Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Canadian Design Bloggers Meetup

This past Saturday was the Canadian Design Bloggers Meetup, it was a great turn-out, very informative and a great time!


The event was at Brassaii Restaurant and Lounge which is a gorgeous restaurant in Toronto, they served us delicious food and wine while the event was on.


The gold sponsor for the night was House and Home magazine, the silver sponsors included Ikea, Cottonelle and Delta and the bronze sponsors included Glucktstein Home, Aya Kitchens and Baths and CIL Paint. A few other supporters included Rowenta, Green Light District, CB2 and Kravet.

The night held great conversation, food, prizes and a fabulous swag-bag full of great items from the sponsors.
I would like to say a big thanks to all the sponsors for all the support and the event planners Daniella and Vie for working so hard to plan and pull this event together.

I can't wait to see everyone again!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Capstone Pt. 3

OK so today I am finally going to show you the final parts of my capstone project (I know, I know your thinking its about time!).

Anyway... I left off with floor plans and some of my 3D renderings done in Google Sketch-up (here & here).

Now I am going to show you my material, finishes, furniture selections, hand renderings and presentation boards. The materials board had to cover all the surfaces in the house. I was required to only do one 3D rendering but I have two to show you. We also had to source out furnishings for 5 rooms... The kitchen/dinning room, living room, master bedroom and a three piece bathroom.

By the way this is a long post...Just thought I would give you a heads up!

Hand Rendering of floor plan

Materials and Finishes board- Interior

You can't see the labels on the materials so I numbered them for you so you can see where they belong.

  1. Flooring in mudroom, foyer and powder room
  2. Stone on Fireplace in living room/dinning room
  3. Baseboards
  4. Trim
  5. Countertop in ensuite 2 and main bath 
  6. Flooring in ensuite 2 and main bath
  7. Shower tile in ensuite 2 and main bath
  8. Hardwood flooring throughout house
  9. Paint throughout house
  10. Countertop in kitchen-  Perimeter
  11. Backsplash in kitchen
  12. Cabinets in the kitchen- Perimeter/ this is also the colour of all the mill-work in the house 
  13. Flooring and shower floor in ensuite one and tile around fireplace in master bedroom
  14. Wall tile in shower and backsplash around bathtub in ensuite one

Hand Rendering of Kitchen- Unfortunately I didn't get my hand rendering of the dining room back from the teacher so maybe someday when I have some time I will have to render it again.

Furniture selection for Kitchen/Dining room- The numbers on these selection boards correspond with the source of the item and all of the information about it. I was going to link it to this (just in case anyone wanted to know where to get something) but, I can't seem to find my source pages anymore.
They might be on my laptop which isn't working at the moment, so hopefully when its working again I can take a look to see if they are on it.

Hand Rendering for Living Room

Furniture Selection for Living room

Fabrics for Kitchen/Dining Room and Living room

Sorry the fabric and colours don't look
 very good in these pictures
  1. Layered window treatment in dining room
  2. Layered sheer window treatment in dining room
  3. Dining room chairs, living room chair fabric and throw pillows
  4. Ottoman fabric and throw pillows in living room
  5. Sofa Fabric in living room and bar chair fabric in kitchen
That is it for my hand rendering....So here is a closeup of the master ensuite and master bedroom floor plans and there furniture selection.

Floor Plan for Master Bedroom

Furniture Selection for the Master Bedroom

Fabrics for Master Bedroom

Sorry about the bad picture again.

  1. Layered sheer window treatment in bedroom
  2. Layered window treatment in bedroom
  3. Chaise lounger fabric
  4. Chair fabric and throw pillows
  5. Bench fabric and throw pillows
  6. Duvet blanket fabric on bed.

Floor Plan for Master Ensuite 

Furniture Selection for Master Ensuite 

Colour Scheme for the House- Benjamin Moore colours

Some of these colours look really pink and they are not...except Muskoka dusk
*The P# corresponds to the wall finish chart below.
  1. Nimbus Gray- 2131.50- P9/ Master bedroom/Mudroom
  2. Star Dust- 2108-40- P4/ Media room
  3. Silver Gray- 2131-50- P10/ Bedroom 3 (boys room)
  4. Abalone- 2108-60- P3/ Garage/ Office
  5. Silver Fox- 2108-50- P1/ Living room/kitchen/dining room/hallways
  6. Oxford White- CC-30- Trim/baseboards
  7. Misted Green- 2138-50- P6/ Ensuite 2 and main bath
  8. Lacey Pearl- 2018-70- P2/ Pantry and Master Ensuite
  9. Silver Merlin- 2139-50- P5/ Guest Bedroom/ Back wall in kitchen/dining room
  10. Muskoka Dusk- CC-6- P8/ Bedroom 2 (girls room)
  11. Camelot-CC-4- P7/ Bedroom 2 (girls room)
S1- Stone Selex- Snow white- Fireplace in living room
T1- The Home Depot- Micro Stone Blend tile- Ensuite 2 and main bath
T2- The Home Depot- Blue Grass Tile- Master ensuite

And there you have it the interior part of my capstone!

