The Juniper house holds a special place in my heart for more reasons than one. I actually ended up buying this house after the renovations were complete. It had great old world charm that can be seen in every room and it’s a few blocks away from my grandkids. This means lots of bike rides to and from houses and sleepovers. Something we haven’t been able to currently do.


Originally, the kitchen was a decent size but had a dysfunctional layout. Sitting in the middle of area was a mint colored island where the stove was located (with no hood!!). It’s safe to say, we got rid of that layout immediately.

The new layout is much more functional and offers the open concept that I love. We added new windows and took out the mint green while adding neutral whites and grays to make the area feel more bright and airy.

We turned the wet bar into a more realistic option, a pantry. Closing off the pass through window and hanging shelves on each wall made this an easy fix.


Tamara and I took out the hardwood flooring in the living room because it looked too much like an addition. For this home, it was important to preserve elements that might’ve been original to the home or add in elements that looked original so, we installed hardwood flooring with more character that could fit in with the old charm of the house.

Tamara gave the shutters a fresh coat of paint. Adding a new coat of paint is an inexpensive way to upgrade a room.


Originally, a large closet was in the back of the home and it seemed unrealistic for todays home. We turned that empty area into a mud space next to the half bath.

We kept the original sink and toilet in the half bath and I’m glad we did because it’s really hard to find elements like this in newer homes.


We added a large handcrafted bench with leather pulls that gave this area a warmer appearance and feel.

This house is easy to live in considering it has a sauna and 4 fireplaces!

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