My Canadian Tire Canvas Collaboration Reveal!

I am so excited to finally be able to fill you in on the latest project I have been working on! I had the most amazing opportunity to collaborate with Canadian Tire and create a Tailored Elegant space using their CANVAS Home & Dining collection.

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I am so thankful to the incredible team who worked with me to bring my ideas to reality! To see more of how I used the beautiful CANVAS collection to create a curated space that feels personal, memorable, and full of personality, check out this link!

 

The Business of Design – Project Rykert Reveal

I’m so excited to share with you the final reveal of a home I recently completed, Project Rykert.

This project was so fun for me to do for so many reasons. Firstly, the house belonged to an old friend of mine from University so being able to reconnect with him, while also getting to know his beautiful family was such a treat.

Also, as clients, they were really amazing to work with. Together, they had a very definite vision of where they wanted the house to go, which included all of my favourite things: layers of meaningful pieces, vintage mixed with new, wallpaper and colour, masculine and feminine touches etc.  Their main goal was to create a house that felt comfortable and relaxed but still elegant and thoughtful. They wanted each piece to reflect them and speak to their interests and passions.  We were after quality and comfort, but also

It was amazing working with people who love ‘the mix’ just as much as I do and who weren’t afraid to look off the beaten path for treasures.

So…with this as our starting ground…

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project rykert before photos christine dovey

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project rykert before photos christine dovey

project rykert before photos christine dovey

project rykert before photos christine dovey

…and the help of…

1. Super Allen…who created a custom fireplace surround, heart, wall mouldings and firebox (he also completely renovated their basement).

2. Mango Reclaimed and J&J Made…who gave a vintage settee a total once over.

3. Hollie Cooper…who created beautiful custom linen curtains with matte black hardware…she also supplied the stunning leopard pillows on the sofa.

4. Suppliers: Black Rooster Decor, Elte, Elte Market, Shop 219, Lamber et Fils, CasaLife, Restoration Hardware, and more vintage stores than I can count.

5. Roderick Dunn…who did some A-one wallpapering in the foyer.

…we made this all happen…

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And I couldn’t be happier with how everything came together.

Such a fabulous feeling to be a part of making someone’s house a home.

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One Room Challenge – Week Four

Hi and welcome to week 4 of my kick at the…

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…can.

PS…so far said can has not been hit.  I’ve been swinging a lot but no direct contact has been made lol.

If you’ve been following my ORC game through weeks one, two and three, you know I probably bit off a little more than I can chew by deciding to make over a room in my #projectflip renovation that didn’t even really exist at the start of the 6 week challenge.

You’ve probably also come to the conclusion that making this decision renders me a tad nuts but to be fair, when I signed up for this challenge round a few months back, I really did believe construction would be farther along.  If things like permit delays and asbestos hadn’t gotten in the way, I’d sooooo be in a better spot.

As it stands though, I’ve been dealt a bit of a shizzly hand and started a few Wednesdays back with nothing more than some framed walls and a sheeted floor.

And after 3 tumultuous roller coaster weeks, here is where I now stand.

My incredible contractor (my favourite person on earth right now) installed a fake roof so that we could move forward on getting the room’s electrical and HVAC done…it also meant that drywall could go up this week…

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christine dovey one room challenge construction

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christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

Now because it’s October in Canada, a tarp was laid on top of the temporary roof so that we could keep the bedroom looking like this….

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…rather than like this…

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…on the ensuite side of things. Oy.

The drywall/rain/temporary roof situation was pretty aces in terms of letting us move things along but of course, not a permanent solution so when the most beautiful trusses of all time finally showed up this past Friday…

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…there was much rejoicing.

And then, as if the heavens actually opened up as if to reveal a giant warm hug, a real roof magically started to appear…

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Which after two days of massive effort from the construction crew, brought us to last night at around 8pm and a completely trussed and sheeted roof.

All good news.

