Posts Tagged ‘renovating’

The Fall Home Show: A Family Playground

When you own a home it seems most of your spare time goes into renovating it, fixing it, improving it, beautifying it. And when you’re not physically doing the work you’re dreaming about it or planning it. We’ve lived in our current home over 5 years now and the doing and dreaming and planning never seems to stop. So this past Saturday we went on a family road trip, to the Fall Home Show.

We usually go to the National Home Show in winter but the lovely Dee Brun (@cocktaildeeva) was going to be doing some great holiday drink demos at the Fall show which I wanted to see. Plus this cooler weather has me thinking about getting a sauna and fixing that jail papered bathroom of ours.

The Fall Home Show is actually smaller than the National Home Show (taking place in the Better Living Center down at Exhibition Place) but that was sort of nice, not to big to seem overwhelming. We went early on the Saturday and it was pretty busy.

I must admit I was surprised at how patient my 3 were at the show; usually they’re bugging to head home once they discover there are no rides or kid activities for them. This time they eagerly walked up and down each aisle, wanting to visit every booth. I quickly figured out why. Seems most booths had little candy dishes and my kids were basically going from candy dish to candy dish.

We did stumble upon Nintendo‘s booth. They were promoting the new Professor Layton DS game (The Tea Master’s House). You could sit and enjoy an herbal tea while playing one of the game levels on the DSi XL. The kids loved it (I enjoyed the tea). The DSi XL looks pretty sweet, larger screen play and I’m already a fan of Professor Layton’s logic puzzle games. After much cajoling we were able to convince the kids to move on.

That’s when my husband found his distraction, some sort of sound proofing insolation from Sonopan. We are looking at renovation our basement into an office/sound room and this material doesn’t take up much room (which is great when you don’t have a lot of ceiling space). He even sat in a sound proof room to test it out. After much cajoling we were able to convince him to move on.

My favourite discover was the iyashi Massage Chair from Panasonic. Every time we go to the home show you see these monstrous massage chairs. They may do a great job giving you a wonderful massage but where would you put these coffin like things. The iyashi Massage Chair actually looked like a piece of furniture and it can give you a mean shiatsu (just don’t hold a cup of tea in your hand when you do it).

I was excited to see you could get free wifi at the show, sadly I couldn’t get it to work on my phone. But it is a nice feature when you’re out and want to check out details on a find or send a photo to someone or just tweet about spilling hot tea on yourself while having a shiatsu massage in a chair.

It was great seeing some of the people I follow on twitter at the show also, like Tassimo Canada (@tassimocanada) and Tomboy Tools (@tomboytools).

As it approached early afternoon we decided it was time to go. Sadly we didn’t get to see Dee’s show but I heard is was smashing (no surprise). Someday I will get her to make me one of her cocktails. The Fall Show has us thinking again on some home plans and it was a fun morning. Now we have a few months until the National Home Show, when we can experience the fun all over again (maybe without the kids and candy).

My Lazy Decorating Technique

When you buy a house you try to look beyond someone’s decorating style; you try to focus on the structure and space. A new coat of paint can transform a room to fit your style and is much cheaper than having to rework a main floor because you don’t like where the doors or windows sit.

When we bought our last house we did just that, especially in the main bathroom (actually the only bathroom). It was more than twice the size of our current bathroom and the large cupboard would be big enough to hold our washer and dryer. Sold.

The bathroom was always one of those things on our list that need to be redone but things like knob and tube wiring and asbestos had to take priority. The bathroom has gone through many renovations, in our mind. We’ve never really done anything because with a bathroom you only want to do it once.

But I guess after five years the black and while ‘jail’ wallpaper must be getting to us. It doesn’t help that the previous owner did such a poor papering job, with bubbles and corners flipping up. It was one of those corners that finally got to my husband. He pulled a little and a whole sheet came down. Later that day I pulled a corner and more came off. It’s been like that every day down, each time one of us goes into the bathroom another piece of plastered wall is exposed.

This probably isn’t the best way to remove paper (some spots come off clean and easy while others leave a residue of paper lining behind) but it does get me thinking about finally doing something with the bathroom, even if it takes another five years to get all the paper off.