A little privacy, please?

We’re working on our brand spanking new door.  I haven’t shown you yet because we still need to fix the framing and get the new doorbell installed, but this is almost a separate project in itself, and you’ll see why!  The door is all glass with the exception of the 4 inch border around it.  She’s a beauty, and has totally changed the look and feel of our home already.  The light that comes into the house is gorgeous, but the glass leaves little to the imagination of passers by!  So in comes this lovely little invention. The privacy window film!

This is a picture (taken from the Lowe’s website) of what the before and after is supposed to look like.  The film we got is made by Gila, and there was enough in the roll for 2 of our doors.  Not bad for $22.97!  You need to make sure the glass is 100% clean inside and out… You don’t want to be left with dirt stuck between the glass and your pretty new privacy film.

The application was tricky, and that’s using a very nice word for it!  Luther, the relentless dog, did not help, of course.  His hair stuck to the film, which is SUPER staticky (I know… that’s not a word.  Whatever).  You have to spray the window AND the sticky side of the film with the special spray, which cost $4.97 as seen here.  Then you go on with applying.  Here’s what that looks like:

I (as usual) became slightly exasperated by the whole situation with the dog’s hair sticking to the film, and the bubbles and edges and so on… So guess who got to take over?  and he did a great job, of course!

Here is what the door looks like now versus then.  Kind of like that Lowe’s picture up there huh?

And here is the rascal doing what he does best – making everything into a toy!

And there you have it.  A little bit of privacy after over 3 weeks of having all of the neighbours see into our home night and day!!

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Master Bedroom Wish-list

It seems this week I am not actually doing anything around the house.  Wonder why that is?  Just take a look at this post about the new addition to our house, and it’s enough said – Luther takes up a lot of our time!  So rather than make something, or fix something (which believe me, I have plans and materials for), I am drawn to the computer, because that is much easier to put that down and tend to whiny/hungry/playful/badly behaved dog than a hot glue gun and some sticks!  Sounds like a thrilling craft project, by the way, doesn’t it?  Wait until I actually make it!  Today’s wishful thinking blog is around the Master Bedroom.  If I ever get around to it (which I eventually will, of course), I think it’s going to look fantastic!  Here’s what I’m considering:

This is what we currently have in the room.  That’s right… a bed and a dresser.  LITERALLY no other furniture.  There’s a collapsible hamper in the corner and an old pillow turned doggy bed resting beside me.  Fantastic, right?

Here’s an idea of what’s in the room:

Courtesy of Ikea

I have no idea about the wall colour yet.  I can’t decide on whether we should go with a warm grey, all white or possibly an off white.  Tough call… I have a very hard time deciding on wall colours.

I have big hopes for this room and lots of inspiration to go with them.  My favourite parts are: the textured wall in image 1, the sunburst mirror in image 2 and the knitted pouff in 3 (I would be happy with one of those in each room of the house!) Of course I love all of the white, but I also love what happens when you mix white and off-whites together.  It creates such a subtle and yet rich texture that makes me think of the foam on a perfect cappuccino.  It’s delicious looking!

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Here are the next contenders.  I love love love that window seat in the first image (and that view), along with the wall sconces that are so practical, simple and attractive.  I have to say the chandy and that crazy adorable ottoman are my faves in the second picture. The third one kind of has it all – the textures, the lamps, and the natural fiber rug.

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Here are my dreams for the dresser.  I would love for the mirror to just sit on top of the dresser rather than be up on the wall.  The big green monster came with a big green mirror, and if redone properly, it might just do the trick!  Also loving the lamps on the dresser.  Are they practical?  Maybe not… I could just have one on it and still get the look without taking up all the space that two would need.

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On the wishlist for the bedroom is also a bench of some sort.  I want to be able to put our pillows on something so they don’t end up on top of the dresser at night.  We can no longer drop them on the floor because Luther will make a doggy fort out of them!  Here are the options I’m considering:

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I do want the room to be a bit romantic, and also modern.  Sounds impossible?  We’ll see!  I have a couple of DIY projects I want to get started on to get a bit of the look into the room.

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Puppy love!

He’s here, he’s here, he’s here!  And he is the BEST!  I cannot even explain how in love with this little dog I am right now!

Here’s what little we know about our pup: He’s about a year old – they estimated his birthday to be August 1st 2011 but we ave no way of knowing exactly.  He’s a Bluetick Coonhound and German Pointer mix.  He came from British Columbia and could not be cared for, and that’s how he ended up with the Quinte Humane Society.  He’s not exactly house trained and he has major separation anxiety.

Yes, he peed in the kitchen the first day we got him, yes he has now peed on the carpet twice as of this afternoon, yes that’s likely to happen a few more times, yes he climbs on the kitchen counter, yes he jumps up on our bed when he’s not supposed to, yes he keeps us up at night with playing with his toys, and yes he does bark and howl when we try to put him in the back of the car.  Cross your fingers for us that all of those things WILL change please!!

Honestly though, the good outweighs the bad.  He makes me laugh with his funky sleeping positions, he genuinely wants to be around us all the time, he wags his tail so hard it is constantly hitting something, he snores very quietly, and he’s an extremely quick learner – sit, stay and lay down are coming along nicely!!!

The house is quickly becoming his own, and as the days go by he is more and more comfortable here, which is so nice to see.  We’re both extremely happy to see our family grow and our house become a home to this little pup!

Here are the other 31 days of House to Home.

The surprise

This has to be, hands down, the most exciting yet anxiety inducing thing we have done to make our house a home.  Did the feature image give too much away? We got a dog!  Well we don’t have him yet, but soon.  I found our precious little guy online via Petfinder and it was love at first sight (for me!).  We drove a little over an hour to meet him last weekend, took him for a walk (if you can even call it that… he dragged us for most of the 20 minutes we spent with him) and we signed the papers with the Quinte Humane Society to adopt him.

We have to wait until Saturday to pick him up since he needs to get neutered before he comes home, so we have spent a good chunk of our week thinking of how to welcome our new family member.  This is how far along we are so far:

The pup now has a cozy sofa to hang out on when we hang out on the human couch.

He’s even got a little friend.  A bunny!

Some treats will be waiting for our little guy, and a toy to really keep him busy!

We’re also prepared for the surprises he will be dropping for us (not in the house, I hope!!)

And finally, we’re ready for the walking, and potential (temporary) pulling that is bound to happen.  Needless to say we are VERY excited!

See the other 31 days of House to Home here.