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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bunk Room Update and a Giveaway!

Isn't summer grand? The weather has been fantastic so far and I feel so fortunate to be off to enjoy it all. It does to by much too quickly though! I always think that I should have all kinds of time to get projects checked off my list and to share them here but everything seems to take forever to get finished up. Always the way!

Case in point, the bunk room. Slowly but surely, it is coming together. It was a totally hideous room but now I really love it in there. It feels so clean and bright which was exactly what we were going for.

The walls were all painted Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace, as was the trim. Steph built the bunk beds and the ladder. They are my favorite part of the room. We ordered wool blankets from MacAusland's Woolen Mills, here in PEI, but they've had some machinery issues so we are still waiting for those to be finished. Once we have the beds all set up, I'll tell you a little more about the bunks and ladder.

The window trim was in pretty bad shape. I had replaced the window when I moved in and the frame around the inside of the window was in desperate need of some repair. A lot of caulking and plaster and it almost ready to be painted. Once that is finished, I can put up the roman shade that I had made for the room.

I did hang up a few things on the wall but things are going to kept fairly simple. I like the
tone on tone of the white frames against the white walls. The roman shade and pillows will provide the contrast.

In one corner, we were able to fit an old Ikea armoire that I'd had for years. I painted it the same white as the walls and I'm using it as a linen closet (something this old house lacks). I picked up the two grey felt baskets at Walmart for a bit more storage on top.

We also cut an Ikea floating shelf and fit it in between the walls over the cabinet. It's a little hard to see it against the white walls in the photo but soon I'll get it styled up with a few books and odds and ends to brighten up that corner.


Now for the GIVEAWAY!!!

All the photos in this post, as well as the photos from my Instagram account for the month of June, were taken with my handy Canon Powershot S200. It was generously provided to me by Staples Canada for the #30SummerDays challenge. It takes great photos and the best part is that it's WiFi enabled, which makes photo sharing a breeze!

To win your very own, here's what you have to do:
  • Tweet or Instagram a photo with the #30SummerDays hashtag
  • Come back here and leave me a comment, letting me know you did!
That's it! Easy peasy!

Contest closes on Friday, July, 25th at 12:00 AST. Good Luck! ** open to Canadian residents only**

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Love.

Well that was quite the blogging break! School ended and the first two weeks of summer vacations flew by. I worked on the provincial marking board for a couple of days with some fellow teachers and then headed off to New York City on a girl's trip. What a great way to kick off summer.. such a great time!

Our NYC whole group.
Selfies on the bus with my sisters.
Since we've been home, the weather has been fantastic and I've been trying to maximize my time enjoying the beauty that PEI has to offer. I'm always astounded by how beautiful it is at this time of year. We are so lucky to call it home.
I hit the beach three days in a row so I suppose shouldn't complain that it's going to rain all week. It will be a chance to get the house tidied up and some little projects finished up.
We've had some deck stain issues that we have yet to resolve. I'll be back this week with more on that. I decided to go on flower overload in the back yard as a distraction from the peeling floor boards! I'm not sure it's working but regardless, I'm officially in love with begonias this year.

 I hope you are all enjoying summer where you are. I plan to get back into the blogging groove this week so I hope you'll stop in again!


Monday, June 23, 2014

#30summerdays Challenge - Last week!

Today is day 23 of the #30summer days challenge with Staples Canada! Are you taking part? You can follow my daily photos on my Instagram account and be sure to tag your own. It's not too late!

It's been a great opportunity to capture some special summer moments and I'm grateful to Staples for giving me to opportunity to participate. There is a very fun giveaway with Staples Canada coming at the end. You'll definitely want to come back and check it out!
I always forget how busy June is. This is my last week of work before summer vacation and I so ready for it to be over. Hope you are all enjoying summer where you are!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Outdoor Seating.

We got a new outdoor couch for our back deck! I am thrilled about it because it is going to totally change the way we use the backyard. It feels so much more lounge-like with the couch instead of the table and chairs that we had last summer.

Last summer's set up.

In theory, having a patio table and chairs sounds like a great idea. In reality, I don't actually like to eat outside. You have to truck everything outside, your napkins all blow away, not to mention all the bugs. Maybe I'm being dramatic but I just don't fully get its appeal. I'd actually rather prepare my plate inside then eat off my lap outside. Anyone with me on this?

This summer's set up.

We kept the two armless chairs from last year and moved them so that they sit side by side. The new couch sits adjacent to them. Perfect for conversation.

We were on the hunt for an outdoor sectional for a while. We couldn't really find anything that fit our style and fyi, they are not cheap! I happened to be flipping through the latest Style at Home mag and came across some super cool white outdoor dining chairs. I was surprised to see that the source was! Who woulda thought? 

This prompted me to check out their website where I found lots of awesome outdoor furniture. Ours is the Golden Beach collection and I subsequently found the same collection on Amazon and but with a higher price tag.

We ordered a few pieces, intending to make a sectional. When it arrived, we played around with a few arrangements and decided that just the couch worked best with the pieces we already had. Perfect, because this saved us some money when we sent one piece back. Win!

It also came with cushions to run along the armrest but they are the same size as the back cushions so hung off the end a bit, which seemed weird to me. Instead, we are using a couple of outdoor pillows that I picked up from the Threshold line at Target.

It was nice to sit out there on Saturday morning, lounging and having our coffee. I'm thinking I'll be much more inclined to sit out this this summer now that that the table is gone.