Living room storage

Ryan and the boys have finished the built-in shelving in the living room. It is beautiful yet functional. It’s not exactly what I first wanted but I’m glad West Elm wouldn’t deliver the storage cabinets that I had picked out (only available in the states and backordered). These built-ins are very functional but still give lots of room for art and tall flowers and pottery. I am very excited to start shopping with Amber.

The only thing that still needs to happen in this room is to paint the slats between the finished wood and add ambient lighting. I’m hoping to get a behind-the-sofa table to put one lamp on and then likely we will need wall lamps in each corner over the shelving.

Little things that will make a huge difference to the warmth and coziness of the room.

Does a reno every really finish?

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

Wine Bar

Ryan is working hard on getting us the perfect wine bar and liquor cabinet. Amber has designed a great setup and Ryan is upping the ante with custom features. I’m excited to see if ties in with the kitchen but still matches the decor planned for the living room.

I still need to find the perfect dual zone white and red 48 bottle wine fridge. I have a few leads but they won’t be ready until mid June.  I guess I’ll have to use the old standard fridge for a little while yet 🙂

Fireplace Update

The crew has started on the living room millwork.  This is something I am dying to see the end result of.  We are not finished yet, but the foundations have been laid. I have great visions, but in reality I am just trusting Amber on this one. Her design is amazing and the wood work by Ryan has been beautiful so far. I think this combination is going to be stunning.

One of the things slowing us down in this room is the wood itself. We have been talking about the colour of the wood strips that will be on the fireplace and across the ceiling as well as the shelves that will bank either side for a while. I tend to want more dark woods in the house, but that really makes the room seem smaller. Especially with the amount of light getting into this side of the house. This room needs all the lightness it can get. We need the white walls here as well as Continue reading

Open Sesame

One of the add-ons that we did was to open the doorway between the kitchen and dining room.

Originally I had wanted to keep the french door that separated these rooms.  I felt that it would make the living room with the fireplace more cozy and warm. But the french door did not go with the look of the rest of the house. Everything is a bit more modern with Continue reading

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.