Thank you very much Bixa! I am so pleased you like the result. I have new drapes being hemmed for the patio door that is by the credenza, you can see the empty rod there? They are a solid mauve/purple color to help bring out the mauve in the carpet and you cannot see them in these photos but there is a mauve flower in each of those pictures.
With the remaining fabric from the drapes I ordered (I ordered them long with this in mind), my sister is making a valance for the window in the kitchen which is beside those three pictures I purchased in Paris last September and framed. When they are up and I get a large plant for beside the credenza, I will be done and will add those pictures. I just have to wait for a warm day to go to the nursery to find the perfect plant.
My sister hemmed my drapes that I ordered and with the remainder made a tiny valance for over the kitchen window. I was happy to have some co-ordinating draperies for once. It seems that drapes were always something I would never spend much energy or money on. This were not costly but the important thing was the color, exactly what I wanted.
Something really interesting and exciting happened to me today...
Jeb was laying on one of the beds in the upstairs bedroom looking up towards the driveway and started barking. Barking in a way that I know means there is someone there. So I took a look and seen an older couple and a middle aged man. They were taking pictures of the younger man towards the lake.
I went outside and said hello and they apologized and said they just wanted to have a picture of their son taken at his first home! They were the family that built our home! I immediately invited them down and we made introductions and discussed the history of their build and then I showed them around. The were a lovely couple and they were so happy to see inside.
I told them my husband would love to speak to them about the build and they left their name and phone number and promised to call and return with copies of photos of the build.
What a wonderful experience. I will do another thread if they actually bring the pictures. Cheers!
First, I love your curtains. I'm a big fan of that giant grommet style, not only for the look, but for the easy of opening & closing. The new window treatments certainly frame your fabulous view beautifully.
And the meeting with the original home owners/builders! I'm SO glad that they're such nice people. And lucky them, to have you see them & so graciously invite them in.
Actually, previous, was incorrect, I should have chosen the word original. They built the frame, roof and windows of the home before having been transferred to British Columbia. They did camp on the property for a few years before they could begin building and had some fun stories about that. After them, there were 4 other owners before us, lawyers and doctors who slowly added improved the interior but only used it as their summer homes and had another home in the city. Cheers!
Mich, both you and the previous owners were lucky that you are both friendly.
A few years ago I was wandering around a neighbourhood I used to live in Toronto with a friend who had lived next door. At one point we stopped to look at the houses we had lived in while in high school. There was a woman sitting on the veranda of my friend's house. When she looked at us, he explained that he had lived in that house for 20 years. She said, "Oh", and went back to reading her magazine.
Mich, I only read the first page of this story - I was away for a while (across the pond) and lost the drift.
That work is lovely - I wish I had or had had such a handy spouse. I had one once, but he returned to his home village in northern Lac St-Jean. I went up there for a winter but I'm such a diehard urbanite that, despite our affection and mutual admiration and respect, it simply was not to be. I'm kind of sad about this old love as he became more and more solitary as time went on - before me he'd had several other girlfriends, not a solitary type at all, though he did like his own company, and the forest. I don't think he ever had another serious relationship. And he was the one who left, not dramatically or after any kind of fight or falling-out, just to travel and work on the land. He was from a family of 13 children (two of my mum's sisters had families like that: one 14, the other, 12). The brother closest to him, Denis, was killed tragically while working on his car.
No other fellow I've lived with has been handy; they've all been useless intellectual types like me. And I have a background in fine arts so I'm better at painting, decorating and basic repairs than any of them...
Oh, Lagatta, that's very sad, both for you and for him. I'm so happy you brought up this thread though. There's so much to see on past AnyPort threads that there are many I just haven't come to since exploring here for the past few months. I had no idea this wonderful thread existed. Now I need to go look for Mark's.
Mich, this was such a fascinating project and I am so happy you documented it. Your space was so enhanced by the fabulous work done by you and your talented men. How wonderfully well it all turned out!
I've participated in the major remodeling of two different homes, twice each, and the demolition of a house and building of a completely new home. It takes a lot of skill to do it right and I admire people who can work with their hands and complete such beautiful spaces. The cabinetry created by your brother in-law is exceptional.
I also love your view of the lake and am wondering its size. I lived on a very large lake for many years. It was a wonderful place to be. The wind and weather were constantly affecting the lake and changing the view. I absolutely loved it there.
Thank you htmb! I am still very pleased with all the work that went into this project. Once the Christmas decorations come out in the shops (maybe they have already!) I am anxious to find some silver Christmas stocking holders to place on my mantle. I have always wanted to hang our stockings by the fire, one of those childhood dreams. I looked for them in the Christmas shops in Belgium but they did not know what I was asking for, perhaps a North American tradition? I will take a picture and post once decorated for the season.
Lagatta I truly understand the difference of urban and rural choices. I do not know how we are going to adjust moving into our condo in town once my husband retires. I am having my doubts and think we may sell that and buy a small house on a large lot in the city. It must have been difficult to realize and accept your differences and to decide to part.
Indeed, it is North Bay Lagatta! Have you ever been?
htmb, the lake is rather large but we live on a bay off of it. By boat you have to go through a set of narrows to get into our bay. We love it because people are unsure of how to get in (very easy once you have come through one time) so it keeps the boat traffic to mostly the people that live around our bay. The bay is called 4 mile due to the fact that it is about 4 miles long and it varies on the distance across. Our place faces the greatest distance across.