It all started with a class project and my bucketlist.  Isn’t that how most adventures start?  Someone looking for a good excuse to explore?  Well, Lena’s assignment of ‘find a special rock’ meant I offered up a road trip to Scot’s Bay, somewhere I’ve been wanting to go because I’ve heard wonderful things about it and the rocks you can find there.  Kill two birds with one stone, right?

The plan was that we would get up bright and early on the Sunday of the long weekend and head down.  Slight change in plan meant I was taking Lena and her classmate, Hannah opted out of this one to stay with her friend for the day.  So, Abbie spent the night and we hit the road at 8.  I had also made arrangements to meet up with my non-axe-murderer roommate from my weekend at White Point Beach Resort { you can read about that HERE and HERE } at Scot’s Bay, too.

At 11 o’clock, we rolled into the parking lot, we were greeted by sunshine and wind and a sweeping beach that went on for what seemed like miles.  The girls ran off to start looking for their special rocks and I wandered along, looking down and not really knowing what I was looking for.  But I saw someone who did look as though they knew what they were looking for.  I spotted a gentleman along the waterline, stick in hand, sack over his shoulder.  I approached him and we started chatting.  Yes, he sure did know what he was doing and he was happy to teach me a thing or two about what to look for at Scot’s Bay.  If the rocks are wet, it makes it easier to spot the waxy looking ones, which are the agate and he collects them to polish in a tumbler which takes up to 7 weeks!  Apparently he belongs to a group that does this and offers tours, does class trips and everything!  I really did find the expert!

I loved geology in school and seeing the rocks and hearing him talk about the area and where you can find amethyst, made me thankful we had made the trip.  The girls found some rocks, probably nothing worth anything more than the memories attached to them.  But it was fun to explore.

There was crazy amounts of driftwood and fishing rope along the high water line.  Someone had even taken the time to create a sculpture of sorts along the shore with all the litter, which was cool but also a reminder of just how much garbage there is laying around our beautiful beaches.  Ugh.

Lunch eaten, it was time to say our goodbyes to Tracy and her son Cole, who made this part of our day even better.  There’s nothing like chatting with a friend at a picnic table with the sun shining.  We piled our rocks in the car and hit the road, off to do some more exploring….although our next stop wasn’t far down the road – the Look-Off!

The valley is so amazing.  Especially when you can take its patchwork of colour in from a vista like the Look-Off.  We spotted a fire, horses, loads of tractors working the land, and the rows of apple trees in full bloom.  I loved that the girls each wanted to capture the view on their i-things, made me think that exploring is a fun part of childhood, even if you’re 10.  Lena even made one of her picture her wallpaper. 🙂

I hate to even admit that our next stops were places I have never been and they’re surprisingly close to home.  I’ve seen the sign on the highway for Walton Lighthouse and Burntcoat Head Park.  But I’ve never been.  Guys, you need to go.  Seriously!  Both are amazing places.  How often to you get to climb to the top of, not one, but two lighthouses!  When we were there the tide was going out, so the sea floor stretched out for such a long way.  The coastline is jagged and rough, trees cling to the bank and the evidence of the years of pounding surf apparent.

Walton Lighthouse is perched on the bank and after exploring there, we wanted to go down to the bottom.  I wasn’t sure how to do that, it was a twisty little road without a shoulder and any obvious way down.  But I spotted a little lane that headed down, so I pulled the car in, hoping I was going to be able to easily get out later.  We hopped out of the car and headed down the rocks to what we thought was sand….but, nope, it was goopy mud.  Pretty typical for the Fundy Bay.  So we wandered along the rocky shore, staying out of the mud, and found the best rocks of the day.  They were worn in the most amazing ways from the continued exposure to the water.  Buried in some were crystals, some had deep grooves, some looked like they were striped.  It was amazing.  Each one unique, each one seeming to tell its own story.  The girls loaded up their arms and pockets until they could carry no more.  I admit I took a few home with me, too.

