Today’s Treasure

How could we not? Sometimes you see something and MUST have it. These lamps were one of those somethings. We found thing atop a shelf in an antique/vintage shop in Granville Ferry, NS. They were on sale – $35 for the pair. A steal of a deal. Where will we put them? We have no idea! They will likely be put in storage for a while until we find the perfect home for them. To say they are are statement pieces would be an understatement. We love red and we love these little ladies.


Scova Notia

We’ve just returned from our annual Christmas trip to Nova Scotia to visit family, shop, and of course, see The Church. It was a very, very busy few days trying to cram in so much in so little time. However, we somehow managed and somehow came out unscathed.

A very special thank-you to Darlene L (a fellow white Christmas tree lover) for her amazing hospitality. So appreciated!

St. Alban’s

This is our church in the year it was built. A book of the history of Lequille, NS was recently released and this photo is found within it. This book was a thoughtful and appreciated gift from my parents. The church looks almost identical to this today (although a little fresher) except for considerably more trees/vegetation and a small addition in the back that was put on by the previous owners that contains a bedroom and second entrance.

This is the goddess of The Church and her/his name is Czarina of The Empire

Lequille Country Store

This authentic and complete country store is a mere one minute away from The Church. Here you can purchase bacon, Playgirl and guns. Perfect!

Eaton’s Wallpapers – 1956 Edition

An amazing gift from my mother to C. You should see the inside pages!

Annapolis Royal

While in The Valley we did some shopping. This Mariners Store full of nautical inspired treasures¬† (including a pair of whale ribs that I may or may not have purchased) was absolutely amazing and had more merchandise than almost any other store we’ve ever been in. Well…

… note quite as much as this store in Granville Ferry. This shop is open seven days a week and only closed on Christmas Day. There is sure to be something in here for you – on either floors!

After visiting family and The Church we went to Halifax on a sourcing trip. Halifax is never short of beautiful shops and friendly people. We stumbled across these doors – think of the possibilities!

One of Halifax’s better known antique shops has an incredible array of merchandise. The merchandise is very well displayed and they even have “themed rooms”. 50’s room? Yes please! This is a “party hostess set” and similar to our “crystal party tree”. We could hardly believe it! What would you put on this serving tree? Timbits were once suggested to us!

Self explanatory and no, we didn’t buy it (unfortunately) though I haven’t given up hope just yet.

A custom made, king-sized headboard handmade in Halifax from Canadian timber. This gem of a store offers custom made everything at reasonable prices. The owner is a lovely gentlemen who believes very much in his craft and local material and labour.

I am afraid a photo does not do this place justice. It is AH-MA-ZING. The items inside, you think? Oh no, just the fact it is a “shop” and open for business. This is an unheated garage full, we mean FULL, of stuff. The owners were sitting outside in the truck (perhaps because it was warmer than inside the shop?) when we pulled up. They followed us into the store and tried to make small talk but ended up just talking to each other about what they could do to get the shop cleaned up and organized. If “so and so” would just come pick up his “piece” or if they had a warehouse were options thrown about. Um, something tells me neither of those is going to take care of this, ah, problem. However, I believe A&E has a wonderful program called Hoarders that may be of assistance.

This wardrobe is breathtaking. Would you consider it for the price?

The rug that broke our hearts. The colours of this rug and perfect for a client of ours. Perfect. If only it came in 9X11 – it doesn’t. Onward and upward…

All in all it was a fantastic little getaway.  We are, however, nonetheless very happy to be back at home in our little comfy corner of the world.

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The Church

We bought a church in Annapolis Royal, N.S. It is formerly an Anglican church but was converted into a home in the last few years. We purchased it having never been in it – the photos and video the real-estate agent took for us was enough. We fell in love with it as soon as we saw it and knew it would be “right”. We were overwhelmed yesterday to walk into it for the first time and find it has exceeded our expectations. It is a beautifully restored building and in an amazing location. All it needs now is the touch of The Empire!

The wood will be left untouched. However, what can otherwise be painted, will be! Picture rich creams on the kitchen cabinets, bedroom walls and in the stairwell up to the loft. We have a couple of ideas for the built in bookcase but will leave that for further reveals! At some point we would like to lighten up the main bathroom and the kitchen but for now, we will focus on furnishing it. The furnishings will be light in colour and modern.

We plan to use the church when we can and rent it out seasonally. However, before we use it we will have to fill it with beautiful things. We couldn’t be more excited to HAVE to go shopping and even more excited to eventually spend our first night in The Church.


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Reveal – Kitchen

Many people consider the kitchen to be the heart of a home. If this is true, the kitchen in the home we purchased was like some hearts – a little broken. The foundation of a good kitchen was here, it just needed some revamping.

First of all, the first photo below shows a door to the left and tile all the way down the hall. We removed the door and replaced the tile with hardwood to create flow and consistency. For the layout in this house, we felt the kitchen needed to feel like a separate room. In the same photo you can see an island/bar attached to the chimney. We removed that as it was awkwardly placed not allowing enough room for a table. We salvaged the base of it, added a smaller counter top and turned it into an island. The kitchen now has much more useable space with a practical island and is overall, more comfortable.

Lighting! This kitchen only had one light fixture and a few running lights under the upper cupboards. We had five pot lights installed – which added some much needed life and atmosphere to the room. We also took off the window coverings and put in a new door with a 3/4 length glass window. Most people automatically go with frosted glass for doors but before jumping to that option, consider where the door is placed and the privacy it will or will not afford. For example, our front door is the exact same as the back but it has frosted glass. The back door, however, leads out onto our deck and backyard therefore, privacy is not as much of a concern. Clear glass allows for more natural light.

We worked with what we had with this kitchen. We knew we weren’t going to change the flooring, so we chose a counter top that was a darker blue than found in the floor so as to match and for consistency. The wall colour (Rain Drop from Behr) is a mix of blue/grey found in the floor and complements the counter-top. The backsplash is the visual focal point of this room and ties in all of the colours all the while offering a pop of colour with the black tiles – these also provide an anchor for the eye.

We kept some of the hardware that were on the cupboard but changed the knobs on the doors for handles. This offers a more streamlined and updated look to the relatively new cabinets. The two wall hangings offer another excellent punch of colour and of course, are excellent conversation pieces. FYI, we paid $5 each for them at an auction! The green lamp will not stay in the kitchen as it does not match, but she is so fierce we decided to leave her for another little while.

The kitchen was the very last room to be finished in our house. Our home, and hearts are now complete.



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