House Tour

Welcome to my House Tour.  We’ve lived in our Edwardian home (built in 1906) since June 2010.  During the time we’ve lived here, we’ve tried our best to make it reflect our own personalities (yes, Wayne’s as well!) without spending a lot of money and tackling all the work with our own two hands.  So getting big style on a small budget (and getting our hands dirty in the process) is what we’re all about.  Although I do believe every room should have at least one splurge to make it a little special!

Bear in mind, it’s so totally not done yet.  But then, I wouldn’t think to not have guests in our home despite the fact it’s not done so why not welcome my virtual friends inside as well?

Use the arrows of each gallery to see the transformation of what we started with to what we have today!

Outside Entrance – Before and After 

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We completely renovated the front patio by painting the door, replacing the hardware and in 2015, installing black and white Victorian floor tile.


The Living Room – Before and After

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 The Dining Room – Before and After

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We recently remodelled this entire space in the spring of 2016. It had been a dark blue colour over the years but I wanted a total fresh new look so we relaid flooring, updated the fireplace and installed wallpanels and architraves along with lots of other details.


The Kitchen – Before and After

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The kitchen is still in progress and has been for about 4 years (!). Still to be done: replacing the countertops, tap and sink, and changing the tiles among other things! It’s still a work in progress but we hope to complete everything by Autumn 2016.

The Bathroom – Before and After

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We finished this room in the Spring of 2014 – a huge fully DIY undertaking but so worth the effort!


The Master Bedroom – Before and After

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Another “room in progress” although it’s coming along nicely now! The carpet will be removed, wood floors refinished and we’ll be adding a rug.

The Dressing Room – Before and After

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I gave this room a complete overhaul in 2014 – it’s the 3rd and tiniest bedroom (ie the ‘box’ room) but my personal girlie haven!


The Office – Before and After

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We completed this room as part of the One Room Challenge in Spring 2015! Eventually, we want to add a full wall of shelving in here with an integrated pull out bed for guests but here’s what it’s looking like now…


The “Man Cave” aka The Cellar – Before and After

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The difficult DIY portion of this (tanking the space, plasterboard, adding flooring and making it habitable) has been completed now but we still need to finish the stairs and box in some pipes. We have made a little more progress but we plan on putting a nice design spin on this space in the winter of 2016. Stay tuned.

The Garden – Before and After

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Still a work in progress! You’ll see in some of these pictures (they were not all taken at the same time), we extended and stained the decking near the back of the house, added lots of plants which have matured nicely over the years and in 2016, we added a pergola to the back of the garden. It’s coming along but there are still a few things to do here!

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed our little tour today! While many of the rooms are looking pretty good now, there is still so much to do so lots more to come! (Ie, the hallway has never been touched so that’s a big project we still need to tackle.)
Hope you decide to keep following us on our little journey!

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  • AngelaJanuary 8, 2015 - 3:42 pm


    And, do give kitty a pat from me.



  • JillianJanuary 19, 2015 - 2:52 pm

    Your home is absolutely gorgeous! It’s amazing to see the before and after pictures–you’d never imagine the afters started as the befores! You guys did such an amazing job!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie @Maggie Overby StudiosFebruary 8, 2015 - 7:21 am

    First visit to your blog. Love your style and a girl who’s not afraid of color. Adding you to my bloglovin so I can keep up with your adventures…
    Glad I stopped by!

    • Kimberly DuranFebruary 8, 2015 - 9:49 am

      Thanks for such a lovely comment and for adding me! Welcome lovely! :D xxxReplyCancel

  • ShaFebruary 8, 2015 - 10:17 am

    I LOVE what you’ve done to the house! I’ve got a new decor love…eclectic boho glam.ReplyCancel

  • CarolineFebruary 10, 2015 - 10:43 am

    Not looked for a while but OMG, looks amazing! First came across your site following a link on Twitter and love it! The master bedroom and ‘man cave’ look fab, think they’ve been added since I last looked – and add to the overall fabulousness of your house. Can’t wait to see what you do next!ReplyCancel

  • MelissaMarch 24, 2015 - 12:30 pm

    I just found your blog and the timing couldn’t be any more perfect. I just purchased a home that needs little love and a lot of great ideas. All the work you have done is such an inspiration. So excited to see what I can mix and match!ReplyCancel

  • Amy SApril 5, 2015 - 12:52 pm

    Your home is gorgeous! Totally love your aesthetic! Can you share where you or your husband found the trio of Star Wars prints? Have a Star Wars lover here and would love to surprise him with those!ReplyCancel

