Project Hiawatha Reveal

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Project Hiawatha Reveal

We've been talking about Project Hiawatha for a year now because it was last Christmas that we were hired to help with this new build in Port Credit. We instantly connected with our clients and forged a lovely friendship over coffee and tile/floor/hardware/profile samples for their dream home. We weren't ready to part ways after everything had been decided so they hired us to help with decorating too. We are thrilled with the results and so happy to share their new home.

Here are some pics:

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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Our clients at Project Hiawatha asked us to decorate their Great Room for the Holidays. How fun is that?

So we got to work, purchasing ornaments and glittery things. In order to make it a surprise, we installed everything while they were away in Florida.

We had such a great time - Amanda brought "Love Actually" to watch while we decorated and it took more than two viewings of the movie to get the job done, but alas, their room is now ready for Christmas. Check out the 12 foot tree!


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Project Thorndale: Guest Room Reveal

Thorndale has a third floor with a guest bedroom and bath. An ideal escape for anyone visiting and kind of like the hidden gem in a house. Our client wanted the room to be cozy and comforting but didn't want to break the bank in a space that wouldn't be used all the time.

We stuck with neutrals and natural elements to keep the space soothing. And don't you want to just crawl into that bed?

Kate + Amanda

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Project Thorndale: Eat-in kitchen & family room reveal

Our client had the ideal family space... an eat-in kitchen that opened up to a family room and windows everywhere to let the light shine in. With two young kids, it was important that their space was livable and functional. So we sourced a great table and chairs that would allow the whole family to sit together and eat or craft or drink wine at the end of the day. The built-ins needed accessorizing, as did the sofas and the room needed a rug and side tables to make it feel complete.

In keeping with the aesthetic of the rest of the house, we opted for light and bright, with a touch of rustic.


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Project Thorndale: Living Room & Dining Room Reveal

The first thing we did at Project Thorndale was rearrange the living room. The sofa was originally blocking the entrance and there was one too many chairs in the space. Our client didn't feel like it was working and it needed some pulling together - something on the mantle, a side table, some poufs, a coffee table setting, art on the walls, lighting, a plant.

Our concept for this room was to really bring the sun from the big windows inside and keep everything bright and serene. It naturally had some of these elements so it was just a matter of emphasizing them.

Kate + Amanda

 

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Project Thorndale: Girl's Room Reveal

Our client's daughter needed an updated bedroom - we painted the walls, found the most amazing bed and linens, came up with a solution to bedside tables that were too small and the combined need for storage by using dressers on either side of the bed and swapped the silver hardware for brass. The highlight for her, however, was the new desk that was all her own. 

Kate + Amanda



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Project Thorndale Reveal: Boys bedroom

Project Thorndale has been a labour of love. We first met our client late last fall and instantly connected with her. She had moved into a beautiful home in Toronto with her husband and two kids and needed us to help pull together a cohesive look that fit her style and some existing furniture. 

So we tackled the house from the top to bottom. Our first reveal is a boys bedroom - you may recall our initial mood board for this room in a previous post... we wanted to create a space that was inviting for friends, that would grow with our mini client but still feel playful. The headboards and the taxidermy add a rustic element, but the flannel duvet covers and throw pillows keep the room cozy and warm.

Kate + Amanda

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Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party

Mila's 4th Birthday just happened. My baby is four! Such mixed emotions about that. Can't even think about her first day of Kindergarten.

She and I decided on a Strawberry Shortcake theme for her all-girl party. I've learned that I have to run everything by her because assuming she is going to like something, like an adorable red checkered romper, should just never be assumed.

Anyway, I also quickly realized a week before the party that Strawberry Shortcake went off the air a while ago so everything in store was pretty much discontinued. But who doesn't like a challenge?

                                                                 

                                                                 

                                                                  

                                                                  

                                            

                                            

                                                              

                                                              

                                                                     

                                                                     

                                                             

                                                             

                                                                      

                                                                      

                                                                     

                                                                     

FOOD:

strawberry jam and cream cheese sandwiches

strawberry apple sauce

strawberry yogurt

strawberry licorice

fruit skewers

strawberry shortcakes

scones for the moms

GAMES:

egg race

smartie suck

pass the parcel

hide the strawberries

The girls were so good and super cute. It was a great day for Mila and I managed not to shed a tear.

