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26 Oct, 2012

Reno post #45 – the unpacking part

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

Here’s my unpacking technique: I grab a box, any box.

Many of you suggested I start in the kitchen, but the fact is that pretty much EVERYTHING needs to be unpacked at the same time. Oh sure, there are priorities, but there is something urgent in every single room whether it’s the kitchen, the bathroom, or a bedroom…

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We are having a lovely and quiet Thanksgiving today. YESTERDAY, however, was a hectic and desperate mess of couch* shopping. We went to: Sofa World (which was quite promising actually – do check it out if you are looking) Suede Interiors Blueprint Polanco Luxe The Modern Shop Elevenfiftyfour Mikaza (both locations, egads) Alteriors Not to […]

02 Oct, 2012

Reno post #42 – nearing the end. of. my rope.

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

Knobs. Pulls. Ends of ropes.

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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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17 Sep, 2012

Reno post #40 – heart’s desires

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

A bit about our “dream reno list” … what items stayed and what had to go.


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  • andrea tomkins: Thanks Lynn! I will keep doing it as long as I enjoy doing it. :)
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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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