In Interior Design/ My House/ Renovations

Updating the basement to function better….

It's funny how houses change over time. Or perhaps it's more of a thing with smaller homes, where as family needs shift, kids get bigger, interest change, it's a necessity to find ways to readjust our homes to accommodate the changes. Over the holidays, I managed to keep a pretty good handle on the "stuff" in the house, but even so - it became apparent to me that we could make better use of space in the home in order to function better, have more places to hang out as a family or, when friends were visiting and a place to  store the "stuff" that needs to be here.

I was standing in the basement just before Christmas and wondered why none of us hung out down there. I mean, I didn't even like hanging out down there, even though we had an AMAZING couch (The Willow - I highly recommend it) I knew we were not using the space properly but I could never figure it out, until that day. And I realized in the name of "open concept" for the basement, we had dead space that wasn't being used properly at all and it was actually making the basement feel confused - was it an office or a family area. Take a look through the basement archives, as it may help you understand the layout slightly better.

If you take a look at this picture below taken at one stage of the basement's decorating. My office is at the back, and I put a cabinet to divide the office from a TV room area. To the right of the cabinet was an opening that looked to the staircase...

Now, we rarely sat down here as we looked at these openings to the staircase and it was just awkward. We had a TV on a pullout arm which I wrote about here but to be honest, it was heavy and more of a pain than I had hoped. I decided, a few days before Christmas as family and family hangout time was on my mind, was that what we needed to do was close in this opening and create a wall, for a TV to hang on it, AND, behind it, build a closet, to store our every-growing everyday "stuff". To show you an overview of the basement I did a quick sketchup of the basement. The first picture is what it was, and the lower one is the proposal.

Aubrey was totally on board, and started right away. I'll post more in the upcoming posts but here is Aubrey starting - which I show to give you a sense of the opening size and how it was a wee bit of a lost space in the basement.

More coming soon....

In Christmas/ Lindsay/ shopping/ Toronto

Toronto Shop Love / Kendall & Co.

Oscar was home sick this week but I needed to get out of the house and break up the routine, so my boys and I headed out to a shop I had been following on Instagram for a short time - Kendall & Co. I had seen their epic window display of ornaments on IG and I needed to see them myself.  The boys were initially reluctant to go, but once they stepped inside, they were just as enamoured as I was. I have never seen such a brilliant display of awesome, unconventional ornaments. If you're in Toronto, you must visit this gem of a store in Cabbagetown. I bought a few gorgeous ornaments and have decided it must be a tradition to go back every December to pick out a new one.  xo Lindsay

Kendall & Co. / 514 Parliament Street, Toronto  / Instagram

In Lindsay

New family member!

Meet Jake!! He’s the newest addition to our little family. We now have two cats, one little dog, and two snails (Gary and Stephen). He is the SWEETEST pup. He’s already 6 months old and came with the name Jake. I had this long list of dog names we we’re going to name a dog but Oscar was adamant that he keep his given name. I would have protested more had it been a name like Mr. Wiggles – but Jake suits him.

We had originally thought we were going to get a frenchie, but I had seen Jake on the breeders website, fallen in love, inquired, and then let it be. Aubrey was pretty reluctant about getting a dog smaller than our cats – but a few months passed, Jake was still available. I reached out again, and Aubrey and Oscar went to meet him. Needless to say the boys fell head over heels in love and all of Aubrey’s concerns went out the window. The breeder was the best, so kind, and I was so grateful that she let us take him into our home.

As someone who has pretty high anxiety, but who has learnt how to manage it pretty well (it took some work), adding a dog into my life kind of threw me for a loop for a few days and created some panic attacks. What if I messed him up? My life is over. I can’t leave the house and so on. (I’ve never had a dog). With some helpful reassurance from Aubrey and, my girlfriend Erin, I walked myself back off that ledge and chilled out a bit. I’m now used to the routine more, he’s in a crate at night, goes outside to pee / poop and I’m back to feeling in control and therefore less anxious. 🙂 He’s actually the best and he was meant to be in our little house. If you’d like to see more dog spam click on the read more. 😉  Continue Reading →