Hobby Farm

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Look at that chicken coop.

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Fresh or dried herbs in your nesting boxes not only work as insecticides, but also have anti-bacterial properties, and can act as natural wormers, anti-parasitics, insecticides, rodent control, stress relievers and laying stimulants. Here is a partial list of common herbs and flowers and their beneficial properties.

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Farmhouse Inspiration

This post is going to help me prove to my husband that this is “our” style… aka my style. But I always hear everyone saying happy wife, happy life! Of course my version is going to end up simpler in architecture than some of these photos but that is ok, you can still get the same impact if you design and use colour properly 🙂

dining rooms - blue gray walls French doors brass chandelier farmhouse dining table art  dining room  soft blue gray walls, brass chandelier,

 Look at this shower! That tiling is beautiful!

bathrooms - calcutta marble countertops lucite acrylic sconces silver mirrors frameless glass shower espresso cabinets calcutta marble shower surround green gray walls paint color

bathrooms - Fortune Modern Frameless Beveled Mirror white gray silver Saltillo glass tiles white subway tiles gray floor tiles white bathroom cabinets chrome hardware fixtures overmount sink frameless glass shower apothecary jars ribbed towels rainfall shower head glass pendant gray blue wallsI love Sarah Richardson’s designs…

bathrooms - Fortune Modern Frameless Beveled Mirror gray marble saltillo glass tiles backsplash gray marble tiles white cabinets modern chrome fixtures hardware sconces glass pendant overmount sink ribbed towels blue gray walls paint color bathroom

kitchens - blue kitchen cabinets La Cornue CornueFe range iridescent tiles backsplash blue kitchen island pot filler farmhouse sink double dishwashers white tone countertops JLO’s house

kitchens - farmhouse sink ivory kitchen cabinets soapstone countertops ivory kitchen siland butcher block countertops subway tiles backspalsh

kitchens - topiaries bamboo roman shades farmhouse sinks white calcutta black marble countertops pot filler subway tiles backsplash creamy white kitchen cabinets pendants lighting

kitchens - topiaries subway tiles backsplash pot filler creamy white kitchen cabinets farmhouse sinks black marble countertops calcutta marble countertops bamboo roman shades

kitchens - carrara marble countertops white kitchen cabinets gray subway tiles backsplash gray blue walls paint color french doors bamboo roman shades

the kitchen above has calcutta marble and creamy white cabinets

love this table island below

kitchens - charcoal gray kitchen island butcher block countertop iron glass lantern pendant white kitchen cabinets farmhouse sink open shelves

kitchens - butcher block kitchen island countertop white glass-front kitchen cabinets white carrara marble tiles backsplash farmhouse sink  Oakley

i like the blue backsplash, and it’s a celebrity kitchen!

kitchens - ivory cream cabinets blue tiles backsplash blue white cream kitchen  Kelsey Grammar's blue kitchen!   Cream kitchen cabinets with

open outdoor veranda

decks/patios - veranda oil-rubbed bronze lanterns slate tiles floors French doors  Thanks to Jules & 219northcliffwood.com!    Beautiful veranda

bathrooms - ivory bathroom cabinets calcutta gold marble countertops black mirrors white carrara marble hexagon tiles floor oil rubbed bronze faucets hardware sconces

kitchens - blue gray glass subway tiles backsplash ivory glass-front cabinets oil rubbed bronze hardware black granite countertops bamboo roller shades

entrances/foyers - starfish square mirror ivory gray buffet lamps white buffet console table crown molding blue gray walls paint color entrance

entrances/foyers - entry neutral  Via Little Green Notebook.   gorgeous front door with bench and eclectic art gallery.

bathrooms - ivory walls . white bathroom vanity cabinets white beveled mirror calcutta marble tiles basksplash sconces vintage tub double sinks

bathrooms - freestanding tub beadboard calcutta marble backsplash countertops ivory bathroom cabinet vanity  Brooke Giannetti.  freestanding

bathrooms - chic white bathroom cabinets mirrored doors stool glossy white floors  Christopher Peacock.  chic white bathroom, white bathroom

love the wine cabinet



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White Kitchens

I really like white kitchens. They are clean, classic, and timeless. This is what I want to have in my new cottage. I want it to have a homey, rustic, traditional feel.


kitchens - white kitchen cabinets marble countertops gray subway tiles backsplash stainless steel island appliances chrome hardware white chandelier blue gray walls paint color kitchen

kitchens - white kitchen cabinets yellow geometric fabric roman shade stainless steel island marble countertops gray subway tiles backsplash glass front cabinets oak floors blue gray walls

kitchens - Breccia Imperiale Marble Yoke Pendant Wire Brushed Oak white kitchen cabinets subway tiles yoke pendants wire brushed oak island breccia imperiale marble countertops

kitchens - white glass-front kitchen cabinets subway tiles backsplash white carrara marble countertops farmhouse sinks stainless steel appliances

kitchens - glass-front white upper cabinets black lower cabinets black tiles floor herringbone chevron pattern white carrara marble countertops subway tiles backsplash stinless steel countertops rustic farmhouse dining table black cafe chairs glossy black French doors lantern

kitchens - glossy black French doors black lower cabinets white upper cabinets black tiles herringbone chevron pattern white carrara marble countertops subway tiles backsplash rustic farmhouse table black cafe chairs black lantern built-in wine rack desk

kitchens - rustic farmhouse dining table black dining chairs black tiles floor herringbone chevron pattern white upper cabinets black lower cabinets white carrara marble subway tiles backsplash stainless steel countertops.

