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 🙂

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 🙂

And we have appliances!

We are one step closer to having a functional kitchen!  The appliances are here. Now to get them working 🙂 I think the one below is going to change my life, and the life of my house guests – who wants to come over?

Our coffee machine!

Our coffee machine!

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Kitchen update

Our countdown is on….2 weeks left.

I’ve been assured this is when the magic happens.  Everyone works together to get all the big and little things done. And I believe it.  We have come a far way and while there is still a lot left to the untrained eye, it is getting there. This week we saw the cabinets start to take shape and got our first view of the blue cabinet covers. The boxes are in place and the plumbing is ready. The floor is down and the appliances are here. Now to put the cabinet doors in, the backsplash on, the countertop cut and installed, the workplace desk and shelves installed…really not much. OMG, maybe it won’t be ready.  Billy? Continue reading

The new playroom

What would the ideal playroom look like? We wanted a place where the kids could really be themselves. They love dolls, legos, crafts and make-believe.

Upstairs Play room

Upstairs Play room

That’s a tall order for one space. Although I love a good fireplace, there just isn’t a good or safe reason to keep one in the kids play area. Maybe once they are older, we will replace it. For now, we are planning on removing all of the shelves and making the space customized for a 7 and 2-year-old girl.


Right now the girls have great imaginations. They love playing house/store and creating tonnes of doll adventures together. They have a wooden kitchen and Barbie dream house which take up a lot of room and that will be great to get out-of-the-way a bit. Here’s what the space looks like without the shelves, the middle wall and fireplace.

There was still a mild gap between the two walls, so we decided to smooth it out and make it ready to house those taller play items. Here is the wall plastered and sanded and then painted.


Playroom painted

Playroom painted

There is still a little to do in this area, but currently we are trying to decide on a storage system for the kids’ chaos of toys/crafts. This is the one we are thinking about. It’s from Ikea. We would use a combo of tall and short cabinets surrounding the dollhouse and kitchen.

We are also looking into these bookcases from the Land of Nod. They have the midcentury feel we are going for, but are still kid friendly and not vintage expensive.

We have lots of choices to weed through, but I am excited about the possibilities and to see what Amber comes up with for our final plan.

Cabinets galore

This is a big day. The cabinets that Ryan has been working on are here. Well at least the boxes of the cabinets are here. Now to properly arrange them and attach them to the walls and put their faces on. 🙂

But in the meantime, it does give  a good idea of what the space is going to look like. It also shows the new drywall in the kitchen that has been sanded and painted. The recessed light ceiling is complete. The lights are working. It’s starting to look like a kitchen again!

Here are the samples of the cabinet doors that we are getting.

We are very excited about the colour and the quality of the product. I can’t wait to see it all together. But I know I’m getting ahead of myself. Patience young grasshopper!


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