How Do You Prevent Hiccups?

You can’t…

The tiles have been set and look stunning. The porcelain has a beautiful pattern within the colour, reminiscent of a marble stone. We are very happy with the results. It really provides this old home with a fresh new look… the right hint of modern without  disturbing the charm of the home.

We found the perfect colour tone for the grout…it creates a unified look throughout.

Still anticipating the arrival of the cabinets. They were supposed to be delivered the same week as when were laying the floor.

There was no sign of their arrival.

Sunday

We head over to Home Depot to see if they have any idea of when the ETA of the cabinets could be. The kitchen associate advises that they are to arrive on April 9th…a week from now.

It didn’t make sense for Bonnie and Bill to stay in Toronto for a full week, so they decided to head back to Ottawa on Tuesday. Chris and I also decided to head back to Ottawa for the Easter Long Weekend, since we haven’t seen our families in months.

That said, I had a sinking suspicion that the cabinets would arrive as soon as Bonnie and Bill head out the door and hit the open road.

Monday

To remove any nagging suspicions, I call Home Depot to speak to the kitchen associate again. The associate advises that the cabinets are currently in transit, but not in Canada.  He assures me that the shipping company will call 48 prior to arrival to set a delivery date. I ask for a tracking number, which apparently they can’t provide. He advises that he will contact me the next day to provide an update.

Good thing is that our appliances arrived and they are fabulous. I sold my old appliances in minutes on craigslist. In a half hour the stove was already picked up and the same buyer purchased the fridge on the spot.

Tuesday

We wish Bonnie and Bill a safe trip back to Ottawa as Chris and I leave for work.

I recieve a call from the shipping company at 2pm that afternoon advising that the cabinets are in and ready to be dropped off at any time.

Seriously??

I had visions of Bonnie and Bill in their car, getting off the Queensway in Ottawa. Immediately, I call Chris to tell him the cabinets are here…he’s in a meeting so I reach out to Bonnie. No answer. What are the chances that they are still in Toronto? Try again, this time Bonnie answers…and they are just leaving Costco.

In Toronto.

We totally dodged a bullet.

Funny thing to mention…I receive an email from the associate from Home Depot at 5pm Tuesday advising that he still hasn’t heard back regarding the shipment and will reach out to me on Wednesday should he hear anything.

Wednesday

Cabinets Arrive! Finally, the boys can start the installation.

Dog not included

 


A Blessing in Disguise?

Once the tedious task of ripping out the existing tiles and subfloors was complete…it was time for the boys to lay out the new subfloor and place the radiant electric floor heating system.

The electrician had to come in to switch up and add outlets, as we are reversing the placement of the stove …placing it on an exterior wall so we can have proper ventilation! No more lingering smells of lobster when we cook.

We began to pull out the gorgeous honed Italian porcelain that we bought (which took a month of researching several tile shops)

The tile had some issues…namely irregular flaws. It would have been ok if it was a darker tile, but they are off white and you can see everything! Needless to say, this placed everything on hold as there was no way we could use the tiles. We were now set back another day.

What now?  We searched EVERYWHERE for this tile…and now we were back to square one and had to make a decision fast. The luxury of time was not on our side.

Usually, at this point I would be slightly concerned. The store we bought the tile had such great selection and fantastic customer service that I didn’t panic…well not as much as I would have normally.

My main concern was finding another tile with a similar color tone and size that was in stock and we could pick up in a matter of hours.

Let’s say that this was a blessing in disguise, because we found a similar tile with a high gloss finish that actually works much better than the original one we bought.

Let the mortar hit the floor!


 


Demolition 101

My fiancée’s mom and her boyfriend have arrived to start working on the kitchen…we’re super stoked and ready to start the demo!

They (along with my fiancée) started by removing the existing tiles and once the tile was up…then realized the the sub flooring was meticulously glued and nailed to the floor.  This of course , made the project of removing the existing floors a bit of a pain. I also tried to help with ripping out the glued sub floor…every little bit helps. It was an immense project for the boys!

