Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Girl Time: Le Marché

This tiny little corner sits beside the house of my second-cousin.  It was at his 15th birthday where I first met my husband-to-be.  I had survived my first year of high school, turned 14 and a week later, attended a small gathering with my cousin and his friends for his birthday.  Back then this tiny little place used to be a ramshackle convenience store that sold no name brand items.  Today, it is an exquisite little diamond in the rough for the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, offering in-house baked pastries, crepes, coffee, tea, flatbreads, croissant sandwiches in addition to popular specialty foods including Earnest Ice Cream and sausages from D-Original Sausage.    

i've been wanting to come by since we last passed by earlier this summer.  it was one of the few places that had Earnest's Whiskey Hazelnut ice cream that we were bringing for dessert to a dinner in Vancouver.  i was so glad to have stumbled upon the revitalized shop as i was quickly overwhelmed by its ambience and menu of delicious items.  

Chloe and I met up with my cousin Nik for a brunch date after my doctor's appointment on the West Side of Vancouver.  I shared a London Fog and Pain au Chocolate with Chloe while my cousin Nik ordered a croissant aux amandes and a Chai Latte.  as much as I love London Fogs, the Chai was sooooooo delicious.  

as it was lunch and Chloe and I are piglets, we also shared a savoury crepe

i almost forgot, they also sell organic produce and grocery items

can't wait to go back for more crepes and to get that Chai on my next visit!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Renos: Weekend 1 + 2

The Foyer + Living Room

Bleeding nicotine walls
Height of Stink as we first started washing down the walls

Even kevin's Nana came on the first Saturday to help wash walls for a couple of hours

All the wood in the foyer was removed which made a huge difference in the smell

Priming has begun!
(holy crap those closet doors look SUPER piss yellow now!)

Opened up the hallway by removing the window/glass
that came with all that wood

Those picture frame squares are just out of control!
They are as white as the drywall mud!

I can't wait to set up this entrance with a tiny bench and framed piece of art and potted plant...

Looking awesome today!

Tore down drywall to reveal the original fireplace brick and the peaked roof

Currently deciding on fireplace insert  
Excited to see these bricks all cleaned up and painted!

Priming the ceiling today...

Notice how the dark wood trim is just as contrasting 
as when it is removed to reveal the unstained white paint!

Kitchen doorway was knocked out back to its original larger size

Bedroom #1

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, my sister and her husband were so kind and generous to fly in and help us with the renos.  My BIL and my brother had the gross job of scraping the ceilings of the nasty crusty ceilings in the bedrooms and the living room.  

In addition to the ceilings being scraped and mudded smooth, kevin also spent extra time cutting down the dated curtain valance thingy (nobody seems to know what it is called…) from being an overhang to a clean edge.

Looks cleaner, a little more open and less dated

The before photo is not so great for showing the ceiling, but it definitely looks better smooth

And today, after finally finishing all the mudding and sanding, the carpets were pulled out!

Bedroom #2

1.  Original

2. Ceilings and Overhang

3.  Good-bye Carpet

Master Bedroom

1.  Original

2.  Ceilings and Overhang

3.  Good-bye Carpet!

Much work has been done on the exterior

The first weekend we filled all these garbage cans plus 19 tied up bundles
of shrubs and small trees and a slightly smaller haul went out again tonight!

With the rainy weather setting in, we also have a bunch of crazy ass mushrooms

more shrubbery from the back of the house

the kids really enjoy running around and playing hide and seek
 in our backyard of a forest...

a little too much fun sometimes hee hee

so there you have it! 
the first of the renos with more priming and painting to come which i know is going to make a world of difference to the smell and the brightness!

a huge huge thank you to everyone who helped us get through the past two weeks.  a special thanks to my sister and husband for flying out to help us with the ceilings and for my brother for graciously giving up his time to help with all the dirty work.  there is still so much to do, but i look forward to the middle-of-the-night feedings where i can look back on these first weeks of renos from what will be our new cozy home.