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Let us help guide you to creating amazing Outdoor Living Spaces for your friends and family this Summer!

Ready to start creating beautiful outdoor living spaces for your family? Follow our 5 step guide so you can start enjoying summers outdoors on your patio!

Do you admire your friends and family that have created gorgeous outdoor living spaces? Well read on and we will give you some simple steps to help guide you to creating living spaces on your patio that will have you wanting to hang out there all summer long!

Patio season is upon us and everyone is itching to get outdoors after a long winter indoors! It’s important you take the time to really think of your outdoor living spaces as an addition to the rest of your home! We wanted to share with you 5 tips that we use as a guideline to make the most out of our outdoor living spaces! 

" I have always thought of my patio as an extension of my interior living spaces "

~Brittany @white.farmhouse


SHOP THE PATIO

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STEP #1 – Lighting for your Outdoor Living Spaces

You will be spending both days and nights on your patio spaces, so you will want to make sure you have great lighting for these areas!

Lighting needs to be functional and practical but still give the space style! Think of how much a light fixture can change the look of an indoor room, it’s exactly the same for an outdoor patio or dining area!

A few lighting options are:
  • Swaged outdoor patio lantern lights - these give a beautiful glow in the evening and add an element of charm to any of your living spaces.
  • Candle lite lantern’s or battery operated candles – lanterns truly set an ambience and give you an immediate relaxed vibe!
  • Centralized chandelier or fixture  - this helps to complete the look of outdoor living spaces and drives the eye up giving the patio height! This is a great option when you have a covered deck or pergola!
  • Twinkle lights – These little cuties aren't just good at Christmas time! The battery operated LED lights will give you a gorgeous glow at night! Perfect for sitting and having a glass of wine!
Lighting helps create gorgeous Outdoor Living Spaces!

Lighting Hack Trick – While Britt has a wired in Chandelier in her fully covered patio, which FYI the chandeliers are not outdoor rated (consult an electrician before wiring in any fixture in your outdoor spaces). However did you know Deb’s patio chandelier is “just for looks!” Deb has her string lights plugged in but the chandelier is just hanging there and the light from the string lights reflects on the chandelier and makes the chandelier appear that is functional. 

STEP #2 - Greenery & Flowers 

Nothing feels more like summer then fresh flowers and plants everywhere!  Both of us have nailed down some of our favorite easy to grow plants for the season! Neither one of us stray too far from these because they are beautiful all summer long and usually look just as good long into the fall.

Patio flowers help create a beautiful outdoor Oasis! 
Our favorites are:
  • Potato Vine (Solanum jasminoides)
  • Eucalyptus
  • Petunias
  • Heliotropium
  • Lavender
  • Hydrangea

1. Potato Vine, also known as Solanum Jasminoides, this evergreen vine is an ornamental garden plant with white flowers or pale blue flowers that resemble jasmine. This vine is extremely fast growing and thrives in almost any condition. Britt has had success with it both in full sun and shady areas and the great thing about this vine is that you can direct it to climb and grow in any direction you choose. This vine lasts long into the fall!

2. Wave Petunia’s are an easy to grow and care for flower that make a big impact on your patio space! They can easily be started from seed and begin flowering in early summer, right through until fall. They give our living spaces a pop of color and are a favorite because they continue to grow and bloom with very little work. Simply pull off any dead blooms and this plant will thrive well into the fall. Petunias are also extremely hardy and even if neglected and unwatered these beauties will perk back up after a good watering.

3. Eucalyptus is another evergreen that is very easy to grow, the True Blue variation not only fills out and looks beautiful, it smells amazing too!  This lovely greenery addition grows best in full sun and will help to attract birds to your patio. Eucalyptus is also lovely to cut and bring into the house for an indoor bouquet. And the best part is that in the fall you can cut off the stems to make potpourri or make scented satchel’s.

4. Heliotrope is a sweetly scented flower that has beautiful blooms that are a deep purple in color. They are an annual in Canada but can be tropical perennials in other parts of the world. With that said, they do not do well with the slightest amount of cold weather or frost.

5. Lavender is by far one of the most fragrant and beautiful herbs in the garden. Both English lavender and Spanish lavender are great for on the patio. The plant loves blazing hot sunny spots and dry soil. If your lavender isn’t thriving, it’s probably due to overwatering! Although please note that some variations are being created to be more hardy for Canadian climates and can handle more moisture and shade.

6. Hydrangeas are amazing and there are so many varieties. These big blooms can really add some personality to a patio space. Opposite to the lavender above, the hydrangea requires water daily and prefers morning sun as opposed to afternoon heat! If you would like to learn more about hydrangea care, you can check out our full post on it here.

We have found that keeping it simple with using these flowers produces beautiful planters all summer long and creates beautiful living spaces for your friends and family to enjoy.

PATIO DECOR FAVORITES

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STEP #3 Unique Outdoor Furniture

Sometimes it’s good to step out of the traditional look and feel of the big box store furniture and the patio is just the place to do this!

 We have both added pieces that could double as indoor or outdoor furniture to our living spaces on out patios! In fact Britt’s patio table was the table that was previously in her office and Deb’s new patio table was previously her dinning room table! The key is in protecting them from the weather and other elements of the outdoors. Be sure to use the right types of products to protect your furniture like outdoor paints and stains as well as outdoor polyurethanes.

Other ways to keep your furniture protected is covering your table and chairs with a painters drop cloth (the ones that have the plastic liner) when you are not using the space. Deb also had a custom piece of plexi glass cut to go on top of her pergola above her chandelier and table to prevent as much rain from getting onto the chandelier and table.

Adding unique items, like old electrical spools and farmhouse tables and antique benches make your space feel comfortable and casual. The best way to do this is to think about your favorite living spaces inside your home, what makes you love eating at..

