Home Office Reveal

Modern Home Office Reveal

I am very excited to share my new home office with you. I have been waiting for a space to call my own for years and am so delighted with the way it turned out!

I spent months poring over home office inspiration, and I was so undecided about whether I wanted to spend a lot of money on a desk or if I should just buy something inexpensive. In the end my wallet won, and a trip to Ikea later, I had most of my home office ready to be put together!

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I knew I wanted a clean, white space, a large enough desk to be able to write on as well as hold the computer, and a minimal amount of storage that worked for me. Jay was quite concerned about storage for some reason, so I compromised by using two large white bins that were large enough to hold file folders for work. This way I got the clean looking desk I was after, and he had his storage solution.

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I also got a little head in this picture. It stays.

It was love at first sight when I first spotted these minimal trestle legs, and I knew I had to have them. The glossy white table top adds a hint of glamour and sparkle, while still being modern. I think the look came together rather well, all white with bits of silver metal.

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I put a picture rail above the desk, however I still have to get some art! It’s not quite the way I pictured it, however it suits its’ purpose by being a magazine and book rack. I hung two containers from the picture rail, one holds pens while the other one holds a living plant. It’s still alive after two weeks of being ignored. Maybe I’ll start talking to it to ensure its’ survival?

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This steel chair is another ‘must-have’ piece for me! The gun-metal chair is the perfect accent piece to this home office by giving it a bit of added edge. It adds a bit of character to the all-white ensemble, but still keeps it monotone. The chair is made by Zuo and can be found at Staples!

I’m still on the look out for some sort of hanging art to place above the picture rail, and the accessories might be swapped out in the future, but for now I really like the magazines as art look. I know this look isn’t for everyone, but I can’t help be obsessed with all the white – it makes a modern space so peaceful to me!

Modern Home Office Reveal

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  • Linnmon Table Top: Ikea
  • Lerberg Trestle Legs: Ikea
  • Zuo Steel Elio Chairs in Gunmetal: Staples
  • Ribba Picture Ledge: Ikea
  • Grundtal Container: Ikea
  • Pluggis Box: Ikea

Want to see more of my home tour? Check out the master bedroom, the upstairs living room and kitchen, and if you missed it – check out the whole building our home series!

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The Master Bedroom (…so far!)

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I have gotten so much love from the last home blog post (thank you!) and many of you have asked to see more! Of course, I hesitate because it’s so far from done! The downstairs living area is currently one large room that contains our sofa, a tv stand and the tv – that’s it. We are working on getting the kids rooms finished first, which entails a ton of purging and storage solutions (books! toys! games! galore!) and leaves little time for the rest of the house.

Here is our master bedroom, as it sits so far. You may remember a few of these items from our previous rental, as we haven’t purchased any new furniture for our bedroom yet. But it’s simple and neat, and very relaxing for us.

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Our queen-sized bed is made of reclaimed wood that was sourced from a burnt down Vancouver Mounted Police horse stable. The wood has burn marks and holes in it, and also tends to smell a bit like a barn every once in a while. We absolutely love it.

We purchased those little white clamp lamps recently from Ikea, as they are currently the only source of light in our bedroom. The side tables are metal, and they are a temporary solution until we can get our dream side tables. They are also safe for outdoors which I think will be perfect for an exterior space idea I have.

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You can see my lovely Mac computer (my third baby!) sitting on the floor, looking sad and forlorn – but don’t feel too bad about it. That’s a yoga mat sticking out behind it, and the current height of the monitor is perfect for doing yoga videos! Honestly, I cannot wait until we can get a proper desk, but it works for now.

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Our duvet cover was purchased from Dwell many years ago, and the grey knit blanket is a gift from my talented mother. Our throw pillows have been in storage so long as I was afraid to use them anywhere else! From the right: a grey velvet pillow with a studded border, a heavy Union Jack pillow, and a grey wool felt pillow with orange antlers on it.

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I found two framed pictures in our storage locker – the orange one is an Amsterdam print, while the dark one to the left of it is a Paris Metro print – and they sit on the floor as I can’t quite commit to hanging them on the walls yet! The only other piece of furniture in the room is the little wooden step stool, the only way I can reach the windows to open them.

I’ve also gotten a few questions about the concrete floors. Firstly, I absolutely love them. Our whole downstairs has radiant heating installed in the flooring, and it is such a pleasure to step out of bed in the morning onto a warm floor. They are very easy to clean and take care of, and we are noticing new cracks in the floor here and there, which adds a certain character to the floor that I adore.

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Living in Our Dream Home

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There hasn’t been a real British Columbia rain day in the 23 days since we’ve moved in, that is, until today. Today is one of those perfect rain days – you wake up to rain, you hang out with the rain, you eat with the rain, you go to sleep with the rain… You can adventure in the wild on this rain day, or you can cuddle up with a cuppa on the sofa and watch cartoon after cartoon with the kidlets, who are still in their pajamas…

We’ve been settling in at our place, even if there are many, many, many things that are still on our list of things to do. It’s comfortable enough to live in, and things are definitely coming together, no matter how slowly they take! I took a few pictures of our upstairs yesterday that I thought I’d share with you.

