House Tour 2016 - Cottage Bungalow

I have made my little fixer-upper house into my perfect home!

When I bought this house, I was in a rough patch of my life. The house needed a lot of work, it was not what I wanted to live in but it was in my price range and in a great location. Six years later, this house has become my dream home. It is a very cozy and happy place for me and my pets. There is still a bit of tweaking to do - but isn't that always the case when you own a home??

It just goes to show that you can have your dreams come true, all you have to do is believe in yourself and it happens!

Enjoy the tour!

Lean-To Greenhouse from Old Doors and Windows

NEW GREENHOUSE
After 6 years of using my baby greenhouse that was built from 3 old storm windows, it became apparent this year that it just wasn't big enough for my needs anymore. The biggest issue I deal with is the late spring frosts and early fall frosts that we are prone to at an elevation of 3700 ft (1125 m). What I need is a place where I can keep 2 full grown tomato plants all summer long and not have to worry about them getting killed by frost.  This new greenhouse also gives me plenty of room to store my planters in the early spring to keep them from overnight temps that could kill them.

BABY GREENHOUSE

Living Room Before and After

Livingroom AFTER

Have you ever been kind of horrified at what your home decor used to look like? I was scrolling through old posts this morning and was blown away by how dark, dull and depressing my living room used to be!  Blogging has been a great way for me to find my style and pull things together in a much more pleasing way thanks to all my blog friends who inspire me daily.

Here's how my living room was transformed.

 Enjoy my walk down memory lane.



2016 In Review

2016 was a year of delays.  So many things went sideways that I didn't accomplish much of what I set out to do.  What I did do was to finish up some unfinished projects and I got around to repainting the walls in my living room, dining room and home office.  I'm naming 2016 my "lighter, brighter year".  


Here's my roundup for 2016.

1980s Hutch Makeovers - Three Different Looks

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(CRAIG'S LIST PHOTO)



As you all know, I change paint colours like I change my clothes... When I picked up this 1980s hutch for a song on Craig's List, I had no idea what a painting odyssey I was about to embark upon!

My poor dining room has been remade many times over until I finally had all the right furniture and colour scheme I wanted for my cottage style 1930s bungalow.  Scroll down to see all the different looks this old hutch has been given!


House Number Update



I've been a little unhappy with my house number lately. It isn't really obvious from the street and house numbers are really important particularly in the case of an emergency when police or ambulance are trying to find your house.

When I found a small cupboard door at the dump, I knew instantly that I wanted to use it to upgrade my house number.


Cottage Style Home Office

Welcome to my new cottage style, light and bright home office! I did some major purging of this space and I'm so glad I did. I have half the clutter I used to have and even that doesn't feel as oppressive as it used to feel.  And remember how I left that wardrobe?  When one of my readers mentioned the fact that it was such a contemporary piece I realized I had been taking the wrong approach to the makeover.  Now I love it!