My heart has been stolen. We have been looking at houses for investment and now I have found one I want to move into. Drats! This isn't the plan! My heart has gone to a back-split that we are flip-flopping over. It is this house and moving and renovating (and all that entails with living through a reno - been there!) or buying, renovating and flipping a smaller property and staying in this house. I have already envisioned the back-split taking on a suedo art & crafts treehouse look. Am I growing out of traditional?? I am taken with Amy Butler's home in Midwest Modern that this house really lends itself to. I can already see a wall of steel windows across the back and in the office. And a punch-out kitchen/sunroom. Even my bird feeders will be perfect there. My bird feeders! See, my heart is lost.
I know, I have already posted and drooled about Thomas O'Brien, but now, I have to blab about his new book. It's out and I can't wait to get it. If you haven't pick up the April issue of Canadian House & Home, you don't want to miss it. It has an article on O'Brien's apartment; a before and after story. Only the before is just as gorgeous as the after!!! I really can't get enough of his vintage studio styling. To tantalize the tastebuds, here the cover shot of "American Modern" and more snaps from Canadian House and Home....
The low cabinets fronting the bookcase is a great look, piled with interesting books and objet d'art.
Mmmm....I really have to collect more art.
On another note, I have been thinking about transforming Elizabeth's room to some sort of functioning work area (for sewing, folding laundry, etc) and have decided this vintage studio look is the way to go. I nearly went nuts a couple days ago, spending way too much time online looking for a daybed or sofa bed that would work in such a room. You have already seen the desks and rugs I like (here), when I was seeing more of an office. I reduced the daybed/sofas down to these:
Unfortunately, the printed zebra rugs don't have the authentic, beautiful look. I think I may be able to find fabric and do an ottoman like the one above. A couple days ago, I picked up this zebra dish from Pier 1 Imports. Cute, isn't it? $6 in the US/$9 CDN (should have waited for my trip to Syracuse next month).
This one is currently on the market at $1.89 M. It resides along the Niagara Parkway, between Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. My girlfriend, Angela, lives down the road (maybe we can see pics of her beautiful tudor home and gorgeous gardens one day). I always see mayself in a whote house, but I have to say the red is quite fetching!
The view from the back is of the Niagara River. The other side it the USA.
And what great house doesn't look equally as nice in the winter?
This is an old draft I found, when we were still living at the old house. Thought I would post it. I obviously forgot to take a pic of the Photo Wall! I am sure you can imagine...
Well, more like photo wall. These days, it is so easy to scan a photo onto your computer, upload it to a developing site (I used Costco and Black's). They emailed me the same day to say it was ready for pick up! To find the photos I needed, I spent an afternoon while my Mom & Dad were visiting, going through the albums with my Mom. That was a joy for both of us. So here are a few I did of the girls (all copyright Joanne Yordanou):
The photos turned out so good, I began to think I should use a more "viewed" wall in a high traffic area.