When we first started our blog, it was really for our family to see what we had gotten ourselves into. We started to see a trickle of new faces + names in replies, and when we looked at Google analytics, we were really surprised at how many vistors we got on a daily basis. (Hello!) So this post can be ignored by Mom + Dad, and is for those that are just getting to know us.
So here is our story in brief...
The two of us met in High School and became best friends. Dating followed that, as well as countless breakups (um, hello - we were teenagers!). It was when we had both finished university that we reconnected seriously, and engagement and marriage followed shortly thereafter. We got married in 2004, and bought our first house in January of 2008.
(Above, our hilarious wedding mishaps were written about in the North Toronto Post)
So, a little more about us as people. :)
Aubrey is a Journalist who produces news for CBC. At home he's the master of organization, budgets, and getting things done. He has an insane ability to just figure things out. 90% of the projects on our blog wouldn't happen without Aubrey. (The painting projects, are ALL mine) :)
I run my own Design & Stationery studio and I'm pretty much the one behind the decorating, designs, and blowing the budget that Aubrey sets out. As well as running the stationery studio, I do creative work for select corporate clients on the side, dabble in interior decorating and I also run our blog, which is a nice little hobby on the side.
The cat that you see is MakMak - (or Makita) she is named after the line of power tools. She was found on a Habitat for Humanity Build that Aubrey was volounteering at 5 years ago and he adopted her for me, so I had a little friend when I worked.
Although we both grew up in Lawrence Park area of Toronto, we bought our first house is in the Upper Beach area as we fell in love with the street, how close we were to a Starbucks (for Lindsay) and accessibility to downtown for Aubrey.
(A photo I took on one of our little walks to the boardwalk)
We're walking distance to the boardwalk and beautiful beach area. It's still a hike to get back up (all uphill!) It's nice to think that we can walk down. The walk is beautiful, the architecture in the area is sometimes breathtaking.
Although we found a few houses in our old neighbourhood that we loved, it was beginning to get out of our price range, knowing that we needed more space for a studio space for me. I was on the verge of needing help in the business, and we needed a space that would accomadate a team member joining my company. Moving East proved to still allow us city living, but with more property.
We still sometimes miss the familiarity of our old neighbourhood, but have met some amazing new neighbours that have welcomed us. Our house is a classic Semi-Detached, and this is our blog, about our home renos. :)
We hope you enjoy!
Update - May 29th, 2010 - We had a baby!!
We welcomed our son Oscar into our lives on May 29th, 2010. Yippeee!