Uptown: Moving In, Starting New

So…the last few months have been quite the adventure. In addition to wrapping up my PhD life in London (defence date set for August 20th!), I got a job, bought a townhouse, packed up and moved to a new city (Waterloo, Ontario). Things have been hectic to say the least but I’m definitely excited for this next chapter on my life.

While my new day job means that I’ll be trying to put my 12 years of post-secondary education to good use (12 years! Wild.), my new evening and weekend programs will consist of making some changes to my townhouse. And since I am a design blogger I think it’s only fitting that I document my renovation projects here. Yes?

So, let me introduce you all to the new series on White Cabana called Uptown. Where did the name come from? Let me explain.

As an outsider, I find the area of Waterloo quite confusing. People in this part of Ontario actually refer to this area as Kitchener-Waterloo (KW for short) because the two cities are basically attached at the hip. There are other communities around KW such as Cambridge and St. Jacob’s which are sometimes roped into the KW area as well. To add to the KW confusion, there’s a King Street for every cardinal direction and getting off the 401 and into KW can be a challenge even for the most skilled GPS system.

As if things weren’t confusing enough, the “downtown” district of Waterloo is actually called “uptown” and “downtown” Kitchener is called “downtown”. Uptown Waterloo, downtown Kitchener. Both city centres are on King Street. Confused? Yeah, me too. But with each day I’m here, Uptown Waterloo seems to roll of the tongue a little bit more naturally.

So, as I live near Uptown Waterloo, I thought that Uptown would be a great name for this series (actually, it was my Dad who came up with it and I agreed). So, anytime you see Uptown in the title, you’ll know that you’re in for a townhouse update!


  1. Silvia Del Rosso July 22, 2013

    I hope you enjoy living in Uptown Waterloo!
    Looking forward to updates and transformations
    of your new home.

    • Jordana July 22, 2013

      Thanks so much! I’ll update as often as I can – in between inspirational posts of course! So far so good!

  2. Hi Jordana! I follow you on Twitter and have been wanting to pop by and say hello and that I’m enjoying your blog! πŸ™‚ Congrats on completing your PhD – what an achievement! Can’t wait to see what you have instore for your Uptown posts. πŸ™‚

    • Jordana July 23, 2013

      Hi Sara! Thank you so much for following me and for stopping to say hello. All the way from Manitoba, if I read correctly? Awesome! Welcome. Looking forward to showing my townhouse progress over the next few months. The dark paint colours are driving me pretty crazy. I’ve got to hurry up and choose a white paint (or several?)!

  3. Cassie July 23, 2013

    I used to live on King St (North!). Utterly confusing, but Uptown Waterloo is great. I hope you enjoy this new stage of life! I look forward to all the updates.

    • Jordana July 23, 2013

      Ah…so confusing. King Street seems to have it all so I think if I stay on that street I’ll be able to get everything I need. I think it’s also the road that goes to St. Jacob’s?

      Uptown has been awesome so far. The Waterloo Jazz Fest was on last weekend and the vibe was lively and positive!

  4. EyeCandyPopper July 23, 2013

    Congrats on the PhD and the new house! All the best with the renos, I know everything will look just amazing! πŸ™‚

    • Jordana July 23, 2013

      Thanks so much! I have visions of a super bright white space. I was looking at paint colours last night with a friend and she tried to sell green on me. Ha ha. Not going to happen. I’ll be able to give you the progress report in person at BlogPodium!

      • EyeCandyPopper July 23, 2013

        green?? haha I have a creamy white all over my house and I love it, it’s not cold, but it brightens everything up (my house is teeny tiny). You should come over sometime, I’d love to show you πŸ™‚ Can’t wait for BlogPodium too! I’m not sure what to expect but I’m very excited about it.


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