Weekend Wardrobe

The weekend is here and my favourite thing is throwing on those staples and tackling the day. Hats get thrown on messy hair, loose fitting shirts are perfection and comfortable shoes are a must. I have recently been running a lot more and so my nikes are surprisingly seeing quite a bit more sunlight. And they still look great with a casual outfit, which is a bonus. My new favourite tee from Kit and Ace is cashmere heaven and my stretchy, windowpane pants from Noul are on my body literally. every. day. What are some staples in your wardrobe?
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Stef: Striped brandy melville dress | Joe Fresh Sweater | Spring Booties | Top Shop Hat | Hunt Amor ring

weekend wardrobe weekend wardrobe weekend wardrobe weekend wardrobe weekend wardrobeHat | Aritzia Jacket | Kit and Ace Tee | Noul Pants | Mat & Nat Purse | Shoes

Happy saturday xo

Weekend Words: Thank You!!

I wanted to thank you all for your support and encouraging words with our latest flipping venture. It means the world to all of us – Ryan, Brendon and myself – to know there are people routing for us and getting excited to see our projects. We make a great team but if it wasn’t for our incredible support system, we wouldn’t be able to achieve any of this. So a big thank you to everyone who came to our open house, visited the blog, commented on photos, listened to us talk about it endlessly, whatever!! It means more than you will ever know!! Thank you!!

Here are just a few little snapshots from the open house…though I failed in capturing much of the evening or even getting our traditional team shot at the flip. I will work on that!! :) thank youthank you thank youthank youAnd yes, just a little update post listing…we SOLD THE HOUSE!! 5 hours after we had it listed, a lovely couple scooped it up and we are thrilled! I hope they have many, many happy years here…even though I am a little sad to see it go…sigh…thank you

So thank you again! And have an amazing weekend! xoxo

Before & After: Capilano Flip

It’s that wonderful, amazing, unbelievable time yet again!!! What time you ask? Why, the official reveal and all the lovely before & after photos from our Capilano flip, of course!! I am just ecstatic over here looking at the finished product…I know I’ve said it a million times but it really has turned out better than Ryan and I could have dreamed of and we are beyond thrilled for whoever gets to own this place (seriously, couldn’t it just be me?!).

I do want the photos to do the majority of the talking but I’ll just tell you a little something about the vision behind this project. I do cherish my own home but I thought about what I would absolutely love if I got the chance to move into this place. And my thoughts automatically went to: white and bright with plenty of natural light and an open space where you get the feeling of a breath of fresh air. And I think you’ll notice that I was inspired by a modern, Scandinavian design, with white oak flooring and plenty of fresh white walls…alright, let’s take a look shall we?!

| The Capilano Flip |

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No more stucco siding! Ryan and I chose this beautiful bead board for the exterior and then added on the perfect little deck. I could picture myself with a coffee here and a magazine for sure.

| Front Door Before |

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| Front Door After |

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| Front Foyer Before |

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| Front Foyer After |

before & afterThe new oak flooring starts right away in the entrance. I so would have liked to add a focal wall here with a gorgeous wallpaper I found, but alas, it was too far out to order. Hopefully the new homeowners will take a page out of my book…

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| Living Room Before |

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| Living Room After |

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Let me introduce you to Ryan’s pride & joy – the fireplace.
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before & afterbefore & afterThe living room is such a cozy space and that huge front window let’s in so much light. It’s the perfect combination.

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| Kitchen Before |

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| Kitchen After |

before & afterbefore & afterbefore & afterI wanted to go all out in the kitchen and make it a show stopper and I think we achieved that with the high gloss uppers and walnut base cabinets from Ikea. I wanted the cabinets to take much of the focus in the room so I opted for a simple, white subway tile for the backsplash that runs all the way to the ceiling behind the open shelves and hood fan.

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The lighting in the kitchen is spectacular with LED pot lights and under cabinet lighting to highlight any kitchen vignettes you can assemble.

Remember the wall and the adorable built in ironing board?

before & afterWell now it is completely open concept…no more wall!

