The townhouse was the first home Hubby and I bought, and the reason for starting this blog (aptly named “Dans le Townhouse”).  Sometimes I look at before photos of the townhouse and wonder, “what on earth possessed us to buy it?”  Take a good long look at the before shots and picture us walking around, nodding our heads, and saying to one another, “yes, this is perfect.”  I’m so happy that we were able to see past the tiny room full of giant sofas, the pink & yellow 1970s bathroom fixtures, the miles and miles of stinky carpet and SpongeBob SquarePants (who was clearly traumatized by this formerly ugly house).  We turned this dated disaster house into a happy and cheerful home on a budget.  We’ve since moved on and into our new home: a diamond-in-the-rough lakehouse.  We’re ecstatic with our new place (and excited to give it an even bolder makeover), but we will always love the townhouse.  Because we made design decisions always with re-sale in mind (which turned out to be disappointing but it’s okay), and because I favor white walls, I think there are a lot of ideas below for rentals and other temporary abodes.

The exterior only got a tiny little freshening up, thanks to condo rules!

But the rest of the before/afters are pretty dramatic.

Master Bedroom – BEFORE

I’ve started the tour with my favorite room!  We actually used a secondary bedroom as our master bedroom because it had the best light (and view) of all three bedrooms (we switched the rooms back when we listed it for sale).  Removing the wallpaper border, painting the walls and ceiling a clean white, and installing solid maple hardwood flooring helped brighten up the room.  We took down the torn blind and hung sheer curtains my Grandma sewed on a simple black curtain rod.  We also replaced the dating ceiling fan, installed complementary light wood closet fittings, and furnished the room with a welded headboard my Papa made and colourful triptych I painted myself.  We replaced our black and white tree-patterned bedding and boring black bedskirt for white textured bedding from West Elm, which suits the angular headboard better than any bedding we’ve had before.  DIY silk pillows, thrifted accessories (like an enamel bowl and beauce trays) plus a pink Marimekko throw (a serious splurge) added a little colour.  The white Robbert Abbey lamps, with light up bases, were something that even Hubby got excited about!

Guestroom and 2-piece Ensuite – BEFORE

The proper master bedroom was used by us as the guest bedroom and its size was perfect to accommodate guests’ suitcases, plus the two-piece ensuite was an added convenience.  A vintage chair reupholstered in mint and turquoise fabric, along with a vintage table I painted mint, created a sweet place for guests to relax.  As with our bedroom, fresh paint, new flooring and a new ceiling fan were key top updating the room.  We also replaced the damaged shutters with handmade curtains (see here and here for tutorials).  The beige baseboard heaters were also painted (throughout the whole house, actually).

This room became a catch-all for furniture, including a maple armoire I had a hard time parting with and a vintage teak table that used to be in our living room, but we did purchase a new bed (painted white) and white linens (paired with DIY silk pillows) so this bedroom had a similar look to ours.  Paintings by Hubby’s Grandpa really took centre stage with the all-white backdrop.  When we didn’t have guests, we used this room for our treadmill, which we stashed in the closet.

The two-piece bathroom got new everything: vinyl flooring, white vanity and marble top, toilet, mirror, lighting, faucet, towel bar – everything was replaced and installed by us.  A DIY text painting was a fun and casual touch.

Office – BEFORE

The smallest bedroom became the office.  We removed the closet doors to make the room feel more spacious, and it became a convenient place for the filing cabinet, DIY magnetic board and silhouette collection.  Two DIY desks (my treadle sewing machine desk and Hubby’s welded desk) gave us each a space to work without seeming too office-y.  An artful Expedit hack turned DIY canvases into swinging doors to hide unsightly clutter.  Silk drapes and art (see here and here for more info) made the room feel even less like an office.  I really splurged on the Robbert Abbey lamps (seems to be my weakness) but accessorized with vintage finds plus my childhood rock collection (well, one of them).

Main Bathroom – BEFORE

Like the guest half bathroom, the main bathroom got new everything, including a new vanity, marble counter, flooring, lighting, and art (including a DIY painting and one from the thrift store).  The yellow added a much-needed dose of colour to this windowless room (these rooms were my inspiration).  The machine-washable Marimekko Tuuli shower curtain wasn’t cheap, but after four years it still looked brand new.

The carpeted stairwell was transformed with hardwood, the railing brackets were spray-painted black, and the light fixtures were replaced.  The framed vintage postcards were my favorite addition.