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WayFair Farmhouse Bathroom Renovation  5 Proven Tips to Make a Tiny Bathroom Work
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Living with a tiny bathroom isn't fun, am I right?! A bathroom is one space in a home that needs to function well as it serves for so many purposes. It took 6 years for my farmhouse bathroom renovation to happen but... Friends!!! The day is finally here!! I have been waiting weeks to share my final bathroom reveal with you all and I couldn’t be more excited to have partnered with Wayfair for their One Room Renovation Challenge on this one!! The finished product is Ahhh-MAZING!!!! It actually turned out even better than I had expected, which is what every home owner wants right?! As big as this beauty of a house is, the bathrooms are SUPER teeny weeny so I had to come up some pretty BIG, small bathroom ideas to make it all work! Take a peek below at the before and afters as well as the top 5 PROVEN tips I used to make sure I got everything I wanted in this tiny bathroom!

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 It has been a hot minute since we bought this big ol’ house and for some reason our two year plan of renovating the bathrooms and kitchen have turned into a six year plan! Isn’t that always the way though?! One tip I always give my Interior design clients, is to plan a space to function for double the time you think you will be in it! I hear from so many people that say they are only going to be in a home for 5 or 10 years but that time quickly turns into 15-20!! You might as well make it beautiful, practical and functional even if you only plan to be there for a short time… always keeping costs in mind of course!

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In the Beginning.... A Bathroom Disaster

This space was BAD people…. Like so bad that we almost didn’t buy the house because of it!!!! The first time I walked into this space I pretty much walked right back out and told the owner, thanks but no thanks!!! The drywall was falling off, there was black mold all over the tub surround, the vanity was SO old.... and like I said, it was such a tiny bathroom BUT after leaving the house and thinking about it non-stop for a few weeks in a row, we decided to take another look! Well fast forward a couple years and here we are now! We have renovated SO much of this house already and for some reason we left the bathrooms and kitchen for last… I guess because we knew that they would be the priciest and there were so many other things that needed the work, like the roof, the attic and grass/fencing so my kids could have a yard to play in! 

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Before the Renovation

We did our best to ‘spruce’ up the main level bathroom to be functioning for our little family but knew it wouldn’t be too long until we could rip it all out and put in what we really wanted! I simply used a DIY concrete counter top mix and went over the arberite and refinished the floor with a cork flooring we found at ReStore in Calgary. Then it was just a coat of paint and a pretty shower curtain and VOLIA no more yucky bathroom… well at least a less yucky one anyways!   We continued to work on the areas of  the house that needed it the most, but this year we couldn’t take it anymore! It was time to get going on the worst space in the house! Mr. Mac was even done with it, which tells you it was time! Take a peek at my best renovation tips and more before images of the bathroom here.

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Before the Renovation

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Game Changer Ideas for tiny Bathrooms with farmhouse style
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1. Open Style Vanity/Pedestal or Wall Mounted Sink
An open style vanity or pedestal/wall mounted sink will ALWAYS make your space feel bigger!!
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I knew that I didn’t want a traditional vanity for this space! I needed something that wouldn’t feel bulky or big, like a standard cabinet vanity can.  The space in this bathroom was so small and as much as the storage value is great in a cabinet style vanity, I knew I could come up with other storage solutions that would work for our family and still allow for an airy, open concept vanity. You can also achieve this feel with a wall mounted or pedestal sink. I suggest you weigh out the pros and cons of having a space that feels bigger with an open concept vanity or going with a bigger, bulkier vanity. To keep with the farmhouse theme I have in my home, the vanity is an old antique desk that I finished to raw wood using these steps!

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I found this stunning farmhouse, vessel style sink on Wayfair and I can’t even tell you how happy I am with it!! I was nervous about the splash factor with a vessel sink but this one is absolutely wonderful! We positioned it just far enough away that the water doesn’t hit the drain plug below which helped eliminate the splash back as well. I love how wide it is and that it is flat so I can place objects and bottles in it without them falling over. I was also able to add a beautiful wall mounted faucet with a built in soap dish! One thing I have always tried to do through out the renovation of this house was to stay true to the age of the home. I feel like the polished chrome color of the fixtures and the added details of the soap dish and porcelain handles do just that!

2. Baskets and Bins
 Using attractive containers can add beautiful texture and character to a space while also giving the space ample storage solutions.
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In order to do the open concept vanity, I had to think outside the box on storage solutions. I chose to add a big antique basket below to hold some everyday toiletry’s, additional toilet paper and towels. I also found some beautiful antique jars that I use on my open shelves to hold Q-tips, cotton pads and Epson salts as well as an antique French bread prover that I use to hold all of my daily makeup and lotions. I love the texture and personality that all of these items give the space and they are honestly used by me EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!

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Living Our Dream Careers: The Vintage Society Story

So who and what is Vintage Society? How did our business begin?? If you have been following us since the beginning on Instagram then you may know who we are or you may still be a bit confused about how this business started and who and what Vintage Society really is.

We are 2 women, Deb and Britt, that came together over a mutual love of creating beautiful spaces and a desire to help others achieve the same thing. How did we decide to turn this passion into a business!? Sit tight and we will tell you the WHOLE story of how Vintage Society started, the story of how we found our dream careers….

One cool February day, Deb stumbled upon a beautiful character home in her small town that was for sale, it looked like a mini version of her own house!  She had always dreamed of owning a home decor shop filled with all of her favourite things, so just like that she bought it but knew it would be too big of a project to tackle on her own. Deb had made friends with a girl (Britt) from the neighbouring town who had married a friend of her’s from high school, they had met when Britt had asked her to help with some projects for the house she was building. Britt and Deb had only known each other for a few short years at this time but had began spending more and more time together, always chatting about home décor and design. After coffee one day, as Britt was literally walking out the door, Deb said “Hey, I bought a house!  We should open a store together and start a business!” Britt hesitantly responded “ummm ya maybe.” However, when Britt got home she realized that so many of their values aligned and that why couldn’t they do this?! Britt phoned Deb and said “Are you serious?? If we’re gonna do this, then let’s start this!!” Now Deb was the one taken back by Britt’s assertiveness over the idea of actually going thru with it!!! Just like that a spark was ignited and the seed of Vintage Society Co. was planted.

