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: fireplace – no hook up required

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Since it’s officially the first day of fall, it’s a great time to dream about a fireplace.  If you’re keen on a fireplace but don’t want the hassle or expense of adding gas, electrical, etc. –  here is an option to consider.  In the living room above I added an eco-friendly fireplace burner by Eco Smart fireplace.  This is an …

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 Side Door

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In my kitchen there is a side entry with a charming old door. I wanted to make this a functional area – an extension of the kitchen with the BBQ and a small porch off of this side of the house. I wanted to keep the original door (I even have the old skeleton key for it), but pretty well …

B&A: This small bedroom’s potential revealed!

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At DND, we always love a good Before & After. There is something magical about seeing the possibility of what a room could be. When I bought my old 1844 house, there were many rooms that felt a little tired and dated. When I saw this space I wanted to lighten and brighten it up. BEFORE AFTER Hereʼs what happened: …

Before & After: an entry gets a new look

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In a past renovation I gave this entry a full makeover. Here is the before picture from another angle (coming in the front door): This was one I did myself, so I spent a couple weeks one summer lifting the old floor, removing the wallpaper (the walls and border are paper), taking down the blinds and getting a new light …

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: 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 …

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Before & After: small space reno

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Back a couple of years ago I was renovating a small apartment above my office.  This was an extremely small space with a tiny bathroom, kitchen and two small rooms.  As soon as I saw the space I knew I wanted to open up the wall between the two small rooms, to make one larger room as the main living …