• August 14, 2018

    The Stone House: Moving in

    The plastic is off the floor and we've started to move furniture in!


    First you will notice that we sanded the original floors down, applied lye and soap to get the pale natural look.


    Actually who am I kidding, the first thing you probably noticed is the gorgeous Märta Måås-Fjetterström Snäckorna rug, designed by Barbro Nilsson in 1943. Dream rug won at auction.


    Also in the photo is a vintage Hans Wegner Peacock Chair with Icelandic Sheepskin and a Shaker Yarn Basket from our That Is Best Which Works Best Exhibition.


    I don't really want to spend much time indulging you in this living room as is here. I do like for you to see that sometimes one has to go with one's gut and make a change--and that yes, even we make mistakes. The grey was chosen when we had a completely different intention, and it turned out to not even be the grey we intended! Between not feeling settled on the colour, and the painter overworking it anyway, it wasn't such an ordeal to have to repaint it ourselves. Plus we got the opportunity to work with the Pure & Original paint product we are selling at the shop. I am pretty sure you are going to like where we do end up taking it (two posts from now)!


    The sofa is the Mayor Sofa by Arne Jacobsen. Gold velvet with smoked oak legs, you may have seen it in the showroom. More photos to come.


    That Playsam Saab Roadster ride on car has been sitting in our basement for 8 years. We originally had it in the showroom when we carried Playsam, but it never sold and since we knew we were having kids we figured we'd just hold onto it. Because of it's width I found when the kids were smaller they couldn't make it go, so now they are just the perfect age for it and they had fun zooming around the summer kitchen on their first visit up.


    In the upstairs bedroom we have the unique issue of three beds in one room ("Goodnight Ma! Goodnight Pa!"). We looked for a long time to find something a bit more fun for the kids, but not so much fun that it clashed with the grownup natural linen vibe.


    Camomile London is a splurge, but these linens should last us a long time. We liked that we could layer different prints and colours. Unfortunately when we were buying they were quite sold out (Elodie is more a purple kid) but we made it work pretty well I think.


    This photo was taken after unpacking the linens in the guest bedroom. More on this rug later.


    Some teaser shots of the upstairs. It's completely different than we first imagined.


    Let's check in on the bathroom again, just because it's pretty and the trim is now painted.


    Gubi Bestlight sconce, Circle Mirror from FRAMA, Apothecary Hand Wash from FRAMA, Sink from Kohler, White Oak basin stand made by Studio Junction, towels from Momogusa. Skin Powder lime fresco paint from Pure & Original.

  • August 10, 2018

    The Stone House: summer kitchen progress

    Let's take a peek into the summer kitchen.


    See that plastic section of wall? Hopefull by the end of September it will be a large picture window. We are working yet again with the amazing Studio Junction. They will be crafting our kitchen, the large window, and our main entrance. The spaces where the window and entrance are located used to be a "drive through" door to drive horse and buggy through to unload goods. Wild.


    Just off the living room is a door. Why is this not our front door you ask? Good question, sometimes I wonder that myself. But then I think about muddy boots and snowsuits being flomped down in the middle of the kitchen and dining area, and I am reminded why we are building yet another entrance (which will be to the left of this one, accompanied by a big storage unit to hide all the stuff).


    Another view of this side of the room. You can see where the new entrance will go, where the bright light is coming from on the left of the photo. We decided since it's visible from the driveway that we would make it all wood for privacy.


    In this corner, where the big picture window is going to be, will be our creative space/ a space to contemplate. So excited about having a spot where I don't have to be so neurotic about our children's art making. Pictured is Mike, amazing guy all around (currently taking care of our lawn) probably showing John a video of all the snakes in our basement. Haha. Snakes are good luck right?


    Continuing the tour around the summer kitchen, lo and behold, the cooker has been installed. We deliberated forever on where to locate this. Originally a cabinet was supposed to go here but the location we wanted for the cooker didn't really work for the installation.


