Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

I've been second guessing some decisions on the new build.  Then I was reminded of this quote {thanks to design*sponge}:

When in doubt don't add, take away.  Simplify, don't over ornament.  I think the spaces below are wonderfully inviting.  Check out this window seat & fireplace.

{ looks like a soft spot to land }

I love this sophisticated landscaping:

{ concrete treads & boxwood risers }

And how about this spot to soak in with a good book?

{blissful outdoor bath }

And this??  

{ yes please where do I sign up }

Yes, Leonardo... I do believe you are on to something.

Til next time, blogland....

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Concrete Pour

Last week the the footings for the retaining walls & garage were poured as well as the smooth "paper face" finish cap on top of the board form fireplace.

{ forms in place }

{ crew pouring the footings for the south & east retaining walls }

{ pumping the concrete into the forms }

{ board form chimney with paper face cap }

{view from the north side of the house looking south east }

I love the combination of the contemporary concrete with a traditionally lined house.  We are excited to see how the contraposition of the two plays out.  

'Til next time, blogland....
J xxo

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

I can think of only cliches to describe the speed at which the past week raced by.  We (take a deep breath)...

... celebrated two birthdays (Paulina's 9th & Hugo's 3rd), had four days holiday from school, ate  lamb dinner at Craig's aunties' house, had baseball practices, baseball games, inline hockey games, played ice hockey hockey, had track practice, went to dance & soccer, went to open gym, went to school, slept, went to an Easter brunch, had mimosas, decked out a friend for a 70s party, opened presents, drank wine, blew out candles, had a lovely belated birthday dinner at a friend's house (girls only, no kids), had a Skype call with my family in the UK, Ecuador, Mexico & Canada, visited the emergency room at Lion's Gate Hospital (all's well, just a false alarm!), went to church twice, had two Easter egg hunts & sang happy birthday countless times.

Phew!  So it's already Wednesday & I need a quote to inspire me for the few days ahead in this (for me & many) short week.  Here it is:

As always, you can check out my Pinterest page for more words of wisdom by clicking here.

Til next time, blogland...
J xxo

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom - Paulina's Special Edition

It is our daughter, Paulina's, 9th birthday today.  In honour of her this quote (more good stuff here on my Pinterest page):

{one of my favourites}

To follow, a few shots of Paulina, exhibiting above characteristics:

{ siblings' first meeting }

{ roar }

{ sand ball wars at Second Gap, Thornmanby Island }

{ surfing ~ Buccaneer Bay }

{ mermaid princess ~ Second Gap, Thornmanby Island }

Happy 9th Birthday, Paulina.  You are small but mighty & you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

With love,
Your Mama

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Latest Article in Vancouver Home Decor & Renovations

The latest article I submitted to Home Decor & Reno features our last build (and last home):

{ flow & continuity of material, colour & floor plan }

You can read it online by clicking here and going to page 56-57.

'Til next time...

J xxo

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Yesterday was my birthday & in light of this I thought I'd share this Audrey Hepburn quote with you:

Self reliance AND being willing to lend a hand to others are two qualities I've always admired in others.  This year I hope to become better at both.

'Til next time, blogland!
xo J

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Build Takes Shape

Quick update on the new build.  It's taking shape - we've got the framing almost completed & the roofers & plumbers are working onsite.  Here are some shots taken over the past few months:

{ house in the snow; top floor being framed }

{ forming for chimneys... best guesses we had from neighbours as to what the 'things on the side of the house' were:  elevators & grain silos!! }

{ board form chimneys installed }

{ bluebird day, roof on }

{ landscaping underway }

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Some words of wisdom for your Wednesday:

Today I needed this.  Hope it inspires you, too.  For more quotable quotes you can check out my Pinterest board

xo blogland...