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

 

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