Living room Re-do: Before & After

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A few before and after’s of a living room I did this year.  The house wasn’t in great repair, the floors were badly scuffed and worn down, the electrical had to be re-done which meant all new lighting, and the room needed to be painted.  To save money I opted to paint the original floors black and I used rugs …

BEFORE & AFTER: a kitchen gets a new look

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This kitchen has undergone a fairly dramatic transformation. The renovation consisted of a new layout of the space; as well as new flooring, cabinetry, appliances, counters, backsplash, lighting, sink and faucet, etc. I like how the new look came together, adding white cabinetry and butcher block counters creates a great vibe. The touch of black on the hardware and faucet …


Before & After: Double Doors

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When I purchased my old house, I wanted to add ‘new’ doors at the back of the house from the kitchen. I thought this would add charm to the space and I liked the idea of outdoor access here for carrying in groceries and things to the kitchen. So I went on the hunt for doors.  Here are a few …

Take advantage of original features

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When I bought ‘The Woodbox’, one of the many features I loved about the house was that it had so much original character and charm intact.  The original house was built in 1844, and there have been various additions on the house since then.  Regardless, this wooden door and hardware looks old to me and I suspect it’s from the …

BEFORE & AFTER: creating a den

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In this picture above you can get a peak into the den off the rest of the open concept main floor.  The den has my favourite double French doors and a large bookcase on the wall to the right. There’s a TV in here, two large windows and it’s a comfy room for reading or watching TV. The doors are …


BEFORE & AFTER: kitchen renovation

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My kitchen reno was recently featured on CBC TV, but here are a lot more photos to see the transformation. People have been asking about the quartzite stone on the counter, here is a link to a post I did about that material: BEFORE: DURING: AFTER:

BEFORE & AFTER: kitchen island

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When I was renovating my 1844 house, the main floor under went a huge transformation.  I really wanted to open up the main floor, there were many small rooms and doors throughout the space.  There are great views at the back of the house, so I wanted more windows and doors to access the back area.  I was also trying …

BEFORE & AFTER: landing & stairs

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In my house I have a large landing between the second and third floors. I, of course, painted everything white.  It’s not how it looked before! Here it is in its original state with wallpaper and brown floors. The old plaster walls and ceilings were all in very rough shape (not to mention the layers of wallpaper in some areas), so …

BEFORE & AFTER: a kitchen transformed

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The before pictures of this kitchen really say it all!  Here are a couple of pictures of how the kitchen looked initially, it hadn’t been changed in many years. The plans were to gut this kitchen – remove the old cabinets and everything else in it.  The layout stayed the same (roughly) but a new floor was put in and …

Before and After: An office gets a serious makeover!

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Back a few years ago, I was renovating a space that is now my design office.  It was very industrial and rough when I got my hands on the space. This was another reno done with my talented cousin Mike, we (as in ‘he’ and I was the assistant) did new floors, walls, insulation, lighting, paint, baseboards, etc.  It was …