There were so many screws to remove as well….I have to say the owners that placed the floors did an amazing job. So good in fact, that it was almost impossible to remove the thousands of screws! Add the fact that most of them were layered in cement. Painful!

Soaking it all in… it really seems overwhelming.

Next the boys are trying to figure out where to place the radiant floor heating and what should be used to replace the water heater. We need to remove the existing radiator as it needs to make room for the new cabinets.

I took a look online for unique water radiators…and the ones I found, well I’m sure they are going to cost a fortune. Here’s a few that I love below. I’m pretty sure that these aren’t readily stocked in most places.  And the adventure continues…

Here’s a few photos of the kitchen when we were prepping it for demo…so glad to have gotten rid of the nasty beige walls.


Let the kitchen reno’s begin!

We had been waiting for this day to arrive…the start of the kitchen renovation!

It’s been 3 months since we took the leap into committing to the kitchen renovation. The kitchen that was in place when we bought the home had major flaws…the previous owners installed newish cabinets from Ikea, but it didn’t solve the problem of preparation space.

The layout is somewhat of a galley kitchen, but because of the numerous doors to separate areas ( 5 in total – one for the study, one for the dining room, one for the hallway, one leads to the basement and the last one to the mud room in the back) it is a really tricky configuration to work with.

 

We had originally contemplated tearing down the wall that connects the study to the kitchen where the stove and fridge are located. Once we figured it was a structural wall, it didn’t seem as appealing. Also, there is a window in the study that faces west that is so close to the structural wall, it wouldn’t really be beneficial for or provide more space for the kitchen cabinets. Also, it would cost a fortune for so little gain.

What next then?

Keep the kitchen configuration as is but remove everything from appliances to cabinets to floor. Let the fun part begin…researching images of existing kitchens that could provide inspiration for the new design.

I love modern Italian kitchens, but I felt it wouldn’t necessarily work with the bones of the home. We wanted to keep the orginal gumwood intact around the doors and windows…and I felt that the 2 styles would be competing for attention. I didn’t want a schizophrenic kitchen.

Some of the photos I was drawn to were slightly modern, slightly French, very eclectic with a big personality.

Of course…our layout is not even close to these kitchens, but this is where we could start pulling the fundamentals of our design.

Looks like it’s going to be a white kitchen…We can’t wait to start ripping EVERYTHING out!

Something tells me it will be pretty easy to remove the existing cabinets.


Interior Design Project 1

After working in fashion for 11 years, I turned my eye to another interest…interior design.

I recently purchased a 2 storey foursquare style home with an arts and crafts interior with my fiancee. We loved it at first sight…we did have to look past the state it was in as it desperately needed a face-lift. I’m a big fan of Frank Llyod Wright , and was excited at the opportunity to revamp a home with the original gum wood interior intact. We were up for the challenge.

Before we started any decorative infusion we needed to remove the knob and tube and the old windows that were in place since the 30′s. We really wanted to honour the bones and character of the home so we decided to keep the windows similar to the design they were originally.

This is what our hallway looked like while we were removing the knob and tube. I love the staircase as it reminds me of a church pew.

The home has 4 bedrooms. 3 are dedicated to beds and one is currently being used as a small studio.

This is what I have recently done with one of the bedrooms. I wanted to portray a whimsical feeling for this room. What I love most is the etched marble artwork of a winged mermaid. I tried to compliment the artwork and work around that theme.

BEFORE

AFTER

This is a bedroom I created for mainly female guests. I am still working on what paintings I will need to hang in this room to liven it up. The bedframe is French late 18th century. This room has more of a Provence inspiration to it.

This is an image of the study that is currently next to the kitchen on the main level. I found this 18th century étagère and thought it would be the perfect piece for the room.

I’m currently working on the remaining rooms in the house. Mainly the kitchen at the moment as it will be the larger project to complete.

I’ll post additional photos of the home once some reno’s have been done.

Ciao!