As much as we’d love to be sharing all of our Christmas decorating with you right now (it’s not up yet!), we’ve got other things to share with you.

Fun things like sharing what are sure to become BEFORE photos of our new BACKSPLIT!

Now do remember that these are Realtor photos and that the house isn’t empty – all the furniture and decor belongs to the current owner. But it should give you all an idea of what we’ll be working with over the next several year! Ha!

The Front

I think the front of our new backsplit is adorable – at least it has plenty of potential. The driveway is at least three cars long and absolutely perfect for playing ball hockey or shooting a few hoops. Notice there’s a garage – can you see why Dean is the happiest guy around right now?! The wrought iron railing will go and likely be replaced by a nice white one – or none at all. We’ll see!

The Living Room

 The living room is really large – we should have plenty of room for all the seating we need for small groups and family get togethers and maybe a fireplace too. The parquet is not my favourite – it’s actually why we didn’t look at the house sooner. My association with parquet floors is a horrible apartment Dean and I lived in when we were first married that had cockroaches. Ack! Anyway, when I saw the house in person I realized I could live with the parquet for awhile because the bones and the space was so good. The door way on the left is to the dining room and the doorway straight back leads to the upstairs, downstairs and the side door.

The Dining Room

Every room in the new place has a large window – which is really good considering all the windows we’re giving up a the Bungalow. Dean and I have a million ideas rolling around in our heads for the dining room: what kind of table he’s going to build, what style of chairs we should buy, whether we paint, or wallpaper or something else entirely. See, what fun!

The Kitchen

The kitchen is really better than it appears. In the listing, it’s called an eat in kitchen. But we’re going to add more cabinets and a breakfast bar to make it much more functional for our family. Whenever we have people over, we all try to make tea or get food at the same time in our current little galley kitchen – we want to maximize the new kitchen to work with those requirements.

The Family Room

The lower level of the backsplit has a finished family room, laundry room and an unfinished space that will become my office (Eeek! SO excited!). The paneling will get a few coats of paint sooner than later. The carpet is new berber. We’ve been looking at great big sectionals for down here. Plus we’re thinking of putting in a table and chairs for homeschool, crafts and games.

The Bedrooms

There are three good sized bedrooms on the upper level (all with more parquet). They will all have to be painted and the girls will continue to share. The most exciting thing about the bedrooms is that there are full sized closets in each room – hallelujah!

The Bathroom

The bathroom (yes, there’s still only one) has been updated with a new toilet, flooring and vanity. The tub is original and mint green – but it’s not at all rusty and can be hidden for awhile by a pretty shower curtain. All in all a pretty decent space for our family right now.


Did you notice all the trim that needs updating? Lol. We cannot wait to get into our new backsplit and get decorating!

What do you think? What do you like about it? What would you change?

P.S.  We’ll be sharing inspiration and ideas for the new place – so watch for that. Plus after we move in, we’ll share our Christmas decor at the new place too!

P.S.S. Selling your house soon? Check out my Quick Staging Guide!

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