Monday, October 20, 2014

Laurier, almost there!

The last week is always a bit hectic but it is amazing to see how things can still look really rough only a few days from completion.

Yesterday was our big 'cleaning day', meaning I removed all debris and scrubbed everything down, despite knowing that there will be more cleaning to do with a few trades still finishing up. But I always thing that is the biggest part towards bringing to life.

So here are some progress shots off my phone, of how a house looks just a day or two before we list (and why I work until 10 or 11 most nights in this phase of a project!)

Our new, high gloss brick fire place. Still needs the mantle stained and hearth tiled though.
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Our kitchen has an endless list of small things to be done but it is looking exactly like I envisioned it.
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I took that photo yesterday, and this one below on Friday, that's how fast it comes together sometimes (not every time though...)
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Again, just two days before...
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The house is a four level split and most of the first lower level is done in this incredible 12x24 grey tile that I adore. 
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All our new closet doors! 
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And my project for today, install this awesome Merimekko wall paper in the laundry room, courtesy of Wallpaper Direct.
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I will take the big camera over this week and share the final shots!! Thanks so much for all your awesome comments (and patience while I have been a slow updater)
Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Laurier Update


Happy Friday! I know it's been quite some time since our last Laurier Heights up date, and so much has happened since so I wanted to do a full update post all while showing some of the old befores again since it's been so long.

You may recall this being what we started with.
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The first things we tackled were the demolition, inside and out, by having  a tree service take down our overgrown and kind of dangerous old trees. This made such a difference in brightening up the inside of the house now that sun can get in!
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Next, we had all our sidewalks and driveway chipped up and removed...
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And just this week our new, giant slab steps were poured. I LOVE them!
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Inside, the lower level media room was the room that needed the least amount of work, just new trim and paint really.
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And I am loving how it is looking! Just need the wall sconces in and then carpet and this room will be done.
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The kitchen was a dungeon like dark space.
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And to open it all up we decided this wall needed to go.
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I couldn't get a full shot yet with everyone hard at work, but we now have an open, bright, modern space!

Our new Super White Dolomite island (which is actually grey, but whatever) went in yesterday, with the exception of the waterfall edge which will be added once wood flooring is in next week.
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The wall cabinetry all got a solid white Quartz counter top and a square undermount sink.
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Now tiling can start and this is our beautiful grey backsplash that will be from counter to ceiling.
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Our Bertazzoni range and Blomberg fridge are going to look spectacular!
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The biggest change for me is the entry and stairway. Here is the before:
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And the new, bright, open landing! Just need flooring.
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So there ya have it, a lot of progress in just a few photos, but I have a few other big changes to show you next time like our laundry room and master suite! It always blows my mind how so much work seems so small when it boils down to a couple photos.

And today is another big day because we got the keys to our next project: Quesnell Heights!

It is already shaping up to be my favourite yet.

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Great bones, right? It just needs a little love.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Possession Obsession: Poppy Barley confetti flats

Hi guys!! I am still alive, still kicking and still hustling to get Laurier done! I will show you some in-progress shots tomorrow. I'm still trying to get the hang of this school schedule with Wren plus fit in the all-time-high level of projects I am tackling. It's all very fun and exciting but sitting at the laptop to do a blog post seems like a luxury I just don't have time for yet. But I am in the process of simplifying and setting a schedule that will allow me to pop in more (at least once a week I'm hoping!). 

But speaking of Popping!! I just had to share my current obsession: Poppy Barley's confetti flats!
You may recall me including a pair in my 'Like Want Need' post back in June, they were on my NEED list!
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Don't they just scream 'Holly!'?
I am so lucky to say I now have my very own pair! The colours and pattern had my heart off the bat, but I was most excited by the fact that they are custom fitted. You see, I have wide feet. Like embarrassingly hard to fit wide feet. It makes nearly all cute flats besides runners very close to agony to wear. There are always a surplus of bandaids in my purse for this very reason, but not any more!

These are a heaven sent gift from above that have changed my view of comfy and cute footwear.
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The only problem? The bottoms are even freakin adorable and it nearly killed me to wear them outside the first time in fear of dirty-ing them LOL. 
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See? even wide feet can be cute and cosy now! If you even kind of think you need a pair of these I highly suggest snapping up a pair because there are only 77 to go around!


 
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