Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I've Been Tagged...

...more than once by some lovely bloggers in the new game that is going around. I was originally tagged by my sweet friend Heather over at Interior Groupie... and I never got around to answering her questions. Then just last week I was tagged by Barbara from hodge:podge - so I knew I had to jump on it and answer her 11 questions (I had to do it eventually, right?).

1. Coffee or tea?
    - Though I have recently started to drink coffee, I am more of a tea drinker. It's a warming and comforting drink to me and I usually have at least 2 a day. One to start my day, and one to help me unwind at the end of it!


2. What is your favourite colour?
     - I'd have to say blue - in any shade... even though recently I've really been loving all kinds of shades of pink. Side effect of having a daughter?

via pinterest

3. What is your go-to resource for inspiration?
     - Blogs. Always blogs! There is so much inspiration from the professional world as well as all of the personal and DIY projects that bloggers themselves tackle! I find inspiration for everything from food, to fashion, decorating, organization... and more. I love all of the fabulous things you can find via the wonderful world of blogging. I'm sure most of us feel the same, no?

4. If you could meet anyone, who would it be?
     - Is it strange that I don't really have an answer for this? I must say, I've never been a celebrity crazy person. Even when I've had encounters with the "famous" I find it pretty easy to keep my cool. I guess if there were no restrictions at all and it's one of those, outside of space and time kind of questions, I would've loved to have met my Grandmother (my Mom's mom) who passed away 6 months before I was born...

5. Favourite coffee table book?
     - Of the one's I have my favourite would have to be the Tricia Guild book my cousin bought for me for Christmas 2010 - A Certain Style. There is a ton of beautiful eye candy and so much inspiration in it. Definitely one I wish I had more time to devour again and again.

6. What design faux pas can you NOT stand?
     - I feel like I can't even properly answer this question as I sit in our "storage room-esque" living room that to me is filled to the brim with design faux pas. Embarrassing but true - I guess it's just happened as we renovate other areas of the house and things get tossed here. From where I am sitting right now, I'll say that I can't stand oversized electronics that overwhelm a room... we have huge speakers, TV and a subwoofer taking over our living room at the moment and it's driving me N-U-T-S. To avoid staring at it, Halle and I have been spending most of our time at home in her nursery...

7. What blogger would you love to meet in real life?
     - What blogger wouldn't I love to meet? I would obviously love to meet everyone single one of my blogging friends who I haven't had a chance to meet. I do think that me and Christine from just bella would get along great... and I know Halle and Alice would be great friends too! ;)

8. Where in the world would you love to visit?
     - My list is so incredibly long... and seems to grow by the day. At the moment though, the two at the top of my list are Budapest and Santorini...


9. What would be your ideal profession?
     - This is such a hard question for me to answer. I still feel like I don't really know what I want to do with my life. I know I want it to be creative, and flexible... but that's not saying much, is it?

10. If you won the lottery tomorrow,what would be the first thing you would do?
      - First thing I would do would be to pack our bags and head out on a little family vacation... just the three of us, until the excitement of us winning passed. Then the proper investments would be made and our parents would all be debt free.

11. What do you think you are good at?
       - Recently, I've just felt really good about being Halle's Mom. It's so funny that for a long time I wasn't sure if I really wanted to be a Mom... and now I can't imagine my life without this little girl. I had to give up a lot, but I wouldn't trade Halle for any single one of those small sacrifices that I made. I think I am good at being her Mom, and improving everyday at managing this little home of ours...

I think a lot of my blogging buds have already taken part, so it will be hard to come up with a list of 11 people. So what I want to do is tag everyone who has not yet been tagged to please answer my questions! If you answer them, please leave me a comment letting me know you did, and I will link up to your answers as part of my Fancy Friday post this week! I can't wait see who takes part, and read their answers. Here are my 11 Questions...