Our next stop was suppose to be Burntcoat Head Park, but along the way, we spotted the most amazing cemetery that was covered in phlox that were in perfect bloom!  It was stunning, we had to stop.  And take pictures.  Because, well, how could I not?  I love old cemeteries, they are so scenic and captivating.  I wasn’t sure if the girls would get out of the car, they don’t quite get the draw I have to some locations and the need to photograph them.  But they got out and took their i-things with them to take pictures, too.  Another win for mom 😉

Burntcoat Head Park is a must see if you live in Nova Scotia.   I had no idea.  None.  Never have I been there { that I recall anyway } but I can’t wait to go with Michael and the girls.  It’s incredible.  The tide was still out, so we were able to go down and walk around the island { flowerpot? } and explore the ocean floor there, too.  Seriously, you need to go but wear shoes that have traction and that can get muddy, it’s pretty slick in spots.  And again, there is the lighthouse you can explore, too, climbing way up into the top and getting an amazing view of the whole area.

I thought our exploring was done for the day.  I thought the girls would be bored with seeing these parks and exploring the shore.  But, no, at the next park, Anthony Park, they definitely wanted to go check it out.  So, out we hopped and walked to the end of the pier.  With the tide out, the pier stretches over the muddy flats, but when the tide is in, it would be so completely different.  We need to do our route when the tide is in, just as a comparison.  Tides along the Bay of Fundy are so extreme – so low and so high.  I guess that’s why we’re world-renowned for our tides.  😉

And they still weren’t done!  Next stop was the centre in Maitland and walked down the old rail bed to the pier over the Shubenacadie River.  We checked the tidal bore table to see when it would be coming in, but waiting until 9:30 that night didn’t sound like a good plan to me…the girls were game…

On the way out, they noticed a thick cluster of dandelions and gleefully stomped and kicked their way through.  I managed to salvage a few to try to get them to blow them….do you ever out grow that?  I certainly hope not.  That wonder, the awe and the fun of just exploring, I hope they never lose that.

We fell into bed, happy and tired, just the way you should be on a long weekend night!  I just hope the girls can decide on one rock to take to school to present to the class out of their bucketful 😉

To be continued,

Lori

  • Ruth Ann Swansburg - May 25, 2017 - 7:17 am

    What a beautiful adventure! Thank you for sharing. So much fun exploring the natural beauty around you. They will remember that day and have those memories to cherish for the rest of their lives. Now to start figuring out if I can get my family up early enough to venture that way from Moncton 😉ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - May 26, 2017 - 5:59 am

      It’s great to be able to explore with willing children!! 😉ReplyCancel

Photo credit to Christine of Wonkyeye Photography

Here we are, celebrating Mother’s Day.  A day set aside to appreciate the women surrounding us who have impacted our lives greatly.  This Mother’s Day I want to focus on what Motherhood means to different moms at different stages of motherhood.  Motherhood is consistently changing and morphing as the children we mother grow and change and leave us eventually and start their own families, continuing the circle of life.

Motherhood is so many things to so many people.  So I thought I would ask some moms who I admire to help me out with this post. I thought I’d best write my part before I saw all the wonderful things the other moms had to say and it influenced what I wanted to say.

I love this quote in the song ‘Boom, Clap’ by Charli XCX.  It’s the one line that I think about all the time in regards to my children.  In the midst of a world filled with chaos, hatred and uncertainty, my girls are such a joy and bring me so much hope, and love. They truly are my glitter.  There is nothing better than after being out in the world throughout the day to come home and be greeted with little arms wrapped around my neck.  Or to feel a little body slowly ease its way against mine on the couch, as little limbs creep over and through my own.  Or to have a warm body show up in the middle of the night to seek the comfort of momma.  When their eyes meet mine in a social setting to receive guidance and affirmation.  My girls are growing, changing and learning to find their way on their own in this world more and more with each passing year.  And I couldn’t be more proud of the people they are turning into.  With their own personalities, likes and dislikes and circle of friends whom they have gathered around themselves.  Without those two, my world would be so very empty and hollow.  It is an honour to be a mother, Mom, to them, a privilege, my blessing.

