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25 Sep, 2012


Posted by: andrea tomkins In: My media (sideblog archive)

My latest post over at the UsedEverywhere blog is about decorating with fortune cookies. Really. Share the post “Writing:” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedInE-mailReddit

21 Sep, 2012

Reno post #41 – counter conundrum

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

A kitchen update and a question about bathroom counter colours.

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31 Aug, 2012

Reno post #38: Crowdsourcing grout

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

Bathroom tile looks fabulous, but I have a question for your arm-chair designers and decorators who’ve been following the process so far!

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23 Aug, 2012

Reno update #36 – panic attacks about paint

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

I’m choosing the paint colours and having a heart attack while doing it.

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The other day I was at the mall when I suddenly heard someone yell: “YOUR RENO IS LOOKING REALLY GOOD.” It was someone I know very peripherally from my neighbourhood, practically a stranger. I’m not sure if he even knows my name. The girls and I walked over and chatted with him about it a […]

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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