Grose's Basement

Niko & Jenna moved an RTM onto this foundation a few years ago & approached me to help them plan this space to be a functional place they could use for entertaining their friends & spend time with family - right away, I knew our styles were going to mesh well & although they still want to do some work growing into the space with styling & finishing touches - I wanted to share some images of their overall space now that the bulk of the work is done!

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As you may know - I'm a big fan of exposed, painted ceilings in basements as it makes the ceiling feel much higher, and is so functional when it comes to dealing with any water or plumbing issues that arise - you're never worried about damaging your ceiling drywall or tiles. They opted to go for a dark ceiling as this space is a big, wide open layout and gives it that industrial edge for the bar & eventually pool table room.

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The bathroom vanity is one of my favorite elements we had custom made & having pendants on either side of the mirror makes for an ideal lighting scenario in a vanity space - and lets face it, most people's lighting in their basement bathrooms are um, less than ideal ... its the little tweaks that make a big difference, folks!

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The bar area featuring a live edge raised top will get well used when friends & family visit - we installed the sliding door to conceal a mudroom & entry space + got the carpenter to install custom shelving under the stairs to sneak in some added storage.

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Love this all black rustic railing with painted rebar spindles!

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A spare room keeps gym equipment out of the main area + houses a Murphy bed when extra sleeping space is needed without compromising the use of this room.

What once was just a big open space is now an extension of their living space where they can spend time as a family & enjoy entertaining!

Jenaya helped take the stress out of the planning stages of our project. She helped us create a Floor Plan that utilized our space & yet was still functional in meeting our needs.
She took the time to gather quotes from reputable contractors in our area & got us started on the right foot.
— Jenna Grose - Client

Brendan & Janessa - Engagement

This couple ... wow - just pure gold is all I can say. Simply the fact that despite the fact that I will have a two month old baby at the time of their wedding doesn't phase them one bit [ nor the other two couples weddings I will be photographing after theirs ... what can I say, I have the best clients ] but they are so natural & easy going together that I really can't call this work ...

Cuz' it isn't ... photographing couples like this even on an evening when I was pretty done in from an intense work day & ummm 37 weeks preggers ... was just the energy boost I needed. How lucky am I to get to do something that actually GIVES me energy & I completely loose track of time when I'm in this "zone" ....pretty lucky I'd say.

When someone else’s happiness is your happiness, that is love.
— Lana Del Ray

Seriously ... those ear to ear grins.

Thank you guys for making the drive to get your engagement photos done ... [ psssstt future wedding couples - check out the newly updated Weddings Page on the site cuz - Engagement Sessions are COMPLIMENTARY with all full day packages ;) ] I really can't wait to photograph your big day in August ... I already know it will be a joy!

XO,J.

Millers Kitchen Reno

I started working with the Miller's in May of last year - they had been updating their Bungalow & they brouht me on board to help them make the kitchen a functional space for their young family of four.

There was little counter space, poor lighting & the wall divided up not only the visual space but also the function of the living room & kitchen space.

- the before -

They needed better work flow, a "drop off zone" for mail, keys & diaper bags + simply to maximise storage in the small footprint we had to work with.

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Removing the wall between Kitchen & Living Room helped open up the space but meant we had to really be smart about utilizing the base cabinets for storage.

In the Island - these three drawers house craft supplies for the kiddos & keep them from having as much "extra" stuff in the kitchen drawers.

We also wanted to free up the counters as much as possible - so opting for a built in microwave keeps small appliances off the counter top.

The custom cabinets allowed us to narrow the counter along the fridge wall to 18" in order to get a fully functioning corner cabinet in this narrow space -something we could not have done with " box store" cabinetry.

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Having a built - in coffee bar along the far wall helped us separate the work zones in the kitchen + provided some extra storage by housing a bank of drawers underneath.

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The counter to ceiling subway tile laid in this stepped herringbone pattern draws the eye upward & makes the room feel much larger than it is. We had the cabinet maker create these solid butcher block floating shelves to keep everyday essentials in arms reach.

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To save money on countertops we  had the counter on the "drop off zone" made in the butcher block as well . Beside is a built in Floor to Ceiling Pantry which houses most of the food in the kitchen - having it right off the entry makes it easy to set groceries on the table & be put away easily.

P.S. how awesome is all artwork of their kiddos hung throughout the space? - Kayla's sister is a photographer & hanging some of her beautiful portraits of their kiddos makes it their own.

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We had some floating drawers installed under the drop off zone to house all the pens & papers that would otherwise clutter up the kitchen.

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Not only did opening up the space allow for the natural light to flow better through the space but we also layered the lighting in the kitchen to function well. The pot lights help light the overall space & the pendants are all able to be dimmed to control the ambience in the space + we put led strip underneath all the uppers & shelving to light the counter top.

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Lets be honest - tackling a reno, especially in one of the most expensive rooms in the house - can be extremely daunting & no doubt there can be unforseen challenges that rise up but when the result means more joy spent as a family enjoying time in their home ... it really is worth it. I loved stopping by & seeing Kayla + the kiddos using & enjoying their new space!


I  always like to get clients feedback on a big project on how I helped them the most & what gave them value working with me.

Here's what they had to say:

  • Narrowing down all their ideas to what would actually work in the design
  • Guidance choosing the right appliances to fit the space & their budget
  • Having the design & measurements for the cabinets done
  • Working with contractors they knew they could trust & having me take care of the Project Management [ when to call who, ordering materials etc ] gave them peace of mind

Sources:

Appliances: Zaylie's Furniture

Flooring: Canadian Custom Flooring Regina

Lighting: Wayfair

Cabinets: DJ Cabinetry