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OK, so now lets back up a bit before Vintage Society even started… Deb, A.K.A @bvintagestyle

A small town Alberta girl at heart, I was lucky enough to be raised in the country, away from the hustle and bustle of just about everything. As a very young girl, I spend a lot of time going to the mart with my grandparents in a small Alberta town. In fact we went almost every Sunday for the farm auction’s. My gramps would buy just about any junk he could muster up a purpose for, and even some he couldn’t if it was a good enough price. Us kids always got a piece of lemon meringue pie and got to pet all the animals that were up for grabs at the auction. I truly believe my exposure to his passion for repurposing salvaged and old items is where my desire for doing the same began.

Around the same time, my parents purchased our family farm, all that was on the property was a one room shack and a two room cottage, neither had running water or a bathroom. They began building in the spring and we lived in the two room cottage during the building period. The living room doubled as our bedroom with my older brother on the bottom bunk, I was on the top and my parents on the pull out couch next to us. What was supposed to take a few months of building a house turned into a whole year of living in that cottage! We boiled water every day to do dishes and use as bath water while also using an outhouse through out the year and even in the dead of winter. Again, one of those experiences that I think really made me who I am today, appreciative of simple things.

I was actually confirmed at the church just up the street from the house I live in now! I remember standing on the steps of that church, looking at the house we now call home and thinking, ‘THAT, that house is my dream’! I met my best friend, whom I now call my husband, when I was 13! My brother played hockey in the neighbouring town (the one we live in now) and I figure skated there as well. The first time I met the tall, dark and handsome boy who played on my brother’s hockey team, I was not too sure about him! BUT as the story goes, we dated through out high school deciding to go our separate ways when we graduated. I went off to travel the world and my husband to be went off to the military to be the Captain of the RMC University hockey team. 5 years went by and I travelled SO much! I saw so many places, I truly can’t remember them all and I gained such an appreciation for architecture and design.

When my husband and I reconnected, we decided to move back to Alberta, I knew I couldn’t settle for just any ol’house. I wanted my own piece of ‘beautiful architecture ‘ just like I had seen in so many places around the world.  We lucked out and somehow purchased this diamond in the rough (one of maybe 4 beautiful old houses left in this small town). It hadn’t been for sale for almost 50 years and had been a rental the entire time. There were multiple units in the house and it was in terrible condition. Our children were small, my son was 3 and my daughter was 3 months, but somehow we bought this big beauty! There was an OVERWHELMING amount of work to be done on the house and we had a budget of $25,000 to do it all!! To us though, that just meant we needed to DIY the whole house. We had already renovated another house while living in Calgary so we weren’t newbies at it. My husband was commuting to the city everyday for work (a one hour drive each way) and we were living with his parents! My mother in law would watch my children and I would come in to renovate the house all day, only to tag off with my husband at 6pm so he could do the evening shift! When I think back now, I honestly think we were CRAZY!

On top of all of this, it was at this time I decided to start a storefront business for B Vintage! I had a 12ft x 12ft space at the local antique mall and when we finally moved into the house, we traded tagging off in the evenings for renovations to trading off in the evenings for me to go out and work until midnight in the shop . It truly was CRAZY! We finally agreed that something had to give! I pulled out of the storefront and ‘Closed Up Shop’! I didn’t want to loose everything I had worked so hard on with B Vintage so I kept posting the odd picture of my house on Facebook and decided to begin blogging about it. I joined this platform that was just starting out called Instagram, I really had no idea what it was or where it would take me. Well the stars sort of alined at that point, my Instagram took on a life of it’s own and the next thing I knew brands were reaching out to work with me and so many company’s were wanting to rent my home for stylized shoots!

It was about that time when I met Britt, I had grown up in the same small town as her and knew her husband well in high school. I recognized her face but she was much younger than me so I don’t think I had ever spoke a word to her before I got a call from her looking for help with her new home she was building. She came over to discuss some plans she had been working on and we totally bonded over decor, design and our love for antiques! We would meet for coffee from time to time and I loved how opposite and chill she was to my total Type A,  always going 100 directions personality! She was so supportive of my business and honestly was the Ying to my Yang from day one! When I started feeling the itch to get back in the game, so to speak, my husband and I both agreed I should look for a biz partner, someone who was as hardworking as I was, who had the same passion and love for design and decor as I did but also needed to have family values that alined with ours! Family always comes first! Britt was the ONLY person that came to mind. That is when I stumbled upon a beautiful character home in my small town that was for sale, it looked like a mini version of my own house…….

Britt, A.K.A. @whitefarmhouse

I was born in a small Alberta town and dreamed of moving to the big city and becoming a criminal lawyer, yes I was obsessed with Law & Order and every other fictional TV show that involved lawyers…and to this day you can still find my PVR loaded with TV series about lawyers and crimes. I had just started dating my now husband when I headed off to college to take a Criminal Justice Studies program, I commuted 3 hours each way 2 days a week so that I could live with my future hubby in a builder grade house that I had had a minimal say in, but really this was when my spark for Interior Design really began. I would walk down the college hallways admiring the women in the Interior Design program, but convinced myself that I couldn’t draw; seriously I really can’t! One of our furniture builders actually keeps all of my drawings as joke to attest to how bad they are!

As part of my practicum in college I began working security at a large hospital, it was such an eye opening experience to mental health and poverty, something that you weren’t really made aware of growing up in a small town, but working there jaded me and made me so judgemental of society. Amongst all this, I married that boy from my small town, we moved to the city and I met a friend who was also working at the hospital and she started taking me to yoga and eventually we became yoga instructors. Thru yoga I “found” myself and this was where I knew I wanted to do something that made me bring a community together, to encourage and support others. My friend and I had dreams of opening a big yoga studio but I became pregnant during yoga training, left my security job and became a full time stay at home mom. My first son was born in 2010 and staying at home full time by myself with a husband working away was BORING! Yes I said it, I hated being cooped up in a tiny condo in a city… I cleaned my house everyday and I was bored. My husband and I both knew we weren’t meant to live in the city and knew we wanted to raise kids in our small home town!

