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The Beams are Going Up!


It’s been quite the task to get these beams up in our house! But the wait has been totally worth it. They are absolutely fabulous! I can’t wait to get to the house every day so I can stare and admire them…when the sun starts to set and the light comes through the windows, the room just glows and the beams looking even more spectacular. I never thought I’d own such a place! Love them!! We next hung our three refurbished chandeliers which was quite a challenge but again, just finished off the room beautifully. With some extra beam material we plan to make some benches for the window seats….next finish off the metal railings and stairs for the upper office and do the flooring. Almost there!







I Am Back With a Renovation Project!


Wow…’s been three years since I closed up my Honey B’s shop. It seems much longer! It hasn’t slowed down life much, in fact, I’m busier with other things but at the same time it hasn’t been the same since….it really made me aware that everyone needs their “oxygen” in life (a passion or fulfilling hobby) and even though I’ve never entirely given up my passion for finding and refinishing unique furniture pieces and treasures, the pace has been slower and filled with sometimes mundane things. I think I do thrive better under a more active, pressure filled day! Strange how you are always discovering things about yourself!

Some people warned retirement can be a bit boring if you’re not careful. Two years ago, my husband and I decided we also wanted to sell our beautiful Parkdale home, downsizing, simplifying and minimizing our workload. We bought and relocated to a spec home in the new development. Here are a few photos of what our present abode looks like after doing some upgrades and applying my obsessive decorating personality traits. I’m really happy with it but I have to say it’s completely done, something I never thought would happen to my own home. Without the store, I haven’t the motivation to keep changing things…another strange discovery…

french country dining room




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Little Lou is getting on (12 years!) but he’s the same cutie pie as ever and is still hopping around like a puppy! I knew you’d appreciate seeing his sweet face here!

So back to my story!….Our “simple and complete life” plan recently got derailed because my husband drove by a real estate listing which caught his/our interest. We approached with kids gloves, after all our life was just where we wanted it? We organized a viewing that evening and within 24 hours we purchased a 2 acre property north of Calgary. Good grief….so much for sitting still! Along with that news, hubby retired in December 2013! Without a doubt something would have to happen in order for us to have the time, patience and resources to take on this monumental renovation and Murray’s retirement was just the key.

Built in 1981, the property is in need of a major boost. In 4 months, we’ve gutted the entire 7,000 square foot house and have embarked on an interesting and challenging route to restore it to the home of our dreams! It’s a perfect fit to accommodate our ever-growing family (as of 2014 we are now grandparents to 7 grandbabies).

This house reminds me of an old stone/brick european colonial, not something common in Calgary! How lucky are we to have found this place?! It has an expansive front yard and beautiful curb appeal that goes right through to the back where the perimeter is forested with giant spruce, elm and various other beautiful trees. There’s a nice little sitting platform and arbor adjacent to a children’s dream playground.

Blue Ridge Home







I wanted to document our journey and start a new segment of my blog. There will be lots of posts and pictures to share, interior and out. We’ve already done so much but no time like the present to get going. Sharing with you all is not only fun but also gives us the opportunity to recognize all the hard work our team is putting in to make our dream a reality. This has so far been a fantastic experience in spite of the reputation renovations often hold! Please check in for the latest posts which may jump around a bit as I explore different areas of the house. Feel free to comment! Thanks and welcome back, I hope you enjoy reading about our experiences!

There are lots of furniture pieces I’m restoring for the new home as well which I will be showing and most likely some will be coming up for sale! xo thanks so much! I’ve missed my blog and so so happy to be back at it!

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We Are Selling Our Home!


My family and I recently returned from a visit my sister Sue who has a beautiful little place in Summerlin, Nevada. It was an amazing, restful holiday. One of those real awakenings where you realize life can be lived differently than what you are currently doing and if you are brave enough to make that step it can lead you to exciting and rewarding possibilities for the future. Afterall, we aren’t getting younger!!

Though we had considered a change before, this trip just gave us the push we needed! Winter in Calgary has become to us (like many others), something we don’t look so forward to!  The idea of having an alternate home in warmer climates has become a real dream. How do we make this happen?.. sell our  current home, free up our investments and pursue other life interests. Exploring possible winter destinations, owning a little cottage on the sea, or just travelling for the next year sounds perfectly appealing!

I will certainly miss some of the personal features and love we put into this home, and we’ve been so blessed to have almost 9 years here. We will always have great memories of it. Our new “Calgary” home has been selected and I have the exciting job of bringing it to it’s full potential. It is simpler which will fit into our new plan perfectly. I’ve emailed all my customers the details of our Parkdale home in case somebody is interested! But here are the photos again for the blog. These pics don’t show the fully finished basement which has a huge bright recreation room, bar with storage room, one bedroom, a full bath and laundry room.

If you or anybody you know is interested, call Murray Brown at 403-540-1841. Our home will be listed on MLS next Thursday, May 10th!