Monday, August 25, 2014
My two daughters are also big Target fans...you will find us there often browsing for finds and deals and enjoying a Starbuck's while we are at it.
When Target heard about my love and support of Target they reached out and shipped me a gift pack which included gift cards for my two daughters and one for myself as well as fab umbrella, tumbler and super sturdy canvas bag, I ready to go and represent for Target.
During this back to school season (boo to back to school !!!) Target has been suprising guests with gift cards and covering purchases in store...how amazing right!
I made a cake from scratch....I generally don't make cakes from scratch with the exception of this cake....CARROT CAKE.
I have been using this recipe for about 13 years or so, I found the recipe from Martha Stewart magazine in a baby edition. It has lemon and lemon zest and I think this really makes all the difference in this recipe. I skip the nuts as we have some nut allergies in our family.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day,
Thursday, August 21, 2014
First of all welcome to my home and to my blog I'm Chris, I live 45 minutes from Toronto in a great city where I grew up with my husband and 2 daughters and our boston terriers and three large gold fish.
Our house sits on what was for a very long time a parking lot for the builders model homes. We had no intentions of moving when we bought this house but sometimes things just happen the way they are supposed to. This house was a one of a kind spec house that our builder was building since they had sold off all the model homes, I took a look at the framing stage and within 48 hours we were making an offer and that was that...we were moving.
As a blogger for 7 plus years I am known for my DIY skills and carpentry projects. Most of the details and added touched I have done myself, once in a while I need my hubby's muscles but usually it's just little old me...and I like it that way.
So please come join me for a tour of our home sweet home...we moved in 2 1/2 years ago and are still in the process of making it into the dream home...I've made some pretty good progress and I'd love to share it with you now...
The yard work and gardening are my jobs, well mostly all the domestic work and handy work is what I am responsible for. I try to keep everything running and looking pretty and my hubby keeps us all alive and with a roof over our heads, it works for us.
The flooring throughout is red pine that we laid and stained with a colour called Kona.
Here is how it looked when we moved in...yep subfloor is pretty. I said I would never paint my own staircase again...guess who did that, yep...me!
Our living room
Our dining room
I'm keeping it real here and showing you how our dining room really looks today....subfloor because our dogs were constantly peeing in this room, two males dogs is not a great idea.....my plans are to do something fabulous with the ceiling and to add...pine floors and a wall of built ins with a wine fridge where the buffet /dresser is now.... this is my next big project to get to before Halloween.
Well let's move onto the kitchen...I was bound and determined to have my dream kitchen even if I had to do most of the labour myself, it took four months but now I do have my dream kitchen....This was what it looked like a few weeks after we moved in, no floors, dark stained cabinets, laminate counters a um NO STOVE...we used a hot plate for months. I customized the layout with my builder which has been great but we worked with the standard cabinets well I upgraded to taller uppers and some extra drawers but mostly this was all standard.
*there was also a double cabinet to the right of the sink we loved to the laundry room.
Of course we first laid the pine floors. We did have a little island from the builder that I added onto to create a microwave cabinet.
The counters are carrera marble honed, which I love.
I went with classic white subway tile and used grey grout for a more bold look.
I call this area my baking center, my goal was to make it look like a hutch.
Our family room.
Our laundry/mud room
This is my first main floor laundry room and I love how handy it is to have it there, it is not a real entrance into our house but it is a very useful space. We feed the dogs in here, they stay in there at night sometimes and when we are out for long periods of time. We now have an ample closet for extra food and extra kitchen storage and a place for our vacuum and cleaning supplies I love a main floor laundry.There were no cabinets in the laundry room so right away we moved one cabinet from the kitchen into the laundry room and I built extra open shelving.
Our Powder Room
I just painted in preparation for this house tour Benjamin Moore's Edgecomb gray which is a lovely tan that's not too warm.
Our Master bath
I had to have subway tile for the showers that was really important to me it was a must.
I love having a separate shower having some solid walls allows me to hide the shampoo etc.. I plan on replacing the laminate counters, sinks and faucets with real stone counters and nicer basins and faucets, maybe in a couple of years for now they are fine.
I covered the floor tile running up the deck of the tub with MDF and beadboard and added a marble back splash to the tub surround after the marble installer put in the marble deck pieces.
The cabinet is an old jam cupboard we've have had since we got married, I actually built it into the wall so now it stays with the house, it is just the extra needed storage we needed for this bathroom.
I waited and waited for him to just unpack his boxes but after a year and a half there was no progress so while he was away on one of his business trips I surprised him with an office makeover...and this is what I did.
Mason (my 16 yr old daughter) room
She really wanted a bigger walk in closet ( there is a moderate closet in the room already) but that would have meant losing a window to a closet and shrinking her living space dramatically ( I'm pretty sure her bedroom is bigger than the master) so I came up with moving her bed to where it is now and adding a wall of suspended hanging/display, it's like her very own store.. it turned out to be a great solution.
We ran out of wall space so I came up with this controversial idea to hang this big mirror from the ceiling ...turns out it was a great idea and a great use of otherwise dead space.
Mason's room has a Jack and Jill bath that was intended to be shared with what is my husbands office so both girls have their own bathrooms, this really makes life easier with two teen girls.
I added these built ins for storage and to free up floor space. I still need to get around to getting a cushion made for that bench.
Sorry her bathroom is not quite ready for sharing...there has been a lot to do and I am only one woman.
Our outdoor oasis
So there we go , you have seen our house tour I hope you enjoyed your visit thanks for stopping by.
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special thanks to Christina from AKA Design and Shannon from The DIY Mommy for arranging this home tour.