The Renovators

Hello and welcome to our blog! I'm Jennifer, married to HandyMan, and we have a little girl named Chloe. This blog chronicles our adventures in transforming our nondescript 1950's house into a home bursting with traditional character interpreted in a modern way.

We live in a red brick, two story, semi-detached house in Toronto that we've been transforming room by room since we purchased it in 2007. Our tastes tend to the transitional, classic style - think white moulding and trimwork, black hardware, and vintage details - that's us. We try and do much of the renovating ourselves. I do the planning and decorating, HandyMan figures out how we actually get things built, and we both fight over the power tools.

We've created a home that is filled with architectural details and uniquely our style. Have a look around, open the closet doors, and check out our home.


What's the +? We believe that anything worth doing, is worth doing well. We think know that going the extra mile, putting that extra bit of effort in the smallest of details, brings about results that are that much more memorable, original, and special. Even Nate Berkus said our DIY master bedroom wall "looks like a million bucks" so you know it can make a difference ;)

So as you look around our house, see our crafts, and follow our projects, notice the details. We think you'll spy something different. In this world of do it quick, get it done fast, temporary fixes, we like to slow it down, think carefully, and add the +The difference is in the details, and the details make all the difference. 


HandyMan works in Architecture, I run a conference for bloggers and we love all things design - we've even written an architecture book together. With the birth of our daughter in 2009, life got more interesting. Our house now feels even more like a home (I guess children can do that!) so we post about our home life - crafts, sewing, recipes and spending time as a family - too. There's still plenty of rooms to renovate and decorate so join us as we experiment with our power tools and continue to transform our home.

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  1. HI, love all your beautiful home projects. Just wondering do you post the information of the type of kitchen cabinets you used, appliances and cabinets for the home office anywhere. I am not too blog savvy so a little direction will be much appreciated! Thanks

  2. Hi Jennifer. I have been checking back on you periodically since about 2012 and am amazed at how far you have come. I too have a handyman but he works nights and that leaves little time for reno and a lot of time (for me to) research. You and your husband are truly inspiring and I can't wait to use some of your ideas. Thank you for that. One question at the moment... do you note the costs anywhere? It would be great to be able to create a budget for each area if we could. Thanks again and happy blogging.

  3. Anonymous2:53 PM

    have been thinking about adding another color to my turquoise color scheme and after seeing your living room I have my mind set on yellow! Thank you for the inspiration!


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