My Country Farmhouse – The Cost Effective Projects Continue

Just after New Years day I ordered some bay window curtain rods. What are bay window curtain rods you ask? Well, it is a rod that has elbows that bend so the rod is seamless all the way across. It is awesome! At the same time I ordered 6 sets of white sheers (3 sets per set of bay window). A total cost of $200 for everything – which isn’t to bad at all.

The master bedroom has a set of bay windows which is the first room I did. It took about 30 minutes from start to finish to get the rods up and curtains on. I finally have some privacy from the street (you can see into my whole room from the road)

The final room to add the curtains too was the living room. I needed the ladder to do these windows as the ceilings are about 9 feet tall. Taking only 30 minutes to complete as before and the living room was totally transformed. And if it is even possible the ceiling looks even taller than before.

Here are some new items that have been purchased for my house:

Since my last day of work was January 8th I will now begin the process of wallpaper removal in the master bedroom (SO MUCH DREAD). There are at least 4 layers of paper that I’ve counted as I peel back each style of paper. Mainly floral. One appears to be a stripe. At some point there was a floral boarder around the ceiling (feels quite early – 1920s which could have been with the boarder). There is also a 1960-70s paper that is very brightly coloured with large flowers.

I expect this tasks to take A LOT of time and energy. I will be doing it one wall at a time and section by section. These are the original plaster walls under the paper which I am hoping aren’t in terrible condition (bad – yes) as there are cracks in the wall paper and a few holes. The area around the bay window had been started before I moved in. So that is mostly done. This room will need (if all goes well) wall paper removal, plastering holes/cracks, a good wash, caulking around the windows, trim primer and paint, wall primer and paint and the ceiling painted. This will take a decent amount of time – which I will not rushing.

Once that is all done I get to make the room pretty. A new antique brass and lucite ceiling fan and to hang some art on the very bare walls. The bedside tables, lamps, bed, vanity and stool will all remain. I am hoping to repurpose my second accent chair (previously in the living room) in the master along with my second small marble side table. But we will just have to wait and see.

My final task to start will be to get the fabric reupholstered on the cushions and curtains in Peanut. Her facelift will continue as best it can in the cold weather. If it stays in the pluses I can start the floor framing for the bathroom as well.

This about sums up what is coming up in the next month – which means you will all have to stay tuned for progress of the master bedroom and Peanut. Thanks again for following along.

Keep warm!


My Country Farmhouse – Road Trip: Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls, Ontario

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Google Maps – Bobcaygeon

This week has been dedicated to getting out of the house. ROAD TRIPS!!! Monday I took a road trip to Bobcaygeon, Ontario (where I pretty much grew up). And yes, this is the Bobcaygeon that the Tragically Hip sing about – it is an actual place!

Brief history:

“Bobcaygeon is a community on the Trent–Severn Waterway in the City of Kawartha Lakes, east-central Ontario, Canada.

Bobcaygeon was incorporated as a village in 1876, and became known as the “Hub of the Kawarthas”. Its recorded name bob-ca-je-wan-unkcomes either from the Mississauga Ojibway word baabaagwaajiwanaang “at the very shallow currents”, giishkaabikojiwanaang “at the cliffed cascades” or obaabikojiwanaang “at currented rocky narrows”, or from the French beau bocage “beautiful hedged farmland”. The first lock in the Trent-Severn Waterway was built in Bobcaygeon in 1833.

The town is situated on three islands, along with the main land.

Bobcaygeon’s chief industry is tourism, particularly related to recreational fishing. Bobcaygeon is a hub for the region, providing many of the services unavailable in the smaller neighbouring communities.” – Wikipedia

I left the house around 12:30pm after feeding the pups and made an afternoon out of the trip. I took the back country roads which were all scenic. Nothing but sun, water and forest to distract me while driving. It was nice to see so many people out biking and jogging taking full advantage of this incredible day.

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Google Maps – Petroglyphs Provoncial Park

On the way out I drove past the Petroglyphs Provincial Park which I will have to check out one day. Here is some information on the park:

“Petroglyphs Provincial Park is a historical-class provincial parksituated in Woodview, Ontario, Canada, northeast of Peterborough. It has the largest collection of ancient First Nations petroglyphs (rock carvings) in Ontario. The carvings were created in the pre-Columbian era and represents aspects of First Nations spirituality, including images of shamans, animals, reptiles, and, possibly, the Great Spirit itself.

