This weekend I’m launching my forth annual 100 Days of Summerlist and one of the items this year is spend more time on my front porch. After hanging out on my sister’s, I realized I am a front porch girl. Give me a coffee or a glass of wine and I may never come inside.
As a kid, I was always drawing house plans and there was always a wrap-around porch and now that I have a porch, I never use it. I need to fix this.
Problem: The height of the railing vs. the style of my chairs (I like them but they’re more for lounging out back or on a beach):Here’s what I’m loving:
Crack open the Sauvignon blanc, I found perfection! These spaces are Wonderful. Beautiful. So inviting. But, as mentioned, I still would not be able to see over the railing in chairs. That’s why I am thinking a swing may be the best solution, especially after I saw my friend’s Instagram post.
I was about to title this post Cottage Country until I realized I have already written not one, but two posts titled Cottage Country (here and here). Fire the editor!
It’s cottage season and these days, it seems like more and more people own cottages. We don’t but, every time we visit my parents on the Wallace River, I spend the drive home on Realtor.ca scoping out what’s available in the area; my criteria being: Waterfront (river or ocean). Close to Pugwash but on the Wentworth side. Maybe Tatamagouche? Near the trails. Winterized for ski season…
And then Mike reminds me that my parents have all that and more at their place, and it’s free, so why do we need to own a cottage? (love you mom and dad). So no cottage for us right now.
That doesn’t stop me from dreaming, and for as long as I can remember, my dream has been to own/build an A-Frame. There are actually two A-Frames in my ideal cottage location that I have been eying and if one goes up for sale I may loose my mind.
Below is an assortment of drool-worthy A-Frames. Cue the music and enjoy!
Our house is almost 100 years old – built in the early 1920’s, shortly after the Halifax Explosion.
When we moved in eight years ago, the house had only one previous owner who had recently passed away. The family freshened up the house for selling by pulling out all of the dated pieces and restoring the original details which gave the home its character. I have no shame is saying they did exactly what they needed to do to convince a gal like me the house was absolutely perfect… And for a few good months, I kept that thought.
Don’t get me wrong, I have always loved this house and the neighbourhood, but I quickly found faults: No closets, small bedrooms, no open space, darkness, rot, dampness, etc. and by the time David was born, less than two years later, Mike and his Dad tore off and rebuilt the back mud room that was rotting. Next up, the bathroom! And after spending a few weeks in a house without a full bathroom and an eight-month-old baby, we realized we were the type of people who could conquer any renovation thrown at us!
Why not rip apart the entire main floor, dig out a basement, and replace all the windows? Hire a contractor from hell and go wild! Who needs a kitchen when you have a retro toaster oven and a bathtub? We lived upstairs above all of the dust and chaos for seven months when David was three. It was nuts but worth it when all was said and done.
Now that it has been over four years things are starting to need a little TLC.
I read about the idea of creating a WHOLE HOUSE TO DO LIST on Young House Love and thought it’d be fun to write one for our home.
So here is the list. Some big. Some small. Some that will happen. Some that likely won’t:
Paint the stairs (they’re chipping) and add a runner (not sure if they will stay purple)
Wallpaper the powder room
Repaint the hallway
Paint the playroom – keep it as a playroom or make it an office?
Replace the broken TV unit
Build built-in shelving for the playroom
Replace the broken pane of glass on the french door
Replace the coat rack in the front room with wall hooks
Fix the under cabinet lightening in the kitchen
Paint the bathroom door deep navy?