kitchens - soapstone white cabinets Viking stove farmhouse subway tiles  lovely RMS farmhouse kitchen in a 1920's home  white kitchen cabinets,

dining rooms - blue gray walls French doors brass chandelier farmhouse dining table art  dining room  soft blue gray walls, brass chandelier,

i like the split door pantry

french country kitchen design ideas

Custom kitchen nova scotia

nova scotia custom kitchen

fine nova scotia kitchen

cabinets with glass doors

specialty cabinets nova scotia

nova scotia cabinet maker

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Closets and Built Ins

One thing that is going to be really important for us in a small home is storage space and well designed closets. I hope that we can utilize space enough that everything will feel like it fits just right. I also love built ins in a home! They are so great to have.

living rooms - built-ins chair taupe gray green brown white cream office  deep taupe/gray green paint wall colors   great built-ins: shelves

Spaceworks Sydney

I love fireplaces that are surrounded with built in shelves. It feels so homey.

This is great with 2 pull out pantrys

wow look at all this storage!! Talk about maximizing a hallway!!


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Toddler and Chimp

I saw this on Ellen’s website and I had to share. This might just be one of the cutest things I have ever seen! Here are a few pics but I will add the link so you can all see the rest!








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Marketplace tv- Superbug in the Supermarket

Superbug in the Supermarket!


If you haven’t seen this episode of Marketplace yet, I suggest you do. It is about how terrible chicken is and how it has so many different super bugs living in it, and between 5-8 antibiotics in ALL store brands of chicken… this is just insane and completely devistating at the same time. This just backs up my wanting of having a local and organic diet. Where we live there are a lot of orchards and quite a few farms just outside of our doorstep. We get fresh eggs from the people 5 minutes down the road. I would really like to start getting some fresh killed farm chickens. Free of everything. No bad stuff. No hormones and no nasty feces and no anti biotics. But apparently it is in the feed so I would want to investigate what these people feed the chicken. Back to this show…. 5 different types of anti biotics found  in “anti-biotic free” this is such a blow…

They say that the best way to change our food is to write our MP’s and demand that we have anti-biotic free chicken and that what is happening is completely unacceptable. I know I for sure will be doing this. Another good way to change what is out there is the way we shop! The way we shop shows what we accept and do NOT accept. If no one buys the regular chicken “organic” or not, and everyone only buys the anti biotic free, then that will open up the market and make it more readily available for us in a mass quantity. At this point chickens no longer are raised properly, there are thousands of them all on top of eachother in a filthy, unsanitary, disease filled pen. farmers only have to give them something stupid like 5 minutes of sunlight daily, how pathetic is that, and we eat that…. not anymore…

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Decorate My (Rental) Condo

Well right now we live in a rental and to say the least it is a little 1990’s drab… Beige walls and carpets, old ugly white melamine cabinets with wooden handle trim.. Eew. I’ll have to get some pictures up for you all to see. After living here for over 2 years I’ve finally decided what the hell, I’m finally going to decorate this place to my liking. After all… Isn’t that what rentals are for? to experiment? I think so…

So here is my list of things that I don’t like.. and a few possible thoughts on what I could change about them.

  • The Kitchen – the cabinets are soo blah.. I would love to give them a little sand and a fresh coat of some beautiful creamy white paint and add some brushed nickel knobs and pulls… I think it would make this place much much better. We also don’t have a backsplash, it’s just more beige paint (Yippee!) but I recently saw some fabulous wall paper online that could be used as a backsplash and I think this might be a great idea!. A blue/green tinted white subway tile look. Not too much and not too little and it would work with the tones in the countertop.
  • The Entryway – Holy boring. You just walk in. That’s it. It’s not welcoming at all, I can never wait to get out of there. I do have a little rug from Ikea to keep our shoes on but that’s it. I’m thinking maybe a new half table up against the wall with a vase and a little basket to hold keys. Maybe a mirror above it. Or a frame with chalkboard paint inside. And a small lamp.
  • The Living Room – I don’t know anymore if this space is ok or not. I used to be proud of it. Now I’m bored of it. It feels like it’s lacking something. More than just stuff on the walls. It would be nice to get a sectional one day but that is a lot of money. I’d also like to get one of those big wall units to use as a bookshelf and display cabinet from Ikea. They really aren’t that much money for the amount that it changes the space. It would also be nice to have some hanging plants, maybe some ferns. And I should add a curtain rod and some curtains on the side of the window. It would create more drama. I just need some help on what colours and what I should keep and what should change. If I got a slipcover for the leather couch in a neutral colour things would blend well but then we take a lot of colour out of the room.
  • Guest/Husbands Bathroom- Need some decorations up on the wall… maybe driftwood or some beachy things. Not sure what else we could do other than repainting the cabinets to match the kitchen
  • Master Bedroom- Well we have artwork.. just need to put it up but the hubby isn’t so good at getting any jobs around the house done no matter now minor they are. I’d like to either refinish all the furniture or get all new set. Need to make a headboard. Get some more throw pillows and a nice throw blanket. Nice dressing chair for the corner. New bookshelf/laundry shelf in the corner.
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