Category — Outdoors + Gardening

Five for Friday: Impressive Makeovers

Hello again! I’m back, just in time for the weekend…perfect timing ;) We had an awesome time away at our friends’ island cabin last weekend but it’s been back to real life/work/kids this week. Coming back from holidays is always a bit of a downer, right? It’s been raining too, which hasn’t helped, but there’s sunshine in the forecast and I’m hoping to sit lakeside/riverside/poolside somewhere (anywhere!) with the kiddos over the next few days. I’d also like to finally unpack the last of our moving boxes because our empty walls are starting to feel a little scary. Not sure what my deal is this time ’round (seriously, it’s been over 2 months since we moved in!) but it’s high time I break out of my decorating slump and get this show on the road! These impressive makeovers did help me feel some motivation this week:

1. Jordan’s dining room makeover makes a solid argument for painting out wood, beautiful though it may be:

Dining Room Makeover | Oh Happy Day | Photo: Paul Ferney
 Dining Room Makeover | Oh Happy Day | Photo by Paul Ferney

2. I love everything about this black + white bathroom renovation, especially the floors:

29th Ave Bathroom Makeover | Capree Kimball29th Ave Bathroom Makeover | Capree Kimball via Poppytalk

3. This desert patio space is simply made for entertaining:

Patio Makeover | A House in the Hills
Patio Makeover | A House in the Hills

5. My Instagram feed was full of this incredible space, Lombardi House, last night. It’s a new event venue in Hollywood (naturally)…so amazing!

Lombardi HouseLombardi House

5. Dana’s mudroom turned dining/laundry/everything room is the perfect combination of form meets function for busy family living:

Mudroom Makeover | House Tweaking
Mudroom Makeover | House Tweaking

Any projects or home renos in your future? Or are you putting them off like I am? Summer’s a tough one…sometimes it’s just easier to pour another cocktail than it is to hang a picture, just sayin’! Cheers to the weekend :)

July 25, 2014   3 Comments

Take Me to Church: A Family Home Renovation

Well, I’m officially beat. Last week and this weekend totally kicked my a$$ …3 parties at our house is just a little too much for this mama, especially with Brad away camping all weekend, but I survived and I’m ready to attempt another busy week ahead. The schools are on full strike now so all working parents in BC are in extreme juggling mode but so far I’ve got childcare somewhat lined up…I think. Despite the juggling act and sad moments that school got cut short (as in ended suddenly…we didn’t even get to say goodbye!), it does feel good to ease into Summer mode and less driving is always a good thing. My nerves are feeling somewhat on edge after organizing events, schedules and babysitting and I could sure use a peaceful moment, how about you? Now you know I love a good home conversion (see here, here and here) and I can’t imagine a more serene home than a church! This Australian church was originally built in the 1800’s and was operational until only 10 years ago before being converted into a cozy family home, full of vintage treasures and modern conveniences:

Photographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design FilesPhotographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design Files via Domaine

Photographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design Files

Photographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design FilesPhotographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design Files via Domaine

Photographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design Files

Photographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design FilesPhotographer: Sean Fennessy, Producer: Lucy Feagins, Source: The Design Files via Domaine

On a personal note, I’m going in for surgery on Thursday and I’m feeling pretty nervous about the whole thing. It’s not serious (as in it’s not a medical emergency but all surgery is fairly serious I suppose!) and I won’t go into details now but I will be in recovery-mode over the next few weeks so you might see a lot less of me…or more, depending on how bored I get! Despite the recovery side of things, it will be nice to put my feet up and finally read that stack (as in 12!) of magazine subscriptions that I haven’t had a chance to read yet, not to mention getting in some serious cuddle/book reading/movie watching time with my kiddos. I’ll be back to chat on Wednesday but have a great start to your week :)

June 16, 2014   2 Comments

Friday Finds: Patios, Portraits + Party Tunes

Hey there, it’s Friday! I’m so glad the weekend is here, how about you? This week has felt a little off to me…not bad per say, just off. Cranky kids, teacher strike/lock out, plans falling through, you know, just one of those kind of weeks. Oh well, I’m putting it all behind me and hitting the road with my Spruce girls and couldn’t be more excited! I love a good vintage treasure hunt and we’re heading into Washington State with 3 vehicles (I’ll be attempting to drive my dad’s Sprinter van for the first time, eek!). I have no doubt that we’ll come back with a full load and it’s always fun to go road tripping with my girls. We’re supposed to have a beautifully hot and sunny weekend and there will be plenty of time for fun on a patio (or two!) after today’s jaunt, with a cold drink in hand of course! We’ve got work to do on our own little patio and I thought the following were great inspiration for indoors and out:

Built in patio benches by Smitten StudioSmitten Studio

Linen Portrait Collection by Three Potato FourThree Potato Four

Poppytalk for Target Party CollectionPoppytalk for Target Party Collection

Cute, right? I can’t wait to check out the new Poppytalk for Target Party Collection in a couple of weeks (it launches on my birthday, lucky me!) and just bought some globe string lights for our own outdoor area. Every patio party needs fresh tunes so here are a few of my faves from this week. I’m a little obsessed with the Coldplay one…it’s literally been on repeat the last 3 days! The rest of the album is pretty great too. Happy weekend!

May 30, 2014   4 Comments

Fresh Florals: Sweet + Simple

I love fresh flowers (I mean, who doesn’t?) but I find our local grocery stores sorely lacking in the bouquet department. Dyed blue + purple mums? Um, no thank you! But if you live in my neighbourhood, you’ll very likely see me snipping away at my lavender, sedum + succulents before company arrives…at the last minute, of course. I planted hens + chicks this year and they bloomed the most amazing neon yellow “trailers” that are perfect for plucking. You can see a few in this bouquet…

My backyard blooms

Skona Hem

Once Wed



Eva Juliet

Martha Stewart

I love having greenery on our table and near my computer…makes even the most mundane tasks just that little bit more cheerful! What are your fave blooms? Do you grow them yourself, buy them or “borrow” from a friendly neighbour? I’m very good at cutting my plants but maybe not so excellent at weeding…ah, well! Have a bright Wednesday :)

July 31, 2013   3 Comments

Endless Summer: Taking it Outside

How was your weekend? Mine was fantastic and we spent most of it outside, soaking up this endless summer sunshine. It didn’t hurt that I got a head start on the weekend with my friend Julia in the city and we had an amazing night out. She truly is the hostess with the mostess and put together the best patio/pub crawl…we paced ourselves very well…and I’m thinking she should start a blog, non? Funny enough, she’s the one who inspired me to start writing this little blog! I spent the rest of the weekend with my man, lots of friends and our kiddos (of course!). After two days by the river in Yarrow, I must admit that we’re all dreaming about the country life, just a little bit! But city or country, with weather like this I think just about everybody is doing what they can to spend most of their time outdoors. And I can imagine plenty of sparkling conversation happening in these fresh air spaces…

Habitus Living

Skona Hem

Magnolia Rouge

Design Love Fest

The Design Files


What outdoor fun have you been getting up to this summer? Brad’s got 5 days off coming up and we’re hoping to make a last minute beachside getaway happen. If we can’t swing it (I was far too tardy on booking a vacation rental, doh!) I’m pretty sure we’ll be equally happy with beachy day trips closer to home. There’s nothing quite like British Columbia in the summer! Enjoy your Monday :)


July 29, 2013   11 Comments