DIY Hardwood Flooring

Happy Wednesday!

I hate to admit it, but our bedroom looks like a dorm. To make a long story short, we have been waiting for months for stained flush vents.  Scott decided it was easier to purchase them from Barwood Flooring and have them matched at Randall’s. Now that we finally have the vents I can start on our master bedroom.

It is only one room, so Scott will do the install himself. If you are ready to tackle a hardwood flooring project yourself, then there are some considerations before starting.

We have solid hardwood throughout our home, so we will stick with the same hardwood for our bedroom. We both prefer solid wood over engineered wood,  but that is just our personal preference. Solid wood can always be sanded and refinished in the future if we decide to do so.

If you are thinking about a DIY installation of pre-finished hardwood floor then you will need some tools.  A pneumatic flooring nailer, hammer, saw, drill, table saw, chop saw, drill bits may be used. You will need to purchase vapour paper or rosin paper depending on the project.

Plan ahead and take your time. Laying your first row is critical to the success of your project. Scott will start at the bedroom doorway but this can vary if your room is not square. He also installs the flooring boards perpendicular to the floor joists because he says it is just “better”.

Have a great day!




Hardwood Study

DIY Sprinkler System

Happy Wednesday!

Irrigation systems can save you water and money by targeting specific areas. Scott always installs a rain sensor, so that water is distributed only when needed.

Sprinkler systems are not only for luxury. They are great for homeowners that do not have the time to water their grass, gardens or flower beds.

Scott has installed a few sprinkler systems. He just finished installing another one in our current home. They make for great curb appeal when you are trying to get top dollar for your property. We love a clean exterior for the simple reason that it may indicate to buyers that the interior is also well-kept (when selling).

If you love DIY projects then you may find the charts below useful. Scott likes the fact that you can make sure everything is indeed installed correctly with a DIY sprinkler system project. He also likes ordering better quality parts that last. He takes the savings from the labour and buys better parts.

sprinkler system - back yard

Newly installed sprinkler system


Photos from Hunter Irrigation

Mothers Day Gifts!

Happy Monday!

It will soon be Mothers Day and if you are looking for something a little different, then you may like what I have found.

Beautiful bath bombs, yummy chocolate and jewellery are a few things I wanted for my list. I found them all. I really like these gifts for many reasons. Some products are made locally while others are made elsewhere in Canada. They are also not too expensive, which is great as well.

Owners Jen and Suzie from Foxy Originals have beautiful jewellery pieces to choose from. Their spring /summer collection is right on point. Not only is their jewellery made in Canada, but it has also been featured in magazines like The Oprah Magazine.

Check out some more amazing gifts right below!

Mothers Day Gifts - EarringsFoxy Originals – Kali Earrings in Mixed Metals


Mothers Day Gifts - Bath BombTammy’s Tub Treats – Pink Paradise Bath Bomb


Mothers Day Gifts - ChocolateHummingbird Chocolate Maker

Incredible Ikea Hacks

Happy Friday!

Does anybody not have at least one item from Ikea in their home? I love Ikea for their affordable accessories, textiles and furniture pieces.

A little DIY goes a long way with some of Ikea furniture pieces. By adding your own touches you can personalize your Ikea furniture to your own style and taste. I have seen many beautiful transformations using the Rast three drawer chest. I am thinking about using them and transforming them for my own bedroom. At the price of $49.99 each, you can’t go wrong.

Here are some incredible Ikea hacks that look amazing. Take a look!


The Rast three-drawer can be painted and hardware can be used to elevate it!


Gorgeous hardware and a beautiful faucet were added to this Hemnes vanity makeover.
Sugar & Cloth

The Rast three-door chest looks great with these leather pulls!

Kristina Lynne

Some paint, stain and hardware make this piece not so ordinary. This can be done to the Tarva six drawer chest.

Quartz Countertops: Pros and Cons

Happy Monday!

While we have saved thousands of dollars by refinishing our kitchen cabinets, we have also splurged on quartz countertops. The sleek and contemporary feel can really elevate a kitchen. There are pros and cons to quartz countertops and if you are thinking about upgrading or renovating your kitchen quartz may be a good option to use. 