Stairwell – BEFORE

Front Hallway – BEFORE

The entryway boasted a weird remnant pattern of cream and teal tiles that we couldn’t afford to replace.  New light fixtures, door hardware, paint and art (notably my framed embroidery) helped distract from the tile (I hope!).  First a little painted uesless table, then a painted bar cart, served as a handy place to drop my bag.

Main Floor Half Bath – BEFORE

The main floor powder room originally boasted wallpaper and the same 1970s cabinetry found throughout the house.  We stripped the wallpaper, and then painted the walls and vanity for a thrifty makeover.  We did eventually add a new grey laminate top, glass vessel sink (because the vanity felt so low), new faucet, light fixture, mirror and towel rack. We actually started off with beige paint and decided to brighten it up with a pale turquoise paint (see the transformation here).  Adding trim to the heating pipe cover made the room look more finished.

Dining Room – BEFORE

Luckily the dining room and living room already had beautiful maple hardwood flooring (we matched the flooring installed upstairs to it). In the dining room, DIY sheer curtains and a simple white drum pendant fixture helped modernize the space while painting the walls a brighter white made the room seem sunnier.  Colourful artwork (including the large painting by Hubby’s Grandpa and DIY agate art) added interest to white walls.  A petite vintage teak credenza was perfect for this tiny space.

Living Room – BEFORE

I always wanted to paint the brick fireplace in the living room, but Handy Hubby was adamant we keep it au naturel and I grew to love the warmth of the brick.  New fireplace doors helped update it and large scale DIY art (a poem stenciled on an antique mirror I saved from the bathroom renos) prevented brick-overload.  DIY sheer curtains softened the large patio doors but let in a lot of lights.  A cream leather sofa, scored from the classifieds, showcased DIY pillows in a mix of patternsA vintage print and more artwork by Hubby’s Grandpa personalized the white walls.  The vintage teak side tables were a $20 steal at an estate sale, while the Lotte lamps (they match the one in the guest bedroom), were found at an antiques show, without their original shades sadly, for a fraction of what they usually cost.  My DIY billy buttons can be spotted beside the sofa.

Kitchen – BEFORE

Hubby was also against painting the kitchen cupboards so I stripped and re-varnished them to give them a fresher look.  New brushed silver hardware completed the makeover, but I still kind of wish I could have painted them.  We replaced the chipped, off-white laminate counter with budget friendly grey laminate counter that had the look of concrete – I loved that counter.  We replaced the square tile backsplash, with weird, awkwardly placed accent tiles, with simple subway tile in a herringbone pattern.  We bought a new sink but kept the existing faucet to save money.  After unexpectedly having to replace the fridge, we were happy we chose budget-friendly choices in the kitchen.  A vintage teak table and chairs upholstered in black and white houndsooth was my way of making peace with the existing black and white floor tile.  1960s Hungarian posters added colour to the otherwise neutral kitchen.

Basement – BEFORE

The basement was painted a dirty white, with two different kinds of peeling wallpaper.  The unfinished laundry room was bleak.  We removed the wallpaper, disguised flaws with textured paint (I know, I’m sorry), and painted the whole basement (ceiling tiles and all) a warm, unifying griege.  It was a slow process.  The laundry room was framed, dry-walled, and painted as well.  For fun, we painted the concrete floors in the laundry room turquoise and added a black and white curtain (made from our old duvet cover) to hide the washer, dryer, pipes, and water tank.  The door leading to the basement was turned into a minty message area and the railing was given a $1 makeover.

Garage – BEFORE

The former homeowners left such a disgusting mess in the garage when they left that even cleaning it (bottom right photo in the collage above) made a huge difference.  We bagged and hauled away a truck load of their stuff, including unmentionables.  Once it was clean, pale blue paint and a blue-wood storage unit we built made the space functional and much less dreary.


  1. StarletStarlet
    February 2, 2011 / 11:30 pm

    What lotsa huge improvements that you guys did! Amazing and inspiring. I especially love the ample of lights that you're getting now (gosh, check out that master bed!!)

  2. Kristan
    March 1, 2011 / 4:00 am

    I love it all! You have done so well keeping things modern but with old touches like the taps in the bathroom and the study desk. Looking forward to more makeover pics!

  3. CZ
    March 1, 2011 / 4:43 am

    I second what Kristan had to say.I love your space it's clean, contemporary and looks so cozy. I used a picture from here to show the zigzag table, which is a big trend right now. Thanks for sharing!

