Category Archives: The Home

Around The House: Updating Base + Case

I’m heading into my fourth year of home-ownership soon, and I think it’s finally safe to say that every inch of my main floor has officially been updated.

Hot on the wings of last week’s bathroom reveal, I’m sharing my final main-floor update: a refresh of my baseboards, doors and casing [check out the process post here with more details of the build].

And before I dive into how good everything looks, I want to take a mo’ to thank Metrie for making and supplying such amazing doors and casing. Initially, I hummed and hawed over whether this update was worth it, but in the end, I can’t imagine going back to my previous hollow doors!

In particular, I got the Masonite Expo Lincoln Park doors (and upgraded them all to Safe n’ Sound) and cased them using their 3-1/2″ True Craft Scene. Instead of mitering the casing and keeping it all simple and square, I got Elite Signature Homes (the crew who installed all this goodness) to cut the top run beyond the sides by 3/4″ which I capped off with an overhanging strip. I then paired it all with square-stock poplar baseboards and these chrome lever handles and I’m super happy with how it all turned out. The casing adds so much character and architectural detail that my home lacked before. Add in my beautiful, new Louise Grey Little Quilt No. 3, and my hallways are pretty darn happy.

x, S

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#SabrinasBathroom: The Reveal

At long last, my bathroom renovation is complete.

And before I dive into pretty pictures, I have to give big ups to my patient sponsors: Delta Faucet, Lowe’s Canada, Creekside Tile and Unison Home. (I’ve linked to all products below). If you haven’t followed along so far, take a pause and check out the whole series here first.

If I’m being real, my bathroom has been three years in the making. Upon moving in, this is what my bathroom looked like (above). Right away, I made a mini-update which mainly included stripping the wallpaper and painting. I liked the retro wall tiles, actually—still do—which made removing them bitter-sweet. But some were cracked, some were chipping and an update was inevitable. But I digress! Back to the first update I made: Continue reading

An Eclectic Rustic Refuge in Ibiza

I can’t get enough of the Ibiza home of designer Nani Marquina and his partner and photographer, Albert Font. Thanks to architects Martínez Lapeña and Elías Torres, what used to be a run-down farm is now a refuge amidst nature.

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Styling with Millennial Pink: For The Timid and For The Bold

From food and fashion to art and home decor, Millennial pink is taking over.

And this hue has come a long way since its days spent pigeon-holed by its neon, fuchsia and magenta counterparts. The popular pink of today is much more flattering, gentle and super easy to style with in any space.

Today marked my first appearance on Cityline (watch my first segment on timidly using pink here and then the second segment on using it in a bold way and then pinch me) and to start things off, I walked through two spaces I styled using this hot hue: one that’s perfect for those timid lovers of pink, and one for the bold! But the best part about these tips is they apply to any trendy hue—not just pink. Continue reading

Polaroid of a Willow Tree

Sun-held in a picture taken
by a child’s hand, the crooked tree
leaning into a long-dead wind
so much still from that shaken
air travels on. I’d forgotten memory
vanishes, that cellular tithe:
the way the bones of real things
crumble in remembering hands and get free

for good. How long alive
was that tree, how long standing
there, gripping the ravine edge
before we appeared and started to survive

in the ways prepared, pretending
everything would turn out,
get better, we’d grow stronger, feel right
the real world notwithstanding.

That’s always the taunt looking back, the shout
at the ones who left without warning; seeing
as those early visions were not in the offing,
they might have said what it was all about.

Now we’re simply standing ground, being
vigilant, shucking the childish faith
that makes our eyes
glance at things twice seen

and name them bough and stem and leaf.
That’s the willow in the child’s lens,
and why it seems much more a tree
than trees I know now. Beneath

the Polaroid willow are roots, but then
I suspected more, was not troubled by “the true”:
it was all trees and all time, a purview undistressed
by memory and experience. Never again.

Poem by Michael Redhill



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