  • suellenApril 16, 2015 - 11:19 pm

    Your pictures need to be resized, they are too big for the page making it very difficult to visualise pictures in full. Quite painful and tiring to keep on trying to look at them. Apart from that great websiteReplyCancel

  • RaphaelApril 16, 2015 - 11:38 pm

    wow, what a beautiful home, every room has so much personality. The master bedroom and your dressing room are my favourites – such eclectic pieces. Good luck with the next room, can’t wait to see it. xReplyCancel

  • KayApril 28, 2015 - 5:39 pm

    I am new to your blog and am in awe of your home! Every room mesmerized me with its colorful beauty. If I lived there, I would want to dance through each of its rooms . . .ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranApril 28, 2015 - 6:07 pm

      Aww you sweet thing you! Thank you so much! I do a lot of dancing around here!! lol xxxReplyCancel

  • MariaMay 15, 2015 - 4:35 pm

    What color paint is that in your living room? I have a chocolate brown sofa and turquoise/wood chairs, wondering if that color would work? I was going to go with a very slight off white. Thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

  • SylviaMay 26, 2015 - 11:43 am

    What a transformation! Amazing! Please share where you found the bathroom tiles, they are just what I am looking for! xxReplyCancel

  • Dominique PaoliniJune 1, 2015 - 3:38 pm

    I love that you incorporate the befores into your home tour. So neat to see the progress. I also love how daring you are with color and pattern. Your home is filled with fantastic details.ReplyCancel

  • ColetteJuly 5, 2015 - 10:20 am

    Amazing, your use of colour & texture is brave & classy. Looks fantastic and the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. Glad I stumbled upon your blog, have now added you as a favourite. Can’t wait for your next adventure. :-) ps great advice too :-)ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranJuly 6, 2015 - 5:38 pm

      Thank you so much Colette! I’m so pleased you’ve decided to stick around ;) It’s great to have you! xxxReplyCancel

  • Chirag DagliJuly 8, 2015 - 12:58 pm

    I love these decorating ideas. The designs are so vibrant and the view is so happy and cheerful.ReplyCancel

  • KiranJuly 27, 2015 - 6:54 pm

    Hi, I came across your site as recently purchased a new build home and have been searching the web for paint colours and inspiration for each of the different rooms. I just wanted to write a note to say that I absolutely love what you have done with your house! Will keep coming back for my ideas for many months/years to come im sure ;). Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranJuly 27, 2015 - 8:27 pm

      Oh that’s so sweet of you Kiran! Thank you so much and best of luck with decorating your new home – so exciting! :) xxxReplyCancel

  • HattieJuly 29, 2015 - 9:56 pm

    Oh wow, I love how beautifully you’ve transformed your home! The bathroom is particularly stunning, absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • NinaSeptember 4, 2015 - 8:14 pm

    Wow,such an amazing home! I read about your blog in a magazine today and I decided to look for you. I´m totally in love with your taste, this is my dream house:)ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranSeptember 5, 2015 - 9:57 am

      Oh thank you so much Nina! So happy you found me and thank you for your lovely comment :) Do you mind me asking which magazine it was? xxxReplyCancel

  • Susan AbramsonSeptember 16, 2015 - 12:52 am

    Your house is gorgeous! I love what you did with it and how you documented it! Thank you for sharing your intimate space with the world! We all benefit. And as a designer, I learn. ;)

    I lived in London for 6 months quite a while ago, and the charm of your home and the yard is what I loved most about having lived there. Thanks for the nostalgia I felt too.

    Susan :)ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranSeptember 16, 2015 - 8:27 am

      Thank you so much for your kind comment Sharon! I have to say, I do love these old properties as well – yes they are small but they have so much charm :) I’m happy my home brought back some nice memories! xxxReplyCancel

  • My Lovely SIsterOctober 12, 2015 - 9:50 am

    wow what a beautiful home.ReplyCancel

  • Marge s.November 2, 2015 - 6:03 pm

    Are you doing all the labor your selves? Are the before pictures your stuff or previous owners? Most impressive is the black/ white tiles to entery of your home! Would think it might be slippery after rain/snow. Glad I stumbled accross your site?? Very beautifuly done.ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranNovember 2, 2015 - 6:22 pm

      Hi Marge, yes the pics are what it looked liked when we first moved in (our stuff) so it was everything we moved in with and just slowly changed it all over the last few years! As far as labor, yep, we DIY’d everything with the only exception being the tiles at the front. They are specially coated to be non-slip so they are fine in the rain! Haven’t yet had any snow this year so we shall see if they are slippery in the winter! :) Thanks so much! xxReplyCancel

