Friday, November 11, 2011

Blog Swap with Simcoe Street

Hey everyone! I'm so excited for Jenny's guest post today! I just wanted to remind you guys that the weekly LINK party is directly after Jenny's post, so don't forget to link up! 

I am so excited to be guest posting at Meg's amazing blog today & am thrilled she is doing the same over on Simcoe Street. My name is Jenny and I named my little blog after the street I call home. This is me:
I live in a 1000 square foot condo in the heart of downtown Toronto. I love the city, and am slowly making our home into our own little haven. I love interior design (as well as weddings, tablescaping, china, baby stuff, crafts and other things that you can often find me blogging about). Anyway, I hope you'll come by for a visit. 

Today, I'm going to give A Little Knick Knack readers a mini-tour of our casa. It is a work in progress, but here is where we're at today. First up, the kitchen. It is the brightest room in our place (we are a corner unit up high in our building, so this room has lots of great windows with city views). The kitchen was formerly light pink with orange-ish wood cabinets and brassy fixtures. We chose a greyish-white paint for the cabinets and darker grey for the walls and totally transformed it in two days. The $39 light fixture and cheapie Ikea curtains help it feel nice and airy, too.
Of course, being in a tiny home but loving lots and lots of stuff, we needed storage. And it had to be cheap. Above, you can see that we took a very simple Ikea Billy bookcase and some crystal knobs and created a makeshift china cabinet for our kitchen (here). 
Here's a better look at some of the little things in here. 
And the before (which was more like an "in progress," as even this was way better than when we bought the place).
We also added this little gallery wall of goofy family pics that we made using frames originally used at our wedding on the guest book table (they held lots of our guests' wedding pics, which you can check out here). You could recreate this little project for about $11 (see the details here). 
By the way, notice how my dishsoap (in the little oil cruet bottle above) is aqua? No accident. I was so psyched to find that colour soap. Weird stuff excites me. We are adding splashes of aqua throughout the kitchen. Check out the rug we just bought ($28.99 at HomeSense).
And a quick & easy centrepiece for when we don't have fresh flowers (which is usually).
Next up is the family/dining room. Lately, I've done a little accessorizing to help pull the space together. 
(If you want to read more about these before and afters, go here and here). 
We also recently bought this vintage wooden box at an antique fair to store some of Benjamin's ever-growing toys in the family room. I think the text is well-suited to a toy box. 
Here's where we spotted it:
We also recently changed to this rug.
Here's a few more shots of the space.
Next up is the master bedroom. I've actually only ever really shared a photo of the chandelier on my blog, as this room needs a ton of work. But, I thought I'd better keep it real and show you at least a little of where we're at with this space today. It is the space we're working on most right now, so I hope you'll visit to see how we give it some more style. 
[Oh, and the chandelier (more on that here) is a cheapie plastic one, but is actually very convincing in real life].
Anyway, here is a look at how the rest of our tiny bedroom looks. Not pictured is my armoire and very messy bookshelf. The three throw pillows are relatively new and bring some life into the room. They also link this space more to the living room, helping the whole condo have better flow. The bedding is the only thing I'm loving in here, but it is a start. 
There is also our closet and master bath, if you wanted to get a really full tour. 
My favourite space is my son Benjamin's nursery. It is a very tiny room that we did on a serious budget, but we are really happy with the serene little spot we've set up for him. It is super organized and works  well for us. Plus, designing kids rooms is one of my most favourite things to do.
If you want to see more of our home, or rooms I've designed for other people (plus all the wedding/china/baby/house stuff I love to chatter about) I hope you'll come by for a visit. 
Thank you so so much Meg for having me on your lovely blog, and for treating readers over at Simcoe Street to one of your beautiful projects.
Jenny xo


  1. Jenny, your place is BEAUTIFUL and your ideas are INCREDIBLY CREATIVE!!!

    Aimee @

  2. Meg, I'm so glad that Jenny's blog brought me to visit yours! I'm your newest follower and hope to link up at your next party!!! I'd LOVE to have you visit and follow me sometime soon!!!

    Aimee @

  3. Wow, thank you for the lovely guest post Jenny. I look forward to visiting your blog too. Hugs

  4. Everything is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your home with us at this week's BFF Open House!

  5. Oh my this room is beautiful! I have to check out the rest of the house.

  6. Wow, I really enjoyed this beautiful post. I'm pleased to feature it in my Fab Friday Favorites tonight. Here's the link: Feel free to take an "I Was Featured" button if you'd like. And please come back again next Friday!

    Warmly, Michelle


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