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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 way back in 2007 as a chronicle of our adventures in transforming our 1950's semi-detached house in Toronto. In December 2016, we set off on a new adventure, moving to a 1960's house bursting with charm.

Our tastes lean to transitional, classic style - 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.

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.

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.

Sean works in Architecture, I run a marketing agency and educational courses for bloggers and we love all things design - we've even written an architecture book together. With a new house, there's 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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