The last couple of weekends we have continued along the Waterfront Trail. We have made it into Ajax, to the Rotary Park. As far as we have gone, it's still all gorgeous paths along Lake Ontario. I'm so happy we choose to move out East. All the waterfront is public space and parks (instead of private houses) that we can enjoy. Still continuing the exploration!
We got some new accessories to go with our newly painted bathroom. I got a fun Moroccan print hand towel, and a new soap dispenser and toothbrush holders by Umbra from this collection. We still need a toilet paper holder for the wall and maybe some more art. I haven't found anything I like so far, but we are going to Ottawa next weekend to a couple of stores I really like, so maybe I'll find something there. Then hopefully we will replace the pink countertop at some point.
We also picked up a tension pole shelf for inside the shower. I was getting really tired of bending down, and keeping everything on the floor. I especially could have used this while I was pregnant! Oh well, it will be useful now.
I also got around to organizing under the sink. We picked up a bunch of storage boxes and containers from Ikea last weekend. On the sink side, we added a large hook on the wall for my hair dryer to sit, and some cute baskets from Chapters that hold everyday things.
On the other side of the cabinet I added lots of boxes, small drawers, and bamboo containers for all the little things that need to be kept in the bathroom. It's definitely a lot more organized!
The bathroom is painted! It is definitely a lot cosier. And will be even more so once we finish decorating. I'll be posting more about that after we are done. We are off to Ikea tomorrow for storage solution.
In other news, the countertop is still ugly. I was thinking of painting it, just to have it blend in more. However, once we would have bought all the different paints needed it would cost about the same as getting a new inexpensive top. Plus it will be a lot less work to replace and will look a lot better. You can buy laminate countertops at Ikea for $60. Future project! Happy weekend!
These vases are made of marble and were created by using waterjets. They were designed by Paolo Ulian & Moreno Ratti, and each made from a single marble tile. See more at Contemporist.
With waterjet cutting the tile is divided into four equal pieces of cm. 20x20x3 and from each of these concentric rings are formed with a very thin thickness, about 4 mm which, superimposed and rotated among themselves, go to make the shapes of the four vases.
I can't believe after we are done painting the master bathroom, the only room left to paint in the whole house is our bedroom. The end is near! This past weekend I started in on the project. There is still lots more to do, but when it is done I think it will make the bathroom a lot cosier. I can't wait until the painting is over because then I'm going to tackle the decor and organization (my favourite parts). Since the cabinets we have are simply wide open spaces, I'm hoping to add some kind of compartments or drawers. It's funny to have wide open cabinets in a bathroom when all the stuff you need to store are small items. I think I can see an Ikea trip in the near future.
The colour we ended up choosing was Behr Sliver Bullet. This grey has a purple/blue undertone. instead of the stair railing paint we originally tried on the wall, which had a yellow/brown undertone. It compliments the pinks in here instead of clashing. Pink still wouldn't have been my first choice but we need to work with what we have. Looking forward to seeing it all done, and having a more workable bathroom!
How amazing would it be to have one of these in your room! I can't wait until we can start decorating a fun kids room. It's the perfect excuse to use as many whimsical ideas you can think of. I'm loving these indoor "camping" kids beds. They were designed by Mathy By Bols, a Belgium based company. The beds are named Caravan and Tent. These would like sleeping so much fun!
I really enjoy these little salmon cakes with some sweet potato fries. A great summer dinner, and a little something different to do with fish.
For cooking you can either pan fry or BBQ. For pan fry add a bit of oil or butter and cook on each side for 3 to 5 minutes. For BBQ grill on each side for 3 to 5 minutes. Nice and simple.
I served my salmon cakes with oven baked sweet potato fries. Just simply cut a sweet potato into fries and toss with salt, pepper, chili powder, and garlic, and a dash of olive oil. Places fries on a baking sheet and cook at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.
I also served them with lemon slices and mayo, which was mixed with lemon juice and basil leaves used as a dip for both the salmon cakes and fries. It was delicious!
We spent this beautiful weekend exploring new parks in our area. Each morning we would walk a distance, and then the next day drive to where we left off and continue from there. So much fun, I can't believe how many wonderful places there are around us. We have been following the Waterfront Trail. Starting from our public beach, Rouge Beach, and heading east. It has been lots of fun, and we plan to keep going each weekend!
At home, we still can't decide on the bathroom paint colour. It's hard to match the pinks. So in the meantime we actually got back to working the shelves in the living room. I'm so excited to get this project going again! We have been talking about it for ages, and now it's happening. It's going to take awhile, but I think they will be amazing once complete.