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We are still not complete - too many "unfinished" little projects, some decorating stuff I'm not happy with, etc. etc.

These pictures are really the only "before" pics I have; some "in progress" have been lost on various laptops so for consistency I'll use the pictures as is when we bought it, starting with before and I tried to keep the angles somewhat the same (sometimes I'll put more pics only cuz I couldn't figure out which ones looked better :teeth).

Living Room

Before



After





We opened up that wall (to the left of the fireplace) which I think was originally opened, then closed up for some reason. I am still undecided/unmotivated as to what cushions to put on this banquet - black I'm thinking - and the banquet has to still be finished whistleold My blackboard wall that I've mentioned before, is flat black Aura paint and for BB paint has held up really well.



Other Angle/Side





Kitchen - this was a complete mess. Totally campy - notice that single sink jammed in the corner on the left? WTF? Funny though that the original sink was where we put ours in the reno. Still can't figure that one out. Cupboards were made of mouldings, trim, plywood, any scrap stuff laying around it seemed.

Before



After (notice the right end of cabinets? thats been like that for over a year now - no, I'm sure I don't want a wine rack there)



Another before from the other side



After - we wanted to remove both walls but they both had duct work in them. We moved it all to one wall.



Before - here's the banquet area with the wall we removed



And here's some more random kitchen "after" pictures





Family Room before - mainly just painting and random decorating. I haven't quite pulled this room together. We're thinking of refacing the fireplace and those window seats and will eventually refinish the floors.

Before



After



I'm going to lump them all together, this is too confusing for me.

Befores









Afters













And finally people had asked about my little fruit fly haven thanks to my youngest. Here's the before and after. The bed is built on a platform extending the width of the room. The bottom shelf rolls out and storage behind it. It is there that I myself found 5 bananas I think it was. My husband went in after me and found even more.

This particular little girl just may be moving out to the garage.

Before



After (I've got to do something about the curtains and something on that wall still)



Sorry, pretty long and I don't know if some pics have been left out or if I've double posted them.

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 2 Mar 2010 6:33 PM
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LOVE.

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 2 Mar 2010 6:36 PM
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can I say it again? WOW!!!

It looks AMAZING. I'm SOOOO glad you posted pics! I love seeing you completed kitchen...that banquette area's awesome.

A couple of questions:

Is that a polar bear in your window? (from here it looks like he has to pee...perhaps you should let him out).

Did you custom cover all of your books or just sort them by colour?

What made you decide not to paint the trim in the kitchen?

I am glad to see you have an MH, MH.

I love the mix of retro with modern (like your tv credenza thing)...You have awesome taste!


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 2 Mar 2010 6:40 PM
 4 Feb 2007
 Calgary, AB
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WOW!! Everything is amazing! Want to come over and take care of my house?

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 2 Mar 2010 6:53 PM
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Sorry for my short response before. I was feeding the babe and one-handed typing and all.

LOVE the juxtaposition of the rustic ceilings with the modern furniture and the pops of bright colour! It is so eclectic and beautiful! I have been waiting a long time to have a tour of your house!

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 2 Mar 2010 7:05 PM
 29 Oct 2008
 Oakville, ON
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Great colours throughout! I truly like the "feel" of your home.

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 2 Mar 2010 7:14 PM
 20 Jan 2007
 Saskatchewan
kaseyboo
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Beautiful - what an amazing transformation!

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 2 Mar 2010 7:24 PM
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 ontario
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unbelievable..I am in love with your place. I was also wondering about the bookcase...did you recover the books.
Once again your home is beautiful.

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 2 Mar 2010 7:55 PM
 19 Jan 2007
 Toronto
Firefly4
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Ahhh! I have also secretly been waiting... Love it...

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 2 Mar 2010 8:02 PM
 4 Oct 2007
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LOVE you style! Beautiful transformations...wish I could get my house to look that pretty!

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 2 Mar 2010 8:17 PM
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very nice! love it!

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 2 Mar 2010 8:39 PM
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Wow! LOVE the transformation MH! Absolutely beautiful...

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 2 Mar 2010 8:44 PM
 24 Jul 2009
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I love so much about this space.
You did SUCH a fantastic job.
I love the colour blocking of the books. I love the mix of modern and old. And that kitchen....sigh.

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 2 Mar 2010 8:53 PM
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RedVelvet
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WOW - just wow. Amazing job. Love the kitchen!!

And I just have to say - rofl
Originally Posted By: tjrocks
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 2 Mar 2010 9:02 PM
 8 Aug 2008
MooseHead
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Wow - thanks. Remember, still not complete. Actually nowhere near complete.