So back to our roots we went, except it meant living with my brother in a mobile home because our condo wouldn’t sell and we couldn’t afford anything else! Once we got back home, I got ready to open that yoga studio that I had dreamed of, but on my own as my friend moved away as well. On my Grand Opening day I received a call from my Doctor over a lump I had on my neck… it was Thyroid Cancer… not the opening day I had dreamed of. I had my thyroid removed and I have been 7 years cancer FREE! Looking back it was clearly a sign this venture was not meant to be.

I continued on with my yoga studio and built a small following, began creating a community. Then I became pregnant with twins and boy did my world change! So there we were, a family of 5 living with my brother (he got demoted to a bunk bed to share with my oldest so we could make room for the twins) and we knew this just couldn’t work! My husband was still working away and I couldn’t keep up the energy for 3 kids and the yoga studio SO the yoga studio had to go. We found a big house to rent on a bit of land (actually from one of my yoga students), we even considered buying that acreage but the house needed so much work and the piece of land wasn’t what we had dreamed of. After searching for land for sale but finding nothing that we were in love with, my parents came to us and said if we can come to some terms you can build on our land…. We didn’t take this lightly as we didn’t want to ruin our relationship with them! If you are thinking of building beside family be serious and set some ground rules up front! For instance, we didn’t want to be able to see each others driveways and yards while looking out from our own houses, so we built where there is a big group of trees between us.

AND so our dream became a reality…drawing plans for the layout of our home completely consumed me AND I LOVED IT! I would stay awake until 4am thinking of how I could make every square inch of our home be perfectly functional for our family. This phase of my life is such a blur…3 kids under 3, maintaining the acreage rental, and designing and basically co-general contracting a new build!

Even though I didn’t know it at the time, it was all meant to be! While we were building, I was told by a friend to look up Deb, B Vintage…I had no idea who she was or what she was all about, but she had gone to school with my husband (my hubby and Deb are a few years older than I am hehe sorry Deb) So when I reached out she knew who I was right away.

When I first met Deb, I had no idea what Instagram was or what blogs were, I had barely began using Pinterest!! Deb began helping me with a few home projects, like my fireplace mantel, a spool table and various other pieces of furniture that I purchased from her. What I could tell about Deb was that she was a hard worker and that she was talented! I knew I must get to know her!

The Start of the Careers We Dreamed Of

Now fast forward a few years and we come back to that day when we put it out to the world that we should start a biz together! We began having long phone conversations and coffee dates about what a business between us would look like…things we wanted to carry in a store, how much we wanted to work, things that were priorities in our lives and ultimately what we wanted out of the business. We came up with the name Lilac and Linen Interiors and decided to host a market at Deb’s house to test out the waters. Much to our surprise…people showed up and they wanted more! The market was a ton of work and not something that we wanted to do on a regular basis. In the meantime, both Britt and Deb had been helping friends with a bit of design work! We had both gone back to school for it as well.  We got more serious about this part of our business as we took on a major reno a client was doing on an older farmhouse which you can read about [here], a few clients who wanted help re-freshing their homes and even taking on a major role in a new build which you can read about [here].

It was at this point that we also got our online shop up and running and we hosted another, larger market we called The Market Gathering, where we invited some of our favourite women in the area to attend as vendors! The Market Gathering was a huge success and we still get messages from shops asking if they can be part of our next one but again both of us felt like this was not where we wanted to focus our energy.

Vintage Society Begins

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Living Our Dream Careers: The Vintage Society Story

So who and what is Vintage Society? How did our business begin?? If you have been following us since the beginning on Instagram then you may know who we are or you may still be a bit confused about how this business started and who and what Vintage Society really is.

We are 2 women, Deb and Britt, that came together over a mutual love of creating beautiful spaces and a desire to help others achieve the same thing. How did we decide to turn this passion into a business!? Sit tight and we will tell you the WHOLE story of how Vintage Society started, the story of how we found our dream careers….

One cool February day, Deb stumbled upon a beautiful character home in her small town that was for sale, it looked like a mini version of her own house!  She had always dreamed of owning a home decor shop filled with all of her favourite things, so just like that she bought it but knew it would be too big of a project to tackle on her own. Deb had made friends with a girl (Britt) from the neighbouring town who had married a friend of her’s from high school, they had met when Britt had asked her to help with some projects for the house she was building. Britt and Deb had only known each other for a few short years at this time but had began spending more and more time together, always chatting about home décor and design. After coffee one day, as Britt was literally walking out the door, Deb said “Hey, I bought a house!  We should open a store together and start a business!” Britt hesitantly responded “ummm ya maybe.” However, when Britt got home she realized that so many of their values aligned and that why couldn’t they do this?! Britt phoned Deb and said “Are you serious?? If we’re gonna do this, then let’s start this!!” Now Deb was the one taken back by Britt’s assertiveness over the idea of actually going thru with it!!! Just like that a spark was ignited and the seed of Vintage Society Co. was planted.

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OK, so now lets back up a bit before Vintage Society even started… Deb, A.K.A @bvintagestyle

A small town Alberta girl at heart, I was lucky enough to be raised in the country, away from the hustle and bustle of just about everything. As a very young girl, I spend a lot of time going to the mart with my grandparents in a small Alberta town. In fact we went almost every Sunday for the farm auction’s. My gramps would buy just about any junk he could muster up a purpose for, and even some he couldn’t if it was a good enough price. Us kids always got a piece of lemon meringue pie and got to pet all the animals that were up for grabs at the auction. I truly believe my exposure to his passion for repurposing salvaged and old items is where my desire for doing the same began.

