Hi Friends! Oh my goodness, it has been way too long since I published anything. I left you all hanging high and dry after my last post about my health issues. I truly apologize, but life has been SO busy. So much has happened since then! I am alive and well, and an update on my health will be coming soon.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you’d know that we’ve since moved into our new house in the community of Keswick, Edmonton! If you’re just joining the journey and want to see where we started, click here.
We’ve officially been in for three months now. Holy, moving is stressful, time consuming and expensive! A lot of the reason that I’ve been putting off this home series tour is because we have a massive house for just the two of us, which means we had to buy a LOT of furniture. Almost everything on the main floor is brand spankin’ new.
The house still isn’t anywhere near complete. We did get all of our big furniture and some small decor items, but we have nothing on the walls. It’s driving me crazy but I know I need to wait in order to find the perfect pieces. It’s so hard because we want to keep buying everything we see, but we still have to tackle the landscaping, backyard, fence, and blinds. Thankfully, we had the deck added onto our house during the build, so we’re still able to sit outside and enjoy the 14 hours of direct sunlight that we get in our yard!
We’ve definitely had our ups and downs throughout the build, but in the end we are ecstatic with the final product, and it’s slowly starting to feel like home!
So without further ado, let’s get into some pictures for ya. (PS – I am no where close to being a professional photographer and really just don’t have the patience to get all the settings right, so if anyone wants to come photograph my house, holla at chyo girl!)
I’m starting this series off with the kitchen/pantry/nook area. Yes, I’m sorry, this is the area I post the most of on my Instagram so you may have already seen it all, but it’s also one of the most complete areas in the house. Plus, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about where I got certain items, so I’m sharing it all below!
Our kitchen is one of my favourite spots in the house. Honestly, it caused a lot of fighting between Rob and I. Specifically the tile. I wanted an all white, crisp and clean kitchen. Rob wanted darker tones and a darker backsplash. Thankfully, despite me being not level headed during this process, he was a fantastic sport about it and though he doesn’t love the tile I chose (even though I do), we’re both very happy with how it turned out.
The barstools can be found on Wayfair.ca. I bought these back when we were still in the townhouse, knowing that they would look incredible in this kitchen, and I am not disappointed in the slightest!
The pendant lights above our island are unfortunately discontinued, our local lighting store only had two left in stock, and we had to get my dad to buy and ship the third one from Ontario! Rob picked these out and I’ve gotta give him the credit for them. They are incredible, and much more substantial than they look!
The gold whisk & spatula I bought from the states, and unfortunately they don’t seem to be available anymore. And the serving tray from Homesense a few months back. But, I’ve linked some similar ones for you below 🙂
We selected the Moen Align faucet in a spot-resistant stainless steel finish, and the Franke onyx granite sink. I am over the moon about both! The sink is SO easy to keep clean (scratch, stain, and heat resistant) and not seeing any finger prints on the faucet keeps my OCD at bay! If you’re in western Canada, you can find both these products at your local Bartle & Gibson or Bartle & Gibson Showroom!
I love the rustic and industrial mix with this table and our table settings. Honestly, again I have to give probs to Rob for this table too. I’ve definitely warmed up to it!
We got 9ft ceilings on our main floor (and basement) and holy, they did not disappoint. Having the extra ceiling height makes the place feel so much more spacious, and works wonderfully with our lighting choices! This over-the-table chandelier was a STEAL. We originally saw the almost exact same one for approximate $1,200 more at the lighting store. So happy we scored this much cheaper one on Wayfair.
This area is almost complete – we know what we want to put on that back wall, but we just haven’t found the right one yet! I’m going to keep it a secret until we find it!!
We opted for four dining chairs and a bench to give this table a more farmhouse, casual and open feel. We’re not fancy by any means, and having what would have felt like a fully formal dining space just wouldn’t have felt right for us. (PS – the table and bench are unfortunately discontinued).
Now, through our pocket door into the walk in pantry. To be honest, I hate pantries. They are super hard to keep clean, and open pantries where everyone can see what food you have kind of stresses me out. PLUS – food just kind of gets thrown everywhere (it did in our last place at least). So, to keep things organized (and hidden), I bought some baskets and crates and each has it’s own designated food category to hold. Since I do 95% of the cooking, I don’t find the hidden items hard to keep track of because I know what we use and don’t use. Using the baskets, jars and crates have made me LOVE the walk through pantry (when it’s kept clean and organized, of course).
These lids are in desperate need of being re-written (these are from when I was just starting out lettering), but having a lazy susan in the pantry makes grabbing the baking goods WAY easier. No more having to reach to the very back and gently lifting above all the other boxes to grab the corn starch!
I ordered these jars without looking at the size of them first…I’m a sucker for black lidded jars, but these 2 gallon jars were way bigger than I was expecting. Luckily, we go through a lot of grains and I do 90% of our grocery shopping at Costco, so I found the perfect use for them! And I can easily see when we’re running low on something.
Attached to this pantry is our laundry & mud room, but those pictures are for the next post! The laundry/mud room was actually the first room to be finished in the house, and even though it’s so simple, I love it, and can’t wait to share it with you.
Well folks, there you have it! It’s hard to get the exact feel for a space through pictures, but I hope this gives a good idea for the vibe of our kitchen space! Truly, I don’t think there is anything that I’d change about this space. The crisp white kitchen is all I could have ever wanted, and makes waking up in the morning and making my coffee so much easier (well, only if the kitchen is clean). It really is my dream kitchen.
I hope you enjoyed the first part of the home series!! Thank you all so very much for sticking around this far, and for having an interest in our humble abode! I’ve linked as much as I could below, along with some comparable items for those I was unable to find. If there’s anything you’re looking for that I didn’t link, just ask in the comments and I’ll do my best to find it for ya!
Stay tuned for the next part of the tour.. the laundry room & mudroom!!
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