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The Change is Almost Unbelievable

Yesterday the painters came in for the last touch-ups. I still have a new window to be installed in my kitchen, but otherwise the great reno project of 2010 is complete. I almost hate to look at the "before" pictures now...

Living Room: Before

Kitchen before

But here, with a drumroll, is the AFTER:

The After Pictures: Overview of Living Room and Kitchen

The After Pictures: Living Room

The After Pictures: Kitchen

Of course, it helps that I have new furniture in my living room as well, but I still can't get over how beautiful it all looks. And I haven't shown you the dining room (primrose yellow walls, same floor as the kitchen, white trim, periwinkle blue vertical blinds over the new french windows onto the deck), or the lovely cabinet on the wall facing into the kitchen, which is oak to blend with the floor and the living room, but has the same blue countertop as the kitchen, or my bedroom, wedgewood blue with white trim...

So now, finally, I can move all my books back upstairs. I'm not putting so many back into the living room, but have set up my study as more of a library and have a room lined with bookshelves in there (something else I've always wanted).

Some things that I particularly love: the little window between the kitchen and the dining room (my own idea) that adds more light to the kitchen and lets me look out onto the deck and the garden while doing dishes or preparing meals. Having enough counter space. That mirror over the fireplace, which is off an old dresser I inherited from my great aunt; the dresser was damaged beyond repair, but the mirror is beautiful and it's a link to my family past. The colours, that remind me of Venice. I have to admit, my new little dishwasher.

It's like about ten Christmasses and birthdays all rolled into one, and I feel like a little girl playing house. But I also feel like a grown-up, with my own house for the first time (in 54 years - it's about time!).


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Sep. 11th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
thanks! maybe you can come over when you are next in town :)
Sep. 11th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
I love the kitchen tile! It's so cheerful!

It looks amazing.

Sep. 11th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
thanks :) And once I've sorted out my study (which is also my spare room) you must come for a visit!
Sep. 11th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
I would be thrilled! And also doggies! :)
Sep. 11th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
yesss :-D
Sep. 11th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
That is gorgeous - well worth the inconvenience of the summer. (Of course, that's easy for me to say when I didn't have to put up with it!) Really lovely colour schemes - and it looks so comfy, modern and stylish. Well done!
Sep. 11th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's TOTALLY worth all the inconvenience. And thank you - comfy, modern and stylish is just what I wanted :-)
Sep. 11th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
So beautiful! I love the colors.
Sep. 11th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
It's lovely! The kitchen tile makes me happy, and I really like the mirror, too - it looks like it grew there.

I'm glad you and the animals are finally getting to settle back into your space.
Sep. 11th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
Incredible change and the place looks stunning!!!
Sep. 11th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
It's gorgeous! Everything is in such beautiful colours, and it's so light - very cheering without being at all too bright! I love the tiles behind your sink too.
Sep. 11th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
So beautiful!
Sep. 12th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Lovely. I'm so glad you are done and can relax. I wish you all joy for future living there.
Sep. 12th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
Wow, it looks amazing!
Sep. 12th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
You're new home is beautiful. It really is transformed.
Sep. 13th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
It is all looking really lovely! I'm sure you will enjoy it immensely, the more so for all the travails on the way :)
Sep. 15th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
Wow! So much more light than before. The transformation is amazing. I love the tile in the kitchen. And the mirror is just lovely. Colors are great all over.

I feel like a little girl playing house

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