Author: detailsdarlingsanddaiquiris

Before and After: Our Renovation Progress

Isn’t it wonderful how a renovation can bring people together? The people doing the renovation themselves of course – Rob and I and the kids in our case. But then you can’t forget about everyone else that plays a part: Our immediate families, whom we recruit now and then – possibly against their better judgement. The skilled tradesmen that joined our team from time to time, grasped our vision, and worked by our sides with the same passion. The neighbours, because hey sometimes you need an extra set of hands, or ten, to erect a 15 foot pergola. Friends and more friends, or sometimes the same friends on repeat. And sure, might as well bring the kids, those cousins you are babysitting, and throw the dogs in while you are at it. The more the merrier. Beyond the actual physical bringing together, there is also this beautiful comradeship that can form with fellow renovators and enthusiasts. Take the neighbourhood dog walkers and runners for example, that don’t miss this loop so they can check in …

7 Questions to Ask Before Renovating

Your best tool for success in any project – large or small scale – is equipping yourself with the answers to important questions as the first step.   We often get feedback on our renovation from interested parties – friends, family, observant neighbours, as well as this online world. Which is a natural part of any project as a way for others to feel involved as an intricate part of the exciting process. Generally, it takes the form of admiration. Wow, you are surviving the disaster and workload yet still balancing day to day family life. While inevitably, a splash of the opposite is in the mix with disbelief that things are STILL not done or criticisms on stylistic choices. Solicited or not, large-scale reno down to the quick do-it-yourself project, comments are part of the process. And sometimes it can be difficult to keep that feedback at an appropriate distance. Now, I’m not saying input is a bad thing. Not in any way. shape. or form. Quite the opposite actually. Being open to input and …

Welcome to Details, Darlings & Daiquiris

Hi, friends! I’m Allison: a home-renovator and DIY-er based out of New Glasgow, in beautiful Nova Scotia. Some of you might already be following my renovation journey over on Instagram, and now I’m beyond excited to officially launch my new blog!  When I’m not busy renovating my own home, you can find me helping friends design their dream spaces and, going forward, writing blog posts that pull from my interior design experience. When it comes to renovating your space, I look forward to being your go-to resource for everything from quick how-to’s, to managing your budget, to bringing your own style and personality into your space in simple, easy ways.  I know first-hand how overwhelming renovations can be, and so I want to help you go into any home project – big or small – with all the information you need. Along the way, I can’t wait to share the occasional insight into the realities of balancing renovations and keeping your family and lifestyle intact. How Our Renovation Story Started Bippity Boppity Boo. As simple as …