 

Heather MacDonald, who is expecting her first baby any day now, shares her thoughts on motherhood as she awaits the arrival of her first little one.  How cute is their nursery, sitting ready to greet a wee one?

Mother’s Day has always been a day for celebration, as I have an awesome mom to be grateful for! This year is a little extra special because I am 38 weeks pregnant, and anxiously awaiting to become a mom myself! From the first little kicks, I’ve felt a connection to this little one. I can’t wait until I can hold my baby in my arms for the first time. We are prepared (as prepared as two new parents can be!), and all we need is our little munchkin to come out into the open world to officially make me a mama!

 

I asked my dear friend, Janice, to share with us what being a Mom to her own boys, but also some foster children, means to her.  Here are her words….and a picture that sums up life with boys 😉

Amazingly, I just came across this the other day that would sum it up for me and gave me affirmation in my purpose… “This is Mothering. This is Kingdom work. It is a Calling. It is not a diversion or even a job. It is a God ordained Mission field assignment, specifically tailored for you and one that only you can fulfill. It is the Lords work, accomplished in the Spirits power, and it is never, I repeat, never, in vain.”  I would also have to credit Trevor, who, no matter if I’m completely stay at home mom, or work part-time mom, he values me as the mom to his children and those entrusted to us. I just love falling in love and fostering is a gift for me. It has stretched me and torn me but in my core I know we need to be there for these babes. I already see how fostering has instilled a greater empathy and compassion and joy in our own kids. I love them even more for it. We’ve grieved with our kids when a foster child leaves, but life is not about sheltering our hearts from lose. We’ve also seen miracles as our foster child began to bond with his forever family And we got to witness that. When I think of mothering I also can’t help but think of those amazing moms who’ve influenced my life over the years…my mom(my best friend and encourager),my nana( incredibly gracious and gentle), my friends who given me their own experiences and shared frustrations and fears and victories. Mothering is not about blood to me, it’s about heart.

 

One of the moms I met in our local community has become a dear friend, Alena, so I asked for her perspective on the stage of motherhood that she currently finds herself.

Being a mom of an 11 year old boy and an 8 year old girl, it’s…hectic and fun and stressful, crazy (the good kind) and absolutely amazing. We recently had “the talk” with our son, and my husband said “so our kid knows about the ‘facts of life’ and still believes in the Easter bunny”. Yup, that’s pretty much where I am right now with parenting. It’s making decisions and choices every day and just hoping they are the right ones, it’s constantly trying to find the right balance, and enjoying my life just as it is, because I really do. I love who my kids are becoming and the relationship we have. I am the mom who never pined for years gone by, I have enjoyed every stage of my kids growing up, and right now is no different. My life as a mom is crazy, hectic, stressful, fun and mine. 

I feel quite fortunate to be able to call the talented and lovely Sheree Fitch a friend.  So, I pestered her for her take on the stage of motherhood where her children are becoming parents.  She replied with a poem she had written with a special addition on the end just for us!

When I was mother of babies 
I rocked them, made them better
When I was a mother of toddlers 
I helped them with whatever 
When I was a mother of teens 
I prayed when they went wild 
Then I was the mother of adults 
Helpless as a child.
But ….now that I’m a grandmother ? 
I get to hang with them a while. 

Photo Credit to Christine of Wonkyeye Photography

To wrap up this post, I’d like to just say a huge THANK YOU to my own mother, who is not only my mom and neighbour, but a friend and confidante in this crazy world.  My life would not be what it is without her being a part of it!
So thank your mom and give her a hug, send her flowers, write her your heart.
To be continued,
Lori

Here we are – at the end a 6 week journey in the One Room Challenge.  I know you’re anxious to see what the studio looks like now.  And I’m so excited to show you!  It’s so fabulous!  I can’t wait to create in here! But, first, let’s have a quick glimpse of where we started, shall we?

