Planning for The Big Move

An important piece of information: did you know that Mike and I both live with our families? Yes, this is real life. As is the traditional Italian way, we’ll live at our respective homes until our wedding in June of next year. This means that along with planning a wedding we’re also on the hunt for a home and are starting from scratch with all things decor and housewares. Well, almost from scratch…a baker/knick-knack-lover/possible hoarder like me doesn’t get to 26 without accumulating a couple of things. But more on that in a bit…

With 7.5 months to go, here’s a look at how I’ve been preparing, pinning and planning for our big move!



I took the first step towards building our home over the weekend when my mom & I attended a preview for the William Ashley warehouse sale. The famed sale is now at a new location up in Vaughan in a 30,000 sq.ft. warehouse and yes, it’s as amazing as everyone says it is. With my Mom as my Sherpa, I managed to pick up enough place settings, flatware and serving ware for 12 people! I suppose it’s finally time to put those cookbooks to good use…

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We went with the Royal Doulton 1815 collection that Mike and I have been eyeing for awhile and decided to purchase the set in white. Not only are white dishes beautifully clean and sleek – they also make for the perfect blank canvas to continually change things up. I love that we’ll be able to accent our white place settings with pretty much any colour or pattern. Our first statement? These multi-colour pasta bowls from the same collection- aren’t they lovely? I knew we’d made the right decision when I realized the white espresso cups we’d picked up at an outlet last summer were from the same collection.


After unpacking, checking and repacking our housewares haul when we got home, it was time to face the music. For the last 4 years, I’ve been hoarding everything from decor items to linens to a set of Le Creuset pans in various cupboards and closets around my parents’ house. Determined to get off on the right homemaking foot, I rolled up my sleeves, purged my cupboards and took inventory.

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Let’s just say it’s a good thing I took stock of what I already have! Having 5 cake stands is normal, right? To prevent myself from re-purchasing items I already have, I created an itemized list including photos where possible in Evernote, a digital workspace that’s accessible from desktop, web and mobile. I’ve also started a list of things we’ll need to fill in the gaps so I’m prepared the next time I go shopping. I’m feeling pretty good about my organization these days!


Yes, I’ve been thinking about wallpaper. I spotted these a few months ago and honestly couldn’t help myself from pinning a few selections. Wallpaper is a thing again and I’m so incredibly happy it is. I love a good statement wall, especially when you can add a little sparkle & shine. Now, it’s time to start lobbying Mike for one of these…. yes, sometimes I forget there’s going to be a he-man living with me and that gold foil wallpaper might not fly.

The flowers in this Oh Joy! Petal Pusher wallpaper ($125/roll) look more modern than uber-girly, making it a perfect accent. If you want to go all-out, say for your dressing room or daughter’s bedroom, why not paper the whole room in this metallic showpiece?


A triple-whammy of travel inspiration, robin’s egg blue and metallic foil, this Rifle Paper Co. City Toile wallpaper ($135/roll) adds a burst of colour and style. It adds interest without being in-your-face and yes, it looks lovely next to a bar cart. I could see this looking right at home in a living or dining room.
Somehow, going all out with this Karla Pruitt Garden wallpaper (125/roll) manages to be more sophisticated than brash. The dense pattern allows for more subtlety than you’d think. Whether you line your powder room or entryway with this, it’s sure to make a statement.

Buying dishes was exciting and all, but I’m really jazzed about buying beautiful accent items. You can find me wandering Teatro Verde, Homesense and Winners on the regular, always on the hunt for that special item that will make all the difference.  And yes, I had to stop myself multiple times from purchasing furniture and larger decor pieces at this past summer’s antique markets. Next year is open season, though. Get excited.

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Blame Mad Men (and Pinterest) if you must, but I’ve got my eye on this beautiful brass Libations Bar Cart from Crate & Barrel. At $699 it’s definitely a splurge, but it’s one that’ll fit whether we end up in a house, townhouse or condo and there are so many ways we could decide to use it!
Since we’ve never lived together, one of the things we’re looking forward to most is cozy nights at home on the couch with Netflix. We’re so vibrant and exciting, I know. A plush sectional, like this York 2-Piece Sectional from West Elm, looks like just the thing to sink into after a long day of work. Doesn’t it look like the perfect place to binge-watch a full season of American Horror Story?
During a trip to Collingwood last year, Mike and I found a beautiful vintage brass trunk similar to this one at one of our favourite antiquing spots. It came home with me for less than $50 – I just knew it would make the perfect accent piece for our home someday! I can’t wait to repurpose it as a coffee table or to store cozy blankets.
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Next on our list of things to buy are pots & pans, steak knives and an array of smaller kitchen & baking items. I’m already kicking myself for not picking up the stainless steel Le Creuset cookwear set from the William Ashley sale – it turned out to be about $500 less than retail! There’s always next weekend….

If you want to check out the sale for yourself, it’s open to the general public starting on Friday October 24. See you there?