Shopping we will go (like it or not!)

There seems to be a general belief in society that designers and decorators love shopping.  I must be the exception that proves the rule.  Shopping exhausts me.  Add to that a husband that would rather do just about anything than enter a store, and you have a match made in shopping hell.  So how did we spend Father’s Day?  Shopping, of course!

It’s time to order all the bits and pieces that our contractors will need to complete the renovation.  Thank goodness for the internet, where we (that’s the ‘royal’ we — it’s really my husband who does the research on most things) can find products and information before we head to a bricks-and-mortar store to make a purchase.  Even armed with a basic idea of what we need and want, it takes time and pavement pounding to get the job done.   We left the house with an agenda — to finalize our interior door selections;  to finalize our staircase railings; and to finalize our lighting selections.  We were also hoping to pick up a new laundry tub, to replace our existing one.  (We will be washing dishes in the laundry tub, so it needs to be much cleaner than the one we currently have.)  Here’s how we made out on Shopping Day 1:

The first display inside the door of our local Lowe's -- for LED lightbulbs -- had my husband stopped in his tracks.

The first display inside the door of our local Lowe’s — for LED lightbulbs — had my husband stopped in his tracks.

My husband is determined to convert all our new lighting to LED, and has been researching bulbs.  My directive has been that they must be warm, and not too stark.  Otherwise, he’s in charge of finding the right products.  No, LED bulbs were not on the day’s agenda, but we’re easily distracted — likely because we don’t shop much!

Right across from the LED display was the outdoor furniture zone.  Bored with LED bulbs, I wandered over — did I mention that I don’t get out much?!  Yes, we are very easily distracted….

I love the shape of this resin-wicker outdoor chair. And it's comfy, too! But how would it work in our dining room?

I love the shape of this resin-wicker outdoor chair. And it’s comfy, too! But how would it work in our dining room?

This outdoor parson's chair could work as a desk chair...

This outdoor parson’s chair could work as a desk chair…

Time to get back on track with the day’s agenda:

Who knew there were so many choices for laundry tubs?!  Since we will be renovating the laundry room as part of the next renovation, we are going cheap and cheerful on the new sink.  We opted for sexy black instead of white, mainly because we can make our own holes for the plumbing.  We want to re-purpose our existing kitchen faucet in the laundry room, and it requires a single hole, not the typical 3-holes found on most laundry tubs.

Who knew there were so many choices for laundry tubs?! Since we will be renovating the laundry room as part of the next renovation, we are going cheap and cheerful on the new sink. We opted for sexy black instead of white, mainly because we can make our own holes for the plumbing. We want to re-purpose our existing kitchen faucet in the laundry room, and it requires a single hole, not the typical 3-holes found on most laundry tubs.

We decided on Shaker profile #6000 with no dividers for the door to our back hall, and the pocket doors between the dining room and the kitchen.

We decided on Shaker profile #6000 with no dividers for the door to our back hall, and the pocket doors between the dining room and the kitchen.

The doors will have Waterfall glass panels.  It's slightly modern, and not too fussy.

The doors will have Waterfall glass panels. It’s slightly modern, and not too fussy.

This is the same profile as our existing front closet door, and the inspiration to stick with a Shaker profile.  We decided that we didn't want all the dividers on the other doors.

This is the same profile as our existing front closet door, and the inspiration to stick with a Shaker profile. We decided that we didn’t want all the dividers on the other doors.

We like the oval pickets, shown here in black.  The plan is to use these in combination with simple straight pickets.

We like the oval pickets, shown here in black. The plan is to use these in combination with simple straight pickets.

Our pickets will be Metallic Chestnut -- I find black too stark.

Our pickets will be Metallic Chestnut — I find black too stark.

We want the simplest wooden handrails possible.  The challenge seems to be getting a profile we like in oak, so that the stain will match our new oak steps.  Why do the ones we like only come in other species??

We want the simplest wooden handrails possible. The challenge seems to be getting a profile we like in oak, so that the stain will match our new oak steps. Why do the ones we like only come in other species??

Another challenge -- we definitely don't want turned posts, but the only square one we found is too detailed for our home.  We may have to go all metal, and forego the wooden posts.

Another challenge — we definitely don’t want turned posts, but the only square one we found is too detailed for our home. We may have to go all metal, and forego the wooden posts.

The best part of our adventures with doors and stair railings was meeting Natalia, a very knowledgeable  sales associate in the millwork department at the Lowe’s at Dufferin and Major Mackenzie.  What a treat to meet someone who knows the products and offers to help before we have to ask.   Too bad she doesn’t work in all the other departments, too!

On the way out of Natalia’s realm, we found ourselves wandering down an aisle to nowhere.  I had just complained to my husband that he didn’t seem to know where he was going, when we stumbled across a display of floor and wall vents.  We had no idea that we could have custom sizes and finishes — we really do need to get out more!

We are delighted to learn that we can customize the cold air return vent in our wall, to match the new floor vents.

We are delighted to learn that we can customize the cold air return vent in our wall, to match the new floor vents.

In case you’re wondering, we did finally get out of Lowe’s and move on to the lighting store, but not without an aching back and feet from all the ‘pavement pounding’.

Next week:  Lighting!

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