Moving Thoughts

Monday, 17 April 2017


Hello blog readers!

I can feel my life slowing down by the minute!  These past few months has been so hectic.

But....we made it!!!

We moved in to our new home at the end of March.

I tell people that the Saturday we moved in...I was floating on air.  Nothing could get me down!

I was in love with everything and everyone.

I liken it to when you have a baby and you have tons of oxytocin coursing through your veins and you just feel so high!  (btw I didn't have that experience at all, when I had E.; just speaking from what I have read ;) )

The next few days after the move was a real test of mental endurance and resiliency.

Not only did I have to clean the new house...I had to clean my old one (including the basement which was scary and gross), unpack in a house that was still under construction, manage my work schedule, my child's schedule and extracurricular activities and my husband's lack of home schedule because of a filing deadline on March 31st.

It is a time that I don't wish to repeat.

I couldn't have done it without some real champions!  I want to publicly thank each and every person that helped me pack and move our house.  I reeeealllly want to thank some real special folks (and there were many!!) who took Emma to their house on the weekends leading up to the move, during the move and after the move, so that I could pack/unpack and clean in peace and productivity (cuz it's hard to be productive when you are tending to a constant chorus of requests for snacks and demands to immediately get rid of boredom).  I also want to thank my mom who kept up with my cleaning demands and kept Emma entertained and busy.



On another note...some thoughts about moving into a new build...and things to keep in mind prior to moving in...

- Figure out your Canada Post stuff

I was scrambling to figure out a place to forward mail to. Technically, our address didn't exist before. I needed proof from the municipality to provide Canada Post proof that my house actually existed....get all that stuff prior to moving as there can be up to a 10 day delay in introducing a new address.  In addition, there is a delay when you put in a request to forward mail from your old address.

You also have to figure out if you want to go the mail box service or if you want your mail delivered to a superbox that is more secure.

- Figure out your waste management stuff

Again, we called our local waste management company for a green bin for our organic waste.  There was a 10 day delay in delivery of our large bin.  For over a week, we had to put our organic waste in a large garbage bag, that we emptied in the green bin when it arrived.  We had to keep the organic stuff inside because it would have been ravaged by raccoons.

- Figure out your power and other hookups prior to moving

Man, we lived without internet for a week.  It. was. rough.

- Make a list..check it twice.

Make a list of all the little things that you notice around the house that need tweaking, fixing etc.  Make it electronic and take pictures on your phone to give your contractor.  It helps ensure they know what concerns you have and demonstrate the issue just in case they have to access the house while you are not around.

- Be thankful and try to take perspective

It's not the end of the world if something is temporarily messed up...cuz you just moved in to a new build....the majority of people will never have the opportunity to do that.

K.


The view from our bed


The last picture I took in our old apartment...Emma's height chart

Kitchen Adventures

Thursday, 23 February 2017

So everyone wants to know when we are moving in!

The short answer: very soon!

We are in the thick of installing cabinets, flooring, tile...we have countertop people coming next week...looking at installing our stairs next week...

It's a lot of nitpicky decisions: faucets, trim, sinks..

I enjoy some of the nitpicky stuff.  Not so much others.

The kitchen has been an interesting project.  We purchased online from Ikea. We (i.e. Andrew) assembled the cabinet boxes/frames and our foreman and another carpenter have been doing the install. It was a steep learning curve for them.  Not one that was necessarily enjoyable; I would think.

Thankfully, they are pretty easy going and don't hold grudges (btw my contractor is Graham Surette from Graham Construction and my foreman is Pat.). It's been a very collaborative experience, thus far, and I can't really think of a time where we felt out of the loop or upset.  If anything, I was afraid I would upset them sometimes with my requests and they have been nothing but accommodating.

I just joke with them and say that I am their Ikea kitchen guinea pig, as I am sure the requests for their kitchens will increase when Ikea opens in Halifax, later in the year.

We ended up going with a recommendation from a friend (Hi Heidi!) for our countertops: Livingstone out of Mount Uniacke (www.livingstonehfx.ca)  They are close to Halifax but their wholesale prices for quartz are amazing (with a $300 price for delivery).  Their email correspondence is soo sharp (which I love cuz I hate cold-calling) and they are super organized thus far.

Our appliances are all through our local Leons.  We spent a lot of time researching appliances. While of course, I haven't used any of them yet....hopefully the excellent reviews on the brands we chose will hold true.  We decided to go with a Bosch dishwasher, an LG fridge and a Samsung range.

Hold up....I know Samsung doesn't have a great rep....hear me out...

I wanted a dual fuel, propane convertible, induction, double oven, slide-in range. Pretty darn specific....basically a step under some small commercial grade ranges. It's not a common occurrence. Kitchen Aid sells one, Samsung does...and I have seen an LG one. The Samsung version has awesome reviews...not so much the Kitchen Aid.

I wanted the ease of the propane with the best oven for baking...with the convenience of a double oven...without paying the price for double wall ovens.

Got it?

Stay tuned to see how it works.

Finally, we are working collaboratively on our flooring and tile with our local C & C flooring.  We have been working closely with Kirk and our installer is Jamie.  Both are amazing! I am super pumped about our tub tile surrounds (check out my posts on Instagram) and our backsplash.

Here's some kitchen inspiration to leave you with:









Happy Thursday,

K.

Light Fixtures

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Hello folks!

Happy New Year to you all :)

Things are buzzing along on B. Street.  We have a special little girl's birthday this weekend.  Tonight, I was lying on my stomach on the kitchen floor and she came over and pretended to be a baby koala on her mom's back..."Mom, do you know baby koalas stay on their mom's back, while the mom looks for food?".

Wow.

All of a sudden she's 6!


In the words of Emma: "What the??"


Yep.



Things are going pretty well on the new home front as well.

One of the biggest challenges I am having right now, with the house, is lighting.

All of our lights have been purchased online or in Halifax.

For those that may follow me on Instagram: our show stopper is a 9 light fixture from Attica (that we got on a great sale before they moved in the fall). That is going over our dining room table. It's basically a light fixture that we never could have bought..so I am super pumped to see how it looks.  (On another note, light fixtures just like it are featured in House and Home magazine in their February issue).

Our other kitchen lighting is our pendant lights over the kitchen island. I originally wanted 3 pendants over the island. We ordered three from Structube.com.  I love love them.  One problem:  they are a lot bigger in person.  So we have three light fixtures.  But only two will fit..(anyone interested in an industrial light fixture? They only have a 14 day return policy and we are not headed up to their Dartmouth location, anytime soon.)

(courtesy of structube.com)


C'est la vie.

We also have purchased a super sweet pendant from Ikea for Emma's room. Emma has requested a pale pink ceiling and pale yellow walls. I think she has perfect vision for her room...and this fixture will compliment it.



Finally...we are in limbo for the main pendant fixture in our bedroom.  I ordered one on sale from Pottery Barn Kids (of all places!).  It's a Moroccan-inspired brass fixture that will fit in well with my navy blue accent wall I have planned..


(like this blue wall!)



or

I have a Sputnik inspired light that I purchased from Costco (of all places!). It would go well with the mid century modern furniture in our bedroom.







What do you think?  Are we Team Morocco or Team Sputnik?

K.