Pantry organization

One of the little luxuries in a cook’s life is space. My old kitchen had a severe lack of space. My new kitchen….a little more 🙂  One of the best spaces for storage in this house is this little pantry under the stairs. It’s close enough to use on a daily basis for the things that don’t fit in the kitchen and big enough to keep all the extras I couldn’t buy previously (i.e. Costco runs for paper towels).

Here is a picture of the pantry as a blank slate.

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We took some time to think about how to use the pantry to it’s maximum capacity. We thought about pull-out shelves but with a sloping ceiling this really limited the storage. Continue reading

Underwater Oasis

The kids love their room and I can honestly say I’m jealous. Who wouldn’t love to sleep in a “bunk-bed-sunken-ship” (as per my 7-year-old) with shark sheets and fish swimming around the walls to boot? They also love the bubble light which casts fun shadows and light rays in the night-time as well as the octopus rug.

Amber did an amazing job with decorating this room. I was very worried that it would be 20 shades of pink but I was pleasantly surprised by my girls picking a palette of blues (with help from Amber). The sharks really sold it for them. Not that there is anything wrong with pink but we just have so much pink in the toys and dolls and dresses…it’s nice to have a few different colours around 🙂

We got all of the bedding from Pottery Barn Kids except the name quilts which were specially made when they were born. IMG_7950 IMG_7948The decals are from Etsy and the rug was from Wayfair. The light is from Robinson Lighting and is worth the crazy dusting it needs. The reading nook/book cabinet is from Ikea and works so well to contain the hundreds of books the girls read constantly.

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Master Bedroom

I’m so happy with the way our master bedroom is turning out. The grey we picked for our accent wall is very pretty. It’s warm and inviting and not too overwhelming. Our furniture is very big and can overtake a room but I love it. We needed the rest of the room to be light and airy to balance it out. Our furniture is from Crate and Barrel and worked really well in our first bigger apartment that had a massive master bedroom but not so well in our last bedroom. Continue reading

Stairwell slats

IMG_7810_2It’s all tying together. This week Billy finished the wood slats measurements, drilled holes to dowel in the slats and cut angled rectangles into the staircase to safely house the slats. It took two days to organzie, but it looks amazing and is super safe. It ties in the midcentury modern feel but is also fresh and modern. Have I mentioned Amber can design like a genius and Billy can do anything? I’m glad glad they are on our team.

The stairwell slats are below and are looking mighty fine. They mirror the slats in the living room and complement the floor. They also form a little boundary between the stairs and the dining room but  are open enough that the eye can travel trough and flow from room to room. I quite like it. Now to pick a paint colour for the walls… 

  

AV Update

The home entertainment system was my husband’s pet project. I got excited about the kitchen, he got excited about his music. His biggest wish was to be able to stream his music from any room of the house from his iPhone.

Billy recommended an up and coming company, Teson Solutions, for the job. The company is headed by these two bright and energetic guys. They interviewed Brad to determine what kind of system and what kind of bells and whistles he needed. Then they sent him 3 quotes for different levels of needs. The bare minimum, the nice-to-have and the Cadillac. Continue reading

Ceiling warmth

One of the features in our condo re-design that I have been most wanting to see is the wooden art around the fireplace and ceiling.

The warm wood that matches our floors will come up the fireplace wall and across the ceiling. The hope is to make this room very warm and cozy while still retaining the height and openness. We also wanted a way to link the two foci of the room (the fireplace and the TV/credenza).

I think these long wooden slats really meet all of my requirements and exceeds my expectations. I can’t even tell you how tedious they were to install Continue reading

Play room Organization

One of the reasons we really liked the layout of this house is that there is a space on the second floor for the girls to play. This lets us put together a playroom that they can keep all their crafts and toys in. They can play with their toys whenever they want and I don’t need to worry about stepping on Legos or cleaning it up if a guest pops over unexpectedly. That being said, I didn’t want it to be a free-for-all explosion of toys.

Stuva storage from Ikea

Stuva storage from Ikea

Amber and I went to Ikea and looked at their wall system of shelving units. They had this cool one called Stuva. There were so many variations of what we could do. It’s also great that it can grow with the kids and turn into a wardrobe system or a desk. Very cool. I hymned and hawed and finally decided to do a tall set of drawers for paper and crafts and upper cabinets to put away the games and bigger toys.

IMG_7717Right now we decided to keep the wooden futon we own. We have a lot of visitors that come by and we like to have a bit of extra room for extra guests. But it does take up a lot of room and it might be better used for lower seating for the kids.

We still need to get a rug and a low circular table for the kids to do their crafts and play games on. For now the floor will do 🙂