Please Note: Click here to see a before of our kitchen
For us (and for so many) the kitchen is the heart of the home and where we wanted to focus a lot of our energy (and money) to making our new house feel like ours.
Over the past year we replaced the counters, backsplash and most of the appliances. To me this really made our kitchen feel like a personalized part of OUR home. As an avid baker I love having stone counters, I really do notice a difference when I roll out dough on them.
We worked with a family friend/designer to pick our Cambria Summer Hill counters. When you look at the sample it seems a bit bold, but seeing it in the space it really felt alive with the different veins of light and dark grey and the glittery accents.
For our appliances, we opted to go all-in with Samsung. We have loved our washer and dryer and really liked the features of the kitchen appliances. The fridge is huge, the oven is a dual oven with one handle which makes me feel safer with my little guy.
My only complaint with the appliances was my original Samsung stove/range came very damaged and had to be sent back. I'm not sure where the error occurred but somehow between Samsung and Home Depot both said it was the other's fault and it would take two to four weeks before they could get me a working stove.
I spent a lot of time on the phone with both Home Depot and Samsung and was often left with the feeling that regardless of the issue they simple weren't going to help. The stove would get there when it gets there. I was lucky to be on leave as dealing with the issue took up a ton of time.
My experience dealing with this issue was so negative that I will definitely go to another retailer like Lowes or Rona in the future versus Home Depot, but I was glad to finally get my new stove.
This is our stove, our fridge and our microwave. I'm thinking of doing a full review of the appliances after we've used them for a month or so. Let me know if you would be interested in that.
How did you update your own kitchen? What lessons have you learned doing home renos? Leave your comments below.
One of the things that really attracted us to our home was the backyard. It is a very manageable size for new homeowners and backs on to protected green space, which makes it feel like it goes on forever. We also loved our two-tier deck. We knew it would be perfect for hosting our friends and family and maybe enjoying a beer or two on a sunny summer afternoon.
The only problem was, we didn't have anywhere to sit, and the way the backyard had been done previously, wasn't 100% to our taste. So, armed with Pinterest and my Dad who is a bit of a backyard makeover expert, we set to work.
The guys (my husband and my dad) had two big projects: sod a sandy pit in our backyard (the result of a previous kiddy pool killing all the grass) and fix up the front lawn/garden. My husband planned out our front garden and gave it a bit of a modern facelift and he incorporated some of favourite colours, pink and purple. Then they moved on to tackling the aforementioned sandy pit... several bags of dirt later (including one extra trip for more) and many rolls of sod, the guys had the backyard all greened up and levelled out. Yay! No more risk of rolling one's ankle!
My job during all of this had been to update our patio furniture. We had been given a set of furniture from family friends when they were downsizing. It was in great shape, however, was a shade of green that was a little more 90's then we envisioned for our backyard oasis.
So, we opted to give it a cost effective facelift with some spray paint. I went to my local Home Depot and picked up several (like a heck of a lot of) cans of Rust-Oleum Metallic Paint and Primer in Oil Rubber Bronze. Each chair needed it's own can and the table needed two cans. Below is a brief summary of what I did and a few tips!
We added the finishing touches with some great comfy cushions (from The Superstore) and a bench and red umbrella (from Canadian Tire). We couldn't be happier with how it turned out and feel like we have really added another room to our house.
What do you do to get your backyard summer ready? Any DIY tips? Leave them in the comments below!
Hello blog world!
Today I had wanted to do a Foodie Friday post, but instead I spent hours trying to get my new washer and dryer installed. Well, and my old ones removed! Why was this such a big deal? Because I hadn't had a washer and dryer for a week, which is a pretty big issue when you have a little one with a spit up problem. To make up for missing my intended post I promise to post a Foodie Friday post late and tell you all about my appliance adventures!
How do you guys cope when your world gets turned upside down and your day doesn't go to plan? Do you go with the flow or plan,plan, plan? I'd love to hear from you so don't be shy!
I love to cook, entertain, craft and create - all while being a wife, friend, daughter and a mom to a little boy.