  4. CZ
    March 1, 2011 / 4:44 am

    Oh, and I have due credit of course..

  5. blogbytina
    March 21, 2011 / 6:06 pm

    I am in LOVE with the tiny dining table/chairs in your kitchen! Where are they from?

  6. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    March 22, 2011 / 12:15 am

    Hi Tina!I answered this Q on your blog too, but for anyone else interested: the chairs in the kitchen are vintage teak – I reupholstered them in a black & white houndstooth. The table is also vintage teak, but looks more late 60's/70's than the table, which was purchased in the 1950s (according to the elderly couple I purchased them from). Similar items can be found in vintage shops or in the online classifieds. Post a "want" ad, if you aren't finding what you are looking for.

  7. radn
    April 18, 2011 / 10:41 pm

    Love the danish style funiture in your house!

  8. Stephanie
    April 25, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    Your home's style is so put-together!! I'm still in limbo. I keep hoping that once we move out of our (rented) townhome and into a house, maybe that will determine our furniture and decor.

  9. Janis@Home Style
    April 25, 2011 / 8:41 pm

    So funny I always look at the house tours first………….and am sadly lacking one on my blog. Great before and afters………….looks like you've put in a load of work.thanks for stopping by my blog today.

  10. Simple Dwellings
    May 26, 2011 / 1:15 am

    I'm so glad you did a house tour! I love your style. beautiful!

  11. Emreen
    June 30, 2011 / 3:01 am

    Loved the home tour – especially the kitchen makeover is awesome…!! Love your artworks too…!!

  12. Dana@Mid2Mod
    September 6, 2011 / 1:44 pm

    Everything looks great! I plan to go back and compare the new photos with the older ones and see all the details of changes you've made when I have more time.

  13. Coley
    September 6, 2011 / 6:05 pm

    Everything is so clean, modern, and fresh! You have done a wonderful job transforming each space!Coley

  14. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    September 6, 2011 / 7:29 pm

    Hi Shannon,I totally need a larger rug, visually speaking, but I have a collection of handmade rag rugs made by Finnish craftswomen and my great-grandma. The colours work and the hall is the only place I put rugs (I generally hate rugs), so there they go. Some are a bit larger than others. But thanks so much for thinking of me and including a link!!

  15. cart-wheels
    September 8, 2011 / 8:19 pm

    I don't think I had ever taken your house tour – I'm wildly impressed [though not the least surprised]! Obviously, you have an enviable eye not only for what doesn't look good [most of us have that, no?] and what looks loads better, but also for what can be removed/replaced/altered in order to achieve the much-desired "Is this even the same space?" effect. Mad kudos. Mad, mad kudos. [I, on the other hand, am looking at my sunroom right now and getting anxiety about moving an ottoman. We can't all be great]

  16. Sudha
    September 12, 2011 / 12:53 am

    i have to do a tour on my blog :)…pl help me coordinate it

  17. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    September 12, 2011 / 3:52 am

    I'd love to see your home tour, but I'm not sure what I can do to help. I'm a pretty good cheerleader though – maybe I can offer encouragement?

  18. Sudha
    September 15, 2011 / 7:21 pm

    hahah, tanya, i meant do a tour of your home..i want you to sort all the pics you would want me to publish 🙂 and your snippets would be lovely too

  19. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    September 16, 2011 / 1:16 am

    Hahaha. Too funny. I guess you need to really break things down for me in teeny tiny words. I would be so flattered if you featured the townhouse on your blog. Please take any photos you like! Shoot me an email: [email protected] & we can chat!

  20. Julia
    September 19, 2011 / 4:08 pm

    I have serious art-envy! Are they all your doing? I have my art scattered throughout our house and people always comment on all the art in our house. Whether it is yours or someone else's–it is FAB and really makes each space so warm.

  21. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    September 20, 2011 / 1:34 am

    Thanks Julia!Some of the paintings are DIY, some of the artwork has been found on travels and in antique stores, but most of the work is by our family members. My husband's grandfather is a professional artist and painted the large works in the guest bedroom, living room & dining room. I blogged about him here: three paintings in the master bedroom, the yellow painting in the bathroom, the "Sigh" painting in the guest half bath are mine. You will find other DIY art projects of mine on the DIY Projects page.The sculpture in my office is by my grandpa. And there is some of my mom's & mother-in-law's artwork scattered about as well. I am a HUGE fan of artwork. Aside from a bed, I think a home needs art first. I can't wait to see your pieces.

