Family and #Oakpointporch Project

Good Morning!

It is official, I am turning into my Mom. It gets more apparent everyday. Not that I’m complaining, my Mom is a pretty amazing person,  it’s just that it is happening quicker than I anticipated.

How does this relate to the #oakpointporch project?  (you can see the before pictures here and the initial scheme here)   Well, I happen to working on the project with my mom, as this is the porch in our family cottage .  To demonstrate the Lindsey turning into Carolyn phenomenon, I will use one of our recent exchanges related to said project. I sent her a bunch of fabric swatches in the colour scheme we had discussed, which was light/pastel blues, greens, with maybe some greys and yellows for good measure.  Only one really jumped out at her from that bunch of samples I sent her.  No big deal, she said she would go to some fabric stores on her own.  She went but felt overwhelmed by all the choices and gave up.

Hmmm, feeling overwhelmed with too much choice, finds it hard to make a decision:

Mom……√ 

Lindsey…..√

So then I suggested that she should let me decide so she doesn’t have to, and she could just know that I will make it look nice.  A brief pause, some nervous laughter followed by ….”well, I don’t know about thaaaat…..”

Despite feelings of being overwhelmed, not really willing to relinquish too much control:

Mom ……√ 

Lindsey…..√

This is just ONE conversation, with TWO instances where I realized we have similar reactions.  The good thing is that because I am so much like her, I understand this so I really wasn’t expecting her to just give me free reign, or agree with my choices the first time around.  Ahhhh, family, what would we do without them?

But back to the update on the project…..one of the biggest jobs for the porch revamp was new floors, which my Dad installed a few weeks ago.  Out with bad carpet and linoleum, in with some laminant flooring.

My focus while I am home will be to paint and reupholster the 2 chairs like this one.

Also, I’ll be doing some painting.  On one wall there is gorgeous cedar, but on the 3 outside walls we have ugly faux wood paneling that you can kinda see below the windows in the picture below.  Long-term we will be replacing the windows and putting up cedar in the rest of the walls, but in the interim I have suggested we paint out the paneling, likely in white or off-white.

My mother and I are going to attempt to get some fabric in Moncton when I fly in on Saturday.  We will be limited in terms of number of fabric stores, but I think with our heads together we can find some fabrics that work well.  I do know that we are on the same page in terms of a general palette that I mentioned above. Light blues, greens with some yellow, and maybe some greys. Here is a little mood board to help demonstrate.

cottage palette copy

Photos from top left:  1 (unknown), 2, 3, 4, 5,

It’s a pretty palette to be sure, and these are some of my mother’s favorite colours.  Light and airy.  Sort of how I feel everytime I step inside my cottage. Wish us luck on our fabric journey on Saturday!

XO,

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Project #OakPointPorch

Good Evening!

Today I’m sharing some initial progress on my little #oakpointporch project . This porch being the one at my family’s cottage in New Brunswick. The porch is by far the most used space in the cottage, other than the kitchen, and while it’s very cozy, it’s pretty dated. There is A LOT of brown, orange and yellows which is not a colour palette I’m super keen to keep around.  The porch has a living and dining area which currently looks like this:

Living area

Dining area

My initial inspiration board is posted here and uses various blues, greys, pale yellows, greens and white for a fresher take on the space.

 Budget is tight, so I need to re-use, re-fresh, re-purpose before buying new.

What has to stay for furniture?

1) The dining table and chairs shown above. They are relatively new and in good condition.

2) We have two old office chairs (one of which is shown below) that are a good compact size for the space, and with a little makeover (white paint, updated fabric) the pair will be perfect.

chair 1

3) My Dad is a big fan of this wicker rocking chair so it is staying, but I’ll give it updated cushions and pillows.  The side table-lamp combo will also remain as it is a family piece but will get a new shade.

Chair 2

What is going?

1) The pull-out sofa is out, but the new one has to also be a sofa-bed. Having so few beds in the cottage as it is, we can’t afford to lose any!  My parents have already picked out the Manstad sofa-bed from IKEA in the dark blue colour.

