Rooms & Random Ramblings

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Sadly, the super tidy “after” living and dining room didn’t last very long!

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Real life happened. Or should I say I happened.

I always have good intentions when it comes to cleaning up clutter, but often, more important things just get in the way. I’m trying to start a daily habit to tidy up clutter though. I’ll let you know how that one goes…

Here is a another angle from the other day when it was all tidy looking. Boy, that didn’t last long.

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See the staircase to the basement? The basement is rented out to someone else and we don’t have any access (there is a fireproof door locked from both sides). It would be nice if we had it for storage, but I think we’ll be ok since we got rid of so many things before the move.

The hallway:

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When we were staging our house before we put it on the market, we put long mirrors in hallways to make them look bright and big. It’s a fun trick that we carried over into this place. 

By the way, if any of you are interested in a post on staging please let me know. We picked up several great tips from a stager that our realtor brought in. I also have lots of pictures (after staging) from the old house. If there is interest I will write a post on it, so please let me know!

Here’s peek at our old house’s entry way after staging:

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The entry way was previously empty (and I mean empty!), so we added the sofa table, big mirror, faux flowers, rug, plant, and small accessories on the shelves. It made a huge difference.

Ok, back to the new place.

If you walk down the same hallway, you’ll come to a small powder room:

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It needs some sprucing up…I might even paint it if it drives me crazy enough. Anyone have a good colour for a small bathroom?

At the bottom of the stairs you’ll find our cute little giraffes to greet you.

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Now, we’ll go upstairs for a peek!

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This is the view looking to the right from the top of the stairs:

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We put another piece of art up and another mirror in this hallway.

The door to the right of the mirror is our bedroom and the door to the left is the bathroom.

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The bathroom is quite modern looking and flooded with light. It’s definitely one of my favourite rooms.

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This pic was from before we moved in. We have plans to put up art and pictures in there, so I will show you those when it’s finished. It also needs a bright pop of colour!

If you turn right out of the bathroom, you’ll come to the laundry:

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I guess it’s more common these days for homes to have the laundry on the second floor and I must say it’s GENIUS. I’ve never had laundry on the second level and I’m loving the convenience. No more lugging baskets of dirty clothing down the stairs.

Here’s what you’ll find inside the doors…

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One of the hardest things I parted with in the old house was our new front loading whirlpool washer and dryer. I cry at night for them. Ok, not really, but man do I miss them!

Eric had a vision for this laundry space.

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Last weekend, he installed a shelf and he’s also putting a small one on the far left side a bit lower down.

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It took us over an hour to pick the shelving, figure out the parts, and then find someone to cut the wire. Remind me again why I let him talk me into going to Home Depot on a Saturday? If it weren’t for those energy bites, a meltdown may have occurred.

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We plan on putting our cleaning supplies, laundry soaps, toilet paper, paper towel, etc up there. The shelf is just low enough for me to reach on my tippy toes.

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It also doubles as a clothes drying rack…which is why he put the shelf a bit higher up!

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I originally wanted to purchase one of those free-standing clothing racks (the big clunky ones), but I like Eric’s idea much better. It’s a 2-in-1 laundry “room” now and takes up no extra space in the house. He’s a keeper.

Across from the laundry is a linen closet:

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Something you may not know about me (but may not surprise you): I simply have no patience for folding. Don’t even get me started on those fitted elastic bed sheets! I know how to fold properly, I just don’t like spending time on folding and could care less what my linen closet looks like. That’s also why I hang up 95% of my clothing.

Immediately next to the laundry and linen closet is the 2nd bedroom, which we’ve turned into a shared office. Well, we will be turning into a shared office.

Right now, it’s a scary, scary place.

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Oh and you know how I said I loved the central vac? Well, after using it for 2 weeks, I now have mixed feelings about lugging around the hose and having it take up all the closet space. I think someone needs to invent a retractable hose for a central vac…one that retracts right into the wall. Do they make those? That would be pretty fun, but only if the hose came out of the wall easily and it was on each level. Probably not the most practical idea.

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Our desks are due to arrive in another week or so. Right now, we’re trying to do our personal and business taxes among this mess and it’s not working out so well, especially because we put one of our files in storage by mistake.