1. If you had an unlimited budget, what room in your home would you renovate/redecorate?
2. It's Friday night, you have the house to yourself - what do you do?
3. If you could go on a shopping spree in any store, which one would it be?
4. What's your dream vacation - location, companions, etc
5. What's your favourite book that you've read in the past year?
6. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
7. What do you collect, or would like to/wish you could collect?
8. What one item could you not live without?
9. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Seven Months of Halle

I'm a little late on posting this, but of course, better late than never, right? My little girl is now seven months old... SEVEN MONTHS! Dear life... please slow down. Just for a little while. I'm so enjoying this age...

February 23, 2012

- The other week she started just sticking her tongue out at us, and she thinks it's the best thing ever. She finds it hilarious when we stick our tongue back out at her... and boy does her smile melt my heart.
- She used to hate rolling onto her belly... but it's suddenly become her favourite thing to do. She barrell rolls all over the place these days. I already feel like I have a hard time keeping an eye on her... just wait till she starts crawling, huh?
- Speaking of crawling, little girl is working on getting from sitting to her belly, and trying to push herself forward with her feet. This is usually done to grab a toy that she has tossed out of reach... or to  try and get her tiny hands on my cell phone or kobo. She's a tech junkie already people!

This little girl is growing and changing so quickly, I can't believe it. I must say, the last two weeks I was not blogging were so great for focusing on my little munchkin. We've enjoyed plenty of games and cuddles, and I'm so very thankful for those moments... time just won't slow down...

Onto the next (and a Nomination!)

Two weeks ago (while I wasn't blogging), B and I made some alterations to our to-do list. Primarily, we changed around our priorities and added some things. I'll share more on the why and what in the coming weeks, but for now I'll just share what we've been getting up to. 

Even though the bathroom is not 100% complete, I decided to start making some progress on the next room in our home - the living room. Yes, I've been working on this refresh for a few months now, but the space really hasn't evolved into something I love. Hopefully, the next few changes in here will help to change that. The first thing I wanted to take care of was the fireplace...

February 1, 2012

You may remember that it looked like this the other week after I started cleaning it. Of course, cleaning was just the first step in preparing it for a facelift. B and I had agreed it needed to be painted, so last week we pulled out my Para Paints paint deck and started to browse through the different shades of grey. We finally landed on "Gale Force Winds". The next day I headed over to our local Home Depot, with the gift card they provided to me after completing my chalk board project back in the fall. I colour matched our Para Paint to Behr's paint and primer in one, and that night I got to painting.

It went on nice and thick and gave us really great coverage. Once it was on though, we started to question it next to the blue on the walls...

February 27 2012
{Apologies for the photo quality. We are still using an old desktop and I have no photo editing software... and the TV needs to be moved back to the basement. It's been over our fireplace since the SuperBowl - that's coming this week...}

Thankfully, we don't anticipate having the grey next to the blue for much longer! Our next step in this room is to get new flooring down and some pretty white built-ins and a mantle (care of my talented father). This is my inspiration photo - but our built-in's will go up to the ceiling...

via the yellow cape cod

Of course, instead of the TV over our fireplace, we plan to expose the rest of the brick and paint it the same grey as the lower portion. I'm so thrilled for this part of the "refresh", I know it will make a huge impact in the room. Now we just need my father to be freed up from all of his other projects.

Do you have any big new projects coming up? Maybe anything custom being added to your house?

I also want to let you all know that First Time Fancy has been nominated as Best Remodeling Blogger in the 2012 JDR Industry Blogger Awards! Voting is now open. Please vote for us here. The badge to the right also links to the site where you can vote for us! Voting is open until April 13th, and we'd love your support!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Fancy Friday Love - with some extra Love!

Is it actually the last Friday of February already? Time sure does fly when you're having fun! Between launching my Stella & Dot business, and sprucing up this little ol' blog, February was such an exciting month! The excitement isn't over yet though. Before I get to that, let's see what I loved this past week, shall we?

