Everyday Green Practices
Undoubtedly, in this day and age, we are all concerned about the state of our environment. We use city-issued recycling bins, purchase “green” household cleaners, purchase energy-efficient light bulbs and conserve energy in the home by turning off lights, etc. We may have had a home energy-audit done to learn ways of making our home more energy-efficient. Continue reading
One of my favourite coffee tables has a very simple square metal frame with a wood or stone top. Its classic style works well in many different settings and it can be custom manufactured to any size including end or nesting tables. Continue reading
Patterned fabrics are back!
I love the new Robert Allen fabric collection called “Dwell Studio”.
This reasonably-priced fabric collection has wonderful contemporary graphic designs, as well as updated, traditional chinoiserie designs that complement each other beautifully. These are some of the new classics. Continue reading
In March 2010, my husband & I were selected from many applicants to participate in an episode of Disaster DIY with Bryan Baeumler and team.
The filming took about 2 weeks in July – a very exciting and unique experience. Continue reading
The first day of filming started with me explaining to Bryan why I called him to help with our laundry room disaster. I complained that I had been without my laundry room for the past 6 months and there was no project completion date in sight. (i.e. I blamed my husband, the “perfectionist” for taking too long).
Bryan being interviewed
All of the Disaster DIY film crew were very friendly and did everything they could to make us feel comfortable. These guys are awesome – all very talented professionals. Continue reading
Here’s what my laundry room looked like before – original 1959 cabinets, vinyl floor tile, pink laminate countertop, and damaged drop ceiling (not shown). And notice the washer and dryer on opposite sides of the room – yikes!
Okay, so it’s not the worst laundry room in the world – the window is nice, and the size is good, but it definitely needed some updating.
After the old vinyl floor tiles were removed, what remained was the hardened black glue stuck to the concrete.
Bryan decided he would use a grinder to rough up the surface before installing new flooring – a very dusty endeavor – hence the sheet of plastic . Continue reading
Joe loved using all the power tools!
Here’s my laundry room with the new walls constructed and new plumbing in place (courtesy of Bryan et. al.). They built new 2×4 stud walls to accommodate plumbing and wiring (as you can see we have interior cinder block walls). Continue reading
Our new laundry room features:
1. Stacked front loading washer & dryer.
2. Refrigerator, convenient for backyard entertaining.
3. Stainless steel sink and gooseneck faucet.
4. Loads of storage space.
5. Backsplash with irridescent glass strips.
6. LED under cabinet lighting.
7. Electric under floor heating.
8. Easy care slate floor.
9. New door with frosted glass.
10. Multi-purpose work station.
11. Phone and internet access.
12. View to the backyard.