My Humble First Home

In November of 2013, I made the scary (albeit  exciting) transition to homeowner.

After spending a long December renovating the basement, we moved in on December 31st, 2013. With only a bed, a credenza, a tiny TV, a Corelle dinnerware set, four black thrifted chairs, and plenty of food and drinks, we rang in the New Year with our closest friends using the crystal candle-holders that came with the home as shot-glasses. That night, as we clanked together all of our new pots and pans, barely out of their packaging, it felt like home already.

Since December, our home has come a long way. The snow has melted, plants have grown, furniture moved in and out and has been happily broken in.

A balance of pieces from Aberfoyle Antique Market and auction finds mixed with neutral pieces, I’ve added pops of colour and personality with decor from Chapters.Indigo, Target, and Hudson’s Bay as well as plenty of plants & art prints from James Jean and Matthew Woodson hang on my living room walls as well as a deer skull I smuggled over the border from a trip to Germany.

My propagated succulents make my heart smile.entrance-1

The home has come a long way since floral wallpaper and mirrored glass tiles covered the walls. A few simple renovations brought the home to the 21st century; such as installing subway tile back-splash in the kitchen, updating the flooring, as well as painting trim and doors.


I’m in love with my overhead storage. In smaller homes or galley kitchens, it’s a handy and smart use of space.

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I lucked out in the bathroom; all of the tile work is original to the home. It was just a case of removing the floral wallpaper and throwing on a coat of fresh robin’s egg blue paint. Although beautiful, the old pedestal sink offers no storage, so I picked up an over-the-toilet cabinet from Home Depot to sneak storage into this small space.

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A print from Adam Garcia at The Pressure hangs happily next to my porcelain bat from Garrison Creek Bat Company created by Erin McCutcheon.