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Hello September

Hanging Prints

Hello September! So it’s been awhile since I last wrote, the past few months have been a bit of a blur with adventures in home ownership.

While taking a break from the blog, I’ve really just been focusing on nesting and trying to make the new space feel like ours.

I quickly discovered trying to do everything at once was the perfect way to burn out. So after a girls trip to Las Vegas in June, I’ve just been slowly chipping away at small projects so as not to have a DIY-meltdown.

Since then it’s been coming along nicely and at a steady, sensible pace.

Packing up the records with Lemmy Cat
I’ve noticed with this move how much I miss having an Ikea within driving distance. Before we ditched the south and headed to Northern Ontario, everywhere I’d lived (including in the UK and Slovakia) was always a stones throw away from an one; which if you’re on a budget but still after some interesting furniture or decor was always a great way to kit out a new place.

I’m kicking myself a bit now that we didn’t pick up the giant-ass 5×5 Kallax shelving unit before we left Toronto, as we’ve run out of storage space for our records. Easy enough to order online at least, but $125 shipping to the North bites. Ah well, c’est la vie.

The Kitties in their new home
Overall, I love owning our own home. The cats have settled in well and are especially enjoying the finished basement to play in. It’s still a bit overwhelming at times with all the little things that come with owning your own house vs renting, but we’re figuring it out as we go along, and holy hell has YouTube been an invaluable source!

I never thought I’d be doing various house DIY and maintenance stuff, but here I am. It feels pretty badass to accomplish and learn these new things too.

Painting the bedroom accent wall with Mata Hari from Behr Paints
So far we’ve spackled and repaired drywall, laid down flooring in the guest room, painted the master bedroom, my studio, the guest room, the front entrance, the entire basement, and the master bathroom (it sucks trying to paint around a toilet and built in vanity let me tell you). That’s a lot of painting, but what a difference a simple colour change has made in making the house feel more like our own space.

I also found it really relaxing and mediative actually, just throwing on some tunes and painting, of course with the occasional tea break.

Zola-cat helping with painting the houseThere’s still a ton to do (including finally hanging all my prints), but it’ll eventually get done. With the return of cooler weather and a good initial chunk completed with the house, I’ll be blogging again more regularly.

Hoping your Summer has been lovely, and here’s to Pumpkin-Spice-everything-season!

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2 Comments

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    Margot Meanie
    September 20, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Just how north do you live? We’re playing with ideas..well, more than playing, we’ve decided to move to Ontario, we’re just waiting on an official job transfer for my husband so we can move out there. I was kind of shocked to see the real estate market just a few hours out of the big cities was incredible, I’m so used to over inflated Vancouver real estate that I thought home ownership was completely out the window for me unless there was a substantial windfall, which is rather doubtful.
    Anyhoo, we’re planning on heading east next year at some point and I’m just aching to get started on decorating a new home, I wish it could be an owned home, but we’re still sometime away from that, even with Ontario being much more affordable.

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      Jamie
      October 7, 2016 at 10:22 am

      We’re not quite as far North as say Thunder Bay, but certainly more north than TO – we’re up in Sault Ste Marie, directly across from Michigan. It’s rather crazy the price of homes in the larger cities and even the outskirts these days. I moved back to Canada in part largely to the lack of affordable housing in the UK, so was rather gutted to see how quickly the same thing’s happening here. Houses are really reasonable where we are now, but at the same time there are a lot less jobs available in this area though and we were lucky in that we were both transferred. I don’t expect we’ll make anything much back were we to sell (unlike if we were in Vancouver or TO), but that’s fine. How exciting that you guys are coming to Ontario!!! Do you have an idea where in the province or just depends on where they opt to transfer your husband? I’d love to grab a drink with you and hangout if you ever fancied 🙂 Hoping you’ll be in your new place soon, I know too well how the waiting can feel like forever!

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