Here’s the past posts, if you are just popping by for your first visit or you really want to see how bad it was!  I cringed looking back at some of these!  How did I even function in there?!?!

Week One / Week Two / Week Three / Week Four / Week Five

Emptying out the space made the biggest difference, I forgot what I had there in terms of space and resources.  It was like a refresh course of all things Farm Fresh Studio.  Then when things got serious and the hardcore painting started, my vision really started coming to life.  White washing the walls, painting out the trim and doors really lightened the space up and made it brighter and softer.  Then the floor, well, that just changed it all again.  I didn’t realize how much of a downer the concrete floor was.  But, paint me a Pacific Ocean Blue floor with some lovely Benjamin Moore Porch & Floor paint, well, I was doing the happy dance after that.  It really made the space feel more deliberate, more intentional and like a real studio space, instead of a room attached to a garage.  Even Michael is really pleased with the painted floor, and he thinks I paint EVERYTHING!! 😉  { He isn’t wrong on that… }

In the above picture, you can see that the new lights made it up before the reveal, too!  I spray painted them and my father-in-law installed them for me while I was at work one day. 🙂 Pretty good for some spray paint and a new socket, eh?

I’m loving the new look the desk is sporting!!  And, I tried lots of chairs here and finally settled on this one.  A few options just wouldn’t slide in and that’s just a royal pain.  Some felt too causal, like the one I had originally planned on using, for this lovely, rich-looking desk.  So I dipped into my stash and tried a few out and settled on this chippy yellow chair.  And I still love my sewing machine cover made from Michael’s grandmother’s quilt-top we found! 🙂

The farm auction chair looks great in here with its white legs and freshly scrubbed fabric – because one never knows, especially if you bought it in a lot with a random shop vac…at a farm auction!  I like that it works colour-wise in here without needing a re-do! Also, it’s light and easy to move if I need to stage a picture in front of the wall.

When it come to putting things back into the space and making it look good, plus function better, that’s when it was really fun!  I have so much neat stuff that was just buried under all the crap I had collected and stashed!!  But now it’ll get to shine on again.   I was excited to get to do a gallery wall in here, I love gallery walls, especially ones filled with treasures and creations that mean something to mean.  But I guess that’s whole point, right?

The corner cabinet got a coat of a special mix of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and then a quick sand followed by a coat of hemp oil.  Then I screwed it to the wall and ta-da!!  New display and storage handy my work table which is strangely empty.  I quite like my shelf, I’m glad I bought it for $5 all those years ago!!

Here’s a few little close-ups of some treasures that have found their way back into the studio.  I love a few special vingettes throughout the studio – great for inspiration!!

I’m not sure how long this poor little ivy will last, maybe the summer but it’ll probably have to move into plant pot is one of the treasures I scored earlier this week at our new Value Village which you can read about HERE.

We aren’t even going to look at my To-do list because I crossed every single thing off – even the ones I added on along the way!  Feels pretty good to have accomplished all that hard work over the course of 6 weeks.

Well, thanks for tagging along as I gave my studio a make-over.  I hope you enjoyed the transformation!!  It’s been fun being able to really focus on my own space and make it work better for me and look better, too.  It feels so amazingly different!!

To be continued,

Lori

If you’d like to see some other great reveals, click the logo below!

Special thanks to Benjamin Moore for supplying me with the paint for the floor!  The opinions expressed in this post are solely mine.

