Thursday, February 17, 2011


My husband and I married in 2009 and our first goal in our new life together was to buy our first home.  While we were engaged we moved in together, finding an awesome apartment with an amazing view of our river valley.  The apartment was centrally located, close to university and my work, as well as a bunch of unique boutiques and restaurants (all within walking distance which we absolutely loved).  The apartment was great for us for awhile.  However, we yearned for something to call home and make entirely our own.  So began our search, and we found a great little bungalow.  Within three weeks, we had a mortgage, a home and an apartment to pack up.  We got possession of our home in summer 2010 and began our journey of DIY renovations.

So, without further adieu:

Here is our view from our apartment, wasn't it just stunning!

 To our very 'shagadellic' view now:

Welcome back to 1973!

Front Door

 It is hard to tell from the photos, but that 'lovely' shag carpet is a bright mustard yellow and the wallpaper is gold with white velvet.  Because the wallpaper had been there for probably the past 30-40 years, it took f-o-r-e-v-e-r to peel off and we still had to end up redoing the wall.

Living Room
Dining Room
As you can see, cedar panelling was very popular in the 70's.  Behind the hutch in the dining room are mirrors.  When we went to take them down we discovered that they were actually glued to the wall, so when they came down, so did the wall.

Our Sauna Breakfast Nook
If you have eagle eyes you probably picked up the pattern on the kitchen counter (yes, yellow and orange flowers). 

Main Bath
Future Office
Future Guest Room

Master Bedroom
The shag carpet in the bedrooms come in all the condiment colours (mustard, ketchup and mayo).

As you can see, we certainly have our work cut out for us bringing this bungalow into the 21st century.  You all must think we are crazy but she (the house) has good bones, and also , we know exactly what we are doing (well...maybe not, but that's what the Internet is for, right?).


  1. Yay! You have a blog! I can't wait to see how the house turns out! ;)

  2. Hey Amy! I've been reading up on blogging and after seeing how well yours turned out decided to give it a go!


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