Except a giant monsoon like storm is scheduled for today (Wednesday if you’re reading later in the week) and plywood planks won’t keep that business out of dodge so once again, tarps are going up and nailed down.

So…hopefully as you read this, the tarps are holding strong and water is being kept out of my nicely drywalled room because you know…floors, moulding, wallpaper and the like is all supposed to start happening like yesterday…no biggie.

Deep breaths.

Of course, aside from construction adrenaline party, this week had other perks.

To start, Nuart Framing did a killer job on my Maude Aresenualt piece from the Print Atelier and alongside my Maja Cunningham car photo from Minted , it’s a nice little his and hers moment…

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Also, Hollie Cooper (my dear friend and the bestest pillow maker around) dropped off my Kelly Weartler Mineral Velvet/Robert Allen black leather pillows…

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…and I’m obsessed with them…a huge thank you to DecoratorsBest on the fabric/trim front.

And while still on the topic of textiles, my Arianna Belle Pierre Frey Kubus lumbar pillow also arrived…and well, it’s delicious…

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Next up on the good textile news front…I made a little visit to Tonic Living headquarters to pick up my pink linen drapes.

1. The curtains are all kinds of awesome…

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2. So is the store…

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And finally, on the gianormous plus side of ORC life, Trumeau Stones installed my hearth…

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…and sent me these progress pics of my fireplace nirvana…

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christine dovey one room challenge trumeau stones fireplace

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And that alone, easily makes up for the stress of everything else.

So. In. Love.

PSA…if you’re in the market for a custom fireplace surround and live anywhere remotely close to Toronto, Trumeau Stones my friends…Trumeau Stones.

So…to summerize this week:

1. Construction continued to be a roller coaster ride of joy/terror.

2. My contractor continued to shock and amaze by pulling out every possible stop to try and make this happen for me…as of Tuesday at 8pm, he was texting me from a window store trying to find something temporary to put up so that we could seal the room and really push forward on interior stuff.  I call that DEDICATION.

3. More pretty arrived from fabulous ORC sponsors and I feel super duper grateful.

4. I still have a crapload to get done…and it’s more than just a little overwhelming…once again, the ORC has made me exceedingly happy wine exists.

Here’s the schedule of what still has to happen before reveal…if the construction photos weren’t clue enough lol…

Wednesday- inspections and install of a temporary window until the real one is delivered early December

Thursday- more inspections and installation of temperature control measures so that we can lay our wood floor; ceiling drywall

Friday- wood floor goes in…as does the fireplace; more inspections and hopefully the all clear to soldier on

Saturday- Monday- wall moulding install a la #superallen

Tuesday- painting

Wednesday-Thursday- wallpaper install

Friday- lighting and drapery install and the furniture moving from my house 3 doors down to this one

Saturday- more furniture install and styling

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Are you laughing yet? I am…it’s all I can do so as to not completely loose my mind. 10 days my friends…10 days. Glug, Glug, Glug.

Oh and my husband just left on a 9 day business trip…cue whatever song screams woe is me please.

Here’s hoping this talented lot is fairing slightly better…

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 Participants

…with all kinds of pretty non-construction photos to share with you this week:)
Oh…speaking of pictures..check back later if you feel up to it…because work finished after dark last night, I wasn’t able to take some snaps of the sheeted roof in place…I’ll do that after I drop the kidlets off at school and upload them to this post…I might even get super fancy and do a little Periscope action…we shall see.
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One Room Challenge – Week Three

Hi and welcome to this week’s instalment of the…

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Things I did since my last update

One…I ventured into the city to pick up the West Elm linen bedding I’ve been lusting over forever and a day…

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Two…after buying said bedding, I felt guilty about the monies so returned sheepishly to my framer and asked for the 4 Minted prints that I had dropped of just the day before.  As much as I love custom framing, sometimes, it’s just not in the budget and my bedding through that option out the window so…

After retrieving my prints , I made a trip to old faithful IKEA, and used some of their new release frames to get these lovelies sorted…

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Now I know the mounts aren’t the perfect size on a couple of them but all in all, I’m pretty pleased…though the imperfection might start driving me nuts and if it does, there might be two custom mats in these print’s future…if it doesn’t ruin the money game.