  22. Katherine
    October 20, 2011 / 10:32 pm

    You have a lot of wonderful art and your photography is great too !!

  23. Faith
    October 21, 2011 / 4:30 am

    your house is beautiful! love the artwork

  24. house no. 2
    October 23, 2011 / 12:21 am

    i love this house tour. one of the best i've seen. i can't WAIT to have my house done so i can do a complete before and after tour. you wouldn't want to see it all right now, lol! and i can't believe you think it's less than perfect…it IS perfect, at least in my eyes.

  25. thehouseblogdotorg
    October 24, 2011 / 4:03 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your town-home make over! Loving it!

  26. house no. 2
    October 26, 2011 / 2:48 pm

    may i ask you something? how long did all of these amazing transformations take? we've been in our new home for one year, and have done next to nothing! do you do things on a strict budget or do you DIY as much as possible/thrift?

  27. Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse
    October 26, 2011 / 4:16 pm

    Hi Ashlee (house no. 2). We are insane and did a huge chunk of the work before we moved in (over two weeks) including demolition, installing the hardwood flooring, bathroom re-dos, painting every surface and moving in. But that was two years ago. Since then we've tackled it bit by bit: the closets over one weekend, the kitchen & half bath spruce up in the summer of 2010, the garage this past spring, etc. And decorating has been done piece by piece, too.We have had a very small budget & have had to DIY almost everything (except the bathtub install). We have had to work with many things that were already here (weird mainfloor tile) and haven't been able to splurge on many supplies (laminate counters in kitchen). But we have splashed out on hardwood flooring and marble counters for our renovated baths, because those are good investments.But our budget does slow things down because I will have a project in mind, but have to wait to complete because I've spent our alotted "house budget" for the month. Unlimited funds would be a DREAM! (Same with unlimited time!)And we haven't even BEGUN to tackle the basement yet. Yikes!Thanks for your question! I'll write a post soon outlining our timeline. Maybe for my one year blogiversary post!

  28. blue door BLOGS
    November 2, 2011 / 1:25 pm

    Hello,I found your blog today via a comment left on another house blog – just wanted to tell you I think your home is absolutely gorgeous! Loving all of the white & bright colors & unique furnishings with that fantastic natural light. Your photos are beautiful!We've recently started a new site dedicated to the fabulous community of regular folks who are house bloggers ( and would love to add your blog to The Reading List.Erin @ blue door BLOGS

  29. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication
    December 2, 2011 / 3:52 pm

    Wow! You made so much progress! I love how light everything is! Such a stark difference from the before pictures. Did you make all the art work in the house?

  30. Jae
    December 3, 2011 / 4:03 pm

    the art really pops with your light neutral walls!

  31. Callie
    December 5, 2011 / 4:52 pm

    I love it! Where did you find all those lovely pieces? 🙂

  32. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    December 5, 2011 / 8:54 pm

    Hi Callie,Thanks! We've mixed DIY pieces of furniture, furniture we found in the classifieds, hand-me-downs and big box items to create a personalized look. Then we added artwork by our family members, combined with a number of DIY creations. I'm planning a post about "where I got it" so check back for detailed info.

  33. Teresa
    December 8, 2011 / 6:04 pm

    I just checked out your blog after you left a comment on mine. You have a beautiful home and I love your style, so bright and beautiful! I'll be following you!

  34. Lindsey A. Turner
    December 15, 2011 / 8:32 pm

    Wow! You guys have been busy! Your place looks amazing! I love your clean, modern style!Lindsey Turner

  35. Amy of The Salvage Collection
    February 2, 2012 / 12:51 pm

    okay, i just popped over from diy showoff and how happy i am! what an amazing job you and your husband have done! now, about your furniture. are the chairs in the LR and Guest rooms matches? what is your source for the mid-century furn? other than recovering the kitchen chairs, have you had to refinish pieces?off to peruse your blog…i may find my answers!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      February 3, 2012 / 3:43 pm

      Thanks Amy!The LR chair was bought from (classifieds) and it had been freshly upholstered. The guest room chair was also a classifieds find, but I posted a "want" ad with a similar looking chair. I paid to have it upholstered. We've done office chairs, ottomans and more kitchen chairs but nothing more advanced – yet.Thanks for reminding me I need a sources list.

