Waiting….58 days to go

Not too much to update on today, unfortunately. We are caught in that limbo where it is too early to pack or to buy new furniture, yet I feel like we should be doing SOMETHING at least to make productive use of our time or else we are going to be making a mad dash at the last minute.

I am trying to hold back from ordering some repro of the Eames chairs for the kitchen. I just can’t believe that ONE chair can cost 130$! And that is for the reproduction! I think we may just end up sitting on cardboard boxes unless something pops up on Craigslist in the next two months. Or else I will just need to find a way to be able to justify spending my tax refund on dining room chairs…we will see.


I am not sure where that picture came from, so if anyone knows the source (if anyone is even reading this!) feel free to let me know and I will give credit. This is how I picture the dining area looking, since I have an old antique wood table that my parents are storing for me. Isn’t it beautiful? sigh.

I guess I should also stop reading the design blogs. Yes, I do need a subway tile backsplash! Where can I get one of those overhanging floor lamps? Sadly I can’t afford ANY of what they show so it is probably just masochism on my part.

I am trying to figure out what color I should paint the office. Something bold, like Mrs. Limestone? Or go for the simple white room like Door 16?

Sorry for the rambling post. Time is flying yet dragging by, if you know what I mean. I will try and be more meaningful next time.


My IKEA Wishlist

I am trying to keep myself occupied as the days until the move slowly tick by (65 and counting!) while not spending too much money on things we are just going to have to pack and move later. I have started making a mental list of the furniture we will need, and I know a trip to Ikea will be one of our first stops. I thought it would be easier to have a list to refer to if I forget something in the excitement and chaos that will be the move.

First, I think we will be getting an Ikea PS cabinet in white for the office. I am trying to go with a minimalist look, whites and charcoal with a bit of black and some pops of colour (maybe).


And for the kitchen table, which is an old antique table that I love which has been waiting in my parent’s basement for me to have enough space to use, I would love to have a set of white Eames chairs but let’s be honest here, I don’t have that kind of money. Instead I like the idea of juxtaposing some modern chairs with the old wooden table, maybe these from Ikea:


or these, except I would want to test them out to see the quality of the plastic beforehand:


Also, I bought three posters from orkposters.com, with maps of Manhattan, LA and Boston, and i can’t afford to have them custom framed so I think I am going to pick up three of the Fjalsta frames in their largest size and cut some custom mat to fit them:


If it fits in the office space (the walls are vaulted so I am unsure of the height until we move in) I would like to get one of the Expedit bookshelves for all our stuff to stay organized:


I think we may also end up with a Poang chair but I am resisting, they are not my favourite aesthetic choice but Sean really likes them, so maybe for the “man room” downstairs.

I think that is it for now, but I am sure things will be added soon enough!

Asbestos Free!!

Our test came back negative!! We are so happy…I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders, I was in such a funk waiting for the results and trying to imagine walking away from this house and starting the process all over. I just love this house so much, and it felt like it was meant to be our home. And now, as we no longer have to fear lung cancer or various other diseases just from living in the house, we are moving forward! It is officially ours! I still can’t believe it, I am waiting for the next disaster to pop up but it is slowly sinking in that there is nothing left to do but count down the days (69 left) and start packing and cleaning.

I am collecting inspiration for the rooms we need to update or change, most notably the bedroom which is currently a bright fuschia. I am thinking grey, white with a touch of yellow. Very relaxing, calm and minimalist. I will be posting some pictures soon!

Trouble in the Attic


The inspection went along quite well on Saturday, right until the end. He was a great inspector, very informative and patient with our millions of questions. I would highly recommend him. The only issue came when he climbed into the attic at the end of the inspection, and came back down requesting a freezer bag. Apparently, the attic is filled with an insulation product called Vermiculite. Vermiculite was widely used between 1920 and 1990 in Canada, and the area where we are buying is filled with homes insulated using this product. Apparently, in the 90s it was pulled off the market because it was found to contain asbestos.


