The Learner Observer

Did you just read the word “Holidays” int he title of this post and cringe? Well, it’s that time of year again, when we prepare to get out all of the Christmas decor nice and early so we can shoot room makeovers for Leon’s Hello Holiday, which you can see in November!

This past Spring, we made over the master bedroom and our kitchen got all new appliances, thanks to Frigidaire. It’s no secret that working with Leon’s for the last 4+ years has been a HUUUUUUUUUGE blessing to our family, and that is never lost on us, so this season we’re making over one of our own rooms and one that belongs to another family. Read along to find out more, like who, what, where!

dining room makeover

The first room we’re tackling is our very own dining room. This space has seen better days – it’s had unpainted baseboards, a sad-looking yellow-framed window and a tiny table we got second-hand many years ago. That has been the case for the last year that we have lived in this house, and though there are many more unfinished spaces in here, once the kitchen was completed and with all kinds of holidays and our boys’ second birthday (insert crying emoji x1000 here) coming up, we knew we needed a more grown up and proper place, and a table that can seat more than 4 people!

Here’s what we’re planning with the help of Leon’s!


I’ll be mixing and matching pieces, much  like we’ve done in all of our other Leon’s spaces, and there’s another painted feature wall coming your way!

Here are the items we’ve chosen:

Victoria Dining Table
Carolyn Side Chair x 4
Victoria Arm Chair x 2
Victoria 2 Piece China Cabinet

nursery makeover

The second room we’re tackling is a baby girl’s nursery! Remember: this is SOMEONE ELSE’S space, so we don’t have any big news to share here, ok?


The room we’re making over actually belongs to Joy and Dave Kenney, and you may recognize Dave from several HGTV Canada shows, like Home to Win, and also as half of the dynamic due, the BroLaws. Joy and Dave are expecting their third child, and second little girl. It’s a very exciting time, so we partnered with them to make over this space before their littlest princess arrives!

Here’s what we’re planning:


The room will have a feature shiplap wall, and again, a mix of furniture pieces to make the space feel collected and a little more grown up, too! The recliner will make for a great space for mom and dad to get some one-on-one time with baby, and surely will be a favourite spot for the other kiddos to relax on, as well!

Here are the Leon’s Furniture items we’re using:

Cameron Dresser
Cameron Convertible Crib
Cameron Changer Top
Beautycool crib mattress cover
Harlan End Table
Glennon Accent Chest
DiCarlo Power Recliner Beige

We’re over the moon excited to finish these spaces! You can catch all of the behind the scenes goodness happening this Friday and next Thursday as we prepare for the photo shoots!!!

Now, I’d love to know what some of your biggest decor questions are when it comes to either a dining room or a nursery. Ask away and I’ll address them all in future blog posts!




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    Julia at Home on 129 Acres

    September 5, 2017

    Congratulations on this project. Two cool rooms. I have nurseries on the brain right now. Sometimes the rooms (like at my sister’s house) are pretty small and the furniture–crib, dresser, chair, maybe a bookshelf–can be large. Any tips for how best to arrange things? Does a kitchen-esque work triangle apply? I was impressed how you set up your nursery for two.

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      September 6, 2017

      Thanks, Julia!! I think the biggest thing that helped us save space was putting the dresser and change pad in the closet (we removed the doors). It took up about half of the space and the other half was used for hanging things and more storage. Then in lieu of bookshelves, we used spice racks to have books accessible, but it took up virtually no space! I didn’t necessarily have a triangle workspace, but I did keep all like items together: books and chair, change pad, clothes, diapers, and we actually stored sheets and blankets in drawers under a daubed, but they can be stored in containers under the crib! I hope that helps!

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