Friday, April 28, 2017

Oliver and Rust house rearranging and diy-ing; live edge console table

Good morning everyone,

A little change up in our front hall / living room. After we finished up our new front foyer with the white paint and a bit simpler look, the dresser that stood in our little hallway entrance thing into our living room didn't really look right. The dresser was a quick fix for storage when we moved in 7 years ago and went through 2 paint colours but never really fit the spot properly. It was a little too deep and not wide enough. The top drawer wasn't really a drawer as this was a secretary top so it really only gave 3 drawers of storage which kind of became a dumping ground. My overly lengthened organize my entire house for the past year within a inch of its life mode caught on to this area as well.

About a year ago I started going room by room, purging closets, dressers, storage rooms of anything we weren't using, wearing. We did it slowly and purposely. I didn't want to get rid of things that Emma may want some day but, we are no longer keeping things we had in our first home that don't fit or just because someone's someone gave it to us. I also had a massive career change 2 years ago and a closet full of scrubs is not something I need to hang onto anymore. If it's taking up space its out.

So that's a long winded way of saying I purged our front closet and made proper space for the things that were in the dresser and we no longer needed a storage piece here.
A blank wall was not an option I mean come on right?

So I started the hunt for something to go here and came across a lot of "almosts"

Our central vacuum outlet is on this wall so the legs of almost everything invariably are right in the wrong spot so make something became the new name of the game

A live edge console table a bit taller than most on the market and a white base to appear light instead of the general black. You can see the central vac outlet hiding right inside the leg.

A refresher of the dresser that used to live here.

I had Trevor make some simple U shaped legs out of 2x4's which I painted and waxed white. We bought a raw piece of live edge that I again did a wax finish on. Attached the two and voila!

A new space for a tropical boho vignette. Plus a place for plants!!

All the things I already had on hand and just shifted or moved around. The buddha and lanterns were actually decor being used at floor level so by moving them up, there is less clutter on the floor to clean around. I know some of you still see clutter on the table but, pretty vignettes make me happy, and its my house so there!

My favourite english watering can

The subway scroll got displaced in the front hall when I moved my army picture collection and I thought the black and white looked a little more industrial meets something in the living room rather than the big prints that were here.

The way our front hall leads to a hallway and then the living room is a little strange and lends to having two tables a little bit side by side but they tie together better now than the dresser did and we really love how it turned out.

Hey and it's Friday so have a great weekend everyone


What I'm Listening to:
Me and my woman: Robben Ford
Twisting the night away: Sam Cooke

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring at Oliver and Rust

Good morning blog family.

What's new with everyone?
Things have gone from busy to busier here in Oliver and Rust land. It feels like Christmas just leaked into winter and spring and as I try new things and experiment with different concepts for the shop that seem to be working the store is getting busier and busier.
woo hoo.
It's every retailers dream to be able to say those words. The store that you have babied and worked tirelessly on is growing and people seem to love it.
We made it over the 2 year marker here on April 2 and I am happy to say the blood, sweat, tears and lack of sleep are panning out. 
The emails still come in of hopefuls out there wanting to open their own shop and I hate to say most of them I do not get to in a timely manner. If you are one of the people waiting for a response from me I am sorry and all I can say is when you open your doors, you will understand.

As spring finally rolls out, yard work presents itself and I am so happy to get back in the dirt. Emma is enjoying watching us from her stroller. We feel so lucky to have gotten ourselves such a happy baby. She has fit seamlessly into our life and we can't wait to enjoy more of the outdoors with her.

I just wanted to share some of the photos of the shop that have been taken over the last 2 months or so. As new products arrive and leave I generally try to take pictures to document it along the way and even though these pictures are taken all over the place timing wise it gives a peek into what the shop is looking like this time of year.



Monday, April 24, 2017


Ok all, if you aren't in the market for an adorable sheep print,
this post isn't for you.

If you are one of the many many many people that have emailed inquiring about this print, here is the more detailed explanation because honestly I just don't want to keep emailing the same response to hopeful inquirers and dashing their dreams.