Around the same time, my parents purchased our family farm, all that was on the property was a one room shack and a two room cottage, neither had running water or a bathroom. They began building in the spring and we lived in the two room cottage during the building period. The living room doubled as our bedroom with my older brother on the bottom bunk, I was on the top and my parents on the pull out couch next to us. What was supposed to take a few months of building a house turned into a whole year of living in that cottage! We boiled water every day to do dishes and use as bath water while also using an outhouse through out the year and even in the dead of winter. Again, one of those experiences that I think really made me who I am today, appreciative of simple things.

I was actually confirmed at the church just up the street from the house I live in now! I remember standing on the steps of that church, looking at the house we now call home and thinking, ‘THAT, that house is my dream’! I met my best friend, whom I now call my husband, when I was 13! My brother played hockey in the neighbouring town (the one we live in now) and I figure skated there as well. The first time I met the tall, dark and handsome boy who played on my brother’s hockey team, I was not too sure about him! BUT as the story goes, we dated through out high school deciding to go our separate ways when we graduated. I went off to travel the world and my husband to be went off to the military to be the Captain of the RMC University hockey team. 5 years went by and I travelled SO much! I saw so many places, I truly can’t remember them all and I gained such an appreciation for architecture and design.

When my husband and I reconnected, we decided to move back to Alberta, I knew I couldn’t settle for just any ol’house. I wanted my own piece of ‘beautiful architecture ‘ just like I had seen in so many places around the world.  We lucked out and somehow purchased this diamond in the rough (one of maybe 4 beautiful old houses left in this small town). It hadn’t been for sale for almost 50 years and had been a rental the entire time. There were multiple units in the house and it was in terrible condition. Our children were small, my son was 3 and my daughter was 3 months, but somehow we bought this big beauty! There was an OVERWHELMING amount of work to be done on the house and we had a budget of $25,000 to do it all!! To us though, that just meant we needed to DIY the whole house. We had already renovated another house while living in Calgary so we weren’t newbies at it. My husband was commuting to the city everyday for work (a one hour drive each way) and we were living with his parents! My mother in law would watch my children and I would come in to renovate the house all day, only to tag off with my husband at 6pm so he could do the evening shift! When I think back now, I honestly think we were CRAZY!

On top of all of this, it was at this time I decided to start a storefront business for B Vintage! I had a 12ft x 12ft space at the local antique mall and when we finally moved into the house, we traded tagging off in the evenings for renovations to trading off in the evenings for me to go out and work until midnight in the shop . It truly was CRAZY! We finally agreed that something had to give! I pulled out of the storefront and ‘Closed Up Shop’! I didn’t want to loose everything I had worked so hard on with B Vintage so I kept posting the odd picture of my house on Facebook and decided to begin blogging about it. I joined this platform that was just starting out called Instagram, I really had no idea what it was or where it would take me. Well the stars sort of alined at that point, my Instagram took on a life of it’s own and the next thing I knew brands were reaching out to work with me and so many company’s were wanting to rent my home for stylized shoots!

It was about that time when I met Britt, I had grown up in the same small town as her and knew her husband well in high school. I recognized her face but she was much younger than me so I don’t think I had ever spoke a word to her before I got a call from her looking for help with her new home she was building. She came over to discuss some plans she had been working on and we totally bonded over decor, design and our love for antiques! We would meet for coffee from time to time and I loved how opposite and chill she was to my total Type A,  always going 100 directions personality! She was so supportive of my business and honestly was the Ying to my Yang from day one! When I started feeling the itch to get back in the game, so to speak, my husband and I both agreed I should look for a biz partner, someone who was as hardworking as I was, who had the same passion and love for design and decor as I did but also needed to have family values that alined with ours! Family always comes first! Britt was the ONLY person that came to mind. That is when I stumbled upon a beautiful character home in my small town that was for sale, it looked like a mini version of my own house…….

Britt, A.K.A. @whitefarmhouse

I was born in a small Alberta town and dreamed of moving to the big city and becoming a criminal lawyer, yes I was obsessed with Law & Order and every other fictional TV show that involved lawyers…and to this day you can still find my PVR loaded with TV series about lawyers and crimes. I had just started dating my now husband when I headed off to college to take a Criminal Justice Studies program, I commuted 3 hours each way 2 days a week so that I could live with my future hubby in a builder grade house that I had had a minimal say in, but really this was when my spark for Interior Design really began. I would walk down the college hallways admiring the women in the Interior Design program, but convinced myself that I couldn’t draw; seriously I really can’t! One of our furniture builders actually keeps all of my drawings as joke to attest to how bad they are!

As part of my practicum in college I began working security at a large hospital, it was such an eye opening experience to mental health and poverty, something that you weren’t really made aware of growing up in a small town, but working there jaded me and made me so judgemental of society. Amongst all this, I married that boy from my small town, we moved to the city and I met a friend who was also working at the hospital and she started taking me to yoga and eventually we became yoga instructors. Thru yoga I “found” myself and this was where I knew I wanted to do something that made me bring a community together, to encourage and support others. My friend and I had dreams of opening a big yoga studio but I became pregnant during yoga training, left my security job and became a full time stay at home mom. My first son was born in 2010 and staying at home full time by myself with a husband working away was BORING! Yes I said it, I hated being cooped up in a tiny condo in a city… I cleaned my house everyday and I was bored. My husband and I both knew we weren’t meant to live in the city and knew we wanted to raise kids in our small home town!

So back to our roots we went, except it meant living with my brother in a mobile home because our condo wouldn’t sell and we couldn’t afford anything else! Once we got back home, I got ready to open that yoga studio that I had dreamed of, but on my own as my friend moved away as well. On my Grand Opening day I received a call from my Doctor over a lump I had on my neck… it was Thyroid Cancer… not the opening day I had dreamed of. I had my thyroid removed and I have been 7 years cancer FREE! Looking back it was clearly a sign this venture was not meant to be.

