Thursday, November 22, 2012

Inspiration and Audrey's Room Fabic

I am feeling so inspired and excited about moving into our new house!  I have been trolling pinterest for ranch home inspiration and am working on pulling together schemes and design plans for each space.  It's tricky because we have too many furnishings to fit into the house so I'm doing a lot of editing.

Remember this mood board for Audrey's Room?

Well, yesterday I tweaked it and ordered the inspiration fabric.  It's Robert Allen's Kiki in Pinata.

Here's the revised version of the mood board:

Once the fabric comes in, I'll be able to select the colour to paint that bed we found on the side of the road.  We'll be using the turquoise/aqua colour most likely.

Danielle also used this fabric in Emory's big girl room.  Here's a picture of that so you can see how Danielle rocked it.  We are doing one long lumbar pillow for the bed in Kiki and using the bright colour palate for the rest of the room.

Cute, right?

Hopefully all this inspiration leads to more regular blog posting.  I've really been missing my blog but I just haven't felt much like writing with everything that's been going on.  Thank you for sticking with me, friends.

xo Meg

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ranch House Here We Come!

Yesterday we completed the home inspection on our new home.  There were a few surprises on the exterior of the home that will require a little extra expense to fix.  But other than those few things, things are looking good for moving forward with the property. 

This home is considerably smaller than the homes we've lived in before.  And so very different!  I think both these things are good for us right now.  It seems like we simply don't have enough time to take care of an older, large home.  There was just always so much to do to maintain it.  This was one of the reasons we made the decision to sell our big old home this fall. 

That being said, the layout of our new house looks something like this:

 It's well laid out for our family but it will require some new storage and organization solutionsin order to work for us.  And we'll be selling/donating a whole bunch more furniture. 

First up, the 'tiny bedroom' on the main floor will be converted into a music room/office, as it's the only place that we can put Audrey's piano. Additionally, the kitchen will need an overhaul. It's in good shape and is newer, but it's not a style I love so we will definitely be making lots of changes there.

 Elliott really, really wants a bedroom and lounge space in the basement.  He's 12 now and just wants a cool space he can go with his friends and play the xbox in peace.  I am ok with this as we are completely renovating the lower level and the windows are actually above ground level down there.  I'm choosing to think about fire safety, rather than a  teenager sneeking-out here.  I'll post more about this phase of the reno another day, when we have it more sorted out.  It's likely the first thing we will be completing once we have posession.

We are going to live with the home in its current footprint for a while.  We want to see how it works for our family before we decide on the additional renovations (if any) we will want to do.  I would like for the small space to work for us but I just don't know if it's possible.  The home is on an amazing lot, on a great street so we would consider an addition like this:

(I forgot to label the bathroom in these graphics - it's the small rectangle in the middle)
This small change gives us a little more breathing room.  But we haven't made a decision yet. We want to see how the house works in it's current state before we decide to renovate.
So there you have it.  I'll probably post a few pictures of the house once we have signed off.  We get the keys in late January, so I have lots of time to dream, plan and organize!  If you have seen an awesome 60's ranch renovation online, send me the details.  I'd love to see what other people are doing to modernize them.  

I know all my American friends are preparing to celebrate the things they're thankful for this weekend.  And there really are so many things to be thankful for, aren't there.  We celebrated here in Canada a few weeks ago - I hope you all get to enjoy some family time with the people who are important in your life. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

xo Meg

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Good News!

I think we've finally found a house! 

We're still working out the details but I'll keep you posted.  Just to get you in the right frame of mind, this house couldn't be any more different from our last one.  It's a brick ranch - a total departure from anything we've ever owned.

    It seems like there's lots of inspiration for the fixing-it-up process.  Just take a look at these:

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Sherry's house via  BHG

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Amazing exterior reno via TPH

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via cottage & vine

We are going in a completely different direction with the design and decorating in this house. I'm excited to try something new.  If you're curious about my plans for the new digs, you can check out my ranch home inspiration board on pinterest.  I'd love it if you know of any other great ranch renos to share with me. 

xo Meg

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Project #1

As promised, I'm going to keep myself from wallowing about our home situation by doing some projects.  Today, I'm going to show you the bed I found at the side of the road for Audrey's room.

But first, how could I have a bad day when my favourite marble rye toast came out like this?

{at least my toast loves me!}

Here's the headboard of the bed:

 There are also two thick, carved rails that go on the sides and a footboard.  It's in pretty good shape, despite it's terrible orangey stain.  

This is really the only problem with it:

See the little curved piece of trim that's missing?  Luckily I know a guy who can probably fix this little section.  I'm just waiting for him to do it.  I'm hoping he gets to it soon.

In the meantime, I'll do a sanding and priming job on the rest of the bed.  Surprisingly (not at all) Audrey has chosen turquoise as the paint colour.  I'm off to pick up some more fabric to use as my jumping off point.

{a reminder of the direction we're going with her room}


I'm so excited to get started on this project!

xo Meg