Home Tour – Kitchen

The third stop on my home tour is my lovely kitchen/dining area.  It’s technically two spaces but they work together as one, and although I am aware that it is still lacking some good design, this is where it sits today:

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This tea towel was a perfect Christmas gift from my mother in law.  I have made a ‘no use’ rule for this one – kinda defeats the purpose but I want it to stay pretty…

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We had the carrara marble backsplash installed after we took possession and I am so pleased with the outcome.  When we were building, I knew that I wanted white cabinets, the dark blue granite and carrara marble for the backsplash.  But the builder didn’t allow very many selections and carrara was NOT one of them.  So we took possession of the house with granite counter tops and just drywall backsplash.  If you have ever seen it, its unattractive.  The granite/wall are never perfectly matched and there can be medium to large gaps between the two.  After a while we ordered up the marble and hired an installer and within a few hours the backsplash was complete, and beautiful.

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The vase was a wedding gift from my lovely cousins (Tiffany&Co – Hello beautiful!).

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My fur-babies were floating around when I was taking pictures, and this little peanut was too cute to ignore.  She actually wanted to go outside and was patiently waiting by the door.

Angel.

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Across the island is the dining nook.  Not overly huge, but big enough to hold a table and maybe a small table on the wall opposite the window.

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I fell in love with the Laura Ashley curtains that I found at Homesense, but I had an issue.  They were short, and narrow (84″x55″).  I needed 95″x110″.  They looked so so bad by themselves, and for about a month I searched every Homesense around Edmonton and could not find another set.  In the meantime I took the hem out so that I could add a little length.  So I had to come up with a solution.  My solution was Ikea.  I bought a pair that coordinated, hemmed them to the same length as my Laura Ashley panels and hung them. And it made such a difference.

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I bought this mirror for this specific location but its WAAAAYYY too small.  I left it off the wall for a long time which left the wall naked. But I really didn’t like how naked the wall was, so I put it back up.  It will get moved up into my master bedroom as soon as I find something similar but larger.  But it is so pretty – another one of those amazing Target deals – I think I paid like $35 for it.

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I found this adorable coat hook at Homesense as well.  My husband is very outdoorsy/major hunter, so I knew he would love it.  Plus its cute!

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Table: Urban Barn

Coat Hook, Painting, Crystal Bowl, Barstools, Floral Curtains: Homesense

Mirror: Target

Vase: Tiffany & Co

Sand Curtains: Ikea

Home Tour – Guest Room

Our home is fairly small by today’s standards at about 1400 square feet.  This means that we need to be creative in how we use the spaces that we are given.  Our home consists of 3 bedrooms upstairs with 2 bathrooms, and kitchen, dining, living room and half bath on the main floor.  Our spare bedroom  also functions as our office space until we can create an effective space in our last available room.  But for now our guests must share with our computer.

Remember how it started about a year ago? BORING

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Well after some adjustments, this is how it sits today:

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I saw this pillow at Homesense one day and knew it had to come home with me – its floral so obviously I had to have it.  But its also feather filled and I have vowed to myself never to buy another poly filled pillow ever again.  Because in my house we actually use our pillows, and they need to be fluffable (not a real word? I don’t care).

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Cutest mouse pad ever thanks to Costco!

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I bought the Ikea Leirvik bed for this room to get the mattress off the floor, and I liked that it isn’t too visually heavy for a smaller room.  I have always been wary of buying an Ikea bed frame only because I feel like they don’t have the quality for long term use, but because its just a guest bed, I figured that it would hold up.

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I love this little carpet so much and for so many reasons.  First of all, I love anything floral.  Secondly, the colours are so beautiful, totally my style.  And most of all, my mom came home with this little carpet for me when she helped clean out my grandmothers old farmhouse.  So I think of my lovely grandma Jenkins every time I get to come into here.  And isn’t that the whole point of design? To have an emotional reaction to your spaces – to absolutely love what you surround yourself with?

There are some obvious adjustments that still need to be made – the biggest of course is blinds and curtain panels, but the list goes on… (dresser, paint the room, new bedding, art for the long empty wall that I intentionally left out, hang the mirror on the wall, get a night stand for that side of the bed and then move the office area into the other room once I actually make a plan for that specific room).  We will see how far I actually get.

Rug: Vintage – G Jenks’ House

Bed Frame, Mirror: Ikea

Bedding: Linens and Things (not open any more?)

Large Floral picture above desk: Original art from Mel Hall

Table: Vintage DIY project

Art above bed: Homesense

Home Tour – Master Bedroom

I have been wanting to do a home tour for a while now, but I have been waiting for my house to be ‘finished’.  But I realized that waiting for my house to look ‘finished’ means that it would have never happened.  We have been living in this house for three years now and there are still some items that have not been completed.  I am not the type to buy something just to fill a wall – I prefer to wait to find something that I love so that I am completely happy and so that I won’t want to switch it out in a year and a half.  At the same time, I do like to mix things up, and often times I will buy something for one room, only to pull it to another room in a few months.

