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Spring Cleaning!


In a great attempt to keep a tidy and well run home, I find that I always tend to purge, organise and disinfect before the new coming seasons. I like knowing that school clothes are ready to go for the new school year and that when winter comes all the snow gear has been washed and hung and ready to go. But there is just something so refreshing about a good spring clean! I love the feeling of opening the windows and letting in the spring breeze when everything has been wiped down disinfected and put away.


This year for my spring clean, I happily teamed up with Clorox for their #cloroxmeansclean campaign. It seemed fitting to me, as we already used many of their products in our home. Below I have broken down some of our favourites.


GLAD Compostable Scented Bags. Before I discovered these, we were using hard paper (plastic lined) bags. We stopped composting for a while specifically because of them. They were hard to bend, didn’t hold a lot of waste and always became soggy at the bottom of the bin. Not to mention they were pricey. I then discovered GLAD’S 100% biodegradable / compostable plastic bags and they were a complete game changer. I LOVE these bags!!  They are super thin but strong and allow us to fully utilise the space in the compost bin. They have a light Febreze scent and the odour shield really does allow you to use them for up to five days. Best part; when the bin is full, there is never any mushy mess at the bottom!!

glad compost bags

Then there are the kitchen bags. Our garbage bins are awkward sizes. I always found a regular black garbage bag to be too large, but the regular kitchen white garbage bags were all too small. Then came the GLAD’S Tall kitchen bags. These bags not only fit perfectly, but are also extremely heavy duty. Similar concept to the compost bags; they are a thin sturdy plastic with a slight elastic stretch and the Febreze scent helps to eliminate any odours.


I am almost embarrassed to talk about the state of our sink on the best of days. We’ve started teaching the girls to bring their empty dinner plates and cups to the sink when they are done. They often forget to scrape and all the food particles tend to fall to the bottom of the drain. (Yuck) I like using a small amount of Clorox Clean-Up to really get the dirt out. I just spray let sit for a few minutes then wipe away! A minimal amount is all you really need to fully disinfect.


And  so I saved the best for last. I seriously love Clorox Disinfecting Wipes I use these to wipe everything from our counters, clean around windows, wipe up floors and spills and they are even great for wiping down dirty sneakers. The wipes themselves don’t actually contain any bleach, which makes for a soft fresh sent when cleaning. clorox wipes coffee



Thanks so much for stopping by!

XO Thelma

The first post…Our Home!

Welcome to my first post! I am so happy you’re here. I figured I should start with a little “get to know me” so here goes nothing…

I’ll take you back to 2010…..the craziest year of our life to date! My husband lost his job and was in school full time and I had just given birth to our first beautiful baby girl. Long story short, we survived on half of an income. Emotionally, we were OVERJOYED and so in love with our baby girl. Financially, We. Were. Scared.

Fast forward to September 2011 Hubs finished school and found a great job and I was back to working with clients full time. Our family was growing and we were on the hunt for a bigger home. With the help of the AMAZING Cliff Rego Real-Estate team (I can not thank them enough) we were able to sell our first home in 4 days!! They found us a lot, we designed our house and on September 3rd 2011 we took possession of our new family home! To say that we were excited was an understatement. We had come so far in one year. To be completely honest, the reality of this home felt like a dream. I thank God every single day that I am able to raise my family in this house. I take nothing for granted!

Move in day!!

Move in day!!

My Husband had so much hair!

My Husband had so much hair!

So let’s get to the fun stuff! Believe it or not, I had a hard time deciding on the finishes for our home. As a designer, I am exposed to so much and I wanted it all!!! I wanted our home to look custom and well thought out. Problem was, we were on a budget and couldn’t afford to break the bank on upgrades.

So this is what we did. Our money went into structural features such as large windows, 9′ ceilings, pot lights and custom cabinetry. The rest we decided, would slowly be changed out as we went along. I guess as they say….”Rome was not built in a day…” I hate that saying, but its true! Patience Thelma….patience….

Picture 4.

Our family room. Slowly adding pieces as we go and still trying to decide what to hang over the sofa.

Love all the natural light that floods our kitchen.

Love all the natural light that floods our kitchen.


We spend almost 2 years looking for the perfect bar stools. Then one day during a trip to Ikea, we stumbled upon these. They work perfectly for us!

We spend almost 2 years looking for the perfect bar stools. Then one day during a trip to Ikea, we stumbled upon these. They work perfectly for us!

When it came to designing the kitchen, I had three main criteria. 1) It needed to have a LARGE island so we could entertain our family and friends. 2) It HAD to be bright. We came from a dark kitchen and I didn’t want that again. I really wanted a space that was inviting and cheerful! I decided on Benjamin Moore’s Dune White CC-70 for the upper cabinets and Collingwood OC-28 for the lowers and island. We love the overall look. 3) EVERYTHING had to pull out. Drawers are the best way to keep “stuff” organized and allows for easy access.They were definitely worth the splurge! I have to send a HUGE thank you to BnD Woodworking for building all the cabinetry. We couldn’t be happier with the way they turned out!

Found our kitchen table at one of my favourite local stores, Cornerstone Interiors. The chairs were from Restoration Hardware

Found our kitchen table at one of my favourite local stores, Cornerstone Interiors. The chairs were from Restoration Hardware



Our front foyer.

Our front foyer.

My Grandama's bench.

My Grandama’s bench.

Laundry room details.

Laundry room details.

B's Nursery

B’s Nursery


V's Big Girl room

V’s Big Girl room

Slowly but surely, we’ll keep plugging away to make our house a home. I look forward to each project and all of the memories we’ll make along the way. For us, this home is a labour of love!

Thelma xo


Photography: distinctly-tee photography

Kitchen Table: Cornerstone Home Interiors

Dining Chairs: Restoration Hardware

Bar Stools: Ikea

Cabinet Hardware: Richelieu

Kitchen Cabinets: BND Woodworking

Light Fixtures (foyer/ kitchen): Lamps Plus (online)

Foyer Mirror: Homesense