Wow what a transformation since we first began! Check out the original post here and demo here. The place is finally starting to come together and very quickly! It seems that we did absolutely nothing for months (which of course is not true because all electrical, plumbling, taking walls down, insulation all went in..but it seemed like we weren't doing much)... BUT now a new detail is going in every week! I took these pics only a week ago, and already the walls are completed and primed, we have brand new hardwood in, and now doors and trims are getting prepped!

Like I said we did try to save some original details..the house was old but everything was in pretty good shape. However, given the time restraint and cost we couldn't keep everything. We did save the staircase but we will get it repainted/stained..looks like that's happening next week! We are resusing all the old doors and hardware..I am super excited about that! And see that little entrance through the living room..there are pocket doors there which still work smoothly! Sooo yes they are staying. Of course the fireplace is a does need bit of a makeover and I have been going a bit insane trying to find ways to glam it up. I want to show some of my personality..I love colour and pattern and I feel a small area like the fireplace is a perfect place to showcase that..but I haven't exactly come up with a solid plan for it yet. Check out some of the options here and here.

We have a meeting with the paint guy on Wednesday so hopefully I'll be able to take some more pics of whatever else is completed by then. Till then follow me on Snapchat: navkbrar as I do try to do mini tours every time I visit the house. I have added labels on the pics to below to give you an idea of what room is what..but I am super pumped to give you a proper tour once it is all done! Enjoy.


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Front Enterance

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Living room

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Kitchen/dining plus back enterance

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View from the back enterance

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What I would see from the kitchen

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Dining/original Jacket closet!

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RENO DIARIES (PHASE 1): DEMO TIME! has begun! These pictures were taken last month, but with pregnancy it can be hard to sit down and concentrate at times..I don't know how some bloggers do it with kids! even though I put together the pictures, I wasn't able to write up anything. So here's the update...a lot has changed even in a month. I still have 7 more weeks to go before the baby comes, and most of the major work should be done by then and I will TRY my best to blog the process as we go. 
I can't believe this is the same house...we have kept all the doors and trim and we will try to reuse as much of the original details as possible; but sometimes things do get damaged during the demo fingers crossed we should be able to replicate most of the original work.
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This is the living room wall and foyer. We are basically keeping the windows that are visible on the right, because they are just so pretty! Obviously the whole place needed to be insulated (as you can see on the right, there is basically no insulation on these walls, just some plaster and brick!). So everything is stripped and will be re-insulted. We do want to maximize storage in this place, because it's not that big and we want to use every little corner we can. We will put some pull out drawers under the stairs for shoes, etc because it essentially dead space so why not utilize it..but more on that later.
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Now to the dining/kitchen..this partition wall is coming down..actually it has this week! I can't wait to show you guys..the whole space looks much more open. The back window visible on the left is being taken out right now to be converted into a door that would open into the backyard. That will allow so much more lighting once this area is fully converted into a fully open concept space. 
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This is the view from the living room. Again, we are trying to salvage the pocket doors. The room beyond the pocket doors will be the new kitchen. The reason we are keeping the pocket doors is that I like the option of closing the doors between the kitchen and the living room when some privacy is needed, and leave it open otherwise.
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The study..which does not exist right now! We had to demo the whole structure because it was all made of wood (by the looks of it..probably in the 50s). This will be the new office for the hubby and I will steal some space for blogging of course. We are adding windows all around so it will be a room filled with natural light all day long..fantastic for blog pictures right!
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This is what our master looked like last month. Again, everything is taken out, even the diving walls are gone now so we can see it is an open space. Another thing we noticed after the ceiling was taken out was how high the roof actually is. Currently on the right it is about 8 feet high, but once it was taken down the full ceiling height was visible. So of course we came up with an idea to maximize the bedroom height..I can't wait to share the plans very soon!


#projectrad: 1909 powder blue living room with fireplace and bay windows

So here we are. As if pregnancy wasn't challenging enough, my husband and I have decided to purchase this fixer-upper! We have been looking for a house closer to hubby's work for about 2 years now. First, we narrowed down the neighborhood we wanted, and then seriously started looking at houses about a year ago. If I saw this house on the first day, I would have ran out the door so fast..the idea of dealing with a total gut job is something I never wanted to take on. However, looking at house after a house...we realized that in our budget and our location, we don't have a choice but to get a fixer upper and make it our own. We wanted a big lot, garage, high enough basement, and a pretty house! That is hard to find in Toronto, esp very close to downtown. We had basically given up all hope..and then one day we decided to go for a walk and check out a few open houses.
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It is a century old master piece with strong bones..and well that's pretty much it! We basically need to re-do everything from changing the electrical, heating system, full insulation, full kitchen, bathrooms! Basically.. it means all the dry wall and trims need to come off, and we will be down to the bare bones of the house.