The location of the site was kept hidden from non-First Nation people until 1954, when it was rediscovered accidentally by a prospector (Everett Davis)[1] of the Industrial Minerals of Canada. The immediate area of the petroglyphs has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada.[2]” – Wikipedia

I think spending a morning photographing the park would be a beautiful experience and an awesome blog to share with everyone in the future.

Continuing on my journey I drove through Buckhorn and Noggies Creek where the little bait & Tackle shop (Pirates Cove) is still up and running (30 years later). Located just next to the bridge on County Road 36. I remember buying penny candies (YES – 1 Cent candies) from this store after paddling over from Bellhaven Trailer Park.

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Driving over the bridge and around the bend on the left is Bellhaven Trailer Park which from the ages of 6 years old to 19 years old was where we spent our summers and weekends (Less so for me when I got a job at the age of 16). Dozens of kids running around playing manhunt, fishing, swimming from morning to dusk, bonfires, corn roasts, boating and tournaments was how we grew up. It literally was the best of times!

What I noticed driving through Bobcaygeon was how nothing really changed. A few new builds but businesses and homes all stayed the same. Shops still around 20 years later. I was driving down memory lane. The pet store where the cockatiel mocked the old man laughing – still there. Pick N Save – still there. Bigley Shoes – Still there. Absolutely nothing has changed. The only change was how crowded it was for a Monday afternoon.

After revisiting my childhood I continued on my journey to Fenelon Falls, Ontario (which I’d never been) to check out a little antique store called Gr8 Finds Market. This little shop is actually two shops combined with multiple vendors.. Small, quite traditional for an in town shop. Laid out well and priced ok. I ended buying a little step stool for my main bathroom so I can reach the higher shelves. It’s old and chippy but it is a well built piece.

I walked the Main Street and along the water which was nice since it was not overly hot. However, I did forget to take pictures… sorry! You will just have to go and check it out yourselves 😛

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Google Maps – Fenelon Falls

Once my time in Fenelon Falls was complete it was time to make my way home. I decided to take the longer way home which would allow me to stop in some smaller towns along the way. On my cork board in the city I have a large map of Ontario and I mark every town I visit (this started 10 years ago). I will be adding over 20 pins since Covid-19 struck. Day trips are the only thing keeping me sane right now. I will take a picture of the map and add it for everyone to see once I head back to Toronto for work (still no date yet).

Here is a list of the towns I stopped in on the way back to Havelock: Woodview, Fowlers Corner, Cavan, Bethany, Keene and Cameron. They were all equally nice with century homes and shops lining the main streets. My trip came to an end around 5:15pm. Home sweet home just in time for dinner. Another fun successful afternoon spent touring the sites and getting to know Ontario. Our province is so big and there is so much land and water to enjoy. The few little pins I add to my board will barely cover the map. I still have SO much more to see.

Get out and experience what our great province has to offer while you have the time.

Stay safe!


My Country Farmhouse – Unique Century Old Properties for Sale

Here is a unique blend of Century + buildings, homes and businesses currently on the market across the Eastern parts on Canada. Each one has so much character and will offer you some great ideas if you are planning a renovation or refresh on your own property. You can see full listings for each property at

Located in my favourite town I haven’t visited yet – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia you will find this 1790 Lennox Tavern & Inn. It is the oldest British Colonial Inn to run in Canada. It has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, 9 fire places, 3400 square feet of living space and come fully furnished. It is so spectacular. At a list price of $750,000 you can find more information on this Inn at MLS® Number: 202012565.

This former church located in Seabright, Nova Scotia has undergone a serious transformation and is now a 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom home. Built in 1833 and listed for $379,900 it has a original windows, vaulted ceilings and original doors. You can see more pictures of this property at MLS® Number: 202012722.

Known as the Granville Ferry Hotel and located in Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia this 6 bedroom and 3 bathroom property is listed for $249,900. It has wood burning fire places, wood beams, hardwood floors, walk-in pantry, claw foot tubs and is just filled with charm. You can see more information and pictures for this lovely blue lady at MLS® Number: 202012633.

Located in La Cite-Limoilou, Quebec this gorgeous stone building has been converted in to condos. Built in 1800 this condo has a lovely curved staircase, wood floors, stained glass and coffered ceilings. At a list price of only $168,000 you can live in a super cool conversion. To see more pictures of this property please visit MLS® Number: 13824683.

