Well, today marks the first day of school for my girls for the fall 2016 session.  Hard to believe that summer has flown by and we’re back at the grind.

Both girls went off with a smile on their face and butterflies in their bellies,  Hannah off to Grade 1 and Lena heading to Grade 4.  It’s always bittersweet sending them off to new grades and classes.  It is my hope and prayer that they have a good year with a supportive teacher and good friends by their side.  I’m so thankful for the staff at our local elementary school, they make sending my kids off so much easier, knowing they have good people waiting for them.

School Days

School Days

School Days

School Days

Oh, these girls – so grown, so beautiful and busting with personality!!!  My heart aches with love!!!

They spent the summer with my niece, Sam, who babysit for us.  They were pretty tight before, but these three got a whole lot closer this summer.  I was so thankful for her!  I didn’t have to get the kids up or fed before I left for work and quite often, there would be supper or treats waiting when I got home.  And if Aunt Clare was around, they would get to swim in their pool or, if they were really lucky, she’d pack them up and take them to the beach!

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Over the years, it’s become tradition that Sam { and sometimes Brandon } comes to our place and gets on the bus with the girls.  So, while she’s there, I take her picture, like she’s one of mine:)

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Thus kicks off another school year, time flies by so fast, I’m sure in no time it’ll be Christmas break and then Summer vacation again!  But until then, we’ll soak up the last days of summer weather!!

To be continued,

Lori

So, yesterday I showed you how we took a space that was filled with junk and what we did to it. { You can see it HERE } Now, I’m going to show you how it looks now.  You might have seen bits and pieces in the other pictures, and that’s because I wasn’t very patient and I had to do as much as I could before the space was really even ready!

The Veranda

The Veranda

Pretty amazing, no?  My little helper is pretty cute, too!

I’m thrilled with how it turned out.  I love the colours, I love how it functions and I love being out there.  In fact, I’m sitting out here now, writing this post. { Secretly, I love that there’s wi-fi out here, too!! } The wind is blowing through the trees, there’s a noisy squirrel in the orchard giving me a tuning.  At night, you can hear the coyotes howling.  This season, we frequently hear geese flying overhead, too, as they  stop for a rest in Dad’s fields. We eat out here a lot.  This space has been such a wonderful addition to our home.  And to think, we were just using it to store saw horses, sleds and campfire wood.

The Veranda

The Veranda

I had fun collecting a few ‘new’ things to dress The Veranda with while out and about.  The birdcage and glass fishing balls were scored during a yard sale trip, the hanging basket was an Ikea gift from Kristie, whose fault it is that I even wanted a screen room.  The plant stand I bought at Forbes New to You, a while back and did nothing with.  I think the bamboo fits in here quite nicely.  Our Heathrow Airport placemats even work really well out here!  I knew I wanted some plants out here and since it was getting closer to the end of the season, I got some great prices on them, too.  I’ll have to see how they winter in the house under my care….

The Veranda

When this space was just storage, we referred to it as the lean-to or the lattice area….boring names, really.  But now, we knew it needed a much better name, although, during the transformation, we called it the screen room….again, lackluster.  I told Lena I would look up what screen room was in other languages to see if that would help.  First I googled screen room in Spanish, but I couldn’t pronounce it, so then I tried French…..and guess what it translates to – Veranda!!! It was perfect!!  So, now this is called The Veranda.

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Lena has a good eye and when it came time to decide on the fabric for the chairs, I wandered through the local fabric store and nothing that grabbed my eye.  I looked through my stash and had an okay option.  And then Lena came out with this fabric and I knew she was right.  Retro, colourful and free, sounds good to me!!  { Thanks, Cindy!! }

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Here’s a shot of the magnetic screen.  It works very well, closes by itself and does a great job of keep the bugs out.  It’s basically two flaps with a weighted bottom bar and magnetic strips where they join.  We just stapled it in place and ta-da, we’ve got easy access that keeps the bugs out.  I really wanted a screen door and tried REALLY hard to convince Michael, but I lost out.  I will admit that this doorway works really well when you’ve got your hands full of dishes and supper.  I’ll be curious to see how it winters.