The sheep print that I hung in our daughter's nursery is probably my favourite piece in the room. It showcases 3 sheep which kind of look like a daddy, mommy and baby sheep. It perfectly depicted how I felt about our little family growing and apparently it has struck a chord with many of you as well.

I purchased this print fully framed the way you see it from an art wholesaler that I use here in Canada for the shop. They do not release the print info to me so I don't even know where one would source this information from.

If you are a local shopper or within driving distance I can for sure help you acquire this print for your home. Please call the shop 905-892-9000 or email me at and we can help you on your way. It is an average 4-6 week wait for the company to prepare this print for me.

If you aren't local, the unfortunate answer is because of the way that I receive this massive print framed I am not entirely comfortable with shipping this anywhere.

I hope this answers some more of the questions for any of you that were interested.

Have a good day,


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Before and After: who doesn't love a makeover with paint; the front hall goes white

Good morning everyone.

Its high time I dusted off this microphone and shared..... something.

Anything really.

To say that life has gotten a little crazy is a vast understatement.

This whole mom-business owner-maker thing is a giant pile of Jenga just waiting to crash but so far we are holding it up there and steam trooping right along and still keeping our sanity. [that may be an overstatement.]

Having said that Trevor and I had birthdays recently [we are one day apart, technically since I am a leap year baby, 3 years out of 4 we are the same day] and instead of buying a gift I asked for my front hall to be repainted. Since I am fortunate enough to have a husband that enjoys painting he obliged. Now I get a lovely white front hall before and after to share with you guys.

Indulging in my love of white walls to show off our collections I wanted to get rid of the dark grey that has been here for years.

I used my go to white in this house of White Dove by Benjamin Moore to replace the Rockport Grey which you can see below. The space for a front hall is not small but it was just starting to feel dark all the time and I wanted light. Dark walls of course becoming a thing now in interior decor so of course I zigged and went with white walls.

I like to do the opposite. Although I did contemplate painting a wall black in here.

i changed up this corner vignette in the front hall a bit. i moved the african bronze statue into the front hall out of the living room and planted her head with jasmine. i am really loving the whimsical effect of "hair" it is having. the brass antelope weighs a billion pounds but he is looking quite stately watching over everything. his name is edward for those asking. [and he is available through my shop if you were also going to ask that]

we left the barrel island because we love it but i removed the mannequin and some other items in here to flatten this area out and "feel" like there is more room. 

instead of having the subway scroll on that wall by the door, i moved part of our collection of antique group war photos to this wall. the subway scroll was getting curled from the wind and us walking by all the time. i used french cleats to hang these photos so they never look crooked. definitely a bit more expense than nails but worth the mental frustration of fixing the pictures daily.

my spring eclectic vignette. a huge terrarium, a modern lantern and some kitschy vintage bird statues.

one of my favourite new plants. the calathea lancifolia or "rattlesnake"

and my favourite new part of the makeover. we have had a crate shelf here for a few years and although i really loved it, it was a dark look for our stuff AND is was a fur sucker upper.

the bottom shelf needed constant vacuuming and i guess i knew because it wasn't attached to the wall eventually a little girl might try to pull that sucker over.

we used plain steel L brackets and painted them black and attached live edge boards we cut and i treated with beeswax. the look is simpler, cleaner and suits our space.

i did jump on the black door trend in this room. i debated how many to paint and what parts to paint. in this front foyer there are 4 sets of doors. patio doors, front door, closet and door to the garage aka my workshop. i decided against the front door as franklin tends to jump up when we get home and i don't really want to constantly be touching it up and we also didn't paint the closet door as i wanted the focus to be the shelves not the door.

you can see a quick phone pic below before we painted the patio doors black. i love the contrast it is adding and your eye really leads outside now.

the best part about these shelves is the collections they hold. i have a pretty large flower frog collection going and most of it lives here now. we have bits from travel and our african pieces as well.

and i also snuck a newborn foot mold of emma's onto the shelf........

emma's foot and a female tigers foot. good company together.

Thanks for stopping by and i will try not to leave so much time before my next visit. I actually have some great spring photos of the shop to share soon.

As always,