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.
I am sorry that this is a day late. My husband has been travelling and yesterday Finn got a bump on the head, so obviously my time was largely spent googling things and freaking out. Fear not, it really was absolutely nothing as a very polite nurse told me.
I wanted to share with you our kitchen before we started doing some updates. We didn't want to completely rip out our kitchen because we loved the layout, but we did want to make some changes to make the space feel our own.
In my family we spend most of our time in the kitchen. It doesn't matter if there are two people or twenty people we will all try to cram into the kitchen. I also love cooking, and wanted to enjoy the space as well. We ended up making some major changes that really place the place ours. Next week, I look forward to sharing our reno updates with you and the 'After" pictures.
What do you think we changed? How did you update your kitchen? I can't wait to show you the final results!
So you may be wondering why this is so important to me that I'm writing a blog post about it. And, in short, this movie has been a huge part of my life. Not just because it was a fun rom com with deeper values about how you can achieve what you dream, but because it was my Grandma's favourite movie, even at 92.
Yes, the movie taught me how to "bend and snap" and the subtle art of telling someone off without being rude. But it was also much more than that. For fifteen years it brought a great deal of enjoyment to my Grandma. She would watch it once every week on VHS. She was legally blind and couldn't operate a DVD player.
So when her copy of Legally Blonde got worn out we would take to Amazon to find her a new one. Her only request was that it not skip in the same spot as last time. It was okay if it wasn't perfect as she knew all the words by heart. The movie brought her a tremendous amount of joy and laughter.
When my Grandma passed earlier this year and we got together to celebrate her life we didn't wear black, we went in pink instead (in true Elle Woods Style) in honour of Grandma. So "Happy Anniversary!" Legally Blonde, you meant more to me than you'll ever know.
Last week I started to write my blog post for “Whatever I Want Wednesday” ...and I had nothing. Literally nothing.
When I first thought of this post series I wanted it to be just for me. Not about baby and not about food. I hoped that Wednesdays would just a time to talk about the other things I was doing.
But then it happened, I was empty. I looked back at the past month and couldn’t think of anything to talk about that wasn’t baby related.
I’ve always had a lot of passions and suddenly I couldn’t come up with anything. And it got me thinking. What happened?
I’ve always wanted to be a mom, but in wanting that did I agree to give up myself? My husband asked me what I would like to do and I couldn’t answer. For the past three years I’ve been driven by getting pregnant and then having a baby. I couldn’t tell him what I’d like to do as a personal hobby.
But now that babe sleeps more and we have a schedule, I have free time. And I don’t know how to fill it. It’s no ones fault, I think it’s just a natural part of the different cycles of life. But what happens when you want to find yourself again?
How do you balance the responsibilities of a mom, wife, friend and individual? How do you push aside guilt that isn’t created by others, but worse, by yourself.
As you define the new you, how do you balance your family and individuality?
I’ll keep you posted as I find my own balance. Tell me about your experiences in the 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!
I love to cook, entertain, craft and create - all while being a wife, friend, daughter and a mom to a little boy.