Monday, 30 May 2016


With the inside mostly complete at #projecthillview & with the warm weather upon us & a pool, I have switched my attention to the backyard.

It is some need of serious work & dollars to achieve our ultimate goal. We met will Joel Loblaw & have decided to work with him & his amazing team to create the backyard oasis of our dreams, but that will have to wait for a few years. Until then, we have decided to tackle the #backyardremix ourselves. We cleaned everything up. I asked the Mr. to keep the grass cut, looking nice & green & I'll take care of the reset. Here is how the yard looks now, the before befores were way too embrassing.   

I am a proud garbage picker & saved the hexagon shaped dining table for the end of my uncles driveway. A little cleaning & she'll be great. Those 4  super ugly arm chairs that are ridiculously comfy, those will get slipcovered in white terry towel.  The kids Muskoka chairs will also get a coat of paint.

I'd love to clear out the back left corner to make way for a large umbrella & 2 lounge chairs.

This wall will have a series of hooks for easy hanging of towels & pool toys.

My neighbour put this extra large wicker chair out to the curb the other day, so I dragged it to my garage. A new comfy seat & back cushion & it will be ready for curling up with a fruity cocktail.

The side yard fence it tucked around the corner & you can only see it when you'er in the pool.
 After seeing this pic from Kerry Rosenthal Art on her instagran artkr I instantly knew a graphic mural of some kind was in order. I like the idea of an unexpected surprise.

Do you have any plans to spruce up your back yard this summer?

Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Roof Top Servery Reveal - One Room Challenge Week 6

Well here we are, REVEAL day for the One Room Challenge!

You can see my previous posts for the Roof Top Servery here, week 1 / week 2 / week 3 / week 4 / week 5

Here's a quick recap. The top floor of my Mom's muti-level townhouse is a space about 7ft x 10ft with a door that leads out to a wrap around roof top terrace. This 70 square foot space is what I chose to reinvent. I had free reign but my design had to include a full size fridge, sink, dishwasher, microwave & coffee maker and we made it happen.
I love a good Before & After so lets get straight to it.  I will share all of the sourcing & detail information next week because we all just want to see the photos! 


I created 2 set ups, one for fun & the other as a bar.

Please be sure to see all of the reveals from my fellow guest linkers & for the invited 20 who revealed yesterday (they are so good!)

A big giant thank you to Linda from Calling It Home for scheming up the ORC I had a great time creating this space  & my previous ORC Jack n'Jill for my kids!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Roof Top Servery - One Room Challenge Week 5

Welcome to week 5 of the One Room Challenge.

Lots has happened this week so let's cut right to the chase. The rooftop servery is coming along nicely. You can catch up on the previous 4 weeks below.
week1 / week 2 / week 3 / week 4

The millwork got built & has been primed for painting.

The handrails & posts have been painted black & look 1,000,000 x's better.

The door has been painted in the most glorious shade of green.

The under counter skirt is in production & getting a nice wide gross grain ribbon detail.

I created my art project for the large wall in the stairwell - here's a little corner.

I'm impressed with the amount of progress this week & I don't want to sound like a Debbie Downer but there is still so much to complete before photos on Wednesday. 

Complete millwork & paint.

Apply the final coat of paint on the walls.

Install stair carpet.

Drive 3 1/2 hours (each way) to the cottage to pick up the fridge.

Carry said fridge up 6 flights of stairs.

Install tile baseboards & backsplash.

Install the wall sconces.

Install the quartz counter & hang undercounted skirt.

Install black glass floating shelf.

Install door & millwork hardware.

Hang art.

Install dishwasher & sink faucet.

Style up & photograph.

I hope to God that's it!!!

Please be sure to check out the featured ORC'ers

& my fellow Guest Participants there are so many amazing makeovers happening!

Until next time...

Thursday, 28 April 2016

The Roof Top Servery - One Room Challenge Week 4

Here we are at week 4 of the one room challenge - the week when everything gets really real. I mean it's crunch time people! There really is only a week & a bit left to get things completed, and then the photos have to happen.

If you are new to The Pink Zipper thanks for stopping by & if you are also wondering what the One Room Challenge thing is, here's the down low. Linda from Calling it Home had this crazy awesome idea to invite 20 design bloggers complete a space in 6 weeks, all while sharing weekly updates & the behind the scenes of this challenge. It was such a success, it has become a bi-annual event. Now 5 years later The One Room Challenge has grown to accommodate guest participants. I'm one of those.
To get caught up you can see what I've been up to week 1, week 2 & week 3 of my ORC.
You can see my very first ORC here.

Last week I was stressing because the physical work had not yet began. I am pleased announce the floor tiling started Tuesday & will be done later this week. I'm superdy duper happy about this black & white checker situation. I'm going with tiled baseboards in black & the grouting will also be black. 

All the walls have been primed & are ready for some Benjamin Moore Oxford White.
Bye Bye hospital sickness green. 

The handrails have been taken off & are being prepped for painting with Benjamin Moore Onyx. 

My grandfather aka the carpenter, stopped by to measure up & begin building the 2 tall cabinets that will be fronted by the bi-fold shutter doors. A lot of things are hinged on the completion of these cabinets, like the counter top the backsplash being installed & the black glass floating shelf.

The Tonic Living Swaying Palms fabric also arrived this week so we finalized the green for the exterior door. 

Speaking of the palm fabric, it going to be what we're using for an under counter skirt. I have always loved the casual (dare I say cottage-ish) look of under counter skirts. Not only will it give a softness to the area, but it's also a budget friendly option to cabinetry, and no one will ever notice the dish washer hidden behind it.

Our Barbie & Ken Vintage Photography arrived & has been framed along with a few other pieces.

The lighthouse is from Lila & Lola & the palm image is from the instagram page of Drake General Store

The stair carpeting has been ordered & is scheduled for install on May 9 - talk about cutting it close.
I showed the 4 options last week & we selected this beautiful wool from Godfrey Hirst. It's going to look soooo gooood!

Please be sure to check out the transformation of my fellow guest participants & the main 20 One Room Challengers!