House by the Bay Design

DIY Window Shade

I really wanted something to cover the window in the dining room because it has a not-so-steller view of a brick wall. I don’t really like venetian blinds and Chris hates curtains so a roman blind seemed like an obvious compromise. Right? Right. After searching the interwebs I fell in love with this one from […] Read more…

Light Fixture Found

I am happy to say that after hour and hours (and hours and hours…) of searching we have finally found THE light fixture for our dining room. The Glass Orb Chandelier is the perfect mix of modern and fun and is exactly what we didn’t know we were looking for. Also, West Elm is officially my […] Read more…

Hide those litter boxes!

Mum calls the upstairs guest bathroom her “spa bathroom” because it has the only bathtub in the house. Unfortunately, it also is home to two of our four kitty litter boxes. Turns out: cat poop – not very spa-like. The dilemma: the cats need easy access to their boxes for private time,  and mum needs a […] Read more…

Our Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving

Last week we were very lucky to host 12 of our close family and friends for our first Thanksgiving in our new house. Chris decided he wanted to cook the entire meal this year. So while Chris was busy smoking the turkey I set out to make the house look festive for all our guests. […] Read more…

Ikea chair makeover

I decided to take advantage of the Thanksgiving long weekend and give our kitchen chairs a bit of a makeover. These are our chairs before their transformation: The Byholma chair with the Djupvik cushion from Ikea. First on my makeover to-do list was dyeing the cushion covers. I wanted a darker green-ish brown colour, which […] Read more…

Half bath makeover

BathMakeover

Last Saturday I woke up with nothing on my to do list except for doing some laundry and watch the entire first season of Orange is the new Black. Of course, as soon as I went downstairs and talked to my mother an opportunity arose for a weekend project – makeover the half bath on […] Read more…

Shopping for light fixtures

I had no idea that our new dining room would come without a light fixture. I assumed the builder would put in a boring ceiling light that we eventually would replace with something we love. I was wrong. The dining room has been dark for two months. Yup, after searching for two months we have […] Read more…

We have a tree!

Today I got home from work to find that a tree had been planted in my front yard! I’m taking this as a positive sign that grass and a paved driveway will be on their way soon. In honour of our new tree (which I’m fairly sure is a red maple) I thought I would […] Read more…

Our new sectional

The first thing on my to do list after we moved into our new house was to find a new sofa for our living room. The requirements for the new sofa were that it should have enough space for 4 adults to share comfortably and the fabric should be durable enough to withstand spills & […] Read more…

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