Living room storage

Ryan and the boys have finished the built-in shelving in the living room. It is beautiful yet functional. It’s not exactly what I first wanted but I’m glad West Elm wouldn’t deliver the storage cabinets that I had picked out (only available in the states and backordered). These built-ins are very functional but still give lots of room for art and tall flowers and pottery. I am very excited to start shopping with Amber.

The only thing that still needs to happen in this room is to paint the slats between the finished wood and add ambient lighting. I’m hoping to get a behind-the-sofa table to put one lamp on and then likely we will need wall lamps in each corner over the shelving.

Little things that will make a huge difference to the warmth and coziness of the room.

Does a reno every really finish?

Underwater Oasis

The kids love their room and I can honestly say I’m jealous. Who wouldn’t love to sleep in a “bunk-bed-sunken-ship” (as per my 7-year-old) with shark sheets and fish swimming around the walls to boot? They also love the bubble light which casts fun shadows and light rays in the night-time as well as the octopus rug.

Amber did an amazing job with decorating this room. I was very worried that it would be 20 shades of pink but I was pleasantly surprised by my girls picking a palette of blues (with help from Amber). The sharks really sold it for them. Not that there is anything wrong with pink but we just have so much pink in the toys and dolls and dresses…it’s nice to have a few different colours around 🙂

We got all of the bedding from Pottery Barn Kids except the name quilts which were specially made when they were born. IMG_7950 IMG_7948The decals are from Etsy and the rug was from Wayfair. The light is from Robinson Lighting and is worth the crazy dusting it needs. The reading nook/book cabinet is from Ikea and works so well to contain the hundreds of books the girls read constantly.

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Stairwell slats

IMG_7810_2It’s all tying together. This week Billy finished the wood slats measurements, drilled holes to dowel in the slats and cut angled rectangles into the staircase to safely house the slats. It took two days to organzie, but it looks amazing and is super safe. It ties in the midcentury modern feel but is also fresh and modern. Have I mentioned Amber can design like a genius and Billy can do anything? I’m glad glad they are on our team.

The stairwell slats are below and are looking mighty fine. They mirror the slats in the living room and complement the floor. They also form a little boundary between the stairs and the dining room but  are open enough that the eye can travel trough and flow from room to room. I quite like it. Now to pick a paint colour for the walls… 

  

Play room Organization

One of the reasons we really liked the layout of this house is that there is a space on the second floor for the girls to play. This lets us put together a playroom that they can keep all their crafts and toys in. They can play with their toys whenever they want and I don’t need to worry about stepping on Legos or cleaning it up if a guest pops over unexpectedly. That being said, I didn’t want it to be a free-for-all explosion of toys.

Stuva storage from Ikea

Stuva storage from Ikea

Amber and I went to Ikea and looked at their wall system of shelving units. They had this cool one called Stuva. There were so many variations of what we could do. It’s also great that it can grow with the kids and turn into a wardrobe system or a desk. Very cool. I hymned and hawed and finally decided to do a tall set of drawers for paper and crafts and upper cabinets to put away the games and bigger toys.

IMG_7717Right now we decided to keep the wooden futon we own. We have a lot of visitors that come by and we like to have a bit of extra room for extra guests. But it does take up a lot of room and it might be better used for lower seating for the kids.

We still need to get a rug and a low circular table for the kids to do their crafts and play games on. For now the floor will do 🙂

Family Table

One of the things our family loves to do is to entertain. This is especially important for big holiday dinners but for us happens all year around. Armed with the knowledge that our new dining room just needs to be a dining room, I was left with the want for a big solid wood dining room table to fill it up.  However, I looked everywhere. Cheap stores, expensive stores. Local stores. Shipping from Italy. I couldn’t find the mix of mid-century modern and big, bold solid wood that I had envisioned. I talked to my designer about this.  She wasn’t able to source anything that worked either. So, she contacted this amazing local furniture designer and artist Kate Duncan and asked her for guidance.  Could she marry the two things I want and still make it work in our home? Continue reading