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The dining area also saw a bit of a revamp with a gorgeous new fixture. I almost went with smaller pendants over the new island but opted for one focal point in terms of lighting, leaving a nice open view to the kitchen from the living area. before & afterRyan installed a bookshelf on this side of the island for some extra storage…a perfect place to add some delicate touches.before & after

Next, let’s venture into the new main bath.

| Main Bath Before |

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| Main Bath After |

before & afterIt was all about the blue in this bathroom. And though I had a bit of a soft spot for it (and was so impressed by how clean the tub was!!) it had to go!

| Shower Before |

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| Shower After |

before & afterWe decided on white hexagonal floor tile contrasted with a dark grey subway tile in the shower. A floating vanity is always great to give the illusion of more space and, of course, we got all new fixtures.

before & afterThe bedrooms on the main floor all saw new hardwood floors, doors, paint, trim, lighting, windows…the works!!

| Bedroom Before |

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| Bedroom After |

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Taking a look at the master bedroom, it is all white and bright, ready for someone’s personal stamp.

| Master Before |

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| Master After |

before & afterbefore & after before & afterThe ensuite is one of my favourite areas of the house. I was completely unwavering with my black honeycomb tile. I had to have it!! And boy, was it worth it!

| Ensuite Before |

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| Ensuite After |

before & afterbefore & after before & afterI mean how great is this floor? We also grabbed the same tile in white for the shower and Ryan ran a strip of it up the corner to tie it all together. I think my design savvy is rubbing off on him because he made so many great calls on this project! before & afterbefore & after before & after

Details in this house make it so unique…just another reason why I love fixing up older homes in our city! before & after

before & afterNow to head into the basement where we literally tore it down to the studs. If you recall from my progress post, we did a bit of reconfiguring with the layout and tore out one wall to open up the space.

| Basement Before (eew) |

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| Basement After |

before & after before & afterWith this new layout, I can totally see a great entertainment area. Couches and the perfect movie studio could go in the main section, and around the corner you could put a pool table or a kids space…or even an office nook! Great possibilities where before it was all closed off…

| Bathroom Before |

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| Bathroom After |

before & after before & afterThe downstairs bath was rather gross, so it got a sprucing up with the same tile from upstairs. Ryan installed an automatic light too so right when you walk in, it pops on. A lovely touch :)

So there you have it! A full tour of the Capilano flip! I hope you love it as much as we do and I would be thrilled to hear some thoughts. If you have any questions about products or finishes, please ask away! Until next flip!!

before & afterxo, K

Flip Open House

We are in the final stretches of the Capliano house and it is turning out even better than we dreamed! I am beyond excited to share the final photos with you all but for now, I’d like to invite all my lovely readers to our friends and family Open House this coming weekend. Now most people leave for the long weekend but if you are in Edmonton and would like to stop by and say hello, please do! If you are away and still want to come see it in person, than please do!! Just message me and I’d be happy to come let you take a peek! In a few more days, I will be sharing all the before and after photos as well!! So excited!!

Open House

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

mother's day gift guideI know so many incredible mothers – my friends, family members, co-workers and, of course, my own mother and soon to be mother-in-law. Hopefully one day soon, I can be as good a mother as all of the great models I have had! It’s lovely that we get a day to celebrate them though, don’t you think! So, I’ve put together a mother’s day gift guide just for the occasion, showcasing a few local items that I absolutely love!
mother's day gift guide

  1. A few delicious scents to give mom some variety
  2. Find a cute card and fill it with many kinds words
  3. Every mom & daughter alike remembers reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Pre-order the next Harper Lee novel 50 years in the making!
  4. Spoil her with delectable Transcend Coffee with the perfect cup & saucer to go along with it
  5. Support the Edmonton woman’s shelter with this adorable Mama tee from Plum Home
  6. Any mom would love a few planters to add some spring greenery, especially when they have a gorgeous slant like these ones
  7. Let mom showcase some summer salads with this gorgeous wood bowl and serving utensils
  8. Donna Hay’s 300 recipes to get inspired by in the kitchen
  9. Comfy, cozy loungers because mom always deserves some relaxation time
  10. For the green thumb – some new garden gloves and herb planter with scissors

xo K

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