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House Winks

by - Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I want to thank you all for your kind comments, messages, and tweets about the BLOGGER STYLE book. It warms my heart to be part of such a supportive community. I hope Sean and I do the subject justice and really show how talented bloggers are. Now to get writing!


Aside from the book writing, yes, there is still a basement renovation going on! But we're getting to the pretty part and the work doesn't seem much like work at all.

As we start to finish things off, I'm cognizant of the fact that we are nearing the end of our room-by-room renovation process which started 5+ years ago when we bought this house. Aside from the exterior and a bit of remodelling for Chloe's big girl room, there isn't much left to do in terms of big projects in this house. With that in mind, I'm enjoying the little things, the finer details. Like picking out new handles and figuring out which curve will feel just right in my hand. Or thinking about tile and mixing and matching patterns. I've come to realize that the details matter; that the things you touch, see, and feel all add up and create your experience of a space.

I like my house to "wink" at me. Does that sound weird? I like little surprises, minute details that bring an unexpected smile to my face.

Such is the case with the broom closet in the basement. I took some time out of a very busy day today to add some stripes. HandyMan wondered why I would bother to spend the effort for "just" a closet. And my thought was this... one day, when the basement is all finished, and I have to go into that broom closet to get the cleaning supplies to clean the bathroom again (ugh)... I will open that closet and the stripes (which by that time I will have forgotten I painted) will make me smile. Because nothing says happy like stripes. And you know what? Cleaning the bathroom that day won't seem as bad :) *wink*

So that's my new mantra... make room for happy surprises. Its always worth the effort.

P.S. Know what else is making me happy? The new Martha Stewart cabinets! Handles, countertop, and toekick coming soon.

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  1. sweetest idea I've seen in a really long time - stripes are my favourite and your broom closet is now nicer than my whole house. xo

  2. Sarah @ ReDesigning Sarah1:01 PM

    Love the wink! That would make me totally smile too!!

  3. jenny@mintinthemiddle.com1:03 PM

    oooh... those stripes remind me of our bathroom stripes!... which also make me very happy :)

  4. I'm a big fan of the stripes. I love the idea of making every nook and cranny beautiful.

  5. I couldn't agree more about the little details!! I love those stripes. On my list is to paint our laundry closet a bright pink or orange. So much fun!

  6. Vel Criste1:03 PM

    Love the stripes, although are you sure you still want to make it a broom closet? Looks like it will make a great hideaway spot for little Chloe too! I have to tackle all my other rooms before I get into my broom clost for sure! :-)

  7. how2home1:03 PM

    love that you decked out the broom closet! looks awesome :) can't wait to see the big reveal for the basement!

  8. Giulia@fishlynews.com1:03 PM

    Love, love, love the stripes! That is why I painted our front hall closet pool blue. The colour makes me happy especially as we still have not added that barn door that we want.

  9. Love it! It's the little things:)

  10. super cute closet and thanks so much for a sneak peek of your cabinet!! Your broom closet totally winked at me when we first met yesterday on Twitter!

  11. modern_jane1:04 PM

    That's my kind of attitude! Any way to find joy in daily tasks is good in my books. Best of luck with the book, it's such an amazing venture!


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