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Welcome to our home!  We bought a fixer up and have been slowly making it our own.  It’s far from done, but here’s the progress so far.

Please forgive the paint on the floors, I’ll be refinishing them once I’ve painted everything!!


Removing trees wasn’t in the budget, but it’s amazing the difference a bright paint colour, flowers, and a trim for the shrubs makes.  You can read more about my weekend makeover here.

Dining Room

We’ve since found an actual table and chairs, but it’s still not quite what I had in mind.  It doesn’t look quite the way I imagined, so this room will be getting a redo once I’ve finished painting the rest of the rooms.  Read more about the dining room transformation here.


It might not be the most exciting room of the house, but even the hallway needed a makeover.  Read about the process here.

Living Room



The living room has come a long way since its wall papered glory.  Read: wallpaper on the ceiling as well as two layers on the walls!!  I was beyond excited when I could actually paint the first wall.  Read about the progress here and the full reveal here.


The kitchen is so close to being done, but it’s been a tough room to work with.  It’s small and doesn’t have a lot of counter space, but I love that I can close it off from the rest of the house.  (So no one can see the mess, of course!)

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom still leaves much to be desired.  I wanted to paint it first because it’s always been last on the list in every house we’ve ever owned.  However, this will do until there’s space in the budget to perk things up.  New headboard?  Cute artwork?  Anyone?

You can see our home all dressed up for Christmas here.

Along the way I’ve had my share of laughs, tears, and life lessons.  It’s been challenging renovating with a pre-schooler, but we’re making it work.  Check back soon for more updates!



Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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