By purchasing better quality furnishings and classic styles, we reduce the amount of garbage going to landfill. Try to avoid purchasing home decor that will have a very short life, because they will break down, wear out, go out-of-style, or we’ll simply get tired of them. Remember, you get what you pay for in terms of quality. It’s true, things don’t last forever, but good quality will last longer. And if you do get tired of something, you’ll be able to sell it or pass it on to someone else, instead of throwing it out.
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
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