Monday, 4 May 2015

#projecthillview: The Windows & Exterior

Last week the Mr. & I spent a day going to 3 different window companies to explore all of the possibilities. It was a successful day because we did decided on thin black aluminium windows inside & out.

Just to refresh your memory this is the existing exterior.

And this is my inspiration.

I pinned this image by Carrier & Company forever ago. I absolutely love the look & feel of this home. It's totally doable right?! We will be adding a cedar garage door & possibly somewhere else, not too sure yet I also want to incorporate a concrete wall with recessed light too.

Replacing existing windows, I think is a fairly simple process. Until we get to this one.

The plan is to basically, remove the existing back wall of the main living area, about 20 ft  & replace it with a moving wall, where all of the glass panels will slide & stack onto one another. This will allow for tons of light & easy access to the backyard & pool area. The moving wall will look a little something like this - minus the lady!

Hopefully we can have the top window follow the line of the vaulted ceiling but we have to see & the windows below to have 3 or 4 moving panels & one that is fixed. There are so many options to the moving wall, not to mention we heard the phrase "You may have to get a structural engineer" that by the end of the day I thought my head was going to explode with all of the information!!!  That being said it was a very productive.

Come back next week I'm talking kitchen!!!

Monday, 27 April 2015

#ProjectHillview: Foyer

Welcome to another installment of #mymidcenturymakeover.
The Mr & I have spent countless hours already going through our literally 100's of design magazines. We're ripping out images that represent clear ideas of rooms, specific items or simply serving as inspiration to create this new home of ours.
Today I'm going to show you the design plan for the foyer.

This may seem like a little thing but to me it's a big thing... I get a foyer. I mean I had one before, kind of. As soon as quests came in the front door, they could see into my entire main floor & not to mention the stairs were right there.  I love the idea of having a self contained space to greet guests, no more seeing everything from the front door & the stairs are tucked away.

My goal for this space is to create impact right from the get go, so I have chosen to use
Cole & Son wallpaper. I do have another option for wall covering but we'll have to see how the samples turn out but the Cole & Son will most definitely be the back up, if not used in another space.

A large scale black honed marble floor that will be laid in a herringbone pattern.  

The existing fibreglass wood look front door is going, along with the sad side light window. We are replacing them with one large black steel framed pivot door. This will give much more light & help the space to feel larger.

The main living space has vaulted ceiling that run into the foyer, so I am taking advantage of the
 height & this Bari chandelier in aged brass & polished glass chandelier. 

We opted to move the front hall closet into a space in the old kitchen area, this will allow for a less congested area. The existing closet will be opened up to allow for a nook for sorts to allow for a chair, a console table, sconces (thanks Jessie D Miller) & a colourful print by Slim Arrons without taking up any real floorspace.

I think that's about it for today.

Make sure to come back next Monday to see how we are going to transform the exterior!

Monday, 20 April 2015

#projecthillview: Kids Bath

Today is #projecthillview, also known as #mymidcenturymakeover update day. 

The house currently has 1 main bathroom & 1/2 bath in the master. We're opening up the 2 spaces & creating one large bathroom  & then adding a Jack n 'Jill between the kids bedrooms.
We need to steal some room from each of the kids bedrooms, but a  bathroom for the kids to share is a must. Unfortunately, until we are able to get in for another look, we're unsure if exactly how large the space is that we have to work with. Regardless this is the direction.

We are keeping the main finishes of the house to black & white & the kids bathroom is no different. This little bathroom is most likely going to be tight on space, but big on impact. 

The wall behind the floating IKEA high gloss vanity is going to be a random mix of black, white & grey subway tile with dark grout. The shower walls will be kept simple with a large scale all white porcelain tile. All I'm looking for in the shower a very plain & simple white wall tile so a porcelain is the way to go & this is also where I can save a bit of $$.

The main floor & the shower floor will be in a black hex marble mosaic, also with dark grout. Hopefully the dark grout will be easier to maintain with a boy...if you get me drift! In a bathroom setting my first choice is to always have the main floor tile & the shower floor tile be the same. If not in the same tile, then at least in the same colour - it gives the illusion of more space & ultimately gives a more seamless look.

I the industrial brass lighting is from Schoolhouse Electric & black plumbing fixtures are by
Jason Wu for Brizo. I chose these because they are both very minimal & interesting.  

Lastly I love these art prints, they are fun for the kids & still keeping with my black & white theme.


Prints of Heart

Well that's it for today.

Monday, 13 April 2015

A New Project Introduction #projecthillview

Hello friends, Yes I am alive & kicking. Sorry for being absent the last month.
I have had a few exciting things happening in both professional & personal fronts. I will share the professional with you another day once some of the plans & creases get worked out, but for today I am filling you in on a major change me & my little family are embarking on.