Also located in La Cite-Limoilou this 1900 building has also been converted in to a unique condo. This 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom unit is listed for $239,000. Sit on your private balcony overlooking Old Quebec and admire the stone and brick walls that make your condo truly one-of-a-kind. You can see more pictures of this listing at MLS® Number: 10689352.

Truly one-of-a-kind. This majestic building doesn’t come with much info. It appears to be some kind of chapel… perhaps monastery? Built in 1867 it has 15 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Listed for $2,499,000 you can see more pictures and read (very little) information on this property at MLS® Number: 11624960.

Located in Beach Meadow, Nova Scotia you can own your very own church for the low low price of only $69,900. You can see a few more pictures and read the information on this cute little property at MLS® Number: 202012799.

Located in Maxville, Ontario this charming storefront and apartment is listed for $249,000. This former general store and ice cream parlour was built in 1921 and has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. You can see more pictures and get more information on this unique building at MLS® Number: 1200245.

I hope you enjoy touring these listings. They are all so beautiful.


My Country Farmhouse – Strolling Perth, Ontario

Yesterday, June 30th my mom and I did a day trip to drop off a few packages 2 hours and 15 minutes West of Havelock to Stittsville, Ontario. Picnic lunch in hand (sandwiches, fruit, snacks, chocolate and water) we were ready to head out for the day. Stittsville  is a suburban area that is part of the city of Ottawa (an area I’ve never been too). We took Highway 7 East (I’ve only been as far as South Frontenac). The drive did not disappoint, there were beautiful old farmhouses and barns with incredible pastures, forests and beautiful views of water all around. We also drove through some very small towns that had seen better days – many had defunct old motels that may have one day been well cared for.

We planned our day out to maximize what we could do between 8:30am and 4pm – a full day (5 hours driving).

History of Stittsville, Ontario – Wikipedia

“The first settlers to the area were Irish soldiers, arriving in the 1820s. The town itself was born in the 1850s by Jackson Stitt, for whom the town is named; he was also the first postmaster in the area.[4]

By 1866, Stittsville was a post village with a population of 100, situated in the township of Goulbourn. The village contained one general store, one common school, with an average attendance of seventeen pupils. The Loyal Orange Lodge, No. 210, met in Orange Hall, on the first Thursday in each month. The citizens included John S Argue, general merchant and postmaster.[5]

The Great Carleton Fire of 1870 devastated the community, destroying nearly everything. Kemp’s Tavern on Hazeldean road, built in 1868, which now houses “Cabotto’s Restaurant” and a handful of other buildings were all that was left standing. This was an extremely large fire, encompassing over 250,000 acres (1,000 km2)[citation needed] from Ottawa to Smiths Falls to Carleton Place.[4]”

Driving through Stittsville I noticed that most of the properties were not that old. Maybe I was in the wrong area but we didn’t see any homes that had the architectural history or character found on our journey East. Many new subdivisions. Some of which were very cute. Once we dropped off the packages we made our way West towards Perth, Ontario. But before leaving Stittsville we stopped at a little pop up booth for some fresh picked Ontario Strawberries – YUM!

History of Perth, Ontario – Wikipedia

“The town was established as a military settlement in 1816, shortly after the War of 1812. The settlement of Lanark County began in 1815. In that year “the Settlement forming on the Rideau River” as it was officially referred to (and which soon became known as “Perth Military Settlement”) began to function under Military direction. The settlement was named Perth in honour of acting Governor-General Sir Gordon Drummond, whose ancestral home was Perthshire.

Several townships were surveyed to facilitate the location of farms for military and other settlers; and the site of the future Town of Perth, which had been chosen as the headquarters of the Military Establishment was surveyed in 1816.[3]

Many of the first settlers were military veterans on half pay, while others were military veterans from France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Scotland or Ireland who were offered land in return for their service. The Rev. William Bell, who arrived in June 1817, noted in his diaries that the settlement was more European than the Scottish settlement described to him. The first Scottish settlers came in 1816.[3] Many of the Scottish immigrants were stonemasons; their work can be seen in many area buildings and in the locks of the Rideau Canal.

