Creating a Happy, Colorful, Handmade Home & life on the shores of lake superior

November 7, 2013

September + October are Done! Did We Have Fun?

I skipped September's round-up of posts so I thought it best to highlight September and October's posts together - and right away - before I blink and it's December.  Scary thought!

Of course my favorite post from the last two months was introducing Szuka.  We had a free coupon for a puppy bath and nail trim at a pet store.  They brushed out her wavy hair and she turned out so poofy.  It didn't last, she's back to her scruffy self, but I had to share the adorable photo I snapped.  After steadily taking allergy pills, I'm happy to report I'm no longer bothered by allergies and I've even switched to a cheaper, Costco-brand allergy pill. 


Szuka has yet to meet our neighborhood foxes, who are no longer comfortable just walking in.


I think my second favorite post from the fall was the reveal of the teal velvet chair, still lovingly referred to as "the garbage chair".  I've since sold a lot of our furniture: the tweed upholstered chair in the living room, some teak side tables, the maple armoire (finally!), and we will soon be selling the teak kitchen table, dining room hutch, Hubby's DIY desk and more.  Moving into the lakehouse will be a chance to start fresh, but it has been weird to see some of our furniture go.  This chair will be a nice bridge, and a happy reminder of Ottawa.


Even though it's furniture-less right now, I've been pretty excited about the progress made on the lakehouse.  I've been able to make a couple trips there to work on it, bouncing between Ottawa and Thunder Bay.  After rounding up some inspiration, I took the plunge and painted the fireplace a deep grey.  I'm loving the boldness (see how I painted the doors here and how I painted the faux stone here).


The fireplace is still un-accessorized, but a quick makeover of a fire poker set left with house added at least something useful!


Paint has definitely been my biggest ally.  Painting the walls, trim, patio doors, and even the wood beam white has made the rather small house seems large and airy.  It's starting to take shape!


But not everything is white!  We started work on the turquoise kitchen, trying out a new paint sprayer on the doors.


I even painted over the bathroom tile, using a kit from Rustoleum.


We've only made a few non-paint changes so far, lighting being the biggest.   By swapping out dated light fixtures - even the ceiling fan - the space is starting to looking much more modern.



Even though we're making big changes at the lakehouse, there's still so much to do.  It was fun to take a break and ogle my good friend Erica's completed den.  I'm still enamored with the transformation!


Work-wise, I met my deadline for submitting my PhD!  Although it met with a couple of tough reviews (but two great ones!) I am set to defend at the end of this month . . . 
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  1. I can't even believe how amazing that fireplace looks! So so good!

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  2. Your beautiful turquoise chair is going to look gorgeous in your living room. What an amazing difference the white paint made on your french doors and walls....and ceiling, and beam! Looks like a different place. The white pup puts the finishing touch on the room. You sure he didn't get doused with the paint too??

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    1. Haha, actually Szuka ended up with some turquoise paint on her tail, lol. It does seem like I'm crazy for white, but Komondors don't come in any other colour. Except dirt-coloured, which is the direction she's headed. SO hard to keep her clean and I'm not supposed to bathe her often.

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  3. she is the cutest. I am SO happy your allergies arent bother you anymore. It was probably worth it suffering through at first for that little fur ball!
    your home has already had some major improvements!! can't wait to see whats next!

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    1. Isn't she adorable?? I'm still going to look into allergy shots, but for now the over-the-counter stuff id good enough!

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  4. Best wishes on your dissertation defense! Meanwhile, you're making the lake house downright stunning. Thanks for sharing the step-by-step.

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  5. Even though I'm following along, it's amazing to see (mostly) all the work you've done all in one post. You've done a ton of painting. But how rewarding is that?
    And Szuka is so cute and fluffy!

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    1. I missed September's round-up, because it's fun to catch a glimpse of the month in one spot, even if I don't include all of the photos (but all of the links are included). Szuka is looking SO scruffy now but I'm holding off on a bath until the night before she's spade (next week). I just want her to be clean for that, but I am not supposed to bathe her very often. She actually has grass stains from wrestling with another puppy at the park, lol.

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  6. The velvet chair looks awesome! I love the color you chose for it

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    1. Thanks! Me too, although it steals the thunder from the rest of our furniture :)

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  7. Congrats on getting your dissertion done and amazing all the other stuff crammed into 60 short days. Love the blue chair and love your sweet pup and really love your fan. Did you mention what kind it is? if so, i missed it and i'm going to need to put ceiling fans into our Florida vacation rental property next year and like the modern look of yours.

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    1. Thanks! I linked to the fan, and included some more detailed photos, in the original post: http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2013/10/still-fan.html.

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