Nov 7, 2011

House beautiful ~ At Home with Tanya

When things dont go your way, sit back, relax and recoup to start all over again. Over the last few days, I did just that. And am back with a lovely home tour. We will be at home with Tanya of dans-le-townhouse. A Phd candidate, amazing DIYer and an excellent blogger. She is amazing...And her town house is as amazing as she they say pictures speak for themselves. So lets get going on the tour

A very crisp and welcoming entryway

Tanya says.....

"Well, my husband and I are first-time homeowners but don't plan to live here very long - a total of approximately five years (hopefully the time it takes to complete my PhD!).  So we don't have the financial flexibility to make major improvements, nor can we personalize our house too much (must be sellable!).  But we have tackled what we could: re-doing the bathrooms, laying hardwood floors upstairs and giving the kitchen a "spit & polish," as I like to call it (new tiling, counters and refinished cabinet fronts).  Almost everything, renovation-wise, was (and is) a DIY project."

A glimpse of the Main floor which includes, the kitchen, dining area and the living room

Love the wonderful ottoman/coffee table with the super cool sofa

Another vintage chair with the ottoman...just swept me off my feet....and the fireplace looks yum!

Tanya's decorating mantra~ 

"In terms of decorating, we've chosen a mix of investment pieces and inexpensive "just for now" items.  Things we know we can use in our next place I don't mind splurging on - like the custom upholstery job on the vintage chair in the guest room.  But that's an exception because, with the help of our talented family, we tend to DIY. From the headboard I designed that my grandpa welded to the "Sigh" painting in the guest bathroom I DIY'd, we try to fill our home with things that are handmade and special to us. "

Lets take the stairs the next floor

She is a DIY queen...look at this awesome headboard she made herself

The "Sigh" poster and the guest room chair she upholstered

More about the house...."We painted all the walls, ceilings and trim a crisp white that allows the punches of colours I've scattered around to really pop.  Although I have DIY'd much of our art, we also have pieces by my husband's grandfather, mother, my mother and my grandfather.  I like the bright, spacious, gallery feel we have created out of a formerly run-down and neglected nightmare.

I know from her posts that she loves silhouettes...I really love the wall in their home office

A peek into the guest bedroom

Dont you love all the artwork

A persistent DIYer that she is.... she did a great job with back splash in her kitchen...I loved the finishing touches...(they needed a special mention!!)

"But, like most homes, it is a work in progress.  Along with tweaking what we have already done and finishing up some little projects, we have one major project left: a basement makeover.  We'll be starting as soon as the snow falls and it might be our most challenging project yet!"

Lovely kitchen

I cant get enough of every inch of their space...loved the master bathroom 

Fit for the queen isnt it :)

Here's the half bath on the main floor

 I was so pleased when I received her pictures. Thank you Tanya, for letting us peek into your beautiful home. 

To see how talented this young lady is, I strongly recommend you all to check out her DIYs and very inspiring posts on her blog - dans-le-townhouse.

One of the most lovable DIYs was the Felt Billy Button she made...

looks super cool..So do check it out


  1. Awww, Sudha, I'm blushing. Thank you so much for your kind words. I consider this post a high compliment. I'm so honoured to be included among the other lovely home tours you've blogged about.

  2. Love Tanya's home...and love Tanya. She's a real sweetheart!

  3. What a great home. Love those awesome chairs in the kitchen...and so much more. Really impressed with all the creativity and diy touches.

  4. A beautifully done up house. I like the crispness about the house.

  5. Beautiful... It is wonderful to see a home filled with DIY's and self made art works. Makes every nook and corner special. Colors in the guest bedroom are beautiful.

  6. Oh! Tanya's home is as lovely as her DIY works... I had already bookmarked her felt buttons... And she has some amazing DIY wall art too.... !!

  7. Lovely Lovely Lovely Lovely Lovely .............


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