The Little house that grew… January 03 2014, 0 Comments

The little house that grew … was purchased with a vision.. the builder a young man.. who saw potential.. it was a mere 350 square feet.. in a great location.. in Kingston,  Ontario..  The builder.. who has been building homes for a number of years

He chose to use the current house as the foot print for the new one.. adding on and up rather that a complete tear down.. Now it has taken a few years to complete.. busy working for others and building their dream homes and working on his in his spare time.

Here is the original house…

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The little house is now… approx.  1975 ft..  I have had the privilege of being involved with the project from the start and offering a few suggestions… and now I have been asked to stage the house to be featured in a new Kingston Home Magazine that will premier this spring.. very exciting for both of us..

All the walls in the house are painted pure white.. the house is roomy  and very bright so rather than chop up the space  with wall colour we chose pure white.. we did not use  any trim around the windows.. wanted to it be clean and simple, we opted for dry wall return…..Hardwood flooring  was used in the throughout the  house and I have opted to  use area rugs. I love Oriental Carpets.. they are not everyone’s cup of tea… but with a an eclectic mix it works well..

The house now as 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms.. plus a family room loft….with fireplace ….

The main floor has and entry /sitting room , dinning room and kitchen with garden doors to the backyard…

I am using a mix of modern/vintage and traditional items to decorate the home… I love an eclectic look.. I think it gives a space a personality , rather than a cookie cutter look..and much easier on the budget..

We will be painting furniture with decorative paint from Annie Sloan.. and some of the colours will be mixed to complement the furnishings.. to give it a custom look…

Decorating with a minimal budget makes one very creative and  I think sometimes these are my favorite projects because it makes you think out of the box.. A challenge when you live in small community where there is not always a lot of surplus furniture .. but it is very is a lot of hunting and gathering.. and there where the fun is.. much simpler when you are doing your own , I have to admit I have a little stash for occasion like this when I am in a pinch..

I  use as much art on the walls as possible , it does not have to be a Picasso.. art does not have to match the sofa or any other piece of furniture it should be something that you love and says something to you.. You can mix landscapes with portraits with a mix of modern.. it make for an interesting collection.

For the sitting area on the main floor.

I chose and Oriental Carpet for the wood floor which has a dark stain.

living room carpet

Two Custom covered wing chairs in black/white ticking fabric.


I am sewing some lumbar cushions for the seats.. they are down filled .. 12×18 inserts.. the inserts will be on the Melon Patch on line shop and available for purchase in the store as well..


I am using a dark grey/black melon type wool for these and will be repeating the same fabric in the upstairs loft/family room..

I am working on a  budget and time is crucial…. normally I would order the fabric..  so I had to improvise shopping is limited in Kingston..   will share that with you in another post…

The coffee table is a  small mid-century modern table custom painted with decorative paint by Annie Sloan with clear wax.. I choose to mix the colours 2 parts Pairs Grey and 1 Part Old White.. I wanted to compliment the carpet and chair fabric. the table has a dark glass top.

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Until next time Elizabeth