Quote:
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 2 Mar 2010 9:02 PM
 9 Mar 2006
 ottawa
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You have a wonderful style and design sense MH! Truly a natural.

I love everything, but especially the clean, white look of your living room (which I remember from your Xmas tree post) and that gorgeous kitchen. I'm doing a mini kitchen reno and want to copy everything you did. What kind of counter do you have (kashmir white?) and what is the backsplash? I love it.

Strangely enough, I have a knotty pine room that looks A LOT like yours (just a lot smaller). It has the same sloped pine ceiling and trim, pine French doors and my walls are grey just like your before pic. I hate it. I would love to paint it all white, but my husband won't let me paint the pine. Maybe I'll post some pics and you can give me advice because I really don't know what to do with the space.

I really love your bookcase too. I have a few pics saved of rainbow organized bookcases, but yours is the best I've seen (aside from a whole bookstore like that in San Francisco). I want to depart my library geek ways and reorganize my dewey decimal filed books into a rainbow because it looks really really good. You may have given me the push I need.

I also love all your light fixtures, and your white couches (the one in the knotty pine room is gorgeous!), the Saarinen table, and that polar bear in the window and the drawing of the peacock. Really great and inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

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 2 Mar 2010 9:16 PM
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Thanks koko. Yes, counter is kashmir white granite. I remember posting in this section that I would NEVER get granite; originally I was dead set on soapstone - no changing my mind. Long story, wanted wood grain cabinets but couldn't get over the darkness of it all. I liked it but it went against the grain (ha ha - pun) with me being so white all the time.

Backsplash tiles were a fluke. Went in to Ciot to actually order the Italian glass mosaics that I'd been coveting forever and they had skids of these new tiles just delivered on the floor. I bought them on the spot on a whim (this is one of my biggest downfalls). They're a stacked stone type style and carrera marble.

That light fixture over the coffee table has been my biggest and most favourite splurge. It was "expensive" for me and my DH just about divorced me for getting it. Its an authentic George Nelson "bubble" lamp. They've been in production since 1965-ish. A truely iconic light - I love it. I'm so surprised now that I have it; its amazing how many movies, TV shows, magazines, blogs, etc. I see that exact light in.

That ceiling - I know what you mean. There actually were a few heated discussions (no decisions made by me or anything) about painting that ceiling white. I still think it'd look amazing white but I'm glad I didn't do it....yet. I have to admit its been somewhat challenging getting away from so much white, incorporating wood, but I've developed a HUGE liking for teak and walnut these days.

I do know however, painting a high panelled ceiling white would not be a decorating faux pas - I've seen far too many in mags/blogs that look nothing but amazing.

And good luck with that bookcase - you'll see, its totally addictive!

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 2 Mar 2010 9:48 PM
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It looks friggen awesome!!

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 2 Mar 2010 9:51 PM
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Can I hire you to do my place? Please? laugh

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 2 Mar 2010 9:59 PM
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WOW laugh , your place is beautiful!

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 2 Mar 2010 10:07 PM
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Looks great! I love the kitchen backsplash and hardwood. What kind of hardwood is it in the living room/kitchen?

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 2 Mar 2010 10:07 PM
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MooseHead!! THANK YOU for posting your fabulous house! Seriously, I love it. I know it's already been said, but seriously, if you ever come to Calgary I'd love to have your advice for my kitchen/flooring/loft reno this summer.

So, when did your redesign start and what's the big stuff left on the list??

Thanks again for sharing, you made my Tuesday! smile

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 2 Mar 2010 10:12 PM
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Your house is fantabulous! I have been waiting for your before and afters and I LOVE it!

When I saw the polar bear, I thought it was a where's waldo type game and you were going to ask us at the end of the tour an I spy type question.

Your bookcase looks fantastic! Have you read any of those books?

Now I can not WAIT to see your garden!!!
Pretty please

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 2 Mar 2010 10:42 PM
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about freaking time. You have done an amazing job. Thanks for posting the pic of your daughters room; it's nice to have a visual of your infamous fruit fly epicentre.

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 2 Mar 2010 11:02 PM
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Your house is magazine worthy! Beautiful! Especially love the white backsplash!!

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 2 Mar 2010 11:13 PM
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FINALLY! The place looks fabulous Moosehead. I love the colours, the textures, the eclectic mix of things. Well done!

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 2 Mar 2010 11:40 PM
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*swoon*

beautiful, beautiful home. What a fantastic job you have done.

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 3 Mar 2010 2:14 AM
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You MH have a talent. I love it.

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 3 Mar 2010 8:19 AM
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Wow what a great transformation.

Is that a big polar bear in your window?

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 3 Mar 2010 9:06 AM
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Wow! plucked straight out of a magazine.
You're house is incredible!

