The demolition has begun. Here are a few photos from what is left of his kitchen:
While Jeff works on his ‘dream’ kitchen, my mother is planning a kitchen refresh. Her traditional-style kitchen was last renovated in the 80s and is in need of a new countertop, backsplash and a fresh coat of paint. After a morning of tile shopping, a neutral travertine backsplash and matching quartz countertop have been chosen to update the look of the kitchen.
The pink beige walls will be replaced with CIL neutral Sandringham. If all goes according to plan, the kitchen refresh should take 3-5 days.
Have your home renovation projects been on time or have the projects gone over schedule?
The fireplace mantel in my living room was feeling a little bland. It was in need of a refresh. So, I now had a project for Saturday afternoon. I hit Moss on the Danforth in search of accent pieces.
I found these two stainless steel lanterns. They’re modern looking, but evoke the feeling you get during of a seaside vacation. Just what I was looking for. I added two white candles to finish the look.
I headed home. No need to spend any more money. I have a kitchen shelf full of vases. I pull out three similar glass vases. These will do just fine. Now, I’m on a mission for seashells and rocks to keep with the modern coastal design. I know I have both from a trip down south years ago.
I fill the vases and add them to the mantel. I stumble across more filler in the dining room credenza. (You just never know where you’ll find filler.) I head back to the kitchen where I keep my tea lights and candle holders. I grab two of each.
I add each of the items to the mantel, but something is still missing. I make my way up to my home office. A quick scan of the room and I spot a small, silver clock and a white, dove figurine. They’re the finishing touches I was looking for. I think I’m all set.
After rearranging the items a few times, I step back and exam the display. I call up my husband from the basement, where he was watching TV, to give me his opinion. And there you have it. I spent very little money and two hours on a Saturday afternoon to change the look of my fireplace mantel.
What do you think? Any other quick and inexpensive home projects you can do in one afternoon?
If possible, try to incorporate storage into the design of your bathroom. Add built-in shelves to your shower to hold your soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream and razor. Check out Leslie Rocha’s clever use of an “L” shaped, shower shelf (photographed below) in her recently renovated bathroom.
Install floating shelves above the toilet for additional storage or to display decorative items. Use a tray to keep similar and small items together or display items in clear containers such as soaps, brushes or swabs.
Consider a mirrored medicine cabinet for make-up and other toiletries. IKEA has many different styles to choose from.
A vanity is a great way to hide cleaning supplies. Stack bins on the shelves or hang organizers on the cabinet doors to keep items neat and tidy. Check out the latest trends on bathroom vanities from Interior Designer Jane Lockhart.
Place pretty baskets or binson the floor or on shelves to store extra rolls of toilet paper or clean towels.
For additional storage, add a stylish shelf above the bathroom door to help keep loose items out of sight.
There never seems to be enough space in my bathroom? How do you de-clutter your bathroom?
Leslie Rocha and her husband are renovating their 1,500 square foot, semi-detached home north of Danforth Avenue. The couple’s first project was a one-month bathroom remodel.
“We started from scratch. It was a full gut job. The renovation included new plumbing, reconfiguring the layout, expanding the footprint and installing a new window,” said Leslie.
The house was built-in the 1920s and with older homes it has its share of challenges.
“The first challenge was the plumbing. We had to relocate pipes in the bathroom to make it work. Then the stack was in the way so, we had to design around it and decided to cover it. We also removed the low ceiling in the shower to allow for more natural light and to open up the space. The flow of the bathroom was cramped, so we decided to extend it by a foot into the third bedroom,” added Leslie.
After living in a construction zone for over a month, dealing with contractors and a messy house, the couple ended up with their “dream” bathroom.
The renovation was a learning experience for the newlyweds. In the months to come they will start to redesign the main floor of their home, but before they do they have these bathroom renovating tips to share:
1. Plan it out thoroughly. “We spent three months researching and planning out every single detail. We left extra money in the budget, so that we would have some wiggle room in case of unexpected surprises especially with such an old house.”
2. Pay attention to the small details. “Think about where you want to place the vents and outlets. Our contractor put an outlet above the sink and on the same wall as the mirror. Looking back now, it should have been placed on the opposite wall.”
3. Look at your lifestyle and your needs. “I love the bathtub, but in the future it may be difficult to bathe our kids once we start a family.”
4. Make it as functional as possible. “You want to have enough room to store your everyday essentials.” For more tips, consider these suggestions from the Style at Home experts.
Tell me are you thinking about updating the look of your bathroom? What’s the one must-have item?
Like many other little boys growing up in the 70s, my husband loved playing with his cherished Hot Wheels and Matchbox toy cars. His nana would surprise him with one car (sometimes more) on special occasions. Whether it was on his birthday, Christmas Day or a day he lost a tooth, he fondly remembers each event marked with a toy car.
Those toy cars turned into a collection. Not just any collection. Hundreds of toy cars from England filling four blue carrying cases dating back over the span of 40 years.
For years, those cars sat in the carrying cases, collecting dust. From time to time, he would break out the collection for his nephews to play with.
Today, his five favourites now sit in shadow boxes in our home office.
Here’s what you need to display your collection:
Five shadow boxes
Thin metal wire
Five printed maps
Cut maps and cardboard to fit into the shadow boxes.
Use the scissors to punch four small holes in the centre of each map and cardboard. Place toy car in the centre of the map and wrap metal wire around the car to hold in place.
Place map with car in shadow box. Repeat for each frame.
Choose a display location, hammer the v-nails into the wall equal distance apart and hang each frame. Voila! Your toy car collection is now on display.
Check out Real Simplefor interesting and unique ways to display seashells, sock monkey dolls, salt and pepper shakers and other collectibles.
Let me know how you’ve displayed your collections? I’m always looking for creative and stylish ways to show off my treasures.
Divide up your books and stack them on different shelves either horizontally or vertically. Use unique bookends to add visual interest to the shelves. Take a look at how Style at HomeDesign Editor Christine Hanlon put a simple twist on this concept and covered books in natural paper.
Add picture frames to the shelves. Choose different shapes and sizes. I like to use black or silver picture frames with a white matt board in a grouping.
Place baskets,boxesor tins scattered on shelves and store items, such as photos or other odds and ends. Stick to a similar style such as these simple, white storage boxes from IKEA to help unify the space.
Pick your favourite collectibles and display a few on each shelf. Don’t have any collectibles? Use vases, jars and figurines. Check out Bouclair for a mix of reasonably priced decorative accents.
Lastly, use a tray to group items together and help keep your shelves looking neat and tidy.
Easter is two months away, but you would think it was just around the corner by the home décor displays at Winners.
While most of us are likely wishing winter was behind us, the first day of spring is still 40 days away. In the meantime, why not brighten up your home and escape the February blahs with whimsical bunny rabbits, charming Easter baskets and pink or blue dishes.
Not ready to commit to Easter décor, yet? Try bringing spring indoors with pale-coloured flowers, porcelain doves, milky white figurines or decorative bird cages.
Have you had enough of winter? Are you ready to hang up your winter coat and trade in your boots for sandals?