Dear Diary,

Time changes everything. As we change, so does our style, our desires, our homes. I want to celebrate change with you whether you’re growing up, growing older or becoming an empty nester. Starting over and doing it your way – maybe for the first time ever – is very exciting.

Let’s explore together ways to re-look at your life, how you live in your home and how you can set it up for the life you want to live RIGHT NOW!

Important things that homeowners may not think about in terms of getting the most out of their space:

Three things that come to my mind when I think about getting the ‘MOST’ of a space are ORGANIZATION, PROPER SPACE PLANNING & COLOUR! Often it is hard for us to look at the rooms in our home differently than how they are currently laid out. If you take the time to get rid of things that you do not need, you can avoid stuffing a bunch of things in a room that you do not need or love – and this in itself helps you get organized! Finally! Colour! If you freshen up the walls, paint the ceiling something fun or even repaint your doors and baseboards, you will find that something in the room has been greatly shifted. I love using paint that with high coverage so you don’t have do more than two coats! I adore Behr Marquee colours because they are rich with incredible coverage! My kitchen is painted in Dutchess Dawn and it looks so cozy! Just a simple coat of paint can really equate to transformation in the best and most basic way!

The biggest mistake to avoid before, during and even after a renovation:

Do not rush ANYTHING. Do not rush the planning and preparation before you start. I love asking for help in the early stages of a renovation to truly understand where I can save and where I need to spend. Everyone has a Home Depot close by and they have an incredible team of experts that can be easily accessed for questions and ideas! Do not rush the renovation – which means start it during a season that won’t force you to complete it before it’s done. This way, if things go sideways, you are not panicked and things can be fixed properly. DO NOT RUSH the decoration of a space after the renovation is complete. I think it’s best to live in the home in its new state or live in the room in its new form before you really know how you want to furnish it and live in it.

Small touches that create a big impact:

I love using unexpected tiles. I also love putting art in a kitchen. I love mixing old and new things in a kitchen and great collections of glassware is always fun. Keeping things fresh and clean while still making it look like a place where you can whip up a batch of brownies is the name of the game. And purposeful placement of storage and appliances is also great for impact and function. Changing the cabinetry colour or surface texture is a bigger but very impactful touch that can really transform a kitchen! The Home Depot Canada has a service called ReNuIt that refaces your cabinetry to look brand-new! I am in love with it! Lastly–COLOUR! Always pick a fun colourful something to go in the room! Kitchens are the hub of the home and should make us feel happy just being there!

For a glimpse into my Prince Edward County renovation project this past summer, check out the photos below.