The military regime lasted until 1824, when settlers were granted municipal rights, i.e., ‘the right of self-government’.[3] For many years Perth was the military, judicial, political and social capital, not only of the County of Lanark, but of the whole of the Ottawa Valley, north and west, until owing to the construction of the Rideau Canal, and the development of the lumber industry further north and west along the Ottawa, it finally was eclipsed by the town called “Bytown”—the present City of Ottawa, the Capital of the Dominion. But for many years the people of the town of Bytown, while it was still ‘Bytown’ had to come to Perth for their law and justice, for the law courts of the whole great district were located there.[3]

The first secretary/stores-keeper (and eventually postmaster and superintendent) of the settlement was Daniel Daverne, brought up from the Quarter Masters General Department in Kingston, Ontario, to assume these positions.

Perth is home to a pioneer burial ground, St. Paul’s United Church Cemetery, formerly The Old Methodist Burying Ground. This cemetery is at the south-east end of the Last Duel Park on Robinson Street.[4] The Craig Street Cemetery, sometimes referred to as the “Old Burying Grounds” also contains many historic graves and saw use from 1820–1873.

The town’s motto is “Pro Rege, Lege et Grege” (“For the King, the Law and the People”), which is shared with the City of Perth in Scotland[citation needed], and which was adopted in 1980 along with a new crest. The previous motto, “Festina lente sed certo” (“Make haste slowly but surely”), and original town crest appears on the uniforms of the Perth Citizen’s Band. Founded in 1850, this band continues a tradition of community music with numerous concerts each season.

Near the town is the home of world show jumping champion Ian Millar and Millar Brooke Farm where his great horse Big Ben (1976–1999) is buried. The town has erected a bronze life-sized statue of the horse and Ian Millar, in John A. Stewart Park, across from the Code’s Mill building.

This town was the site of the last fatal duel in Upper Canada. Robert Lyon, a law student, was killed on June 13, 1833, after fighting over a woman (Elizabeth Hughes) with a former friend, John Wilson. A local park is named “Last Duel Park” to commemorate the event.

Perth is also the site of the first installation of a telephone other than Bell’s experimental installations. A town dentist, Dr. J. F. Kennedy, a friend of Alexander Graham Bell, installed a direct telephone connection between his home and office. By 1887, there were 19 telephones in Perth, with a switchboard in Dr. Kennedy’s office.

In 1893, a 22,000 pound cheese known as the ‘Mammoth Cheese’ was produced in Perth to be exhibited in Chicago at the World’s Columbian Exposition to promote Canadian cheese around the world.[5][6][7][8]

In 2010, Perth held the historic “Kilt Run” in which 1,067 kilt-clad runners crossed the finish line. The idea to hold a kilt run in Perth was conceived of in October 2009 by Terry Stewart after the Mayor submitted a letter to the Perth Courier requesting town residents come up with an idea to help Perth, Scotland, celebrate its 800th anniversary. The Perth, Ontario, Kilt Run has since become an annual event. The 2016 Kilt Run attracted 5,000 runners as part of the town’s 200th anniversary.[9] The Kilt Run normally takes place at the end of June but the 10th anniversary of the Kilt Run is scheduled for August 17, 2019. It holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest kilted run with 3,670 runners<.[10]”

Some of you may already know I love to shop for Antiques.  I’ve only gone as far as Kingston, Ontario and so we would take this opportunity to do and see something new (masks in hand). Perth (Gore Street) has some of the most spectacular historical buildings I’ve seen in Ontario – all on one street.   The history is so well preserved – plaques with details on the buildings histories can be seen all around. If you are a history buff you should make this a stop on your list.

I got caught up looking at all the detail I almost forgot to take pictures. But I am thankful I did to share with you. Now Gore Street is not the only street to see this kind of history in the area, the homes on many of the side streets are equally as stunning.

We stopped in at Gore St. Antique Market (147 Gore Street) – I have to say it was nice doing something that is such a big part of my life that I haven’t been able to do in months – browse antiques. This is a decent size market – not the biggest and definitely not to smallest. Very well laid out (indoors 2 floors and a small outdoor section) pricing wasn’t to bad. And there were some really neat pieces. I however, came out empty handed.


We had only a few hours to spend in Perth before it was time to jump in the car and head West. We walked Gore street and stopped in to many of the little boutique shops that lined it. All very cute – all very expensive. We stopped in to The Perth Cheese Shop – because cheese! (64 Gore Street) which had a small display of fancy cheeses, kitchenware and charcuterie boards and supplies. The person working the shop was super friendly – Meredith (quite the chatter). We got a few small sample size cheeses to go for today (July 1st – Canada Day).

