French Doors, a Rusty Nail and Mercury

I wanted antique french doors for the entrance to the den to set the aesthetic of the room. I felt the style would be more inviting than a traditional interior door, plus when propped open, the narrow dimensions of a French Door would ensure the cabinets were not obstructed. Unfortunately as we were still inContinue reading “French Doors, a Rusty Nail and Mercury”


The Bear Den-Part 2

When I first thought about converting the bedroom to a den I was thinking of opening an entrance in the wall that is next to our entryway. The thought was we would wall over the doorway from the hall. When we talked through the dimensions of the room, and considered where the windows and heatContinue reading “The Bear Den-Part 2”

The Bear Den-Part 1

Our front room is an open concept living and dining room and flows right into the kitchen. It’s not a large space, and I have to work extra hard through our furniture layout to create and maintain a sense of definition in each area. The space is great for entertaining, allowing for a sense ofContinue reading “The Bear Den-Part 1”

In the Gutter

As we headed into our first fall a couple months after we moved in we realized that the eaves through was installed incorrectly and the water wasn’t flowing to the downspouts. Instead it was building up in the gutter, except where the seams were not sealed and it was leaking. In several places there wereContinue reading “In the Gutter”

Windows and Doors

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. I say the door of a house is a gateway to refuge and repose while it’s windows are portals that should bring light and energy but still contribute to a feeling of shelter and security. Unfortunately, while our windows were new, there were some outstandingContinue reading “Windows and Doors”


We made the offer on the house in late May 2020 aware that the owner had an open building permit from the renovation they were still in progress on. We knew she would need to complete all work listed on the permit to close it before the sale would go through. We had a fewContinue reading “Closing”

Journey of restoration

Hi, I’m Kim and welcome to my blog. My fiancé George and I bought a cute little house in the Lakeview area of Mississauga Ontario during the midst of the pandemic. The size was perfect for the two of us and our cat Xena, with a great yard, ample parking, and a quiet neighbourhood. WhileContinue reading “Journey of restoration”

A little about us

I mentioned my name is Kim and my fiancé is George. We were introduced by a mutual friend, Pat, in spring 2015. We both play pool but on totally different levels. I like the social aspect of the game and enjoy going out to play with friends so joined a league. He loves to play,Continue reading “A little about us”

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