Archive for the ‘Bits and Pieces’ Category

Small steps

Small kitchen sink is in and working.

One of two living room bookcases is completely finished – second one is ready for second coat.

Will go this week and pick up the hardware I still need for the kitchen cabinets in the hope that this too will soon be done.

The Little Street has its annual garage sale this Saturday which means things can go. YAY.

And I will buy my battery charger.

Here Father and Daughter have a discussion.

Read Full Post »

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:

Read Full Post »


I found these yesterday. On sale. Polished grey limestone with flecks of cream. I had been planning on hex tiles in this bathroom. But that would have been three times the price. And I can still have my hex in the downstairs bathroom and the laundry. It is important to be flexible:)

Read Full Post »

We think we have found Kitchen Guy. And accordingly I may be talking quite a bit about kitchens and Kitchen Guy in the next little while. Like most everything finding Kitchen Guy feels a bit like a quest. Please don’t misunderstand. I know it is not a Quest with a capital Q. Or an Odyssey with a capital O. But there are elements. Indeed there are elements.

From the outset I have wanted a 1930s era kitchen. And not just because of the age of the house. Mostly because I love these kitchens. Having seen a few original 1920s and 1930s kitchens in various spots in Toronto and having gazed lovingly at them knowing that their time was short – knowing that they would soon be ripped out and replaced with brand spanking new shiny particle board and glue. Oops – that wasn’t polite.

So I have spoken with a number (let’s not count) of Kitchen Guys. Who have this tendency to treat me as if I am a somewhat challenged and difficult woman (Moi?) who simply doesn’t understand the basics of kitchen construction in the modern age. I say, “You do make custom kitchens, correct?” They reply, “Certainly. Absolutely.” Etc etc etc. Then I explain. There follows questioning pauses as they gather in what I am saying.

“No kick plates?”

“Correct. No kick plates.”

“Everyone uses European hinges today. Everyone.”

“I know. I hate them. I don’t want them. I want to see my hinges.”

Here you have a pause. And then on it goes.

So our friends Dan and Kathy were in Stratford a number of months ago and attended the Stratford Home Show where they met a special edition of Kitchen Guy. And from there we started. And this special Kitchen Guy so gets it. Fitted cabinets. No rows of anything. Hodge podge. Balanced hodge podge mind you. No banks of drawers. No miles of cabinetry all in rows. And those beautiful hinges everywhere. And no kick plates.

Here is an example. Not a perfect example. But some elements. They have added a kind of a kick plate at the sink. I would get rid of this and simply do an apron of wood rather than a cupboard under the sink. But it gives one a bit of an idea. Still a bit too much studied balance for my taste.

About kick plates. See I think someone thought these up. Perhaps because Aunt Mildred stubbed her toe once. And then the kitchen companies figured out that we would all pay more for this. Made them into something really special. Something necessary. But if you think about it. I can’t imagine anyone being rushed to Emergency following an accidental collision between a toe and a cabinet. And there are a number of nasty things about kick plates. Not the least of which is dirt and grime. Enough said.


Now this is my idea of a kitchen. I have this book. You might have quessed that. And if I hadn’t lent my book to Kitchen Guy I could tell you all about this kitchen. Which in Bungalow circles is quite famous. Really.



Now these folks didn’t set out to create a complete 1930s look ~ so there are some things I am not keen on. Those dang kick plates again. Too much straight symmetry in the layout of the cabinetry. And the space between the uppers and the lowers is too high. This too is a bit of a modern trend. Designed to accomodate all those fancy gadgets. True height shouldn’t be much more than 12 to 14 inches. Trust me on this. It looks way better. But sort of an idea.



Read Full Post »


Understood that one should not think too too far ahead.

However. Just pondering. All paint in not created equal. For example. In England, not only the home of Ty . phoo (a Truly British Tea since 1903).


In England one also finds Paints. Lovely paints. Old colours. Lovely old colours. The Little Green Paint Company.  




I truly truly love this colour. Maybe more than Ty.phoo tea.

Read Full Post »

Window Seat

All my life I’ve wanted a window seat. And now there is one.


Or more accurately – there will be one. A bit hard to see.

So close your eyes. Poof!

Something like this.


Read Full Post »


Thankfully we need very few fixtures. Very thankfully we excluded 90% of our antique fixtures from the sale of Ballycroy. But some are gone and need to be replaced.

Yesterday, on the way back home from the north country we stopped at a small antique lighting store on Highway 10.



Read Full Post »

Door knobs?

Just in case you are interested. I think these will be it. We’ll keep the knobs we like from a few of the doors. And then use these.

Well ~ almost these. Slightly more square back plate and half the price.



Read Full Post »