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A Kitchen Update + 5 Ways to Declutter your Kitchen!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I’m so excited to share that we finally got around to adding a backsplash in the kitchen!

When we built our home four years ago we had zero budget for upgrades in the kitchen. We were lucky that granite countertops and stainless steel appliances were standard. Because of the busyness of the granite we ended up choosing a basic white subway tile for a full backsplash. My main purpose was to reflect some light so I opted for a gloss finish which worked so well.

I am amazed at how the new backsplash makes the kitchen feel so much more finished. It makes the builder-grade cabinets look better and makes the space look larger and brighter!

Is your kitchens are always the dumping ground for everything? Junk mail, bills, groceries, toys, headphones? Don’t even get me started on sippy cups. Having to clear out my kitchen for the backsplash to be worked on made me realize it was time for a good old declutter session. Here are five things I did to bring order back to the kitchen:

  1. Everything that isn’t used weekly has to go! Items that are used rarely like pie dishes and large platters need to be stored somewhere else like a basement or in a plastic bin in the garage.
  2. Place every day items such as the toaster and blender inside cabinets or pantry. These should be placed right at the front of the cabinet for easy access.
  3. Have one designated “junk drawer” that holds pens/phone charger/post it notes etc.
  4. Use cake stands! I love using my cake stands all the time in my kitchen to make wiping counters down a breeze and to free up counter space. Visually it can break up things lining against the walls and cluttered.
  5. Have a designated “incoming/outgoing” basket. I have a wire basket I keep right next to the back door…out of the kitchen. When mail comes in it gets dumped in there. It looks so bad it gives me more incentive to go through it every night instead of piling up in the kitchen next to the fridge.

Now my kitchen is decluttered I’ve found meal prep so much easier. I have more space to work with and wiping down after dinner so much quicker. I try and clean up the kitchen every single night so dishes don’t accumulate and things stay under control.

Hurray for subway tile and a decluttered kitchen…at least for now ;)

-Emily x

The Start of Baby Boy’s Nursery!

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Good Morning! We hope you had a fantastic Easter weekend. Ours was truly lovely, with the girlies ever more getting into the holidays and festivities, it’s just adding to the fun. It’s so nice to spend special days with lots of family, but we always miss those who don’t live near.

Ah Good times!

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On to the nursery…

I’ve been really excited to get going on baby boy’s room for a while now, but with so much fantastic design inspiration out there (thank you Pinterest!) I had a hard time narrowing down what style I really wanted to go with.

As with the girls’ nursery, I knew I wanted to stay pretty neutral, (it brings out my much needed calm side), and to add a little blue since it’s been my favorite “real” color since childhood.

My thought was traditional elements with a modern feel. When talking it through with Em, she suggested I just get started and put a design board together…so here we are, and I’m pretty please with how it’s all looking.

Curtains | Crib | Lighting | Rug | Dresser | Mirror | Lamp | Sloth

We’re reusing one of the girls cribs which we LOVED, and decided to stay with the same dresser as the girls, just the smaller version. I like to have small elements of consistency throughout the house to keep things looking coherent.

The blue is calming and so ‘baby boy”, while little black accents like the cameras and nobs on dresser with add just a spark of contrast. I’m not in love with the mirror for the space, I’m hoping I can find one at Home Goods, but I love how wood always adds warm and the cozy natural elements, I’ll be doing some wooded frames or shelfs too. The lighting is all pretty modern. The shapes are bold and clean.

Do you guys have a hard time choosing between styles too?

I’m really at my core modern, but always love the warmth of traditional…or maybe it’s the other way around. Either way, I’m pretty pleased with how this is all flowing together so well, at least on paper! Now time to get ordering and seeing it in person.

To see Baby Ben’s Nursery from last year click HERE. My twin girls’ nursery HERE, and Lady Jane’s HERE.

With our fourth nursery in 4 years, I love how they are all so unique, so see!

Sarah x

A Fresh Kitchen Update, Just in time for Spring!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

We were meeting new neighbours a few weeks ago, when I told them we’d been in the neighbourhood 11 years this Fall.