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We had seen over 20 houses in the area by now, some new renos, some gut jobs, and some were straight up crooked! So having had some sense of what to expect, as I walked in..I knew. I knew this was the house.  What really sold me was the open feel of the main floor as you walk in. Yes it needs a LOT of work, but hey at least I didn't have to walk up the stairs feeling drunk (as it felt in the crooked house!) ..we do of course plan to take down some more walls to make the main floor more open concept. There is so much character in the house, and I do want to keep as much of it as I can, and then mix it with modern elements. 

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But seriously gorgeous is this living room! I don't even want to touch it but sadly everything needs to come down so we can insulate the exterior walls. I do intend to replicate this room to it's original glory. I am not even a fan of blue..but this blue is actually growing on me.

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Did I mention the house came with a Piano too. I don't know how to play and not sure if this thing is actually worth anything.. so if you are looking for a free piano, please do let me know. Oh this is where the new kitchen is going to be. We are going to tear down the wall between this room and the previous hideous room.

This beauty is going to be the new lounge. All the cabinets are coming off, and the window will be changed to french doors leading to the backyard, with powder room to the right.

Plan is to open this wall up fully and have a full open concept floor. Sometimes we do wonder what have we done..but other days I am excited to finally designer and create a place customized to our needs. This is just the beginning..let's see how it goes. I do plan to blog through our and keep you guys posted through out the process...wish me luck!
There is so much more to do on the top floors..but I'll save that for another day..


Macarons and Diptyque with glucksetin architectural plates

I noticed a change in myself was when I found out I was pregnant. All of a sudden I had this urge to de-clutter. Also, seeing what is happening in Syria and how people have left their homes with absolutely nothing goes to show that possessions are not everything. If they can live with nothing then I surely don't need this season's hottest pumps. I would much rather donate my money or simply save for my future than spend it on these trendy items.
Life of a blogger can be pretty messy, you are always buying props for your pictures, or getting products to feature on the social media, and before you know it things are out of control. At first I enjoyed buying all the pretty things, but I would soon realize (after taking a few pictures) that I didn't really need to buy any of that stuff. Getting pregnant made it only clear what is really important in is not your possessions but the progress we make as we grow up and grow older. So...this year I am making a resolution..that is only because I am already half way there. I haven't bought anything non-essential in the last 4 months, which makes me pretty confident that I can do this in the new year. Having a baby means needing a LOT of new stuff I have never even thought of, but I plan to pace myself. I plan to buy things as I need them, not because they are on some must-have list. I plan to live with what I have, limiting buying non-essential clothing, and I am not buying anything at all for the house.
I have started to de-clutter slowly as well, finally get rid of the things I haven't used, or just start using what I have rather than storing it all away. I am using all my pretty wrapping papers, wearing all my clothes rather than sticking to some selected favorites, and not buying anymore props for the blog...because I have enough and I have to keep reminding myself that. With this consumer culture we live in everyone is always trying to sell you something..and I need to be strong and say no. Wish me luck!



Club Monaco, the international lifestyle brand, will bring the best of local food and flowers to their Toronto flagship store this summer.  The innovative retailer will launch the brand’s first-ever farmers market at their Bloor Street store, bringing coffee, flowers, artisanal baked goods, ice cream and organic salads from the most well-known chefs to their customers, beginning August 2015.
As the first fashion brand to create a concept shop inside the number one restaurant in the world, Noma, and the first brand to launch a coffee shop and bookstore within their global flagship in New York City, Club Monaco will continue their unique lifestyle narrative with the launch of the best-of-Toronto market this summer.  The market will sit outside the Club Monaco store on Bloor Street and operate seven days a week until mid-fall.
Club Monaco was founded in Toronto almost 30 years ago and we want to continue to give back to the city that has given us so much in shaping what Club Monaco is today,” said John Mehas, chief executive officer at Club Monaco. “The market at Bloor Street brings the best local chefs, baristas, bakers and florists to our flagship store for our customer to experience and celebrate the lifestyle of Toronto.

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Baked goodies Club Monaco summer market fromthe Bake Shoppe, Toronto

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White flowers at Club Monaco summer market from Sweet woodruff, Toronto

Parts & Labour’s famed executive chef, Matty Matheson, creates a custom fresh white fish and quinoa salad 
Boxcar Social - serves freshly brewed artisanal coffees
Bake Shoppe- boasts a selection of homemade sweet treats 
Philips Ice Pops - features a refreshing selection of gourmet ice pops made with fresh fruits and herbs
Sweet Woodruff is home to custom Club Monaco inspired bouquets, created with fresh summer florals

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