House by the Bay Design

Bright baby boy quilt

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This colourful baby quilt has crossed the pond and is heading to it’s new home in the UK! The quilt top fabrics are from the Rita Hodge’s Blogger’s Choice bundle from Fat Quarter Shop with a solid charcoal border. I used one of my favourite fabrics, IKEA’s  Britten Nummer for the backing and a simple black […] Read more…

Nana’s Shortbread Cookies

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My nana recently moved into long term care and while my mother, uncle and I were packing up her apartment we came across a valuable treasure – her recipe book. Decades of recipes that we thought were lost, because we never asked her to write them down and now we have them, lovingly preserved in a […] Read more…

Spray Paint Plastic Planters

Last weekend I almost threw away some old (previously cream) plastic planters when I realized I could spray paint them instead! I now recommend to everyone, absolutely use spray paint to make dingy plastic things look sleek and new. For my planters I used Rust-Oleum Ultimate in Oil Rubbed Bronze and I couldn’t be happier about […] Read more…

Master Bathroom Lighting Update

Our lights are finally up! Chris cut out a chunk of drywall and installed two new electrical boxes then headed up into the attic and fed longer wire from the light switch down the wall. We patched up the drywall (not very evenly) and then I wired my first light fixtures (puffs out chest). I […] Read more…

Master Bathroom Demolition Day

Taking everything out of our bathroom ended up being a lot easier than I expected. I was most nervous about taking down the mirror and having tiny shards of glass rain down on me, but we followed this video, stuck privacy film to it, and it was no big deal. In fact, getting the privacy film on […] Read more…

Ruby Roads Free Mini Quilt Pattern

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I received a lot of compliments on Instagram of the mini quilt I made for the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap so I thought I would share the pattern that I made to create it. The pattern is based off of the Ruby Roads quilt block designed by Nancy Cabot which I sketched from Barbara Brackman’s […] Read more…

Master Bathroom Plan

We finally have a plan to give our builder boring bathroom some much needed personality. I’m surprised too because we managed to sketch it all out on the iPad over bowls of cereal. Here’s our plan: Rip out the existing builder vanity Take down the HUGE mirror (hopefully without it shattering into a million pieces) […] Read more…

40 Bags in 40 Days

OMG it’s March. Thank goodness! It’s not like the weather is better than it was yesterday in February (it’s actually snowing) but I’m going to go ahead and pretend it’s spring. And Spring means spring cleaning! Well…it’s never meant that for me before but this year I’m trying to be more organized as per my […] Read more…

I Hate My Bathroom

It’s getting cold, and in this house that means it’s time to tackle a indoor design project. Apparently when I spend too much time indoors I start thinking about DIY projects around the house – who knew!? First in line for a new look: our master bathroom. I have a love/hate relationship with our room – it’s […] Read more…

Meet Joni!

I’m really excited to introduce the newest member of our feline family – Joni! We adopted Joni two weeks ago and this lovely lady is adapting nicely to her new home. Right now she is hanging out in our bedroom separated from our other cats but I think she is almost ready to meet her […] Read more…

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