  • Erin - May 11, 2017 - 7:07 am

    LORI! This space is AMAZING! It’s light years better than before! Give yourself a major pat on the back!! I’m excited for you to be creative in this space now….and see what magic happens 🙂ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - May 11, 2017 - 12:19 pm

      Thank you, Erin!! And thanks for the support and encouragement along the way! It was fun, challenging and rewarding!! Let’s start planning for October, right??ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Ann Swansburg - May 11, 2017 - 7:26 am

    Wow! You did a beautiful job. What and inviting and bright creative space you now have. I am going to use this as inspiration to get my studio space cleaned up. I don’t have the skills to make it this pretty, but I can tidy and make it usable again 😉
    Love all your accents and details on the walls. Just lovely!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - May 11, 2017 - 12:18 pm

      Thank you, Ruth!! Send me before and after pictures of your space!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - May 11, 2017 - 10:14 am

    I love it! Great job. It looks like it will function beautifully for your creativity.ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - May 11, 2017 - 12:17 pm

      Thanks, Stacy!!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie - May 11, 2017 - 11:37 am

    it looks awesome- what a great space to work and create!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - May 11, 2017 - 12:17 pm

      Can’t wait to have some fun creating in here now that I can move in there!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - May 11, 2017 - 11:41 am

    Lori, it looks amazing! As always you are so creative , and can turn ashes into beauty! You inspire me….ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - May 11, 2017 - 12:14 pm

      Thanks, Diane!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - May 11, 2017 - 12:46 pm

    What a FABULOUS room!!! It’s perfect!!!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - May 11, 2017 - 7:46 pm

      Thanks, Heather – one of these days you need to see it for yourself!ReplyCancel

  • Andi - May 11, 2017 - 1:22 pm

    Ah! I love the floor! And I love how I feel like I am in a mountain cabin just from looking at all of the photos. Such a fun space!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - May 11, 2017 - 7:45 pm

      Thanks Andi!!ReplyCancel

  • Mb - May 11, 2017 - 10:42 pm

    Well done my love. It looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - May 15, 2017 - 12:21 pm

      I’ll give you a tour this summer!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Beth - May 12, 2017 - 8:33 pm

    Wow! Great makeover, Lori! My “studio” is Dave’s workbench and I get the feeling he wishes I would “create” somewhere else, haha…ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - May 15, 2017 - 12:21 pm

      Hahaha – no doubt he does!! 🙂ReplyCancel

Last night I got to do something that I’ve never done and it was a blast.  What you might ask? Well, I got to attend a special sneak peek at New Glasgow’s new Value Village!  And guys – it’s a huge store!  And the staff is awesome – I mean, they were handing out cake! Does it get any better?  Cake, thrifting…yeah, I know, right?

But let me back up a little.  I think I have been in a Value Village….once.  And I’d peg it back in the days I was living in the city { the city being Halifax, Bedford, Dartmouth and Lower Sackville all lumped into one because that’s how us North Shore folk roll }.  Now, my friend, Janice, is an avid Value Village shopper, it’s the ongoing joke with her, every time I compliment her on an outfit, pieces, if not the entire outfit, came from Value Village. So, when I got an invitation to this event, I was all over it.  Catherine agreed to join me because there’s nothing better than thrifting with a friend!

We agreed to meet in the parking lot.  And guys, last night it was pouring rain!  Pouring!  I got there, parked and noticed a line forming outside the door IN THE POURING RAIN!  I texted Catherine to let her know that I’m there and there’s a line up in the rain.  She pulled in beside me and I hopped quickly into her van and we look at each other, knowing we are NOT hardcore enough to stand in the pouring rain for 10-15 minutes before the doors open.  Nope, no way, no how.

After the line of soggy people disappear into the store, we head in.  I had no idea it was going to be so big!  There are people going everywhere, with carts, baskets and cake.  It was interesting to me to see what people were picking up to take home with them.  I love ‘people watching’ in situations like this, people are interesting…very interesting beings. Some people are knickknacks people, some people are clothes people, some people are re-sell people.

I was interested in the home goods sections, I’m always on the look out for interesting things to decorate with and to use for photography for the blog.  And let me tell you, it did not disappoint! I scored a few aprons, a table cloth { which I actually think might be a towel? } and some plant pots.  And my most exciting score was the two toss pillow cases!!  Catherine also found a bunch of shirts for me to try on, but I only ended up taking two of those home with me.  And because I was invited to this event as a local blogger, they had a gift card for me 🙂 So the treasures I took home are compliments of Value Village – how awesome is that?  Thanks so much for that, Value Village!

