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Warm and Cozy Character Home Tour


These days, I feel as if my renovation will never end.  What was initially supposed to be a two week renovation is now stretching into October. . . so about three months.  My dear friend Naomi has kindly offered her home as fodder for this blog.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Naomi and Paul recently moved to Saskatoon from Montreal.  They’re both working musicians and were looking for a place that could help them keep a similar lifestyle to what they had in Montreal–close to bus routes, easily walkable, and tres chic.

Happily, they found all three.

Whenever I come over to visit, I love walking through the sunny entryway.  The couch is a sunny spot to relax and sip some tea.

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A musician’s home simply isn’t complete until there’s a Hildegard Von Bingen poster on the wall.  Sorry, non-musicians, it’s a bit of an inside music school joke.  If you’ve ever studied music history from a Grout and Palisca textbook, you’ll know.

The thing I love most about Naomi and Paul’s place is that every item is carefully considered, and every item has it’s place.  While things can get messy with a toddler, it’s a lot easier to keep things clean when there’s only the items that are actually loved and used.

Related: The true cost of clutter

This house proves that you don’t have to have a huge budget to have nice things.  The paintings were cast offs from a friends house, the dining room table and chairs were passed down through Paul’s family, and the cabinet in the corner was a find at an estate sale in Montreal.

I don’t know why the friend was giving her paintings away.  I think they suit the house perfectly.

Evelyn’s room is proof that you don’t have to go crazy with a theme.  The room fits with the rest of the house and has touches of pink and blue.

You can even display grown up art in a children’s room.  Why not?

I am super jealous of this thrift store find.  It provides tons of storage and character.  Naomi didn’t even have to paint it or distress it, or anything.

Related: $20 Side table makeover

By not going crazy with childlike colours, Evelyn can grow into this room and it will fit her at every stage.

I’m simply in love with this house and am so glad that my dear friends found it.  What do you think?  What’s your favourite part of the house?

Wondering what my home looks like?  Check out the my before home tour here, and read about the renovation frustrations here.

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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