Wednesday, October 10, 2012


No More Hole in the Wall

Good Riddance!

Somebody at some point must have loved this terra cotta coloured tile and black diamond backsplash.  All I can say is that it had to go.  Along with the terracotta tiled floor and powder blue paint.  Somebody must have really enjoyed all that colour, but not so much for me.  I've turned into the "white" paint lady ever since I started reading The Gardener's Cottage.  I was told by Janet that she used Benjamin Moore's Simply White throughout her house and I've been converted to this beautiful and peaceful colour.

There have been moments over the past week when I've been close to tears due to the frustration of this renovation.  I long to settle in and really make this place home, but this project will not move along according to my time-table.  I am trying to take a more relaxed approach and appreciate every little progression that happens - wine also helps.  The fellow in the photo taking off the backsplash is a lovely man and great tile setter.  He is on his way next week to Mexico to build a home for a poor family.  A group of men from his church have done this for 18 consecutive years.  In a single week they build a family a house - isn't that impressive!   When he told me the conditions in which some of these families live before they get their newly built home I was ashamed of myself for being frazzled about this reno.  We are very lucky indeed.


  1. Oh gosh--Janet's home is fantastic! I hope one day I can replicate her cozy, comforting and beautifully rendered space for myself. For now, I'm just ADDING more to my home in the form of a finished basement. Sometimes I hope it isn't a mistake!
    Thanks for reminding me of that perspective..we all need reminding.

  2. I appreciate colour on the walls, too many years of apartment living for me to go back to white.

    What a great thing he is doing, we are truly lucky, I'll remind myself of that these coming weeks as my house gets a much needed update.