March 29, 2017

We Have A Bathroom!

Hello everyone, I hope you are well! Today I am excited to share a look at our new bathroom! Ethan and I live with my parents, and have our own room in the basement. In January the bathroom was finally finished, so now I don’t have to go upstairs in the middle of the night! YAY! I wanted to have the chance to decorate it a little before sharing, so I hope you enjoy the tour today! Let’s get started!

we have a bathroom

I wish that I had taken some before pictures to give you an idea of the progress that happened in here. To catch you up, basically the side of the basement that includes our bedroom and bathroom used to be open space, and most of the basement is still unfinshed.  There also has never been a bathroom downstairs, but now there is!

This whole area was built with my sister in mind, so yes the shower is huge. 🙂 She uses a shower chair that rolls in and out, so we needed a lot of space. When Ethan and I move out (and into our house), Alex will most likely move down to our room, and have a floor to herself!

View from my room

view of bathroom from our room

We have a sliding door that leads into our bedroom, and a door leading to the “hallway”. I have to say it sometimes feels weird having to close two doors to use the washroom! Below is a look from the other side.

Both bathroom doors

 

Storage

Bathroom Storage

Here’s a look at the storage we got from IKEA. We stacked all of our towels, my hair styling tools, and my bath things (that I take upstairs to use in the bathtub). It’s the HEMNES line bookcase in black-brown, and you can find it here.

Vanity

Bathroom vanity

Here’s the vanity, also from IKEA, also the HEMNES, also in black-brown, which you can find here. Here’s the sink, and I can’t remember where we got the faucet. I believe it was Home Depot or Lowes.

Storage in the vanity

I’m trying to figure out the best way for organizing the drawers, and here is what I have so far. The drawers close quietly, but automatically, so it can be a little annoying to not be able to reach in with the drawer starting to close right away. I’ll show you what’s inside my drawers, but Ethan uses the same logic (minus the makeup :))

Bathroom top sink

The top drawer is where I keep my everyday things, all of my makeup, hairbrush, hair clips and elastics, and my skin care products. I also put all of my samples here, so I can eventually go through them, and the makeup section will clean up!

bottom bathroom sink

The bottom drawer is where I keep all of my hair products, a bin of feminine supplies (that usually goes in the giant space), and “overstock” things. I’m definitely the person who buys more before running out, so this drawer is helpful! I also have to use the gross nasal rinse things to help with allergies, so I keep all of that stuff down here.

The Shower

Bathroom towels

Shower Stall

Shower Storage

I think we might up getting a caddy that fits in the corner, but for now we use the built in shelves, and a bin we had in the upstairs bathroom.

the whole bathroom

Decor

Bathroom print

Here’s the print I found at homesense, and I really wanted something black and white, and French. In my head I wanted a picture of the Eiffel Tower, but I actually like it more!

Bathroom Print

We found these bathroom accessories at Kitchen Stuff Plus, and I think they fit so well! Here’s a link to the garbage can (above), and it also has a picture of the whole line of accessories. I wanted most of the accessories in here to be white or a bright as possible because the tiles are on the darker side, and the walls are grey. The paint we used was Bunny Gray by Benjamin Moore, which you can find here.

I feel like it’s still a bit of a work in progress, and now that my sister is using the shower we need to adjust some things, but I’m just so happy to have a bathroom downstairs that I couldn’t wait to share!

Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
March 15, 2017

I’ve Been Keeping a Secret! We Bought A House!

Hello friends! If you read my Hello 2017 post, you may have noticed I teased about some news that I had. Well, today is the day! I’m finally spilling the beans! It may also help to explain my recent obsession with HGTV. 🙂 Are you ready?

 

Ethan and I bought our first house in October! I’m officially an adult now, right? We are so excited even though it feels forever away. It’s a new build, end unit townhouse that *supposed* to be ready in October 2018. We aren’t holding our breath on October, and if it gets pushed back at all, we just get to save more money. Today I’m going to share the floorplans with you, and hopefully along the way I can share more updates! And when we move in, expect a lot of room makeovers, tours, and those sorts of fun things! Can you tell I’m excited? I hope so :).

Before we get into the floorplans, here’s a picture of Ethan and I the day we bought our house, and we think it will be somewhere behind us. That day we actually went to a release of another builder, but it was too expensive so we left that, and decided to check out this builder. Once we saw everything, we decided to buy! There was a cooling off period so if we changed our minds we could get out. It was the most impulsive decision I’ve ever made, but I think it was the right one for us!

Ready for the tour?

I really wanted an end unit just in case there happen to be stairs to the front, so we always have the option of bringing my sister’s wheelchair around the back if it’s easier. Plus, I like the idea of only sharing one wall :). I’ve edited the floorplans to make it as not-confusing as possible, so hopefully it’s not too confusing! We are end unit Elevation B, so the windows would be where they are shown on the right, with the only difference of the bottom right corner. Here’s a look at the main floor:

I really love the open floorplan, and can’t wait to decorate these spaces! I love the formal room, which I think we will use as a sitting room when we first move in, instead of a formal dining room most people might use it for. The stairs are in their own space which I love, and they lead into the formal room. We think we will add a gallery wall on the wall of the stairwell eventually! We could put a Christmas tree in the formal room, or in the family room. I’m happy we have a lot of counter space in the kitchen, and I’ve always wanted a breakfast bar! We would like a fireplace in the family room, but might hold off until after we move in.