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The painted rug was the funnest part of this project.  I had a rough idea of what I wanted to paint, I did a quick sketch but then once it was ‘done’, I knew it needed more.  So, I would add a little more, and then a little more….it was hard to know when enough was enough.  But I love how it turned out, and judging from the comments from yesterday’s post, you guys liked it, too!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour of The Veranda.  It’s a great place to hang out, quiet { except for the squirrels… } and private.  Definitely a better use of the space – wouldn’t you agree?

To be continued,

Lori

  • johanne - September 7, 2016 - 1:32 pm

    I turn 50 ( how did that happen??) In May and I’ve already given Al my birthday wish list, it only has 2 items, a Harley Davidson or a verandah. Don’t tell him but I don’t really want a motorcycle I just thought that he would be horrified by the thought and there by making the verandah the more attractive option! Fingers crossed that if you drive by ours in the spring we’ll have a spot that’s as cozy as yours!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - September 9, 2016 - 7:54 am

      Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me!!! A veranda would be a great addition to your home!! :) But you would look rather bad ass on a motorbike 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jenelle Durdle - September 7, 2016 - 11:23 pm

    This will be the post that goes viral! Lori you are so talented, its beautiful. :)ReplyCancel

  • Katja of Skimbaco - September 14, 2016 - 10:15 am

    I LOVE the painted rug on the floor!!! And the fabrics are just perfect, where did you find them? Did you make the table runner yourself? That is gorgeous too! Well done with everything <3ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - September 16, 2016 - 7:06 am

      Hi Katja – thanks for the feedback :) The fabric was a vintage piece someone gave me, I love it!!! And the runner came from Winners!!! It was perfect for me space! ReplyCancel

I blame it on a supper with friends.  And the black flies and probably the mosquitoes.  Follow me? Yeah, I know… I’ll fill in the gaps.

My dear friend, oh, let’s call her Kristie 😉 , invited me and my littles over for supper a few months back.  We sat on the covered deck, screened in, safely away from those pesky bugs and ate a tasty supper.  It was so relaxing and enjoyable, it left a huge impression on me.  A few days later, I was mowing the lawn and scoping out the back yard to see where we could put a screened room.  I mentioned one location to the handsome Mr. Byrne, but it didn’t go anywhere, which is a really good thing as it saved us a lot of money!!!  Fast forward one week and another round on the lawn tractor and true inspiration hit.

Our garage had this area along one side that we were using for storage of some useless things.  It was closed in with lattice on two sides.  It. was. perfect. And the best part was it was already built, it just needed a few changes.

So, here is the journey from random storage to our favourite hang out spot.  Here is what it looked like when we started.  I’m so glad I snapped this picture quickly on my way to work the day after we decided to go ahead with this project.  This tells the true story.  The mess, the useless stuff we had stashed there and how if you think of re-using an existing space for something different, great things can happen.

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See? Not a nice space.  So then we started to clean it out and sort through the junk that was in there.

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Looking better already!!  Because of the openings in the lattice and the way the wind blows through, it fills with snow and leaves.  Thus, we have a few years worth of leaves collected in there.  Once it was cleaned out, it was time to freshen it up with some paint.  We primed and painted just the one long wall and by doing that, and taking down the plywood on the end, it was so much brighter and felt like a completely new space.

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The girls were a huge help on this.  They primed and painted the wall and helped with lots of the other parts of this, too.  I think because they helped so much, they feel like they were part of the process and lay claim to it and proudly show it off to company.

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Then it come time to see what we had on hand that might work for this space.  I knew I wanted dining and relaxing to happen out here.  Thankfully, I have some extra furniture kicking around.  So, we drug in a couple of chairs and a table, and we also took the cedar chairs that we’ve had for a long time in for some comfy seating at the end.

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Now, we could’ve left it like this and it would’ve functioned well for us.  But…..we all know me better than that!  Time for COLOUR!!!