Did you see the beautiful slipcover Ameila made? Girl's got talent, hasn't she?

via House Pretty

I seriously enjoyed this post on desire to inspire yesterday, showcasing some fabulous work from the portfolio of  Shawn Henderson. Be sure to click over to see all of the goodness. It's all absolutely perfect...

shawnhenderson via desire to inspire[1]

Yesterday on Oh So Beautiful Paper, I fell in love with these prints from The Wheatfield. In particular, I would love to hang the one below in our front entry. Sweet, and totally in with the watercolour trend!


Well, we have a very special weekend ahead. The love of my life celebrates his birthday tomorrow... his big 3-0 to be exact! I have some very special things planned to show him how special he is to both me and little Halle... and boy does he deserve it! I'll be back next week (I PROMISE!) with more details on how we celebrated.  I'll also have some projects to share. I may have been silent on here, but we've been busy on the home front! What fun things do you have planned for this weekend?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Remember Me?

I know that this week was meant to be my first week back to posting full time... and I fully intended on it being that way. Unfortunately, on Saturday evening, my lovely little MacBook met it's early demise via a glass of water. I'm still a little torn up inside about it. Currently we are using a gifted desktop computer from a good friend who is doing his part to try and save my poor little MacBook. With that said, I'm shifting my regular posting to begin again starting next week... I Promise!

In the meantime, I'm gonna send you over to Style at Home, where one of my little art project has been posted up alongside 10 other fabulous bloggers! If you're looking for a way to add some art to your home without breaking the bank, be sure to check out all of these great ideas. A big thanks to Style at Home for including me in this great little round-up!

I should be back later this afternoon with Halle's seven month photo... I know... seven months already! My mind is officially blown...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fancy Friday Love

Hello Friday! I know my Fancy Friday Love posts have been lacking recently... Okay, my posting has been lacking! We've been busy around the house and with life in general, which hasn't given me a whole lot of time to stay on top of all things blog related. I hope to be back to my regular posts next week, and hopefully today's Fancy Friday Love will keep you inspired for this week...

This apartment, owned by interior designer Frances Herrera, is so beautiful. I loved every room - but would be thrilled with an office as beautiful as this one. Check out more photos over on desire to inspire's post from last Friday.

FrancesHerrera via desire to inspire

I wish that we would be eating breakfast in this cozy nook tomorrow morning! The blue and yellow are so fresh... while our home still looks like a renovation zone! (via Daily Dream Decor)

via daily dream decor

Love this fun and fresh minty green kitchen that Brittany shared on her blog yesterday...

via gallery no 8

Weekend time again, and this time it's a long weekend! Joy! Tomorrow I have a trunk show booked with a girlfriend, and then some girl time planned. Sunday Halle and I have a tea date with an old friend and Monday, we hope to squeeze in some fun family time around the city. Throughout all of this, hopefully we can get back on track with all of the projects we need to complete around the house. Overall, I'm so looking forward to this weekend. What do you have planned?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It's UP!

Yes! I finally bit the bullet and the blog has been redesigned by Lindsey of Designer Blogs! I love it. She did a great job capturing what I had in mind for my little ol' blog. Simple, but pretty - and the colours are perfect. There will be some changes to the side columns soon, I just need some more time to think it out and play with it some more, but so far I'd say we're looking a little better than before. I also love that you can now easily find me on facebook, twitter and pinterest - nice right?

What do you think?

Monday, February 13, 2012


So, I'd say that since the beginning of the year we've been moving along quite quickly in crossing items off of our to-do list. We were both motoring along and feeling really good about everything. Well last week something happened that distracted us a little and we seem to have derailed, with things coming to a halt around here. Everything is good - if not really good - and this week we should be back to crossing some things off of our list.

In order to distract you from our lack of home projects, I'll share this photo with you...

February 6, 2012

See you already forgot everything I just wrote, right? 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Fancy Friday Love

Friday, Friday! How I so love the end of the week... it means I have two full days with B around. It's even better now that all of the major bathroom reno work is completed! Here's some loveliness to start off your Friday right...

Last weekend, Caroline from armelle blog shared the lovely DIY business cards she made for alt. Make sure to check out the whole post to see the pretty way she packaged them up...

via armelle blog

Last Friday, Amelia did a great round up of some awesome finds from Chapters/Indigo. I immediately added these guest towels to my must-have list for our new bathroom! Aren't they perfect?


