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The new den

A lot has happen this last year and so. I finished woodworking school after two years (I’m not attending the final year) and we bought a second house. We decided for a particular home arrangement and we are now leaving in two houses. So the use of rooms here are changing.

First room to be reassigned was the previous twins rooms. It is now a TV room and also a guest room. It will be also the house library, when I build the bookshelves.

The room is quite small, with sloped ceilings. It had beige walls and floors and bordeaux trimmings.


The plan was to make it lighter and fresher. A cozy, comfortable space to watch movies, read, relax. Walls, trimmings, windows and doors are now painted in white. The tin ceiling got a new coat of white. The floor kept beige. We changed the light fixture.


The radiator got a coat of antique brass, and it is so much nicer.


I also stripped all the painting on the windows pull back to the original brass.


A day bed, that was previously in Kyana’s room, got a lot of pillows to double as sofa, mostly, or bed when the kids come to sleep over.


I am still working on decorating the room, and the other side will get some built-ins to be a sort of library. We might get a new post soon on all that!

Recap – Atelier

The second room in operation beautification was the little kitchen that has became the kids atelier. It had very red wall, half solid red, half sponge painted…


The main goal here was to get rid of all the red.


We had already got some nicer furniture there, and I have some future plans for it that requires some work, so we needed to have it a little nicer till future arrives…

So here is where we are now:

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Recap – Petit salon

First room on the list of the beautification project that happened during my January break was our tv room / guest bedroom downstairs. I just couldn’t leave with the purple blue lilac sponge paint anymore. It was mainly painting and new furniture and decor.


We painted the walls a dark taupe. The sofa still the old one, but now it is covered in a white bedspread. We added a bookshelf and Bonbon (our snake) moved here. And then it moved out, back to our office…



And we finally decorated the room. Soon, we will change the sofa and rearrange the things, but for now it is much cozier, more beautiful, everybody happy!



Well, it has been almost one year since my last post. Last august I started school (on woodworking!), kept working and family life went a little bit nuts around here, with 3 kids full-time here and some other challenges…  Additionally, my partner in crime was even busier this last months, so the renovation plans have changed a little. But things kept going!

During my summer vacations I will update on what has happened here the last months as well as tackle some projects, what I already started doing.

Novo canteiro

It is a very rainy and chilly spring around here.. We had some wonderful days last week, but mostly it has not been like that. What makes everything move slower outside. We have 3 projects, besides the regular gardening, going on now:

– finishing the front porch (it is mainly painting so..);

– building a small patio with benches in the sideyard (that led to the third project);

– building a new garden bed.

I had a plan of making a shade garden in one of the yard corners, but as we had to relocate several rocks and a lot of land from the patio area, we decided to build a raised bed instead. The rocks were part of a previous garden bed and come originally from the fireplace the house had before being moved to this location. So obviously it had to be use. And it would be some work to get rid of the land. All solved!!

We can see the corner in the picture below. It was a huge mess of wood and branches. Part went to trash (they have old paint, possibly with lead) and the branches are waiting to be stored and used in summer fires.


So we used the rocks to build a wall, justing piling them up, very cottage-y.


And filled the space with land from the patio area.


It will take time to be covered in plants, but most of them are already there: hostas, astilbes, heucheras and bleeding heart. Not sure the bleeding hearts and heucheras are coming, lets see.. I want to plant a blueberry bush next spring too.

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Garden update – 08/05/14


Things are moving fast in the garden. It is sooooo nice! Long days, sunny and less cold, plants sprouts and flowers popping everyday.

The Chionodoxa is on the lawn (but the Scilla is lost.. and after planting I was scared that I had planted a very invasive bulb but it is not surviving in our terrain..)


Some of the little crocus appeared too, and there lots more on the way..


There is also several Muscari. This one is a two colors one..


Laundry – little updates

We have not done any thing major in the laundry mainly because we are lacking the necessary time and money… but I have put some little finishing touches that, at least, makes me feel like something is happening 😉

After our last post about the laundry, I finished installing the planks above the door and, some time later, I hung the cute sign we brought from London.


We have to install molding, repair, inverse and paint the door and install a dog door.


I also hung my collection of 2 prisms on the hood pipe.. After a lot of thinking I came to the conclusion that there is no beautiful way to hide the pipe, so better to keep it like that and go for an “industrial” look…


The lamp is “temporary” as one day we will solve the electricity situation here and have a proper fixture hanging from the ceiling (and not a work light hanging from a pipe)…


I also found a silver tray at the thrifty store and set on the counter with all the laundry products in glass bottles. It is mainly to be cute, but considering the amount of laundry that is done in this house, it is actually practical to have all over the counter instead than inside the cabinet.


I have to install the knobs (that I already have… for a long time…), hung curtains and install moulding…. And this side is the one that is mostly done.. The other side is “the big work” (plumbing, changing door, installing window… such a small room, so much to do!)

But for now, it is a little cuter! Isn’t it?