Okay, was that pun just way too cheesy? I said to Dan last night that I was trying to come up with a title for this post and couldn’t stop thinking “just shut up, shut up” a la Black Eyed Peas, but that it didn’t really make sense. So this one was what popped into his head. Serious giggles, some singing/dancing to Black Eyed Peas, and more bad puns ensued. Alright, let’s get down to business. This is our wee… Read more »

Two summers ago (our first summer in our little pad), we dug up a big ugly bush in our front yard, built a garden box, and planted a few little plants. Remember this? We didn’t really know what to plant, so we chose things that did reasonably well in medium sun (it can be pretty shady during certain parts of the day) and were budget friendly. That was the same summer as our basement renovation, so we were definitely pinching… Read more »

With this hot summer of ours, and the lack of air conditioning in our pad, DIY Dan and I have been spending more and more time outside in our backyard. We have been working on some updates to our front garden (more deets on those soon, I promise!), but we haven’t really had the time or money to do anything with our backyard yet. It’s just a big patch of grass, which means we’re starting with a blank canvas. We… Read more »

This is the first summer in our pad that the hubby and I have actually had time to think about the landscaping and garden (our first summer here we spent renovating the basement and the second summer we were living in England). So we have been trying to tackle some outdoor projects to spruce up our curb appeal – details on those to come soon! One of the projects that I have had on my to-do list is to build… Read more »

While in Spain over Christmas (you can read about that here), I fell in love with the colourful tiles that the Spanish use all over their houses (both outside & inside). They reminded me of the tiles I had seen in Portugal a few years ago, full of colour and intricate patterns. The balconies were usually pretty exceptional – covered with tiles, potted plants, and sometimes even decorative plates. Check out this balcony from Granada. It has been officially voted… Read more »

It’s been an extra-hot summer here in Ottawa this year, so backyard decks and patios are a godsend at the moment (as are fans and air conditioners!). Dan and I are feeling pretty lucky that we have a nice-sized backyard with a patio set and BBQ — perfect for get-togethers with friends — but as you may guess, I am yearning to do a backyard makeover. It’s just not in the cards for us this summer due to other projects,… Read more »

If you’ve checked out the photos of the exterior of our house in the “our home” section of this blog, you will have noticed that there wasn’t much in terms of landscaping or gardening. The previous owner obviously liked the “minimalist” approach, which to us, left a little something to be desired. We have a fair bit of outdoor work on our house “to-do list” (build a deck, put up shutters, plant veggie and flower gardens, paint front door, etc.)… Read more »

Spring has officially sprung here in Ottawa and everything is green and beautiful. The smell is divine, everyone is out in their yard BBQing every night, and the colourful tulips, which Ottawa is known for, are popping up everywhere. Dan and I can’t wait to get our hands on the landscaping of our place. Our current grass and one big bush (we can’t even figure out what it is?!) are SO dull. Ugh. Anyway, I’ll update you on our landscaping… Read more »