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 🙂

Staircase Reveal

We decided to leave the main piece of glass and the wood slats off until we get our heavy bedroom furniture moved up the stairs. The last thing I want to do is to break a newly finished slat and have to go back to the wood shop and finisher. That will really set us back time wise. So instead we will just need to be a little careful with the kids for a day or two until the final touches are placed. I think it’s a good compromise.

In the meantime, here are the pictures of the hardwood on the stairs. We decided to pick out the walnut in our multicoloured wood for the nosings and I think it looks great!

After the wood was placed, the upper loft area and upper landing got it’s glass wall.

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This lets in so much more light and brightens this area as well as the dining room downstairs. I can’t wait to see it with the final aluminum touches and the glass in the middle.

Upper Loft area

Upper Loft area

Then the last step will be to put the ash wood slats on the bottom of the stairs. Not too much longer now. 😉

Hardwood floors!

This is a most exciting day!

We finally see the floors we have been waiting for. I was both very excited and very scared to see what they would look like.  Would I still like the variation in the wood and the colour? Would the pattern fit what was in my mind? Would it look too new? Too old? Too shiny? Too dull? Would I want more dark colours or more light colours? Will it look good with the rest of the wood furniture? I just went on and on in my head about what I was going to do if I didn’t like it that I couldn’t enjoy the anticipation. I just had to see it.

Luckily, most of the questions did not even surface once I finally got a look at the wood itself.

It is spectacular.  I love it!

The flooring guys have done an amazing job. I’m sure they were cursing me as they laid the multiple pieces of wood to try to keep a random pattern going but all the while making sure it did not look like a pattern. The walnut nosings are perfect. It is just the right amount of dark and light colours. It is also just the right amount of shine. We have gotten very lucky.

While I know this wood is a bit unique and not exactly what all the magazines say is “hot” right now (and which I believe, seeing as we couldn’t find it anywhere), I LOVE IT! It is exactly what we wanted and looks better down than I could have hoped. Now to just make sure it stays as pretty as it looks right now, once we move in:)

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The Kids’ Room – Under the Sea

This room is going to be wonderful. The girls love it already. Amber really hit the nail on the head with them. All they told her was that they wanted an underwater theme and she went wild.  It’s awesome.

Here is the bunk beds the girls picked out from Berg:

Berg Bunk Bed in chestnut

Berg Bunk Bed in chestnut

They are totally cool and have so much space for storage and for homework or crafts. The girls love the stairs (they pull out into storage drawers!) and it is safer for the little one to visit her bigger sister 🙂

They come in a bunch of finishes and with different nob colours.  We have decided on natural with purple nobs to help the sea theme.

Then Amber took this as a starting point and came up with this idea. It is fantastic. Here is the idea board she designed.

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It’s feminine but not over-the-top girlie. It’s exactly what they wanted to feel like they are sleeping underwater. It all ties together. What else can I say. I’m blown away!

The sheets are from Pottery Barn. They are called Preppy Shark. Isn’t that cute in itself?

Preppy Shark Then when you add in the octopus pillow and the turquoise duvet cover, it just all pops.

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The rug is a real show stopper. They will literally be sleeping with the fishes and sea creatures.

Octopus Rug

The light fixture I showed you before, but even after not seeing it for a month my two-year-old looked at it and said it was her light and how much she loved it.  I have to say, I’m a little jealous!

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Then there will be the reading nook. This will give lots of storage for the many, many books they have as well as a few toys. Plus they can read together there or do make-believe. So many options.

The wall colour is yet to be decided, but it will be a shade of turquoise to simulate the sea. The wall paintings are actually decals that can be ordered in a tonne of colours and configurations. That will be fun to design as well. (Courtesy of Etsy).

Wall decals

For the girl’s crafts, I am thinking of getting this Ikea rolly cart. It has the right colour scheme and structure and can fit in small spaces but is functional. Hopefully they will like their room and play area so much that they won’t drag their toys into the other parts of the house too often 🙂

RÅSKOG Utility cart IKEA

Well that’s the design for now.  I still need to think about stuffy storage. Likely a big bin, but most of them may head out to the playroom. That might be a last-minute decision once we are in the space. Not long now!

Shower addition

We are getting over closer to having our downstairs bathroom finished. The framing and plumbing is complete. The drywall is done, now for the sealing and painting, the concrete base, the fixture placement, you know little stuff.

But in the meantime, here are the updated shower pictures.

The tiling is going to be next up. Here is a copy of the updated tiling grid that we were planning on putting on the floor.

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The bathroom floor tiles finally arrived this week from Italy but when the guys unpacked it, they noticed that the tiles were all off size by varying of portions of cm.

Handcut tiles

Hand cut tiles

This is really screwing with our grid formula for the floor. Now we have to either have variation in the grout lines or stagger the tiles instead of making a grid. Something like this:

Staggered tiles

Staggered tiles

It’s still very pretty, just not as geometric. Hmm decisions.

I think we will end up with the staggering, but I’m still brainstorming with the team. Any suggestions out there?

Let’s Check in…

I was feeling a bit nostalgic today with all the big changes I saw at the condo this week. I went back to my original post and looked at my “must have” list. Wow, things have changed. Let’s take a look.

Our Must Haves:

  1. Open concept kitchen with an island √
  2. Replace the hardwood floors throughout √
  3. Expand to two full bathrooms √
  4. Have a great play area for the kids
  5. Update the design to suit us  √

We are slowly but surely ticking things off our list. We haven’t decided completely about the kids play area yet, but we are looking into a few storage options. Stay tuned for a post about their bedroom and playroom. The girls are very excited about it.

But what else has spiralled out of adding a bathroom and tearing out the kitchen?

Our new additions:

  1. Open the stairwell to let in light
  2. Change the glass to a floating glass system throughout the stairwell
  3. Change the glass on the loft balcony to match the stairwell
  4. Add new lighting throughout the house/add recessed lighting ceilings
  5. Add heated floors
  6. Add a workstation for homework and crafts and adult work at home days
  7. Add organizational systems to the closets downstairs
  8. Open up/widen the doorway between the kitchen and living room
  9. Add AV and electrical to make it a “smart home” since the walls are already open
  10. Paint everything!

I always heard that a reno is more like a living organism than a static project but now that I reflect on it, it is really clear.