FINALLY my laptop is completely fixed, and I can start blogging again!  I have missed it so much!  Call me a computer snob, but I just can’t use anything but my Macbook! So as I’m sure you all can imagine, we have been extremely busy since I posted the tour of our main and upper floors.  The house is starting to (slowly) be transformed into the home that we dream of.  Ok, fine, the home that I dream of.  Mike… Read more »

In an effort to fool people who knock on my front door into thinking that we have a lovely home, I’ve decided to focus my renovation efforts on the front entrance hall. Because this is embarrassing: During the first 10 days we owned the house, with the help of our family, we managed to tear out most of the stuff we hated, refinish the hardwood floors, repair/replace drywall and paint.  Here’s one of the only shots of my brother drywalling… Read more »

I have been procrastinating about making a to-do list for the house since we bought it, and figured that with only three days left until we get the keys, I had better start doing some planning! We only spent a short amount of time walking through the house before we purchased it, so I’m sure this list is going to grow once we get into the house and take a second look. TO DO KITCHENShort Term: paint inside of cabinets… Read more »

Only four days left until we take possession of our new home!   I feel as though I’ve been packing non-stop for the last 2 months!  On top of packing, I’ve been planning a total re-design of the entire house, and have been putting lots of mileage on the new sewing machine.   I’ve missed blogging so much, and cannot wait to be into the new house and working on design projects again!  Here’s a little sneak peek of what… Read more »

My husband and I have purchased our first home!! It is a 5 bedroom, 2.5 storey Victorian on a quiet street.  It was previously a student rental, and needless to say, requires a little TLC.  OK, maybe it needs a lot of TLC.  Regardless, we are so excited to take possession and begin remodeling!   Here are some sneak peek photos, taken from the original listing.  We’re planning on painting the brick Martha Stewart’s Flagstone (which in reality, is more… Read more »

You may (or may not) remember a previous post I made about my plans to fix up our cold cellar.  Our damp, dark, musty, spider- filled cold cellar. Here are a few shots of what the cold cellar looked like before: So gross!!  I would’ve loved to replace the shelves, but I have a lot of other, more important things to spend my husband’s money on. 😉  Strangely enough, the cold cellar is in my teenage son, Liam’s room.  Every time… Read more »

(Just kiddin’ honey!)Everyone, I’d like you to meet my husband, Mike. Recently Mike was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, which primarily affects his neck.  Now,  that would be a terrible diagnosis for anyone, but for him it’s been especially hard because Mike is a journalist and spends most of his time hunched over his laptop, writing.  He was in constant, excruciating pain and knew he had to do something other than eat Advil like it was candy to improve his condition. So… Read more »

Last year, while reading an article featured in Style at Home magazine about homeowner Devorah Lithwick and her husband Seth Mandell’s Toronto home, I came across an image of a light fixture that Devorah made for her son’s nursery, and fell in love. In case you don’t have your reading glasses on, it’s a bird cage with little birds in it. The article states that Devorah saw a similar fixture in a shop for $800, and decided to make her… Read more »

Hi everyone…. I’ve had a crazy busy week, so sorry for not posting anything even mildly interesting all week. I’ve been so busy with school, the kids, packing and spending our holiday weekend at my parent’s cottage, that I didn’t have a single moment to blog. So I thought I’d post a bit about my living room today. A few years back, I was really into Country Living magazine, and my home was full of antiques and shabby chic decor…. Read more »

Another checkmark on the never-ending list of decorating “to-dos”: The gallery wall in our room is complete. For now. Unless I find artwork that I like even more than these pieces, at which point I will toss these ones in the garage after a short and heart-felt, “It’s not you, it’s me” speech. First I laid the frames out on a big sheet of paper, traced them and marked where the nails need to go. Then I taped the template… Read more »