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February 3, 2012

I Love You, I Love You Not


Do you love your space unconditionally?  I don't.

Too often I berate the townhouse for being too window-less, too small . . . too attached to other homes.  Even though we have really turned this baby around, sometimes I feel like our home is deficient and I worry if it can be competitive on the real estate market.  If this was our "forever" home I'd also approach it differently, but there are only so many changes we can (and want to) make and still recoup our costs.  Plus, I want to keep the home sell-able (so that means no hot pink fireplace, darn).

But then I give my head a shake and think about how fabulous it is just to have a space to call my own (even if I have to share with the Hubs).  I'm so fortunate to have a space in which I can craft, create and sleep.  Curl up by the fire with a snack.  Be alone with my thoughts.  I am reminded too often that it is a luxury that many people can't enjoy.

Inspired by a certain little optimistic girl, I have been actively changing how I think.  Instead of thinking about what I dislike about my home, I focus on what I do like.  So when I was asked to write a post for Design OCD to commemorate J's 100th post, I was excited about discussing 5 things I love in the townhouse.  Click here to check out my post and tell me: what do you love most about your space?


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  1. I love your list and I love that you are taking a positive spin on things. I too focus on the things I want to change but this has inspired me to take a look around and take in the things I love. Plus, just appreciate that we have a space to call ours. Thanks for the refreshing point of view!

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  2. First off, that commercial is my absolute favourite! It always puts a smile on my face.

    As the time is coming soon for Kevin and I to pick our upgrades for our condo, we've been thinking about the "is it worth it?" factor. It won't be our forever home either (a few years, tops), so spending thousands upon thousands on upgrades may not be so financially sound. It's hard to find the balance for it to be a worthwhile investment

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  3. I love this point of view. When you're interested in interior design blogs it's easy to want to continue changing or upgrading things (big and small) and lose sight of how lucky we are to have clean, warm places to take refuge on a daily basis.

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  4. oh this post is so eye opening.
    I get frustrated everyday at the lack of storage in our home.
    but yes, I am very lucky to own a home, and have that place for my family to curl up and sleep at night.
    Its sad how ungrateful we appear to be after we have worked so hard to get here.
    Thanks for letting me see the other side of things.
    Amy

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  5. This post is exactly what I needed today. Thank you!

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  6. Thanks for the reminder to slow down and be thankful for our current space, even though I can't wait to get the hell out at the end of the month! ;)

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  7. Even though there are a few things that need to be done around my house, I've been in an upgrade frenzy lately. I just had a sleek, new dual flush toilet installed (wooohooo), as well as a new pull-down kitchen faucet and a more powerful garbage disposal, so I'm thrilled with those changes.

    What I love most, though, are my ceiling-to-floor windows, my built-ins, my original 1950 hardwood floors and my stainless steel countertops, which you've seen on my blog. Oh, and my yard, which is full of 60-year-old trees. All in all, I adore my home...but remember that I'm 63 years old, and this house is the end result of many moves from apartments to a modest starter home (and then several more after that) before I finally found the perfect house for me. There's a dream home out there just waiting for you!

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    1. That's what Hubby & I say - we had to start somewhere. Your home is gorgeous, Dana, you should feel proud about your space. Your changes are ones that make the house even more functional, I'm so jealous ;)

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  8. Such a great reminder - thank you! Trip to Ottawa was great btw. The friend I was visiting has a brand new baby, so we didn't get out too much, but enjoyed some good food and a few nice shops!

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    1. You should do an Ottawa post! I'd love to hear what your favorite shops were . . .

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  9. I can relate to this so much! Our house is not our forever home and finding a balance in the cost:benefit ratio for upgrades can be really frustrating at times, but at the end of the day I do love our home (because it is ours)even though it isn't perfect.

    This is exactly what I needed to read today :)

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  10. That little girl is honestly the cutest thing I have ever seen... Whenever that commercial is on I stop and watch it... Great post!

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  11. Excellent post, Tanya! I also have my grandfather's artwork above the living room couch and absolutely love it. And I hear you about compromising your style vs his... I shutter upon hearing some of my other half's very opposing thoughts at times, but the end result of those compromises really is "our" style... Look forward to following along! :)

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  12. A really great perspective. I like the realism. And thanks so much (again) for guest posting! I really appreciate it!

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  13. I love almost everything about our house - not only the interior, but the exterior and the location as well. The only thing I don't like is the master bathroom. The layout is a total waste of space, the bidet is useless, and the shower is quite possibly the worst shower design ever. Good thing I don't have to spend too much time in there!

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  14. I totally get what you are saying. When we bought our house we knew it wasn't going to be our forever home. Four years later, we are still here and it doesn't look like we'll be moving anytime soon. It is a constant struggle to balance wanting to renovate to give this house everything I think is missing for the way I want to live (more closet space, another living area, storage...) and the costs involved/resale value. Every now and again it's good to sit down and remind ourselves that at least we have a home that we can afford and while it's not our dream home, it's perfectly fine for us and the way we live now. I love that I have a short commute to work, a big yard, original hardwood floors throughout, a new kitchen, a fireplace, and more bedrooms that we know what to do with. But most of all I love that we have a place to call our own!

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  15. Nice post! This is so true, and something I have really needed to work on... in fact, it's kind of the premise of my entire blog!

    Our condo was never meant to be our forever home, but because of the market it is turning out to be a much longer stay than we had planned. Whenever I get jealous of others' homes, I remind myself that I am lucky to have a warm and cozy space that I can make my own. The things I like best about it are our huge kitchen, our cozy fireplace, the giant bathtub and a nice, easy to clean layout. I wish it was a house with a yard (and yes, more windows and fewer neighbors!) but it is a nice home that I'm proud of.

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