These pictures aren’t ‘styled’, and are not in any form a perfect state of interior design at all – but it’s how we’re living right now, and you can easily see the checklist of things-to-do!

our-kitchenOur kitchen, my beloved kitchen! It’s almost perfect in how I envisioned it, but there are still a few things to get done: third cabinet needs to be installed, the white box under the end of the island will be wrapped in stainless steel, extra chairs are needed, some task lighting needs to be added…

The island was designed and built by Jay & I, we used 4 pieces of reclaimed Douglas Fir, burnt them, sealed them, and slid them into the metal legs that have been powder-coated black. I think we’re going to sand it one more time and seal it again with a matte sealer, but we love it so far!

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from-deck-insideThe picture above was taken from our deck, which is far from finished. We have to finish the floor (either by putting down paving stones, or concrete, or wood – we’re still thinking about it), put up the glass railings, and then furnish to our hearts’ desire – and get a barbeque! The summer will not be the same without an outdoor grill.

From here you can see the large white drywalled-in stair case, which will eventually be removed and replaced with a glass railing, and you can also see my favourite feature of the house: the folding glass wall system.

on-deckWe have these folding glass doors open every single day since they’ve been installed. I love sitting on our lounge sofa and watching the view – the sofa, btw, is the perfect jungle gym for toddlers! (and who said modern design didn’t cater to children?)

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mahjongWe bought this couch at Roche Bobois in New York City almost 7 years ago. On a whim. It was delivered to us in Vancouver about 3 years ago, and has been hidden in storage ever since. It’s so nice to FINALLY enjoy something you bought so long ago! We want to add shelving and art to the big blank wall, and put in a wood-burning fireplace as well.

glass-wallWhat do you think of our place so far? There’s still so much to do but it’s definitely starting to feel like home to us!  You can read the process of our build here, or you can start at Part 1 here!

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Building Our Dream Home, Part 4

Read Parts 1, 2, & 3 here!

This post has been a long time coming! After what seemed like months of nothing happening to the house, I finally get to show you some actual changes! For the last few months a lot of what I like to call the “behind-the-scenes” stuff has been happening – you know, the plumbing, the electrical, drywall mudding/taping and painting, exterior finishes – the stuff that makes a house, however showing pictures of pipes and electrical wire is not too exciting for a blog post…

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Britannia Beach House
You can see that brick is now finished, although that nightmare deserves a blog post of its’ own in the future, and the metal cladding is all done except for a couple of fascia pieces and the metal capping (the top part of the roof line). Let’s go inside…

Britannia Beach House

Britannia Beach House

We intended the upstairs living area to be a relaxing area to eat, hang out, listen to music, and entertain guests. When the sliding glass doors are installed (only a couple more weeks until they get here!) it will be a truly indoor-outdoor space, perfect for parties, barbeques, and even winter days watching the snow fall. In the future we’ll have a fireplace in this area as well.

Britannia Beach House

Britannia Beach House

The kitchen… so far! The two cabinets are in – no they are not blue, that’s the protective wrap – they are Ikea, in high gloss white. Why Ikea? We originally wanted to go with a very high-end cabinet system, which didn’t exactly pan out, so we started to head in this direction aesthetically – and now we’ve merged the two styles to create a minimal and industrial kitchen.  The industrial part? That will be more showcased in the island… which is coming soon! The cabinet on the left (which isn’t quite done yet) hides the fridge and other appliances, the other cabinet will contain the espresso maker and will be mainly used as a pantry.

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Britannia Beach House

Shall we go downstairs? Before we head down there, let me explain this big white thing in the middle of my room – I was so unhappy with it at first. It’s a temporary solution until we can afford to splurge for the glass railing that was intended for this room – I originally wanted to look directly across the room, from kitchen to living area, with nothing in the way. Do you know how expensive glass is? Seriously, choose that as your next career because you’ll make loads of money! So for now we have this big white drywall stair enclosure. The floors are natural hickory.

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For the time being, we will be carpeting the stairs. Downstairs we have our concrete floors, that still have to be sealed, but the radiant flooring works and is absolutely glorious to walk on! Below is the master bedroom, here you can see a better representation of the ‘no-trim’ look we went for – between the flooring and the wall there is usually a strip of trim, we forgo-ed that and went trim-less!

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Our bathroom tile is almost finished being installed, we are just awaiting the extra tile that we had to order. The tile is by Salvatori called ‘raw bianco carrara’, which is a raw cut marble. The bathroom has a bit of a ways to go still – glass shower walls have to be installed, all fixtures have to be installed (shower heads, faucets, taps), the vanity, the toilet, the mirrors, the lighting…! And we have a two week time crunch…!

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I’ve been at the house site every day and most evenings, which explains my absence here and online. We have about two more weeks left – in two weeks we are finished our lease and we have to move into our dream home, whether it’s ready for us or not! (and I’d obviously prefer to have a toilet…)

This is the house at it sits right now, and next time I post about our dream home we’ll hopefully be living in it!

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And a Tree Falls Down…

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Before we had a chance to install the windows at the back of the house, a crazier than usual rain and wind storm knocked down a tree into our backyard…

Thankfully, nothing was damaged, but it definitely gave us a fright! Especially when checking in with the workers that morning and getting a run down of what’s to happen that day, and he slyly drops a “Oh yeah, a tree fell on your house last night.”

Thanks for the heart attack!

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