As I cleaned and repainted this beauty, I kept thinking of all the hands that lovingly wiped the panes in this window. Over 100 years ago, long before me, my mother, or grandmother were even born, someone was cleaning and admiring the glass much the same way I am today. This is why I love old houses. Restoring this window is one of the ways I am making friends with my new home, and building what I know is the start of a beautiful relationship. I love how it turned out, do you?
Design tips: Hang your blind under the stained glass panel so it’s beauty is always visible, even when the blind is closed. If you’d like to add softness, hang drapes on a rod that extends past the window on each side. That way, when the drapes are open, you can clear the window and show off the stained glass. To accentuate the height of your room, hang the rod above the window trim, just under the crown molding. We decided to go with a contemporary white roller blind and no drapes, to balance out the traditional style of this house. xo
We are Adam and Rachel. Two creative souls from Toronto who have recently made the HUGE life changing decision to leave the big city for a smaller, greener community where we can have lots of creative adventures! The last six months have been a whirlwind of learnings as we let go of our big city pace, rode our bikes, explored the trails and got to know our new city of London, Ontario. Finding a house proved more difficult than we thought – after five months of searching, 6 offers and two bidding wars we finally found the place we now call home. If you are interested in joining us during the top-to-bottom renovation of this 105 year old, yellow brick beauty, please follow along on this blog. We will be transforming this home one room at a time and plan to give all the details, design tips, London (and Toronto) resources and of course, before and after photos!