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Kim's new house

I have had photos up on Flickr for a little while of my new house but figured I'd post something on the blog in case you missed them on Flickr, so you can see what I've gotten myself into. This will also explain why for the next several months/years I will be very VERY busy. My new house is small, due to the fact that it's all I could afford close to downtown (no longer 2 incomes paying the mortgage). I'm done with the burbs. So I had to make some sacrifices, size (maybe 1000 square feet and about 12' wide, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms) and age (about 90 years old) being a couple, to live in town. Attempts have been made over the years to update the house by very AMATEUR renovators. Don't even get me started on some of the things that have gone on here. But this house is going to be a fun project for me and I'm really looking forward to it and to sharing it with all of our readers. Hope you all don't mind if I ask for advice along the way. Now for the photos. I've only lived here since Dec. 18th so all I've done so far is stick furniture here and there. And dream.

Reader Comments (21)

Love your house, the arrangements--and what a great deck! But what really caught my eye is your shower curtain. Where did you find it? Thanks :)

1 Jan 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCS

Thanks cs! The shower curtain is from a store here in Ottawa called Zone (www.zonemaison.com). I checked an old Flickr photo and I had wrote that the package for the curtain said "Splash Bath".

1 Jan 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

Thank you for sharing your home. I agree the shower curtain is gorgeous. Love the floors along w/the green rattanish looking love seat in the bedroom. I bet you have so many fab ideas. Where do you start?

1 Jan 2008 | Unregistered Commenterislandgirl

Thanks for sharing your home with us! I love your bedroom and that sweet little loveseat -- that green is perfect.

That loveseat is my favourite thrifted find! I really want to make it work in the bedroom. Where do I start is THE question. There's so much to do...but first and foremost I have an electrician coming next week to replace the fuse box with breakers and some other boring electrical stuff that's going to run me about $2200. UGH. Leaky eaves and foundation issues need to be addressed....this is the part where I start crying. LOL

1 Jan 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

I can't believe you just moved in! You must not sleep. I love the malachite lamp and the loveseat. Small is good, because it's cheaper to renovate well.

1 Jan 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBalsamfir

Happy New Year Kim! Great way to start the new year - with a new home. Guess what, compared to my apartment - your home doesn't look so small! I think you are so courageous, and I am so impressed that you are able to afford a home on your own. That's an accomplishment for a single woman, so you should pat yourself on the back.

I love how you said, "All I've done is place furniture and dream..." So sweet. All you need to do is fill a space with love and it will be a home - and I know you will do that.

I love how the pottery looks clustered together on the credenza. I see so much potential and am glad the home will have an owner who will care about it.

Also - it's good for a home to evolve slowly. I've seen people decorate too hastily only to become bored too quickly.

Thanks for sharing with us and I look forward to seeing it become truly yours.


1 Jan 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy

Kim you should already be so proud. Your home may be small but it really doesn't look it at all. To me, it seems you've utilised the spaces perfectly.

I am another fan of your shower curtain...Stunning!! And I also like your vintage fan collection and of course your love seat :)

Are you planning on climbing the property ladder or will you make this a long term home?

Anna.C :)

1 Jan 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVilla Anna

Gorgeous house - you've done really really well - good bones.

I love renovating and houses - I got one house so perfect, I had to sell it and leave it for another do-'er-upper ! :)

Congrats !

1 Jan 2008 | Unregistered Commenterh&b

Oooo...I checked the comments to find out about that great shower curtain. Thanks for sharing!

1 Jan 2008 | Unregistered Commenterandi

Thanks Balsamfir! And Peggy, you're the best. I loved your comment, practically made me blush. Anna, I want this house to be relatively long term because the selling/buying experience was so stressful I don't think I can endure it again for a VERY long time. And it's that much harder when you have 5 cats to deal with too. Thanks h&b! And Andi - maybe I should buy all of Zone's shower curtains and sell them on Etsy or something. :) They seem to be quite a hit.

1 Jan 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

Its beginning to look like a home Kim :-)

1 Jan 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBhavna

Wow Kim, I'm impressed: you just moved in and the house feels like a home already!!

2 Jan 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSol

Congratulations with your new house Kim. It looks beautiful!

2 Jan 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle

Congrats Kim! You will have so much fun making this space your own. We have a similar home, 1000 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, and we have 2 kids! It's not the amount of space, it's what you do with it. Over the holidays we had dinner for 12 at our tiny place! I would never have thought that possible when we moved in. We love our home & will be so sad to move.

2 Jan 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLINDSAY

Congratulations on the new home, Kim! Thanks for sharing the pictures, too! I LOVE your furniture and accessories!
Anything you do in that house will look awesome with those pieces!

About where to start.. I definately agree that you should take your time.. It's like that line from Under the Tuscan Sun, "The key to overcoming buyer's remorse is to have a plan. Pick one room and make it your own. Go slowly. Introduce yourself, and the house will introduce itself to you."

Congrats again, and I look forward to your reno updates and questions!

2 Jan 2008 | Unregistered Commenteragntpoptart

Thanks everybody! Lindsay, you're brave - 1000 sq ft with 2 kids! Agntpoptart, I'm almost forced to take my time with this house - because every room has so many little things that need to be addressed. Nothing will be easy here. And I love your quote!!!

2 Jan 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

Congratulations! Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to watching the progress.

3 Jan 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Kim, wow, it really looks like you don't have to be in any rush. Everything looks great. Take your time, and you know where to go to be inspired! ;)

I'll bet you'll love being in town. So much better! Best of luck!

4 Jan 2008 | Unregistered Commentersusan

congrats on saying bye bye to the burbs! i'm with you, i'd definitely sacrifice size {less to clean!} for location. looks pretty good to me for just "sticking furniture here and there." =)

it can be scary, but so very rewarding to going through renovation process and turning a house your home. looks like you're got some great bones to work with.

yes, do keep us updated on the process! looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

4 Jan 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJHAYNE

Thanks Jenny, Susan and Jhayne! I'll for sure be posting progress as well as asking for advice and tips. I've never had this much work to do on a house so it can be a bit daunting, and exciting at the same time.

5 Jan 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

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