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 ūüôā ¬†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.


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 ūüôā

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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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…¬†


Bathroom fixtures

We are having a bit of fun in the bathroom this week. We added the fixtures to the walls and started on the plumbing. The shower controls are on the side wall not under the shower head. This started because the pipes didn’t allow the control to be on the narrow shower head wall. However this was a happy set back as now with the open glass door, we can turn on the shower and not get wet. This is particularly good for when the girls do their swimming lessons and we can help them get in and out without getting wet ourselves. ¬†Win Win!

Next was getting the vanity ready. Amber sourced and found this great Mid century modern vanity at Design House. She used the same quartz as the kitchen for the waterfall effect and Ryan built out the cabinet to given enough room for plumbing and the sink. Overall a great effect.

Now on to the fun stuff. The light fixture and the mirror.

It’s getting bright in here

The lighting fixtures are in. Let’s take a look.

We have new LED lights in the loft area. Billy has gone all out and designed an amazing alcove for the lights to sit in. I can’t wait to see it in all of its glory.

LED alcove

LED alcove

We also got to see our new dining room light fixture. Espiritu Designs has done spectacular work. They have married pottery, wood work and electrical design to a new level. The wood will match our new walnut table and the red cords will complement the red in the kitchen. All the little things are really going to pop.

Espiritu Design Light fixture

Espiritu Design Light fixture

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

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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