So here is my master bedroom in all its current glory:

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I think it is very pretty, but that it still does need some work.  The only thing hanging on any of the walls right now is the large vivid painting above the bed.  I have a few different pieces on the ground resting against the wall in anticipation that it might get hung.

My long list of changes involve but are not limited to: changing curtains, installing blinds, get a bed frame (this one is major – thats why its in bold), new dressers, hang art on the long wall next to the trophy husbands side of the bed, hang mirror above my current vanity.

Bedding & Shams: Homesense
Painting: Homesense
Mirrors: Ikea
Nightstands: Homesense
Curtains: Bed Bath & Beyond
Curtain Rods: Martha Stewart forHome Depot
Dresser: Ikea

April

Wedding Series: Dress

When I was planning my wedding I knew that I wasn’t willing to be one of those women who spent $7500 on their wedding dress.  It just kills me to think about spending that kind of money on a dress that you only get to wear once.  So I set a budget and went shopping.

Davids Bridal opened in my town a few months prior – so knowing that it was a bit less expensive, that was the first place that I looked.  And it absolutely blew me away at the dresses that they had for the price.  Again, these aren’t those super detailed, super beaded gowns but there were some really great contenders.  I was in love with the White by Very Wang (and I have wanted to wear Vera Wang on my wedding since I was like 18 years old), so that was the line that I focused on.  Of course I did explore other designers, but everything about the Veras just spoke to me.  I wanted to wear a pink dress and that line was not afraid of colour.  Eventually I chose a white dress (well actually, it was ivory) but I was just so in love with it.

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It was fitted but still had some drama in the skirt.

It was lovely.

PS. All photographs are courtesy of my amazing photographer Nathan Walker of Nathan Walker Photography and they cannot be reproduced without permission.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

I found a recipe.  A good one. As per usual, I was on Pinterest looking for some treats to make last weekend when I stumbled across this recipe from A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock and Roll – and MAN its a good one.

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies:

1 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 4 Tbls. unsalted soft butter, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 egg white, 1 tsp. vanilla

Filling:

2 Tbls. maple syrup, 2 Tbls packed brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Glaze:

1 cup icing sugar, 1-2 Tbls milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine the dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugars.  Add the egg white and the vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet until just combined.  roll dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper to create about a 12″ square.  Chill for about 30 minutes.  Once chilled, peel dough (very carefully) off the parchment paper.  Then top with maple syrup, spreading a thin layer all over.  Sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar.  Carefully roll the dough like a cinnamon bun roll and wrap in plastic wrap or parchment paper.  Freeze until firm (I did overnight).  Cut dough into 1/4 inch slices and place on parchment paper.  Bake at 350º for about 8 minutes – but watch them (time depends on oven and cookie sheet) they should still be fairly white with a little golden.  Once baked and cooled make the glaze and drizzle.

Then enjoy!

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They are so good.

Pinterest Fail #1Microwave Caramels

I was perusing Pinterest over the weekend and saw that I had pinned a recipe for microwave caramels  I thought – this looks so easy! And I have everything in my pantry, why not give it a go?

I’ll tell you why – because candy is a fussy bitch and if you want her to turn out you have to be precise.  This recipe is originally from Food.com and I decided to keep it exactly the same since I know how specific you have to be with candy.  See the recipe below:

1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (I used Eagle Brand)

Directions were as follows:

1. Combine all ingredients  2. Cook 6 minutes in microwave, stirring every 2 minutes   3. Stir and poor into a lightly greased dish   4. Let cool   5. Cut wrap in wax paper and store in an airtight container

Sounds great right?  Except that with candy if you want it to behave you need to monitor its temperature.   Now I know this, but the reviews all raved about how great of a recipe it was, so I thought it must be right then. I was wrong, and so was the directions.  This is what 6 minutes in the microwave gave me:

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A goopy, gloppy mess.  Now don’t get me wrong, the flavour was amazing.  But the timing was so off, this was obviously underdone.  If – no, When I attempt this recipe again, I will keep the ingredients the same, but I think I would prefer to cook them on a stove top and I will be definitely using a candy thermometer.  It is a recipe with great flavour, it just needs a little tweaking to work out the speed bumps.  Let me know if you give it a try!

April

 

Better late than never!

Christmas time is one of my favourite times of the year – you get to spend time with family, time off work, shopping, snow, my list goes on.  But man alive its ‘s busy.  In between working, shopping for gifts, shopping for food and holiday parties, I had full intention of blogging my Christmas decor.

Well clearly that didn’t happen.  Instead I took the extra time I had and used it to focus on family.

So just a few weeks behind, I present to you my lovely Christmas tree.

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I love the gentle glow that a tree gives off at night, both comforting and exciting at the same time.

Marry (belated) Christmas and Happy New Year!