Hello friends …so I’ve been AWOL for a bit …well its Summer and things are busy with gardens and family and friends !
I hope your enjoying Summer here in the northern hemisphere or winter in the southern !
We try to make the most of summer here in Canada as it’s a relatively short season ..May to October here in South Western Ontario, even shorter further north !
My Step Daughter who lives in the North West Territories, not too far from the Arctic circle had single digit temps this past weekend …like 6°celcius….while ours were in the high 20’s !Could not live in the far North …I like relative warmth !
I’m nursing an injured knee so I’m forced to take it easy…but weirdly 2 of my friends hurt their knees at the same time ???
Everyone keeps telling me it’s the Universe telling me to slow down but honestly ,what is the fun in that !!??
So it’s hot and muggy here and I really dont feel like baking or doing much of anything …thought you might enjoy a little tour of the inside of my Little Green Cottage!You’ve seen the outside …Ontario Regency style Ontario Cottage .
Built in 1875 when this area was the village of Petersville. It was annexed to be part of London in the late 1800’s.
Thomas Egelton built it for his family …5 kids in an 800 square foot or less home!
I recieved my heritage sign a couple of months ago !
The cottage is now 985 Sq. Ft.It was renovated and flipped in 2001and a porch in the back of the house was closed in and is my laundry room / mudroom.
Here is my entry way …just over 6 ft. long and 45 inches wide…sorry I’m old school with my measurements !
It has 4 doorways off of it !
Definitely going to change the colour but can’t seem to decide to what …grey owl is a possibility as I have some left from my kitchen …we will see!The mirror is an antique given to me by my late Mother in law . It was her fathers shaving mirror!
I love Antique keys and have some of my favorites framed beside the door .
Here is the small room to the left of the front door …7ft ×9 ft.
The dresser was my childhood dresser …I love it ! The bookshelves and open shelves were all free from great friends ! Those green boxes?? All full of fabric !
It has,always been my craft room but since I inherited my Mom’s newish Sewing machine it is my sewing and painting room.
The basket of finished baby quilts waiting to be gifted are sitting on a cedar chest my Father made my Mom to hold all the quilts she made …there are treasures in there let me tell you !
Portrait I painted a few years ago of my late pup Tika ..a watercolour of rose buds done by my late Mother in law and odds and sods !
Living room…love this room as it is always full of light ..south and east windows.
For years I left it Dijon by Ben Moore…yellow gold colour which I liked but changing it to Yarmouth blue was such a great choice! Just makes you happy!
We put new hickory hardwood down 6 years ago as the old strip oak was in terrible shape.
As an Artist I NEED colour on my walls …my painting room and bedroom are the most neutral …Benjamin mMoore Moonshine …pale grey with a blue undertone …very soothing !
The living room art is all my work …favorites I can’t part with ! Four are painted from photos I took on trips to England and British Columbia.
This corner has a clock and lamp made by my Dad, both Oak. The book is my first and probably last attempt at book folding! Fun but tedious !
My dining room is a good size …both bedroom doors are off of it which was common way back when .
We had a friend make the custom cabinetry 4 years ago. I love china and I needed storage!Boy did he curse my crooked little house !!
The teak dining table and chairs..8 of them ..were my parents . They bought it at a Danish Teak store here in London in 1964 when I was 9 I think .
It is in excellent shape and I love it ! I had the chair seats recovered as Mom had them in red Velvet …not my thing !
Its fits the room nicely as it has a low profile and I can sit up to 12 around it when all 3 leaves are in !
The mid century modern chair ( its mate is in the living room) was bought by my parents in 1952…Dad made new arms and legs for them in the 60’s and when I got them we had them recovered. Very comphy!
It can get pulled into the livingroom when we need more seating !
I bought this little antique dresser at a small antique store outside of London…it holds all my kitchen/dining linens .These old homes never have enough storage ….no linen closet and the 2 bedrooms only have tiny closets in them .
It makes you purge regularly that’s for sure !
Here’s the master bedroom …not big …our Queen size bed takes up most of the space !
