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! 🌲

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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Summer Entertaining and an Overlooked Detail

The summer is rapidly approaching! The upcoming warm weather months are a peak time for entertaining. Whether it be a family barbecue, Sunday brunch, or an evening dinner party, we scarcely need reason to host or attend a summer shindig, big or small!

In preparation for your summer hosting duties, you may be interested in stocking your bar, creating a catalogue of yummy food and drink recipes, and planning fun activities to regale your guests with (I highly recommend the game Cards Against Humanity for  copious amounts of laughter!).

One of the things that often gets overlooked when preparing for summer hosting, is the supplies, specifically, dishware for serving your tasty meals on. Summer entertaining does not have to be limited to red solo cups and white paper plates! I wanted to spotlight some places and share some tips on selecting dishware to set up eye catching place settings for your summer hosting!

On a recent grocery shopping trip to The Superstore, I was inspired by a table display of vibrant and summery, plastic dishware that had the look of stoneware. There were a number of solid and printed designs in various colours that could be mixed and matched. The prices ranged from $3-$5 per piece. It got me thinking about how much more inviting a get-together or event looks and feels when the details have been considered. With that in mind, I want to share some tips that I find useful when planning the tablescape for hosting an event. The photos below the tips were taken at The Superstore during my shopping trip that day, to illustrate some of the suggestions.

Tip #1
If you do a lot of hosting and entertaining, opt for reusable dinnerware. To get the maximum use and versatility, choose solid colours for the primary, everyday use pieces (plates, glasses, bowls, etc.). Add bursts of colour or pattern with vibrant cloth napkins or place mats. If you have a bigger budget, add a patterned bowl to the spread!

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Tip #2
When shopping for dishware, take a few minutes to find a surface to lay out an entire place setting on (a store tabletop or counter works well). You can get a much better idea of how the pieces work together, especially if you are mixing and matching colours and patterns. A little bit of trial and error goes a long way to help you achieve the look of a beautiful and balanced table set up.

Note: I didn’t need to purchase anything to get a clear visual of how the pieces would work together-bonus!

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Tip#3
If you are working with a small budget, consider mixing and matching pieces that coordinate from different stores. You can find pretty and durable plates, bowls, and glasses at various dollar stores for $1-$2 a piece. Create the base of your place settings using the dollar store pieces (plastic or disposable), and splurge on a set of beautiful printed bowls, bold place mats, or detailed drinking glasses from another store to perk up the overall look! Add pretty printed paper napkins for an extra element of colour or pattern. Below are fun and vibrant disposable dinnerware from Party City. They have a rainbow selection of colours and prints to choose from!

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It’s possible to create inviting tabletops featuring fun and beautiful place settings on any budget. Incorporate fresh or faux plants and flowers to your spread to complete the set up!  If you are hosting a large number of guests and it’s not realistic to use individual place settings, places like the Dollar store, Walmart, Loblaws/The Superstore and Party City have disposable options that come in a variety of colours and prints! Don’t be afraid to step outside of your white disposable dinnerware comfort zone! Happy summer event planning and hosting!

Our Next Step & The Look for Less

Happy weekending Shiplappers (see what I did there?)! We kicked this beautiful weekend off with the confirmation that our house has officially SOLD! We are thrilled that we can move onto our next chapter by succinctly closing this one. With relief comes the feeling of excitement and anticipation, and I now feel confident giving into those feelings!

Sold-YES!!

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This morning we took the littles to the zoo and playground, and despite the heat, we all had a lovely morning. The two oldest spent time in the backyard running through the sprinkler with my husband. This has been our most relaxed and balanced weekend in a long time, and I am reveling in it. Taking in what will be some of our final moments in our current home. I’m feeling nostalgic, as we have created the most memories as a family of 3, 4, and then 5 in this home. We have brought home 2 precious babies and celebrated many birthdays, Christmases, and milestones here. Though we are elated to be moving closer to “home” and our families, there is a bittersweet aspect of it all. I am ready to move on, but this house, our home for the past few years will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Alright, moving on from the sappy, sentimental stuff! One of the most exciting parts about our big move is the purchase of our new home! House hunting was an interesting and challenging experience this time around, since we had to travel to another province to see things in person. I stalked the MLS listings from the time my husband accepted his new job in January up until we made an offer. We made our first trip to our new destination in January and did not find any properties that fit the bill.

I poured through the new listings daily. There were a handful of potential houses that I was interested in seeing, but nothing that really jumped out at me. One day I clicked on a listing that had a thumbnail image that caught my eye. I immediately experienced a feeling of excited anticipation as a got a closer look at the house’s exterior. As I began scrolling through the images, my excitement grew. The house was beautiful and I felt an immediate sense of chemistry and connection when viewing it. I sent the listing to my husband right away and he agreed that it looked like a great option. It checked almost all of the boxes on our must have list and we were really impressed with the overall layout and footprint of the home. The feelings of excitement quickly lead way a sense of disappointment because I knew that a house like that would not last long on the market.