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After spending a good and fun 2.5 hours in Perth we had to start our journey home taking Highway 7 West. Since we were ahead of schedule we opted to take a mini detour to Tweed, Ontario another little town we had never seen. We only stopped for a brief second at the bank and then continued on our way home to Havelock. We took Crookston Road to Highway 62, Springbrook Road to County Road 14 which would take us to Marmora and jumped back on to Highway 7. I love taking random side roads – you never know what you’re going to see.

What a fun day! I love seeing the sights. And maybe – since gas doesn’t cost that much this is what I will do every so often with my days (since the renovations are on hold). Visit some where new – take in the sights, visit little mom and pop shops (offer my support), and take pictures to remember this time.

I hope you learned a little something new about Stittsville and Perth – I did. Wishing everyone the happiest CANADA DAY!

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My Country Farmhouse – Mixing the Old with the New

Century homes offer some of the most spectacular character already built in to them and it was built to last.  It was all done by hand and that is why many people look to buy them to continue to preserve a piece of history.  They usually do require more work but the reward of salvaging them often comes back full turn later on.

The Woodwork

Hand carved staircases, trim, fretwork, and hardwood floors just to name a few. If the wood has been oiled and maintained over the years you shouldn’t have to paint it out – and I suggest you don’t if they look anything like wood in these pictures. The wood adds to the warmth and charm and it is something you don’t see often since everyone has probably already painted it white to brighten their spaces. Just paint the walls a neutral light colour to make the wood the feature of the house.

Here are some beautiful ideas of how to update a house with natural stained wood trim:

The Doors

Someone once asked me what my opinion was about replacing their century old solid wood doors. Here was my response “absolutely not”. Why would you want to? Now you can custom build a solid wood door to look like the original door (for a hefty fee) which is a great option (if your door is in total disrepair) or you can sand and re-stain your already near perfect ORIGINAL door yourself. You can also hire someone to take on the task but again it will cost a bit of money, but in the end it will be so rewarding. People looking at a century home often want all the original charm and character, if you take it away it makes the house feel a little less valuable.

Crown Moulding, Baseboards and Wainscotting

Crown moulding and baseboards add to the height and finish of a room in an old home. Often the ceilings are 8 feet or higher (some can reach 10 feet). You can add it to any house and it isn’t overly expensive as many products have come a long way. You can now get crown moulding that is foam and plaster combination which is a popular choice however, most century homes already have plaster moulding in place and once you take it down you will never get it back the exact same way. Wainscotting is another low cost addition to any room and can easily be done by someone with a level and excellent cutting/measuring skills (I installed it to the dining room and kitchen in my previous house on Alma St). It makes a room feel a bit more luxurious and refined.

The Exterior

Incredible hand carved wood “ginger bread cut-outs” are often found on well maintained century homes. There can be posts, corbels, hand rails, dental work, shutters and wood windows. Since the decorative wood is usually very thin it’s not uncommon for it to get destroyed after years of braving the elements. At my house the porch posts are original wood and are in need of a bit of filler, sanding and a paint job to bring them back to life. A little TLC can help them last many more years.

An easy way to add some character to an old home that has been modernized is by adding an old piece of furniture, mirrors, art work, fabric and even wall paper (if you like it).


Find art that you love and invest in it. Art is super personal you either really love a piece or you don’t.  It has taken me about 20 years to build a collection of pieces I love. I prefer oil and watercolour paintings in gold frames. Remember you are not limited too sticking to one or two types of art. Skies the limit if done right. Sketches, portraits, prints, installations, statues, abstract, large and small frames can all make a space feel finished. Collages, sets, collections and individual pieces can work just about anywhere.


Adding an old piece of furniture to any room makes the space more personal. I have a piece in every room of my house (a couple pieces in some) and they add so much warmth.  In my single guest bedroom there is an old day bed, shelf and dresser. They all work perfectly together as they are in the same wood tone and because I painted the walls a light neutral colour (Incredible white) it helps to keep the room from feeling “old”.

Expose the brick

Here are three beautiful examples of what you can do with brick in the house. It is timeless. If you’ve got it and you think you can make it work – take a chance. If you hate it you can simply add some drywall.

