I’m so delighted to have my entire house which was featured on the cover of Style at Home this Spring spotlighted again in the September issue of Small Spaces, Big Ideas Magazine!
For those of you who haven’t seen the ‘before’ photos when we started the renovation project a little over two years ago, you can see them here.
Julia from Hooked on Houses posted a review of her house for the past 11 years the other day so I thought it would be fun to give you a recap too!
This is the house we lived in when I first started my blog way back in 2008:
I was so embarrassed by my old, hand me-down furniture at the time, I think I only ever showed this room once. I did love this old 50s house though! The view of the city of Vancouver from the top of the hill where we lived was spectacular.
Because of all the fabulous windows, when it snowed we felt like we were in a snow globe!
This was where I installed the television. You can see that the walls are slightly pink and normally, even though I was renting I would paint the walls but because the living room was mostly windows, I left them.
Here’s a photo I found of the mustard banquette in the ancient kitchen, which is also where the washer and dryer was located. That’s how they built them back in the 50s. Certainly made it easier to manage the laundry.
Then the owners of this house decided they were ready to tear it down and build their dream home so we had to find another place to live.
We looked for three bedrooms again because we needed office space. Renting a single family home in Vancouver is very expensive, so after looking around and feeling like $3,000 or more per month plus utilities was just way too much, we found a three bedroom townhouse for $2,400 including heat and hot water. Crazy right? That’s Vancouver.
In some neighbourhoods you pay a million dollars for a tear down.
Unfortunately, the only one that was available at the time was north facing and you can see the tall Rhododendron shrubs outside (better pic below).
It was DARK! And the furniture that looked okay in the first house looked so bad in this big box of a living room/dining room.
Because we had so much sun in the previous house, the slipcover faded and you can see the outline of my coffee table on the side of the chair, haha.
While I was waiting for my new sofa and furniture to arrive, I barely sat in the living room, it so depressed me.
Check out the pink sheers that were four inches too short!
Here’s a before photo of the dining room:
Also I realized I only had this angle taken for holiday photos so that’s why it’s so dressed up!
Here’s the master bedroom:
Every day I wake up now and feel so lucky to own my own home. Renting in Vancouver for so many years was hard, I had to move three times over the years (not to mention every other time I moved just because of my circumstances) because the owners had sold the place and that’s the worst! It always felt so awful to be told to move when it wasn’t your choice.
Hope you enjoyed the trip back down memory lane, there were some before photos I’ve never shown ; ) ; )
Have a great weekend everyone!
PS. for those of you who were interested in my assessment of the row homes I posted the other day, my response can be found at the bottom of the post, here.
Before Photos of my new house (after photos in the magazine above)
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