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?

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

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.

The Ceiling

Things are looking up. Literally.

Billy and his crew have been working hard at the things that can be done while we are waiting for the final authorization from our strata to start the plumbing. This includes some electrical and drywall and my favourite – getting rid of the popcorn stucco ceiling!

It was everywhere, including the loft. I wasn’t sure how they would get to that area to flatten it out and paint it etc, but Billy assured me it would be fine. Here are pictures of how he did it. Brilliant and safe!

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He also did the “easier” ceilings like the bedrooms, the dining room, the kitchen etc.

Here are the after shots:

Billy is also reframing the ceiling in the kitchen and the stairwell so we can have better lighting in these areas. I just went shopping with Amber to look for our other light fixtures. I’ll post those pics very soon. Stay tuned!


We need a statement piece for our dining room. We wanted something old school yet modern. Industrial but pretty. Leave it to Amber to find the perfect piece.

She was visiting a store for another client when she saw this light fixture being featured from a local artist – Espiritu Design Studio. She immediately put it in her wheelhouse to show us. She spoke to the artists and they are able to customize everything. Colour, size, wire, wood. This is going to be awesome!

Guess what colour I chose? Brad didn’t even get a vote on this one 🙂

First prototype of lighting fixture

First prototype of lighting fixture

I can’t wait to see it in person.

Now we just need to find an equally cool light fixture for the new stairwell. The rest of the house will have pot lights and table lamps. So that stuff will come from Billy and our current lights and a little more fun shopping with Amber!