Good morning folks, In Canada we have a long weekend starting tomorrow to celebrate Canada’s birthday. It’s one of my favourite long weekends because it really kicks off the summer and is filled with bbqs, fireworks, and if you really lucky a dock…
Ive got the powder room at project Jennifer up for show today. I hesitated showing you this one because it’s not completely done. I’m going to be putting up some dreamy wallpaper above the black shiplap but I’m stuck on it. There are so many incredible wallpapers out there I can’t decide. I know. Me not being able to decide on something? Doesn’t seem legit but after making 1000 decisions for this house and other client houses I’m stuck on this one tiny thing. Anyway I put a quick coat of leftover grey paint on the walls to show you what we have done in here. We have gone from powder blue on blue to black on black. Enjoy.
I’m a big believer of “don’t throw out the baby with the bath water”. When my hubby first saw this room and we were walking through the house making a list he was like “ok gut everything in here?” I was like WAIT!!!! That pedestal sink is not going anywhere. It’s gorgeous. After doing a little digging, the previous homeowner told me that she actually found it at the side of the road in Quebec. It was thrown out of a century home under renovation. It was over 100 years old. She scooped it up, and I love it. So it had to be preserved.
We kept a lot of the existing doors in the house and just painted them and got new hardware. On the main floor all the doors were painted black (grey upstairs) and this Anthropologie crystal knob really shines. Black shiplap was added half way up all the walls and painted black. Of course.
A mini black hex floor replaced the powder blue terracotta floor. It’s so mod and chic (and budget friendly) and I absolutely love it.
Here’s another shot of that sink 😍 The mirror was a homesense clearance isle find for $39.
Anthropologie has done it again with their bathroom hardware. I don’t know why a toilet paper holder makes a big difference in my day but it does.
I love supporting local artist. These water color paintings were done by wild canary studios in Leslieville. They have an etsy shop. You may want to check her out. Her prints are adorable.
Bonjour mes Amis,
Today is dining room reveal day. This space now looks very different from where we started because we took down three walls and turned the staircase from going right into the front door to having a landing and coming into the dining room. It was a difficult decision to make. There were plenty of options but this one to me, visually was the only one that made sense. It did mean however that we would be loosing 4 feet of width of the room at the one end. A sacrifice easily made for the trade off of a safe staircase and an open airy feel. It does mean that that one end of the bench in the dining room is a little tight to get in and out of. That’s ok. We will stick a small human or kiddo there, or someone we don’t like. Right?
Because we had to add a secondary furnace and ac unit to heat/cool the addition in the mudroom that meant having to run hvac along the fire place wall. Since that would have looked awkward I had the fellas run a bulk head around the perimeter of the room and trim it out with some pretty crown moulding. We added some wall box trim to create even more interest.
Here’s what it looks like now.
I also added a ceiling medallion to give it a bit of a formal feel. The light fixture was a bit of a splurge from arteriors home and one of the first purchases for the house along with the kitchen island pendants. At night it casts the most beautiful pattern and glow on the ceilings and walls. A true test of a great dining room light.
Here is a close up of the box detail we did ok all the walls in this room.
And this west elm rug 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 am I right?
We took out the old concerte hearth on this tired old fire place and replaced it with a baseboard trim. I had the fellas add two little pieces of trim on the sides of the fire place from the mantle to the bulk head. This allowed me to paint the fire place from floor to ceiling and give it a bit of a beefy, brand new type of feel.
A lot of blood sweat and tears went into this staircase. 150 spindles were painted by hand by our amazing painters. Not to mention the treads and risers which were both painted by hand as well. The showstopper for me are these reclaimed posts from the door store. They add that old world elegance and detail that this house lacked. I’m sure my contractor will miss my texts of photos of items taken out of old homes😳 All beat up and partly destroyed and asking….can you make this work? I’m sure he was thinking why can’t you just buy something from the hardware store like everybody else? Less work for him I’m sure. But he never did. He always seemed excited at the challenge. The sign of a truly great contractor. The greek key runner finishes off the whole look and provides a soft safe environment for climbing up and down the staircase.