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Our bedroom is also not finished, so those pics will have to wait for another time too.

By the way, I forgot to mention in my Kitchen before and after post that I’m challenging myself to stop using a microwave. Our microwave in the last house is staying with the new owners, so I took this opportunity not to buy a new one. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now, so I figure now is the time. I’ve missed it a few times already (mainly for reheating leftovers and melting chocolate), but it is nice having the extra counter space too. I’m sure I will get used to it after a while!

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Jennifer L March 30, 2012

Place looks great! Would love a post on staging.

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Jennifer L March 30, 2012

Also just wanted to say I would recommend checking that the dryer venting is connected to an exterior vent and not just blowing the air/moisture into the attic (fire hazard, mould etc).

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Jess March 30, 2012

The house looks great. I am wondering where you got the sofa table in your entry way. It looks like the perfect size for mine.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 1, 2012

Thank you, it’s from Ikea (called a sofa table on their site)

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Rachael @ FreshlyMinted March 30, 2012

We have that amazing IKEA picture in our living room – LOVE those colors! Everything looks like it is turning out beautifully…

:) Congrats on your fun, new space!

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Tina March 30, 2012

I would love to read a post on staging. I just moved into apartment and need some tips. I think Eric had a great idea on the laundry room. I think I will have to do that!

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Melanie March 30, 2012

Love all the pics and info on how your new home is coming together and would love to read a post about staging!

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Lillian March 30, 2012

Hi Angela! I’ve been reading for a few years now and wanted to come out of hiding to say a few things. One, my fellow blogger, Cristyn, and I love your blog (we tried your lemon dill tofu recently—delicious), two, you inspired us to start our own (part vegan!), and three, you’ve ALSO inspired me to leave a career that has been making me unhappy (I can’t tell you how big of a deal that is). Your energy is fantastic! Also—congratulations on the move!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 1, 2012

Thank you Lillian, that is awesome to hear!! Congrats to you and Cristyn for the changes you’ve both made. Going to check out your blog now!

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KellyB March 30, 2012

Hi
I moved our microwave into a pantry to have more counter top space. And I haven’t looked back. It takes awhile to get use to heating items up on the stove, but now I can’t see why a microwave is consider so important. Food cooks/reheats more evenly on the stove and stays warmer longer.
House is looking great. I love decorating ideas, so would be inerested in the staging photos.
thanks

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Tiffany March 30, 2012

No microwave is really not hard ….chocolate melts so much better in a bowl over boiling/steaming water….HOWEVER I did have to cave and buy the cheapest micro so I could heat up my lavender neck warmer….how else do you do that???

love your blog and your posts/pictures…trying my first few recipes this weekend! Whole Foods (mason jar) salad tonight! Very excited! Thank you!

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Jaime March 30, 2012

This is a great documentary about the Food Industry called Hungry for Change. Apparently the free preview comes down tonight at midnight. http://vimeo.com/36441130

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Jessica March 30, 2012

Man, I love your bathroom. Just looking at that beautiful tub makes me want to draw a bath and read a good book. I’m all for the post about staging, maybe you’ll even draw in some unsuspecting home decor Googlers to your delicious vegan recipes! ;)

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queenoffitness March 30, 2012

angela, forget the shower…THAT BATHTUB is like whoa! (did you just use your best joey lawrence ‘whoa’ voice?!?!) we have a washer/dryer closet at our house with a rack over the washer/dryer. it never occurred to me to use the rack to hang stuff on to dry. however there isn’t even enough room to hang anything and i store some stuff on top of our w/d in baskets anyway. here’s another creative idea. when i hang dry my delicate items or my husband’s dress shirts, we hang them in our doorways to other rooms. put the c loop of the hanger over the wood trim around your doorway and voila. heat rises after all so the clothes end up drying quicker. you can also buy those cheap wood foldable drying racks at wal-mart for 10-12 bucks. we use one of those and store it after clothes are dry.

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carrie March 30, 2012

This is awesome! Love your place!!

