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Is a zero waste kitchen really that scary?

Is a zero waste kitchen really that scary?

I never thought I’d be the type of person to start eliminating disposable plastics from my kitchen. I cared about the earth and doing good, but I was no die-hard environmentalist. So it surprised me that when I moved into my own home for the […]

Home Office Makeover

Home Office Makeover

When I bought my house, there was one room that I knew needed a BIG makeover. The second bedroom was minty green, with checked tiles – and was so stark and narrow that it felt like a medical facility. Let’s just say that the energy […]

My favourite vintage things: a peek inside the home

My favourite vintage things: a peek inside the home

I LOVE vintage things. My parents used to drag my sister and I antiquing through the days of folk style reigning king, and all I remember is a dusty smell, dark barns and TONS of taxidermy. Not exactly my scene as an eight year-old. Man, […]

Mixing old with the new: 4 lessons in combining wood tones

Mixing old with the new: 4 lessons in combining wood tones

I was always a bit afraid to mix wood tones. Maybe because we all grew up in 1980s houses that had dark dining sets and dining room buffets sitting on oak flooring, or fully wooden bedroom sets on even more oak flooring – and then […]

Love the place you’re in.

Love the place you’re in.

When I started looking for my house, my main focus was trying to find something within my budget. And of course, that’s what most of us are looking for (since it’s so rare for us to be able to buy homes today). But even when […]

Apple sauce is for grown-ups, too.

Apple sauce is for grown-ups, too.

I always hated it as a kid. That grocery-store bought stuff that tasted fake, and barely resembled real apples? No thank you! I never thought as an adult, it’d become an almost daily staple, but my cousin in Pennsylvania makes the BEST apple sauce and […]

That time I ripped up the carpet just to see what would happen.

That time I ripped up the carpet just to see what would happen.

I admit, this has become a theme in this home-ownership adventure. I tend to think I’m done with renos, and next thing you know I’m curiously poking around, picking up a corner of carpet, you know…seeing if there’s anything good under there. Of course that’s […]

What my bedroom reno taught me about appreciation

What my bedroom reno taught me about appreciation

When I bought my house, I was most excited for the bedroom. It’s a cute front-facing room with angled ceilings and a little bay window overlooking the street. I knew that it had potential.     All the walls on the second floor of my […]

Thanks to the Citizenry, I now know the name of my fave design style.

Thanks to the Citizenry, I now know the name of my fave design style.

For ages, I’ve been obsessed with everything clean and light and soft and warm. Whites and mixed neutrals, natural elements offsetting sophisticated silhouettes.     If I could have bought all new furniture for my house (and maybe had a guest house to decorate, too), […]

I didn’t think I was going hardwood

I didn’t think I was going hardwood

I’m the kind of person that would have found a creative solution around the (old, a bit spotty) beige carpet in the living room, and linoleum in the kitchen. I had it all planned out. Jute rug layered with mudcloth on an angle – and […]