• August 15, 2018

    The Stone House: First Sleepover

    Our first sleep over at the stone house occured over a kid-free May long weekend.


    On the way we stopped at Yorkdale Mall to buy some linens for our bed, only to discover that RH only sells via online (despite their new lavish mall showroom). Scandalized, we grabbed a bite at Jamie Oliver's restaurant, which was actually quite good. We are Jamie fans. I preamble with this to say that we didn't really arrive until about 3pm.


    We set up the bedroom. Well, at least the kids who aren't here with us are all set up.  We slept on the mattress cover.


    The upstairs woodstove didn't end up where we had planned, which is making the space cramped in one corner. Kind of annoying but where we wanted it we had to install the kakelugn, who's pipe comes right up through the floor to the roof. We had really wanted a sitting area for in front of it but now I am not sure what's going to happen.


    The kid's beds are from Ikea.


    Early kitchen set up: it's called making do. We have a fridge, a bar cart, a stove and a kitchen table. Keen eyes will note that our table is the Enfield Table, our own production. Early review: we love it.


    Here John is firing up the wood cook stove for the first reheat our leftover pasta from earlier in the day. 


    While we unpack our meagre kitchen items we realize we forgot one essential: mugs for our morning coffee. It's getting late in the day as far as small town life is concerned so I do the 7 minute drive into Stirling and find a little candy/novelty shop that is open. Success and relief! The town provides.


    While we wait for the stove to fire up, we go on a walk about.



    Our lawn maintenance pal Mike makes sure to mow us a path through the meadow, as well as a few openings to the stream, making it quite pleasant to wander around and check out all the sights.


    Look at that copper trough. So. worth. it. 


    We were in total awe of the light on this particular evening. It was the warmest of welcomes. The trim, having been painted recently from white to drop cloth, was the perfect choice.


    Walking through our small orchard that is comprised of about 5 apple trees, with I think two varieties of apple. Last year we didn't get any apples but the year prior we had some really tasty ones.


    You can see the drive shed in the background. To the immediate left would be the farmer fields (not our property). To the right is a tiny sliver of a forest, and then the stream.


    This was the first time we experienced spring at the stone house.  Apple blossoms!


    Two more angles.


    A peek inside the drive shed, with feed bag ghosts.



    Dinner is served, in Jicon dinnerware.


    Time for another walk about. The view from what will become a corn field (not ours).



    That night we watched some Westworld and then a bat woke us up at 3am.


    Our first morning waking up. I am shocked that this photo was taken at 9:52am, seeing as how the sunlight just comes right on in, and we wake up to the vistas that surround us. Then again, we continue to be sleep deprived parents, in this case, without said children to deprive us.


    Coffee table is the Fly with Pietro di Fossena top.



    The gloomy day was actually lovely to experience. We anticipate many gloomy days ahead. Lighting is essential. 


    Left is the Kalmar Hase floor light and a Castor oil lamp
    which is one of our favourite things to use at the stone house.


    Right is the inaugural kakelugn lighting...base plate to follow this coming weekend!


    I think we just puttered about after breakfast. John installed stuff, I scraped the paint off some windows (the exterior painters sure made a mess of them!).


    Lunch time already? Keeping it simple.


    Very pleased to see a lilac tree out the living room window. This was the first window I cleaned and I loved sitting on the sofa just gazing out this window.


    Time to walk about! This is from the driveway. John has Piet Oudolf meadow dreams for this space.

    Spoiler alert: grass won, not by our choice but by its sheer tenacity.


    View from the road. Farmer's field is not ours. Our land is kind of triangle shaped. To the left of our drive is a little bunch of trees and a stream and the property widens out past the house.


    Took a walk to check out all the lilacs growing roadside. Can you smell it?



    The old pasture and holding pen, lined with lilacs.


    Foraging some dandelion leaves.


    What are these yellow plants? Pretty in the spring but they run absolutely WILD and take over.

    They are next to the stream.


    Heating up dinner. I mentioned it's all about slow living right? I am literally posting photos in order that they happened. This was our day. Puttering, eating and walking about.


    I can't get enough of this oil lamp.


    Dinner is served, courtesy of Matty Matheson's leftover summer stew that he served at Mjölk's Brian Richer exhibition opening.


    On this evening, we were also visited by a bat. I will assume it was the same bat as the first night. There always seems to be one bat. I of course know there are like 50 bats, but there is only ever one at a time inside. It's like they stumble in accidentally, I can't even figure out from where because we sealed so much up. Anyway, this time John managed to get it downstairs and out the door, using a Jaime Hayon Pillow.


    On our last day we grudgingly decided to get the primer painted. We added water to the can because the paint is quite thick (suggested) and used a regular roller for this part, just like you would with regular paint.


    Not gonna lie, painting always seems like a great idea, like no big deal when you start, but it always takes longer than expected. Then again, the results are worth it.


    Final lunch of the weekend. Riveting.

  • 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.