House Reno – Doggie Wash Station

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Around the House, Blog, Ellie our Samoyed, Family, New Home Renovation Project, Projects | 0 comments

Ellie is our girl.  Ellie is a fluffy girl.  Ellie is a white fluffy girl.  Ellie is a white fluffy girl with dirty paws especially in the Spring and Fall.  With combination of wipes at every entrance, towels, and bucket washes, we decided that there is a better way.  Also, looking into the future, with a baby on the way, we were not enthused about the dirty paw prints all over the floor where the baby would be crawling around.  So we decided to reno the reno’ed mud room.  4 years ago, when we did the big new house renovations, we did simple renovations in the mudroom.  Basically just added new cabinets and a pantry, with a countertop and a sink. Nothing mind blowing really.  But now as our needs have changed, we made the call to redo this room with a design that will allow us to have a doggie wash station in it.

We debated over the configuration multiple times. But finally figured out the only to fit a doggie wash station was to vertically stack the washer and dryer. There was no other way to fit it.  I was a bit hesitant as it will be pretty tall, and i won’t be able to reach the top of the dials on the dryer! (My husband says he will get me a stool).

So off to Olympia tile again to pick out the shower tiles for our Ellie girl. We wanted to make it eye catching but nothing too out there. We chose a pretty herringbone subway tile, and a dark grey for the shower floor.  Hand held faucet sprout and a ring to tie the leash to.

The always desired Before and After pics:

the "before"

the “before”


the "after"

the “after”

the "after" again

the “after” wide angle

Ellie modeling the new doggie wash station

Ellie modeling the new doggie wash station

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Project new Home To Do List

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Around the House, Blog, New Home Renovation Project, Projects | 0 comments

  • Choose a contractor – no DIY for this project!
  • Design Kitchen layout + cabinets
  • Design Master Bathroom
  • Design Master Bedroom closet
  • Choose new appliances – washer, dryer, dishwasher, stove, oven, range hood, microwave, fridge
  • Choose wall paint colours
  • Choose hardwood floor
  • Design powder bathroom
  • Buy Stuff – bathtub, faucets, sinks, lights, mirrors
  • figure out how to furnish the house with things to sit on

hmmm..think it’s time for excel spreadsheets galore to kick in…

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DIY Monogram

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Blog, DIY, Projects, Stationary, Wedding | 0 comments

one of the first stationary related thought I had was about our wedding monogram.  I like the idea of having it as the “symbol” at the event – to be used on our invitations, gift tags, backdrop, photobooth pictures, etc.  So I set to design something.  Googled a lot (i mean a LOT) of different ideas on monogram, and as usual, took inspiration from all the lovely designs out there.  I incorporated elements of a few that I liked and came up with this:

As I had the thought to incorporate it as a seal on the invite, I set out to get this made into a stamp.  Over to Etsy, and found a vendor that does it relatively cheap – and had great reviews: – Jessica replied to my questions and after sending it to her to create, it took no time at all to get the lovely clear stamp back.  I ordered the 2″ x 2″ square clear stamp so that I hopefully can see what I’m doing.  (truth be told, I have never stamped anything in my life before this!)

Note the picture here is from the wishing tree tag that I also used the stamp for – but this shows what the clear stamp looks like:

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New Addition – the Shoe Closet

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 in Around the House, Blog | 0 comments

Since we are blessed to have a 3 bedroom condo – we converted this 3rd bedroom into our closet/storage. I have a very critical and very valuable shoe closet – courtesy of Ikea. sometimes you try to get away from Ikea…but damn their great design at low prices…bonus is the extra closet for Nick’s suits and dress shirts, including entire drawer for his ties. Isn’t it pretty?




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