2) THE WRETCHED BLINDS…..I have been bugging my mother to get rid of these blinds for years.  You can’t tell from the picture but they are a about 5 times lighter where the sun comes in and are really just awful.  In fairness, window treatments aren’t cheap and we have fourteen windows in the porch….so I can see why she was putting it off….but I’m glad she isn’t pushing to keep them now.

curtains

3) The flooring! The bad linoleum and old carpet will be replaced with something better…what exactly that  something is has yet to be determined.

My initial inspiration board is posted here and uses various blues, greys, pale yellows, greens and white for a fresher take on the space.  I have lots of ideas for how to make it pretty, but first I wanted to take a look at the floor plan with the furniture we’re keeping.  I did a quick one last night using Floor planner.  So far, this is what I have. (for some reason 2 of the windows did not show up…hmm).

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Hmm, for some reason 2 of the windows did not show up….anyhoo, you get the idea. It’s hard to visualize the pretty stuff (colours, fabrics, accessories) in this program but this step helps me really see how the furniture can be arranged.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress.

XO,

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Summer Vacation Recap

Good Morning!

Long time no talk!  Where have I been? Well, it’s been a whirlwind 2 weeks!  It started with a week in Toronto with my Mom and niece Katrina.  It was Katrina’s first trip to Toronto and she got to see lots of fun stuff; the Science Centre, the Zoo, Casa Loma, the CN Tower, to name a few.  I was working during the week but got to go to the Science Centre and the zoo on the weekend.  Both were very fun, even for an adult! I got lots of great photos at the zoo…here are some snippets of that day….

Katrina - Toronto Zoo copy Then we started the long trek back to New Brunswick for my annual cottage vacation.  My cottage at Oak Point is definitely one of my favourite places on earth. Located on the Miramichi Bay, on the east coast where the Miramichi River meets the north end of the Northumberland Straight, it’s pretty easy to love this little piece of paradise….

cottage views 1 cottage views 2 seaside flowers wild roses Late afternoon shadow What did I do while I was there?  I slept, ate, read, went for many swims in the bay, picked wildflowers and wild strawberries, napped, and assembled a 1000 piece puzzle in less than 24 hours.  It was 35+ degrees in the shade for 4 of the days I was there (which is abnormal for July in New Brunswick), so I literally lived in my bathing suit for most of the week. I caught up with cottage friends and met my friend’s 6 week old baby boy.  Ah-dorable.  A super relaxing week.

Now I’m back; refreshed and ready for some good blogging.

Have a lovely day!

XO,

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Family Cottage Treasures

Hello! Although I have been back from vacation for awhile, I finally got a chance to go through my photos, so there will be at least a couple of posts this week that include those.  Today I’m sharing some treasures from my family’s cottages in Oak Point, New Brunswick.  First a little backgrounder….my grandfather on my Mom’s side is a United Church Minister and one the churches he was assigned to happened to be in my father’s hometown, and so the families met through the church. My Mom’s family already had a cottage in Oak Point and my Dad’s family often went to visit them there. Then my grandfather on my Dad’s side decided to build a cottage there too!  My parents fell in love during thier summers there, got married, bought the cottage from my grandparents and my Mom’s parent kept their cottage down the road. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Now our cottage is a real cottage – lots of random items, not a lot of co-ordination and it is typically the place where old things from my parents house go to live our their remaining useful lives.  The treasures I’m going to share are a few items from our cottage as well as my grandfather’s cottage that are either cool vintage decor or things that I just love….

Red door on my grandfathers cottage….

Vintage Saltines container where we have kept matches for as long as I can remember…..

This isn’t really vintage but I bought it for my Mom for her birthday many years ago and still love it!

Not sure what this is but I like it, and it’s been in our cottage as long as I have!

Found these vintage books in my grandfather’s cottage….so great!

The crystal doorknob on my bedroom door…..

old school 7 up bottle….great for wildflowers…

And this doesn’t look like anything too fancy, just a simple painting –  but it’s the excerpt from a poem by Sam Walter Foss (you can read the whole poem here) on the bottom  that draws me to it…it reads:

“Let me live in my house by the side of the road
Where the race of men go by;
They are good, they are bad, they are weak,
They are strong,
Wise, foolish – so am I.
Then why should I sit in the scorner’s seat
Or hurl the cynic’s ban? –
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.”

’nuff said.

XOXO,

Lindsey