Going Country

Reclaiming Home's latest finished project was for a family who have an acreage outside of Edmonton.  I was asked recently where I find my inspiration from.  The first thing that came to my mind was the people that I work for.  What I really want at the end of the day is for my clients to truly love the spaces I have worked on, for them to feel like home when I am finished.  It was easy to find inspiration from this client.  Laura is an incredible woman.  She is the most amazing baker and has a stall at her local farmers' market, she grows an enormous vegetable garden every summer and cans all of her veggies, she works part time and is going to school part time, and is also mama to five kids.  No wonder she didn't feel like she had the time to redecorate her house!  When she asked me if I could help her with her dining room, entry way and main bathroom, I was delighted.  The lady of the house loves country spaces.  She loves reds and warm colours and chickens.  We worked together to redecorate her home.  Let's talk about the bathroom first.  The bathroom is used by the five kiddos, and is also their guest bathroom.  It was a blank slate to begin with, and Laura's goal was to make it a nice space for her guests. I thought I would also try and add some storage since four of her children are girls.  

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The bathroom just needed simple fixes. The vanity was missing a door,  the light was missing globes, the mirror was starting to be discoloured, and the art was too small.  So the man of the house fixed the vanity.  We added some globes that we found in Lowes, after searching all over the city to find the right size.  We added a frame to the mirror, which covered the discolouration.  On the wall opposite the vanity there was a one small towel bar (five children people!), so I added a row of towel hooks, and a large piece of art. 

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The peg rack will hold all the towels the kids can throw at it and the sign is from the family farm.  I found it hanging in their barn.  Did I mention that this amazing family has chickens!


When I saw the sign hanging in the barn I knew we needed to use it as art.  It was a beast to hang.  My mommy and I tried four times before we were satisfied that it was not going to fall down on anyone.  This was a fairly inexpensive makeover.  The towel rack was from IKEA.  I had it in my store of goodies.  It cost $5.00.  The paint was free from the eco station.  We used the paint on the towel rack and the frame.  The frame was made from leftover lumber.  

The globes for the light were $26.00. It took me a long time to find globes that would fit, but all that time paid off because while $26.00 was more than what I hoped we would spend to finish the light, it was much less than replacing the entire fixture.


Finally, the cabinet above the toilet was $175.00.  I found it in IKEA's kitchen shelving section.  It is intended to be used in the kitchen but it holds a tonne, and it is perfect for all kinds of toiletries.


Now the bathroom is great for guests and kids alike.  Speaking of having guests, let's move on to the entryway.  This is the formal entryway. They have a large mud room at the back of the house that the family uses every day and for doing farm chores.  The entryway that I worked on is for guests and going to church on Sunday.  How fun is that?  Since it is open to the living room I wanted to make it look pretty. 

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We reused the coat rack and painted it red.  We also reused the art that was hanging in the entry way.  The only change we made to the art was changing the frames. The frames they were in were broken and stained. The art is a before and after aerial shot of their farm, and I love how it is a reminder of how much work they have done to the property.  I wanted to make sure that it was in a spot that everyone could see.


I added a thrifted mirror to reflect all the wonderful natural light the entryway gets, and I also think it is helpful to be able to check yourself before you leave the house.  Laura has the most beautiful plants all over the house, and I knew the entryway needed one of her beauties.  We also added a bench so that guests have a place to sit while they take their shoes on and off.


The last two changes made to the space are the rug and light.  I had a cowhide rug that was not being used.  I cut and bound the rug to the size of the entrance way.  The rug was a hard sell for Laura because she didn't want to ruin it,  but cowhide rugs hold up very well to boots and mud.  After living with the rug for a while, she is coming around to stepping on it. The light is a simple pendant that provides nice updated light, and doesn't compete with the rest of the space. One more shot.


All in all this wasn't a super costly makeover.  The hooks and art were already in the space.  The frames were on sale and were $20.00 for both.  The mirror was a deal for $60.00, found on Kijiji.  The bench and rug were free and the light was a steal for $15.00.  Laura already had the lovely plant.  This space wasn't a huge overhaul, just simple tweaks to make the entryway into a welcoming environment.

The last space I did for the family was their dining room.  Laura's kitchen looks out over this room, so it is what Laura looks at most of the time.  

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Laura and Dan had barn wood, from their barn, that they wanted to use as some sort of shelving.  I recommended that we have them made into floating shelves.  The shape and style of the shelves give the barn board a modern twist.  The shelves are filled with some of Laura's favourite things: pictures of her family, chickens, plants, and some of her beautiful cans of colourful vegetables.  The shelves were made by Solid Renovations.  They are so beautiful and well made.  The shelves were extremely difficult to make because he had to piece together the barn wood like a puzzle.  If you ever need any sort of construction or remodelling work I highly recommend Solid Renovations.


The shelves are sided by Laura's chalkboard and corkboard.  When I took Laura's chalkboard for a week to paint the frame, she had a hard time without it.  Sometimes when I see chalkboards in home decor I wonder how much they get used,  mainly because I have one and I just erased the Christmas saying. Laura uses hers every day.  She writes down all the kids chores on it, and her to-do lists. I love how much it gets used.   Dan is a hunter and has a bunch of antlers.  I was able to use them on the wall and the shelves. 

The last piece of the dining room is the light fixture.  When I asked Laura what kind of light she would like she mentioned that she would really like a mason jar chandelier. 


The breakdown for the dining room is as follows: the shelves were $150.00.  The paint was free from the eco station.  The frames were a combination of thrifted, preowned and new frames. The cost of the frames was $120.00.  The light was $145.00.  These spaces are good examples of how just by changing cosmetics, you can make a big impact.  I hope you enjoyed seeing Laura's country home as much as I enjoyed working on it.  As always, if you ever have any questions or are interested in working with me feel free to contact me at reclaiminghome@gmail.com.
















Comments

  1. You did it again, Katie! All the rooms turned out great! I really like those shelves (nice job, Scott) and the front entrance. So bright and welcoming.

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  2. Absolutely remarkable!! You transform homes making them such a warm and welcoming place for the family and all who are blessed to walk through their doors. Beautiful job!!

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  3. This is amazing. I love the spaces you have created.

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  4. This is amazing. I love the spaces you have created.

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