Monday, September 26, 2011

An Unbelievable Kitchen

Stunning. Note the Jonathan Adler Anemone light and hands on the counter. This kitchen is not at all serious but totally Glambam!

This is what I'd wear in this kitchen:

Source: via Dane on Pinterest

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I apologize to Good Taste for I have offended it!

To paint or stain?

That was NOT the question I asked myself about updating our oak staircase. To paint the treads would be a job half done. I will put in the time to strip and sand the treads in order to stain them to match (as closely as is humanly possible) the Brazilian Teak which will go down on the floor.

Teaser photo:
Isn't this staircase absolutely gorgeous?!

Obviously not my staircase but probably the most beautiful I've even come across.


When we bought the house one of the selling features for me was the oak staircase. I am not a fan of carpeting. Everyone in our family has stock in Puffs with lotion because of dust; so, 'carpet begone', said I of the faded rose runner up the stairs.

Fast forward 3 years (omg?!) and the stairs are sans carpet but remain the same 'honey oak' as when we purchased them. I hang my head in shame. I should have done something about them at least 2 years ago. 

I apologize to 'good taste' for I have offended it!

So I now blog to you, dear readers, with wrinkled fingers (*nb* latex does NOT stand up to stripper). I promise to have the stairs stripped and sanded by the end of this week come Hell or high water! I've stripped and sanded 2 treads this afternoon to see how I fair. All is well other than needing new thicker gloves.

There are, wait I have to go count....
11 more stair treads to do which I feel confident I can get done in 2 days...spread out over this week...'cus, you know, life and shit.



p.s. If anyone has used paint and varnish strippers and can tell me of one that works better than Min tell! 

*Sept. 26, 2011* Update:

Stairs are moving forward! I've now begun prepping the risers, banisters and posts.

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Kitchen Trend I Can Totally Get In To

I've got the itch for a couple of tall wing chairs for my kitchen. Talk about comfy for that first coffee in the morning or tea in the evening.

Source: via Dane on Pinterest
Source: via Dane on Pinterest
Source: via Dane on Pinterest

I love the height of this chair I found on Kijiji but unfortunately they only have one and I need a pair...for my kitchen of course!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Bedroom Make Over

I've been absent for 3 months! Time really does fly when you are having fun. Hopefully you will forgive my absence, due to summer vacation. Yes, I do appreciate having such an extended time off in the summer. We were in South Carolina for the largest part of the summer. Waking up on the ocean is wonderful!

Alas, we are home, Steve's back to work and the kids are off to school tomorrow. Yippy on the school! The Boy is going in to French Immersion Grade 1 so he'll be in school 5 days/week now. Lot's of time for me to get working!

Remember my ensuite bathroom reno? Remember we gutted the bathroom, hallway and 2 walk-in closets? Well, I've got some photos and corresponding info to update you all with. That will be later in the week so please check back next weekend for the post.

We have made the life altering decision to move to a small horse farm. So long bedroom community! We are looking in the Port Hope area which is the prettiest town East of Toronto. It is artsy, stylish, has a vibrant gay community and is pet friendly on the beach all of which are important in the community we choose to raise the children in.

So I have been busy redesigning our kitchen for a mini reno, helping with the plastering and sanding of drywall, ordering NuHeat radiant flooring, picking up truckloads of tile and of course selecting colours to paint.

I'm excited about the colours I've selected for our Master Suite. For the walls: F&B Dimity and for the trim: Tanners Brown. Ceiling will likely be Archive or Joa's White. I've got more sanding to do in the ensuite and dressing room so I can't start painting for a while. As soon as I can, I'll have photos for you to get a peak!

Till then, enjoy some loveliness in Dimity as well as Tanners Brown!

Source: via Dane on Pinterest

Dimity on ceiling, Archive on trim and Hague Blue on walls.

Source: via Dane on Pinterest

Dimity on walls and ceiling.

Tanners brown

Tanners Brown although over exposed photography :/