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I knew I wanted it to be bright and a little on the boho side.  This table runner, which I found at Winners, was perfect!  I couldn’t believe it!  We used that to pull in the colour scheme….bright green, coral and navy, with a side of patio lanterns for good measure!  The table got painted with a retired colour by Miss Mustard Seed called Apron Strings.  The chairs got spray painted Ivy Leaf by Krylon and the cedar chairs and the bench I built got painted a special mix of milk paint, some Artissimo and Flow Blue.

And then there’s the floor…..

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Hard to see with the sunshine/shadow pattern from the lattice, but this is Jalapeno Pepper by Benjamin Moore.  It’s bright and just adds the right element to the floor…..except I wasn’t going with just a solid floor….

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I hand painted a rug on the floor!!!

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I think this might be my favourite element of the room, even.  It was fun to kind of plan it and kind of wing it.  The girls thought I was crazy and I was afraid to even show Michael because I thought he would hate it!  But I love how a rug finishes off a room and this space was no different.  So, the perfect solution was a hand painted rug!

Then it was time to really change things up!  Down came the lattice!  Michael had some little helpers for this part of the project.  It was so strange to see it without the lattice.  It felt so open and so exposed! But, so much brighter and we could see out into the orchard so much better with the lattice gone.

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Then Michael built a partial railing so people wouldn’t go through the screen.  It created a little shelf, and somewhere to lean against.  After they were all in place, it was time to hang screen.  That was a little trickier than I thought it would be.  It’s hard to get it straight and wrinkle free, but we did the best we could and now we don’t see it at all anymore.

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We put the lattice back on the lower portion, again to protect the screen.  We also had to build a wall to divide the end of the area off from the walk through into the garage.  We used a magnetic screen that you can just walk through and let me tell you, it is so easy!!  I really wanted a proper screen door, you know the kind that slams shut?  But, alas, I lost this battle.

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The Veranda

So, there you have the process of what we did for the new screen room – tomorrow I’ll show you the actual finished product and I’ll tell you the story behind the name, too.

To be continued,

Lori

PS I apologize for all the cell phone pictures…..no idea why I didn’t use my real camera!!!  Kicking myself now…..

  • Jane Burris - September 6, 2016 - 10:34 am

    What a great idea Lori, you are just a bubble waiting to burst somewhere full of color😁ReplyCancel

Wow – I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for 4 years now!  Where has the time gone?

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This blogging journey has highs and lows, weeks of plentiful posts and weeks of silence.  When I started, I blogged almost daily and now, well, I’m lucky if I blog once a week.  I often wonder how much social media plays a part of that…whether I spend too much time on it { I’m sure that can’t be it!! } or if I just will share a quick picture of something fun or new or made-over instead of writing a post about it.

Thankfully, I’d say about 99.9% of my experience of blogging has been positive.  There hasn’t been anything awful happen or any trolls giving me a hard time.  And probably most of the issues I’ve had have been my own fault and more technical than anything.

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I think the thing that I enjoy the most is being able to connect with so many people through blogging, whether its because I blog or because I follow their blog and/or follow them on social media.  The blogging conference I attended last year was awesome, too, because I got to meet people in real life and make new friends.  Plus, I learned a lot, gained confidence in my self as a blogger and the influence I have.

For me, personally, blogging isn’t about the numbers.  The people I write to, the people I read, the people I’ve gotten to meet in real life because of this tiny space in the internet – that’s what it’s about.  Yes, bigger numbers help, but they aren’t everything.   More readers and larger numbers would open more doors, true, but I’m not really sure what doors I want to go through.  I love promoting local businesses that I really support in my day-today life, I love sharing my corner of the world, I feel like Nova Scotia has so much to offer, and I love documenting our lives, as the girls grow, as we do neat things and go cool places.  It’s fun to look back over the years and see what we did and how little the girls were when we did it.  I especially love sharing with you the projects I’ve done out in my studio.  Or room makeovers!  Or house tours!!

