Settling In!

Updated: Jan 6, 2019

I know it's been a minute since my last post but with the move and the holiday season things have been hectic. We have finally settled in here in St. Catharines and have made some minor updates to our home. Today I want to share some of our progress with you and show you what can be accomplished with a little paint and some decorating. We have big plans for renovations in the future but need to live a little in this house in order to figure out exactly what we need in order to get it just right.

Let's start with the master bedroom. It is very important to have a space where you can rest and recharge at the end of the day so this room was high on the priority list for us. Having a space that you can retreat to, one that makes you feel calm and relaxed is key to a good nights rest. Thankfully this room was fairly easy to update. Aside from scraping the stucco ceiling, all it really needed was a coat of paint and some proper window coverings. I was on the fence about the existing light fixture but hubby was adamant that we should keep it. Turns out that after the paint was complete and the light was given a good polish it looks perfect in the room and we will definitely keep it. I did update the light bulbs to warm LED in order to give us more light. We also installed a gorgeous set of custom, pinch pleat drapery with fabric from Tonic Living. The lined drapes give us privacy, heat retention and sound dampening but also adds a cozy, boho vibe to the space. Here are some before and after pics below. We do have a plan to add some architectural mouldings to the green wall in the near future. The accent wall colour is Boreal Forest from Benjamin Moore's Affinity collection and the main white used is my favourite, BM's Oxford White. Dark greens, blues and greys are great colours for sleep and relaxation.

The hallway leading from the main room to the front entrance got a simple makeover as well. This unique hallway is one of the features that helped sell us on this house. We love the width of the space, the wallboard, the retro doorbell and the wall sconces. The door will eventually be replaced so knowing this gave me the freedom to choose a bold paint colour for now. We chose a bright, mid-century inspired teal blue which looks perfect with the wood wall and white paint. We did swap out the oddly placed and slightly tacky light fixtures in the ceiling for some modern LED flush mounts, not an easy task but well worth it. The addition of a mirror, a rug, artwork and a bench, all items we already owned, makes this space feel bright and welcoming. I plan to add a hall table soon and move the bench closer to the door so guests can comfortably sit down to put on their shoes.

The kitchen is a room that will require a full reno in the future. For now we have made a few changes to make it feel more livable for us. We removed some upper cabinets, painted the walls and ceiling, changed out the light fixtures, added wallpaper and installed open IKEA shelves. Open shelves instead of upper cabinets helps to make a space feel larger and more spacious. Here is a sneak peek of the kitchen transformation thus far. I'd love to change the countertops and the electrical outlets but it would be a waste of our funds given the entire space will be renovated within the next year. For now I look past those less than perfect items and focus on amazing wallpaper and artwork in the space. :)

There are a few other area's of our home that are just about ready for photos...once I finish unpacking and have had time to tidy up from Christmas. This home is quickly becoming our new happy place. Stay tuned for more updates soon and thanks for reading. :)

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