Time was winding down in relation to our search, so we planned our second trip to the new destination for the following 2 weeks. We were excited and relieved to learn that the house that caught our eye was still on the market! Two weeks later, we set off to our destination equipped with a list of properties to view! The coveted house was the first one that we saw that day. I think that I knew it was the one the moment we stepped foot in the foyer! Viewing it first was a perfect set up because we were able to compare the subsequent homes that we saw to it. None of the other houses held a candle to the home that we fell in love with first thing that morning! We parted ways with our realtor when the showings were completed and went back to the hotel to discuss our next move. It was a quick and easy decision. We called our realtor shortly after and told her that we wanted to make an offer on the house. We meant business! We submitted our offer by 5pm that day. We spent the evening excitedly discussing the possibility that we may have found our new home. It felt right.  The next day we waited in nervous anticipation for the sellers to respond to our offer. The clock rolled by as my anxiety elevated and we began to feel discouraged. Just before noon, as we were packing ourselves up to check out of the hotel, we received the news that we were waiting for…our offer was accepted!

The purchase of our new home was conditional on us selling our current home, so that added an element of pressure. In the grand scheme, we made it through the home selling and buying process pretty quickly and pain free. Getting that sold sign up in front of our current house has felt like a long time coming!

Our New Home!

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Now, we prepare to embark on our new path with our sweet boys in tow. We have many projects (primarily cosmetic) planned for our new home, as well as slew of new rooms to decorate (including a finished basement)! I am excited to get started as my personal decor and design style becomes more defined. I have a much better idea of what I like so I think that decorating our new home will be a much different experience than when I decorated our current home. The modern farmhouse style will be fairly dominant, but I also hope to incorporate some varied elements (think coastal/cottage, industrial, and shabby chic). Only time will tell if I can bring my design vision to fruition!

I have been picking up items for the new house here and there if I see something that I really like. Yesterday I found the below hanging bottle/vases for $11.99 each! A steal considering that I had my eye on a similar set on Etsy for $77! The darling little jar below was $2.98-I love a good deal!

The Look for Less! – $23.98
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The Etsy Version- $77.65 (Appalachian Artisans)

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I hope that you will join me as I document the journey of our move as we take our new property from a house to a home!

Separated at birth?!

I’m Okay, so I am the first to admit that I have been fangirling over Joanna Gaines big time. Ever since I discovered HGTV’s super successful home renovation show, Fixer Upper, I have been hooked! As you may have seen on the “Why Shiplap? About Us! ” page, the name of this blog was directly influenced by my admiration for Joanna and my love of her design and style sense (shiplap being a resounding recurring element in her design).

To my amusement and delight, I received the most flattering comment from my 4.5 year old son while watching an episode of Fixer Upper. He took a rare moment to tune into the “boring” adult show that I was watching. At the moment, the camera was set on Joanna as she was giving one of her monologues when my son exclaimed, “She looks like you Mommy!”. Ha! The truth from the mouth of babes! Really, who knows my face better than my own child?! So that means Joanna and I are pretty much twins, right? Haha!

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It’s also worth mentioning that my bestie Jasmine once commented,  “I thought this was you for a second!” on the below photo posted by Joanna on her Instagram account. So what if you can’t see her face in the photo? Clearly this qualifies as twin status-we were separated at birth!

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Joking aside, I have recently been pondering just what is it about Joanna that has had such an impact on me? I often have feelings of inadequacy when faced with women (particularly mothers) who seem to have it all, and do it all. Joanna is a prime example of both of those things, but instead of feeling like a failure when seeing all that she does, I feel inspired and motivated. I have pinned down some of the reasons why I find her so inspiring!

Family in the Forefront- Mrs. Superwoman herself makes it known that family and motherhood are on the top of the list when it comes to her priorities. Her playful and relaxed relationship with her hilariously endearing husband Chip is so amusing and sweet. As a mother, her display of warmth, affection, and silliness rivals that of June Cleaver. Joanna is a great example that having a thriving career, and a balanced family life don’t have to come as a sacrifice of one or the other. This is something that I would love to achieve one day.

Business Savvy Beauty– Anyone who has laid eyes on Joanna would agree that she is a striking woman. She is an easy blend of exotic beauty combined with a comfortable and rustic style. Underneath the beautiful exterior is a sharp and intelligent business woman. Her  attention to detail and exquisite eye for design is the vision behind her and Chip’s successful Magnolia brand. Her moxie has shown me that a great idea and hardwork is all you need to spearhead a personal goal!

Design Maven– You know how some people are just good at certain things? Some have the natural ability to frame out and compose a perfectly taken photograph. Others are musically inclined, or easily make brush strokes to create beautiful masterpieces on canvas. Well Joanna appears to have a natural ability to see objects and spaces, and make them beautiful. Whether it be through a complete redesign, a repurposed object, a coat of paint, or combining elements to make them flow together, she has an eye and the ability to make things beautiful. Have a random bunch of flowers that need to go in vase? Joanna will expertly arrange them into a magazine-worthy spread! Need to figure out the perfect colour combo of walls, hardwood floors, and furniture in your living space? She’s got you covered, don’t worry! In short, Joanna’s impeccable taste for design and style is admirable, and a major source of inspiration for my personal fashion, home decor and design choices, though I like exhibit my own artistic license as well!

The above are the most poignant examples of why I think Joanna is tha bomb! Her positive influence has taken this stay-at-home mother of 3, who has had a diminished self esteem, low motivation, and a sense of loss of self identity over the last few years, and has reminded and encouraged me that I have dreams, and goals. Watching Joanna has allowed me to realize that there is no reason why I can’t at the very least attempt to pursue my dreams. So here I go, on to my next chapter, the one where I’ll be Chasing Shiplap.