Office Reveal-Finally!

Hola Shiplappers! It’s been awhile since I have posted-my apologies! Time continues to run away from me as the days turn into weeks so quickly! The Christmas and holiday rush is well behind us, and in pursuit of working on my many new goals for 2017, I finally completed…my office area!

I am so excited to share it with you all, because I feel like it is a space that truly represents me on such a personal level. I really wanted it to be that way, because like the old adage says “find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life”. A lot of what I hope to do moving forward will require a fair amount of time being spent at a desk. Not only do I now have a beautiful space that I am comfortable in and that functions for my needs, but it was also a pleasure to plan and execute this personal space for myself (seriously, I live for this stuff!).

After purchasing our home, we knew that we would dedicate a space for Mr. Chasing Shiplap to have an office, due to the nature of his work. For him we decided on some extra space in our basement/man cave and that has been perfect for his needs. I mulled for awhile over where to put my office. I knew that I didn’t want it in our main living area, as offices and desks can get a little wild with “stuff/junk” and I dislike clutter in our main living space.

Before: Empty Nook Area

I ended up deciding on a little hallway nook leading to our master bedroom, that didn’t serve much of a purpose aside from being a segue area. The space is small, so I had some trepidation about being able to pull it off as an office. A quick search of small office areas on Pinterest bolstered my confidence about making the space work so I decided to go for it! Nothing ventured, nothing gained right?

I opted for IKEAs Table Bar System which allows you to mix and match various table tops and legs to create your own custom desk. I added 2 IKEA wall shelves with brackets and that was the starting point for my new office. The pieces that I selected are practical and economical, and also give a custom look and feel because I was able to pick exactly what works for the space.

The decor and accessories is a mishmash of office supplies and pieces that I already had, plus things that I thrifted from Value Village and purchased from places like the Dollarama, Michael’s, Winners, Homesense, and Wicker Emporium. You will recognize some Dollarama office supplies from my “Office Organization- Spray Paint all of the Things” post. I splurged a bit on a mint green vintage school house light fixture. I have to say that I find that one of the quickest ways to transform a space is to swap out the basic builder grade lights and replace them with something custom. This does not have to be expensive! There are beautiful lighting options in many price ranges if you are willing to shop around!

I have to admit that I am very much an “old lady” at heart (I have Pinterest board titled “35 going on 76”, haha). I love florals, pink, vintage-y, soft, feminine, and shabby chic decor elements. I am the only female in our household of 5 people, so feminine elements ended up being very strong! I used various pieces of art work and mirrors to create a gallery wall. Here she is, my completed office space!

Chasing Shiplap Office Reveal

Maybe someday I can find a way to add some shiplap to the area, haha. I hope that you enjoy the space as much as I do! Thanks to everyone who voted for me to complete this space, and to all of you for continuing on this Chasing Shiplap journey with me!

The Flock is Strong With This One!

Sparkling lights twinkle on the banister, familiar carols and melodies swirl around as the soundtrack to the season, and it’s impossible to look in the mirror and not find sparkles freckling our skin and clothing. Christmas is in the air Shiplappers, and I am soaking it up quite fervently. Admidst the rush, chaos, and the demands of everyday life (sick kids, packing lunches, getting out the door on time, planning days around naps, and just being plain old tired to name a few), Christmas is my happy place.


One of my favourite Christmas past times, like many, is decorating our home for the holidays. To me, trimming our Christmas tree elicits the feeling you get as a child, when you scurry outdoors upon the first big snow fall, and take that long awaited backwards free fall . The feeling of familiarity and nostalgia when the snow crunches below your body, as you flail your arms and legs in delight, thus making your first snow angel of the season. Oh the feels!

With it being our first Christmas in our new home, my decor style and colour scheme has changed quite a bit. Keeping with the whole modern farmhouse thing, I decided to go very light and neutral with my holiday
palette. Mainly because I love how it looks, but also because of the versatility it offers in years to come should I want to change things up by adding pops of colour or new decor elements.  Neutrals make for such an easy decorating foundation!

Flocked Trees in our Backyard 


This year I have been obsessed with flocked Christmas trees- you know the ones that look like they are covered in beautiful fluffy white snow? I can thank the expansive vaulted ceiling in our new home for persuading a reluctant Mr. Chasing Shiplap to agree that our old tree did not suit the scale and space of our home.  Alas, we sprung for a impressive 9 foot flocked Alaskan Spruce, and she does not disappoint! I knew the tree would be tall, but I was surprised as to how wide, full, and lush that it is too. It fills the area in a way that our 7 foot tree would not have, and we are so pleased that we made the investment!

Bringing Outdoors to Indoors

So, here we are! Christmas in our new home with our lovely tree that looks like it was plucked from a whimsical sparkling forest to bring cheer and happiness to this Shiplapper! Below is some of my other holiday decorating as well.  I hope that you enjoy it!

