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Lindsay Stephenson

In My House/ Updates

The Backyard Studio Reveal

Many moons ago, we started building a backyard carport and studio in the back of our garden. This was the blog post that showed you the reveal of the outside space. It’s finally time to show you the inside.  When you open those double doors, you come in to…

It has been forever, but these things take time and although we have been using it throughout the winter and, up to now, the final piece of the project was completed recently (adding all the furniture and accessories). Real life projects take time (and money) and this wasn’t your “One Room Challenge” makeover.  Taking you back through the project – I chose to plank the with Metrie Shiplap (blogged about here) as I felt that it added some sturdiness to the room, and finished it off better than just drywall would. I wanted a cottage feeling, and shiplap gives you that feeling without being overly “decorated”. Behind the walls the space is insulated and in the winter, we have a space heater going which does a great job of keeping the tiny little space warm.

I added a dining room table from Structube and four gorgeous wishbone chairs from G-Furn. To soften up the backs a bit, since I sometimes have meetings back here, or entertain, I added four sheepskin throws / rugs from Ikea to the backs of the chairs. There are two Ikea cabinets in the back, painted white, that were used in my One of a Kind booth display, but here they act as storage for photography props for business, and in the other – games, crayons and paper for when kids come out here.

We use the space as a cottage in the city, we can often be found playing family games back here, or hanging out around the table doing our thing – Oscar playing on the iPad (the wifi reaches back here thanks to a booster in the house) and I on my laptop or sketching.

A fan above keeps the air moving and the bugs away from us, and the two chandeliers brighten up the space and don’t demand too much attention in the space. Everything works together to be a cohesive,chilled but finished space.

The flooring is tile, which was a last minute decision – originally we were going to go with a polished concrete look but it didn’t feel right once the walls started to go up and it started to come together as a polished room. The tile is AMAZING as dirt and snow gets on it and all I do is wipe it or brush it up.

Back to the studio to play some Trouble…

Chandeliers ………. Lowes (Only available online, not in store) or or
Fan ……….. Amazon, Wayfair, All Modern
……….. North Sheds
Walls – Metrie Shiplap (see post here), Painted in Simply White by Benjamin Moore
Table ………… Structube
Chairs ………. G*Furn
Artwork ……….. Minted (originally in our kitchen)
Lanterns outside ………… Artcraft
Outside Colour ……… Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
Door Handles …………. Emtek

See other blog posts by following the Studio tag. 

In Garden

Back Garden Updates

We’ve started the process to demolish and rebuild our back deck. Here’s the stat of it, and you can see the rotten wood planks that were just getting worse and worse.

The deck is gone (above) and you can see I’m starting the process to stain the fence black and remove some of the garden. I’m trying to save my hydrangea bushes that you see right in the middle, and they will eventually go by the stairs of the new deck. Along the black fence I’m planting some tall linear trees to add some height and, some eventual privacy. I ended up picking a golden dawyck beech tree. 

Next stage is to get fence posts put in, and we’ll be putting up a fence with the neighbours that we love. It’s tempting to keep the fence down because it looks so beautiful so big, and we love them – but it will be lovely for everyone to have some extra privacy. Stay tuned for some more updates! xo Linds

In shopping

Style Guide / Anthropologie

Passport Holder

I’m always browsing shops like Anthropologie for inspiration on trends. They bring in gorgeous makers and seem to have an eclectic mix of styles. Here are some of the items I’ve been eyeing and own. (Ps., they have their Summer Sale on right now)

My friend Erika gave this to me to take with me to NYC at my first National Stationery Show this past May and it is the BEST little case. I’m obsessed. Find it here. 


Sweet treat spoons

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In Garden

Black Fences

We’ve taken down our back deck, we’re in the process of designing a new one, and all of the sudden I’m being hit with a ton of inspiration for changing up our garden. And I think one of those changes is going to be painting or staining our fences black. Here are some images I’ve been pinning for inspiration.  I feel as though the black highlights greenery more and is a backdrop that makes nature just stand out. Plus it’s classic. And I’m obsessed.

Images linked here / and many sourced from here