  36. Aidel Knaidel
    February 6, 2012 / 6:52 pm

    Hi there, What a beautiful place you have! I just clicked through from Curbly where they are featuring some fabulous bathroom redos. I'm especially liking your main bathroom that they featured. Can you tell me what the flooring is there? I love the look.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      February 6, 2012 / 10:16 pm

      Thanks! I absolutely MUST do a sources page soon. The flooring is actually a vinyl flooring from Home Depot. I need to find the style/name but we installed it pre-blog (before I knew people would ask). But I would check Home Depot. In the meantime, I'll scour my receipts . . .

  37. wherelovemeetslife
    February 15, 2012 / 3:36 pm

    Wow!!! Amazing results and really great pics! Do you do all of your own photography?

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      February 15, 2012 / 3:42 pm

      Thanks!! Yes, I take all of my own photos and use (soon-to-be-gone) Picnik.

    • wherelovemeetslife
      February 15, 2012 / 4:14 pm

      uh-oh… what do you plan to use once it is gone? Does the editing make all the difference? Sorry for all the questions!.. lol getting more into photography and I love your photos!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      February 15, 2012 / 7:36 pm

      I do use manual settings on my camera and also a tripod (plus I take a million photos, so it increases the odds of a good one) so without picnik the photos looks similar. In picnik sometimes I crop (a lot), add text, change the size. I have tried using Pixlr & Photoshop express but it is taking me too long to figure out where everything is! I am hoping for a better alternative. Please – ask away! I really need an FAQ page, and a sources page . . .

  38. Anonymous
    February 15, 2012 / 5:03 pm

    Hi, I love the updates you made to your house! Where did you get the yellow flowers in the white vase in the living room? Many thanks!!

  39. Fatou
    February 29, 2012 / 6:01 am

    I love the abstract art works in your home. Especially loving the yellow piece. Was that a DIY or purchase? Great job!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      February 29, 2012 / 12:48 pm

      Thanks, Fatou! The yellow painting, in the bathroom, is a DIY project. Some paintings are DIY, I've listed them under my "DIY Projects" page, but others are by my Husband's grandfather (like the paintings over the couch and guest bed)

  40. Carrie @ DreamGreenDIY
    February 29, 2012 / 7:46 pm

    OMG! I LOVE your style!!!! Your collection of midcentury furniture is to-die-for. You've got a new follower in me =)

  41. house no. 2
    March 12, 2012 / 7:06 pm

    tanya, i believe i may have asked you this before – but what paint colours do you have throughout home? i love how crisp and 'together' everything looks.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 18, 2012 / 9:46 pm

      Thanks! I used Behr Snow Fall in every room except the main floor half bath (which is a soft greige) and the basement (which is also a beige shade). But all of the white rooms are the same paint. That way, I bought 5 gallon pails and saved some money, plus painting (we painted the entire main floor and upper level at once) went very quickly.

  42. Holly
    March 17, 2012 / 3:53 am

    WOW what a transformation! 🙂 Looks great, Tanya!

  43. erica | wicked bride
    April 27, 2012 / 7:06 pm

    Ok…so now I really hate my house and want to start over after seeing your update! Amazing work, Tanya! Über impressed. Are you getting a PhD in awesomeness? 😉

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      April 27, 2012 / 7:22 pm

      Thanks Erica! Are you sure you took a good look at the basement? Whole lotta not-awesomeness going on down there. But thanks for your kind (and hilarious) words. My PhD will be in Women's Studies, so that's a kind of awesomeness, lol.

    • erica | wicked bride
      April 27, 2012 / 10:13 pm

      As someone who went to an all-girls school and refused to change her name once married, Women's Studies = awesomeness. I have a basement that looks like a vintage McDonald's – maybe we can form some kind of support group.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      April 27, 2012 / 11:43 pm

      That has to be the best description of a basement, ever. Happily, I'm working on my basement right now . . . I am hoping paint will cure it!

  44. Ashley Gillett
    April 30, 2012 / 6:32 pm

    I love your townhouse so much that I featured it on my blog. It truly is beautiful! I'm inspired to try my hand at my own version of art. We'll see how it turns out. Love your home!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 20, 2012 / 1:21 pm

      Thanks for the feature!

  45. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle
    June 8, 2012 / 1:46 pm

    Loving everything-but really, you didn't think Sponge Bob added a whimsical touch, hehe!