I continued on with my yoga studio and built a small following, began creating a community. Then I became pregnant with twins and boy did my world change! So there we were, a family of 5 living with my brother (he got demoted to a bunk bed to share with my oldest so we could make room for the twins) and we knew this just couldn’t work! My husband was still working away and I couldn’t keep up the energy for 3 kids and the yoga studio SO the yoga studio had to go. We found a big house to rent on a bit of land (actually from one of my yoga students), we even considered buying that acreage but the house needed so much work and the piece of land wasn’t what we had dreamed of. After searching for land for sale but finding nothing that we were in love with, my parents came to us and said if we can come to some terms you can build on our land…. We didn’t take this lightly as we didn’t want to ruin our relationship with them! If you are thinking of building beside family be serious and set some ground rules up front! For instance, we didn’t want to be able to see each others driveways and yards while looking out from our own houses, so we built where there is a big group of trees between us.

AND so our dream became a reality…drawing plans for the layout of our home completely consumed me AND I LOVED IT! I would stay awake until 4am thinking of how I could make every square inch of our home be perfectly functional for our family. This phase of my life is such a blur…3 kids under 3, maintaining the acreage rental, and designing and basically co-general contracting a new build!

Even though I didn’t know it at the time, it was all meant to be! While we were building, I was told by a friend to look up Deb, B Vintage…I had no idea who she was or what she was all about, but she had gone to school with my husband (my hubby and Deb are a few years older than I am hehe sorry Deb) So when I reached out she knew who I was right away.

When I first met Deb, I had no idea what Instagram was or what blogs were, I had barely began using Pinterest!! Deb began helping me with a few home projects, like my fireplace mantel, a spool table and various other pieces of furniture that I purchased from her. What I could tell about Deb was that she was a hard worker and that she was talented! I knew I must get to know her!

The Start of the Careers We Dreamed Of

Now fast forward a few years and we come back to that day when we put it out to the world that we should start a biz together! We began having long phone conversations and coffee dates about what a business between us would look like…things we wanted to carry in a store, how much we wanted to work, things that were priorities in our lives and ultimately what we wanted out of the business. We came up with the name Lilac and Linen Interiors and decided to host a market at Deb’s house to test out the waters. Much to our surprise…people showed up and they wanted more! The market was a ton of work and not something that we wanted to do on a regular basis. In the meantime, both Britt and Deb had been helping friends with a bit of design work! We had both gone back to school for it as well.  We got more serious about this part of our business as we took on a major reno a client was doing on an older farmhouse which you can read about [here], a few clients who wanted help re-freshing their homes and even taking on a major role in a new build which you can read about [here].

It was at this point that we also got our online shop up and running and we hosted another, larger market we called The Market Gathering, where we invited some of our favourite women in the area to attend as vendors! The Market Gathering was a huge success and we still get messages from shops asking if they can be part of our next one but again both of us felt like this was not where we wanted to focus our energy.

Vintage Society Begins

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Home Décor Ideas: 6 Tips to get your Farmhouse Ready for Spring

We often overfill our homes after the winter months so when Spring arrives we are usually ready for a Refresh! I’m here to give you some Home Décor Ideas so that you can get your Farmhouse ready for Spring. I’ll be giving you some tips to first, get your home décor clear of that winter vibe and then some tips on bringing in some simple Spring Décor that will give your Farmhouse a fresh vibe that says bring on that beautiful Spring weather! I’ve also included a downloadable guide that outlines my 6 tips for getting your home ready for Spring, no matter what your decor style is… AND I may have even included a link to take a test to figure out what your decor style is!

 

Tips to get you ready for Spring Décor

Even though I am a minimalist, Christmas always brings in more home décor than even I really like to have around. So once the warmer temps start to come around and the snow begins to melt, I crave subtle pops of colour and a lighter, crisper feel around my farmhouse. So my first tip is to pack away all of the objects that feel heavy (like knit blankets) and anything with winter colours (like reds and dark greys). While I keep a pretty clean house year round, it always feels good to do a few major cleans like behind the fridge and dishwasher. Also, every Spring I like to lighten things up by taking a few bags to the thrift store and garbage.

Let’s Set up for Spring

So I like my décor to constantly evolve and change throughout the season…I think this is how I make minimalism not feel boring and mundane. I don’t keep bins of seasonal home décor sitting around because our Farmhouse doesn’t have a basement ,  I just don’t have room to keep seasonal items like bunnies and faux florals stored away for those few weeks of the year that I would actually use them. What do I have for home décor? I invest in containers!! Yes containers! I love buying bottles, zinc buckets, and jars that can be the vessel for things like florals and linens. I usually invest in pieces that are antiques like these green beer bottles from Belgium that you can find in my Vintage Society Co. shop. Another tip is that when you invest in pretty containers that have a story, not only to do they look gorgeous filled with flowers but they look good simply on their own when you are in between fresh flowers. Click [here] to shop these vintage Belgian beer bottles.

Tips on Spring Flowers

Investing in bottles as opposed to jars means that you can get a bigger wow factor with a smaller bunch of flowers. For instance I purchased these simple Spring stems and each jar only needed one stem but the bottles can provide décor for my entire mantel because I can space out the jars.

I live in a 4 season climate so we don’t get tree blossoms until June and we can’t grow that many varieties of trees that produce the beautiful blooms like warmer places in the United States. Instead, once a year there is one florist that will bring in magnolia blooms. They are so beautiful and so unique that they are worth the splurge! My favorite container to place them in is this Vintage Galvanized Bucket from France! We have a shorter version of this bucket available in our shop which is perfect for lilac and peony season! Click [here] to shop our favourite French Antique Bucket.

