Friday Home Finds – The Home Edit

With two books, a Netflix show and over 5 million Instagram followers, The Home Edit needs no introduction.

I have been obsessed with everything that Clea, Joanna and the THE team do for several years now and have been slowly building my collection of their product lines. The day that Canadian Tire announced they would be carrying the THE products in Canada was like Christmas morning for me! Unfortunately, some products – such as their collection of Canvas Steele baskets – are not yet available in Canada but, no worries, I am not above driving across the border to pick up those beauties!

1. Egg Bin – I usually get my eggs from Costco in packs of 30, so the standard bins don’t work because they only hold a dozen. These bins however hold 15 eggs and are stackable; hence, solving the Costco dilemma!

2. 2-Tier Turntable – Currently, I have three of these turntables spread across my house. We use them to hold everyday beauty products in the bathroom and coffee accessories in the kitchen – the possibilities are endless. They are sturdy, turn seamlessly and clean easily.

3. The Home Edit Books – I purchased each of the THE books on their respective release dates! The first book comes with a sample of the THE custom labels, which I’m still using to this date. Clea’s wittiness and Joanna’s sweetness is spread all over these books and they share many useful and doable home/life organization tips.

4. All-Purpose Stackable Divided Drawer – You might not be able to tell from the image but this drawer is substantial in size and very durable. I was hesitant thinking that the “drawer” aspect wouldn’t glide very well when full, but it does!

5. Divided Turntable – This turntable houses all of my cooking oils and vinegars in our pantry. When put together, the bottles are pretty heavy but this turntable is strong enough to hold it all.

6. Canister – This canister comes in several sizes and I have slowly been building my collection of all of these. A glimpse at the THE Instagram account will show you just how versatile these canisters are.

7. 3 Bushel Elevated Truck – I literally designed the millwork in my laundry room around this truck! There are many versions of the Canvas Steele baskets out there but, so far, The Home Edit’s collection is the only one that I’ve been able to find that has customizable labels (and anyone who enjoys home organization knows that it is all about the labels!).

8. Shelf Divider – We likely won’t be getting custom closet systems in our home for quite some time and will be making do with the builder grade shelves that are included in the build. I used these dividers to keep all of our t-shirts and sweaters in place in our last home and will be doing the same this time around!

In Case You Missed It – the team at The Home Edit just finished filming another season of their Netflix show! I predict my THE collection will be growing even more in the near future once the episodes are released and I get further inspired by their creations!

Please note that Casa Cres is not affiliated with this company; in most cases, the shops featured in my Friday Home Finds are not even aware of their feature prior to posting. The above are purchases that I have personally made for my home.

Welcoming Baby #2 into a Rental

It’s so true what people say – you really do “plan” less for your second child.

I was four months pregnant with Theo when we moved into our last home. By that time, I had already mentally designed his nursery and we had a painter in the house in the first week to paint his room. A month later, we had a carpenter there to build his custom closet. By the time I was six months pregnant, the whole space was basically ready for him.

Baby #2 has been a completely different story. Of course, the circumstances are different now. We found out we were pregnant almost immediately after selling our home and purchasing the land, so we knew that this baby would likely spend his/her first year in our rental home. For me, it also meant that I wouldn’t be able to design a traditional nursery (although I am designing an entire house, so my creative juices are still flowing…).

But just because I can’t welcome Baby #2 into a meticulously laid out nursery doesn’t mean he/she won’t have a space of their own in our little rental. The baby will be in our room for the first little while, so we’ve moved Theo into his big boy bed and the crib is now by my bedside. Eventually, the guest room will double as the baby’s room so the baby could have his/her own room.

The one focus I have had in planning this space is to try, as much as possible, to buy things that have multiple uses. For example, since we are short on space, we removed the sliding closet doors from the guest room and have turned it into the baby’s make-shift closet with the Ikea Jonaxel storage systems that I plan on using in our future closets at the next house.

We learned with Theo that babies need to be changed a lot at first and we didn’t always rush to the change table in his room to change him; so, this time around, we omitted the dresser/change table (also in part because there is no room) and are setting up a couple of the Ikea Raskog utility carts instead. Later on, these can double as art and crafts carts for the kids… We’ll just change and dress the baby on the bed or couch or floor, much like we ended up doing with Theo anyway.

Ultimately, although I feel a little guilty that I am not giving Baby #2 the same house welcoming as we did for Theo, I’m choosing to see this as a positive in the long run. The reality is, by the time Theo was approaching his second birthday, I was already thinking of ways to change his room to move away from the “nursery” feel towards the “boy-room” feel. The way I see it, since we’re not finding out the gender of our current baby, not being able to design a nursery now will give me more time to design a “boy- or girl-room” for when we move into our Custom Home.