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

Accessories

Accessories

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

SOURCES: 

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

 

16 Comments on The first post…Our Home!

  1. Lynette
    March 19, 2015 at 3:10 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d love to know where you got your backsplash. It’s gorgeous! Also, thank you so much for your post on a stress free kitchen renovation. We are about to begin the process and your post makes it feel doable!

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    • tchaves
      March 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Lynette!

      Thanks so much. The backsplash was from a local tile supplier Sarmazian. It’s a beveled marble tile 2″ x 3″ if that helps. All the best with your kitchen reno!!

      Reply
  2. Alisha
    July 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Your home is beautiful and inspiring! I was wondering what grey color is in your dining room … is it a Benjamin Moore?

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    • Alisha
      July 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm (3 years ago)

      It looks differernet than the Chelsea Grey, but maybe it’s the lighting?

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  3. Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    May 29, 2014 at 9:54 am (3 years ago)

    What an amazing year you had! Why is it that those challenging times always seem to happen all at once? Your home is beautiful, I adore your kitchen. Can’t wait to see more on your blog.

    P.S. Looking forward to seeing you at BlogPodium :)

    Reply
  4. Marlene
    May 20, 2014 at 11:23 am (3 years ago)

    Great first post!! I’m very excited about this blog and all the ideas you will share. Your house is stunning and I love that you work with a budget! Already looking forward to your next post!

    Reply
  5. Sylvia
    May 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Love your post & your work! Beautiful :)

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  6. Sabrina
    May 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Love the post! I can’t wait until I can hire you to come to my house!! I can’t believe your kitchen stools are from Ikea?! Looks like I am going to have to replace my R&H stools soon :( Also I love the colour that is in your living room, I am assuming it’s Benjamin Moore?

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    • Thelma
      May 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Sabrina!

      Yes!! We looked everywhere. Then one day we were at Ikea buying a tent for our daughter and came across the stools….they are the exact same white as the kitchen! The wall colour is Benjamin Moore Chelsea Grey. Thanks again!!

      Reply
  7. Maggie
    May 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Gorgeous House! Love the post!

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    • Thelma
      May 19, 2014 at 10:11 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Maggie!!

      Reply
  8. Steve
    May 19, 2014 at 11:41 am (3 years ago)

    That kitchen and front entrance is awesome! Great colours and layout. Keep up the great work! :)

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  9. Thelma
    May 19, 2014 at 10:59 am (3 years ago)

    Alfa, wow thank you, thank you! We came from a tiny black kitchen so we really a bright open space, and were so happy when we were able to achieve that in this home. As for the bench, it was an heirloom from my Grandmother…I recently had it refinished. I love it too! Your sweet comments put a smile on my face. Thanks again,

    Xo Thelma

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  10. Julie
    May 19, 2014 at 9:15 am (3 years ago)

    Beautiful home Thelma! Congrats on your first post, looking forward to following along on all you adventures and of course your home design!

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    • Thelma
      May 19, 2014 at 10:54 am (3 years ago)

      Julie, thank you so so much! It really means so much to me. I am glad you enjoyed the post. Have a wonderful day!
      Xo Thelma

      Reply
  11. Alfa
    May 19, 2014 at 9:11 am (3 years ago)

    Yay for your first post! I’m in love with your house, especially the kitchen! I’m so with you on big, open, inviting kitchens because that is where everyone always ends up chatting during a get together! That was one of my main wants when we were looking for a house as well! By the way, I’m in love with the bench in the entry way! Beautiful!

    Can’t wait to read more of your posts soon!

    Alfa

    Reply

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