We have found a small house. It's tiny and has many of the characteristics which we like - it's built in the 40s so it has lots of charm, a nice layout, a reasonable yard which could be made private and cozy. It's also located in a small neighborhood where all the other houses are built in the same roundabout time period and it's close to walk downtown.
Just like many older houses it has nice details such as built in storage cabinets, an arch between the living room and the dining room etc… which add a sense of time and history, and under the old rug in the living room and dining room there are wooden floors just like there are in the bedrooms, which we plan to sand down and stain. The spaces are pretty bright since there are nice windows in each room, and overall there is a good flow of energy from one space to another.
Since it's rather small house, the amount of work to be done feels controllable: there simply aren't that many walls to paint and that many spaces to furnish. The house has had all the major systems updated, so what we will focus on will primarily be aesthetic.
I dream of making this house cute as a button where each color, each pattern and each chair is carefully selected to come together. However, even though style and design is important, it will also be a home, and a home needs to be lived in. It should be a space where you're not afraid of sitting down, working, reading, taking photos, cooking and thinking. A comfortable, yet nice looking space where books will fight for space with maps on the walls.
So, this site will hopefully capture the process of the transforming our little bungalow: fixing the inside as well as landscaping the yard and setting up a garden. Of course our own house and outdoor space will also enable us to tackle other types of projects which should be fun and inspiring!