Our two dressers are opposite the bed but too messy to photograph!
The guest room is where my Dads old desk is and the laptop. He also built the doll house for my girls when they were tiny …now my 3 Grandaughters play with it!Believe it or not this room was once 2 very narrow rooms …one…where the tiny window is ..was the bathroom with a 4ft. long roll top bath in it !As you can see this room tends to be a mish mash of stuff! Also the Grandkids toy room. Hmmmm! Hubbys hat storage too I see!
The small closet is hubby’s…and apron hanging space !..the IKEA cabinet is my makeshift linen closet !
This room is Ben Moore Bluegrass.
On to my kitchen …not big but well organized and easy to work in !We did what I call a soft Reno on it 4 years ago just a few months before our wedding .
It had been renovated before I bought it and in general it was fine…But it had a sage green tile backsplash and green “stone look”counter…I’m not a green person…!
The floor which runs into the mudroom was cheap linoleum that was showing wear .
So…we kept the white cabinets ..our carpenter friend cut out the center of the corner doors so I could add glass.
Then we covered the tile backsplash with white beadboard…cost all of $32!
New laminate counters were made in a matte black called Basalt slate.The price of solid surface counters was way too high and I have to say these have been amazing !
We chose a Silgranite sink by Blanco …amazing product! Durable ,super easy to clean and no polishing stainless or trying to keep a porcelain one clean ! Love how it just blends into the counter!New faucet and under cabinet lighting ..LEDs of course! I kept the polished nickel cabinet hardware as it was fine and dandy !New fridge and stove …we are waiting for the old dishwasher to pass away but it continues to do its job perfectly !
The floor was a bit of a trial as you see these old homes have no square anything and my floors are very slopey…is that a term ?? Well it is now..
Therefore we needed a flooring option that would follow the waves of the floor…🌊We chose a new vinyl product ..looks like wood ..has some texture and is very bendy…we just laid it down on the original floor..it is only secured on the periphery. You can easily pull up one piece if needed. A breeze to keep clean!
My mudroom …Butterchurn yellow from Pittsburg paints . Took forever to find my yellow !Behind that knee wall is my basement stairs. They take up almost half the width of the room but I’ve been able to cram alot in here !
The blue cabinet I was given by my daughter in law who saved it from someone’s garbage! It looked terrible ,worn woodgrain…filthy .
My Husband could not figure out why I wanted it !
Well I cleaned it ..primed and painted it…John put shelves in the right side and I made it a little curtain.
Now it houses a TON of stuff. Vases ,my bread machine and crock pot…rags ..BBQ stuff…laundry stuff…well you get it …My small upright freezer and, squeezed in between, my microwave!
I hated how it took up so much precious real estate in the kitchen and really I dont use it alot so putting it here was genius!
I made the Roman blinds from old vinyl mini blinds that were on the windows. Quite easy to do …just use fabric glue ..no sewing . Lots of tutorials on Pinterest!
Last but not least my little bathroom . The only room we haven’t done anything to except paint. I painted the walls which had been green ,Grey Mist by Ben Moore and the counter as well (Ashphalt) as it had matched the kitchen …green again !Plans are in the works to run the same floor as the kitchen in here and put in a new vanity.For now it is just fine !Well that’s it …my little piece of Heaven!
I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve been in this house…as a newly divorced lady starting over…then meeting my husband and finally remarrying at 60!
Everyone who enters comments on how cozy and sweet it is .Yes sometimes I yearn for more space as I love to decorate and it’s sometimes too cozy when my growing family all converge on it but it really is perfect for me and hubby loves it too !
Living small has so many advantages ..lower utility bill’s, lower taxes, easy to clean, a feeling of security as you can see or hear what’s going on in the whole house at once! Less upkeep and it forces you to keep purging and living with less !
Oh and no stairs ! Good as we age to not have to worry about those !
I could easily stay in this house forever….I hope you enjoyed this tour …make your home a place of refuge , a happy ,warm place that nourishes you and yours !
Till next time ! Cheers !