Shiplap Mantle

Garland on Banisters 

Snowflake pencil tree in entryway dormer ❄️

Festive Details

See you again soon and have a beautiful Christmas! 🌲

Holiday Decorating-Ribbon Tip!

Hello Shiplappers! We are inching closer to the Christmas season and I have begun decorating,  starting with outside.  I started with outside mostly because I dislike the cold and I really do not enjoy having to do tasks that require manual dexterity when my hands are freezing!  I had a vision for what I wanted my holiday wreaths to look like this year. The only problem was that I could not find the beautiful ticking printed ribbon that I wanted to hang my wreaths with.

Solution? Make my own! Well, not literally. I found 3 different sets of ribbon in varying widths and combined them to bring my vision to life. It really was the easiest little project, and now I have a custom, one of a kind ribbon!

Here’s the complicated process:

1. Buy desired ribbon in varying widths

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2. Using a hot glue gun, adhere ribbons to each other

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3. Use ribbon as desired

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Viola! Now you can be crafty like me, haha! Happy holiday decorating!

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Birthday Celebration and Our First Hosting Gig!

Hola and happy Fall to you all! The cool crisp weather has arrived on the island and the leaves are beginning to change colour. I’m slowly digging my cozy sweaters and chic boots out of storage. Fall is my favourite season!

Our eldest little Shiplapper turned 5 years old this past week, and we celebrated by hosting a little shindig with some friends that we have made since settling into our new home!
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We had a lovely day, complete with yummy food, cupcakes, and adorable kids running wild through the house and in the backyard. It was a small gathering which allowed us to entertain the kids while getting to know our new parent friends as well. The day was a success, and we’re so glad that we didn’t shy away from hosting duties like we usually do. I’m excited for future gatherings in our home! Canadian Thanksgiving is up next!

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Kitchen Reveal + Bringing it all Together!

Friends! I apologize for the hiatus. I never intend to be away as long as I am. Life continues to be a whirlwind, but in so many wonderful ways! We have had so many fantastic visits with friends and family since we have arrived on the island. Our boys love their new home and have transitioned as well as we could have hoped for with all of the changes. We now have the first week of back-to-school under our belt, and we continue to move forward.

Amidst the busyness, and rush of life, we managed to live through our kitchen remodel. It was not a major renovation so it really wasn’t that bad. The hardest part was waiting for all of the elements to come together (e.g. carpenter, plumber, tiler, electrician, and supplies to arrive). Renovations are a lesson in patience! It was nearly a 6 week process, and in the I am extremely pleased with how our vision came together. I am very excited to share the [almost] finished product!

First, I’d like to remind you what the kitchen looked like when we purchased the house. When we viewed the house initially, the kitchen was lovely but not my style. Despite that, I knew that I had something good to work with and that the changes that I wanted to implement would be mostly cosmetic because footprint and layout of the space worked. We started with a deep red wall colour, dark tone wood cabinetry, a two tiered island with a breakfast, and built in spring opening spice racks flanking the stove. The countertops were a dark laminate, and the sink and faucet were a standard builders grade stainless steel and chrome. The backsplash tile was a beige stone, and we were grateful that the stainless steel appliances were included in the sale of the home.

Kitchen Before

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The first thing we had done to begin our kitchen transformation was have the walls and shaker style cabinets professionally painted white (walls are Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing, and the cabinets are colour matched to Benjamin Moore’s Simply White).. It was a much more economical choice than replacing or even refacing them. We also had the wood beams stained in a dark walnut colour.

Painted Walls & Cabinets

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We then had the island cut down to remove the breakfast bar tier, and we replaced the laminate countertops with quartz, making the island level and increasing the usable surface area. The stainless steel sink was replaced with a fire clay apron sink, and the faucet replaced with an oil rubbed bronze finished spray faucet. We also added an Insinkerator garbage waste disposal system. Although the builtin spice racks were a neat feature, we opted to remove them in favour of opening up the stove area and increasing our counter space. I have no regrets making that move!

Stained Beams & Island is One Level

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We replaced the beige stone backsplash with classic white subway tile with contrasting grout in a charcoal colour. We also added a herringbone pattern feature above the stove. Since we removed the existing tile and subsequently has to replace the drywall, we took advantage of the opportunity and decided to add plumbing for a pot filler faucet about the stove. We love it! We kept the original cabinet knobs and pulls since they coordinated with the oil rubbed bronze sink faucet and pot filler.

Subway Tile Installation 

imageFinally, we had the light fixture in the dining area moved about 8 inches to be centered over our dining table, and changed the fixture to a simple chandelier. That sums up the multiple changes that we have made to our kitchen and dining area. Alas, here is our new space that functions much better for our family’s needs. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we are!

