I want a beautiful home. Since April of this year, we've been working on the rather ambitious project of our #canningreno. To remind you, we basically gutted 80% of our semi-detached home in North York and have slowly but surely been transforming it into something I am pretty proud of.

Everyone kind of assumes that when you're a designer you have a nice house. This was so not the case with mine. See evidence here:

Kitchen with no storage. Bedroom with no storage (so scary that closet). Basement full of knotty pine.

And we've been transforming the house to reflect our modern style and the functional needs of our family of 6. Here's a quick peek:

A quick shot of our kitchen, our new living room sofa, and the sliding door to our new expanded bathroom!

After renovating for 6 months, we are home- and it feels great. HOWEVER, there is still SO MUCH TO COMPLETE. The last 20% of a project is always a really difficult push- but push I certainly am. Because I want to live in a beautiful home that brings me joy and makes my life easier : ) I have a taste of it right now, and cannot wait for the BIG PICTURE to be complete. 

So in a spirit of accountability- and let's keep it real, to make my husband, who has patiently been waiting for all these things to be completed, happy- here is my punch out list for my house. Brace yourself… it's long…


– black eavestroughs to match new black doors and windows

– new porch fixture

– new house numbers

– new mailbox 

– repair broken concrete at window sill and on front stairs

– replace or fix hand rail

– make it pretty with some flowers or something!


– replace the one cabinet pull that was damaged upon delivery

– finish painting: edging, trim, baseboards

– swap out 2 light bulbs that burned out that I have not bothered to replace

– install one light that has been sitting in my car for… an embarrassing amount of time 

– organize all the shelves with interior fittings of some kind

– buy garbage / recycling bin for our new pull out drawer under the sink

– go through every shelf and make sure it's well used, buy interior organizers where appropriate

– buy dish towels (all mine are Christmas)

– make a stationary drawer so I am never hunting for a pen, stamp, note card again….

– figure out where to hang kids' artwork / school notes that doesn't look like a massive mess

– buy modern baby gate for opening to basement (or custom make one?)

– learn how to optimally pack my fridge and optimally load my dishwasher

– get a lightbulb for my range hood (cause it did not come with one and of course never bought one)


 hang some art (pick it too…)

– lamps or sconces on the wall?

– upholster tub chairs

– buy a settee or bench?

– pick carpet 

– build side tables that have been sitting in boxes since July

– finish fireplace tile installation, add safety screen to fireplace

– style the space


– paint all the newly applied moldings, baseboard, crown 

– install cabinet hardware

– install new chandelier 

– commit to fabric for drapery, get drapery made, order drapery hardware

– find bedding

– do I need an ottoman for the end of the bed?

– side tables?

– art work 

– style space


– paint touch ups & paint baseboard, casing

– send out vintage dresser (my grandmother's!) for painting

– get her a night stand

– artwork 

– find chair for vintage dresser

– mirror?


– redecorate: do they need bunk beds? Or does the current configuration work?

– new carpet? 

– find and install new light fixture

– add trim to a wallpaper mural currently installed to make it more polished 

– add art

– find solution for lego storage, toy display, books


– finish painting

– build her crib

– install window treatments

– find solution for clothing storage as there is no closet

– carpet

– toy storage?


– install shower curtain & rod

– find bathroom accessories (soap dispenser, etc)

– hang towel rod, hooks, etc

– install more storage? cabinets or open shellving?

– find bathmat

– install new sink and counter on vanity

– finish the door jams on the bathroom door 

– finish painting


– go through all cabinets and optimize storage, use interior fittings where needed

– finish TV unit 

– add trim to wall oven

– buy small under cabinet fridge for basement kitchen

– install faucet now that counters are in (it's only been a month or so since they went in…)

–  commit to a carpet

– install galley wall

– install new sofa

– figure out side tables

– do I need a kids' table and chairs? 

– finish fireplace tile installation, add safety screen to fireplace

– finish painting

– upholster bench cushion, commit to fabric


– clean up wallpaper 

– finish painting

– find (or make?) cool lamp

– install wall shelves 

– hang art

– find small sitting chair, side table (vintage?) 


– pick up Cutler vanity I won on #Cutlerdesignday! 

– pick up mirror

– buy toilet

– select wall sconce

– select light fixture 

– measure for glass shower wall

– have plumbers back in to install shower and faucet and toilet

– figure out closet- open shelving? install doors? 

– bathmat, towels, towel bar, hooks, etc. 

THERE WE ARE. I am sure I am missing things from this list but PHEW! Lord give me strength to finish this list! My goal is to have this all wrapped up in a tidy bow by November 30.  For extra accountability I'll write specific blog posts on each room to prove to you all I will keep my deadline ; ) let's hope this whole "the internet will keep me accountable" thing actually works!

What projects are you trying to wrap up in your home? Love to know in the comments below!