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Elements of our backyard studio build

3687648592_6f005f2e9e_o-1The reveal of our garden makeover was shown here, as an added bonus to the reveal of our furniture from Lowe’s. But what I really want to address is the amount of detail that we really put into this project. So backtracking to the beginning, the project started because we were in desperate need of more space. Space for me to do photoshoots, space for some storage and, space for entertaining. We turned our attention to the garden, where we had space in which we could build a new structure. In November 2014 I wrote this post that showed some inspiration.
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In Interior Design/ My Home Tour/ My House

Adding BIG art from Minted

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Some BIG art went into our little eat in kitchen, and it was EXACTLY what this space needed. Ever since we moved in, and renovated the kitchen, the eat in kitchen wall was left blank. (See above) It needed something, but I could never pin point what. Was it a bold colour on the wall (No. I dislike colour on the walls) Was it a gallery wall? Nope. Too busy. Also, because it’s a relatively small area I didn’t want visual clutter. It’s exactly the same reason why I didn’t add in a chandelier and, opted for pot lights. Visual clutter stresses me out.  Something light. Something us. Something that was just reflective of fun, youthful and not too serious but at the same time didn’t stand out. Something that complimented the space, not competed. So I decided it needed to be something BIG and something with lots of white. And it needed to be this. I’ve been in LOVE with this print from Minted for years and it hit me that the space needed ONE big piece.

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The art came framed. Ready for hanging. Live in Canada like I do? Yup. They ship here. It was packaged beautifully, easy to hang and no issues what so ever. Within a few weeks it was here (I think it was actually less to be honest with you) and the minute it was hung I knew it was THE perfect piece. My Mom actually wants to buy the exact same one for her bathroom. It’s the most beautiful print because it’s not too “literal” – like hey, look at these palms and there’s some detailing in the bottom which catches your eye.

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Oh yes. You can see that my chairs are missing from the table. I may have had a rage against them because I hated them so much and I put them on the curb. They drove me nuts. So we’re kind of without chairs right here which may seem odd, but we eat meals at our dining room table, this little nook is where Oscar curls up and draws or, does crafts while I’m in the kitchen. So the lack of chairs isn’t really a big deal (so I’m telling myself). I had hoped to find chairs I liked but I’m debating a different table here as well, and the $$ just started adding up so heck. This is what it’s like right now! And I love it. Serioulsy the art makes and, finished off the room.

Shopping List
Art White Hot / Size 54″ x 40″ framed in white wood  c/o Minted
Pillows / 24 inch pillows from Tonic Living in Oatmeal Slub and Moonstone Grey
walls / Cloud White by Benjamin Moore

In Renovations

The perfect colour for privacy screens…

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I’m going to show you in the upcoming weeks the reveal of the back studio / garage build (the exterior of it at least). It was a big project and we’re still working on minor additions to the exterior. Part of the exterior was building a semi privacy screen much like we have elsewhere in the garden. But I’ve started to think we need to paint or, do a dark stain. I drive by this house often in our neighbourhood and LOVE the colour of the lattice. I almost knocked on their door to ask what colour it was, and if they didn’t know, I was going to be prepared with my paint decks, ready to colour match. It’s the perfect colour for a fence. Not too light, not overly dark. Kind of has some green undertones, which is perfect when you have trees. I decided to post it to my facebook wall. Continue Reading →