  46. decoguy
    June 20, 2012 / 1:22 am

    Tanya, you house is beautiful, I love how your whole house has many artwork around; with the many bright and fun colours. What was your inspiration when you were renovating your house?

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 20, 2012 / 1:20 pm

      Thanks! Such a tough question . . . I had some constraints when renovating & decorating: budget, Hubby's style, the age and size of the house, etc. I kept things somewhat traditional, in keeping with some original features of the house we couldn't afford to change (like the kitchen cabinets). Anything too modern would have looked out of place (like the bathroom vanities). But then I mixed up the furniture a bit: combined new and vintage pieces. We chose maple floors upstairs because maple was already laid on the main floor.The house is small and, being a townhouse, doesn't have many windows. This inspired me to use lots of white: white curtains, white walls & ceilings, white bedding, etc. Hubby's grandfather paints, so I decorated around his gorgeous art work, then added some of my own in cheery colours. All of that white needed some colour! I don't know how I would decorate without these kinds of constraints but I do love bright white rooms with colour. I pin them on Pinterest all the time, which has helped me realize what my "style" is. And I have binders filled with rooms I like, torn from magazines, that I always reference, to remind me of things I like or ideas I have flagged. That helped me a lot when we were getting started.But the space is also different than when we first started out and will likely change as I continue to figure out what works. I have to say I'm excited to start decorating/renovating a new house, whenever that is, because I learned a lot and would like to try new things/do some things differently.

  47. karen@somewhatquirky
    June 23, 2012 / 12:11 pm

    Lovely! Just perfect.

  48. onthedesignlane
    July 10, 2012 / 3:39 pm


  49. Erin
    July 23, 2012 / 6:39 pm

    I love the new tabletop on the old Singer sewing machine table. Great way to incorporate an old piece and make it fresh and new. My compliments to your creativity!

  50. cred
    July 24, 2012 / 1:30 pm

    In the after photo of your dining room, I can see a glimpse of your tv/media set up. But while searching your blog I could only find one other photo of the tv (Captain Distracto). It looks nice from what I can see. Could you do a post on it and show how you have set up the tv (usually a decorating challenge)? The glass panel behind it look interesting; what's going on here? (can you tell I'm looking for stylish solutions for our TV/media paraphernalia?)

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 24, 2012 / 1:40 pm

      Excellent question!I can definitely do a post on it. We purchased Ikea Besta pieces. The beachy looking glass is an option from Ikea also. The unit is modular, so you can put together whatever kind of storage you want. And also the backdrop the TV mounts onto comes in different finishes. All of the cords are hidden behind it so it's a pretty tidy solution. I'll post pics of our specific combination soon but here's a link at what other pieces there are:

  51. Ki
    July 26, 2012 / 6:07 pm

    That's Hungarian over the fireplace is it not? What does it say?

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 26, 2012 / 6:36 pm

      Good eye! It's a poem by Sándor Petőfi. Roughly translated, it reads:I'll be a tree, if you are its flower,Or a flower, if you are the dew- I'll be the dew, if you are the sunbeam,Only to be united with you.My lovely girl, if you are the Heaven,I shall be a star above on high;My darling, if you are hell-fire,To unite us, damned I shall die.The whole post about that DIY project is here:

  52. Kfisch
    August 28, 2012 / 2:07 am

    Wow!! Totally impressed! Sorry I took so long to check out the site! You are an inspiration

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 7, 2012 / 7:11 pm

      Hardly! But thanks, Kim. You will have to come see it in 3D once 🙂

  53. beach_bum
    October 4, 2012 / 3:26 pm

    LOVE your blog…I am currently working on my Expedit shelf, thanks to your inspiring shelf! I was just wondering what the artwork is above your couch…I couldn't find any info on my own and figured it'd be quicker to just ask. I like it!Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas with us. : )

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      October 4, 2012 / 6:37 pm

      Hi, thanks so much!! I'd love if you would send me photos of your Expedit Hack when it's done! The paintings above the sofa (and the abstract in the dining room and the pair over the bed in the guest room and above the chair in the guest room) are all by Hubby's grandpa, Bert Weir, who is a professional artist. The pieces I favor were done by him in the 1980s. He's doing work in much more vivid, saturated hues now that I also love. See more on his website:

    • beach_bum
      October 4, 2012 / 7:12 pm

      Sure~~I still have a few more canvasses to hang (I'm hanging seven), and I have to arrange things so it looks a little more attractive. After that, I'll take a pic. : )Oh~~thanks for the info; I'll definitely check out his website. Talented man. How nice to have a professional artist in the family! That's awesome.