Our New Kitchen

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We are really happy with how the kitchen, dining room, and living room flow and have come together!  I will continue to update the blog to reveal the changes that we make in the other rooms in our home. I hope that you will tune in as I continue on my journey of Chasing Shiplap!

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Fireplace and Livingspace Reveal!

Hola friends! I am trying to keep the momentum going and get back in the habit of posting more frequently. Thanks for your patience and continuing to follow along on this journey with me! I have begun my interior decorating course and I’m excited to share more about that another time.

As promised, I wanted to share our living room space and the fireplace remodel now that it is (almost) completed. You may recall in my update post that we didn’t plan to redo the fireplace when we bought our house.  After painting the builtin bookcases white, the existing stone facade no longer worked in the space. After deciding that we would redo the surround, it was a no brainer for what I wanted. You guessed it, we decided to add my coveted shiplap to our space!

Before: Livingroom and Fireplace 

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We are not as handy as we would like to be, so we contracted this job out to the big guns. They took care of everything related to the build, and I oversaw the design elements. The materials included cedar shiplap, wood for the mantle, and we had the fireplace surround tiled in a herringbone carrera marble. We also added shiplap to the back of the bookcases and switched out the shelves from glass to wood. The shiplap and mantle were painted white to match the bookcases upon completion of the construction.

During: Construction of Shiplap Facade

imageThe cumulative construction/build time too about 3 complete days, but due to carpenter and tiler’s availability the entire project was completed over about a 3 week period. The painting took 2 days.

After: From Cosy Cabin to Calming Cottage!

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We are thrilled with the end result! The lighter wall colour combined with the white fireplace and builtins really have transformed the space. The room in its previous form, while lovely, felt dark and heavy. The space now feels lighter, brighter, open and much larger! I like to say that the space has gone from a cosy cabin, to a calming cottage which is very fitting for us as we settle into island life!

After: Shiplap backing and wooden shelves replace glass shelves 

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We still have some accessorizing and decorating to do as we move on to the surrounding areas (foyer, dining area, and kitchen). It is important to achieve a flow and continuity between all of the surrounding areas when you have an open concept floor plan. More to come as I complete the others rooms and areas. Stay tuned!

After: A work in progress-Adjoining areas to come! 

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Exciting News to Share!


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This desk is a great representation of my life right now. Cluttered, disorganized, and filled with things that I love. We are a month and a half into life into our new home and most days I feel like I have barely scratched the surface on the amount of stuff on my to do list (including properly setting up my tiny home office). The unpacking has been very slow. We’ve found ourselves at that place where we have unpacked enough to function comfortably and have plateaued at that point. Day to day life with 3 kids, work and renovations have been keeping us so busy!

We are gradually making progress on the projects, and I am hopeful that once they are completed that my motivation will skyrocket (wishful thinking right?!), propelling me to finish my unpacking and organizing!

In the meantime, I have decided to add another bit of crazy to my already busy life. Some exciting news that I’d like to share is…

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That’s right folks, I’m back in student mode! I have enrolled in a distance education Interior Decorating course as well as a Home Staging course. I’m on a path to following my dreams, which feels exciting, and overwhelming all at the same time! I love being a student and I am super eager to begin my studies. Thank you for coming along on this Chasing Shiplap journey with me. I now have my path to becoming a certified decorator to add to the many things that I am excited to share with you all in the future. More to come soon!

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I’m Still Here + Our Fireplace Project!


Shiplappers! First off, I must apologize for the radio static and my lengthy departure. I honestly didn’t mean for it to take me this long to get back on the horse again. Life has been incredibly busy, with so much change over these last couple of months that I definitely lost my way on my blogging journey. My mind has been so inundated with thoughts, ideas, and projects that I want to share with you all, that I have become overwhelmed with where to start. So in in the interest of getting something (anything) out there, I’m starting small with a little update post.

We survived a cross-province move with 3 kids under the age of 5 (golf claps please!). We successfully packed up our little family and life  and moved across 3 provinces to our new home on Prince Edward Island. The transition has gone pretty well for the most part. We love the island, first and foremost! There is this special feeling that comes with being here. Everyone seems that extra bit nicer, relaxed, and friendly. It’s probably my idealistic optimism and bias speaking, but I’ll take it.

Chasing Shiplap Minis-Colour Coordinating with our New House

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We love our new house, or at least we will after all of the renovations and unpacking have been completed. We had almost the entire first and second level of the house painted prior to moving in. Paint colour selection is something that is super personal as I’m sure that you know. Most of the colours that were in our house when we bought it were deep, dark and in some cases, bold. The palette was nice, but just not my style or what I envisioned for our new home, so the dark colours were the first thing to go.  I am drawn to light and neutral colours, so the new palette is a mix of soft whites/creams with pops of neutral blues and greens. We also decided to have our fireplace remodeled and to do a partial kitchen remodel to get our home to where we envision it. Both are pretty sizable projects and we are so excited to enjoy and share the end results when they are completed. For now, I will share a few photos of the progress that we are making.

