It is officially crunch time. Our office move starts in less than a week. As of today I have plastering of drywall finishing up - and starting again - given that I also have electricians on site, painters and trim workers all doing the big push to get’er done. I also have my stairs at my house being touched up so that the runner that I’ve had for I don’t know how many months now can be installed - did I mention that my favourite installer has decided to quit the carpet biz in favour of art? Fortunately he emailed back last night and said he’d do our job for us.
I have friends visiting this week and next week from out of town so I have to take some time away to see them both (not complaining) but I do feel guilty (so I’m going to pack this weekend as my sweet friend Alison texted me to tell me that she’s coming to stay over at my house on Friday night (wine therapy) and then will help me pack up my office on Saturday. Our trainer has also insisted on helping given that she thinks that moving is an amazing work out (masochist). All the while, we are furiously trying to coordinate more installs out at our #HandsartHouse project in Winnipeg. It’s a good thing that I’ve worked on my coordination and stretching skills with said trainer because it really does feel like we are each being pulled in about a million directions and are being asked to juggle things all the while a new ball keeps being added unexpectedly. Weighing the pros and cons of what material to use to ship cabinets for example. Do we want cardboard/shrink wrap and strapped in with someone we know and have worked with successfully across the continent or do we want blanket wrapped with a new guy? We decided to err on the side of experience and go with the team we know and have the relationship with.
It all sounds entirely glamorous doesn’t it?
Also can we talk about the fact that the weather in Toronto is very Florida right now and the constant leaning toward almost 100% humidity is really messing with my hair and it’s Rosh Hoshanna - Shana Tova - if you celebrate, and I have a dinner tonight and a lunch today and I feel yet another Top Knot coming on. I also feel that it is necessary to add that if I owe you an email, it will most likely have a lag time in the next week (reminds me I have two people that I owe emails to!) Also if you leave the number of unread emails on your phone at some ridiculous amount instead of reading and marking read I don’t understand you. I can’t even have a recent call notification on my phone - I am decidedly THAT type of person. I’m a little more flexible with how the toilet paper roll goes - I’m an Ambi-Toilet roll person it just better be on the roll and holder (I’ve lived in my house for almost 14 years and have only had toilet roll holders installed for the last year I’m totally a hypocrite.
In light of my Stream of Consciousness blog writing today here’s a little taste of things we’ve been working on in the last little while in no particular order.
I uploaded some new pictures from our house reno to our portfolio - please check them out it has been quite the evolution. We’ve left up the photos that were first published in Style at Home magazine back in 2012 for comparison. I’ve also left up Luke’s nursery which has transformed into what he describes as a Chill room with a really great vibe. He’s 8 going on 14. As you can see we did include the herringbone floors into the kitchen - I love wood in a kitchen it is so much easier on your back and in my case my feet. You’ll also notice that we changed out our old Electrolux gas range which was 30” and put in a 36” Superiore NA Deco Range and Hood. We decided to be different and not match the hood to the range in terms of colour because to be honest, I was terrified of closing in an already tight kitchen. Here’s a surprise twist - the range fits in and is perfectly in line with the countertop which creates the sense that the countertop area is considerably more vast and spacious. This kitchen of ours is actually the perfect chef kitchen because everything is within reach and Asa often looks like Edward Scissorhands as he spins and grabs everything he needs. So visually our real estate seems to have doubled and the 36” width means that all of his cast iron pans have somewhere to live and don’t overhang the countertop. The lighter hood was brilliant in that it sort of disappears and has the quietest fan. I am appreciative of that touch.
I haven’t shared pics of our powder room either. Our DXV Wyatt Console sink and Landfair faucet look amazing. Mix your metals people. We also have their Spa-Let toilet aka the car wash for your bum, which my boys fight over. They don’t actually fight, they just jockey for who gets to use it. Luke took six months to come to terms with it and now it’s his favourite thing in the world. He’s going to LOVE Japan.
If I am being honest, while the grasscloth is fun, I think I’d rather a funkier paper on the walls. I had it and it looks great but it’s a little more casual than what I aspire to but don’t tell my husband I said so. It’s SO low on the priority scale. Like non-existent but I always need something to fixate on and plot about.
We installed our #LighthouseLodge project over the summer. Well in truth we started in May and the the clients saw that the furniture, while it looks amazing, really needed all of the accessories and art to bring it to life so we did a second round of installing the end of July beginning of August. I would say that people in generally, underestimate how empty a house will feel with only some furniture and a few accessories especially when it is a larger home. The addition of too little furniture and accents actually makes a house feel emptier than when it is empty. Likewise, a room can feel smaller when it doesn’t have anything in it but the moment you start adding pieces in it’s amazing how quickly it expands visually. I’m currently plotting out accessories for their city home and when I tell you that their garage is going to look like a design store in order for me to pull and style the house I am not kidding. In truth, I don’t think that one garage full of stuff will do it. They have two garages but the install will be in December at this point so I’m planning on setting up tables in the basement and using that as my command central for Styling and I anticipate that it will take me 4-5 days to complete. Then we will assess and I’m willing to bet dollars to donuts I’ll need another full round. Crazy huh?
Design is in the Details or Details are the Design - Charles Eames had it right even if I can’t remember exactly how he said it. Case in point, our #LL project our clients didn’t flinch at our addition of trim and unusual piping/nail heads etc because they appreciate that these elements create the nuance that makes no transforms a space from a room to something well more - they really shape how you respond and interact to and within a space. We were basically outfitting the whole place from scratch with some vintage and antique pieces but most of it is brand spanking new yet we didn’t want the space to feel as such. The whole notion of a LODGE is something that tells stories past and present and ages with a well-worn patina and isn’t precious. I think we achieved that. And can I tell you, an octagonal log cabin smells heavenly each and every time you walk into it. Amazing compliment to our design and the smell will trigger such amazing memories as our interiors envelope you in a giant hug that says Welcome Home. Also my kid is forever ruined as to “Cottages” he would like to live there.