Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Moving Announcement

I always wanted one of these. After moving so many times, I had always said that I wanted a moving announcement when I finally bought a house. So here she is!! My very own moving announcement!

I posted a request on etsy.com and the very talented Dionne of the City of Dionne quoted the job for me. I loved her whimsical style and knew that she was the one!  I sent her a pic of our home and this is what she produced:

How adorable is that!!!  It is like a birth announcement. How hilarious is that?! I didn't ask for anything in particular - just that I wanted it to be cute and cute she made it!  AND it only cost $15.  I then used one of those random Vista Print free postcard deals and for the price of shipping, I now have 100 of these little cuties waiting to be mailed out!

Did any of you have any 'must haves' once you got your first home? An announcement? A land-line? Do tell :-)

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Few Pics!

So it has officially been the most hectic 2 weeks of my life (yes ,more hectic than wedding planning!). We moved in, went on a week vacation to California, and then 2 days after returning from holiday, we hosted a combo housewarming/30th birthday party!

Everything went very well though - thanks to some great help from awesome friends, the move and set up was mostly done by the time the party rolled around.

I took a few pics as we were setting up of the main floor that I thought I'd share!

Here is the view from the front porch into the house. You can see the gross carpet on the stairs - one day we will do the stairs but for now the carpet stays.

Here is the view from the front hall into the dining room.

This is the dining room with the doors closed. Through the doors is the family room. One day, hopefully in November, we'll have a new dining room set with a sideboard.

And here is the living room with one of our new couches!! We put the family room coffee table in here for the party but we'll need to replace it eventually.

Here is the dining room from the other direction (the family room).

And here is the family room (with new couch number 2!).

Here is a better view of the new couch.  Funny how a new couch makes the old chair look disgusting! New chairs are on the list, but not at the top at this point :-)

And finally here is a shot of the kitchen as we were cooking some of the food. Oh and a bag on the back door that shows what I bought in the states while I was there :-)

Anyways - upcoming posts include our first run in with the famous Toronto raccoons and photos of the first phase of the master bedroom renovation :-)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I'm Back!!!

One week in California and I'm back!

We had a great holiday and a great birthday celebration but it is nice to be back in our HOME!!!  My parents stayed here while we were gone and they have officially spent more nights here that we have!

Photos are forthcoming - I can show a few to start and then the couches are being delivered this weekend I think so I can show that too :-)


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sorry I'm AWOL

The internet won't be set up until next Thursday and Hubs and I are going on a holiday starting tomorrow!

We are going to Napa with my best friend and her husband for three days and then on to San Francisco for another three nights!

We will be back next Wednesday and once the net is hooked up, I will be posting some moving pics as well as a before and after if the master bedroom wall colour :)

Until next week...
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

We're In!!!

So that's it. We've handed over the keys to our rental condo and officially live in our first home.

Everything went really smoothly, thanks to some amazing friends and family who pitched in. The entire move took about 4 hours, including some unpacking and setting up. Not bad eh?

The house is perfect. Sure, there are some things to fix and some light fixtures to buy, but it almost feels like home already!

We don't have internet yet so pictures will have to wait, but I just wanted to send a quick update to blog-land!
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Friday, September 11, 2009

To those I have loved before...part II

So good bye house #1.  You were sleek and pretty, but your basement kind of sucked, and there wasn't really much of a backyard. You were almost too perfect. Too modern. No matter how much hubs and I try, we aren't sleek or modern. We are more of a mix!

So then we focused in on our neighbourhood (Cabbagetown).  We found a house that had been on the market for ages, was just outside of the 'prime' area and we thought we might get it for a steal!!

House #2 was a rowhouse.  She was so pretty, even though she had ugly neighbours. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4000 square feet! Yes, you heard me. 4K.  This house was totally out of our league, but because it had been on the market so long (over the winter), and the owner had been relocated by work (actual true story), we actually considered it.  This was the time of the 'buyer's market' where people were actually going in well under asking and having a shot.

We went in 50K under. We lost. Ha. No big surprise.  After months of sitting on the market, all of a sudden there was a bidding war.