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Jen P. March 30, 2012

Looks so great Angie! Oh I totally understand about how life happens & the nice, clean space you have is suddenly cluttered. I’m trying to find “homes” for everything, but it can be quite challenging at times…especially when I just want to kick back & relax. Anyways, have a great weekend! Your place is looking awesome!

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Claire March 30, 2012

I gave away our microwave about a year ago and have never looked back. I use a little extra water for re-heating and tend to cook pasta/grains al-dente to avoid overcooking. I use my bamboo steamer, kettle and pressure cooker more now and in summer I’ve taken to just eating leftovers cold. If I’m out/at uni and there’s a sandwich press I’ve been known to use them too…
Your house is looking great. Keep going, you’re almost there! xxx

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Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 30, 2012

I LOVE that giraffe print, so cute! I also love that your laundry is upstairs, I dream of that one day hehe.

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Bri Carpenter March 30, 2012

Hey Ange,
I love how much light your new place has! If we ever move back to Ontario our plan is to look in the Burlington/Oakville area as its close to family but not too far from Toronto for work. I’d love to read a post on what you learned about staging. We currently live in a very small apartment (kitchen, living area and bedroom with bathroom attached) and I’d love to know how to make it appear bigger.

Can’t wait to see the rest of your place!

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Anna March 30, 2012

I just love seeing how your home is developing!
We live with no microwave and it’s usually just fine. I think that things taste better when heated up on the stove (although, this is probably just in my mind). I think the only time I really miss it is when I want to heat up coffee without getting out a pot. It does take some getting used to, but I’m sure that you’ll be all over it in no time!

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lauren March 30, 2012

your new home is beautiful!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 1, 2012

thank you lauren :)

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Danielle March 30, 2012

I also recently moved and decided to not buy a new microwave at the new place. I LOVE it! I steam a lot of our leftovers, it works pretty well. I have a pan that has a strainer that fits right on top and I just boil the water and then put the food in the strainer and let it steam until reheated. I also find that I throw out less food since we have less leftovers. I now focus on smaller meals made fresh instead of larger meals that I reheat for days afterwards.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 1, 2012

Love that idea…will look for one!

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Jennifer March 30, 2012

Very smart to give up using a microwave. My husband and I haven’t had one since 2002 and we gave it away when we moved that summer as we couldn’t even remember when we had last used it. We have a cheap toaster oven and love it. It can do things that a microwave can’t do! Anyway, good for you and as always, I love reading your blog. It is something I do everynight before going to bed!

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Karen Wapinski March 30, 2012

Your home looks so beautiful! And I love the giraffes by the stairs.
The light is so amazing, it’s just gorgeous; congrats ^_^

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Katelyn March 30, 2012

Since moving in to my super cute, but old, suite, I’ve barely used my microwave. Due to limited counterspace and outlets, I keep my microwave stored on top of my fridge, unplugged. If I want to use it, I have to take it down and carry it across the kitchen to plug it in! A nice deterrent, for sure. You’ll do just fine without one :)

Also, I would love to see a staging post.

Cheers.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 1, 2012

haha that would be a deterrent for sure. Good idea :)

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Dominique March 30, 2012

The only time our condo is tidy is just before we have company or after a week when all the clutter starts to drive me crazy. We also have two cats who shed like crazy. I’m loving the before and afters! I’d also love to see a post on staging though I’m not looking to be a homeowner anytime soon. Your master bathroom is amazing! I would totally love something like that.

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Dominique March 30, 2012

Oh I also forgot to mention that I hate our microwave and I want to get rid of it all the time but Sean won’t let me. He says we need it but I don’t like the fact that it takes up so much counter space. It was a leftover from the previous owners so it didn’t cost us anything but Sean likes to reheat things in the microwave because it’s more convenient than stove-top heating.

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Natalie Boenker March 31, 2012

I grew up with a Mom who didn’t believe in microwaves in her own kitchen and it honestly was the best, now I do have one now in my own kitchen, but I rarely use it which I think is a good thing. Your home looks great!

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HeathersCreativeConcoctions March 31, 2012

Your new home looks great! I can’t wait till I have washer and dryer at all in my apt, but I totally agree with you on the central vac, that really needs some modernizing.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 31, 2012

I love your new home! I love the idea of the mirrors in the hallway, that is so perfect!!

