Basement Window Project

So this was the project that seemed to take forever! From weather slow downs to, bee hives in the wall and then the discovery of some mold, it was certainly an adventure I am happy to see complete. 

So here was where we started. A wall with no window and an extra thick foundation.

Then next there was new drywall and divorce dust everywhere! 

But the window was in! Yes, it is way underground but it gets a good deal of light, but best of all, it can be opened for fresh air.

That was the first coat of paint and we still need to put down flooring.

With the flooring down it feels like a real room again… Can’t wait to move the furniture over. But first I have to clean it all.

With the furniture in place it is ready to be lived in again. It’s going to be hard to handover this space to the kids. I think I like it a bit too much! 


Yummy Pumpkin

Yes, I am one of those people. A pumpkin lover and fall fanatic! One of the ones that dreams about the PSL and sipping it while kicking dried leaves, embraced in a cozy sweater. 

Sounds wondeful doesn’t it?

So when on a recent trip to Costco I smiled broadly when I stumbled upon this box. Yes, pumpkin pancake mix, pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies in one box. Oh yay baby was my response! 

This is how I like to decorate for fall. Some white pumpkins and the house smelling of wonderful pumpkin bake goods. 

T’is the season after all! 

Been awhile…

Yes, it has been awhile. A long while. Sorry friends. I trust you all had a fantastic summer full of adventure. It is now officially fall here in southern Ontario but the close to 40 temperature says otherwise. We are melting!!

So I can honestly say until recently there has been no decorating happening at this home. Sad I know. But…. Drumroll we have finally started a project we had intended on begining well over three years ago. An egress window in the basement. 

For some reason this lovely home was built without any basement windows. Odd indeed and certainly not to code nowadays. As such, the basement has housed a game room but not much more. It was place I never ventured into unless heading to the laundry room. (Another project we need to tackle!) 

So this week the digging and sawing has begun. The basement literally looks like it has exploded and the white divorce dust of renos has begun. There will be lots to blog about with this project. But for now… Here are some photos so you understand the level of chaos.

This is the game room section and behind the tarp is the area that once had carpet and a tv. Soon it too will have laminate flooring but the best part… Light. Natural light! Fresh air! An escape route from the basement! There will be a 4ft x 4ft window to freedom.

So friends I am a bit uneasy with the chaos but like everyone else in the middle of a Reno… I am holding onto the end result. It will be great but oh so much work. Once the contractor is done we will have painting and flooring and that ugly word… Cleaning.

Stay tuned… 

More photos to come in the next week! 

Cayo Coco, Cuba

Over Easter my hubby and I took a quick long weekend trip to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. We decided upon Cuba due to the price point and the great reviews from friends and family. Well, we were not disappointed. We went to Memories Caribe and had a blast. The staff was wonderful, the beach fantastic and our newly redone room was great. 

The rooms were simple but well thought out. I liked the wood cut outs for the walls. I thought it was so much better then a traditional painting. 

In the buildings my eyes always went up to the ceilings. I liked looking at the structure and the best lighting choices. 

But our favourite place to hang out was at the bean Cafe. It was poolside and such a cool atmosphere. 

We will be back! 

Steven Curtis Chapman Memoir

Two weeks ago Steven Curtis Chapman released his memoir. It is called, Between Heaven and the Real World. My story. 

This man has been in the music industry for 30 years. Many music awards and family struggles along the way has made his 30 year career even more incredible. 

I had the pleasure of working with Steven for a day and what an absolute pleasure it was. He is truly a wonderful person and a man of God.

I do not want to say too much about the book as the last thing I would want is spoilers. I suggest you pick up a copy. Read what was happening behind the scenes as the songs were written and sung. Enjoy some laughs and shed some tears. I know I sure did! 

Also if you want to see some great interviews and hear him sing “unplugged”, be sure to go to the 100 Huntley Street website.–steven-curtis-chapman

​Happy Reading! 

Been awhile…

Sorry friends! I know I have not been on here in a long while! Life has been busy. No excuse, I know but it truly has. 

I did find time to experiment with a wood pallet sign my hubby made. I painted it grey and painted on some words. I will be trying another soon. This is round one to get a feel for the paint. Not too shabby for a first go however.

Excuse the messy workshop! 

A little too much grey on the mantle so it will have to move but you get the idea. This is a super reasonable and fast project.