Another option is to plant some kind of bulb…this is the first time I have ever planted paper white bulbs. A little tip for planting these bulbs is to get a clear container and place some decorative rocks in the container for the paper whites to root into. Then place the clear container into a mini market basket which is available in my Vintage Society Co. shop. When you use the clear container, it doesn’t show when you place it in a prettier piece of décor. These paper whites grew quickly and are still pretty even without the flowers after a couple months! Although, FYI, I did discover that when paper whites flower they have a horrible smell (like cat pee).

You can usually also find tulip or daffodil bulbs that have been started at your local grocery or hardware store and you could simply place that pot into one of these mini market baskets as well. You can shop our mini market baskets [here].

Another option that I have done in the past for my Spring Decor is to pot little herbs that start to come out in the Spring. Things like basil, rosemary, and lavender plants will start to pop up in your local grocery store or places like Canadian Tire or Home Depot. Grab a couple of these simple herbs and place them into a small container.

For another idea, you can check out Deb’s @bvintagestyle saved Instagram story highlights where she has a cool tutorial on how to make dollar store metal containers look vintage with a few simple supplies.

Farmhouse Dinning Room Decor

While I love seeing a beautiful dinning room table set with plates and cutlery, I’m here to tell you that you can create a beautiful dinning room without all the “stuff.” We do not have a formal dinning room, our dinning room table is used every day and I love that we sit down more at our dinning room table than we do at our kitchen island. We use this space on a daily basis it isn’t practical to leave a table set, and because my table is narrow (yes its only 28” wide) that means I have to watch what I set down the middle of the table so that it is practical for us to use multiple times a day.

I remember when I first joined Instagram, I would have our Farmhouse table filled with home décor and everytime we sat down I could see my husbands irritation at either not being able to see who was across the table from him or it taking 5 mintues to clear off the décor before we could sit down together. It took some time for me to really come into my style and to realize that practicality was really important to me and just because I saw other people doing it didn’t mean that it was right for our family. The idea that less is more is something that I live by and the day I began investing in the quality pieces of décor that truly brought me joy and not just buying decor because someone else had them is when our house truly started feeling like our authentic home. I am also obseesed with the character our Farmhouse dinning room table has on its own and I don’t feel like it needs a bunch of stuff to cover it up.

So my favourite idea for styling our table is with simple bottles down the centre of the table and a single stem in each bottle. You can also shop this custom designed apron by Vintage Society [here]

Storage tips to get your family ready for Spring

I know not everyone has a mudroom in their home and living in the country I am so glad that we have this space! This room is used so much daily. With the change of each seasons, I have to revaluate and create new ideas of how to optimize this space. In the winter, we need bigger baskets for all of the bulky clothing , but when Spring hits its like this room can lighten its load! I get to swap out the décor that can be used for holding our Spring essentials.

This year I have removed the upper baskets above our lockers and traded them out for these Vintage Zinc French Florist Buckets because my kiddos will really only need to keep their dirt biking gloves and jerseys stored up here, which don’t take up a lot of space. I love how these buckets give this space a lighter, crisper feel to our mudroom. Another tip that gives your home style and function is to keep a large chunk of linen hanging in the space for wiping off our pets dirty paws when they come in. Then I can simply bleach out these chunks of linen when they get..

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5 Tips For A Bathroom Renovation

After almost 6 years of living in this big ol’house, we are FINALLY renovating our main level bathroom and I am SO excited it!!! Not only that, but I am also beyond excited to be taking part in Wayfair’s 1 Room Renovation challenge with this renovation! Wayfair carry’s such a huge selection of beautiful products so it made it very easy to come up with a plan for this space and all from the comfort of my home!

I have some simple steps I always swear by to make all my renovations easier so I thought I would share those with you along with my plans and product for this upcoming renovation! Take a peek below at my 5 Tips For A Bathroom Renovation!

  1. Prioritize the Space

Whether you are working with a small or a large area, you need to write down your priorities from highest to lowest! This will help you in the decision-making process throughout the entire bathroom renovation project.

 For us, a bathtub and shower in this space is a must! We only have two bathrooms in this big ol’house and unfortunately, they are both pretty itty bitty. As much as I would have loved to leave this bathroom as a half bath, my husband had a tub/shower as his highest priority for this room. I wanted it to stay true to the age and style of the home and I found both my beautiful freestanding tub and polished chrome faucet on Wayfair!

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The tub size was going to be tricky but with the huge selection they have on there I found it right away! I also found the most beautiful polished chrome shower faucet that should look gorgeous.

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We also had to decide on the placement of the door entering into this space. Currently, the door comes right off the kitchen! We have decided to move the door to enter under the stairs so that it no longer comes right off the kitchen. Which brings me to my next point in the bathroom renovation process.

  1. Map it Out

Measure, tape and measure again! When you are lucky enough to be able to physically stand in the space you are going to renovate, take advantage and measure out your plan! I can’t tell you how many people I know who have completed a new build only to say, it’s much smaller or larger in here than they thought it was going to be! I like to measure every item that I plan to put in the space out and tape it out on the floor or walls prior to the renovation starting.

My new vanity is going to be an old desk with a gorgeous vessel sink from Wayfair. I also found a beautiful faucet that fits true to the age of the home on Wayfair and a gorgeous vessel sink!

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I love that it has the soap dish on top for a little bit of added detail! Ok on to the next tip!

  1. Write It Down

Begin a good ol’Execl spreadsheet! Have a Budget in place but just know that when taking on a bathroom renovation you need to plan for the unknown!!  I put all of my project information into a spreadsheet to keep it organized and to be able to find any information I need quickly and to reference if I am staying within budget as I go. I keep website links to products and pricing quotes/invoice amounts all in this spreadsheet!

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9 Storage Saving Solutions

All of us at some point in our lives will need to have more storage. Whether it is your first home, the fact that you are starting/have a growing family or you have just taken on a hobby that is taking up more space than before.  For our lil’family, keeping our home organized allows us to be more prepared and function systematically, thus allowing for less chaos. Storage solutions are the key to staying on top of being organized. I have combined some of the practical and useable storage solutions our family has with my 9 Storage Saving Solutions. I hope you can try some of these in your homes.

