A Brand New Deck!

Last summer I knew it was time to replace the old deck hanging off the back of my historical townhouse. I estimate the last one was built 50 years prior- the decking boards were green with mold (the townhouse shades the narrown deck for most of the day) and the flooring was soft and worn. I got my attached neighbor to agree to re-do his too; this way we could save on demolistion cost, deliveries, installation, etc. I worked with the Home Depot to design the deck and to help choose colours & materials. I am very happy with the results and feel like I have extended my living space during the warm weather months.

BEFORE: During demolition. Each deck is 12′ deep and 14′ long.

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AFTER: The results were so dramatic that Canadian Living magazine featured in their May 2015 spring issue. You can read the article online HERE.

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I wanted the main part of the deck to feel like an extention of my townhouse sitting room. Although the deck is quite modern, traditionally-styled furniture and lighting create a focal point that reflects the style of my inside space.



The solid teak wing-back chairs were purchased at an end-of-summer sale from Restoration Hardware. When I am tired of using them outside, I will paint them a glossy white and re-purpose them indoors with new cushions. All the greenery is faux… I am a horrible gardener and wanted an easy-care deck so ‘everlasting’ plants were the way to go for me. PS: even the orchid is faux… planted in an aluminnum champagne bowl to add some sparkle to the deck!



I painted the old brickwork on the back of the house fresh white; this really helps to reflect light and brighten up the shaded space. The everlasting cedars stay in the urns year-round and look fantastic with white mini lights during the winter.



A backyard screen helps to visually divide off a grilling area and create a room-like feeling on the deck. Notice I used two different colours for the decking material; Trex Enhanced Clam (walls) and Winchester Grey (floors). This helps to take away the boxiness that all one colour would have created (this was a great tip offered by the deck designers/installers at M.E. Contracting. The decking material looks like wood but is an engineered decking material that will not fade or wear like real wood- I just love how easy it is to keep clean and care for.



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Home Accessories Your Guests (and you) Will Love.

Thinking of renting a cottage or cabin sometime soon; maybe renting out your condo on Airbnb to a traveller? Here’s 3 smart-smart-smart things you might want to add to your home:

WHERE CAN I GET A GOOD CUP OF COFFEE? Capsule/pod style coffee makers: No more fussing with the right grind or filters, a pod-style coffee machine means you simple pop in your fave coffee and you have a fresh brew within a minute or two. Keurig 2.0 K200 Brewing System, $120, Keurig.ca


MOM, I LOST THE KEYS! Lost keys are no more!!! A keyless lock entry system is a great way to allow family members or guests to come and go without a key. Simply enter a secret code for them to use abd for temporary guests, you can delete their code number after they are gone. Weiser Powerbolt 1000 Electronic Deadbolt Lock, $150, Weiserlock.com


ARE THESE BEDSHEETS CLEAN? Do you ever feel funny sleeping in someone else’s bed? Here’s the remedy; disposable bed sheets! Use for up to 2 weeks, then put in the composter. A great item to send with your kids to camp; “Just use them… at the end of camp throw them in the garbage,” says Mom. Beantown Bedding’s Laundry Free Bedding, from $15, Amazon.ca



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My Boathouse-Inspired Guest Room

On the top floor of my historical Victorian townhouse was a small, quirky bedroom with a little bathroom attached. I always wondered who could live in such a tiny bedroom (10′ x 10′) and use such a little bathroom (3′ x 10′). One night, due to renovations of my own master bedroom; I had to sleep in this strange, unused room. When I woke up the next morning I had an entire design- plan worked out in my head; I would create a boathouse-style bedroom with attached ensuite!

The BEFORE bedroom and bathroom:

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I decided the simplest and enconomical way to treat the walls was to add a 5′ tall beaded board panelling to the bottom half of the walls- that would save me money and only have to plaster the top half and ceiling. The old carpeting was removed and Pergo laminate flooring was added for two reasons; it could be installed into both the bedroom and bath areas, and I found one that had a ‘paint-scraped’ look- yet be very, very durable and easy to clean. I opened up the tiny entry to the bathroom and used difused glass doors, painted the upper walls and the ceiling the same colour. I used Benjamin Moore’s Smokey Green  which is green on a sunny day, blue on a cloudy day and grey at night – I love the way the colour changes the mood of the space. I added a wall-hung sink to give the room a boathouse-industrial vibe and create more visual space as you walk in the bath area. I kept all the wood tones sunwashed in colour and used nautical-white inspried bedding and towels and accessories.

The AFTER bedroom and bathroom:

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Designer trick: the beaded board panelling was only 5′ tall, so I built-in a display shelf at the 5 foot mark to hide the seam between the lower and upper piece.


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Desigenr trick: painting the upper walls and ceilings the more dramatic (darker toned) colour allowed me to have a lot of white in the room without having all white walls. The room is actually a lot brighter than if the walls had been painted all Smokey Green.




Designer trick: all the doors to the bedroom and bath have reeded/diffused glass panels which allow light to pour in and visually make the entire space look larger. the laminate flooring was a perfect choice for looks and durability. The slim electric fireplace not only adds addiitonal heat in the winter, but acts as a tall console to display items.



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