Last Friday, Jennifer of Rambling Renovators kicked off her new BlogTalk Series. I think this is going to be such a fabulous place for not only those who are new to blogging, but those of us who have been kicking around for a while! So much great discussion on her first point about Networking. Check it out, and be sure to add to the conversation! As Jen points out, we'll all learn so much from one another!


Here's a great idea for a heart healthy Valentine's dessert table, from Project Nursery! All these tasty ideas are so smart and easy... and healtheir options for treats! How can you not love this?

via project nursery

I'm so looking forward to this weekend! Tomorrow I have a lovely breakfast date with a good friend, and Sunday is my Stella & Dot launch party! I'm so excited to see what everyone has to say about the gorgeous spring line. Should be a great weekend! What do you have planned?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Blogger Afternoon Out

Yesterday Halle and I packed up and headed to Liberty Village to meet up with Brittany and pay a visit to westelm. It was so great to get a chance to finally meet Brittany, and we had a lot of fun. We started off at Starbucks, grabbing something to drink and chatting a bit... while Halle greeted everyone who walked in with a squeal and the odd wave.

via pinterest
{via pinterest}

We then strolled over westelm to check things out. Let's be honest though, from the moment we walked in the door, I probably could have bought every single thing we walked past. Slowly but surely, we made our way to the back where all of the bathroom goodness was. Let me just add that I would gladly outfit our new bathroom totally with accessories from westelm if I could. In particular, I'm looking to add a punch of colour to the bathroom through accessories - here are my favourites...

via westelm

The Gallery Stripe Shower Curtain in Citron is perfect! Even B likes it, and Brittany and I agreed it would be a nice way to help the bathroom colour scheme flow with some of the other rooms in our home. I'm definitely glad that I saw it in person before I saw it online though - the pictures do not do this curtain justice at all. 


The Hammam Stripe Hand towels are divine. The quality is great and I would love to add some in citron and plaster to our bathroom. These aren't an immediate need though... so we can wait a bit before we jump on the hand towel wagon.


I'd take a Modern Stripe Tumbler in either colour... or maybe one of each! I'll take the yellow and B can have gray (sadly the yellow is on backorder at the moment). 


To break up all of the stripes, I'd choose the Pleated Stripe Bath Mat in Slate. I also love the texture of it, and the dark colour. B and I both agree we are not a fan of white bath mats anymore, so this would be perfect for us!

That's not it though. There were so many more items in store I would've loved to take home, but at the end of the day, I only left with this... for Halle...


It was on sale for $0.97 - the perfect piece to add for future Christmas traditions with her! I love it, and the price made it a no brainer. 

Have you been on any fun shopping outtings recently? Maybe you've picked up a new piece for your home that you're excited about? I always love hearing about people's favourite shopping spots and good finds!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Just Around the Bend + How to Hack an IKEA Sink

Our finished bathroom is in sight! Since last week B absolutely motored his way through the bathroom, in order for it to be functional for our SuperBowl party this past Sunday. When I posted last week, B and my Dad had finished most of the tiling and installed the pocket door.

January 30, 2012

Things were looking great, but there was still a lot left to do. During last week B kept himself busy finishing painting, putting up the rest of the grey face tile and grouting the subway tile. On Friday night he stayed up until 2am grouting the subway tile and cleaning it. Unfortunately for all of us, Halle also slept horribly that night. On the upside, the bathroom looked like this (note: early morning light in a north facing room is awful for photos, but was our only option with B working late and him and my father starting early again on Saturday)...

February 4, 2012

February 4, 2012

February 4, 2012

It's hard to tell in these photos, but we used the same warm grey for the subway tiles, as we used on the floors. It's the perfect amount of contrast for the look of the room. All white would've been too stark for my liking, and anything darker just wouldn't have fit.

Saturday morning when my father arrived they got to work trimming out the pocket door, and finishing the ceiling and the last of the tiling. 

