Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spring Freshening

There's nothing quite like fresh flowers in your home to brighten the spirit, and bring in that Spring fresh feel. Hydrangeas happen to be a favorite, as do beautiful rustic urns to place them in....

I would like to think that this rustic urn has been aged to perfection for many a year in a wonderful English garden, teaming with arbored Roses and bountiful Hydrangea's but I somehow don't think that this is where Home Sense sourced it from =)

A tich of greenery in an old silvered urn (this one is in fact old =).

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wedding Fever

This past few weeks has been a flurry of moving fun. Showing our house, a few house offers that never came through, showing our house some more, cleaning the house for said showings, finishing up my final shifts at work...there's never a dull moment around Willow Wisp. It does, however, make for dull blog posts. While my blog has remained more or less silent, I diligently read my fave blogs and my list of projects for my new home grows ever larger. July 1 can't come soon enough!

In the meantime, while the world prepares for the 'big' day tomorrow, I thought I would share a few pictures from my own wedding. Blair and I were married Sept 9, 2006, at a sea side resort on Vancouver Island. The location was gorgeous, as was our special day. Enjoy the pictures!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Quilted Fairies

What little girl doesn't love pink, or fairies?  Well, even my eldest, who's best day would look something like collecting worms and frogs, and getting as dirty as possible, loves these little girl icons.

I figured it was high time to make a lap quilt for my girls.  I have always loved Flower Fairies, even as a child, and fell in love with Michael Miller's Flower Fairy fabric.  A new quilt, well two new quilts, to be exact, were born:

The back is oh, so cozy with Cuddles backing.  You can clearly see the quilted fairies.

Each one is appliqued with their initials, so there's no arguing over each others quilts =)

Monday, April 4, 2011

How we Found our New Home

We are back from the chilly lands of Alberta. What a whirlwind trip! We spent 2 days driving there, with our 3 year old and towing our RV. After dropping both off at Grandma and Grandpa's, we headed just south of Calgary to begin the search!

With much excitement, and nervousness, we set off with the realtor bright and early. We had 9 homes to view the first day. The result??

-too small
-too contemporary
-bad location
-a few too close to the highway
-so not our style, and not worth a reno to remedy the situation
-etc etc etc

Most we found were nice, but didn't have that special something. They didn't have that moment, that you walk in the door and say 'wow', this could be our home! That is all, but 2.

The first contender, you have already seen a glimpse of:
The good: Gorgeous trims and doors and flooring. The bones of the house were fabulous. The layout was near perfect. The kitchen was to die for. Hello Barn Door to the walk in Pantry!!

The bad: There is much left unfinished (no light fixtures, no shower doors, no fireplace surrounds or mantles and more). Essentially the owner/builders got so far and just stopped. I was actually quite eager to put the finishing touches on ourselves, but the price had to be right.

The ugly: I just about cried. It can't be true!! This gorgeous house, in a community that was utterly perfect, had a BIG problem, not apparent until you open the french doors to the back deck and yard: The highway. It didn't seem that close, but it was. It was very loud, and could be seen from the house. Vroom, vroom, vroom. Constant. Loud. Annoying.

I tried to reason my way around it, but the fact was, the home was next to the highway, which would forever affect the equity and resale. I had to break up with her. It was made easier, I suppose, by the price, as it was very highly priced for the amount of finishing that needed to be done.

With dismay and sadness, we kept up the search, seeing lovely homes, that just didn't speak to us. Until we reached the second to last house on our tour.

 This picture doesn't do the house justice.  It is a cool, unique house.  Definitely custom design and different from any other in the neighbourhood.

I had kept my eye on this one online and liked the pictures, but didn't love it. I knew the square footage, layout and location were ideal, but I wasn't feelin the love based on the pictures. Well let me tell you, this is one of those times that you walk into a home, and our jaws literally dropped. Gorgeousity, with a capital G. Goodness, love, swoon, oh my. The pictures didn't do it justice. Is it perfect? No. I would have loved a walk in pantry, and the kids rooms and closets could have been a bit bigger. Do we love it despite this? Absolutely. I think anyone would be hard pressed to find the perfect home without a bit of compromise.

It's quite a West Coast feeling home, with classic details that make it hint towards a more traditional home, rather than contemporary space. Here's some of the features that make it fabulous:
-transom windows above every door.

-BC fir trim. Normally I far prefer painted trims, but trust me girls, this is gorgeous.

Entry way with beautiful fir ceiling.

-light fixtures, faucets, hardware. It's in the details, and they are all exactly what I would have chosen. I don't want to change one thing!

Lovely egg-shaped ORB door knobs.  It's the little things that make me happy!

Hello coffered ceiling.

-Board and batten throughout many of the rooms. Hmmm, I wonder if this owner has a blog? Surely a popular project amongst us bloggettes!

 Sunroom board and batten.  Notice the ceiling.

-A sunroom that is utterly, most fantastically, completely, my favorite part of the house. Dear Sunroom: Please accept this invitation to enjoy morning coffees and blogs with me on a daily basis.

I'll need to find a window like that to put on the mantel too! 

-Gorgeous granite and travertine (my fave) counter tops throughout, including the laundry room. Oh ya, and I love the turquoise washer/dryer.

Sweet, lovely Travertine.

-A massive mud room, with a beautiful built in bench and massive closets.
-A craft/quilt room of my dreams. It's in the form of a 650 sq ft space above the garage. Dormered windows, more board and batten. Swoon.
-A fully developed walk out basement with all the bells and whistles. My favorite bell? The massive play room/family room. Finally, toy central, rather than toys strewn throughout our house.
-there is so much more....all detailed to you just as soon as we move in!

I wasn't allowed to take many photos (nothing personal could be in the picture). I also had my little camera, so the quality isn't great. Just as soon as we have our hands on the house (July 1), you can bet I'll be bombarding you with pictures galore.

Now, I'm off to dream of all the decorating fun to be had in our new home!