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L March 31, 2012

hey Angela,
One thing I did that might be helpful regarding the microwave was put it in a cupboard above my fridge. I had a large empty cupboard there and wanted the counterspace for other things. I bought an appliance extension cord at Home Depot and shove it in the cupboard. I never use the microwave except when I need to melt something quickly and my stove is in use, but didn’t want to give it up completely. I use it just a couple times a year but it is handy there. If you hvae a similar cupboard (most kitchens do), that might be helpful. The cord was just about $7.

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Lesley B. March 31, 2012

Yes! Give up the microwave!! To wean yourself off it, move it at first. I put mine on a table in the garage for a while, so I was giving myself more kitchen counter space, but I knew it wasn’t completely gone if I REALLY needed it. I made a few trips to the garage to use the microwave (melting chocolate and warming honey were the two big reasons to use it), but then it just became inconvenient, and I started using my saucepans for things like that again. One day I realized that I hadn’t used the microwave in over six months, so out it went!! I feel so much better having it out of the house…..they scare me!

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Katrina March 31, 2012

I am loving all this home inspiration as we fix up our own house right now for a possible future move too. I would really appreciate a post on staging (although I have no idea how to balance the need for “staging” and the ongoing “stuff” that we would still need to keep for the 2 little kids!).

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Valarie March 31, 2012

I love the furniture you have chosen and absolutely love your dining table. It is exactly what we are looking for but unfortunately ordering from CA is a little too expensive.

Aloe Vera Green…a beautiful green that actually has brought out the pale lavender in our ceramic tile so that my towels are yellow, pale green and a dark lavender. It is bright, cheery, yet “spa” like and relaxing.

Staging tips would be wonderful.

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Valarie March 31, 2012

Oh, and I haven’t had a microwave, dishwasher or garbage disposal for 5 years…you won’t miss it.

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Brittany March 31, 2012

Love the look of the house! Would be interested in staging post for sure! Stripes are amazing for small bathrooms – really opens things up and gives the illusion of a bigger space! Check it out here: http://www.roomzaar.com/rate-my-space/Bathrooms/Stripes-expand-Small-Bathroom/detail.esi?oid=13528341

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 1, 2012

wow that look incredible!

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Katie Williams March 31, 2012

Love hearing about your new house! I’ve nominated you for a versatile blogger award, come check it out: chemegirlcooks.blogspot.com

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 1, 2012

Thank you Katie!

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Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life March 31, 2012

I am LOVING the casa pictures!!!

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Kristin March 31, 2012

Yes I would love a post on staging!!!!!!

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Jacqueline March 31, 2012

We moved into our place 2 years ago and didn’t have a microwave. Our kitchen is microscopic so we decided not to buy one altogether. Now, we seriously don’t even miss it. Ever. We have every other appliance: food processor, steamer etc. but are quite happy to cook everything fresh or else warm it in the oven.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 1, 2012

so happy to hear that, I think I am already feeling the same!

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Pam Bunting March 31, 2012

Hi again, I saw your vegan brownies and “bio ” profiled on Healthy Bitch Daily. That’s so great. I can’t wait until your cookbook comes out. I will be ordering it for sure!

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Val March 31, 2012

Yes please, i would love more staging tips…especially from someone with your taste. Your new place is spectacular!

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Amanda @ Sweet Release March 31, 2012

Everything looks so nice! I love how you’ve decorated the new place :)

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Sarah March 31, 2012

As someone who plans on putting their house on the market next year I would LOVE to hear all about the process of putting a house up for sale: first steps, staging, cleaning and storing stuff for house views, how to have a place when you don’t know when a house will be sold. All the details!

Also, this is random but I’ve been eating a more vegan lifestyle lately. And love it. More recently I have been incredibly stressed with a lot of different things (one major one is getting married in 6 months) I don’t know if you could help me with this but I’ve began tracking calories to see if I’m eating enough(been veeeery veeeery run down)- would you happen to know how many calories you aim for in a day?? Also, I know you mentioned you’ve suffered/suffer from anxiety. As do I. Have you ever read any books on combating it or anything?

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