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Window Love: My Home Office

My home office is on the third floor of our house. I’ve mentioned before that I need to work on finishing the space but once I got the floor plan in place and the office organized finishing the space got put on the back burner.

Well, I’ve picked it back up again and am so excited to share with you the window seat I’ve created.

It all started with this antique buggy bench that was a wedding gift …

In our old house it fit perfectly in our front hall. Since we moved, we had been struggling to find a use for it. Then, gasp, we realized it was the perfect size to fit into the dormer window in my home office. Except it was a little too tall for the window.

So, we took the top part of the buggy seat off. Et voila! A perfect fit.

Next up was having a seat cushion made and to dress the window. I’ve gone with a blue colour scheme (once the space is painted I will share it with you!). Keeping it feminine with the pattern but masculine with the colour (since I am waaaaay out numbered in my house!).

Tonic Living made the seat cushion and Roman blind and I am beyond thrilled with the results.

Tonic Living has kindly offered my readers a 10% discount from now until April 1st. No minimum purchase is required – just use the coupon code REDESIGNING when making your purchase. Check out their fabrics and custom sewing – so many beautiful things and very reasonable prices.

My newly dressed window area makes me smile every time I look at it. Look forward to finishing the rest of the space!


Antique Hunting, Farmer’s Markets … sans kids!

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated our 10th Wedding anniversary. A significant milestone, yes, but we opted to keep things low-key to mark the occasion.

My parents took the kids to the cottage for the weekend so we were kid-free from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. The break from the everyday with three kids 6 and under was enough to celebrate!

We decided to do a mini-road trip and check out the St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market. It had been years since I was last there and it didn’t disappoint.

First, we checked out some antiques …


Stunning Blue colours caught my eye


An old globe ... USSR and all


A paddle from a family reunion in 1963!


Red, Red, Red!


I walked off with some lovely glass milk bottles for just $4 for all of them. More on that and what I’ve done with them in another post.

After checking out some antiques we got hungry …

The chip wagon was calling our names!

Nothing like fries soaked in ketchup & vinegar


And then you wash them down with some fresh lemonade …

The best lemoade I've ever had


The fries and lemonade refreshed us enough to wander around the market – it was a blistering hot day but the stalls were just bursting with fresh produce … it was killing us not to buy anything as we weren’t headed directly home and it would just spoil.

My favourite stall was the fresh cut flowers. Here are some gerbera daisies … just like I had in my wedding bouquet.

After the market we decided to check out the Elora Gorge. It was awesome!

First we had some yummies we’d bought at the market …

Mmm .. havarti & ham kielbasa



Then we hiked around the gorge

It was starting to get late after calling nine Bed & Breakfast’s (note: make reservations in July) we found one that would take us … it was outside of Fergus … and a fairly random place to stay. The people were lovely, it was clean and very nice but boy did they like their flowers.

We stayed in their only available room that night … the “Garden Room”. Each room had it’s own theme and the owners had clearly put a lot of thought, care and love into how they decorated. It just wasn’t my style – a “little” over the top if you know what I mean.

Yes, that is a sunflower lamp


Painted sunflowers all over the wall & a picket fence!


We did a final hike on Sunday morning and were amused at our choice … it was in a marsh area so there were lots of bugs but we made the most of it and ran part of the way! The view from the lookout tower was spectacular!

We loved exploring parts of Ontario we hadn’t been to before – there is so much to see!

So, that’s how we spent our kid-free weekend. No schedule, just wandering around. It was like a weekend-long date and was fantastic.

How would you celebrate a significant milestone? What do you like to do with your partner?

An empty nest …

I am currently kid-free. Enjoying the moment and have no particular time that I’m due home. What a treat.

My parents took the kids to the cottage for the weekend. I think kids and grandparents will be tired by the end of the weekend but it was a big love fest on all sides as they departed this afternoon.

Did I mention we are now kid-free?

Gonna hit St. Jacobs tomorrow first thing …

Then a hike in the afternoon maybe around here?

Then … who knows! What I do know is that the only waterbottle I plan on carrying is mine and the only snack I am packing is my own. If the car stops it is only for a grown-up pit stop.

Lordy. I am excited … maybe will even have some antique finds to share next week too!

What are you doing on this fabulous summer weekend?