Category Archives: The Home

Hunting for a Cushy, Deep Sectional (+ My Curated Picks)

In the last four years, I’ve had four sofas.

Year over year, it’s been a revolving door of upholstery. From a hand-me-down loveseat set from my mom, to a modern Gus sofa, a yellow, tufted pretty number, to a blue herringbone, slim-lined sectional.

And I’m at it again.

Beyond a seat, each furniture piece has represented change, and with this newest switch-up comes the coolest one of all: a big, cross-country moveContinue reading

Our Cross-Canada Move Experience with QMM

September and October were overwhelming months. 

To up and move across the country is a big deal. And after the excitement of securing our new place and setting moving dates wore off, the reality of the required work ahead set in. 

Sell the car; see as many friends and family as possible; clean the corners of the house that had never been touched; find a tenant; transfer utilities; cancel internet services; organize; pack; care for Piper; work full-time.

Each day felt like a giant to-do list: one that accumulated new items, just when you thought you were ahead of it. It was satisfying ticking items off, but it was definitely a task that required patience—something I’m not very good at.

But one thing we figured out early on was that we wanted to hire a moving company to help make the move more seamless. Between the heaps of stuff accumulated over the years that felt daunting to load and unload, our desire to make the drive with Piper in the truck without the hassle of renting trucks or towing trailers, and the reasonable price tag for a massive load off our shoulders, hiring Quality Move Management was a no-brainer. Continue reading

Breathe Easy [My Molekule Air Purifier Review]

As a kid, my understanding of air was that it came from trees and that we needed it to breathe. To go outside was to get fresh air, and the scientific makeup was N2, C2 and some other letters and numbers.

Flash-forward to being an adult and our increasingly poor air quality is a common topic. Now, we’re told to stay inside and to avoid breathing the air outdoors during certain weather periods. On a broad scale, poor air quality is linked to our emissions and climate change, but on a personal scale, it’s linked to everything from allergies and asthma to cancer and worse.

Growing up, I never had allergies. But now, I spend half the year with a slightly stuffed nose and irritated eyes or throat. And with the increased population of cars and buildings in the GTA, the addition of a furry pup named Piper, and many more factors I’m sure, it’s only bound to get worse.

Usher in Molekule, a sleek air purifier I first found on Instagram.

Before I got mine, I knew little about the air purifier game or what these machines really did beyond, well, filtering and purifying air. All I knew was wanted one—to combat my allergies and help make our indoor air cleaner. So I did a little research, and here’s the Cole’s notes on what I discovered:

For almost a century, we’ve used HEPA filters as our solution to allergies, asthma, sickness and congestion related to air quality. And while HEPA filters work to collect 99.97% of pollutants greater than .3 microns on filters, most pollutants that cause health problems are smaller than .3 microns. And if that’s not scary enough, things like mold and bacteria grow and multiply on the filters which can then escape back into the air you breathe.

That’s where Molekule differs. 

Rather than just collecting pollutants, it works through light-activated nanotechnology to destroy pollutants at their molecular level through a PECO filter. That’s really all you need to know or undersand, but if more scientific graphs and studies are your thing, check out for exactly how it all works. 

But beyond doing its job (I have been breathing easier and waking up stuffy-nose free!), I’ll be the first to admit that vanity factored into my choice. After function, I want things in my home to look good. And an ugly air purifier just isn’t going to get as much use in my home as a pretty one because I know myself: I’d tuck it out of sight in a corner where it’s less efficient, or stash in a closet when not in use where I’d forget to pull it out enough times to be useful. I’m anything but embarrassed to have my Molekule front and centre with my decor. It sits pretty with a leather handle and minimal design.

I was only able to use my Molekule for a month before it got packed up by our movers where it’s now en route to the new place in BC, but I absolutely noticed a difference and can’t wait to set it up in the living room, front and center. 

Come Live in My Home!

I bought my first house at 22 years old and have been living, renovating and caring for it since.

Every room has seen multiple updates, trees have been uprooted, the cost of a new roof and windows that once gave me a heart palpitations was offset by renting out the basement, gardens have been planned and planted, and almost every possible update you can make to better a home has been done, down to professional-grade appliances and solid wood baseboards and doors.

And now, five years later, I’m moving out and renting my home to you! Check out the listing below and email me with your interest.

Want the look but not interested in renting it? Shop my home!

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