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before and after

November 15, 2015


As you may recall, my husband and I bought a squat in November 2013, which you can read all about here. We spent 18 long months pouring everything we had into this project and finally moved in this past June, three weeks before Wren was born (I was painting bookshelves until the very last minute). There are still a few things left unfinished — stairs to paint, speakers to install, snags to fix but we are very nearly there. Many of you have asked for before and after photos, so here they are, thanks to my lovely friend Xanthe who photographed the place when it was a squat and shortly after we moved in. I’m so grateful for these memories.

We are completely in love with our new home. It feels like we are living in some boutique hotel (a boutique hotel that has been taken over by a four-month-old baby). Sadly, it looks like we may have to sell the place at the start of the new year. It’s a long and bitter story and I won’t bore you with the details. But until that day comes, we are going to enjoy the shiznit out of our new digs. After all, it’s just a house. We can build a home wherever we go.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Alison permalink
    November 16, 2015 12:45 am

    Hmm, just reread the House of Dreams. Life is funny. Ya just never know how one thing will lead to another will lead to another will lead to another. Serendipity? Fate? Whateva?

  2. November 16, 2015 7:26 am

    It looks like a fab place and what a lot of hard work you put in! I’m sorry to hear you may have to sell. Hoping you will be able to avoid that! XOXO

  3. November 16, 2015 7:50 am

    Beautiful! you both did a great job! Congratulations on your new home the place looks great! 🙂

  4. Ksrin permalink
    November 16, 2015 5:29 pm


  5. Alison s permalink
    November 17, 2015 4:26 pm

    I’m not sure how I originally stumbled onto your blog, but I’ve been reading it for years. I am genuinely saddened that you’re selling that house. 😦

  6. caro permalink
    November 18, 2015 1:44 am

    whaaaaattttt?! but no! why do you have to sell??? do bore us with the details!!!
    that makes me sad. you have made the place into a beauty.

    (really love the before/after shots side by side.)

  7. claire permalink
    November 20, 2015 4:29 pm

    what a beautiful home you created! aaaand a baby! good work, you guys. sorry to hear about the other stuffs.

  8. December 2, 2015 9:26 pm

    love love love these sessions and the stories they tell! I no longer work close to your home but saw it after finish (from outside of course!) and such a beautiful job! i’m sad you have to sell (hopefully a change of fate will come?!) but the future is still looking bright 🙂

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