After so many weeks, which felt like years there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel.

We officially get the keys for the apartment on the Wednesday the 14th... THAT'S LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY.

To say I am overjoyed is an understatement.

Now that the date it set you best believe I have gone ahead and locked in all our trades.. & so here is our official schedule for the next 2 weeks (a list for me and a list for trades, helps to keep me on track):

Calling this Jam Packed doesn't begin to describe it, but I'm so excited to get started.

You may remember me saying that things can go wrong when you're planning to renovate.. Well, here we are.

the tenants who currently live in the apartment we are trying to renovate were given a 60 day notice for the end of the lease agreement, which is the required amount by the tenancy act.

Now, we live in Victoria which as you may already know is in lockdown. Now it was made clear that no landlord can evict their tenants etc, which is completely fair enough.. It seems that now, tenants are able to simply refuse to move out even if it is an end of lease and so on.

Today I received a call that was completely unexpected, unfortunately the tenants have found and been approved for another property but they don't want to move until they see it (which they can't do because of Stage 4 restrictions).

Am I crazy for thinking thats a bit unfair?

Moving the dates, although annoying, isn't the main issue. The biggest issue is that now theres a ripple effect. Because of the delay it means that the landlords of our current residence now have to extend our lease further than we intended as well as cut our rent because we don't have the finances to continue paying the high rent at our current place..

Okay, okay maybe its not a big deal and I'm over reacting.. but for someone who is planning obsessed, this is really hard to swallow... did I break down and cry? YES! Can I do anything about it? NOPE....

This lockdown has been so difficult, and I was trying to be strong... this was my light at the end of the tunnel & now, its gone.

My point is.. this is life, you never know what will come up and derail your journey, no matter how much planning you've put into it. So although this is a very unique situation, I can't recommend enough that you hope for the best but prepare for the worst. It really does help when you know you've done all you can.

Anyway, thats it for today. I'll update you when I have some news but for now... "TOOLS DOWN".

Pinteresting, Photoshopping, Planning & Purchasing... In that order.

This is how I go about getting started on a big project like this. 1. Pinterest for creating a mood board, getting ideas, curating a colour palette and narrowing down your design style. This will set you up for success and really clarify what will and won't work for your space, visually. 2. Photoshop room by room. I can hear you rolling your eyes, I know not everyone has or knows how to use photoshop HOWEVER there are other options. You could go the old school method of printing and cutting out pictures and placing them into a "room" on paper. Otherwise you could use one of my favourite websites ShopLook which lets you use online images to create your own "space". Another must do is have a copy of your floor plan handy... ALWAYS. Know your measurements, become one with your measurements. 3. Planning for me comes down to budgeting. I truly believe if you have a good budget in place you can absolutely have a plan to purchase whatever it is you want in good time. Having an excel spreadsheet that projects months if not years in advance really enables you to forecast your spendings and savings like never before. I won't go into how to do this because I will tell you there are about 100000 templates out there that can get you started. 4. Purchasing items can be so much fun as well as stressful. I can't begin to tell you how crazy my friends think I am, let me explain. I have a habit of purchasing everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING well in advance. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a must, however if you want to get the best deals or not miss out on items that will sell out then this is a must. I currently have one whole room dedicated to furniture and decor that I've purchased for the new place and I'm so happy I have purchased most things because I can't tell you how many things I've purchased that have now sold out etc. Now this has been my fool proof plan that is yet to let me down so try all of it, try some of it or try none of it... regardless of what you decide to do, just remember that renos are hard work no matter what, but try and take in the process and enjoy it all. The good & the bad. Now let me show you my said photoshopped plans

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