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We Are Having a Baby!

We’ve been sitting on some life changing news for awhile now, and want to make it official – we are having a baby! The due date is Jan, 2020 and we are super excited to finally meet the little bean. I have been creeping Pinterest and Insta looking for some nursery ideas, and we have finally settled on a design plan. We are finding out the gender, but we wanted to make the room gender neutral. Just so it has some flexibility.

Below I’ve linked all of the items I’ve scoped out. Dan’s co-worker is giving us her crib, change table, etc. So, based off of that I’ve sourced some items to make the perfect gender neutral nursery.

I’m currently leaning towards using Benjamin Moore’s Collingwood on the walls. We have a new ceiling fan that we need to install, and hopefully this weekend we will have the Metrie Lincoln Park upstairs doors installed. We have also gone with the Gatehouse Maidstone door handles from Lowes, which you can find here.

The textiles I’ve sourced from Pehr. I’m loving their quality and gender neutrality, and I try to grab what I can when they have sales. Here are my top picks:

I’ve also sourced a tonne of stuff from Ikea, Jysk, Chapters/Indigo, and Simons. All four are super affordable, and trendy.

And, last but not least. I’ve grabbed some super cute art prints from Society6. Now all that’s needed are some nice clean white frames.

Overall, I’m loving the feel of this room, and can’t wait for it to come together. Now all we need to do is go to the dump with a whole lot of junk, clean out Dan’s office and get ready for baby!

Another Day, Another Renovation

We’ve been super busy this summer: relaxing, visiting family, etc; but, we are just now getting back to focusing on our renovation and making progress. Last night Dan and his dad finished the sink faucet plumbing. We have the drain, toilet and shower to finish up, and then cement board and drywall can go up.

A big surprise is going to be happening later this year, and that means we’ve added another renovation to our list. However, in order to start that renovation we need to finish off the majority of the one we already started.

Which, brings me to the cute things I have found for the basement bathroom that I thought I would share. Later, I will be able to share the exciting surprise with you. It really is a biggie! But, on to the cute and practical things…

The Finds…

Renovation Progress - Simons

How cute is this pharmacy box? I’ve been eyeing one from McGee & Co (here) for awhile now. But, this one is from a Canadian company and is a fraction of the cost. Personally, I think it is going to add a great pop of colour to an otherwise neutral bathroom.

Renovation Progress - Tonic Living

This waffle towel is from a Canadian company called Tonic Living. I’m literally obsessed with waffle towels, (I have no idea why), and the price is good, considering these wouldn’t be used consistently.

Renovation Progress - Amazon

Getting to the more practical bathroom accessories – this waste basket. I think it is a great way to add more texture to the space, and is also budget friendly.

Renovation Progress - Amazon

Last, but not least, our drain trap. The plumbing for the downstairs bathroom sink is exposed, meaning the standard black ABS pipe would show. To fix this, we went ahead and purchased this chrome drain trap from Amazon. It will really polish the space up, and keep it from looking junky.

We are currently eyeing some new doors from Lowes, as well. We should have a lot of new renovation progress updates in the next coming days/weeks. So stay tuned!

New AC & Furnace

So we have made some progress and had a new AC & furnace installed just before the long-weekend. The furnace still needs to be vented, but for the first time in 3 years we have AC! It doesn’t seem like much, but it makes the whole house feel newer and more enjoyable.

New AC & Furnace

Dan was home when the installers came, and apparently our heat exchange had a massive crack. So basically, we had potential Carbon Monoxide leaking into our house for 3 years…not great. Ultimately, we are super glad we upgraded the furnace. It’s a great piece of mind and will be a lot more energy efficient, as compared to the previous unit.

Pulled Pork

This weekend we also worked on some outdoor projects. The driveway is re-sealed and the deck has been re-stained. Plus, Dan made a great pulled pork on our Big Green Egg. Overall, it was a great and productive long-weekend.

Downstairs Bathroom Update – Mechanical’s

So, we have a bit of a downstairs bathroom update regarding mechanical’s. We are waiting to receive a quote on a new furnace and AC unit. It should arrive in the next couple of weeks and I’m hoping the damage isn’t too bad. Overall, the mechanical’s downstairs are close to being finished. I know I keep saying that, but it’s true! The stuff behind the pretty finished walls always takes the longest. Pot lights need to go in, a wall installed for the toilet, the vanity for the sink, some shelves and we can start dry walling. It may not look like a lot of progress, but the finishing stage always goes the fastest. The goal is to have it done by end of summer, which I think is definitely doable.

Bathroom Update
Bathroom Update

PS: Don’t mind the stuff everywhere. This is what living through a reno looks like.

Dining Al Fresco – Spring Refresh

With summer right around the corner, Dan and I have been trying to get our outside put together, so that we can enjoy dining al fresco. So the push has been on to get everything setup. The deck floor still needs to be sanded and re-stained, but with the weather not cooperating we just haven’t had time.

So, in order to force Spring/Summer to arrive I headed outside and put together a simple table setting. Hopefully, it gets everyone in the dining al fresco mood.

Dining Al Fresco

Doesn’t this make you want to eat outside and enjoy the warm weather?! It’s super simple, but it’s not a big space. We freshened it up with a new umbrella, and some outdoor paint for the wood table.

Dining Al Fresco

The place mats are from Wayfair, and are an amazing quality. They are neutral, but have just a bit of sparkle and come in two other colours: white and silver. The plates, bowls and cutlery were gifts from the Bay, and the colourful glassware is actually a vintage find.

Dining Al Fresco

We also have a rug that we need to put down, but I’ve linked some others from Wayfair below that would also work.

Option (a), Option (b), Option (c)

Last but not least, I have also linked our BBQ. We’ve had it for a number of years and it works great. This BBQ has the ability to cook using both propane and charcoal, so we get the best of both worlds.

Overall, I think the backyard al fresco refresh turned out great, and I can’t wait for the weather to get warm enough for us to finally enjoy this space and to start dining alfresco!

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Top Toilets

As we near closer to the finish line on the basement we are selecting our plumbing finishes. I’ve narrowed it down to an American Standard toilet, and a vessel sink from Home Depot. But, since I’ve been looking through toilets and sinks, for the last little bit, I figured I would share my best finds.


This toilet made by Glacier Bay is from Home Depot, and will be the toilet that we go with. It has dual-flush, and has a lined tank. Lined tanks are important, because they stop your toilet from sweating. I’ve seen super expensive toilets that don’t have linked tanks, so it’s something that you’ll need to check when you go to purchase. Also, dual-flush is a great water saving option, and I am all for saving money. Especially, with how much this reno is costing…


Up next is this toilet from American Standard, also found at the Home Depot. Like the one above, it is water efficient and comes with a lined tank. This one is a bit more money, but it comes with an anti-microbial bowl. Anti-microbial bowls reduce the amount of mold and microbes that can grow on the surface of the bowl. You will, however, still need to clean it. And, I almost forgot, it also comes with a soft close lid.


This toilet from American Standard can be found at Lowes. It’s pretty basic in appearance, but comes with an anti-microbial bowl and a lined tank. Currently, it is on sale. So if basic aesthetics are your thing, I would grab this one. The reviews seem pretty consistent and it ranks 4 out of 5 stars. If you don’t like round bowls, I have linked the elongated bowl version here.

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