Archive: June, 2013

June 20, 2013

Modern Pendant Lights


After a long move from NJ to AZ, we are settling nicely in our new home. We’ve decided to rent for at least a year to get a feel for Scottsdale. Purchasing a new home is a BIG step, right? Plus, I LOVE looking at real estate and want to do this for a LONG time before buying. So far we are loving our rental home. It is small, but located on a 1 acre lot with all kinds of beautiful cacti, fruit trees, & brush/bushes.

I haven’t lived in a rental since my 20s, so I am not sure how much I should spend on updates/changes. The first thing I’d love to do is add some new light fixtures. There are 3 rooms that I am currently shopping for new light fixtures: the Eating Area/Kitchen, Master Bedroom, & Dining Room.

Here are a few Pendant Light Fixtures that I’m considering. I feel like I should be on a budget since this is a rental home, but I do LOVE some of those more expensive lights!

Which ones are your favorites?

under $100:

HEKTAR Pendant lamp
Progress Lighting 1-Light White Pendant
ONSJÖ LED chandelier, chrome plated
Hampton Bay 1-Light Brushed Nickel Warehouse Pendant
Brief Birds’ Nest Kitchen Pendant Light White
IKEA PS MASKROS Pendant lamp
Muuto E27 Pendant Light

between $100 & $300:

Factory Light No. 5 Rod
Norm 12 Pendant Lamp
Filament Design Vista 1 Light Brushed Steel Incandescent Pendant
cage pendant lamp
Design House Stockholm & Form Us With Love’s
Work Lamp

Design House Stockholm Form 1 Light Round Globe Pendant
Ivanhoe™ Sky Chief Warehouse Porcelain Pendant

over $300:

Factory Light No. 9
Patrick Townsend White Orbit Chandelier
Frame light – large
David Trubridge Coral 600 Pendant Lamp
Puncto 4203 Suspension Lamp beech natur/cable white
Superstar Suspension Lamp
tom dixon bronze copper shade pendant
Muuto & Thomas Bernstrand’s Studio Pendant Light
SLAMP Goccia Suspension Pendant
Small Spica

Here is my current Eating Area:


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June 20, 2013

Toronto Real Estate: 6 Stunning Modern Homes

Toronto is a sprawling metropolis which provides a great deal of opportunity not only for those building their career but also the opportunity to access some of the most unique real estate available anywhere in Canada.  Most of the boroughs located outside of Toronto allow for an easy commute via the Go Train which takes you directly to the downtown core.  If you are looking for a home, you can choose from many excellent outlying areas around the main city, or within the City of Toronto itself.  We are going to take a look at eight homes that are currently for sale in the local area.

1. Stacked Townhome located at #9 – 11 Pine Street, Toronto

This adorable property is located in an area known as Brookhaven, and is merely 7 blocks away from the Weston Go Station.  From the moment you walk up on the front porch you feel instantly comfortable.  Each room in this townhome has been updated and painted professionally in recent years.  Many young couples struggle to break into the real estate market, but this affordable property is priced well within the first time home buyer range.  The home itself is located in a newer building and there are many windows that let the natural light in.   The drapery is custom, the appliances are new and double French doors lead you out to your own private balcony.  If you are looking for a fantastic home that needs nothing, this is the one. Property is listed on Comfree.


2. Amazing Leftover Lot Use at 70 Galley Avenue, Toronto

What does one do with a sliver of land that does not work for a conventional home?  Simple, they hire an architect to design a functional home that uses the space the best. Williamson Chong drew up a plan to utilize every square inch of this lot located in the desirable Roncesvalles area in an extremely tasteful way.  Inside the home, the spaces are airy and open, from a completely modern and amazing kitchen to a relaxing back yard.


3. Unique design at 22 Alfresco Lawn

The basic history of this home is that the property was purchased by a couple, Esther Cheong and Paul Fantauzzi.  They tore down the existing home and designed a new home based on what they believe home buyers want.  The home that now exists on the property is extremely appealing and provides a connection with the outdoors through the use of open space and natural light.  Some of the most interesting ideas include a door from the master bathroom that leads to a private patio and a walk in closet that features its own window.  This home is located near the Queen Street area of Downtown Toronto. Property recently listed on Paul Johnston.


4. 51 Cosmic Drive – renovated to perfection

This castle is located in Toronto and has many amenities that the modern homeowner wants in a home.  Many careful renovations have been done with comfort in mind, including a full theatre room, a chef’s kitchen with two wall ovens and an outdoor room.  The back yard features a pool where you can relax or cool off after a long hot day at work.  The yard is professionally landscaped and well maintained.  All of the plants selected are low maintenance.  Many of the improvements have been made with personal luxury and comfort in mind – what just about everyone is looking for. Picture taken from


5. Cedarvale Area Home

Located in the Cedarvale district of Toronto, this home is understated.  It was designed by John Shnier who is a local architect for a retired professional couple.  The home is over 3000 square feet and is quite plain looking from the outside.  Once one enters the home, the details are striking from the millwork and cabinetry located throughout to the abundance of natural materials used on every perceivable surface.  The lower storey of the home opens out to a large patio style deck and pool.


6. 44 Belvedere Drive, Oakville

Another amazing home in the suburbs of Toronto, designed by Guido Costantino, a firm that has also designed some incredible restaurants.  This home touches on most modern concepts including clean lines, an abundance of light with large windows, minimalistic landscaping and understated colors.  There is a theatre room which has three tiers and a 133 inch screen with a surround sound system that is comparable to theatre quality.  This is a “Smarthome” which means that all of the lighting, doorbell and blinds are operated by smartphone, the television or your ipad.  The home also features a four car garage, 9 bathrooms, a wine cellar, a fully equipped gym, a pool (with fireplace outdoors) and 3 indoor fireplaces. Image taken from

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June 19, 2013

Summer time bathroom makeover


As the hot weather approaches those indoor home improvement projects become more and more appealing. Here are some ideas for updating your bathroom that you can do yourself. No matter what type of remodeler you are these ideas will defiantly keep you busy during the hot summer months ahead.

If you pride yourself as fashionable modern home owner consider something sleek and modern, as your bathroom sink shouldn’t be the entire focus of your bathroom. If you find that your high end fashion sense isn’t satisfied by a traditional looking sink try a wall mounted sink. This will open up a huge amount of space in your bathroom allowing you to splurge on that pricey handmade shower curtain you’ve had your eye on.

If you are looking to makeover a child’s bathroom get creative, install a above counter sink that sits 6 inches in height above the countertop. You could easily let your children paint this sink to give it a little personality and it would serve as a great indoor activity.

When choosing a summer project remember to keep it simple, make sure that you have all the materials you need before getting started and most importantly make it fun!

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