We have included a week of slack. I’m not a big fan of slack, unless of course I’m on the hook for delivery as well as project management. Then I’m all about slack. Slack is good. And BTW, it really is good to be a wire fish!
The more I watch Holmes on Homes, the more frightened I get about this reno. Somebody stop me watching Mike Holmes.
We went to the winter Home Show at the Toronto Convention Centre yesterday. The same people we always see there were there, except this time we spoke with a couple of custom furniture builders. One was an elderly Chinese lady with some beautiful Teak tables and chairs, and an incredible mahogany desk. The other was a second-generation woodcrafter who learned at his dad’s knee, so to speak. I fell in love with his jaw-droppingly-beautiful, Tiger Maple dining table and tulip chairs. The wood pattern on the table he had at the show is indescribable. I’d include a pic here but unfortunately the company’s Web site has disappeared. That’s OK…it’s more important that he keep working in wood rather than in html.
We saw a stainless steel-surrounded gas fireplace with a straight slit of fire and river rocks on either side. In talking with the guy in the booth, he’s the designer and this is a test fireplace. The rocks are from a dollar store. He designed and built the surround, and the basic fireplace is from a fireplace manufacturer. SO…again…Randy and I keep either finding or wishing for stuff we can’t have yet.
We talked seriously with a guy with a solarium and additions company. Randy asked him to come out to the house and have a look. We are seriously considering a small solarium off of the breakfast room. So, like, we need another room in this house! How many are there? Well, including the finished basement…16. Anyway, we’ll see what happens.
We have finished my favorite room in the house, the so-called “sanctuary” which is a lovely, robin’s-egg blue with a beautiful hickory floor. For Hanukah-mas, Randy got me a lovely sheepskin rug that absolutely makes the room! Combined with the dark wood tables and an elegant lamp, this room is now stunning. The floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the front yard and the park, and the light that comes in is amazing. My white overstuffed love seat is just too big and bulky, though, so we are looking for either a very smallish love seat, or – even better – a plushy chaise.
Out of scope for the kitchen reno is our next step: reno on the master bedroom and “en suite”, which is a fancy-assed Canadian (OK, Torontonian) way to say “master bathroom”.
<rant>What really irks me about being in Canada versus in the US is that it’s so freeking hard to find what you want/need, and never, ever in one place. Or even to shop and get ideas. I spent almost six months buying and researching home décor and design magazines for ideas, most of which are produced in the U.S., and constantly finding that either the items I want aren’t available in Canada or that they cost twice what they cost in the US, accounting for the exchange. One trip home to Texas over Christmas had us in Expo and I saw everything I wanted all in one place, at prices in US$ that, even with the exchange, were far better. Amazing. </rant>