Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cardinal House - Almost Home

I really haven't been the best at sharing pictures of the progress at Cardinal House. Raw floor boards and insulation doesn't offer much inspiration to readers, but we are now on the final stretch with only a few weeks to go before the official move in.

With the kitchen yet to be installed and much of the finished work is covered up to protect it, the images are still limited........... but here's a quick peek at things.

I had to lift the protective covering to get this picture {so not the best image} - this is the front entry tile work. The mosaic tile with marble trim creates a mat just inside the front door. The mosaic has been grouted with a very light grey colour since this picture was taken.
The look was a risk, but one I'm glad we took. It looks great with the black doors and our new hardwood {which has saw dust on it in this picture}.


mosaic without grout

And the hardwood............. Richard and I are thrilled with the choice we made. And it will look so much prettier when the dust is cleaned off. These pictures were taken just as the installer finished and we were about to lay down the covering.

The space is even sweeter now with the mill work installed.

I was pretty set on the type of tile for the bathroom's  - basket weave for the master bath, water closet and main floor powder room. The guest bath has mosaic octagon on the floor with matte finish white subway tile grouted in light grey in the shower.

The floor in the master ensuite shower
the master suite shower is also a steam room

The wood mantle that Richard found once adorned Old City Hall in Toronto. The mantle is well on it's way to a new life at Cardinal House. The refinishing in Benjamin Moore Oxford White will be highlighted with Carrara marble inset trim and hearth.


Oh so pretty.

We decided to forgo the original plan to have a counter and cabinets custom built on one wall of the kitchen. The decision was easy when we found this antique French provincial sideboard. It will be topped with the same Carrara marble as the other kitchen counters and complimented with glass bistro shelves overhead.


close up detail of the AFTER

The 'list' to finish before our move in like the tango - we complete two things and then discover one more that needs doing. It's been a long road, but we are almost home.

** furniture refinishing by Domenic at Winterberry Lane.


  1. oh my gosh Katherine!!!! The build has gone so fast- I can't believe you are almost ready to move in! It is Gorgeous!!!! Look at all that light in the room. Love the tile, and the mantel is to die for. And the sideboard will be gorgeous in the kitchen. And speaking of gorgeous.... You look amazing! You smile is stunning and I am just so happy for you. xxoj.

  2. I am so excited to get in and play....... with all the things I've wanted to put in place for Richard and I. More to share very soon......