We arranged for the ice cream truck to come by in the evening so that her birthday was a full day affair. Now I'm all partied out. Ready for a relaxing weekend.

-Kate

 

 

 

 

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Summer Picks

The summer is here! The HOT weather is making it official. Love that uncomfortable, sweat inducing, water drinking hotness that you look forward to all year.

We just spent the weekend up at the cottage. Amanda and family joined us and it was so much fun. We were out on the boat, swam about 50 times in the lake, ate a lot of junk food and got very little sleep. A highlight of the weekend was Amanda going down this huge slide in the middle of the lake with a massive grin on her face. Yep, it's officially summer.

So here are our Summer picks... some of the things we've gathered to make our summer a bit better and some things that we are simply coveting.

1. Crate and Barrel: Reese Foldable Bed tray $129.95 2. West Elm: Smeg 2 Slice Toaster in Cream $229.76  3. Urban Outfitters: Faceted Pastel Table Lamp $63.65  4. Etsy: Melinda Wood Designs Printable Art - $6.54  5. Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Bristol Baluster Side table - $406.16 6. Lades & Gentlemen Studio: Double Dome Mini Wind Chime - $73.85 7. West Elm: Belgian Linen Duvet Cover in Rosette - $243.63

-Kate

 

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Pretty white and black house

My friend Michelle just sent me a link to this house that she absolutely knew I would love. It's rare when you come across an mls listing that is so up your alley, that reflects your taste so well. I love the black and white exterior... so classic. I love the light floors and the white walls with the black windows. I love the warm grey kitchen with the mismatched stools and the open concept. All the lighting and the simplicity of the decor is perfection.

Enjoy the pics. Check out the mls listing for more: E3205089

-Kate

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Spring Picks

Welcome, Spring! We are overjoyed to see you. There is definitely a bounce in our steps and a glow on our cheeks. Yesterday the kids and I stayed in the schoolyard until 5:00pm. Moms chatted, kids ran around and it felt like it was supposed to. Like how I remember playing for hours on end as a kid myself. Then we walked home and that took us forever because everyone was outside and we had to stop and chat half a dozen times. It was bliss.

Amanda and I don't post as often cause we are happily busy with projects, but I couldn't resist sharing some of my spring picks - the things that brighten up the inside of your house after a long winter and help you welcome spring.

Here they are:

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Please take note of the pom detail. Light and whimsical and can be found here.

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This is called bringing the outside in. Maybe just one on the couch? Found here.

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A little bit of spring cleaning and a touch of organization with a pretty Tote goes a long way. Here.

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I am OBSESSED with Caldrea products. Amanda introduced me to the countertop spray and even Chris tells me to spray it on something before someone comes over. It makes the house smell like it was just cleaned from top to bottom. Apparently they have a room spray that I haven't gotten my hands on yet but intend to.

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A light Kilim in a muted blue and it's actually indoor/outdoor so you can use it wherever you want.

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This is not particularly a spring item but I really love it. Wouldn't it be nice to come to my house for a coffee and then I present you with this combo including a biscotti on the side?

Enjoy the sun, people!

-Kate

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Headboard Install

It's really hard to publish pictures of our work before it's done. It takes everything in me to post our progress without everything in place, looking just right. But the journey is important too and we want to share ours. You might recall our inspiration for Project Thorndale's boys room. It was a bit of rustic with a bit of navy, white and yellow. We had two custom headboards made, courtesy of my husband, Chris Krasic. We ordered some fantastic taxidermy and purposely chose two different heads for interest sake. If you follow us on instagram, you'd know we found the two throws at two different Home Sense's - the stripes were a slight deviation from our plan to find something plain yellow but we like them even more. And the duvet is from Restoration Hardware. It is the softest material ever. We had originally planned for a reading nook by the window (which you can't see.) But the client fell in love with his sisters desk when it arrived, so the reading nook is becoming a work station. IMG_5395

Headboard before install

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Good looking installer;)

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Stay tuned.