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 3 Mar 2010 10:19 AM
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Great job!!! thumbsup

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 3 Mar 2010 11:04 AM
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Thanks again everyone.

Some answers:

Re: Desire to Inspire. I check every day, if not, every other day. If I sent pics to them I'm sure they'd recognize every last thing in my house; most if not all inspiration has come from there or some type of link/reference from there.

The floors are a cheapish LAMINATE blush from a local flooring store. There's a story behind them....I bought dark plank style and we laid them throughout the main floor (except FR), within a couple of weeks they blistered from some minor moisture. We freaked, had a small battle with the owner, he had this one in stock, offered it to us, we took it and he let us keep the dark flooring (we have LOTS, sold some to my sister; the rest will eventually go in the basement). We had to rip out the entire floor, PITA for certain but it was a blessing in disguise - I love these ones and am so glad we don't have the dark. I've posted about laminate before - I am a HUGE fan...so many positives. You do have to be "selective" with choosing the right colour/grain/finish. Not all are created equal in looks.

When did this start? About a year and a half ago - we are WAY behind! I'd anticipated having much more done by now, we've really stalled out.

Next big jobs are master bdrm (and we literally have NOTHING to work with and that includes space). Its a long (and very small) narrow room; we've removed closets and what we'll be doing is on one end will be bed & night tables the other end will be a U-shaped Ikea wardrobe system thingey which will take up half the room - thats it - bed, closets and a TV - no luxuries.

Next will be downstairs bathroom which will be gutted, all plumbing will be moved, stand-up shower, even entrance door will be changed.

And then upstairs bathroom, then all mouldings and trim, incl. fireplace - I'm changing everything to an absolute flat front PLAIN, no detail trim...you can see some of it in the kitchen & LR.

Thennnnnnnn, I'd like to resurface the ENTIRE OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE!!!

As far as the garden - we've done a lot this summer, like really a lot. All grass is gone, new plants, new covered dining area, covered BBQ area (we used the same pine planks as the FR), small arbour thingey, bit of patio stone. The original garden area was full and I mean FULL of boulders the size of watermelons and under those was more rock and under that was small rock and every time I dug a spade in to plant/move something all I heard was "PIIIINNNNGGG" - spade hitting rock. Pure hell. Sometimes I felt like crying, sometimes I gave up, then I started just heaving those rocks. Can't tell you how many landed in the pool and the damage that could have caused to the liner.

I've got 2 - 3 large shrubs to remove and I don't know how I'm getting them out of there. Blah blah blah - it will take years for this yard (what we've done) to mature, the amount of money I've sunk into even plants is not anywhere near noticeable.

What I will say is that indoor renovations are noticeable but the amount of work/sweat/time you put into outdoors never seems to show like inside.

Yes, I'll work for booze wink

Yes, I've read some of those books.

No, not Burlington but close.

My gawdddd, do I like to yap.

Yes, its a polar bear; I found a picture my daughter took:



Why is it blue in there? My husband put this tarp stuff around the covered dining area and all our patio stuff is in there dry and clean. NO, they are not my outdoor curtains, and no he couldn't have picked a stupider colour for this tarp thing. All winter it gives a vibrant ultra blue colour to my rooms whistleold

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 3 Mar 2010 2:21 PM
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ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... MH, I think they were right in offering it to you! they think you have a thing for stuffed dead animals... the polar bear, mooseheads, elk heads... parents don't know the difference between cool dead animals and lame bass-pro shop dead animals wink

p.s- and don't forget the animal rugs! of which, I want to do hardwood in my upstairs landing just so I can get a nice animal skin rug...

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 3 Mar 2010 4:03 PM
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Oh. my. goodness! It's beautiful! You have a GREAT eye for design! I'm loving your backsplash and think I'll look for something similar for in our kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

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 3 Mar 2010 4:03 PM
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Looks amazing!!!!!!!

I love love love your kitchen! Do you mind sharing where you got your backsplash? I'm looking for something similar.

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 3 Mar 2010 4:47 PM
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I LOVE your house. Freaking amazing! You did a fantastic job and have talent for design.

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 3 Mar 2010 8:20 PM
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Looks beautiful! I'm always shocked when you suggest white...now I see why- you did a beautiful job!

Please tell me your house isn't always that clean! smile

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 3 Mar 2010 8:41 PM
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Nice work MH!

I also noticed the Moose Head! (beside the Elk head - didn't know it was fake though)

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 3 Mar 2010 9:44 PM
 3 Jan 2006
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Totally diggin the kitchen - drool. Serious drool. And the painted fireplaces make a MASSIVE difference.