Sidenote/public service announcement. IKEA has upped their game on the frame front.  I know we all mostly rely on Mounsieur Ribba (PS…I used one of their new Ribbs…it’s square and lacquer grey:) to get us by when we need to frame on a dime but their new offerings are pretty jazzy. The white Mossebo is my fave…it’s all 80s rounded like and even has a relief mount which makes it almost shadowboxy…same goes for the black one my carrousel print is framed in…it’s called the Gunnabo ( so I guess just remember the ‘bos’ when you’re shopping). Love them both.

Sidenote on the same sidenote…if IKEA could figure out a way to make their matts have the same width all around and therefore, work with most prints, I’d be one happy dappy camper.

Moving on…after saving cash on the framing of my pretty black and white Minted prints, I went back to my Nuart Framing to have him fix up my super awesome large Maude Arsenault photograph, from the Print Atelier.  The dollars needed to get a piece of art professionally framed in a quality/protected sort of way is no joke but it’s SO infinitely worth it when you have an original or numbered work. So in this save some/spend some ping pong reno game, I relinquished all the money I saved on the IKEA frames to get this lovliness done in the uber good way…

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Sidenote…the Print Atelier is amazing in many ways…one of which being they send these free postcards as a gift of purchase…

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I’ll be hitting up IKEA again to frame these goodies up and will be running them along the upstairs hallway.

Happy days.

So…the above is the positive stuff that happened this week in terms of what I could do to move this bedroom along.

As for the major construction department, the past 6 days were not my favourite.

If you read last week’s post, you’ll remember that my super duper awesome contractor built a fake roof so that we could get to the business of insulating and drywalling the room in preparation for the trusses…which PS, STILL HAVEN’T ARRIVED:((((((

As part of that work, he also had the fake topper tarped…

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So that we cross things like HVAC and electrical install of this list…

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Unfortunately for his and my sanity, we had a few rain nights and the tarp didn’t hold. So today, instead of insulation and drywall going up, both things are still piled up in the dry section of the house…

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Cue crying/hysteria/fear/depression/failure brain speak.

In an effort to remain hopeful that there’s any chance on god’s green earth that this room might get done by the reveal deadline, super duper awesome contractor (PS…that’s his new permanent name) has peeps over there as we speak re-tarping.  The Roxul (my favourite insulation for obvs reasons) will be going up tout suite with the drywall scheduled for after. My floors will then go down starting next Monday and then pray gods, the trusses will arrive and we can get to the business of mouding, paint and wallpaper.

Here’s the real truth though. If the trusses don’t show up by way Monday, I’m pretty hooped.  There just won’t be time to get all done that has to get done.

So pray for me please.  Positive vibes never hurt and I could use a bunch of them.

And on that note, let’s bring this post full circle back to happy shall we?!?

As noted above, this week was definitely not all bum city.

For one, my favourite interior finishing company Metrie rolled up with an epic moulding delivery…

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I mean these doors!

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I can’t wait to see them blue…and hung;)

Then also in the good delivery bucket…a giant box of Drop it Modern showed up for a few rooms in #projectflip…

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…including, my ORC crystalline in a custom warm grey colourway…

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And last but most definitely not least, major progress happened on my Trumeau Stones limestone fireplace surround…

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In this shot you can see both my living room and master surround…

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one room challenge christine dovey trumeau stones fireplace

And then there’s the almost finished picture…

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Just a little filling and sanding to go and then this piece of heaven is ready to be installed!!!  The hearth for the fireplace will be installed on the weekend before the floor goes in and then the box and surround will go in right before reveal. I truly, can’t even wait.

Seeing skilled craftsmanship like this …well that’s just all sorts of golden.