  54. Loretta
    November 3, 2012 / 8:59 pm

    Everything has turned out so lovely you are so talanted. I want to decorate and I keep looking to buy new items but keep putting it off. lol. I guess i hav'nt found the right items yet.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 4, 2012 / 6:43 pm

      You're so kind 🙂 The space has kind of evolved over time. As we've had money, we've bought things here and there. It's always changing – I have big plans for 2013 (we'll see if I get to them)! It's been a bit of a challenge, making these work when we've had to "make do". But when buying anything new (whether new-new or just new to me) I do try to pick things we just LOVE. When you find the perfect items, it will hit you and feel "right". Good luck with decorating!

  55. sugarshellandbutterknife
    December 22, 2012 / 1:53 pm

    I LOVE your house! It's so bright, open and airy. I really like your mix of furnishings and art. You have a great eye. The whole place is beautiful but the guest bedroom is my favorite. The art is gorgeous, those green pillows really set things off and that chair is fab!

  56. Sewn Together
    January 3, 2013 / 5:25 am

    Wow, everything is absolutely gorgeous. I love all the light that you've brought into the house, and how crisp and clean everything looks. You captured comfortable without clutter, and all the artwork is wonderful.

  57. Andrea |
    January 5, 2013 / 7:02 pm

    Looks fab! Love all of the mid-century mod touches. And especially love that you kept all of your kitchen & bath cabinets.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 5, 2013 / 10:42 pm

      Thanks Andrea! We did keep the kitchen cabinets (I refinished them) and the main floor half bath ones as well (painted). But the main bath and guest half bath are all new. The "before" pics don't show a lot – I wasn't a blogger then, lol. But they were grimy and dated and just didn't function, so those two rooms got top to bottom makeovers with crisp new cabinetry to boot.

  58. Amy Boyek
    February 16, 2013 / 5:11 am

    Beautiful house! I love all the pops of color. Where is the shower curtain from in the main bathroom? We are looking for one right now and it is exactly what I wanted…hope it's something I can find/make?

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      February 16, 2013 / 6:19 am

      Thanks Amy! I really need a sources page, thanks for reminding me. You are in luck, the shower curtain is still produced! It is made by Marimekko. A touch pricey (on sale now though), but fabulous quality. I have had mine since 2009 and still love it, and it still looks great. Here's more info:

  59. Susan
    March 10, 2013 / 3:27 am

    Your home is absolutely beautiful, Tanya – I Googled "townhouse curtains" and 10 minutes later I'm still loving your blog! 🙂

  60. Brittany Butkiewicz
    March 28, 2013 / 3:56 pm

    I love your mix of pieces. In the guest bedroom where is the bed frame from?

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 28, 2013 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks Brittany! I purchased the bed frame a local Ottawa shop, Hardy Mattress & Feather Inc. ( It was actually a light wood but we painted it white with leftover wall paint. Similar styles can be found at places like Ikea and then made more modern with a coat of paint. Hope this helps 🙂

  61. Lauren Cadell
    April 24, 2013 / 12:05 am

    I love the white couch! Where is it from?

    • Lauren Cadell
      April 25, 2013 / 2:00 am

      Sears, who knew?! I'm looking to replace my current cream sofa and this looks easier to clean. Thanks so much

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      April 25, 2013 / 1:43 pm

      My parents have the exact same one but in a cinnamon colour so I knew this was better quality when I spotted it in the classifieds. It is definitely pretty easy to keep clean. I've been horrified by some spots but they have all come off with a leather cleaner (from Danier Leather actually). It is nerve-wracking to see someone talk animatedly, waving their wine glass around on the sofa. We've decided our next sofa will be a grey leather, but I never regret buying this one because so far so good!

  62. Hayley
    April 28, 2013 / 4:12 am

    Wow, you have so many amazing mid-century pieces, I am completely in love with your place. That piece in your dining room – that holds your bar ware, with the geode art above it , I am in LOVE!!

  63. brazilmeetsamerica
    May 16, 2013 / 2:22 am

    I love all the fresh, clean spaces your created! Such a great new look!

  64. Anonymous
    July 20, 2013 / 3:12 am

    I love all of the art throughout your house! It's all very unique!