Replace the rug in the living room
Replace the hallway rug
Replace the coffee table – move coffee table to basement
Add more pictures to the gallery wall
Fix the clutter problem with the closet under the staircase and add lighting
Mount the TV or fix it so it looks like it is not supposed to be mounted
Finish building the laundry room
Paint the stairs
Paint the railing
Mount the TRX
Buy a deep freeze
Build shelving for the old basement storage
Move the washer and dryer out of the new basement and into the laundry room that needs to be finished
Add baseboards and repaint the new basement
Install the Flor floor tile carpet we have
Furnish the basement so it’s an awesome rec. room
Fix the cracks in the walls… plaster woes
Paint the bathroom
Fix the window trim in the bathroom
Replace the bathroom mirror
Replace the current hallway linen cupboard with a floor to ceiling closet (but account for the attic opening)
Figure out a plan for upstairs…
A. Move the office down to the current playroom and make the current office a closet. This will give us a proper guest room.
B. Move the office to the current closet/guest room and bust out the wall between the current office and our bedroom to make a bigger bedroom with a closet.
C. Move David’s to our current room, keep the office where it is and bust out the wall between the current closet/guest room and David’s room to make a big master bedroom with a closet.
D. RENOVATE: Build out on top of the flat roof to make a big master bedroom with a closet and ensuite that wraps around David’s room. Move the window in David’s room to accommodate this. Keep the office where it is and make our current bedroom the guest room.
Get a swing for the front porch
Hang the mailbox
Stain the decks
Get a hanging flower basket for the side entry
Move the vegetable garden
Get a new outdoor dining set
Install a lap pool
Add outdoor lighting to the shed
Add tall grass to the back of the backyard
Get a new BBQ
Get a mechanical shade awning in the backyard
Finish sealing the patio stones
I know, it seems like a lot of stuff right? But I think it’s smart to write it all down so we can keep track of our goals and priorities. We probably won’t get a lap pool but it doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of our wish list!
Do any of you have a crazy list like this or is it too overwhelming to write down? Let me know! psst. If you like what you’re reading, please subscribe and share. xomeg
I decided to walk around my house and survey everything Ikea. Sadly, what I am about to show is not everything, as there are retired items in the basement – the place where things go to die. To clarify, we once lived in Montreal and spent many Saturday mornings dining on $1.99 breakfast and strolling around the store – making some of these pieces vintage … who says Ikea doesn’t last?!?
My friend moved into her house a year ago (in Toronto) and is ready to tackle a mini-makeover on the front facade.
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“The outside of our house is butt ugly – previous owners covered the red brick with a concrete brick pattern façade (WHO DOES THAT??) and chose the most delightful shade of dusty salmon red for the siding. Puke. This summer I plan on painting as much of it as I can reach – but I can’t afford to cover up the red siding on the second floor this year. This means I need the paint the front “brick” and trim/ deck something that matches Dusty Salmon until I can paint it (which may not happen for a long time or ever if I can find something that doesn’t look awful). All the houses on the block are really drab shades of white/yellow and we’re really open to bold colours or accents (or vintage Mad Men shades that go with the era of the house). Light grey with white trim was my first instinct but it kind of looks like concrete again… I would love your two cents on a good colour pallet for the front. Any ideas would be soooo welcome!
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So here are a few things I took from her message:
I love that I get asked for house design advice… it is so fun!
Dusty Salmon – Throw back to my condo in Montreal… I lived with it for way too long! My friend said it was the token Montreal colour. Perhaps it is the token central Canadian colour?
I’d paint over the Salmon before tackling a makeover on the “brick”. Painting siding is doable and not too difficult or expensive.
Easy fixes to make the exterior a bit more modern – house numbers, mail box and nice planters.
You could whitewash the “brick” – here is a good how-to link. An allover whitewash would make the dusty salmon less offensive (see below).
She sent me a pic and I played around in Photoshop to see what she’d look like in a different colour.
Here is the now:
Here is what I tweaked:
And here are some options. The landscaping and door are long-term add-ons.
A. Dark. Too dark?
B. Chocolate brown.
E. Blue F. GreyG. Dusty blueH, Dusty tealI. Medium greenJ. Creamy purpleK. Whitewash
haha I know I am not a Photoshop whizkid – no need to tell me!
BTW, the owners of this house did some awesome interior renos this year – maybe she’ll share a sneak peak.
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