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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

House Part 2

 Our new house has this awesome window in the dining room that I LOVE.  
I knew right away I wanted curtains up.  I adore the curtains I have in my living room, but thought it would be overkill to have the pattern here too.  So here is my "naked" window...
(bad cell pic, mess in the area)

 Here it is with my curtains !  
What a difference it makes !!

They have a really pretty faint embroidery pattern on them that you can't see here. 

So the next question is, do you like the curtains undressed (above)
or dressed (below)

ps- dressed is the fancy tie.

This space IS a work in progress.
You might remember my fancy multi coloured chairs... well, they might get a second makeover
And the new to me china hutch I bought and love is in the garage.
It no longer fits.
So i'm looking for something nice to go over on that left hand side.
And that photo still needs to get hung up on the right side.

Anyone notice that I have tiny "rods" only on the sides of the window for the curtains?

Well, the curtains are for show only.  They give the space texture and warmth, and aren't intended to be closed.

We had bought  "real" curtain rods, but instead, I used loonie store kitchen accessory rods.  I like that they were cheap and easy for me to put up.

What do you think of the transformation?

And, dressed or undressed?

Hello friends !  We've been busy as of late.  

Today will be a happy post.  A sad one will follow in a few days.

After loving our tenant's dog Oakley when we were in Kamloops- I desperatly wanted a dog.
I sort of got over it a bit, but Dylan caught dog fever, and while in Kamloops, we told him we'd consider getting one when we moved.
And we've now moved.

We had sort of decided not to get one, but a trip to Petcetra , where they had rescue dogs changed that.
We fell in love with her little puppy face, and adopted her.

Introducing Rosie.

8 weeks.

Full of puppy spunk.

This is her and her litter mates - they were all found abandoned near a river in the cold.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Our House, part 1

Hello friends !  

We have now been in Sherwood Park for a month.

I had everything unpacked and organized within a week- minus the garage.

I've had lots of friends ask to see our new place....

So, until you all come for a visit, here are some pics of what I'm doing with the house.

To start, it was a pretty blank slate.  These images are of the main floor.  

In upcoming posts I'll show you other areas of the house and what we've done.

First, the outside of the house !

I'm pondering painting the door a bright funky colour. 

The living room is more of a sitting, talking reading peaceful space.  
My style has had to change a bit with this type of home.  In Kamloops, I had a lot of vintage finds, but they just don't seem to fully fit in this very modern home.  You'll still find them, but they are a bit harder to locate in this house than they were in Kamloops.

We added some curtains which helped soften the windows.
I've really missed the view out of my window from Kamloops, so I got a giant print of one of my favorite Kamloops images.  I took this image about a year before we moved.
I do miss the mountains and actually should have spent a lot more time
photographing and enjoying them.  
But we've brought pieces of Kamloops with us, and 
this photo reminds me of what I loved about Kamloops.
I do however no longer have the ability to sit and look out my living room window
and spy on my cul de sac buddies while enjoying the scenery, so the
photo will have to suffice.

I LOVED my dining room light fixture, so before we put our house
on the market, I took it down and replaced it with a cheap restore one.
I'm happy it came with us.  :)

The light in this house is amazing.  
But the back door had a huge kitchen window that sort of creeped me out at night
with nothing on it.
I found on pintrest a tutorial for a roman shade.  
It looked so easy.
Not so.  Mine actually doesn't work, for some unknown reason
But it covers the window, looks nice, matches my curtains in the living room
and serves it's purpose.
So what if it doesn't actually go up or down.
So what if I glue gunned it so it's up a bit.

You know how DIY projects can go.

 So to replace some of the vintage character I had in my Kamloops home, I've turned to some funky
unexpected items.
Yellow Kitchen Cow
and yet to be painted goat.

Why not?

 And last but not least, or boy who got comfortable in the home quickly.
He's in preschool again, making friends
and we are doing lots of exploring.
(Dyl's version of thumbs up)

So, this was a bit of a peek of our house.

Casa Cook is officially open for visitors.

SO COME !!!!!

Because we really miss a lot of you.

But we are happy with our new home.

We did make the right decision.

And we are happy to be back in Alberta.