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I feel fortunate to have gotten to make some connections with companies, I realize that’s part of blogging, too….a part I never thought too much about back when I started.  But, as things grow and change, I see opportunity there, too.  Where that will go, I have no idea yet…..we’ll see opportunities arise.

I want to say a huge Thank You, to you, my faithful readers.  You have stuck with me on this journey and I truly thank you for it.  You are the reason I keep at this.  You are the reason I look at life differently.  I appreciate you and the time you give to me by reading what I write.

To be continued,

Lori

PS – I still haven’t come up with a better closing, so 4 years later, I’m still using ‘To be continued….’

 

 

 

Finally, finally, finally!!  Lena’s room is ready to show you!  It took a while because we threw another makeover in the middle of that one – which I promise to show you soon!  But, now it’s done!! And tidy enough to show you around, even!  In case you want to see the Before Post – click HERE!

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This room was the one of the few rooms that didn’t get a coat of paint when we moved in, it had been painted blue by the previous owners, shortly before we bought the house.  But Lena was tired of the blue and after two more years, it was due.  Lena was allowed to pick out the colour and she opted for Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore, a soft gray tone that keeps the space bright and works well with everything.  We found a painting that we used to draw our colour scheme together by the talented, witty Mary Maureen.

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It was all easy stuff – painted the ceiling, the last of the beige trim and then the walls.  Spray-painted a few things, too, including a cheap light fixture and a book case made by the handsome Mr.Byrne as a high-schooler.  My wonderful father-in-law hung the new light fixture for us, I don’t do electrical stuff EVER!  We were able to keep certain things from her previous room, like the patio lights, which I still love!!

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Lena

Lena painted her new desk and chair in Farmhouse White by Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.  I love that she worked hard on this make-over and made it her own.  She has great ideas and a style all her own.

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Lena

Lena

One of the big goals of this makeover was to free up some floor space for her and make the room feel bigger.  It is the tiniest bedroom in the house, but so cozy and she does love it.  We talked about building a built-in bed for her, tucked into the eave, but that never panned out.  We took out the red bed, that’s been hers since she was born, except for the bit of time she had the top-bunk in our previous house.  We ended up trimming a couple inches off the top bunk and sliding it into the eaves, it’s a prefect fit and I love the day-bed effect it creates for her.  She’s reader, so it isn’t uncommon to find her tucked in a corner of her bed, with a good book in hand.  By being able to tuck her bed along that wall, her room really opened up.

The curtains were a score from Wicker Emporium – perfect colour and they were on sale! The ombre is great, too, keeps it fun and girly, without being too pink and fru-fru.  The rods are new, as she had a roman shade before.  The mother-of-pearl finials are so pretty and yet, simple.

We looked around for new bedding but didn’t find anything that fit the bill.  So, her ‘new’ quilt is her old quilt, flipping over!  It’s the perfect shade of pink and the best part was the price 😉

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The white dresser was an unexpected addition.  We had other plans for the lay-out but she asked if she could have it in her room, and it is the perfect fit beside her bed, giving her a night stand, extra storage and a mirror. { There is a mirror, spray painted to match her light fixture in the studio now…. }  The dresser was my mom’s when she was little and I’ve had it for years, and now Lena is excited to have some history in her room, too.

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We did another gallery wall for her, above her bed this time.  As you can tell, it is pretty heavy on the horse-themed goods, as is her whole room.  I love all the fun things we added, horse shoes, prints, the painting from which we drew everything.  It’s a great way to compile a bunch of small items plus it fills a very awkward wall.

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The major theme is horses, without being too themey and tying us into that for years to come.  Making a change down the road would just mean switching up a few accessories and pictures…that is, if she is ever NOT horse crazy anymore!  I’d rather horses than teen-aged rock stars or whatever other girls are into these days.

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So, there you have it!  Lena’s new room!  As with any of our rooms, they do change continually and I’m sure this room will be no different.  The girls love to recreate dorm rooms, cafes and shops in their rooms so any given day, it could be anything other than Lena’s room.  And that’s all good by me!

To be continued,

Lori