I wish I had’ve snapped a picture of the doors hanging from the ceiling to mark each department by giant binder clips.  It was pretty cool.  I also loved the displays of items on the upper wall, like the giant teddy bear stuffed with teddy bears.  Great displays – I like a little fun in a store.

So, want to know what else is so great about Value Village? Well, you know I’m a huge fan of up-cycling and having another place to shop for treasures is always a win in my books.  But!!  They have a Community Donation Center on site which means people can drop off their items that they no longer want, so instead of things going to the landfill, they’re getting another chance at life.  And, when you shop at any Value Village, you are putting money back into a local charity, too!  It’s a win, win!  I think having a Value Village within our community is definitely a plus for our community.  Jobs, a place to donate household and clothing items to keep them out of the landfill, and a new spot to shop for more economical options – Value Village is definitely adding value to our village!

When I was looking through their website for information for this post, I was amazed at the stats – and that they have Macklemore on it, fitting, don’t you think? And if you don’t know what I mean…google it….except Mom, don’t do that….they say bad words…. ANYWAY! Back to the stats – they keep 700,000,000 pounds of reusable items out of the landfill each YEAR!  The average person throws away 81 pounds of textiles A YEAR!!  That’s crazy!  Why not donate it?  There are so many good reasons to!  Looking for something new?  Shop there first – they might have just what you are looking for!

I love their slogan – SHOP. REUSE. REIMAGINE.

Alright, I’m off to put one of my new treasures to use in the studio makeover, which will be wrapped up tomorrow – so stop back by!

To be continued,

Lori

{ I was given a gift card by Value Village but my take on the event and store is just that 😉 }

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guys!!!  Big progress to show this week!!  I’m so excited for you to see!  I can’t even tell you what a difference there is in the studio now.  Like HUGE!!!  It just goes to show that a coat of paint can make a difference and impact the overall feel of a space.

But let me slow down and back up….in case you haven’t been following along.  This is Week 5 of the One Room Challenge which means we are almost done, I have mixed feelings about that, I’ll admit.  I’ve enjoyed being a part of this, working on a space that I love so much.  But I’ll be happy to get back to using the space and not having a huge To-Do list hanging over my head. Here’s the review if you’d like to look back over that past weeks, just click on the week you’d like to see.

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

So, this week’s progress was even more painting but this time is was easy and dreamy!! I had a coat of paint on the floor in less than an hour!  Not including the prep work, of course, which was washing down the floor with a special cleaner.  Because the floor gets hard use – we’re talking mud, paint, manure, rocks, water – I knew it needed a deep cleaning so I did it twice and then rinsed it very well and let it dry.  When it was dry, I cut in and and then rolled the rest while listeing to a Vinyl Cafe podcast about Christmas….yes, in April!  Even before it was dry, I was smitten.  Guys, G-A-M-E-C-H-A-N-G-E-R.  This floor paint makes it feel like a real space.  A space that we really care about, and you know I do!

The next morning, I put on my slippers and put a second coat on.  I’m not the only one who does these things in my pyjamas and slippers, right?   Here’s a shot that shows how wonderful a colour Pacific Ocean Blue by Benjamin Moore is. I’m afraid that everything might be this colour before too long!  There’s a patch of floor in our entry that is painted grey…for now… 😉 #nothingissafe  I LOVE it paired with the red curtains!

 

I was fortunate enough to have received this paint from Benjamin Moore for this project.  I’ve sold Benjamin Moore in the past and still work with their colour palette on about 99% of the decorating projects I’ve ever worked on in my 17-year-and-counting career as a decorator.  { FYI – the 1% is when the client insists on using a different brand, why, I’m not sure!! }  Arrangements made with the local rep who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for all those 17 years, I picked up paint at the local Benjamin Moore dealer in Truro, Chase’s Colour Centre and they were so lovely!  They were a little curious about what it was exactly that I was doing but I was in again since then for something unrelated and I gave them an update and showed some pictures of the progress.  What a great crew, I highly recommend them!