-Kate

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Marble, marble, marble

So, Florida was great!  Although I don't love it quite the way Kate does, I must say, that over the past 4 years it has slowly grown on me to the point that I can say that I REALLY didn't want to come home and I'm looking forward to going back....which has NEVER happened before.  It may never be California in my book, I actually went into the bathroom at my family's house and cried the last time I left, but it has it's own special charms.  Charms like grouper, I ate soooo much grouper (all fried of course), crab, shrimp, cheap wine, great beaches, cheap wine, fantastic ice cream shops....these are the reasons why I came home and put on jeans and was like "ohhhh, those darn dresses really can be deceiving!"  Cue the treadmill. But back to reality!  My reality was pretty sweet this week.  On Tuesday, I spent the whole day looking at marble.  I walked into that first showroom and just beamed with joy!  I had to call Kate just to tell her how happy I was in that moment.  So here's a look at my day.  You can just marvel at the beautiful marble with me.

The boards are samples of the tile we have already chosen with our client for their bathrooms. Each board is a different bathroom.  Enjoy!

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Florida lovin'

Amanda always talks about her obsession with California. She wants to move there or in the least travel there once a year. I've only been once, and while I loved it and intend to return, my love affair is actually with Florida. Mainly because my in-laws started the tradition of vacationing here every year in March so it has become a part of our fabric. You may remember last year when we were on North Captiva, a boat access island, a really unique experience. This year, however, we found an island that doesn't require a boat but has loads of charm and character just the same. It was best described to me as Florida cottage country. It has that "walk around barefoot" kind of feel. There's a local ice cream joint filled with penny candy and a donut store run by surfers. There's a free trolley that drives up and down the island but most people just ride their bikes.

Appropriately, I took a bike ride in my bathing suit to snap some pictures of some of the character-filled homes on the island. This is just a snapshot, but it paints such a colourful picture of Anna Maria real estate, especially in comparison to the typical Toronto home. This is part of why I love Florida so much!

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This is Casa Krasic above.

IMG_5502I love this house because it looks kind of Mediterranean.

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Ummm, white picket fence!

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This one looks like cartoon characters might live in it.

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Great colour combo.

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This one just looks so balanced.

When I was little I used to play a game where I'd pick my favourite house on every street. Everyone played that game, right? Anyway, that mediterranean is my fave. Yours?

On another note, the weather, as you can see from the pictures, has been phenomenal. Hope I'm not jinxing it. Chris has been catching sharks and the kids bounce from the beach to the pool. Did I mention how much I love Florida?

-Kate

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The BB House

We've been in Florida for a week now, can't believe how fast the time is going. In light of how cold it was when I left Toronto, I am especially enjoying being here. I got a burn my first day! My skin is peeling! I don't even care! Seriously, I love Florida so much. The kids play at the beach or swim in the pool and I occasionally go to Target. It's a dream.

On another note, has everyone seen Bryan Baumler's newest construction: In the Sticks? Amanda and I are obsessing over it. The highlight for me is the common area - the kitchen, with the double island, the european range, the lighting, the offset fireplace and the marble.... it is beyond.

Check it out.

Pictures courtesy of hgtv

That dining room is also pretty spectacular, particularly the glass table and the gold accented chairs. Check out hgtv photos for the kids bedrooms and exterior photos, including a master to die for.

-Kate

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About a girl and a boy

Q design drapery hosted a fantastic workshop last week and hosted Wendy Hicken from Interior Design Master Class, who spoke about the importance of social media for your business. I learned so much, and won't replay the entire talk, but I walked away thinking I really have to make a better effort to blog and pin and instagram.... but my god it takes so much time! Amanda and I used to blog several days a week and then we decided to start a business which has taken up more hours in our day than we ever imagined. But we love sharing our progress and are going to try to make a greater effort to expose our journey. So...

Amanda and I are working on a little girls room. We started with a grey and pink palette and ended up adding black and white to the mix when we fell in love with a black headboard. Oh and maybe there is a touch of gold in a mix. The idea is that this little girls room will appeal to the 6 year old that it belongs to but will also stand the test of time and still appeal to an older girl with a couple tweaks throughout the years.

Here's our concept:

We are also working on a little boys room. He's got two single beds in his room for sleepover purposes so the beds are the focus. We decided to give him a rustic room with barn board headboards and navy and white accents - maybe a bit of yellow to brighten things up. Here's our concept:

We are so excited to share the finished product but it won't be for a couple weeks. Amanda is already in Florida and I'm headed there next week.

