Category Archives: The Home

I Got a Central Vac—And It’s Amazing

Pals, I think I’ve officially hit peak adulting: I got central vac installed in my home.

Call me Suzy Homemaker,—or don’t—but regardless of nicknames (Suzy Homemaker not among mine, for clarity sake), there’s something very rewarding and deliberate about having a home outfitted with a BEAM Alliance central vacuum system.

In all honesty, it wasn’t something I thought about in the first few years of home-ownership. My priority was replacing the roof and windows, then renovating spaces that irked me, and then decking the place out in furniture and decor I loved.

But jump-cut to getting a dog—one with black, white and brown fur, mind you—and suddenly a good vacuum became a huge priority.

I love Piper, but holy cow-dog does she shed a ton! Add in the fact that my entryway opens into my living space so I’m battling mud in the spring, grass in the summer, leaves in the fall and salt in the winter. Compound this with a massive real wool rug which sheds (and will continue to for another year or so), and I knew it was time for an upgrade.

While it worked great, I found my old vacuum kicked back a ton of hot air, and emptying it was a pain. I also found that my variety of rug fluff always caught around the turbine, so I’d spend a good 15 minutes each session with it upside down, cutting and pulling out strings. But this BEAM beauty comes with a carpet cleaning head which has a built-in razor (see that little blue-outlined button?) that cuts any strings that jam the brush roll with the press of a toe.

Elsewhere, the regular vacuum head works just peachy on my wood floors. But better yet, it’s super lightweight, so it’s not a chore to lug it out for a quick clean-up. And it’s half as quiet as other vacuums. Piper normally barks to high heavens when I vacuum, but she isn’t bothered by this one at all.

Overall, I’m really happy with my BEAM system and if you’ve been toying with it, it’s well worth it (and the installation was fast and painless)! After renovating my entire house, it’s the cherry on top of a happy home for my and Piper. 🙂

x, S


Big thanks to BEAM and their team of amazing installers for making this possible. You guys rock.

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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