February 10, 2016

Tony the Tiler.

Such a great guy. We truly 
lucked out in booking the best. 

Even though he was paid through
our building fund, we enjoyed him
so much and he added some great
ideas to our design, a tip was in order!

A thank you and a gift card to
take his lovely and patient wife
out for a lovely evening after a
job well done. He was thrilled!

Now we wait for the rest of the
trades to finish up. Can't wait.

If you've built or renovated, did you enjoy
the process or couldn't wait for the end?

Wordless Wednesday: Sweet Hyacinth.

February 6, 2016

Renewing Sacred Space.

A big part of my daily work life is to provide counseling to individuals and families of all ages. At the hospice where I work in the big city, I have my office, a counseling room, a family room and two classrooms (one for children, one for teens), as well as an art storage room and then shared space with other staff members. Other than the children's classroom, all the other spaces are decorated in soft, creams, light greens, pale blues and comforting earthy tones of brown. Very subdued but classy, warm and stately. The kids class is darker tones of greens, blues and whites and rainbow hand prints on the far wall, but we are going to have it painted soon to match my other spaces. I love the softness of these spaces and find I can work well because they are so calming and so beautiful. 

My centre, the one I started in my community, has been housing a number of programs for years and our colors keep changing. This summer, the staff and I spent  more than a month painting all the walls and any wood furniture that was in our way. We were amazing painting machines! We changed from darker colors to lighter tones and it's been an amazing transformation. The only space we didn't touch was my office, which doubles as my counseling space. Recently I realized that other than popping in to answer the phone, I hadn't been using it as the intentional space we envisioned it to be. So it was time to make changes. The first thing I did was move a love seat from our storage room into the office. This required moving a few things around and although the couch fits by size, it has made the space quite crowded. I've now done a number of sessions in the space and my clients have commented how much they like the quiet and the "cozy" feeling. But it still wasn't right. Time for change. 

After much thought and a bit of dreaming and a fundraiser that has given me a budget, here's what I've come up with for our new "Sacred Space" ....

Shades of light lilac, cream ivory, sage 
green and light pink. All soft colors.

The love seat is currently orange but in perfect condition, so we'll keep using it. I chose a light brown slip cover to hide the bright color. The upper walls will be lilac, the bead board and window and door trim will be ivory, the accent colors for any accessories will be sage green, pale pink and soft white. Perhaps a tiny bit of light blue will be added to the mix as the armchair we have has all these colors, with a tiny bit of light blue. I chose a white throw that looks soft and comfy for the couch. And the Lyrik lamp for the small desk and the end table. The coffee table will sit on a rug and hold the candle we light for sessions and a tray for tea. The rug may be the one below along with the purple pillow to hug. All colors that are calm but inspiring. 

I have to take out the two bookcases that we have in the 
space. These are the ones but without the glass doors 
on top, just the solid doors on the bottom. It matches the 
desk and looks great but again, takes up too much space. 

I have a small wooden desk that I'll paint ivory 
and that can sit over in the corner by the door. 
A smaller but sturdy bookcase we have  in the 
garage at our old house will come over and be 
painted ivory as well. I'm so excited to do this!

So that's the plan to reclaim this "Sacred Space".
What do you think of my scheming dream?

February 2, 2016


We met when we were cast in the same theatre production in 1981. He was the guy, I was to be his girl. And after that, it stuck and eventually (well three years later), we were married. Started our little family and in time, all our kids have been involved in the arts in different ways. We still act and still love our craft, especially theatre. Our eldest son has ventured a bit farther. He's back living on the West Coast, where we lived for a short time when they were young and where lots of our family members reside. He's traveled the world and now has an agent in both L.A. and Vancouver. Proud of all our kids and he's no exception to that rule. So this mama will brag just for a moment. A few weeks ago, he was in an the season premiere of "Arrow", playing a character named Skel who sports a gun and throws the lead character, the Green Arrow off a building. Not a nice guy at all! Last night, he appeared in the second episode of a new series called "Lucifer", playing character Robbie Russell, Jr. Here's some shots from a couple of his scenes:

The puppy in the picture frame is his little pup Anakin, 
who is also an actor! We like to keep it in the family!!

That's my mommy brag for the day.
Thanks for reading it!!

February 1, 2016

Gloomy Pictures.

Two pictures from our "Gloomy Sunday".
It really was that dark outside, overcast
and cold, frosty and dull. No sun at all.
Thankful for this warm and colorful home.

January 31, 2016

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

 Before we built our dream home, 
we stumbled across an old movie
from 1948, starring Cary Grant, called 
"Mr. Blandings Build His Dream House".

It was adapted from the book that
was written by Eric Hodgins in 1946.

A rainy day movie that gave us some giggles 
and a bit of a peek into the building process.

A journey that had high hopes and many
stumbling blocks along the way like any build.

But in the end, his house was complete and
the dream began, to live in comfort. That's
how I feel about our build. Lots of work and
thought but now the real dream has begun.

Have you seen this movie or read the book?
If so, did you enjoy the story?

Sweet Yard.

Isn't this a pretty landscape? We truly will
never put a pool in ~ our climate is just not
supportive of a in ground pool. But the rest
of this incredible yard intrigues me. Lovely!

Did you landscape your yard?
Or was it already done for you?

50 Days ....

I love reading Penny's blog "The Homemade Heart". She feels like such a kindred spirit! We may live across the sea from each other but when we write to each other, it feels like we're just around the corner! Recently, I became intrigued by a project Penny has launched on her Instagram and blog. It's called "50 Day Of I Love My Home" and anyone can join in. I've decided to tag along. Hope you will too! What a fun way to see what others love about their homes. And know what we love about ours.