Before + After: Barn Makeover

We have an old (like 1840’s original) barn, that’s pretty and charming…but attached to it is a building that’s less charming. When we bought this house I had dreams of turning it in to my studio. That was a dream. It’s been taken over with tractors, lawn mowers and all the essential larger scale equipment. All I want from this building now, is an exterior makeover. A paint job.

Inspired by the ever informative and inspiring, Karen from The Art Of Doing stuff, I found this blog post and bought a spray gun painter, from Home Depot. I bought this one, the Wagner Flexio 590.

I really just wanted this old building to disappear…I tested the following dark grey paint swatches from Home Depot’s, outdoor Behr paint:


We went with Space Black (swatch under the window) by Behr, and here’s my trooper mom giving the paint gun a go. (haha! She always gets herself in to paint projects for her children) For the record, the entire front wall of the barn took 1.5 hours with the spray gun. (!!!!!!!!!!)


Here’s the after…I love it!





Found: Must Have Baby Item Part II

Even though I vowed to keep my baby items to a minimum, and refused a giant baby shower…(see more in my blog post “Found: Must Have Baby Item“) I still ended up buying stuff that I didn’t use, or need.  I fell victim to way too many “must have lists” and also my own expectations about how newborn baby life would go. I bought a bassinet, and set it up beside the bed months before my baby was born, visualizing rocking her to sleep, perfectly swaddled in one of the newborn swaddle things I also bought…well, obviously that’s not how things went. (I jinxed myself in so many ways!) Then, I found the Dock-a-tot !

The Dock-A-Tot is amazing. (This isn’t a sponsored post btw, just a fan review!) It’s her own little “nest” like bed, and she loves it. I bought it online, right from the site here. It arrived in the mail a few days later, and life got a little better for this sleep deprived mama.

This post is basically just to say, I highly recommend it, and wish I had it from day 1! (And sometimes, mom-to-mom advice is all you need!)


It’s sturdy and well made, and everything the company claims it to be. I often find my daughter running her hands along the stitching and playing with the little tiny tags on the sides. (Did they research the perfect tactile logo execution as well!?) I could post a million photos and talk a lot about it, but the moral of this story is…we all sleep better because of this product. (Need I say more?!)







Inspiration: (small) home office

I have worked from home as a graphic designer for 6 years (minus the current year for maternity leave). My home office is therefore always an important space, no matter where we have been living. I need it to be organized (or at least have the potential to be organized), have a large desk for…

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modern with roots, friday finds

Friday Finds: 1.0

Online shopping is my current version of retail therapy. I love having that little break to myself to scan my favourite sites for good deals. Is that weird? Regardless, sometimes I find some really great things! I’m going to start sharing what I find, because…well, I don’t see why not. Maybe something I find will…

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