There is still an exterior part to the project but I think this post is long enough so I will show you the exterior another day (I won't wait a year to do it either). 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Canadian Design Bloggers Meetup

What a crappy day outside today! Last night it was raining then snow which left it icy out this morning....I was rushing to work and out the door I went, down my front stairs, to the side walk and what happens........
 I fall right on my ass! Yup, I slipped on the ice that was covered by snow and to make matters more embarrassing it was right in front of cars driving by, my neighbor and my husband. My husband and neighbor were laughing at me and said "watch yourself its slippery"......so embarrassing!

But in other news....Today is the Canadian Design Bloggers MeetupBritt and I will be joining a bunch of lovely people today in Toronto at Brassaii Restaurant and Lounge. I can't wait to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones today! Now hopefully the weather co-operates.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Kitchen Sneak Peek

This past weekend I was working hard on getting the kitchen cabinets done, but I don't quite have them done yet....I am very close though.

Here is what went on over the weekend... Some painting

I used a product called Cabinet coat, it is a urethane re-enforced product, so it leaves the cabinets with a hard satin finish and it is easy to work with. This is the same paint I painted the inside of the cabinets with and it has held up great! (post here)

After all the painting was done we started to drill the holes for the screws to fasten the hinges on. This was an easy job, especially since my dad let us borrow all the proper tools to get it done. I choose to use the European style hinge so they would sit on the inside of the door so you can't see them. I also like these ones because the door closes easily.

Here is all the doors with the hinges attached. 

On Sunday afternoon my dad was over to install the doors. We ran into a few problems installing them because the cabinets are warped from being so old that the doors ended up sitting crooked....But dad adjusted the hinges so the door sit straight...Hooray, what would I do with out him!

Putting cabinet doors on was a lot harder than I thought it would be, especially since Chris isn't that handy and I can't do a lot of that stuff myself. I am so glad my dad can help out and knows what he is doing!

This is all I am going to show you of the kitchen for now....consider it a sneak peek! I still have to do some painting touch-ups and put on some knobs, once I finish up I will do a final reveal.... You will just have to be patient.  

My kitchen to do list.
  • Install new flooring
  • Buy and install baseboards
  • Sand cabinets
  • Paint cabinets and new doors
  • Install new doors with new hinges and knobs
  • Buy fridge and stove 
  • I have decided to add one more to the list and that is to re-paint the walls. I am going to use the same colour otherwise I would have to paint the hallway and up the stairs, so it should be a quick one coat touch-up.

P.S. Sorry about the crappy pictures most of them were taken at night and I don't have good lighting in the kitchen.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Today is my anniversary.....It has been one year since I started blogging! Yup, a whole year already...Time sure does fly.

A lot has happened in the past year and I got to share it all with you guys! I haven't posted as much as I would like every week, trying to find the right time between all the daily activities, school, work and family is pretty hard. I really enjoy blogging and I hope that I can start to post more often.

So for this anniversary edition I thought I would share my top 10 posts of this past year.....

1. My wedding (here & here). I got to marry my best friend, the love of my life and father of my son this past year on March 26, 2011.

2. My Honeymoon in Jamaica. The only trip hubby and I have ever taken outside of Canada and the best vacation I have ever had in my life! 

3. Graduating from Interior Decorating at Conestoga College. I final finished school last year and if feels great! I love design and decorating and I am glad I got to go to school for something I love. 

4. Starting our first renovation on our house (here & here). It took a long time to complete and C did flood the basement while doing it but, we completed our first Reno. 

5.Getting a puppy! It was a long time coming, but we finally got our Dakota. Who is doing great! We are defiantly learning how hard it is to have a puppy and a three year old....If one is listening then the other one is not, it's like having two, three year olds!

6. Getting a real design project. With the help of Britt I got to do some renderings for a local builder who builds apartments for student housing. It was a great opportunity that taught me a lot and gave me some experience outside of school. 

7. Getting Inked! My sisters and I finally went and got our tattoos that represent each other.

8. Finishing J's room. It was a very stressful situation and I hope I never have to go through that again but, I am so very glad J's leaky roof has been fixed and he is back in his room. 

