House by the Bay Design

Finished Deck

Phase one of operation backyard oasis is complete – the deck! I’m really happy with how well this turned out. Neither Chris or I had ever build a deck before or really anything more complicated than, well, a fence. Surprisingly we had a lot of fun working together and while it was really tiring I […] Read more…

Building Fences

Good fences make good neighbours right? I have to say, I really like my neighbours and a part of me is really sad that we put up fences as our impromptu backyard parties now require walking around the block (sigh, so much effort).  If you move into a new development and you’re lucky enough to […] Read more…

I see a red door…

Our front door has experienced it’s forth colour overhaul in it’s very short life. Four?? Yes, I know…it’s a little nuts. Here’s what happened: Our door started it’s life as a boring white then one day our builders sent painters by to paint the doors, but they brought the wrong colour so the door became green. […] Read more…

Two baby quilts off & away

baby_quilts

I’m excited to show off my latest two quilts that are on their way to two very special little ladies. The first quilt (which I keep calling Starburst because it reminds me of the candy). It uses the free pattern from Swim, Bike Sew and this one is backed with a super soft flannelette with […] Read more…

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…

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