Still Renovating. Oh, and a Giveaway!

I’m about to launch into a topic that has potential to completely dominate this little space of mine on the internet. But I won’t let that happen! I’ll keep it short and sweet for you guys, but also share our renovation story, as well as let you in on a chance to win something cool!

I’ll start with the fun stuff first! The Edmonton Renovation Show kicks off this weekend and up for grabs is one pair of VIP tickets to Bryan Baeumler’s show on Friday, January 23 at 7:00 pm! For anyone that has undertaken a renovation project, large or small, you will appreciate when I say that getting ideas, tips, and inspiration from pros like Bryan can really help guide your process. He has led homeowners in tackling overwhelming projects on his hit shows House of Bryan, Disaster DIY, and Leave It To Bryan. Enter for your chance to learn, first hand, his tips on a renovation priority list and how to get the most out of your home. Simply enter a Rafflecopter giveaway
with your information, follow a few short steps, and I will draw the winner on January 21 at 10:00 am. It’s a short window of time, so be sure to get in there! *Contest is open to those who will be in Edmonton on January 23, 2015*

Back to our renovation saga…I mean, story! I speak genuinely when I say that it has been an extremely rewarding experience undertaking such a project. When Alex and I decided to buy his childhood home over six years ago, it was with intentions of updating it so that we could turn around and resell in a fairly short amount of time. However, taking on 95% of this renovation ourselves, we quickly learned that a) we had to do this gradually in order to stay within budget and b) this stuff takes time. A wedding, some travelling and a baby later brings us to today, where we still have a few odds and ends to tie up, as well as a main bathroom to completely overhaul. But you know what, we’re ok with it because with each coat of paint, and each piece of hardwood that was laid down, we have grown that much more attached to this home. There were tears along the way (just mine), and a whole lot of sweat, so this isn’t to say that it was a walk-in-the-park kind of task. It’s a huge undertaking, and without Alex’s patience and dedication to learn, as well as some help and elbow grease of a few friends and family, we wouldn’t have completed what we have today.

The coolest part about all of this is that Theodora now gets to grow up under the same roof that her dad did! It’s actually an exciting opportunity for all three of us to start making some new memories under Version 2.0 of this roof. And on that note, here is our humble home in before’s and after’s:

The Living Room

The Dining Room

The Kitchen

The Family Room

We tackled each space with the goal of making it usable. While we may not do all of our family lounging and relaxing in the larger living room, for example, it definitely is a space we use often, even if it’s just for Theodora to run circles (and for some reason, that area rug is a total hit with kids!) After all has been said and (almost) done, we are not in as much of a rush to sell the house as we thought we would be. We’ve updated it to our taste and really enjoy it and our neighbourhood. So we’ll stay a while.

If you have a chance this weekend, and you’re looking for some renovation inspiration, head over to the show to chat with the experts!

Friday, January 23, noon-9pm
Saturday, January 24, 10am-9pm
Sunday, January 25, 10am-5pm

Northlands, Edmonton EXPO Centre

Have a great week!


DIY: Wall Art

Today I was reminded of how many projects I still have on my to-do list as Little T and I hung out at home. This made me reflect on a fun project we undertook a few months ago that I thought I’d share here.

Neither my husband or I are experts on art, so when it came to dressing one of the biggest walls in our home, we were seriously stumped. We certainly have an appreciation for art and the talent behind individual pieces, but our budget also forced us to get creative. And creative is not a word I would have ever used to describe him or I! Enter a fabulous little store here in Edmonton, Chintz & Company, and all of our problems were solved! We decided we would look for a fabric that we both loved and that would fit with the look and feel of our living room, and then just place it in three large frames. The staff at Chintz are really knowledgeable and friendly, so this experience was off to a great start!

Fabric from Chintz & Company

Fabric from Chintz & Company

Our trusty adhesive (from Michael's)

Our trusty adhesive (from Michael’s)

Making it stick! We had to allow for about half an hour of drying time per frame.

Making it stick! We had to allow for about half an hour of drying time per frame.

And voila!

And voila!

Considering this was a first, true DIY for us, we were quite happy with the outcome. It was a solution that was cost effective, easy to do, and satisfies our design aesthetic…for now 🙂

If you have any fun, do-it-yourself projects that you’re proud of, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

Stay warm! xo

Frames purchased from Michael’s
Glue purchased from Michael’s
Fabric purchased from Chintz