    In order to fulfill our little house on the prairie dreams, only a wood cooker would do. We found the answer in this Esse 990 Wood-Fired Cooker. Some people may scoff at us for going this route (these city folk don't know what they are getting into, there's a reason for modern conveniences!), but it's all about slow living baby.


    The firebox is in the top left corner. It's an interesting system, whereby, should one read the manual, one would discover that if you flip a switch, the smoke redirects through the system to heat the ovens. Reading the manual is essential or you will be waiting several hours to heat up a pizza. Just saying. Read the manual.  The cooktop on the left side gets going way faster, within 30 minutes. The oven I think takes a little over an hour if done correctly. It is also helpful to have woodworker friends who can offload their excess wood to your cooker needs.


    Guess what? We are one post away from our first sleepover visit. Exciting stuff, thanks for hanging in for the ride!


  • August 8, 2018

    The Stone House: May update

    This is a photo of a once neglected but now very happy stone farmhouse with a new cedar shake roof. 


    Not going to lie, this was a painful if not reckless financial choice. However, onward we move, knowing we shouldn't have to worry about the roof for many years to come. It adds texture and warmth, it's a natural material, and it will fade to grey over time, to match the stone. No regrets. The copper eaves seem like an additional extravagance, however, they honestly weren't much more than regular painted eaves troughs.


    Just wait until you see it all with newly painted trim. It positively glows with warmth and joy.


    Upstairs progress: We painted out the staircase with Pure & Original Classico chalk paint in Provincial Gold. This colour is a nod to the window and trim which were originally painted out a simliar colour (see below).


    The other upstairs addition is the Shaker Stove from Wittus, designed by Antonio Citterio with Toan Nguyen. Since the furnace isn't connected to the second floor, we figured a cozy fire would be a good idea.  How could we not go with this stove? Inspired by shaker stoves but practical for today's needs. And yes, we need to extend the base out...we'll get to that... 


    Original house tour.

  • July 24, 2018

    The Stone House: Swedish Kakelugn




    Did I mention we are dreamers?


    A standout feature of Scandinavian interiors is the beautiful ceramic tile Kakelugn stove. The all white cylindrical version is possibly the most iconic, however, one can find them in all shapes, sizes and colours--even painted tile. As admirers of Nordic design, we are naturally drawn to the ceramic ornamentation found on these stoves paired with pale wood floors, crown molding and modernist furniture. 

    That being said, these stoves are more than mere decoration. The way the chimney system works, it retains the heat from the first firing in the morning throughout the day, radiating soft warmth for a long period of time without having to use a lot of wood.


    So...I can hear you asking. Where on earth did you find this, and how on earth did you get it to small town Ontario from Sweden? Cue John and his internet wanderings again. Purchased from Lindholm Kakelugnar, the interaction was pretty seamless and Mats was very helpful in organizing everything. We used our usual freight forwarder to get it to Toronto, and then our amazing local movers to get it to the country. 


    By the way, ignore the grey paint job behind, it got destroyed and we ended up moving in a new direction anyway...
    a surprise for later.


    It took awhile to secure a certified stove mason in Ontario willing to put it together for us but eventually we found Alex Chernov. First step was to build a masonry stove, then they had to put all the numbered tiles in the correct location.

    There is a very special way to construct a masonry stove like this. It cannot be made with cement of any kind, and the fillings have to be made with a chalk pudding instead of mortar. Alex and his assistant worked patiently and efficiently, producing a beautiful and authentic end product.


    For us finding a stove that would fit in a rural enviroment, in such an old home, was really important. This motif is only found on stoves from Gotland, a Swedish island famous for its stone cottages and craft culture. The stove was built originally around 200 years ago, and you can find stoves by the same stove master in Hotel Stelor in Gotland. 


    The brass door is a nice detail.


    Under construction, pre filling.


    The view from the summer kitchen.