vintage shopping in Ottawa + a fair + photo 101

How was your weekend? Ours was a good one. Friday night Andrew and I pretended we were real adults and headed out vintage furniture shopping. We headed to old Ottawa South first to the Antique Market (no luck), Alteriors (far too pricey for us), and we tried stopping by the Warehouse at Champagne dit Lambert (in the back, in the basement) but they were closing down early (what's with all of the Ottawa furniture shops closing at five or six, we have jobs people). Our last stop before dinner was Found Design .We'd been once before with Alice and Isla in tow but this time we were able to take our time. We're looking for something really specific and it wasn't there this time around but we chatted with the woman working there and she was hopeful that it might turn up. Next stop was Chez Lucien for burgers and beer. We caught the late show of Maze Runner which was no better than the book... I should have known. 

Saturday we headed to our first fair with Alice and Isla... me with my real camera around my neck. 

We had a good time riding the old rides, eating ice cream and drinking old fashioned lemonade.

A couple of weeks ago I signed up for a course I'd been eyeing for quite some time. Nicole's Classes Photo 101. I'm a week in and surprised at how much is involved in shooting manual.

I'm also super aware of every photo that doesn't look right, like these two above ones that are far too dark.

It feels good to be learning something again and I already feel a problem in my future... the problem being that Nicole's classes offer a ton of enticing options.

How was your weekend?

this is where i leave you

I had a I need to get out of this damn house moment earlier this week. Nothing against this specific house, or the fact that it isn't mine, more a usual case of stay at home mom claustrophobia, because that's a real thing, isn't it? Moving on... I texted a girlfriend hoping she'd be my way out and she delivered, suggesting we go to a movie. I haven't been to a movie since Hunger Games... the first one I think... maybe that's a lie because my memory is far from dependable.

This is where i leave you is what she typed next which confused the hell out of me, the woman who ignores every commercial and usually has about two other things on the go while the television is on.

Once it clicked I agreed, she made promises of humour so I said sure because I need a little humour in my life these days between all of the go, go, go, mixed with never-ending putting away of things, the always dramatic three year old tantrums and the mental tornado taking up occupancy in my brain. So we went and that was three days ago and I am still smiling every time I think about it.

So go, I tell you... you won't regret it.

In other news Andrew might be indulging my YA tendencies tonight... in the form of yet another movie.

Have you seen anything good lately?

Happy weekend.

lake placid

How long does it take you to relax when you go on vacation? Normally, I'm about five minutes in and I am good, pass the cocktail it's time to forget about the ongoing stream of to dos. This past weekend we headed to Lake Placid to meet up with my parents and it wasn't until our last morning there that I felt that sense of freedom.

I think the culprit may be the whole in transition phase we are in right now. Between homes. Big changes and all that. Or maybe it was the fact that I forget the spaghetti sauce that I cooked all afternoon the day before. Lake Placid was a two part deal, the first being a nice post move getaway and the second being a method to collect a whole bunch of kitchen stuff we ordered from the States.

We camped at the KOA Lake Placid, in a trailer I should add given that it was freezing Friday night and we actually bundled Alice up like a mummy just for a quick five minute "dark walk" as she likes to call it.  The campground itself was great, super clean, rustic lodge that served hot waffles and not too far away from the town itself.

Maybe it's that camping has changed, something Andrew and I talked about that last morning. Camping used to be all about finding remote sites, lots of privacy, lots of nature. We didn't care if we had to pee in a privy, had no running water and definitely no electricity. Now it's less about nature and all about the amenities. It's a different sort of camping and as convenient as it is, it doesn't feel the same.

These two loved every minute of it and love camping in any form. All dinner talk centres on camping, no matter the season at home. Thinking back to the weekend I wish I'd let myself relax sooner. It's just hard when your brain goes kitchen, furniture, kitchen, furniture, rugs... repeat.. repeat.

We took in the gorge on Sunday morning and it was such a tease. It was pretty, I'll give it that but it only made me want more... as in a much tougher hike with an ocean below.

Maybe next time we just need to stay longer.

That sounds like a plan...

Lake Placid Musts:
We stopped into The Bookstore Plus since we forgot to pack books (oh the horrors) and they had a display of banned books outside... did you know that Hunger Games was one of them right up there with Fifty Shades...
Ere's Pizza was pretty darn good but the take out from Villa Vespa  was my favourite, it definitely saved the whole sauce fiasco.

Found! Round Shelf's Budget Alternative

This bedroom was love at first sight for me. It's small, it's cosy but not at all cluttered and that bed has me wanting to climb in, clothes and all and just nap away the afternoon... and I don't nap... not ever... not even when I had newborn twins and survived on three hours of sleep a night. Point made... moving on.

via SF Girl By Bay

One of the things I first noticed was that strange little shelving system, looking all organic in it's naked plywood finish. The round seems to soften the angles in the rest of the room and so I of course clicked through to Fern Living to see how much we were talking. $219 is the price and it's really not bad. I mean if I was buying one thing to add to an existing room, I could swallow that but when you sell all of your furniture on a craigslist equivalent, $219 is just too steep for one shelf.

Enter Ikea Hackers..

The Ikea PS 2015 Tray is 14" in diameter and is indeed a smaller option to Fern Living's offering. This is a hack so a little diying is involved, but for the price of $10 plus a little more for the shelves, it's far more affordable and may just take up residence in our new home. See the full details here.

Planning an Ikea Kitchen Renovation

via House Tweaking
I knew I wanted to gut a kitchen before we found our new house. I should really use the word we here but that would be a lie. Andrew is one hundred percent (I think) on board for the new kitchen but he could have lived with an existing kitchen. I could not and one of these days I will explain why.

I don't know anyone with an Ikea kitchen but I do know they have a good reputation thanks to the countless blog posts and articles I've read backing up that claim. I also know that kitchen renovations can be costly, and we have to work within the realm of our financial reality. I also don't like paying too much for things (unless you're a pair of Loeffler Randall soft as butter leather boots) and we all know how affordable Ikea can be. But really none of that would have mattered had I not continually discovered that all of the kitchens I liked were in fact Ikea (like the one pictured above). Who knew design magazines were full of Ikea kitchens? Definitely not me.

It took me two trips to the house to decide that I was on board with it. It was one of those love at first sight things for Andrew, and I had already decided I wasn't going to like it before we set foot in the door that first evening. I just spent six years of my life in a house that never felt like home, I didn't want to make that mistake again.

When the deal was done and we went in to meet with our kitchen designer... I cringed when the current homeowner asked what we planned on doing with their kitchen. It's going, all of it, was what I wanted to say, but instead I softly explained how we were intent on having exactly what we wanted this time around and that we were going to take it apart carefully and sell it online.

The verdict is still out on how careful we will be with its removal but the day after we close, that puppy is coming out.

We decided to hire a designer and installer pre new home purchase as well. The last thing I want is for any part of this renovation to scream diy and after having spent one evening playing around on the ikea designer we had an idea of how bad stockholm syndrome could become if we didn't seek professional help. If you're reading this and you did it all yourself and your kitchen looks fantastic, well good for you.

Right now we've made the big decisions, we've purchased appliances, ordered countertops through Emerald Tile here in Ottawa and ordered the faucet and sink. Deciding on the doors for the cabinets was probably the single most difficult decision to date because when we started, we weren't going to use Ikea doors at all, we were going to go with Semi Handmade Doors.

Decisions that still keep me up at night include... deciding on cabinet hardware, backsplash, lighting, floating shelves, nook countertop and a rug (because every kitchen my eyes love is home to a fabulous rug).

I will share more details as they firm up. Hope you're enjoying your Monday!
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