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There are so many ways to add storage to any existing space with or without doing a major renovation. When we moved from our Kensington apartment into our first 900 square foot home, we had to come up with some creative ways to organize and keep our home functioning optimally. We become resourceful! Every single inch of that home needed a purpose with two young children, a dog and a mother with a large closet of shoes! We needed all the space savers we could find! Once we put these practices in place they didn’t seem hard to maintain, we even carried a large amount of them into our new, much larger home. I find that by using some of these methods, I am able to keep my home cleaner, more organized and I operate more efficiently because I rarely lose track of things.

1. Coffee Table Trunk

This storage solution became key when we had our kids. They didn’t want to have a toy room to play in, they wanted to be where we were, so the coffee table doubling as a toy chest worked perfectly. Then as the kiddo’s got older we changed out the toys for our comfy blankets in this space!

2. Individualized Kitchen Drawers

Ok folks! This one is a game changer! In our house, each one of us has a kitchen drawer that is ‘Our’ drawer. These drawers are located right when you walk into the home and we each know to stay out of the other persons drawer! This kicked that awful habit of having everyone leave they odds and ends on my kitchen counters when they come in the door. It also gives you a great place to put keys and wallets and other important items that you don’t want to go missing when you are in a rush to get somewhere. Having the drawers in the kitchen makes it a really easy go to spot to find your things as this is the spot most of us venture just before or right when we are leaving the house.

3. Bins Under the Bed

This is one of my favorite storage hacks! There is so much wasted space under a bed so why not?!!! I have bins under all of our beds and it makes the best storage, plus then the kids can’t shove unwanted junk under there! I keep a bin for my painting/work cloths, one for my gym gear and one for my jams! Check out these ones available at Walmart for a great price!!

Some Of My Favourite Storage Solutions

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4. Market/Wicker Baskets

Ok! This one is a no brainer! I LOVE texture in a room and wicker baskets is one of my favorite ways to achieve this! Why not use these space savers to hide your unwanted visual items. French market baskets are another great space saver. I love hanging one of these cuties on the back of a chair or beside my  office desk! I store my day timer, camera and sometimes even my laptop in mine. You can find a variety of market baskets over at my online Shop.

5. Drawer Savers

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Tea Party Baby Shower

This past weekend I hosted a beautiful shower for one of my best friend’s, Kershia and her sweet daughter Elliot, along side some of my favorite ladies!!! It was full of fresh flowers and vintage finds!! Take a peek below at our Tea Party Baby Shower!!

There is just something so fancy about vintage china!!! The mix of tea cups, doilies and pink roses never gets old!! I have two sets of antique china! I literally keep them on hand for party’s like this!!! I found both of them at flea markets and love keeping them on hand!!!

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I also have a bunch of pretty dolies that I used to collect for making things out of. You can find these at flea markets and secondhand stores as well. I love the delicate look of them mixed in with my rustic decor!!

For the table centrepiece I started by layering all different dollies all the way down the table. I made the middle section slightly wider then the rest. I then scattered vintage tea plates and cups throughout. I tried to mix the patterns slightly as I went along. I then put a large white cake stand in the middle with the beautiful three tiered cake my sweet had make.

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Next step is flowers!!!!! The more the merrier!!! Honestly you can never have to many. One thing I like to do though, is stick to only a few colors. Babies breath is also always so pretty for this type of decor!

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How to Make Fresh Roses Last Longer

I get asked all of the time how I can justify spending money on fresh flowers all the time. I think my answer would be that I care for them well, so they tend to last for a LONG time! I get my money’s worth out of them. My favourite Auntie always told me that if you have fresh flowers in your home, no one will notice the mess! I live by these words and over time I have found some things that work better than others with all flowers. I wanted to share with you my tips on how to make fresh roses last longer so that you can enjoy yours a bit longer as well.
How to Make Fresh Roses Last Longer
  1. Make sure you have a CLEAN vase and add warm water. Distilled water is always best as their will be no chance of debris in it.
  2. Add SUGAR into the water. This acts like food for the flowers
  3. Add white VINEGAR into the water and stir well. This acts like a disinfectant in the water keeping it clean and debris free.
  4. REMOVE all lower leaves from flowers so there won’t be any in the water.
  5. Cut 1 to 2 inches off the stems at an ANGLE while they are under water.
  6. Get your stem into the water as QUICKLY as possible! This will make sure the end of the flower stays open so it can absorb as much water as possible.

I hope you find these tips useful! Any of the above steps done independently will make roses last longer but when done in this combination you should be totally good to go!!

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Farmhouse Facelift – A Vintage Society Co Design Project

As promised earlier this year, I am continuing to share some of the design projects my lil’business Vintage Society Co took on in 2018! This is the project that really solidified the start of our company and my business partner, Britt, did up a beautiful blog post on it! Take a peek below of our Farmhouse Facelift – A Vintage Society Co Design Project.

Deb and I had just started discussing a business partnership and we agreed that we wanted to take things slow, to make sure we could work together, before we over committed. We had decided to test the waters with a home décor market, The Market Gathering, but that we weren’t going to announce that we were offering interior design until after we had worked together. We both live in neighbouring small towns where people are not afraid to ask what your really up to! I was grocery shopping when a family friend, Treena, inquired what I had been up to lately. She mentioned she was thinking about renovating her old farmhouse and asked if I would be interested in possibly helping…inside I was jumping for joy but told her I would get back to her.

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Deb and I both agreed this would be such an amazing opportunity for us and we jumped right in!!! This has literally been the way we have operated ever since, taking risks and putting the cart before the horse! Treena, operated with this way as well so it was a great fit!

Our first day on the job site, we met Treena for an “Initial Consultation” at the farmhouse. While we were inside discussing new layouts for the home, a Track Ho arrived at the front porch and literally tore down the front of the house  with us still inside! We got to work right away with a new mudroom design!

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