Today I found out the third rule of home renovations. Expect the unexpected. We were allllll set to have the cottage floors refinished… but once the flooring guy took a closer look, it was a no go. Apparently when the hardwood floors were originally installed, they just kind of attached the wood to the concrete without any subfloor. So the floors were “springy.” Honestly, I […]
I could easily become the Heidi Montag of home renovating. Initially the only change we were making to the cottage was the kitchen. But the more you change…the more you want to change. You see what a difference a little nip and tuck can make and then you go a little nuts. Once the kitchen started to look all shiny and new…we moved on to the […]
Once again inspiration struck in the aisles of Target. $6 worth of jewels, fairy wings and a crown later… and Riley was transformed into a beautiful birthday princess…. The “Little Miss Birthday” t-shirt is Hannah’s from 3rd grade. Buying t-shirts for my dog is where I draw the line. Here’s a peek at Riley’s birthday photo from last year. Now if you’ll excuse me…someone is […]
So my pal Riley is turning 4 on Friday. I recently found an old memory card with some photos of the day we brought her home. We picked her out weeks before…and then went back to the farm to pick her up. We lived in Ontario at the time and if you live in or around the GTA…and you are in the market for the […]
Greetings from CHI-BERIA. Before my husband and I got married, we talked about where we would live if opportunities arose… 22 year old me who never had lived outside of Alabama said, “I’ll live anywhere. Except where it snows.” hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Funny how things turned out. Almost half of our twenty two years of marriage have been spent living in Utah, Colorado, Connecticut, Canada and now […]
I’ve been working on a design board for Hannah’s room once the renovation is done. She’s over the electric coral walls (thank goodness) and ready to start fresh. Hannah is a total bibliophile and has stacks of books piled everywhere in her room. When I asked what she would like done to her room during the reno, her only request was built-in bookshelves. Being a […]
As we are renovating our house and cottage, I am getting rid of 75% of our stuff that will no longer work in our spaces. I’m also simplifying and my style has changed a bit so I’ve got lots of accessories that need new homes. Also…my basement looks like Pottery Barn and HomeGoods had and all night rager and I’m left with the aftermath… Rather […]
There are so many selections during the renovation process that are fun with a capital F. At the ve-he-herrrrryyy bottom of the list for me is lighting. Hours and hours of my life lately have been wasted spent scouring websites for lighting. There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Hair pulling and asking myself “what kind of fresh hell is this?” I don’t […]
Well, the temperature has dropped and the hot beverage intake around here has increased. You know what that means… time to clear a little spot on the kitchen counter for a hot beverage station. You can see our past ones here, here and here. As usual, I kept it simple…using items I already had on hand. I dressed up the jars with red and […]
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