October snow!

10/31/2011 § Leave a comment

Can’t believe it snowed!  Super cold winter coming?


white washed / painted floors!

10/30/2011 § 2 Comments

Our floors are in and painted.  We wanted to pickle finish / white stain the floors, but ran out of time to experiment.  So the floors were painted with mix of wood sealer and white primer.  2 Coats.

It’s nice, though it shows a bit of yellow wood below,  and some areas show overlapping.  Painting translucent – not as easy as i’d thought.  Probably over time we will paint the floors solid white.

Overall, really happy with the result, and learned a lot for how to plan for our main home in the future!

Top floor

Second Floor


cute kitchens

10/25/2011 § 1 Comment

from here

on my laptop!

10/24/2011 § 1 Comment

This was open on my window~ and so helpful for this CRAZY monday…. crazy everyday that seems to never end!  Breath…


ere are 16 tips that I have learnt from other leaders, blogs and books, and have been trying to apply in my life to de-clutter, un-complicate and become more intentional about how I spend my time…

1. Turn off all technology for 60 minutes a day and focus on doing your most important work.

2. Don’t check your email first thing in the morning. (This one in particular has been life-changing for me!)

3. Start your day with exercise. (or even better, learn how to surf – no better way to start the day!)

4. Be obedient to the sabbath! (That means learning how to really rest and refuel – taking one full day a week as a complete recovery day.)

5. Learn to say no.

6. Plan your week ahead. (I spend 10 minutes every Sunday evening looking at my diary for the upcoming week and planning spaces for work, rest, exercise, relational meetings etc. It helps me to stay focused on that which is important and gives me permission to say no to that which isn’t.)

7. Don’t answer your phone every time it rings.

8. Get up early.

9. Go to bed early.

10. Eat a big healthy breakfast.

11. Clean out your closets. Get rid of things you never wear or don’t use anymore.

12. Stop watching TV. Or at least cutback to no more than 1hr per day. (Jess and I haven’t had a TV for the nearly 6 years we’ve been married. When you don’t have it, you simply don’t miss it.)

13. Make sure you plan a decent holiday break once a year. (I find it should be at least 10 days for it to become truly regenerative.)

14. Learn to protect your time. The data says workers are interrupted every 11 minutes. Distractions destroy productivity and complicate your life.

15. Do your banking online.


10/24/2011 § Leave a comment

We have been super swamped with all the details of the final month of reno (looking for fixtures, moldings, tiles, etc etc etc)  plus our day jobs, that updating has been tough.

Renovating is really a long term job, and things always come up.  So good to pace yourself, and go slow.

So – here are some things:

We bought Ikea sink, but it was too large for our bathrooms!  It is actually quite large for standard bathroom sizes – so do check before you buy!!!

So we were looking and looking, then found this at West Elm.  On SALE!

2 X 2 Bath Console

We already have faucets, so just got the sink and console.


Photography : Janne Peters

10/19/2011 § Leave a comment

From here


white serinity

10/18/2011 § Leave a comment

Totally relaxed and easy~

Retreat dream place…





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