Of course we were devastated. We love this house. We were planning our lives in this house. I tend to get overly emotionally attached to things quickly, and this house was no exception. We didn’t know what to think. The product isn’t supposed to be dangerous unless it is disturbed. so you can seal off the attic and not worry about it (yeah right!) but the issue comes when we would be going to renovate or to re-sell. It would then be our problem to deal with. After doing some digging, the cost to remove it is somewhere in the 12,000$ range. Not pocket change, by any degree.

We are getting a sample analyzed today, and it takes 48 hours to have the results back. There is a 70% chance that our insulation came from the mine that was contaminated. That is a very high percentage, and I am not one to be particularly lucky in matters like this one.

I don’t know what we are going to do. I am leaning towards buying it anyway, because I love it and think it would be worth the extra money. The homeowner doesn’t seem to care, and says she thinks she will just take it off the market and seal up the attic and rent it out. The whole thing is frustrating, and confusing, and I don’t know what to do.

I will just have to wait until Wednesday afternoon, when the results come back, and take it from there.


Inspiration – Bedside Tables

Since the days are ticking by slowly towards the big moving day, I have been using the house as an excuse to submerse myself in the design blogs that I love so much, but have never had much room to actually put their advice to use, living in a 500 sq ft condo. So, I am slowly trying to stockpile some great ideas so that we don’t just end up ikea-ing the entire house (not that there is anything wrong with that) and living in shambles, when there is so much possibility.

Our budget is slightly, ok very, limiting and so I am thinking we are going to do a lot of Craigslist shopping and thrifting in order to furnish the house. I know we are going to need two bedside tables, and I found a few that I loved when going through the blogs. I love the idea of getting an old antique cabinet and painting it white, cleaning it up and giving it new life. My father, who is an antiques dealer, might not love the idea of me painting over wood, but what can you do!

Here they are:

White nightstand
Source: Little Green Notebook

I love the little doors on this one, but it is a little shorter than I am thinking since our bed is so high. I would need it to be maybe a foot taller than this

Green Nightstands

Source: Design*Sponge

Although not the color I would choose, I love that these tables were converted from a desk and look so perfect on their own. I am really drawn to the tables with spindly legs. More to come!

77 days until moving day!

Things are moving along over here at mtlhome. We booked the home inspector, and sent all our papers off to the bank for approval. Saturday will be the make or break day, when we meet with the banker to sign the mortgage papers and then head over to the house for the inspection. I am not worried about the bank, but I am a little worried about the inspection. Our new little house was built in 1952, which is not that old in the scheme of things, but still not a spring chicken either. I am hoping that the inspector won’t uncover any issues with the big things – foundation, roof, furnace etc. We can handle the small things, but we don’t want to get into a house that will suck up all of our money in repairs. I have this image in my head of signing the papers and the real estate agent handing us the keys as the house crumbles to the ground in the background. Hopefully, this is just my paranoia and not some sort of premonition.

I am excited for Saturday, though, because it will be the first time we have been back in the house since it became “ours”, and it will be nice to see it with new eyes. We need to start thinking paint colors, furniture, window treatments and all that important (and fun!) stuff. I am going to get my mom to try and snoop around while we do the inspection so she can take some pictures, do some measurements, get some documentation of the “before” portion of the house.

I have taken to reading design blogs like it was my job (I wish!) and for some reason I am gripped with an immense desire to paint the whole house white. White, white, white. With a hint of grey. I don’t know where it came from, since my current apartment is cozy browns and taupes, but I have such a love for the crisp white walls and minimal color that I am seeing everywhere.

Keeping my fingers crossed for a smooth bank and inspection day. Hopefully more pictures to come after Saturday!

Our first pictures

Luckily I have the best parents ever, because they took it upon themselves to drive by the house yesteday afternoon and snap the very first pictures of our new home! I love that they are willing to look like crazy stalkers to make me happy.

So, without any further ado, here it is, our new home (from the outside at least)!! Isn’t she beautiful?