Category Archives: My Life

BOOKED: Our Elora Mill, European-Inspired Wedding

I’m a pretty particular, all-or-nothing person.

I’m laid-back in regards to how my life and career unfold, and am relaxed in terms of what’s on my agenda for the day. But all the laxness in the former finds its counterpart in the form of being very opinionated in regards to how I want things to look, taste, feel and be experienced. For me, it’s the bigger picture and the vibe, not the gritty details.

So when it came to our wedding and getting married, Shawn and I agreed we were either going to elope in Italy (tempting, still), or we’d go all-out. After weeks of considering both sides of the coin and touring a few close-to-home spots (The Arlington Estate, Adamo Estate, The Spicy Factory and Terre Bleu—all super lovely by the way), we stumbled across the charming, hidden gem that is Elora Mill.

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All The BTS Goodness from HGTV Canada’s Home To Win

Cash me on HGTV Canada’s Home To Win, how ’bout dat? Did you see last night’s episode?! (I may be biased as yours truly was on it, but it was a flippin’ hoot.)

I worked with Rob Evans to design a pretty-in-pink guest suite and a breezy guest bathroom which we tag-teamed with Samantha Pynn and Kate Campbell who also designed a moody blue kid’s room. There was a cameo from the Scott brothers, Jonathan and Drew, (who took unabashed liberties with Sam and I’s design), a violent snowball fight involving donuts, a super-sticky challenge and tons of pink (I am a millennial, after all).

Anyhow, there are so many funny (and embarrassing) moments that never make it to the final cut, so here’s a bunch of links to dozens of fun extras on

And, of course, some photos:

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Fun Behind-The-Scenes From The Set of ‘Save My Reno’ (Airing Tomorrow on HGTV)

Tomorrow it the day! Ahhhhh! PS: How cool are Seb and I with our Flor swatches *insert sarcastic-face emoji here

And wouldn’t you have it, I’m sick as a dog, but that won’t stop be from relishing in the joy of the premier of my new show, Save My Reno, starting tomorrow at 10pm on HGTV.

Get ready for TWO back-to-back episodes chronicling a renovation at Nick and Zina’s, and a kitchen reno at Sarah and Jon’s. Below is a little sneak peek and synopsis of each episode (and some fun behind the scenes photos)

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My New Tv Show ‘Save My Reno’ Premiers Wednesday April 5th @ 10pm on HGTV

As you may or may not know, over the past year, I’ve been working on a new HGTV series, ‘Save My Reno’.

After months and months of hard work on 14 home renovations, it all begins airing next Wednesday April 5th at 10pm EST on HGTV. Sebastian (my co-host) and I are pumped and can’t wait until all you party people can feast your eyes on the fun.

I won’t bore you with detail here, rather, I encourage you to check out the following links for more:

  • Our show page on is live! I did a fun interview titled ‘23 Things You Didn’t Know About Sabrina Smelko‘ and you can read my little bio.
  • I sat down with the kind and witty Colin and Justin (the duo who “discovered” me for lack of a better term) to chat about my transition into TV and what you can expect from Save My Reno. Read the interview that was published in The Toronto Sun, 24 Hours Toronto and 24 Hours Vancouver.
  • Our teaser is running on HGTV now, and I cannot tell you how trippy it is hearing my voice and seeing my face while I’m watching Fixer Upper or Masters of Flip. Sooooo bizarre. (Or watch it embedded below)
  • I’ll be doing some fun promo, press and Facebook live events in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
  • And lastly, PLEASE TUNE IN 🙂 I would so appreciate it! Once again, Wednesday April 5th at 10pm, and hey, it doesn’t hurt to put it on on allllll your TVs 😉

Home To Win Is Back! Enter to Compete To Win a Dream Home!

Ever wish you could enter to win a dream house simply by partaking in a series of fun competitions in the company of 30 HGTV stars? Well, you’re in luck my friends…

Home To Win is back for a second season (featuring yours truly!) and submissions are now open, so head over to and enter today to compete to win a gorgeous home! Trust me guys, it’s a real beaut.

Then starting April 30th at 10pm EST, watch it all go down on HGTV. But until then, have a gander at the Home To Win site. (I do everyday and still pinch myself when I see my face among the oodles of people I’ve watched on TV and looked up to forever).

And in more fun news, glimpse yours truly in this cute short below as I fail at hammer tossing (and scare the daisies out of Carson Arthur), and enjoy some snaps from our time on set.

PS: My pink puffer is from Urban Outfitter, the necklace is from TopShop, and the pins on my jean shirt are from my pals Ness Lee, Rachelle Letain, and The Blk Smith Co.

So pretty please watch starting April 30th at 10pm pn HGTV Canada 🙂

x, S