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  1. I love your ideas and the finished products. Your kitchen is perfect.

  2. Your kitchen looks wonderful! Is everything white or have you included some soft pearl gray? Is the colour on the cabinets the same as the walls? The back of the cabinets seem to have a faint reddish glow. So lovely.

  3. Your kitchen is quite lovely. I love the look of open shelving but I know myself… I not as organized as you so they wouldn’t work for me. I really like the light above your kitchen sink… I can see how that ties in with your style. The gingham check is nostalgic for me… signs of a simpler time.

  4. I love what you’ve done, and how you’ve provided a concise list – as well as a cheering section! – for making your rental your own!!! if this had a share button, I would definitely pin it to my board!

  5. It all looks really beautiful, Brenda. I think your money was well-spent. There are so many things I would like to change in my house but can’t really afford to do plus with my daughter and her two boys living here things have changed and been re-arranged to her convenience and liking. I am considering moving out and letting her have the house so I can have my own space again. I don’t know if or when that will be possible but I think about it every day. I have been quite ill over the last month and a half and I don’t think I will be quite well again until I can have my own space. So I know how important ones’ satisfaction with their surroundings is.

    Enjoy your space, as I know you do, and stay well.

    1. Is there any type of senior or disability housing in your area you can get on a list for ? I’m thinking it would be something to look forward to. Now, the present apartment that I’m in – I’m in an in-law suite owned by friends who live in the house. It was a meeting on the corner of realizing how well we would get along, with me being in a desperately bad housing situation that was sucking all the money out of me. I feel that my present landlady and landlord were led to this decision by the holy spirit – by knowing me well as a friend, so they knew the situation I was living in. it pays to talk about yourself!

  6. Hi. I think you’ve also added or replaced the storm door, and you’ve bought containers and things for your patio. I’d say your changes have been a good investment since you have lived there for so long.

  7. I have read back through all the archives and I have to say I’ve loved every update you have done.
    It has been fun seeing the changes that have evolved in the time you have lived there, as your tastes and creative direction change as you move forward with life. I commend you for making such a warm and beautiful home regardless of you rental status. Everyone should be happy and comfortable in their own home!

    With that being said, I have been living in a house that is not where I wanted to be, but health and financial difficulties keep me here. With your blog, you have inspired me to truly make this a “home” and not wait until my circumstances change. Now I am excited about my life and enjoying the planning
    and refurbishing things I already have for a different use. My creativity is back.

    So glad I found your blog and thank you for your lovely posts!

  8. Hi Brenda,
    I applaud you for making the changes on your dime in your rental. Most people would not do that since they do not own it. I feel if you are going to make it your home and be there for sometime you should have it nice and feel good about how you live there. Your kitchen re do looks great.

  9. Brenda, You are clever, creative and practical! You have created a beautiful home and it reflects your personality. Great Job! SherryB

  10. I forgot to ask you about your washer being in your kitchen. Does it bother you being there or I’d that the only option you have? Where is your dryer?
    My washer is in my kitchen also and it does bother me but to have it moved to where the dryer is located would involve moving the water line from one area of the house to another which would be “major” money!!

    1. No, it doesn’t bother me being there, the washer. In Europe you see a lot of this. I do not own a dryer.

  11. Brenda, I love your kitchen!!
    I had to take a second look at the subway tile….it looks like the real thing!! Amazing!!
    You have done a fantastic job
    and it certainly looks like HOME!!

  12. Your kitchen looks wonderful and I like the open shelves which display your dishes. You do such a great job with your decorating!

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