I am fortunate to have my own business with my brother Alex, who is also my bestie. Other than a few squabbles here and there, we get along really great. We buy old Toronto homes that nobody seems to want and give them a complete overhaul.
Our previous project, a 3 storey Century home in High Park, underwent a major renovation including leveling all three floors as the house had sunk in the early 1900s shortly after it was built.
The third storey had 2 bedrooms, So we decided to turn the second bedroom into a Master bath, as there were 3 bedrooms on the 2nd floor and one bath
We thought it would be nice to have a separate tub for those much needed soaks , and a glass shower. A double vanity will also fit nicely in the space which will give it that “Master Bath” feel.
After getting all the plumbing roughed in to accommodate our design, we can test fit our fixtures and make sure they line up with our plumbing pipes
We went with neutral and timeless floor and wall tiles so that our rich wood vanity can really pop!
And now the final touches, glass shower goes in, trim, paint, backsplash and faucets
I loved the way this bathroom turned out! We have since sold this house and I know the new homeowners loved it!
I’ll leave you with our amazing photos of the space all dressed up👗
Now this house is so much more practical with 4 bedrooms instead of 5 and this much needed retreat for the grown ups !
My cousin Marisa recently reached out needing help putting her bedroom together.
She is a hard working single Mom and talented photographer desperately in need of a space of her own where she can feel at peace. We had a budget of about $2000 to pull her room together.
Here are the pictures she sent me:
With such a limited budget, I will need to incorporate the dresser set she currently has, as well as her cute French country vanity. I think with a few tweaks and possibly some new hardware, I can make them look great!
Marisa has agreed to pick up herself a new mattress ( not included in our budget) and I will take care of the rest.
Since she lives in Angus and I’m in Toronto, I have to go off these before pictures to make my list of what I need and simply hope it all works out when I visit.
This budget has to accommodate the following:
A new bed frame, 2 side tables, table lamps, ceiling light, area rug, new vanity stool, art work, new bedding, throw pillows, throw blankets , accessories and of course fresh flowers 🌸 to top it all off!
Off to Home Sense I go💃💃💃
In the end I was over budget by $200, but hey…such is life! The main thing is Marisa was really happy with the end result and so am I.
The Toronto Real Estate Market, as we all know, is very expensive. Being handy definitely comes in “handy” as most people are likely buying something that needs work. Luckily for me, that’s my job (more on that later).
My first (how exciting!!) post is a small project to get my blog started, the linen closet.
The house is an original 1960’s back split and every room needs updating. What was really fun was in the crawl space I found 5 different rolls of wallpaper from the 1980’s. The previous owners had left them behind with a bunch of other old stuff. To stretch my creative muscles I decided that I would redo this closet with only material I had on hand, and would incorporate the wall paper I found. Luckily the 80’s design trends are back in style these days so I was excited to see what I could put together.
I made an instagram post to get other people’s thoughts, but I knew right away the one I was going to use.
First up is caulking, filling in any gaps to create a smooth and seamless look. Caulking really is the best thing for quick fixes and smoothing things out.
Next I used spackle to patch any holes in the wall, then some light sanding and priming. I happened to have some plain textured wallpaper that my aunt had given me so I used that to cover the old shelf lining and painted it white.
The final steps are applying the wallpaper to the backs of the wall, this will give the space depth and colour. It was my first time applying wallpaper, I’m glad it was just a small amount. Not my favourite job!
Putting the final touches on is always my favourite part, but all the hard work makes the result that much more satisfying.
Voila! The closet will eventually get a bifold door, but for now, who needs to cover this up?