Wait till you see how pretty she was...

Here was the formal living room:

And here is the dining room:


Main bathroom (can't see the amazing soaker tub):

And here is the master bedroom. All of the bedrooms were this big. Plus a big living room.

I actualy really love the colour on the master bedroom walls.  Hmm...

Anyways - we totally stretched ourselves to put an offer on this house. Could we have done it? Yes, but it would have been tough.  But we felt like it was such a steal for the size/location that it would have paid off eventually.

The house was so massive I don't know if we could have afforded to heat it though!

In retrospect, while the house was insanely amazing, the rooming house across the street wasn't. Or the sketchy rental 2 houses down that has a porch constantly filled with kids drinking and smoking and playing guitar.

Once we lost on this house, we knew what kind of style we wanted.  We walked by it many times, thinking about how much we loved it.  We walked by, and as we walked up the street to the next block, we saw a bunch of other similar style houses on a gorgeous tree lined street. We kept saying "we need a house on this part of the street!"

And the rest is history. We ended up with a similar styled house on the best block of a street we knew we loved. And we can afford to heat it :-)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

To those I have loved before...

So with just 2 days left, I thought I would take some time to pay my respects to the houses that we bid on, and subsequently lost, prior to buying our home.

We'll start with house number 1.  House number 1 was within the first 8 or 10 houses that we saw. It was in the Danforth/Riverdale neighbourhood and was a beautifully renovated flip.

3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (yes, that's right, FOUR bathrooms), finished basement. It was gorgeous and we loved her from the start.

So here's to house number 1. We lost her by 5K.  Best 5K ever :-)

Here is the living room:

The main floor powder room:
The dining room/kitchen view:
The GORGEOUS kitchen:

Le sigh. And we lost her.  She sure was pretty.  Hubs and I saw her during the week before the open house, and then like any good house hunters enamoured with a pretty renovated house, we stalked her. We sat in the car and watched couple after couple go in. It's all part of the process, right?

Next up, house number 2. The house that made us fall in love with our street/neighbourhood.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

T-2 Days!!


We are going tomorrow to sign the papers, so that on Friday we just have to pick up the keys!! I am starting to freak out!!

We've set up everything with gas and hydro, and we've received our final bill from the lawyer (holy crap!).

So that's it. Pay the money. Get a house.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Our First Trip to...

Yep! We did it! We went today and got the following as our inaugural purchasing trip to the HD :-)

- tinted our find-of-the-century paint to become "Silver Fox" for our living room/dining room
- since there was a Behr sale, we had them match our Farrow & Ball "Charleston Gray" for our bedroom (hope we bought enough!)
- one can of tinted primer for the bedroom, since it is a darker gray
- rollers, edging brush, painters tape and garbage bags.

So fun!! We have also made tonnes of progress with the packing. Just the kitchen and some of our clothes left to go (I think). Have to live in boxes for another week but that is what happens when you move while working I suppose!

I'm super pumped about the paint - I can't wait to get started!!!!

Happy Labour Day weekend everyone!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Paint Deal!

So hubs and I have already put some thought into our paint colours (I posted about them last month I think) and using my deal finding skills, I came across a steal!

I found a person selling gallons of Benjamin Moore "Abalone" for next to nothing! Turns out they were renovating and bought a bunch of this paint and didn't end up loving it. So lucky me, we picked up 5.5 gallons of it for 50 bucks! That is the price of one gallon usually! Sweet!

We are actually going back to pick up some more, since I found out that we can just get more tint added to turn it into another colour on the same paint chip :-)

Ohhh I love saving money in unexpected ways!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

T-9 Days!

In 9 days - we'll be getting the keys to our new home!! Yay!! Days have seemed to drag by recently but I have a feeling we'll be there in no time!

We got a good chunk of our place packed last weekend but this weekend will be the big push.

I've been home two days this week with an allergic reaction to something (I can't figure it out). Go figure the worst part has been my hands, so I couldn't even pack with my time off!!

Anyways - not much to post but wanted to document my excitement!!