My husband and I are just in the final stages of a whole-house renovation, which included a brand new kitchen. Coming from our fairly small, badly-laid out previous kitchen, I was insistent on trying to make better use of the space. One of the items on my wish list? A broom closet where I could … [Read more...]
Where the Best Parties Begin
There’s nothing like getting together with family and friends, especially when you’re celebrating the holidays or a big event like the Superbowl, Olympics or even an Oscar party. Bringing loved ones together to share a special occasion and a special meal is what memories are made of, after … [Read more...]
Light it UP!
When decorating or renovating, don't forget one of the most important aspects of every home! There are some things during a renovation that get little or no attention. We often talk about decor and design but one of the most important items is regularly left off of the homeowner's "To Do" … [Read more...]
Kitchen Coordination, Like a Boss
People often say kitchens are the hub of the house, which is true - anyone who's hosted a party knows most of the guests end up jamming themselves together, cramming eats into their mouths, elbow to elbow, crowded over the dip. The smaller the kitchen, the more organised one has to be in order to … [Read more...]
Five Ways an Organized Closet Makes You Feel Like a Rock Star.
Anyone who opens a closet door to a wall of disarray, with items slipping off mismatched hangers into growing piles on the floor can tell you how utterly defeating and exhausting it all just looks, much less how crazy it can feel to start wading through it all, just in an effort to get dressed for … [Read more...]
Getting it ALL – Beauty and Functionality in the Kitchen
We are very busy so I need a kitchen that works for our family. When planning our renovation I have had a tendency to get off track and a bit starry eyed looking at some of the beautiful design options, especially for the kitchen. Custom built cabinets, restaurant grade appliances and wine cellars … [Read more...]
The Kitchen Backsplash: My Toughest Reno Decision Yet
The kitchen backsplash was turning out to be the toughest decision yet. I have come to realize that the kitchen is the most complex and time consuming room in the house to redesign. There are so many details and decisions to make it is mind boggling. And one of those decisions has had me virtually … [Read more...]
A Sleek New Trend in Bathroom Design
This is a guest post by designer, Silvia Mazzone of edesignboutique.com. My first home was a small starter that was in an ideal location, but the house was definitely not a 'keeper'. As a result, I had resolved to renovate minimally, which meant I didn't get my dream bathroom. Consequently, when … [Read more...]
Top 10 Tips for Making a Temporary Space Your Own
During our renovation project we are lucky to have a designer helping us and even more fortunate that she will be contributing regular posts to UrbanMoms. We asked Silvia how to make our temporary space in my sister's basement more our own for the months we will be living here. She gave us some … [Read more...]
And we haven’t even broken ground.
For the last 6 to 8 months we have been planning a renovation. We live in an older home in Toronto and are only the 3rd owners. Not much work has been done to update or fix the house in the last 90ish years. It is time, folks.However, the more we talk about it and plan the more "stuff" gets added to … [Read more...]