Why the House Tour?
The bulk of my writing over the past five years has focused on the topics of living with less and voluntary simplicity. I feel it’s important to distinguish this approach from minimalism, however, and that’s why I provide pictures of our home. It’s simple and I have sourced pretty much everything secondhand, but it’s not bare, spartan or empty by any means.
It’s important to me to have a beautiful, functional, welcoming home but it’s also important to me that I keep a small budget and mitigate my negative environmental impact as much as I can. These photos are proof that you can do both.
Our New Home
We moved into our new home in the spring, and I can’t wait to share more photos when we get all settled in.
Our Old Home
Over the years, I have received quite a few emails asking where I found furniture, art, or decorative items things in our home, so I put together these source lists in the hopes that it might help.
Of course, after completing it, I realize that it’s probably no help at all because so much of it is secondhand or so old that it’s discontinued! Ha! Oh well, here it is!
Couch: Secondhand, Karlstad sofa with chaise, legs from PrettyPegs
Coffee table: Secondhand, painted gold
Armchairs: Secondhand, from my mama
Throw Pillows: Ancient, from IKEA
Starburst wall art over fireplace: Rummaged from under my little sister’s porch, then spray painted gold
Globe: French, from Value Village a few years ago
Window Frames: Found in a thrift store in Vancouver a few years ago
Art: This print, framed over the fireplace, a painted version of the cover of my book on the fireplace, prints in the window frames from the FeedYourSoul free art project
Brass Standing Lamp: Um…found it in the storage room of this house when I moved in? Ha! Finder’s keepers is still a thing, right?
Books: A lifetime of succumbing to temptation in Chapters stores, musty second-hand booksellers, airports, and probably a few contraband library books, too.
Stuffed Elephant: Olive’s, from my sister Mawney. It was given to her by one of her students when she was in Thailand.
Play kitchen: Made from an old nightstand, tutorial here
Desk: Vintage, a gift from my family
Frames in gallery wall: Value Village
Bookcase: Ancient Ikea BILLY bookcase of course! I replaced the dark brown backing with white, for a lighter look
Chair: No idea. It’s just a wooden chair. So.
Art: Family photos, “Oh hell yes” by the lovely OhSoPoppy, and this quote by Hemingway. Because yes.
Kilim Runner: Vintage (allegedly vintage) from eBay
Art: Framed drawing of “Deer” by forger H. Van Meegeren, given to me by my grandparents
Bed: Secondhand, this one from IKEA
Dresser: Secondhand, painted with homemade chalk paint in Behr’s “Free Spirit”
Duvet Cover: Citron Stripe organic cotton from West Elm. Discontinued 🙁
Art: Hand painted canvas, “Fuck Perfect”, photo print from Eye Poetry Photography
Mirror: From my mom
Quilt: My talented mother-in-law, Cathy!
Hanging paper cranes: A gift for Olive from my sister-in-law, but so easy to make!
Dresser: Secondhand, repainted (post here)
Racoon Bin: A gift from my friend Lisa, by 3 Sprouts, here
Art: Quotes designed by a talented friend of mine named Jody Sparkes