  • Debbie FitchDecember 7, 2015 - 12:31 pm

    I took the home tour today and must say how much I love your style! You guys did a fabulous job on the entire home! So chic and lovely! And what an accomplishment! Hats off to you and your lovely hubby for a job well done! I LOVE boho glam!ReplyCancel

  • KatieFebruary 17, 2016 - 9:45 am

    Oh m, oh my, I’ve only just discovered your fab blog and I can’t believe what you have done! I adore your bedroom especially, the colours are awesome. Can’t wait to read more, LOVE it xReplyCancel

  • JaneMay 21, 2016 - 12:39 pm

    I’m over the moon to have found you!!! Love your creativity and unique style! Look forward to many inspirations from you.ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranMay 22, 2016 - 8:47 am

      Oh thank you Jane! That’s so kind of you! I’m so happy you found me too! :D xxxReplyCancel

  • Kirsty WilsonJuly 12, 2016 - 2:32 pm

    Your house looks totally amazing, really similar to my own personal taste, I am an avid animal print fan :)
    Blog looks great too, have just launched my own interiors blog exciting but scary putting yourself out there isnt it!!
    Looking forward to following this site regularly xxxReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranAugust 13, 2016 - 8:30 am

      Thank you so much Kirsty! (Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply, my notifications weren’t working for a while so I missed your comment!) Nice to meet a fellow animal print lover ;) Congrats on your new blog – it’s scary but so worth it!! xxReplyCancel

  • LauraAugust 12, 2016 - 8:52 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful job you’ve done! So creative with all of your touches. I love all of the colors, patterns and textures. Love it!ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranAugust 13, 2016 - 8:31 am

      Thanks so much Laura! What a lovely comment, it’s put a smile on my face today ;) xxxReplyCancel

  • RosaSeptember 1, 2016 - 8:24 am

    Omg loved the gold wire shelving!!! Can I ask what paint you used for them?ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranSeptember 1, 2016 - 8:40 am

      Hi Rosa! Sure I used Montana Gold Gold Chrome! I hope that helps ;) xxxReplyCancel

  • AlishaSeptember 5, 2016 - 12:30 pm

    The choice of wallpaper you have taken are really impressive. Looking after the pictures .. i cant believe my eyes! really Hats off!!ReplyCancel

  • AstridSeptember 7, 2016 - 6:14 pm

    I seriously cannot say enough positive things about what you have done with your place…the transformation is nothing short of PHENOMENAL! I absolutely adore your style!ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranSeptember 7, 2016 - 7:15 pm

      Aww thank you so much Astrid! That’s a HUGE compliment coming from someone who’s style is just so incredible! You’ve made my day ;) xxReplyCancel

  • Harriet JonesOctober 9, 2016 - 10:46 pm

    AMAZING! Could look at these pictures for hours! Can I ask where you buy your gold frames from? I struggle to find modern looking frames in gold. Thanks XReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranOctober 10, 2016 - 8:38 am

      Hi Harriet! Thank you so much, that’s so kind of you! Most of my gold frames come from Ezeframe – they’re pretty inexpensive for custom framing :) Hope that helps! xxxReplyCancel

  • AlexandraOctober 13, 2016 - 1:47 am

    So I discovered your blog this evening and have just lost an hour in the archives! I so admire what you’ve done with your home. I moved into my house four years ago and am frustrated with the amount of time it’s taking to pull my space together. Your blog will provide much inspiration and motivation in the coming months, I’m sure of it!ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranOctober 13, 2016 - 7:44 am

      Hi Alexandra, thank you so much for your lovely comment! Of course, it’s taken us years too so don’t feel bad and these things take time (all those TV shows that make it look like you can do it on a weekend are LIES!! Haha!) ;) I’m so happy you found some inspiration and best of luck! xxxReplyCancel

  • ZaraOctober 18, 2016 - 9:08 pm

    I saw your home a while back from a link. Then I revisited it a few months later. I have never ever left a comment on any blogs (Yet I visit many!) Your home is justified the name ‘swoon worthy’ I love your art, style, your ornaments aka pretty clutter everything just goes well together. Such inspiration…!ReplyCancel

    • Kimberly DuranOctober 19, 2016 - 7:50 am

      Hi Zara, I’m so honoured you decided to comment! Yay! Thank you so much for your lovely words and please know, you’re welcome any time – commenting is totally optional! ;) xxReplyCancel

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