage pieces, every one is unique…I’d love to try one of these sometime.




It was a lovely time…

Week 1 Renovation


Here we are week one into the opening of my renovation project posts!

This week we did a major cleanup to get ready to lay down a sub-floor. There were some major creaks, sagging and bouncing in some of the floor areas so an entire new sub-floor to rectify the problems and support the new hardwood has been installed. It looks so fresh in comparison with what it looked like before. Still lots of patchwork is yet to be done to drywall repairs and ceiling holes. It’s starting though to look like what will become a living space!

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FIREPLACES: One cute little freestanding cream painted gas stove is in the sunroom and will remain there for those colder winter days. One gas fireplace is in the family room. One gas fireplace is in the basement and lastly, one wood burning fireplace is in the livingroom. I haven’t had a wood burning fireplace in any of our homes so we’re really happy to have one.


• The brick fireplace will remain gas burning, however, with the modernization of the space and all the cream and gray colors I plan to do, I thought white would be a brightening feature to add.



• The downstairs fireplace was converted from an old brick fireplace (which was missing a mantle). We decided to close off the gas, seal the vent and instead place a group of battery operated candles. With the two fireplaces upstairs, the one in the basement will not be used as often. We also opted for a bit more modern look covering the brick with a sleek contemporary facade.




• The livingroom fireplace is in waiting for design plans but is in process of a facelift!


To update you on a couple of other upgrades, we replaced every window in the house. Considering the overall effect that the new windows would have on the beautiful light coming into the house, we felt the expense was justified. The results are amazing to say the least. The views into the yard are stunning!