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Fireplace: wood or gas?

     August 26, 2014 0 Comments

Which do you prefer: a gas fireplace or wood burning fireplace?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went with a Regency gas fireplace from Wheatland Fireplace for the House Trade Built. Wheatland Fireplace is a Saskatchewan company that sells, services and installs high-quality fireplaces, hot tubs, barbecues (bbq), grills and smokers from industry leading manufacturers. For more information about this locally owned company, check out their company profile.

The picture below is the fireplace we chose. It’s the Regency Bellavista B36XTCE model. The fireplace itself doesn’t have much of a frame. It allows you to frame the fireplace with whatever stone/tile you’d like. I’m picturing this fireplace with a nice stone frame and bookshelves on either side. What do you think?

We will be getting the stone from Timberstone. I went to their website and found a few options.

stone option

I’m leaning towards the white quartzite. If we go with stone, the entire fireplace section up to the ceiling would be stone.

Alternatively, we could use a smooth tile, and then have a wood mantle built around it, like this picture from Pinterest.

 

These are interesting options as well. If we went with the option on the left, the darker colour could match the kitchen island colour to balance the spaces.  Or, maybe we go for a built-in bookshelf on one side and beautiful artwork on the other side of the fireplace, like the picture on the right. I’m going to have to consult with Anex Interiors on this one, for sure. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your thoughts on fireplaces? Gas or wood burning? Do you like having the TV over the fireplace, beside it, or none at all? Do you like open book shelves or artwork? What types of decor would you showcase on your mantle? If you’ve got a space like this and have done an amazing job at decorating it, I’d love to see it. Your space could be featured on the Blog! Contact me at tradebuilt@tradebank.ca for more information.

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

All aboard the lighting train…

     July 31, 2014 0 Comments

If you have a small child, you’ll have that tune in your head all day. We’ve had our son home with us as we transition between daycares so playing with trains and singing songs (1-2-3-4-5 all aboard the counting train…x100) have kept me busy.

Dan and I rarely share the same tastes… I care about the details and coordination of rooms whereas Dan wouldn’t even notice if I moved a chair or hung a new picture. Don’t tell him I said that. He also has a strong opinion of what he likes and dislikes but leaves the final decisions up to me, which is sweet of him. Sometimes it’s convenient to have a husband and partner in crime who lets me make the decisions regarding style and decor, other times it’s incredibly frustrating because all I want is an opinion or confirmation, which is why I’m so excited to work with professional designers.

I had the opportunity to escape for a coffee meeting with the wonderful team from Anex Interiors yesterday. Our goal for the meeting was to narrow down on the exterior design of the house. I picked up a sample of stone from Timberstone Regina, stucco colours and an example of the wood product we might be using on the house. Anex showed me which colours would work, and recommended neat ideas we can incorporate into the home to make it stand out from the rest.

Once our exterior options were selected, we moved over to the Pearl Hardware showroom.

We were set up with our coffees in a design room to scour through their lighting books. As I’d mentioned before, I have gone through some of the lighting options with the owner of Pearl Hardware, so this meeting with Anex was to bounce some of my ideas off of them and get everyone on the same page. The page we’ve landed on is an eclectic/whimsical/transitional feel. This house is going to be unique. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be neutral, yet colourful. It’s going to have some incredible products that will pique that designer in you. The direction we’re heading is borderline out of my comfort zone, but that’s okay. It’s fun to take design risks and see everything come together. I’m trusting the pros and can’t wait to see what they come up with.

You may be wondering why we’re looking at lighting when we haven’t even dug a hole yet, and it’s because I’m excited about the project. That, and we need to get quotes from all of the suppliers for the mortgage. Plus, it never hurts to pick pieces you love so that if they require some electrical plan changes or additional planning, it’s not too late. It helps me envision the house and what it will be too. So many reasons to shop and dream now. I just have to keep telling Dan that!

Thanks Anex for the coffee date! Next stop: Staking. Choo-choo!

 

 

 

 

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

Exterior Finishes

     July 24, 2014 0 Comments

Well, anytime I start daydreaming about this house, I try to imagine what the outside will look like. We are going to add interest to the exterior of the house by mixing different materials like stucco, stone and a ‘faux’ cedar board. Kelly from KRN Residential Design is going to make a 3D rendering of our house, so I’m looking forward to seeing that in the next few days! It’s one thing to look at a house in black and white, and another to see what it could actually look like in real life.

We will be getting the stone products for the house from Timberstone Regina. Their product range is truly incredible. They also carry a ton of product in stock so that when contractors need a product immediately, it’s available. If you’re doing any type of stone work, be it inside or out, you should go see their storefront. They also carry a line of backsplashes for kitchens and baths, as well as flooring like marble and ceramic tiles.

Lane Enterprises will be applying the acrylic stucco work for us. Jorge, the owner, has been a member of Tradebank since we started the business. We made a large presentation to a group of business owners and when we were done, Jorge was the first to jump up and tell us he wanted to join Tradebank. We’ve seen his finished product, and we’re impressed with the work he does.

I’ll be stopping by the Humphrey Window and Door Store to check out their aluminum siding that looks like wood. We like the idea of an aluminum application so that we don’t need to worry about fading or re-staining. We’re all about the low-maintenance to zero-maintenance products.

Exterior Option 1

So, what do you think of this colour combination? We want to stay away from beige, just to be different. We are drawn to greens and blues, and in the paint book I picked up this ‘Sage’ did look green.. but after staring at it on my computer screen for awhile, it looks a lot more grey. I know colours on computer screens vs. in person can vary greatly, so maybe we just need to pick a colour with more of a punch so that it’s quite obviously ‘Sage’.

I hired Anex Interiors to consult throughout the entire project, so I’m looking forward to seeing their exterior colour recommendations too. They’ve created some very beautiful and inspiring spaces, so I’m excited to work with them. If you haven’t already, be sure to stop by their new location on Broad Street! They’ve got some beautiful (and incredibly soft) rugs with neat designs and some truly great artwork that is always changing. #shoplocal

And just to leave you with something else for discussion, here are a few of the colours I went through before coming up with the above example. Let me know what you think!

Exterior Options

 

What colour of stucco would you do? Are red doors a thing of the past? 

 

 

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.