I'd like a random sampling of your book titles, please! Just out of sheer curiosity.

Looks great!

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 3 Mar 2010 11:33 PM
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Have you considered glass blocks to finish off those 8 inches?
I'd be tempted to do a plexiglass "box" a couple inches deep filled with something like rocks, marbles or gumballs. Maybe you could rig it so it's on hinges with storage behind. (Yeah, I have thought about it as a backsplash.)

Another thought: a hinged front with storage behind again, but with the front painted out in blackboard black once more.

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 4 Mar 2010 9:21 AM
 25 Feb 2009
 Ottawa
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WOW WOW WOW!!! Simply stunning MH!!

Your house looks like it could come straight out of a decorating magazine!

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 4 Mar 2010 10:33 AM
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I was going to just write that out in a reply, but it didn't quite fit the magnitude of my feelings on your after pictures. So I opened up paint and wrote it that way, to let you know how deeply I mean it!

I LOVE!!!!!! all of it! SOSOSO gorgeous!!!!!

Is that a moose head hanging on your wall? wink

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 4 Mar 2010 1:03 PM
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Um wow, it's like you are me or something, only with a house to decorate. You have my DREAM house. The vaulted ceilings with the natural wood beams (so many people would paint that out, but to me, that is sin)...the grand fireplace (which I would have also painted out)...and yet the modern furniture with the exact same colors I use for accents. Your books are arranged exactly like my CD's haha. I am so, so jealous.

I would love to see some exterior pictures of your home??? I'm so curious about the overall layout of things.

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 4 Mar 2010 1:39 PM
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Wow I love your house. Totally is drool worthy and is simply the most incredible house I have seen on WB. Wow !!!!!

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 4 Mar 2010 3:29 PM
 30 Oct 2006
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HOLY CRAP. LOVE!

Tell me about the counch in your living room...did you use a slipcover?

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 4 Mar 2010 3:49 PM
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Goregous! Amaing! So gorgeous!

I love pretty much all of it - you've got great taste!!

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 4 Mar 2010 4:03 PM
 10 Jan 2007
 Cambridge, ON
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wow! Amazing house!

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 4 Mar 2010 5:02 PM
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Beautiful!

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 4 Mar 2010 8:19 PM
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Again, wow, and thanks.

Eldenelder - the personalized comment was nice wink really

SBee - trust me, you don't want to see the exterior. It is hideous and totally nondescript - 2 story, small garage, flat front, absolutely NO character. If that isn't enough the siding and brick actually clash - its truly friggin ugly. If I wanted to embarass myself (should I?) I'd post a pic. Thats one thing about me, I'll never post anything thats just not "the best I can do". Trust me, its bad and we haven't done a thing - its years away.

Suziehomemaker - budget you'd be surprised at. For instance, looking around this FR there is no less than 20 things that came from Goodwill, Slavation Army, Kijiji, etc. Sometimes "bargains" land in my lap. Let me give you an example - on ebay I was eyeballing these retro teak serving trays, just a thin veneer thing which was $80 or $90. Well I wasn't buying it, just liked it. So few days later I'm in Goodwill buying my books and lo land behold there's TWO of them priced at 69 cents and 99 cents!!!! They were the exact same!

Now the kitchen - cabinets were from Ikea, maybe $3,000-ish? Countertop was big - about $2,500 I think. Appliances were Ikea about $4,500 approx. and the ONLY reason why I got that stove was because it was truly the closest I could find that "looked" like the $9.000 Wolf range I wanted. Tap is Ikea too, not expensive. Now the sink...I first saw these industrial sinks in Ciot/Taps - pricetags were anywhere from $3-7K wow Then I found one at Home Depot (Blanco I think) for $1800. Long story short, I googled and ordered it straight from a manufacturer in the states $265, shipping was about 40 bucks, came within 3 days, our dollar was par or a bit more at the time, because its manufactured in the U.S. no duty. The flooring was about $2.50 sq/ft. teeth The tiles are from Ciot and were about $15 sq.ft. I think

Clarebear - that couch was pretty much one of the first furniture purchases DH & I made....12 years ago! Another Ikea purchase, I love it. They've changed how that couch is manufactured and the slipcovers. It has held up amazingly well; its ultra firm but the cushions have down on top of them, my type of couch - firm but soft. It was about $550 and boy have we gotten our money's worth. Washes up like brand new and the slipcover is a perfect fit.

Thanks again for the nice comments, maybe now I'll get motivated to do more bye

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 4 Mar 2010 8:30 PM
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Moosehead, funny you mentioned your sink because last night I was actually eying-up a beautiful $2200 sink on home depot's website, clearly it is not in my budget... any chance you can recall where you ordered yours from?

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