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The Renovators

Hello and welcome to my blog!

I'm Jennifer, married to Sean (aka HandyMan), and mom to Chloe. This blog started in 2007 as a chronicle of our adventures in transforming our first house, a 1950's semi-detached in Toronto. In December 2016, we set off on a new adventure, moving to a 1960's Colonial style house bursting with charm. We also have a new-build cottage in Prince Edward County that is our favourite escape from the city.

Ever since I sponge painted clouds on my ceiling and painted my bedroom walls purple when I was 15, I've known there was a creative side of me, waiting to be expressed. My corporate career was spent in Finance and Project Management but since 2011, I've made this online space my full-time career. Aside from blogging, I've run national blogger conferences (BlogPodium 2011-2018), masterminds, and consulted for North America's premier lifestyle brands.

I've been featured on The Nate Berkus Show, Cityline, in Style At Home, and Better Homes and Gardens to name a few. You can see our Press here. When I'm not covered in renovation dust, you'll find me doing crafts with my daughter, planning our next adventure, or experimenting in the kitchen.


Our tastes lean to transitional, classic style. White moulding and trimwork, black hardware, and vintage details - that's us. We try and do almost all the renovating ourselves. I take charge of the designing and decorating, Sean figures out how we actually get things built, and we both fight over the power tools.

Have a look around, open the closet doors, and maybe you'll be inspired to add traditional character and special details to your own home.

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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 into the smallest of details, brings about results that are that much more memorable, original, and don't look DIY. 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.