And with that, I’ll reiterate that it was definitely a bit of a yay and nay sort of week.  Renovation is always like that though and somehow it always manages to come together…eventually. And even though my room pics look like maybe a week one update, there’s still totally a chance I can make this happen in the time that’s left. I mean 2.5 weeks is heaps of time to insulate, drywall, paint, mould, decorate a room…right?

Gurrrr/Positive thoughts;)

As for my fellow ORC friends…

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 Participants

I know they’re killing it and getting things done so make sure you check out their week 3 updates as well…

See you back here next week, when I’ll hopefully have an actual room to show you.  And in the meantime, make sure you follow along on Instagram…lots of updates happening there throughout the week.
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Project Flip – This Weeks Ups and Downs

It was a timultious week at Project Flip…

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On Wednesday, the happiest day of my life happened and after more than 2 years of staring at this house and wathcing it sit idol, demoliton/asebestos abatement actually began…

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And wouldn’t you know it, we found neat things like wood under that gross, gross tile.

The kitchen got ripped out and within only 24 hours, major demo of the interior finishes was complete.

I was happy….so so happy.

But then…just as quickly as it started, things stopped dead in their tracks.

An anonymous neighbour called the town to make sure we had a demo permit in place…the situation on that is that we had gone in for a site alteration permit and with the advice of our architect, had decided to bundle the demo and building permit together…both of which are due to go in this week. Because we weren’t knocking down walls at this point and just wanted to get on with getting the abatement underway inside, EVERYONE said that we could start this process as the demo permit was being applied for.  But because of some really mean/ugly person, we’re now at a standstill again.

Cue hysterical crying from me and many many texts, phone calls to see if we had any recourse to get work moving again.

My architect has been asked to split the two permits and file the demo one today so gods willing, we’ll be back up sometime this week.

In the meantime, and as has been the case for sooooooo long now, I’ve been using the time off actual work progress to meet with some vendors/suppliers/artisans/shop owners to source out some pretty incredible things for the inside of this place.

First up, I visited the amazing showroom of Cosentino here in Toronto and picked out some incredible surfaces for the kitchen, mudroom and bathrooms…

1. Silestone counters with Integrity sinks for kitchen…

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2. Silestone Ariel for master bathroom counter…

 

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3. Silestone Lagoon for kitchen counters…

 

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4. Dekton Kelya or Sirius for the mudroom counters…

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5. Dekton Aura for ensuite walls…

 

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Re f#4 and 5…If you haven’t heard of Dekton, holy moly…it’s incredible. Read about that HERE.  You can put the stuff on the outside of buildings for goodness sakes. OBSESSED with it.

Thrilled beyond measure to be using Cosentino goodness for every solid surface in the house.  You know I’m a dyhard marble fan but I when it comes to resale and giving people something that looks incredible and will be stong like bull, Silestone and Dekton is where it’s at.

So counters check.

Moving on.

I also visited my favourite of all time architectural salvage place on Saturday and picked out three goodies for the house.

Thanks to the Door Store the house will very hopefully be getting these things (crossing fingers)…

1. A vanity for the powder room…that will be painted black or matte grey…

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2. Antique doors for the kitchen pantry or to separate the office from the family room…

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3. A hutch for the dining room…to be painted white or black…or just stripped…

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And last but most definitely not least, I spent Sunday with the family…

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…visiting one of the most magical places on earth…Trumeau Farms…the home and very beautiful country showroom for Trumeau Stones

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It honestly was the MOST inspiring place.

I left wanting a country escape of my own with vinyards SO badly.

I also came home with all my fingers and toes over this…

 

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…a beautiful French surround that the owner/artist Mark will cast out of this lucsious black limestone creation…

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I’m quite literally OVER THE MOON about it.

This fireplace will make our living room sing and will create the sort of old work magic that will serve as the perfect backdrop for some of the more modern touches I also hope to add.

So…though it’s been a week of bad news blues in the demo department, I’m bursting with anticipation that all of the above will turn our once very un-special little house into something that’s anything but.

Stay tuned!

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