February 4, 2012February 4, 2012

I wasn't around to get many photos, as Halle was left fussy after getting a shot on Friday. I did however get a chance to photograph the biggest job they did all day - the prep and installation of our Godmorgon vanity. The first and most important thing to do was to get our ODENSVIK sink ready for our Delta Victorian Two Handle Widespread Faucet. They started out by measuring and marking the sink for our handles to make sure it was 8" center to center spacing.

February 4, 2012

Then outside the sink went. B started by using his drill to begin the holes for the handles. This part made me extremely nervous as I could see the drill bit bending, and B didn't throw on safety glasses until he moved onto the bigger drill bit. Thankfully he still has both eyes. The important part while doing this, was to keep the sink and the bit wet. It helped keep the drill bit cool and clear of dust for a cleaner cut.

February 4, 2012

February 4, 2012

February 4, 2012

With a small hole started for our diamond bit, B pulled it out and got to work. Again, it's important to keep the sink wet to keep dust down and to stop it from heating up too much from the friction, which could potentially cause cracks. It's also important to keep the drill steady and work slowly - as in, take frequent breaks to wet the sink and the drill bit in order to ensure the cleanest cut possible...

February 4, 2012

Thankfully, they were successful and we ended up with perfectly cut circles to install the faucet handles.

February 4, 2012

Then came the exciting bit - finally getting the vanity into place and working! It fits perfectly into the space, with a couple inches on either side of it - perfect for sliding the shower curtain behind.

February 4, 2012

But did you think I was going to give it all away now? We are SO close to done, I am tempted to make you all wait until the finishing touches are all in place I am ready for a big reveal.... and I just may do that! Halle says "Nothing to see here people"...

February 4, 2012

So, I guess now you will just have to wait! 

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Big Heartbreak - Round 2

Yesterday was the big game! An especially big game for our household. Four years ago, B and I watched the SuperBowl together for the first time - Brady vs. Manning. Yesterday, Halle saw her very first SuperBowl with us - the rematch of Brady vs. Manning.


Sadly... the outcome was the same for both games, leaving us heartbroken. We have thrown a SuperBowl party every year since we have lived in our home, and this year we were not going to let a bathroom reno stand in our way! Saturday, B and my Dad motored through a ton of work in the bathroom (watch for updates tomorrow), and Sunday we were up bright and early with Halle cleaning and prepping food for the big game. With everything ready, all three of us got decked out in our Patriots gear before our guests arrived...

February 5, 2012

Of course, those smiles were relatively short lived (except Halle... she had a great time playing with all of our guests). I planned on sharing some fun details of the game, but Halle was all stranger danger, and only wanted me to hold her (No B or her grandparents either), so there are no other photos.

Did you watch? Who were you cheering for? Did anyone else's heart sink when Welker missed that catch? Or in those final seconds when the Patriots ALMOST scored a winning touch down on Brady's last pass? I mean, as a fan of Toronto teams I am used to losing... but to experience this twice with such a great football team is just devastating! I'll be back tomorrow with bathroom updates... the bathroom progress has really made up for this heartbreak...

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Dot Com

After posting about cleaning the fireplace the other day, I started to think about other easy projects I hadn't gotten around to yet. This morning was time to tackle one of those things. Back in October (yes... OCTOBER), I purchased the domain firsttimefancy.com. This morning, I finally got my blog set up so I'm officially at firsttimefancy.com. No more "-" and no more blogspot in there! The blogspot.com domain will still send you over to my blog... but I wanted something a little more "official", if you will. This is only the first of many changes that will occur around here over the next little while, and I am so excited about that!

**Update: When changing my domain, I apparently lost all of my blog rolls! Fun times! I will do my best to repopulate, but if I am missing you and you would like to be added, please leave a comment with your blog address and which blog roll you would like to be added to! Thanks friends!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Fancy Friday Love

Happy Friday... and Happy February! We had a busy week, but I still managed to squeeze in a little bit of time to check out some blogs. Here's what I was loving...

