If you’re here as part of the Canadian Home Bloggers Tour, Welcome!
My name’s Courtenay and I live here in this house…
with my husband Chris and these two cute things:
Our house is very (very very) much a work in progress, but I share the whole process here on the blog, so that helps to make all the work we’re doing around here a little more fun. I also really love to share DIY homekeeping tips and tricks during the loooong breaks we sometimes take in the progress of our renovations. That’s real life though! No smoke and mirrors around here!
So let’s get on with the tour! Please keep your seat belt buckled and your arms inside the windows at all times. Just duck out of the way if you see one of the walls starting to crumble above you. You think I’m joking. 🙂
So here’s what it looks like on the property around the house.
It’s beautiful and peaceful and a great place to escape the madness and mess going on inside sometimes.
We recently finished up a mini deck recycle/renovation, so now we have a great place to enjoy the view.
Here’s how it looked before:
You can read more about that project here.
Next we’ll move inside.
Last Summer, I wrote a post called “How to Love Your Ugly Kitchen”, in which I poked fun at the fact that my kitchen has these bright orange wood cabinets that are really not my thing.
A lot of readers asked me why I didn’t just go ahead and paint my cabinets. Well, now I am just about ready to get to the project and I CAN’T WAIT!
at the time we had some more pressing projects that needed to be finished first.
Projects like baby Jack’s nursery!
…because it looked like this:
Not to worry! Here’s how it looks today!
You can read more about that crazy adventure of a renovation here!
In other bedroom news, our master bedroom looked like this for the first 2 years that we lived here and it made me absolutely crazy.
Today it looks like this!
Well, actually that’s how it looked last year right after I finished with the project. If I’m being honest, right now today, it’s a little bit more of a total mess than that. Also no pumpkins. But let’s just pretend that I took those pictures 5 minutes ago and that I do have pumpkins in there in August because I’m just a super-prepared blogger like that, K?
We also have a living room in this house! Neat, right?
It started out looking like this when we moved in:
And here’s how it looks now!
You can read all about the full living room before and after here.
I love sharing really simple before and after projects like these that are done in the middle of real-life situations and with a real budget. You really can make your home more comfortable and more beautiful no matter what you start with.
Next up, we’re going to be finishing up and sharing a quick renovation we did in our daughter Kennedy’s bedroom. Here’s a little sneak peek!
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…and in her hair, on her shoes, and on most clothing items. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today!
And now, onto the next stop! Don’t forget to check out the tours from the other days this week too!
The DIY Mommy
Northern Style Exposure
Echoes of Laughter
First Time Fancy
The Uncommon Law
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.