Coffee & Tea Bar & Dining Room Tour

We have a corner in our dining room that has held the kids’ toy kitchen.  The kids love to play with the toys, but we found they often took them out of the dining room and into the living room to play.  Is it because our dining room floor usually has a layer of shredded cheese and cheerio crumbs? Probably.  We decided to move the toys into the living room and to create a coffee and tea bar in our dining room.

I found the perfect buffet / sideboard on craigslist that had a beautiful, dark wood finish but upon closer inspection was desperately in need of refinishing or painting.  Our woodwork in our living room and dining room is all quite dark so I opted to paint it and I love how it turned out.  Moving our espresso machine and tea kettle along with all the mugs and accessories freed up a lot of our counter and cupboard space and it it feels so good to have some empty space in the kitchen.

Also, can I take a moment to acknowledge and enjoy the sunshine outside the windows in these photos!  It hasn’t been a long winter, but it has been a very wet one and I’m thrilled to see the sun!



House Tour – Will’s Room

I realized a few days ago that it has been almost 6 months since we moved to Oregon.   I still feel so new even though we now have our favourite restaurants and know where the grocery stores and parks are, all things that have taken time to discover.  I know, I know it can take a long time to feel settled.  Our house has really reflected that this time around.  Moving two thousand miles with a newborn and a toddler in tow is not for the faint of heart and slowly but surely we are getting there!  I have been wanting to do a house tour for a little while now so I’m going to post it room by room.

The kids rooms are my favourite.  I never really got to decorate a nursery for either of them before they were born so it was fun to get to put these two rooms together.  Will’s room is still a work in progress but we spend a lot of time in here.  The natural light is amazing on days like today when the sun is shining!


The nautical flags are reused from Will’s first birthday party! These windows look out over our front porch.

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The airplane prints are a free download you can find here.  I had these printed and put them in these Ikea frames.  It was inexpensive and Will loves his “big airplanes.”


IMG_4971 IMG_4976The bed in this room is technically Felicity’s… or at least it will be her’s in a few years.  We got it when we thought the kids were going to be sharing a teeny tiny bedroom and we were indecisive about getting him a twin bed or something larger.  We are betting that Will is going to be tall someday!  We are on the craigslist hunt for a new old dresser and I am working on making a quilt for his bed.  “Working on” makes it sound more active than what is actually happening.  I have a great idea and will eventually get to it.

Up next: Felicity’s room!

Redecorating our Living Room

Ever since we moved out of our house last year, I have thought our living room was a little dull.  Without hardwood floors and windows on every side, I guess it’s bound to feel a little more dim inside.  I’ve been dreaming of redecorating our living room and these are a few of the ideas I’ve come up with!

ImageClub Sofa from Macy’s

strandmon-wing-chair__0164703_PE319846_S4A pair of Strandmon Chair from Ikea

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 3.12.38 PMWe want a photo wall – since anything on our side tables is too tempting for our toddler.  This might be a little much but I love the shelves they’re on too.

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 3.17.30 PMA pair of Metropolitan Cubes from Pottery Barn (these match our side tables)

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 3.15.03 PMI am trying to figure out how to make one of these frames for our TV.  Not green, of course, but love the idea all the same.

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Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 3.13.02 PMI love pretty much everything about this living room… just with a little more colour.

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And maybe some bright pillows!

And in case you are wondering.  I’m not too worried about light furniture and a baby that likes to eat blackberry jam.  He eats in the kitchen and isn’t that what washable fabric is for?