The other progress I made this week was all done before I started the floor because I knew I wanted to give it lots of time to dry before I started dragging furniture back in.  And then I knew time would be up for this One Room Challenge and I want to finish on time! So, I finished off a few of those pesky other projects that were lingering.  I put the final coat of white on the doors.  I hemp oiled the desk – here’s a little sneak peek of that:

And I framed the chalkboard!  I’m so pleased with myself over this one – I have no training in woodworking and I fear for my digits but I’m learning, little by little.  Granted, this is a pretty basic project but I had to decide how I wanted it framed.  My big requirement was that it needed to have a ledge.  I was tired of having to search for the chalk every time I wanted to scribble a list or reminder.  So I bought the boards, cut them to length and then, you guessed it, painted them!  The frame I did in a wash of Miss Mustard Seed’s Curio and Throphy and then a coat of hemp oil.  Once they were dry, I pre-drilled my holes and nailed it to the wall.  And I love it! I’m so glad I added that project to my list – it was satisfying in so many ways!  You can see it in the first photo – it’s contrasts nicely from the wall.

As always, my To-Do list is growing, changing…I guess that’s the nature of these projects!  I finished the chair and I don’t like it with the desk so now I’m going to use a chair from my bedroom, which used to be at our table in the last house.  And I’ve decided to change the lighting.  Let’s look at the list and then we’ll talk about those lights, shall we?

Sew the curtains for the prep table – done

White wash the walls – done

Paint the floor – done

Frame the chalkboard – done

Paint the sewing desk – done

Paint and hang the corner cabinet – done

Paint the doors – done

Paint the sewing chair – nevermind, not using this chair anymore anyway!

Paint the trim  – done

Switch out the lighting – hoping to have done for the reveal….

So the deal with the lights is that I was admring my lovely walls and floor and the ugly bare bulb lights really stood out to me.  I chatted with a couple freinds and got their opinion about the lighting and the fact I have two different types of lights within the 12′ by 24′ space.  But, given that this is my studio and I do work in here, I need good lighting.  Granted, when I’m in here during the day, I rarely even have the lights on.  My last trip to Cape Breton, Janice had changed a couple lights in her house and I really liked them, so I thought about buying them.  And then a light bulb went on – pun intended – and I remembered that in my stash I had old schoolhouse style lights!!  So I took a run down to the farm to retrieve them and see what would be required to get them re-wired and installed – which basically meant I asked my father-in-law to help me!  The plan is to switch the sockets and then figure out if they can be tied into a modern box.  The base will need to be, you guessed it, painted!  The globes just need a good wash…years of dust and bird poop will easily clean off those… The added bonus of these is that I have 5 so if this plan works, I can switch out some ugly lights in our house and it should be relatively cheap!

That’s a wrap for this week – you will not want to miss next week because it’ll be Reveal Week when you see the space as a whole!  I can’t wait to start pulling things in { very delibrately, though } and making the space pretty and functional to work in!

To be continued,

Lori

{ Disclaimer: I was given free product for this project by Benjamin Moore but my take on it is just that! }

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  • Alena - May 4, 2017 - 7:58 am

    I to do everything in my slippers! the room looks amazing I can’t wait to see completed! or even at this stage, in person, tomorrow, over pizza!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - May 4, 2017 - 8:10 pm

      Slippers are the best!! And yes, Friday over pizza sounds like the perfect veiwing plan! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Moore - May 4, 2017 - 1:00 pm
    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - May 4, 2017 - 8:08 pm

      Thank you, Catherine!!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie - May 4, 2017 - 2:58 pm

    oh that floor! love the color!ReplyCancel

    • lori@farmfreshstyle.ca - May 4, 2017 - 8:07 pm

      Thanks Cassie – isn’t it stunning!?!?!?ReplyCancel