The Walls Came Down – Part 2

walls downWhat is the vision you would like to create for your home?

I needed to love my home again and to feel like I am the queen of my castle and in charge of my space and my surroundings.   Taking walls down and moving furniture around really means that you get to see what you have and what you really do not need.  The above picture shows where the walls came down and then the work really began.

Taking down the walls has certainly brightened up my mornings as we face the east so we get the morning sun and it makes a huge difference.  My house was so dark before.   Now that it is totally open concept you can basically see everywhere.  The dining room which is opposite to the living room window gets the afternoon sun which is also quite nice.

Here are some before and after pictures of the living area:

reno 7reno 6These two walls are now gone.

bright living room Living room after 2I know, its a big change, right!!  The walls are actually a green colour.  These pictures are looking from the dining room and you can see a folding screen in the far right corner which is in front of the hallway which goes to the washroom and two bedrooms.  It’s a small house really.   I need to find a wow picture for above the sofa.

I recently had a roommate who was living mostly in the basement and she moved out back in the fall.  This has allowed me to move things around and to create more of the space I want in my home.  I moved the television downstairs as I don’t watch it much anyway and wanted the living room to be more of an area where friends could gather and be comfortable.  I was able to bring up this awesome round table I had downstairs to help create the circle I wanted in my living room.   See above.  I really love this. My office was in the second bedroom on the main floor so I moved it downstairs.  As I have been working on this post I am realizing I have not been following through on some of my plans.   While my office is downstairs my laptop seems to follow me around upstairs.  I need to work on this and have better balance between working, reading emails, following up and then relaxing by checking facebook,etc.  So, the computer is now in the office and I am going limit my work to being in this space.  You are all my witness.  It is hard to change bad habits but hey, I said I love change.

I am working on making the second bedroom into a kid friendly space for my two grandchildren.   I really want a space for them to be able to come and stay overnight sometime soon. My kitchen hasn’t really changed much other than the paint colour, new ceramic tile floor and adding the island makes it feel a little more exotic.  When I was thinking about selling the Real Estate agent said that the kitchen was a drawback as it is really a galley kitchen, no dishwasher and can be crowded with two people in there cooking.

Here are the before and after pictures:

kitchen beforeKitchen before – you can see the old kitchen floor in the first photo above.  It was an old linoleum floor which never looked clean.

kitchen after 1kitchen afterKitchen after.

I really wanted my kitchen to be white and light but when Paul was painting it, I was a little worried it was too white.  Paul said he would paint it again if I wanted but instead we (royal we) added a grey trim which really often looks blue and gives it a country feel which I love.

So, do I love my house now?  Well, yes, I do, this is where I live, my refuge, my safe space to come home to and I feel very fortunate to be able to do that.  I feel that no matter where I live I can always make a house a home.   Do I want to move?  Yes, someday, I do want to move but for now I am happy here.

I hope this post has inspired you to create a vision for your home.  I would love to hear from you.  Please add your comments below.

 

About Kimberley

I am a Case Manager at My Sisters' Place which is a program of the Canadian Mental Health Association London Middlesex. My Sisters' Place is a program for vulnerable women. I love my job and all the wonderful women I work with. I am very honored to do this work with women who have been through so much and are so open in sharing their stories. I initiated and designed a Clearing Clutter Support Group which I have been facilitating since 2007 with a co-worker. I love running this group and learn so much from the participants. We offer this eight week program three or four times a year. I started my business Space For You in 2010 and work with individuals in their homes as well as offer some workshops in the community. I am available to speak to groups on "De-Cluttering Your Life", "The Magic of De-Cluttering", "Space Clearing" or really anything to do with clutter and hoarding.
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12 Responses to The Walls Came Down – Part 2

  1. Andi Willis says:

    Great transformation! When I moved my office upstairs, I took me a long time to truly embrace the change. Now I love it and use it regularly.

    • Kimberley says:

      Thank you Andi – I am liking it already and think that it will help me with some time management issues too. Also, the setup is so much better on my body. 🙂

  2. Seana Turner says:

    Wow – it looks terrific. Renovations can leaving us feeling drained, and often a bit too hard on ourselves if we feel we didn’t get every detail right. Plus, the simple “adjusting” to the new space is a real thing! I’m so with you on the linoleum floor – having a floor you can’t get clean is very demotivating. So beautiful now:)

    • Kimberley says:

      Hi Seana, Yes, I agree about those old floors and it can seem impossible thinking about how to get rid of them – its a huge job. Now I have ceramic tile and I really love it. 🙂

  3. Great transformation! I love it. I think it is so important to make the home an oasis. Good luck with it.

    • Kimberley says:

      Thanks Sabrina, I really love transformation and mostly like renovations and improving my home but I love it when others do it too. Yes, I would love to do more 🙂

  4. Sarah Soboleski says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home with us! I love the round table in your living room. It creates a great flow of energy and is great for entertaining.

    • Kimberley says:

      That is so true Sarah. I love the idea of having a circle of friends and it is a great spot for all the munchies. 🙂

  5. Ellen Delap says:

    What a wonderful transformation! It is truly inspiring to see the changes you have made and feel the energy that has resulted. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

  6. Nice transformation. I recently repainted my kitchen/family room space and just that simple change made me fall in love with my house again.
    Thanks for sharing your transformation journey. Enjoy your “new” home.

    • Kimberley says:

      Thank you Kathy, Yes, sometimes just repainting can make a hug difference. Thank you for your comment.

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