This kitchen transformation on The Yellow Cape Cod. Make sure to click over to the post to get the full before and after...

via the yellow cape cod

Since we're hosting a Superbowl Party here on Sunday, we've been trying to pull together a yummy menu. I doubt I'll have time to make these Ultimate Whoopie Pies from Beantown Baker - but rest assured they are on my dream menu for this event! Chocolate cake with toasted marshmallow and salted caramel sauce!? YUM!


This entire post, from a life's design, is full of great before and after's, courtesy of Country Living. Each room is an incredible transformation, but my favourite has to be this living room... which has me thinking about how beautiful our living room will look... one day...

via a lifes design

I wish we had sent out invites to our SuperBowl party... but we usually just create a facebook event. Lazy right? Maybe next year I will go the invite route? If I do... here's what I hope to send (idea via Kelley Moore)


I'm so looking forward to this weekend! With plans to wrap up this renovation (decorative touches not included), we'll also be hosting our annual Superbowl Party! We're even more excited to see our Patriots play - you can bet all three of us will be decked out in our Patriots gear! Watch for pictures on Monday. So there will be lots of yummy food consumed and lots of great family and friends to hang out with - we're so excited! What are your plans for this weekend?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Clean Slate

Or brick fireplace... personally, I was more looking for the latter. The other day while playing with Halle, I decided I'd finally had enough of looking at our soot stained, dirty brick fireplace.

February 1, 2012
{I know... can you believe we've been living like this?}

I mean, it's been months since we ripped that awful white brick off, so it was time I finally got busy and did something about that eye sore. First things first, it just needed to be cleaned - straight forward right? Well, I'd heard of different cleaning solutions from different people, but after reading this tutorial on Young House Love, I opted for the damp cloth route to start. After going over the whole thing once with a damp cloth (minus the bottom left corner), it was already looking a lot better...

February 1, 2012

Cleaning the brick was honestly one of those things that was so easy, I'm actually embarrassed by how long it took me to get around to doing it. Can you say lazy much? Okay... maybe just preoccupied, but either way this little project should definitely have made it's way to the top of my list! Geeez.

After seeing it cleaned up (at least a little), there is no doubt in my mind that we will paint it... and hopefully sooner than I had originally thought.

Do you have any simple projects you've been putting off, and need to finally cross off of your list? Put it out there, maybe you'll find that motivation that you need to get it done!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Trying Something New!

Good Morning, I'm moving away from my usual post today to share some exciting news with you (and also to give us a bit more time to work on that bathroom of ours). Some of you found out at the Design Bloggers Meetup on Saturday, but for those of you who didn't, here's the news! At the end of last month I made a little decision, that I hope can help me achieve one of my personal goals for this year. About a week and a half ago, I signed up to become a Stella & Dot stylist. It was thanks to Sarah, that I originally became interested in signing up, and even though she no longer sells, she hooked me up with a great sponsor and I am thrilled to be part of the Stella & Dot team!

2010 SD Logo_BlueGreen_R

It was a great time to sign up, as their gorgeous spring line just launched! I am in love with so many of the pieces, and I bet you will be too...


The Serenity Stone Drop earrings are definitely my favourite from the Amalfi Collection - if not the entire Spring Collection. I love the bold, rich colour... and the $54 price tag isn't too shabby either! 

The Serenity Stone Pendant is also gorgeous. May look good online, but boy did this one really "WOW" me when it arrived at my home...

January 31, 2012

The Odette Cuff is another piece that, though it's stunning online... it's jaw dropping in person! 

January 31, 2012

Two pieces that I cannot wait to add to my samples are the Campari Necklace and the Pegasus Necklace. Aren't they incredible?


You can find my personal website right here (and now also in my right hand side bar). Feel free to shop around, or contact me if you have any questions, or are interested in booking a trunk show or becoming a stylist yourself! I'm hosting my own launch on Sunday February 12th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, in Whitby. If you would like to attend, shoot me an email and I can send along more information. 
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