9. All of the little DIY projects and face lifts that I completed. Nightstand 1, Nightstand 2, Main bath updatekitchen floor and DIY staining.

10. This is my # 10 only because after going through my old blog posts I came across it and realized I never finished it....(I know I'm a bad blogger). It is my capstone project from school...I guess I put off doing it for so long that I just forgot about it. So I will have the final post for it next week, meanwhile here are the previous posts. (1 & 2)

I have to thank all the people who have been reading and commenting on my blog, you make it all worthwhile. I can't wait to see what the next year of blogging brings!

DIY Staining

Sorry I didn't post the projects I have been working on the other day like I said I would. I forgot some of my stuff at work and I couldn't take pictures of it to show you.

This is what I have been up too.....Staining some odds and ends around my house that were in-need of a face lift.

First is J's stool that he uses in that bathroom (it also turns into a chair). It's a pretty cute little stool and it has been in the family for awhile, my brother used it when he was little.

This is a little serving tray that I picked up for a whole $1.49 at Value Village on my last visit. It has just been sitting in my room holding random stuff so I thought it could use a face lift. Now I can use it in the kitchen for serving food when I have company over.

After. Sorry the picture isn't that good.
The last thing I stained was my mail holder...

Before: Sorry I forgot to take a before picture so this is the back were I hadn't
 stained yet...You get the idea of what colour it was, I didn't really like it that much.

I used the left over stain Britt had from staining her dresser. This stain is nice because all you have to do is give the piece a light sanding then put on as many coats as you like (I did 3 coats). The more coats you put on the glossier it gets because it is a three in one product that seals, stains and varnishes.

These projects cost me $0....I like projects like that!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Guest Post & Steakhouse Chili Pot

This past weekend was a busy one....I was helping Britt at The London Food and Wine Show and the rest of the week has been none stop go, go, go!

I am making progress on the kitchen cabinets, I am hoping that they will be done this weekend (depending on my dad's schedule). I also have a few other little quick projects on the go that I will show you tomorrow.

Meanwhile here is another guest post from Nikki.....She is making a delicious steakhouse chili pot.

1 tablespoon        Extra virgin olive oil
4                         Slices lean, bacon, finely chopped
2                         Pounds ground beef
1                         Large onion, finely chopped
3-4                      Cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 tablespoons      Chili powder,
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup               Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup               Dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons      Hot sauce
1                         Can tomato sauce
2 cups                 Beef stock
Sour cream, for topping
1/2 cup                Flat leaf parsley, for topping


In a large chili pot, heat the olive oil, over medium-high to high heat. Add the bacon and cook until the fat renders, about 2 minutes. 

Add the beef and cook, stirring, until browned, 8-10 minutes.
Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and chili powder, a little salt and lots of pepper.

In a bowl, stir together the Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, hot sauce and tomato sauce. Stir into the chili.
Stir in the beef stock and bring to boil, then lower the heat and cook until thickened, 6-7 minutes.

Serve in a shallow bowl with lots of sour cream and parsley. 

Recipe Source: Rachael Ray Look +Cook book

Thanks for reading guys and I look forward to posting again!

Thank you Nikki for another delicious recipe! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Guest Post & Pickle Spears

Today I have a guest post for you, my younger sister Nikki is here again to share with you another delicious recipe she has made (here is her first guest post).

Pickle Spears

4-5 large pickles
1 Egg
1/2 cup flour
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Garlic Aoili :
1/4 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 clove glaric, minced
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp parsley

Preheat oven to 375°C

Slice pickles into quarters.

Put flour and bread crumbs in two separate small bowls.
Beat egg in another small bowl; set aside.
Coat pickle spears in flour mixture, shaking off excess flour.

Dip pickle in egg; 

Roll in bread crumbs. 

Repeat with remaining pickles. 
Place spears on a baking sheet and cook until golden brown.

Thanks for reading guys and I look forward to posting again!

Thank you Nikki for the delicious recipe! It looks very simple to make!
It would be a great appetizer for a party, don't you think?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I Would Like to Introduce You to.....

A new member has joined our family.... A nine week old little (well not so little) German Shepherd puppy!

We (and when I say we I mean, me) have been trying to decide if we should get one or not. We have always wanted a dog and we almost got one 4 years ago but we found out I was pregnant so we decided to wait. Now we have decided that it was a good time to get one since J is old enough to help but still young enough that the dog will get use to little ones.

I would like to introduce you to......Dakota

J absolutely loves her! We just got her this morning and she is adjusting nicely with time. J and her are already good pals and they love playing together.