Saturday, April 25, 2015

waiting on the counter top….

The kitchen is in… our plumber installed a temporary counter top & installed the sink…

the measurement for the counter tops has been done and we have been given a 1 month timeline until its in Calgary from Quebec…


after that I will be bringing home back splash tiles (subway tiles) this gives me time to find the ones I think will work…

I want to see the whole counter top design before I order the tiles…hoping it is not to busy for the tiles I like, fingers crossed, it hard to imagine the look from a 12” sample…DSCN1737DSCN1738


we have amazing drawers for pots, no more digging out pots on my hands and knees…



cute hidden place for the dish brushes…


check out the coreguard inside cupboard, we will never never have mold under the sink again !!! ever !

And it just looks great !


drawers on this side too ! heaven !


we are loving this pull out pantry… such a good use of space !


our plumber reattached the old sink, taps and counter top to the bathroom vanity…


this mirror and light will be going too…  I am having a custom mirror made to be between the 2 new lamps I ordered yesterday….

this is it, The Kent Sconce from Restoration Hardware…

kent light from restoration hardware

is this beautiful or what, one on each side of the mirror, heaven !

next … looking for a new floor for the kitchen, wish me luck I find the right colour of grey… they all seem to have a purple undertone…

Friday, April 24, 2015

a hotel stay that changes your home…

What happens when you go to a hotel for 4 days because your kitchen is having its mold removed ?  You fall in love with the floor tiles and wall tiles in the hotel room bath….

We were not planning on changing the tiles around the tub… just the vanity and the floor, ok a new counter top with a cool sink and faucet…  but nothing else for now … ya sure !

Then we stayed at the Fairmount Palliser Hotel


this is our favourite hotel in Calgary …


this is the nicest (old CP hotel) hotel ever…


so this is the floor tile…24” x 24” … amazing, right?


this is the wall tile… makes my heart skip a beat…


large 23” wide x 12” high tiles, just amazing !


Loving this tap configuration, still looking for this ! if anyone has seen this anywhere please let me know…x



nice sink, we have picked this sink and tap for our vanity top….


we are both in love with this sink…. our counter top will be a formica  180 fx a copy of calacatta marble same as the kitchen…


Well when you fall in love with a tile from a hotel what do you do?  you Google tiles, hotel design and after a few hours you find a new company in your town, a nice website so you click on their Facebook page and scowl down… and guess what you find ? you find pictures of the tiles used and bathroom pictures of the Palliser Hotel, my heart stopped, I could not believe my luck ! I found my tiles !!!

 click here : Porcelanosa

pallister bathrooms from facebook

we ordered the tiles a few days ago, they will be in Calgary in a few days…

The other tiles I am still looking for are copies of the back splash tiles in the Starbucks attached to the hotel basement… I will find them ! I now I will…


totally love these tiles for our Kitchen backsplash, its only time until I find them too !


Want to see what your living room looks like when it’s full of Kraftmaid kitchen boxes?  well it looks like this …


Fun, living in this for 2 weeks while we fixed mold and had the floor tiles removed…

I will keep you in the loop with pictures of the install… soon !

New Kitchen & Bathroom…happy, happy, joy joy !

this is what our kitchen looked like when we moved in a few years ago….

kitchen 01

Left side….


Right side….

you might think, it looks ok…

and that is what I thought when we bought the condo… I always new we would do something special with it, new doors maybe…well the doors are all over painted with drips etc… not well done at all, counters are old Formica painted over… and under the sink has mold… waters been off for 5 months, not something I recommend… lol

We have put up with it all for 6 years now, time for a new kitchen…


so we did it, we when to Home Depot and worked with a Kitchen designer… and ordered a New Kitchen !


It is Kraftmaid, Black onyx……

these are the drawings

Left Side, to the ceiling !Makely_sink1

with a set of 3 drawers on the left Makely_sink2


Right side, up to ceiling with special pull out food closet !


and another set of 3 drawers on the stove side too !



After ordering, we have 8 weeks to get ready, we started with painting the ceiling… blue, I have always wanted a blue ceiling…


this is the back wall with shelving and artwork…


so we covered it all, why I’m not sure but we did.



our cat coco must inspect all our work



she loves to check out everything we do…


blue on the ceiling did not have to go to the far left because the new cupboards are going to the ceiling




right side done

Colour Benjamin Moore, 2138-60 Gray Cashmere


Next was the floor, I have always told clients….. never live or design around someone else's tiles, flooring, wall to wall carpet etc. that you do not like. 

You will never truly love your new room if you do that, never !

so people the floor just had to go……

Before… with the taped up moldy under sink cupboard….


bye, bye bad tiles and grout…


After, down to concrete….




Now the tile started at the front door, into the bathroom and kitchen…

Entrance hallway, before


After, all tiles gone… we are back to concrete !


now we did have one other problem with the kitchen… mold under the sink… so we left the condo for 4 days (staying at a hotel) and had a special company take out the whole cupboard on the bottom sink left side of the kitchen…

right side sink wall

then had an electrician redo all the weird bits of switches…

a plumber redo the water lines that were just pulled off by the mold cleaning company….leaving them a mess…

and then we had it covered in new blue gypsum

 drywall done

Bathroom floor





now as you can see above the vanity in the bathroom is original to the condo… so it is going too…  to be replaced by a match to the kitchen… again happy dance for sure, right ?




this was to be the vanity but they could not do drawers on one side so it will be 2 doors …

that's all for now, I will keep you in the loop and let you know how things are going in the next few days