-Kate

p.s. I ran into a high school friend a couple days ago who said he read our blog once and was fully making fun of our "About Us" page. He said we sound like blah blah soul mates blah blah we love each others taste blah blah. Anyway, I love that he called us out on that. And I love that he read it and remembered. We probably won't change our page but apologize if we come across totally sappy and drippy:)

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Loving now

Hi again,

I've been a super crappy blogger.  Sorry!  It was a super crappy January for us with loads of sickness and stress and I just couldn't deal and really had no room in my head for anything but worry.  I am not a cool and calm mom when illness strikes!  February has been full of exciting work for us and hopefully we will be able to start sharing some reveals soon.  Anyways, I'm back and I have a few things that I'm really loving right now that I wanted to share.

My friend Jenna sends me music recommendations all the time and lately she's been sending me a song of the week.  Last week was Doses & Mimosas by Cherub.  The previous week was Flashed Junk Mind by Milky Chance.  Both of which are on heavy rotation in my house.  Isla especially loves to dance to both.

This bucket bag is gorgeous and cheap to boot!  I LOVE it.  It looks great whether you are holding the handle or using the strap.  I've blogged about a few bucket bags and have yet to find an affordable option.  This one is too good to pass up.

These sneakers are great!  They make me think of spring.  Comfortable and stylish....only issue is I can't pick a colour!

Tabletonic has been posting a lot of pictures on instagram of these uashmama washable bags and the more I see, the more I like.  I would love to put a plant or succulent in one and put it up on my mantle or a side table.  You could use it for mail, fruit, change and keys on a console or shelf.  Jewelry on your night table.  They are great!  If you're in Toronto though it looks like we have to order online.

Lastly, Lisa over at Lunchpails and Lipstick posted this pineapple top from Anthropologie about a month ago and I am still thinking about it.  The only problem is that I feel like I already have two just like it.  I'm waiting for it to go on sale.  Seriously, though....it's great for spring!

Can you tell I'm done with winter?!

Amanda

 

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Taxidermy the right way

I love the juxtaposition of rustic and modern. Like glossy white on antlers. It's kind of like my tirade the other day about enjoying the unexpected. My friend Leah, has started making faux taxidermy with a playful twist. I love that she has created something fun but mature. I'm so impressed and can't wait to put one in a children's room. Each one is made by hand with paper clay and then is mounted on wood.

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Leah has an etsy shop if you want to see more or request something custom. Go here.

-Kate

 

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Valentine's Day Yay!

Amanda and I gave ourselves an early Valentine's day gift by planning a weekend away at a cottage this weekend. No kids, no husbands. Yep, I might stay in my pyjamas all weekend long. I might read a book or I might just sit by the fire and talk about life all day long.... one of the things I used to do with girlfriends all the time before I had kids and was accountable to them every minute of the day and night. Remember when you would hang out with a friend in the morning and then it turned into the afternoon and then the night and all you did was talk because you had nowhere pressing to go? That's what I'm referring to.  It's one of my favourite hobbies. So Happy Valentine's day to us!

But Chris, if you do want to get me something else on the actual day, here are my hints:

Pictures courtesy of westelm.com (bowls, vase, marble heart,) indigo.com (serve ware, pouch, candle,) victoriassecret.com (bathing suit) and etsy.com (ring, mittens.)

-Kate

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Highlights of #IDS15

Amanda and I made it out Thursday night to the Interior Design Show Opening. We were pretty excited. We'd never been before and it was a chance to get dressed up. Being new to this, I think we were both surprised at how fancy some people were and the high concentration of black rimmed glasses in the crowd. But people seemed really happy to be there and excited about design. I think that was the highlight for me - to realize how big an industry it is now and how many people care about interiors. Here's a pic of Amanda, sitting in a painting. She looks so happy because she's drinking wine and high on advil (she's actually got a really bad cold.)

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We took a selfie of the two of us but it's a bit too close up, if you know what i mean...

Anyway, one of the highlights was the IKEA kitchen designed by House and Home. It made me actually rethink white because it was so warm and so inviting. The details were impressive - the backsplash tile, the gold railing, the concrete island, all the rustic elements etc.

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And the other little highlight was a company called Lint and Honey that make pillows and wall art and aprons. Nothing earth shattering, but very pleasing to the eye.

 

We will definitely go again next year. Maybe by then we will have a booth!

-Kate

 

 

 

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