Until next time – enjoy! Do a little decorating. Make some inexpensive changes. And feel good about a space you may have forgotten.











My Country Farmhouse – Lazy Weekend Project

What a lazy weekend I had. I didn’t do much at all. Besides a bit of cleaning and watching TV I took it super easy. Last week at the Orono Antique Market I found and old dough board for $45 and since I have the second sewing machine to repurpose I thought this would make a great old table top. I was lucky and the store clerk sold it to me for $40.

I removed the wood top with the sewing machine still in place and dragged the cast iron legs up the stairs – man are they heavy. I proceeded to spend the next 45 minutes cleaning 50+ years worth of dust.


Once it was cleaned you could see the beautiful gold paint on the SINGER logo and the manufacturing logos on the side of the legs.

And the final step was to reuse the old sewing machine screws that held to original top in place to affix the new (old) dough board in place.

Here is the completed table — Now where to I put it? hmmmm



My Country Farmhouse – All the Odd Jobs

On the days I attempt to relax I find myself working on small jobs around the house. Hanging pictures and mirrors, installing transitions, building shelves and creating art.  Apparently I just can’t sit still 🙂

Here are some of the projects I’ve completed over the past several weeks:

Dining room and sitting room transition


Hanging of the 120lb mirror in the dining room – added two support brackets

Half bath antique cabinet and mirror install

Painting the doors a contrasting colour (Sherwin Williams – Alpaca)

Transplanting my plants that have grown up and needed a larger pot

Building, painting and hanging a shelf to hide the 4″ gap behind the main bathroom toilet

Decorating the landing – vintage fire extinguisher, art, and repurposed the old sewing machine drawers


And finally painting for fun!

Tomorrow I will be finalizing the stairwell for the installers to come in next week to lay the runner.  I also have a contractor coming in to look at the kitchen to see what will be possible for the future renovation (Can the wall come down? Cost? Layout?) And the electrician will be in in the next couple weeks to update the electrical panel and complete some other electrical odd jobs in the house and garage.

No rest for the wicked. Stay tuned!


My Country Farmhouse – Creating a Functional Landing

In my previous property the landing was 3 feet by 6 feet.  So you couldn’t do anything to it. A new light fixture, paint and a piece of art pretty much filled up the space. Lady Mathison however, has a massive landing big enough to be a bedroom really.  It has more of my favourite wood paneling (ha-ha), 8″ baseboards a large bright window, a door that leads to the balcony (I have a house with a balcony he he), a light fixture on the ceiling that is falling off and a small vintage sconce light on the wall coming up the stairs.

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Since I am using all three bedrooms as intended I’ve decided to make the landing my office and art studio space.  This area will require quite a bit of paint. The ceiling will need to be painted, the walls need to be primed and painted, all of the baseboards, crown moulding and window trim will need a fresh coat (or two) of white paint and the stair rails will need painting as well. I’ve purchased a curtain rod, curtains and roman blind for the window and a new light fixture for the ceiling. Since the sconce is pretty adorable I will simply refinish it with some gold paint to match the other fixtures.

Since I am still on vacation this month I’ve been plugging away and doing a few hours of work each day.  So far 95% of the landing walls have been primed.  Reason for stopping – ran out of primer. Much like the living and dining room just a simple coat of primer has made a dramatic change upstairs.  It is already so much brighter. I will be painting the landing in the same Incredible White by Sherwin Williams that was used in the Living, dining, sitting and single guest bedroom.

The landing was missing some quarter round (shoe kick) which I installed to complete the look. I used my new Air Strike Brad Nailer by Ryobi and some 1.5″ nails which sped the installation time right up ( I use to do it by hand… What was I thinking?) I’ve set up my mitre box and hand saw in the basement on the work table with a measuring tape and pencil – this is so I do not have to bring the measuring tape and pencil upstairs each time and risk forgetting to bring it back down. I have a notepad, pencil and measuring tape upstairs and as I measure and track the pieces I need I head back downstairs, cut and come back up and install every couple pieces as I go.

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With the ceiling, walls and trim all painted with two coats it was time to decorate. I reused my lovely table purchased from Kijiji I used in the sunroom in my previous house, black Ikea chair, little white cabinet purchased for $60 at the Antique Market in Woodstock Ontario, easel purchased from the Trent Hills Classifieds for $45, stool from Nostalgic Journey for $35, oil painting from Home sense, plants, and art supplies.