One of my favourite parts of this dining room are these ruffle bottom drapes and this bench cushion moment. This window was already in place but by simply adding a bench cushion it creates not only a beautiful nook (and you know I’m all about the nooks) but extra seating. I plan on pulling up an extra table there at Christmas time when there are large family gatherings and everyone can still dine in the same room.
We will be moving on to the mudroom and front entry way reveal tomorrow. Then taking a break for the long weekend and starting back up Monday with the upper floor of project Jennifer. Stay tuned.
Mid construction photos:
The heart of any home is always the kitchen. It’s where we gather together multiple times a day and often say “hey…how was your day?” A rare moment in this crazy busy life.
The kitchen at project Jennifer is no different and I had a very clear vision of what this kitchen should be the Minute I stepped foot in this house. The kitchen in its current state when we purchased the house was a bit of a schmorgus board of renovations. Some of the cabinetry was original to the 70s and painted lime green. Some was an early 90s orange wood. Some was 2000s cream. It was quite literally a dogs breakfast. No pun intended 😂
I enlisted the help of Foxglove Design in aurora for this portion of the project. I knew exactly how I wanted it to look like but needed help with getting my ideas on paper in form of a permit ready drawing.
I knew I wanted counter to ceiling herringbone backsplash and open reclaimed wood shelving. ID been dreaming of this kitchen for years. I remember standing in the kitchen with our team and Michelle (yes the owner of foxglove is also named Michelle) suggested taking out the window above the sink that looked into the backyard. Taking out the window I thought? Won’t that make it dark? Aren’t we always trying to add light in a space? I was skeptical but I could see it was the only option to get the layout I wanted with the big range hood over this amazing Jenn air 6 burner stove, my backsplash statement, and the floating shelves. Off we went and this is how it turned out.
Remember the drapes from the family room reveal yesterday. That fabric inspired this blue island.
Here is a good look at that counter to ceiling herringbone subway tile backsplash. Dreamy isint it?
Don’t be afraid to mix hardware. In this kitchen I kept it all brass but used cup pulls, knobs, dainty pulls, and even a beautiful vintage pull for the pantry.
Here’s the view from the family room looking into the kitchen. That 9 foot Long Island really bridges the two rooms and provides enough seating/work space for the whole family.
This beautiful bay window was already there when we bought the home. I just made it into a bench by getting a custom cushion made for it. It is the best seat in the house for your morning coffee.
This wall had literally nothing on it in the original kitchen. For me it was such a missed opportunity for storage and a dose of pretty. We made it into a drink station for hot and cold beverages.
This kitchen like any did not come without its problems and challenges. We waited 6 months for this jumbo oversized slab of pure white caeserstone. Originally we were told we had to have a large seam right down the middle of the island. Then at the last moment before they install they started manufacturing jumbo slabs. But they had flaws. We decided to wait and hold off in hopes they could work it out. That meant living with plywood counter tops for a good 6 weeks. I’ll be honest I started getting used to the practicality of cutting right on them and not caring what happened to them. Months later the jumbo slabs started coming out without flaws and we snagged the first one we could. When you see this big beautiful island in its entirety it was worth the wait.
I never want to miss an opportunity for a nook. More storage, and a opportunity to display the pretty. This bulkhead had to happen because of the steel beam and hvac system. But there was a large open space in the middle. I had the fellas make me a mdf box which we inserted in there. I painted it white and had some more reclaimed wood shelves made. I use it to hold cookbooks which I wrapped in wallpaper and family photos.
The brass bridge faucet is like 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 am I right?
These arteriors home lights were one of the first items I purchased for this kitchen. I wanted a young, fresh, eclectic vibe and these fit the bill.
I think a lot of homeowners are afraid of open shelving. Will it look messy? Will I have enough storage? For me it’s an opportunity to have your every day dishes at the easiest reach. Sprinkle in a few pretty items, cook books, succulents and voila. The open shelving is a huge statement.
This area of the house used to be divided by all walls. It divided the stair, dining room, and kitchen. We opened it all up and it allowed for a little kitchen table to go in for weekday dinners. It also looks out to the backyard which is lush and green. The perfect little eating area.