Monday, 11 February 2013

our home is for sale!

After several years of trying to figure out our next step, we have finally managed to make a decision!

And here's the fine print:


1,173 exterior square footage. 1800 square feet of living space.

Nothing to do but move in! This beautifully renovated four level backsplit is close to all amenities including the YMCA, Wal Mart, highway, and the best schools in town. New roof 2011. Rich brown kitchen cabinets are finished with stone and glass backsplash. The modern bathroom features double sink and dual flush toilette. Bamboo floors cover the entire main floor - living room, dining room, kitchen. The mudroom on the lower level is perfect for families and pets. Lower level also features large family room with fireplace and large windows. Basement includes plenty of room for storage, a den and spacious laundry. New doors throughout. 

Lot is 50 x 108.88. Lots of room for the kids to play, plus a pergola for mom and dad to enjoy shade all day long. 

Do not miss out on this one. Call today for a private viewing.

Paul Clark - 905 351 1146

Westwood St. Interior Square Footage

Main Floor 510.76
Upper level 479.46
Lower level 425.52
Basement 466.35
Total: 1882.09

Main Floor - Kitchen Dining Room, Living Room 22' 6" x 22' 6"

Upper Level:
Master 11' x 13'6"
Bedroom 11'6" x 10'10"
Bedroom 10'1" x 9'4"
4 piece bathroom 7'4" x 8'7"
Landing 8'1" x 6'6"

Lower Level:
Mudroom 9'10" x 7'4"
3 piece bathroom 6'7" x 6'11"
Family Room 13'5" x 23'5"

Laundry 14'9" x 7'5"
Den 11' x 14'2"
Storage 10' x 14'4"

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

home made inspiration

Inspiration. One word which can mean so many different things. I like to think of it as the sparking of an idea, but never, ever copying or recreating what already exists. 

Home made. Another word with diverse directions. I happen to adore all things home made, whether it remains an attempt and is left behind as a fail, or daring to try something and a whole new world discovered and opening wide, quick. 

When I put my home together, in an ultimate attempt at creating welcoming warmth and coziness, yet uncluttered and a therefore calming atmosphere, I tend to look in two very different directions, resulting in a space which feels "us" and therefore, home. I suppose my European and North American roots compiled have lead me to inspiration found just there, too - first and foremost my eye wanders to anything Nordic (I have *some* Danish roots, after all). It's natural and unpretentious style is never out of date. I love the lack of color, choosing instead texture in materials from blankets and pillows to stunning woods to small hits of metals presented in a simplistic way. On the other hand, I can not in my life resist a huge leather club chair, rustic, brown, did I say huge? I love Pottery Barn. I feel welcome there. Pottery Barn inspires me to create. Or at least design, and then let Dear Husband at it with the power tools, as they still scare me enough not to attempt even picking them up. Dear Husband and I discovered we make a good team (phew, since our wedding rings have been on for over 12 years). Chatting about making furniture has been a hot topic around here for a little while, and so we finally gave it a shot. 

It's natural, rustic, big and comfy. It's our very first coffee table.

Monday, 4 February 2013

101 things

I felt different this time, leaving behind so much that I love, so much that takes up big chunks of my soul. I felt satisfied, not sad, grateful for a life not sparse of small moments, which do a fine job of telling the big story. I was able to wipe the tears off my cheeks with a smile underneath, a joy that comes from feeling secure and loved and well traveled. 

So when all is said and done, when memories that will last forever are closed and stored in hearts and photo albums, I have learned a new thing: Home is where today is. Because today is a good day, I don't feel the pain of missing and good-bye as deeply. Having two homes has, in the past, been hard for me. I never quite felt fully belonging to either. But now, now I see things differently. Today is home. Today I smile because I love and am loved, in two places of the world. And I am thankful, so thankful - really that's what is hard to wrap my head around - for everything that shares my todays, for everyone that walks them with me. I love you (you know who you are, all of you).

101 things, minus a few

Europe is beautiful. There's no comparison. Please go there one day and see it.

People are what's most important in life. I plan to hug you all more than I have in the past.

People are people, no matter where they are  - they get up in the morning, hope to accomplish their days work, connect with others, eat good food, and have a place that feels like their own. Europe sounds fancy, and let me assure you, it is, but even there people have their own need for normal.

Home Schooling is not equal to Alone Schooling, I felt a great appreciation for the many families I am honored to call mine during these weeks without.

Getting all school work done is not as important as staying up late laughing with aunties, as seeing the world, as learning from our surroundings and the curiosities that so very naturally enthrall.

Learning is really, really fun. Experiencing learning through living is even more fun. And that is why I love what we do.

Sisters are to be cherished amongst the most important. I have the best three of them in the world, so sorry, they are taken!

Parents don't live forever, for the next years, they are high on my priority list.

And in this new year I plan on lighting candles every day, watching a lot less TV - instead reading, talking and listening to end a day, celebrating the here and now much more often, finding new ways to connect with deeper meaning than emails or phone calls, hugging whenever the moment calls for it since a 2.5 second hug creates trust in your head and your heart for the other party involved, did you know that? So hug more often (did I mention hug more?)!

*Good-bye and see you soon*