Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Living Room

Before I deck the living room out in our Christmas decorations (it has already somewhat begun), I thought I should give you a quick tour! When we moved in we really didn't do anything to the living room other than add our own furniture and art. I already liked the colour on the wall and we just left the curtains up that the owners left. Here is a picture of the space when we first moved in June...

And here is the room a few weeks ago at the beginning of November....

On the wall opposite these pictures we have a big shelf that used to be in our dining room at the cottage. 

And that is our living room. I love the space! It is very cozy at night and there is a ton of natural light during the day. It is totally different than our living room at the cottage, but I'm very happy with it. Now, I can't wait to finish decorating the room for Christmas!  I am so excited that tomorrow is December 1st! This is the last month with just Patrick and I. January is when we will meet our little babe (unless he or she decides to come early). 

Have you got all your Christmas decorating done? Do you have a tree up yet? We are planning to cut ours down on the weekend!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Kitchen

Well, it has once again been far too long since I have posted on this ol' blog. I hope you have all been enjoying a cozy and crisp autumn. We totally have. Just the other night we started using our wood stove. This is the first time we have lived in a place with a wood stove and I am in love- it just makes me enjoy this time of year even more. We have been super lucky to have some beautiful weather this season. Normally, there is a lot more rain, but we have been blessed with some gorgeous, sunshine-y days!

On one of those sunny days, I took advantage of the light and I finally got around to taking some pictures of our new home, so I thought I would share them with you. Let's start with the kitchen. When we moved in, the kitchen was painted a dark purple. It suited the owner's tastes, but it didn't work with our style, so we painted.  Here is a picture of the kitchen before (sorry for the poor quality, we were getting ready to start painting the room):

As you can see I had already been testing paint colours in the kitchen. We decided to go with a nice grey-blue colour that the owners had actually used on one wall in the master bedroom. It is a gorgeous colour and I find that it actually changes a lot depending on the light. At times, I find it to even have a bit of a green in it. I wavered a lot between what colour to paint in here. I wanted to try something other than blue, considering that our kitchen at the cottage was painted a blue, but I found that I liked blue tones best with the grey floors, counters/back splash and with the cabinets. If I owned this place, I would love to paint the cabinets white. However, seeing as how we are just renting, I found that the grey-blue we decided on complimented the room the best. Since, we moved when I was in my first trimester, I didn't have a lot of energy to work on the house, but luckily my parents came for a visit soon after we moved and they helped us get the painting done. Thanks Mom and Dad! Here is how the kitchen looks now...

I find those built in shelves with the huge drawers hard to work with decor-wise! They are so big that I never know what to put in them. Right now I've just got some various items and all my jars displayed. It kind of works.

On the other side of the room we have our little kitchen table and the french doors that lead out onto the deck.I don't have a before picture for this side, but it was the same purple.

The kitchen feels huge compared to our last one at the little cottage. I do miss the charm and character of our old place, but the space is also really nice (I am SO happy to have a full size fridge) and I think we have done a decent job of adding our touch to this place.

Next time I will show you our living room. Here is a little sneak peek...

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