Saturday, March 26, 2011

Willow Wisp on the Move

We are off for the next week, in search of our new Willow Wisp Cottage.  Perhaps it will look like this:

or this.....doesn't this seem perfectly suited to being called Willow Wisp Cottage?


Of course, I can always re-name my blog Willow Wisp Castle




This is actually the real top contender so far, but we have many other houses we're also viewing.  The lack of trees in this ranchland terrain is going to take some getting used to.  Where we are moving from, in the temperate rain forest of the west coast, we're surrounded by gorgeous, huge trees.  I do love the look of this house, though, and wait till I show you the inside!  I plan on taking lots of pictures, and will share our decision with you just as soon as we get back!  Exciting times (just think of all the new, fun decorating opportunities ahead!)

 Have a fabulous week!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Quick Updates in the Master Bathroom

In the interest of selling our home, a few quick and inexpensive updates were in order for our Master Bathroom.


If you recall the before:



Mustard walls, 80's oak vanity and tub surround (complete with shiny gold trim), and molded faux marble vanity top.  Tres 1986 (when the house was built).


There were a few great things going for this room: The size, the beautiful window and arch details in the room, and new neutral tile flooring.

And here is our mini-reno, budget friendly after:

Bah-bye gold accent trim and oak wood.  Hello espresso loveliness.


Bah-bye mustard walls, and hello soft grey-green walls.  Buh-bye molded marble vanity top and hello granite top with underhung sink. 



Sorry for the glare off the window, but I really wanted to show you the lovely arches in this room, which mimic the arched window.
The vanity also got a coat of luscious espresso paint, and new hardware.


This granite top was a steal at Home Depot.  Sink with top was $249.00 and made such a huge difference in updating the look of this vanity.



Soooo much better, and all we spent was $249.00 for the vanity top.  The wall colour we already had from our Master Bedroom and the vanity paint was from our stair handrail project.
I know it's looking a little plain Jane with regards to the accessories, but in the real estate market, this is the name of the game.  I have removed much of my accessories in our home in order to make it more marketable to people who (shockingly) may not have the same style as me =)

The best news of all?  The company which my husband is going to be working for will buy our home from us if it hasn't sold by June 1.  Phew, that's a load of stress off us!  We'd still prefer to sell it on our own, however, to maximize the price we get for it. 

Linking this mini-reno to my favorite Parties!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The upside to purging (?)

Besides the obvious positives to purging and downsizing, I managed to find a few cool pieces that my mother gave to me (wait, is this the route of my troubles?  I actually acquired more stuff from purging!). 

I am anxious to get these new pieces into our new home and work on revamping them:


(see all that junk in the mirrors!  ugh! please look past it to admire the prettiness of the armoire only-remember, this is still amongst the junk in my Guest house :)


This is the new armoire for our bedroom.  I will change the hardware, but otherwise love the finish.  My grandmother refinished this, and my mother handed it down to me.  I will photograph it again when it's in our new home and show you the fabulous detailing.  This picture doesn't do it justice.



This was bought at a garage sale for $30.  It is the perfect cabinet for my quilting fabric.  It just needs a cleaning and perhaps some white paint?  We'll have to see!

Love the little handle.....


And the details.


I spotted this old Coke crate, and my Mom told me to take it.  A perfect, rustic addition for the family room, perhaps.

I also scored a funky lamp, a foot stool and a few other odds and ends.  I'm anxious to find new homes for them in our next house! It's sure handy having a Mom who loves to second hand shop, and pass down her treasures!


Monday, March 7, 2011

The Ugly side of Moving

As I read all these wonderful blog posts on those amazing finds, refinishing projects and cute spring and Easter crafts, I find myself doing none of the above. Instead, I purge.  The main house is de-cluttered, clean and looking real estate market fresh, but my dirty little secret lies in the Guest House in back. This is my staging ground for our (a joint effort with my mother and myself) upcoming garage sale. I tell ya, I'm this close to calling it quits and calling in the GW to take it all away. I did promise my girls, however, that the proceeds of this garage sale will go towards a new outdoor play structure when we move, so I will plod along and get this sale done!

Ready for the ugly (and embarrassing!) collection of crapola that I have acquired over the years?

Oh for the love of Grace, how, how, did this happen? I love to purge, I am not a collector of things, I am not a hoarder.

In my defence, some of this is my mother's, but admittedly, most of this is mine.  ugh. It's easy to hide all this crap when you have a guest house in back.  Next home we buy, no guest house.  No way, I'm not allowed.


I've filled a small room with boxes, already, and you can't even tell that I've removed anything from my home (it's mainly just de-cluttering and emptying cupboards).



I sure hope we have one mother of a garage sale!  We are slated for April 16, and what doesn't sell is promptly donated to GW. We have to get this stuff sorted, priced and laid out nicely by then.


There's more stuff around every corner!
On a good note, my craft room is mostly packed.



I will feel so much better once this garage sale is done, and my soul is cleansed!

Sorry for the boring post, but I wanted to share what I've been up to this past week.  My week has been one giant junk cleanse. 

Tomorrow I have a few pictures of some cute things that I managed to acquire during this process.  More on that later!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bed Obsession

I am in love. Imagine gorgeous curves, french lines and glorious tufts.


Images: Pottery Barn
She is the new jumping off point for my Master Bedroom re-do, and she shall be mine (just as soon as I get around the whole 'we don't ship to Canada' business.  Where there's a will, there's a way!!).

I also have been lucky enough to score a gorgeous armoire, handed down to me from my mother.  it will be a perfect compliment to this headboard. I will share it's beauty with you tomorrow! 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I've spent mine gathering a massive amount of 'stuff' for our upcoming purge, I mean garage sale.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Huge Change Ahead....

We are back from Vegas and the vet conference. We had fun, and embraced the craziness that is Vegas, but like they say, there's no place like home! On that note, this home is going to not be ours for much longer. My husband has accepted a job in Calgary, and we'll be moving June 1. My hubby will be there April 1, so it will be a tough few months, flying solo with the kidlets, work, packing, moving etc. All worth it in the end, however.


I have a confession: I've been a little worried. I've been worried that I have not posted much lately on my blog, and it's causing me great stress! (do you do that to yourself too??) While I originally started this blog as a creative outlet and a forum to 'meet' people with similar interests, I must admit that I've enjoyed watching my little blog grow, and am excited with each new follower. I know that between work, single parenting, and all the fun that goes along with moving (Soon to be stuck in the packing vortex!), I don't want to add more pressure on myself by feeling that I must post everyday, or even every few days.



I tell you this as I have followed a few blogs that have suddenly stopped posting, with no explanation, and I always wonder what happened to them. My craft and diy projects will be at a minimum, and there will be no new home decor projects (in fact, just the opposite as I put away all my treasures).

I want you to know how important this blog is to me, and that yes, I will be here, reading and commenting nearly everyday, and I WILL be back to share my new home (yet to be found-those previous homes I showed you were in Victoria, as we were originally going to accept an offer there) and all the exciting decorating fun that will come with it. I just may be light on the posts for the next few months, kay?

Stick with me! I am going to pack you up too in a very special box, and bring you with me on my little trek cross provinces.

Whao! What a ride!