Wow! Really? Yes!

These were the days before Pinterest, or Instagram, when my inspiration came from great magazines and movies (remember that?)! I copied, as best I could within our budget, the glorious kitchen from a favorite movie, “Something’s Gotta Give,” and I’m happy to say, 11 years later, I still love my kitchen.

Having said that, there are always things I’d like to change. The appliances were the only stainless steel option to choose from, and that curve on the stove and microwave has always bugged me. We never upgraded our faucet, and I wish we’d taken off the granite lip when installing the backsplash, BUT we finally ticked one thing off the list this month when we got new pendants above the island! Yayyy!

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I’ve had my eye on these for a while, and while I was debating size and thinking of another 1000 changes I want to make around the house, they had a flash sale, and I was sold!

(West Elm link HERE)

What I love about adding new light fixtures is that it doesn’t have to cost a lot to really update a room, and that’s exactly what I think happened here. A softer yet bolder look. I’m happy!

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Another trend that is super popular right now is the farmhouse look. To add more warmth to the dining room, I brought down a cabinet that was part of a bedroom set we were no longer using, except for extra storage.

It’s lovely that this adds height and more texture to the space, and gives me needed storage downstairs for the girls’ art supplies and placemats, etc., that until now have been cluttering up the pantry.

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With just a few updates, and spruces in styling, my kitchen feels fresh for Spring.

Now I need to get deep into the cleaning (think inside that oven, yikes!)

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We have several friends working on their kitchens at the moment, and I’ll share the advice we gave them…

When designing or purchasing a kitchen, really try and channel your core taste. Trends will come and go, but for the most part you know what you love; go with that for your big ticket items. You can always bring in the “trendy” styles with less permanent items like lighting or accessories or even furniture.

Now on to the next room to freshen up!

Sarah x

To see more about my kitchen see HERE , HERE and HERE!

Adding Trim Work to Em’s Dining Room

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Our dining room has been a trouble spot in decorating since we moved into our home almost four years ago (see HERE).

I have loved our stark white walls but it has been a major factor in the room feel unfinished from the get-go.
Then add two small children, Jane and Ben. After dinner the place looks like a war zone, so adding a large area rug, which was my first instinct was absolutely out of the question.

I then started adding things to the table. A runner and pretty centerpiece that had to be removed every meal time looked great but just wasn’t practical.

This led me to trim work. I played around with a few ideas of shiplap, board and batten, or a whole wall of squares and finally decided on a grid. It seems like a no brainer now, but just one wall of trim helped the room feel inviting, cozier and finished….just what I was looking for.

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It definitely needs that area rug eventually, but for this stage in life it’s a huge improvement!

I’ve also concluded fresh flowers in the middle of our table is the best centerpiece there is. Calmness among the crazy!

Hurray for one project being checked off our 2017 list. Next up is the kitchen and I can’t wait!

Target Tuesday

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Our favorite time of year always starts with a Target trip!

A healthy dose of inspiration and a few purchases to spruce our old decor gets our adrenaline pumping to start trimming our homes for Christmas.

Here’s what made our list this year!

november-target-tuesday-20161 | Would it really be Christmas without some faux fur? Of course it would, but we sure love this new staple for the season and this extra fluffy pillow HERE.

2 | We are really liking this perfect blend of greens in THIS cute wreath.

3 | Gold and white twine on a wooden spool anyone? HERE

4 | Ahh…a good old monogram, but with modern clean lines! You could hang these on your tree for family members’ initials, doll up stockings or make amazing gift wrap. $4 each, in store only.

5 | We love THESE wooden white ornaments from Sugar Paper. Cute enough for the tree (you’ll find them on Sarah’s this year) or the most perfect gift embellishment ever. Only $3 for the pair!

6 | These porcelain stars are new for the season but will be finding a home on my coffee table all year long! Large HERE, small HERE.

7 |  THESE bottle brush trees are perfect to mix with your old decorations to give them a more updated look.

8 | Three words: pom pom garland. Pure love! HERE.

9 | Every home needs THESE golden bells. Are you more modern or traditional? These work for both!