Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
First off the new house does not have a front hall closet. It has a nice front hall but the previous owners used a wardrobe that her dad had made for them. It was GORGEOUS... alas they are taking it with them. So we need a solution for coats/boots etc. Instantly Ryan and I both got excited because we had seen the perfect solution 2 summers ago made from an old door. Hence this post way back when about storage benches.
We want to make something similar to these below. I definitely want storage cupboards at the bottom for shoes and I would also like to build a shelf at the top (above the coats) for hats and mittens.
We are very excited for another project!!!!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Here is a list of things that do not work for us in this house:
#1 - Office in the spare bedroom off the living room. I love our french doors to our spare bedroom. BUT when Norah is playing in the living room and Ryan is trying to work in the office it just does not work!!! I am constantly having to take Norah to the kitchen so Ryan can make phone calls. We both can't wait for the new house where Ryan has a seperate office on the second floor!!
#2 - Norah's bedroom in the middle of the house. Once she is in bed we have to tiptoe to the bathroom or the kitchen or pretty much everywhere because her room is in the middle of the house off the hallway from the living room to the kitchen and our bedroom. Now she sleeps through a lot but its still a pain!!!
#3 - Washing Machine is NOT next to our Dryer. I don't know if I've ever mentioned this but our washing machine and dryer are not together... they are about 3 meters apart because the vent for the dryer is at the far end of the basement. We ment to fix this but never got around to it. Its ridiculous!!!
#4 - The living room is too small - as I write this I am surrounded by toys and no place for me!!!
That is basically everything that is bugging me. BUT as much as I complain about my tiny house as I start attempting to pack things up to move I realize we have SOOOO much stuff crammed in here! ARGH! Moving is NOT going to be fun.. BUT in the end it will all be worth it!!!!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
We found what we thought was THE PERFECT house about a month ago while on our way back from baseball. It was pouring rain and we randomly decided to pop into an open house. We LOVED the house. So much that we put in an offer.... well apparently 5 others thought the same thing and we didn't get the house. Now we had originally planned on listing our house in the spring. Our reasoning is that now that Norah is crawling we need more space for her. As well Ryan needs his own space for an office... not one that is connected to where Norah plays and we watch tv.
After not getting the first house we kept an eye on the market but weren't actively searching for a house and still weren't planning on selling our house until the spring. BUT then we saw a super awesome house in Mississauga that "WAS THE HOUSE" so we yet again put in an offer... along with 7 others.... yep apparently the houses we like are the same ones everyone else loves... Needless to say we didn't get that house either. It just wasn't meant to be.
At this point we realized there was huge demand for houses and not much supply... well we just happened to have a lovely house and decided to play Russian Roulette and list our WOn Tuesday at around 10am the house was up on the market. Instantly we had 5 showings for Tuesday and another 7 for Wednesday... but before the end of the day Wednesday we already had an offer. Yep thats right... after only 36 hours on the market we had an offer. Wednesday night they came to present it but not before someone else decided to put in an offer. TWO OFFERS!! WOW! We ended up getting 99.2% of our asking price and couldn't be happier!!!
Now it was time to find a house. We had popped by an openhouse a few days before and fell in love with this one house but it was out of our price range. We felt it was overpriced so just waited to see if it would drop in price. After thinking about it for 2 weeks we finally decided to go back and see it again yesterday morning. We fell more in love with it. We figured it wouldn't hurt to put in a lower offer and see what happens... worst case they would say no.
AND of course we were up against another couple who also wanted the house. After an hour and a half of going back and forth with offers Ryan and I were ready to admit defeat... We figured the other couple would outbid us and we wouldn't be able to put anymore in... I put Norah to bed and shed a tear for the house because I was convinced it wouldn't be ours.
WELL... about 15 minutes later we got a call from our realtor and WE GOT IT!!!! In the end both of our final offers were the same and the only reason we got the house over the other couple was because the couple selling the house loved our realtor!! I still can't believe it came down to that!!! The couple selling the house actually called us to let us know it was ours because they were so happy for us!!! It was really cute!!! I am still in shock!! This house is gorgeous!!!! They have done sooo much work to it and it really shows!!!
So in 2 months we will be moving into our next (and last) house! Onto the stats of the new house:
- 4 bedrooms (3 bedrooms and on will be Ryans office)
- 1.5 bathrooms (one has heated flooring!!!)
- HUGE living room
- seperate dining room
- Gorgeous kitchen with fabulous appliances open concept into dining room
- HUGE deck with an even bigger backyard
BUT here are the pictures of our 'staged' (less cluttered) house... I don't have pictures of every room but I have a few.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
After painting the wood panelling a nice 'eggnog' (by Behr) I painted the zee brick the same colour as I mentioned in this post. I still have one wall yet to finish but I'll hopefully get to that this week. That really helped to lighten up the basement.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Ok so maybe I'm behind but I just discovered http://www.olioboard.com/ and I LOVE IT!!!! Now I have a Pinterest account but haven't really gotten into it that much... to be completely honest its just too much work for me. Yes its a great spot to collect all of the projects that I would love to do one day BUT Olioboard puts it all into perspective for me!
Basically you can create a mood board out of items you have either found on the Internet OR you can browse Olioboards items that are from different stores. The best part about it is that if you find an item you MUST HAVE on Olioboard you can click on the link and it will take you to the spot where you can buy it!!!!! Now it is a US website so some of the places you can't buy it online but it gives you an idea.
Now that I've gushed about this I'll show you what I created! My best friend Jen just moved into a rather tiny condo. Basically her room was originally supposed to be a den. Needless to say its small. BUT the condo itself is GORGEOUS!!!! I was over there yesterday and helping her get some ideas on how to decorate the tiny space. She has ample closet space between her room, her own bathroom and 2 other closets in the condo. BUT it was a matter of making her room look sexy! After browsing the newest Ikea magazine I came up with this wonderful theme for her room. (Some of these items are from Ikea some of them are similar to items Jen already owns).
Basically its a purple, silver and white romantic theme. The headboard would either be some lacy flowing curtains in white. OR we would find a silvery white material to iron on to the wall as a fabulous headboard. (see my previous iron on projects here) Jen has a gorgeous dresser that is similar to the one above (but white) that adds a nice touch to the room. I just love this chandelier which is actually from Ikea. Now there is no overhead lighting in Jen's room so this probably wouldn't be a functional like, more a decoration and we would bring lighting into the room by a lamp on the bedside table. Then lots and lots of white and silver pillows.
Now this is just idea #1. I already have a million other ideas in mind too!! I had SOOOO much fun on olioboard today... omg I think I'm hooked!!!
Monday, August 8, 2011
So I thought hmmm I could make a shelf like that. While looking downstairs for something completely unrelated I found an old shelf of Ryans that he had originally hanging under the window in the basement. I honestly thought I'd told him to throw it out because we'd never use it... good thing he didn't listen to me!! haahaha!! Only problem was that it was the wrong colouring. Since the bathroom has a cream and black theme going this reddish brown just didn't work for us. BUT we were lucky that it had previously been stained but not sealed... so all I had to do was stain and seal it a nice black!
Now I just have to get some cute little baskets for the shelf and fill them will soaps and creams!! I'm SO pleased with the result!!!