  65. Frances Villarreal
    September 3, 2013 / 10:07 pm

    I absolutely love it ALL! You did amazing job! It's very well lit in all rooms. I envy that chance. What are the hangings in the kitchen wall called? Their style that is.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 4, 2013 / 2:52 pm

      Thanks!!The kitchen has vintage posters from communist-era Hungary.

  66. Anonymous
    October 29, 2013 / 12:56 am

    I am sooooooooo jealous of all those blue dishes and I love love loveeeee those blue rock/mineral/gem things in the frames….can you guess my fave color? Yep, its blue!!

  67. agathaswonderland
    January 26, 2014 / 7:42 pm

    Dear Tanya! I love your blog! You have changed this house into a beautiful home! It's good to have Petőfi above the fireplace! Csak így tovább! 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 26, 2014 / 11:59 pm

      Köszönöm!I love your photography, by the way. You taking amazing photos.

  68. agathaswonderland
    January 27, 2014 / 10:27 pm

    Nagyon szívesen, and thank you for the kind words! 🙂

  69. Anonymous
    February 25, 2014 / 7:44 pm


    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 1, 2014 / 1:54 am

      Thanks! So kind of you. Happy decorating!

  70. Abby
    April 2, 2014 / 4:05 pm

    I love seeing this because we are currently renting our townhome, and I also started a blog to inspire me to continue making it "ours" throughout our time there. This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 1, 2014 / 1:55 am

      Thanks Abby. I'll be sure to check out your blog. Townhouses can be so unsung, but they are really fabulous homes. I definitely miss things about ours (like our low heating bills!).

  71. Anonymous
    April 30, 2014 / 9:41 pm

    Visiting from "Better After" (your turquoise chair). I loved what you did with your lakehouse living room! If anyone ever sees a room with a certain style of furnishings in it and says "I don't think _______style will work in here", your redo is testament to the fact that almost any room can be made into a very different style. Good job! Love it.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 1, 2014 / 1:57 am

      Welcome!! Thanks so much for your kind words. I was hoping that I could help people see past furnishings or style that isn't theirs – so your comment really made my day.

  72. gwen
    July 29, 2014 / 4:35 pm


  73. Kerri, A Pop of Pretty
    November 4, 2014 / 11:54 pm

    I'm seriously coo-coo crazy about all the colourful art in your home,Tanya! I need me some of it…like NOW. Did you do any of it yourself? I seem to recall reading about it during the Canadian Bloggers Home Tour, that some was a DIY. Do you have a tutorial on your blog? Beautiful home xo, Kerri

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 5, 2014 / 1:13 am

      Thanks Keri! The better art is by hubby's grandpa ( and anything I've made I've got a tutorial for in my diy projects page, it's a tab under my header.

  74. Anonymous
    July 15, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    Hi, Love your house, I am about to move into a rental, I believe I will paint everything in Behr Pure white too. I'm just wondering if you used different finishes on wall and trim. I am thinking flat on wall, and semi gloss on trim, OR all flat (walls and trim). What did you do?Thank you!!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 16, 2015 / 5:52 pm

      Hi! Thanks so much for your kind words. I used Behr Snowfall, but I think Pure White is a beautiful one too – a touch less creamy, if I remember correctly. I used eggshell on walls and trim, and then ceiling paint on the ceilings. I like the more matte look and it's super easy to paint a large space at once. I will say that I invested in a jumbo sized box of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for keeping the trim scuff-free. A glossier finish cleans easier. I keep saying next time I'll go with a gloss on the trim, but in both the townhouse and my current lakehouse, I keep choosing the eggshell. If you end up hating a matte trim, it would be easy enough to over it with a glossier finish at a later date.Good luck with your move!

  75. Unknown
    November 4, 2016 / 2:04 am

    Great job! Also totally understand your Robert Abbey lamp addiction! A good friend of mine owns a very cool shop in Pensacola, FL called "Urban Objects", that specializes in high-end lighting…. once you've been exposed to the good stuff, you can never go back! I used 2 of the very tall clear glass-based lamp on either side of my bed. SO BEAUTIFUL.

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      November 4, 2016 / 6:39 am

      I will have to take a peek at that shop online. How nice to know someone in the biz! Your lamps sound perfect. I love the clear glass base. I definitely can't scrimp on table lamps anymore – you're so right. But it's a good investment because the lamps from the townhouse office and master continue to bring me joy in our new place. Thanks for your comment 🙂