I love the look of quartz but there are many good qualities that make it a great product. Quartz is non-porous. It is highly resistant and does not require sealing. It is also heat resistant. Not heatproof but heat resistant nonetheless. Prolonged exposure to high heat may scorch the surface. 

We have also stained our “white” quartz by leaving red juice on the surface too long, so be careful! 

Quartz countertops are man-made. Manufacturers use different compositions and formulas. Cambria Quartz is manufactured and made in the USA and Ontario (Canadian mined quartz). 

There are many places in Ottawa to shop for quartz. Lowes sells quartz from 55 to 80 dollars a square foot plus $220 dollars to cut, polish, seal and attach an under mount sink. We have saved the tax on their “save the tax” day which made buying there a good deal. Have a great day!

Quartz Countertops

Photo Daniela Pluviati 


Spring Into Spring!

Happy Monday!

Okay, I love you Winter but I am really ready for Spring. Skiing has been great yet I can’t wait for grass and nicer weather! Spring will be here in a just a day. Can you believe it? I am ready and can not wait to get some fresh and brighter colours into our home. 

If you are in the mood for a little Spring shopping then check out these items below. They are sure to add some much-needed brightness especially after our long winter here in Ottawa. 

Have a look!





Kitchen Crush: Two Toned Cabinets!

Happy Monday!

If you are thinking of selling then you cannot go wrong with an all-white kitchen. White is classic and fresh looking. Cool or warm white-painted cabinets can give you that look. If you are thinking of selling you can always accessorize with different colours to give your kitchen a pop of needed colour. 

If you are thinking about living with your renovated kitchen for a while or even thinking about refinishing your dated oak cabinets then you may consider two-toned cabinets. Still a hot decor trend for 2018, the look is absolutely beautiful. I am working on our kitchen right now and yes, I opted for white uppers and darker lowers. I love the look and could not be happier. The kitchen still looks bright, airy and light. If we do sell, buyers would love the kitchen. 

There are many combinations that work depending on style, countertops and look you want to achieve. Oak and white, navy blue and white, sage and white all look fantastic. 

Take a look!

Daniela Pluviati

Jillian Harris

Flip House Kitchen Remodel – Kate Riley

Jillian Harris




Mudrooms That Work!

Happy Wednesday!

With almost every home Scott has built a mudroom. I am happy he did. Not only do we love them but buyers love them as well. Mudrooms are not only functional but versatile as well. 

Mudrooms have many benefits but let us face it the extra storage is pretty awesome. It can provide a solution for sticks, skates or other sporting equipment. 

Backpacks, coats, and boots all have a place to go and everything is so much tidier. Mudrooms can work wonders for larger families as well. Each child can have their own hook and cubby. 

It is also a great place to let pets sit for a bit to dry off before walking through the home. Whatever the need they work! 

I am missing having an organized mudroom and I am gathering some ideas for ours. Ours will be quite small but I have to admit the more I see boots splattered across our floor the more I am dreaming of one. 

Below are some fantastic mudrooms that really do the job!

Daniela Pluviati Staging


Jillian Harris and Janis Nicolay Photography


Gonterman Construction


A Few Statistics On Staging

Happy Friday!

I hope you are all enjoying this weather. This weather has been crazy beautiful. Are we really in March? I wanted to share with you some statistics on Staging and the effect colour can have on a property. 

This survey is from the National Association Of Realtors Research Department. The survey is based on roughly 1,894 usable respondents. It is their research based on Staging statistics for 2017. 

  • 77% of Buyers Agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.

There is also an impact on Buyers viewing a staged home with 40% of potential home buyers more willing to walk through a home they saw online that is staged.

Here are the statistics for rooms that are staged the most:

  • Living Room (83%)
  • Kitchen (76%)
  • Master Bedroom (69%)
  • Dining Room (66%)

Let us not forget about the impact paint can have on a property! Although Zillow (US) is based in the United States their findings can certainly relate to properties in Canada. Zillow looked at 32,000 photos from sold homes (2017) and concluded that the wrong paint colour can deter some buyers and the right paint colours can help sell for more. 

Terracotta dining rooms sold for an average of $2.031 less and properties with blue bathrooms sell for roughly $5, 440 more than expected. 

Have a fantastic weekend. See you Monday!

Bathroom update Daniela Pluviati Staging





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