Now let’s move upstairs:

I’m going to make the laundry room so pretty! I’m so happy to have it upstairs, it was something I really wanted! I’m so excited to have a walk in closet, and such a big master bedroom! I’d like to get a vanity and keep it in there, maybe a reading chair. And I have a bathtub! I can’t wait to use it. As of right now one bedroom will be a guest bedroom, and the other will be a filming space/workspace for me! 😀 I’m not sure which room will be what, and we probably won’t decide until we at least walk around it.

And the basement:

This space will most likely start as our home gym, because we both like to workout at home and already have a lot of equipment. In the future, we can block storage areas off, and potentially finish a bedroom. After all, Ethan has helped finishing our room and our bathroom, so he knows what’s up :).

 

We spent a few months looking at different builders in the same area, and like what ours comes with (which others builders had but as upgrades). I feel like it happened very quickly, but at the same time I know we still have time before we move in. Until then, we have a lot of dreaming to do! I’ve had a secret Pinterest board that I’ve just changed to public for you guys to see! There maybe you can get a sense of what looks I might be going for.

Also, if you’ve ever completed a new build home or if you have any suggestions or advice for us, we would love it!

We are so excited to see our house being built from the ground up, and I hope you guys will enjoy coming along with us! I hope to share more when we pick our upgrades and finishes, and hopefully have some building progress pictures eventually!

 

Thank you so much for reading!

 

 

Kelsey
March 8, 2017

Monthly Favourites- February 2017

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great March so far,  and if you’re like me you are getting excited for spring! It’s monthly favourites time once again, and I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the past month. From entertainment, clothing, beauty and more, I’m sharing it all! Okay, let’s get started!

Entertainment

Bryan Inc.- You guys know I’ve been on an HGTV kick these past few months, so I thought I would share another one of the shows I watch often! Ethan and I caught I think every episode this season, and I really enjoyed it! Bryan Baulmer brought his wife Sarah into his company to flip two houses, and the series followed that entire process. The house was worth millions of dollars so it seemed a little over the top to me, but it was beautiful!

The Incredibles- I haven’t seen this since I was a kid, and I don’t remember why but I disd’t like it the first time I saw it. Ethan remembers feeling the same way, so when I saw it on tv a few weekends ago, we decided to give it another try. I definitely liked it more this time, and I really don’t know what I didn’t like about it the first time! It’s not my favourite Disney Pixar movie, but I still like it!

Something Borrowed- I was sick this month and spent my long weekend on the couch watching chick flicks. One of the ones I watched was Something Borrowed, and I forgot how much I love it. I have also read the book, and it’s sequel Something Blue, and I think every other book by Emily Giffin. But, when I was watching Something Borrowed, I saw something after the credits I had never caught before! It’s a perfect setup for the movie sequel! While I don’t think it’s happening very soon, I did look it up and I think they are working on a script. So I’m very excited for that!

Podcasts!

I discovered podcasts in February, so I thought I would share the two I’ve been enjoying.

Young House Love has a Podcast– the husband and wife team behind Young House Love now have a podcast! (well it’s not that new, but new to me). It’s funny to hear their banter, and I love the different segments they have each week.

BLT Lunch Break– I’ve mentioned The Tim Tracker as one of the YouTubers I watch regularly. He’s on it as well as two other guys, Logan and Bart, so their initials make up the BLT. it’s hard to explain but in the podcast they just talk about different things, and it’s pretty entertaining!

Clothing

Pretty Little Monograms Minnie Monogram Pullover I had been looking at this sweater online, and finally bought it at the same time I picked up my sister’s Christmas gift. I don’t wear a lot of pullovers like this so it’s nice to have something a little different. And I love the Minnie Monogram! It actually has my future initials on it 🙂

 

La Senza Pajamas– I bought these just after Christmas for $20 and I love them! I hadn’t ever worn legging style pajama pants to bed, (I usually wear Old Navy’s pj pants) and I normally wear a t-shirt, so this 3/4 length sleeve was different also. It was a nice change! Plus they are comfy to wear around the house, and I like the design on the leggings.

Beauty

Silisponge- Did anyone else have this pop-up on Facebook? I was so curious that I headed to Amazon and bought one. At $5 I really couldn’t go wrong, and I like it! It’s definitely different than using a Beauty Blender because you use it to spread the makeup instead of dabbing it, but I think it does a pretty good job! I’m fairly simple in my makeup application, so I’m not sure how well it would work when it comes to blending, but it works for me! It’s also so quick to clean which I love.

Food

Aubergine Parmigiana with Crispy Breadcrumbs– this Jamie Oliver recipe Ethan made for me on Valentine’s Day, and it was so delicious we’ve already made it again! We’re both vegetarians, so it was nice to find something hearty and delicious, while not too heathly. The addition of crunchy French loaf breadcrumbs add that special something, and they’re even good the next day when they soak up the sauce! I’m a little safe in my food experiments, but I really liked the eggplant and zucchini in this recipe.

picture from Jamie Oliver’s website (linked above), not our dinner 🙂

 

If you’d like to hear more about my favourites this month, check out the video below!

 

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What did you enjoy in the month of February? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!

Kelsey