Overall the total cost to complete the landing is approximately $660. The larger amount of paint came in around $120, window treatments $170, and light fixture $209 are the more costly items in this room.

Here is the completed office & studio space:


And since completing the space I’ve had some time to enjoy painting (which I haven’t done since childhood)


I’ve also decided to add a slightly contrasting paint colour (Sherwin Williams – Alpaca) to the doors in the house to really make them pop.


Coming up in (hopefully) less than 2 weeks – the completed stair case with new traditional runner and completed paint.

Be creative!




My Country Farmhouse – Pretty in Pink Bedroom

This morning I decided to take a drive to Peterborough, Ontario. On the way in to town there is an antique store called Nostalgic Journey that has some pretty neat finds.  While walking around I decided to see if I could furnish a little girls bedroom. Turns out – I can.

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The jumping off point was a beautiful 3/4 soft pink wood carved bed – Stunning. And there’s a pair of them. They would look perfect in any little girls bedroom.


And for the little girls that love to play with moms make up I found a gorgeous old desk/vanity that could sit nicely between the two beds. Next to the vanity a floral fabric stool with dark wood and a few rows over an oval white wood framed mirror (which was scooped up just after I photographed it).

Other little decor items for the room include a press back rocking chair, wood cantilever lamp with shade, frilled pillow, white bedside food tray and a cute little knit pink and green area rug.

Some ideas I have to help complete the look of the bedroom are a soft floral wall paper, wainscotting and lace curtains.

And a couple pieces I already have in my apartment that would work nicely are a white distressed dresser and a cut crystal lamp. Top it all off with a beautiful full frill bed set. And voila! A sweet little country bedroom fit for a princess!


My Country Farmhouse – Rustic Kitchen Inspiration

When I go to an antique store I am inspired by the things I find. Today I decided to take a back road drive through the country to Karen Brown’s Antiques & Collectables in Deseronto, Ontario.


I passed through a couple small towns, one called Thurlow and another called Blessington.  These little towns are full of beautiful old victorian brick and wood/vinyl sided farmhouses and acres of farmland.  Sheep, goats, cows, chickens, hen and horses are every where.

Karen Brown’s Antiques is a bit higher in pricing compared to other locations like Woodstock and Aberfoyle Antiques in the west end but it is still fun to look around.  Just before going in there was a large wood basket ($175) that would look great with some rolling pins and even logs sitting next to a wood burning stove.


Since I gravitate towards kitchen items and well.. farmhouses I decided to see what great pieces I could find to create a beautiful farmhouse kitchen. As soon as you walk in to the store on the left there is a rustic cabinet loaded with crock ware from bowls to pots, planters and bottles (from $30 – $125).  The bowls would look great in any rustic kitchen. They are heavy and come in a variety of sizes and colours. And if you’re lucky enough to find a smaller crock pot they make great utensil holders.

Every farmhouse kitchen needs a gorgeous old table and chairs to sit at.  These adorable little old chairs ( $95 each) and the beautiful double board table ($85) would definitely warm up any eat-in kitchen and provide extra prep room.

On the table you could put an old wooden bowl ($75- $165) for your fruits and veggies to sit in or a vintage basket (from $20 – $45) that can hold country inspired linens ($8 each). Fun wall decor ideas include hanging old kitchen tools (from $2 – $12) or hanging this fun old wood cow ($125).

Other neat ideas are little tin match holders ($20 – $50), muffin tins ($12), or a spice drawer ($75 – $220). You could even use the old tin water jugs ($15) as a vase for your fresh cut flowers from the garden.

To add some pops of colour I think introducing assorted jars ($6 – 55) in lovely colours is a great way and also add a ton of storage. And giving the kitchen a hit of warmth with a copper pot  ($125) or strainer ($28) as well as adding some black cast iron pans ($18+) to ground the space.

To complete the look of this little country kitchen I would add in some gorgeous old dishes that have a decorative border with vibrant colours to bounce off the other colours that have been used throughout the kitchen.


Here are some inspirational pictures that that show you how to use these fabulous finds:

If you are working on a tight budget you might consider introducing a few pieces that you absolutely love.  Invest only in what you have a use for.  Here are some of the items I’ve added in my kitchen to spruce it up and make it feel like a farmhouse:

Happy antiquing 🙂