It all started about 2 months ago when a house we had our eye on came up for sale. You can read about it here. To make a long story short, we didn't have our house up for sale, let alone sold we were unable to move forward with it. However it did give us the itch to put our current house on the market again & begin our search. So that is exactly what we did!

 Fast forward to April 7th.

We SOLD our home & bought an even better version of the one that got away...on the same day!

To us it is the perfect Mid Century Modern Redo, which = pure happiness to me.
And when I say redo I mean it big time.  I counted 7 different flooring materials on the main floor alone... & it's a bungalow.  I'm talking walls coming down, all new windows, flooring, bathrooms & kitchen all need to happen. Not to mention the flesh coloured exterior. 

My intent is to remain true to the Mid Century design, but with a slight twist.
This means selling almost every piece of furniture we own & starting from scratch. I have exactly 8 weeks to pull this design plan together, before work begins & find a temporary place to live for about 3 months.

Stop by, TPZ every Monday to see all the design plans, progress & all that jazz on #projecthillview #mymidcenturymakeover

Next week I will share my plans for the foyer.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

A Little Co-Lab

 I have long thought about one of my fabrics upholstered but have not had the opportunity until now. 

A few weeks ago Jodie from J&J Made approached me & commissioned some of my hand painted fabric for an upholstery project. Since I can paint any colour onto any fabric we settled on Navy with Metallic Rose Gold.

Isn't she a stunner??? 

I love the juxtaposition - antique vs. contemporary, textured vs. metallic.
She is also FOR SALE!

If you aren't familiar with J&J Made, here's a quick little summary. J&J Made is an upholstery shop in Toronto specializing in vintage, antique & mid century furniture. Here's a taste of what they offer.

To see all that J&J Made has to offer click here & follow them on Instagram & Facebook.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The budget breakdown....

Let's just cut to the chase. I had a budget of $2000 to create Oakley's bedroom & at the end you will see how much I actually spent & on what.

The walls, ceiling & trim work were painted Benjamin Moore Pure White. The desk area walls & ceiling was wallpapered in Cole & Son Woods. A pair of Ranarp wall sconces from IKEA were added, to give lots of light to this important spot, as was piece of butcher block from the As Is section. For a modern element I opted for a black & chrome chair from Structube.

I painted the drapery fabric & added a cobalt blue banding & black gross grain ribbon. 

I made the tartan pillow & hand painted the graffiti pattern pillow. The lumbar is from IKEA & the tiny blue polka dot sheets are from Target.

We reused the white bookshelf he had in his old room & added colour coded storage boxes for the Lego & the Owl canvas storage bag for all of the dinky cars. This makes for easy clean up.

With the closet now gone, I chose to use the awkward space in the alcove to become the new closet. I used the same black rod as the drapery, added a white shelf above with little storage boxes to house his bow ties & suspenders. An additional shelf at the bottom, keeps his shoes neat & tidy.  We kept the red locker, it not only is his bedside table, but his dresser too. I'm all about double duty.

The buffalo water colour above the desk is from The Aestate.

The photo over the bed called "The Road Trip" is by Irene Suchocki & from her easy shop Eye Poetry.

As for the finishing pieces the funky molecule sculpture is from Black Rooster. The cable knit pouf & orr blanket are both Beaver Canoe from Target. The metal & leather camping boxes & deer riding a bike print are both are IKEA. 

Last but not least, the bed. What do I even say about the bed? My Grandfather custom made the bed. I had originally thought about a very simple platform bed with drawers, but it evolved into this amazing piece that he will have forever & I love the fact that the drawers below are huge = lots of storage!

How the Budget played out:

Paint & wallpaper:                         520
Drapery, bedding & Pillows:         470
Art, frames & accessories:             360
Desk chair:                                       89
Sconces:                                           40
Pouf:                                                 70
Storage containers:                          25
Marquee Light                                 24
Butcher block counter top:              60
Labour for painter & electrician:   720
                                                  $ 2378   

Well I went over a bit, but I'm going to chalk it up to having to have an electrician! 

Have a great day! 


Monday, 2 March 2015

My Little Guy's Bedroom Reveal

It's finally done & I could not be happier! 
More importantly O loves his new bedroom, so that makes this designer & Mommy very pleased.

I'm not going to bore you with a bunch of before photos, but if you want to see them you can click here. You will also catch a glimpse of the inspirational images.

This was my design plan = woodsman meets ski lodge on an adventure.

And after 7 weeks, a few tweaks & great grandpa making the bed here is where we have ended up.
I hope to have the space professionally photographed soon but for now these images will have to do!

I'll be back tomorrow with how this all came together & how it played out on the budget.