Fireplace Before

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Our first project is remodeling the fireplace surround. It really isn’t something that we planned to do when we bought our home. I knew all along when we purchased the house that I would be changing the dark wood kitchen cabinetry to white. The fireplace had a stone facade that is flanked by builtin bookcases in the same dark wood as the kitchen cabinets. To add continuity to the space because it is open concept, I opted to have the builtins painted white to flow with the kitchen. I immediately loved how they looked when painted white, but the crisp white next to the dark stone was not working for me. It was too stark of a contrast.  I then began to look at options for painting or whitewashing the stone, and even replacing it with a lighter stone but nothing was was really jumping out at me that I loved. It didn’t help that I never really loved the mantle either. After some discussion with the ever supportive Mr. Chasing Shiplap, we agreed that if we were going to spend money on the project that we should get what we (I) really wanted. I bet that you can’t guess what that is. You’ll be astounded and amazed to learn that we (I) decided on a shiplap surround (and custom shaker-style mantle) for our new and improved fireplace! Shocking, I know!

Bookcase Builtins Painted White

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Above is the fireplace after the builtins were painted white (see what I mean? The stone just isn’t working) and below is the work in progress. Stay tuned for the big reveal when it is all completed- I can’t wait to share! Friends, I have been Chasing Shiplap for some time now, and I am thrilled that I finally caught some! Shiplap dreams do come true! Stay tuned for fireplace updates!

Fireplace Surround in Progress

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The Unfinished Cedar Shiplap Planks are so Pretty! It will all eventually be painted white to match the builtins!

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On Trend? Copper Comeback!

The more that I pay attention to design details, the more I begin to notice recurring themes and trends that I have never taken notice of in the past. It’s funny how that happens, right? It’s kind of like when I knew I was ready to start a family and all of a sudden I started seeing pregnant women and newborn babies everywhere! That’s how I know that I am truly passionate about design. I now can’t not pay attention to the details. I love to observe and analyze details that many years ago would not have grabbed my attention.

We all know that there are many things in pop culture that soar to popularity and eventually plummet from grace. Design and decor is no exception, much like clothing retail. Seriously, who ever thought that skinny jeans would be resurrected after its previous run in the 80s? In design, there are definitely classic elements that will never be truly be “dated” (think hardwood floors, large windows and crown moulding), and conversely, there are elements that I would be surprised to see make a comeback (baby pink and powder blue tile bathrooms, and popcorn ceilings anyone?).

           Fixer Upper -Magnolia Homes Designed Kitchen

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Today I want to spotlight a design and decor element that I have been seeing a lot of lately (thanks in part to Fixer Upper and their designs featuring this element). This element (literally!) is decor and finishes in copper! When I initially started seeing copper in design over the last couple of years, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. It has a classic look, and to me it evokes an “old world” feel, with its use dating back to ancient times when it was used as a durable and resistant architectural material. I am seeing more of the orangey-pinkish hued colour adorning furniture, fixtures, and decor pieces when shopping these days.

I couldn’t resist picking up two copper pieces that caught my eye at Value Village (a popular second hand item store here in Canada) while browsing there recently. You may have read one of my recent posts about the sale of our house and our upcoming move to a new home. Well, I hope that I can find a way to incorporate some pretty copper pieces into my decor, but since I’m not sure if it will work or not, I felt safe spending $2.99 per item, in the event that I can’t make them work (not a significant loss of money). I found a tip for cleaning copper that called for coarse salt and lemon juice. I made a paste mixing the two items to shine up my pieces-I felt that it worked pretty well!

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The two pieces that I ended up with are a taper candle holder, and a decorative hanging pan with a rooster on it. They are both keeping with the farmhouse style that I love. I paired them with a rustic wood tray and a sweet and simple glass jar to help them work with my existing decor pieces. I really hope that I can find a way to make them work somewhere in our new home-stay tuned for an update on that! Don’t be surprised if you start noticing copper details when you are out and about now!

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Want the look? Check out your local second-hand and thrift shops for vintage pieces!  You can achieve the look very inexpensively if you by second-hand, and the copper lining, er, silver lining, is that you could end up with some genuine pieces with some history behind them! You can also find copper decor in stores like Homesene and Stokes. If online shopping is more your style, check out Wayfair (now available in Canada!) for a large selection with great price ranges. The below items are some things that caught my eye while I was browsing on their new app!

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If you love the metal look in your home decor, don’t be scared to switch things up a little and try adding some copper elements to your space!