Category Archives: My Home / Studio

#SabrinasBathroom: The Beauty and The Build

Remodels are never as easy as they seem. And designing your own space when there are limitless options is tough. So with the build of #SabrinasBathroom underway, I thought I’d share a huge post chronicling all of the decisions I made, why I made them and how my heart ache can help you.

Although I’m keeping every fixture and all of the plumbing in the same spot in my bathroom, there’s no such thing as a quick gut and replace. And if you’re like me and obsess over the details and never tire until you’ve scrolled through every single page on every lighting, tile, fixture etc. site, then you know how hard it is to make final calls. And how changing one item can affect another.

This bathroom remodel stubbornly followed suit, so I’m sharing all of the pains in the butt/choices I ran into and how I’ve fixed/settled on them. (And big shout out to my contractors at Elite Signature Homes for helping me through the build. Yes, I chose to not DIY this one and instead hired a crew to tackle the build of my design. More on that choice in a later post).

x, S

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My (Proudly Canadian) Home Tour

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, I thought I’d share an updated tour of my space, one which is proudly home to a mix of Made in Canada pieces, thrift store finds and old faithfuls from big-box shops.

In tandem, HGTV Canada popped by and filmed a tour of my home (with Piper cameos, of course). In it, I also chat about my love for chips and candy, my design MO and share some intimate insight into my space, so please let me know what you think!

Since my last home update, I’ve changed about half of the rooms in my home—some in subtle ways, some in drastic ways. So let’s dive right in, room by room. (And as always, a huge source list by room is included below.) Continue reading

A Small (but Mighty) Moody Dressing Room

Pre-S: This room makeover was completed for Hello Sunshine magazine. While this post will dive more into the design process and my personal choices, click here for the editorial, shot by the lovely Scarlet O’Neill and check out my tips for easier mornings.


How sweet it is to be changed in you!

I really hope you all sung that to the tune of Marvin Gaye’s How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You). And if you did, I want to stop… and thank you baby 😉

Anyhow, life lately has been a cocktail of stress and the unknown mixed with happiness and progress. I’m in limbo as I await to hear if we’re renewed for a second season of Save My Reno so I’ve been taking the time to really evaluate what I truly want next while I renovate our bathroom and essentially support Shawn in a super-busy period with his business, Wild and Light. Life has a funny way of working where only one of us is slammed and in need of support at a given time. And after I had a period of filming for 5 months straight, it’s now his turn to be AWOL. I have no clue what we’ll do with Piper if we ever coordinate our work business…

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#SabrinasBathroom Reno Diary: The Whats and Whys of My Design Plan

It feels like forever since I started planning my bathroom renovation (which I’ve coined #SabrinasBathroom).

I’ve consciously gotten better at it, but I’m still not the most decisive person in the world (sorry for never being able to pick a restaurant, Shawn)! However, if I’m being fully honest about why it’s taken so long to make the final call, it’s partly because I’m going to miss my current bathroom.

While the tub is shallow and uncomfortable, a handful of tiles are cracked where it counts (at the shower fixtures), there is virtually zero storage, paint is peeling on the walls and ceiling and mold adorns the window frame, it’s sad to gut something so cute and original. When Nicole Curtis—who would arguably keep it how it is—comes to mind, so does guilt. But doing (or not doing) something because of someone else and ignoring your needs when it comes to your own house is a sin in its own right—and mama needs some function. Continue reading

Little Happy Living Room

I’ve spent most of my waking hours parked on this little yellow couch — or the dining table just behind it — recently.

I’ve been on a tiny break from filming, and plugging away at myriad tasks, so rather than share all the things, here’s how I’ve  sum up the last few weeks:

Relaxing with Piper and Shawn, Googling “why are my nails chipping,” “small bathroom designs,” and “best lavender candle,” watching The OA, looking up theories on The OA on Reddit, repotting my monstera deliciosa, subsequently killing most of my monstera deliciosa (it was tragic), browsing Let Go, finding a cool vintage tin green S on Let Go for $50, coding and re-designing a site (which I’ll share more about shortly), tinting my eyebrows, organizing paperwork and files from 2016, planning a bathroom renovation, starting #PixelsPlacesThings, listening to Podcasts (CLJ, Clever, and TAL).

I hope you enjoy my little slice of living (with Piper cameos of course). Full source/shopping list at bottom of post.

Sources:

Plaid throw  |  Vintage Metal Letters  |  BEKVÄM stool   |   Wire Basket   |   Yellow Sofa (US shoppers click here)   |   Rattan Side Chair (US shoppers click here and here)   |   Gold Ceramic Stool (US shoppers click here)   |   Storage Baskets (US shoppers click here)   |   Planter on Stilts   |   Ottoman (US shoppers click here)   |   Grey Polka Dot Pillow and Faux Fur Lumbar Pillow (US shoppers click here and here)  |  Dash and Albert Diamond Rug (US shoppers click here)   |   Arched Floor Lamp (US shoppers click here)   |   Top Down Bottom Up Shades (US shoppers click here)   |   Ceramic French Bulldog (US shoppers click here)

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