We are excited to welcome Tanya from Dans Le Townhouse to the blog today to share a bit of her home with us! This townhouse was the first home my husband (Handy Hubby) and I bought, so it’s pretty special to us. We saw past the salmon pink bathroom, stained carpet, and general disrepair, and envisioned a bright and modern space. We replaced carpet with hardwood, updated the bathrooms, installed a herringbone tile backsplash in the kitchen, and painted (almost) every wall a crisp gallery white. So much is handmade, including the curtains, throw pillows, both of our desks, our headboard, bedside tables, and more. We have a small budget, but we’ve made it work (and had some luck). We bought our cream leather sofa previously-loved from the classifieds, the teak sofa tables were $20 for the pair at an estate sale, and my beloved Pyrex collection is largely thrifted. We’ve also gotten inventive and made a lot of our own “art” and accessories. Some of my favorites include the discarded bathroom mirror we antiqued and stenciled with a Hungarian poem (above the fireplace), the framed agate coasters (in the dining room), and the abstract triptych I painted for our bedroom.I’ve really tried to make sure the townhouse is a space that reflects both of us. The mid-century furniture is my thing, but the wood kitchen cabinetry (that I stripped and refinished) is Hubby’s preference. I think the most unusual décor pieces are the three 1960s posters in the kitchen. I brought those back from Hungary, where I did research for four months. They are ads commissioned by the Communist Party to get people to go shopping in nationalized stores! My favorite thing in our space is the metal sculpture in my office (beside the silhouettes) that my grandfather made. He was a professional artist at one time, but he no longer wants to create art. This is one of the last sculptures he made, and he made it for me. He also welded our giant headboard and bedside tables, which my Mom and I designed. I think Handy Hubby would say his favorites are his grandpa’s art, including the painting in the dining room and the pair above the sofa. We really love art, but we don’t really have the means to buy much, so we’re so grateful to have artistic family members. To fill in gaps, we get creative. We DIY a lot, so having a garage was a must-have. We even gave it a makeover with icy blue paint and shelving we built. We have been DIYing together since we started dating as teenagers. Back then we refinished a desk for me, upholstered a chair for him, and then painted my ’92 Dodge Colt lime green. Now tackling a project—whether it’s tiling or refinishing furniture—has become a hobby we share. The garage and backyard get a lot of use (and see a lot of spray paint). I work from home, so I also spend a lot of time in the office. We turned an old treadle sewing machine base into a desk for me, and it’s a good think we live in our own townhouse now, and not an apartment, because I treadle when I’m thinking. Squeak, squeak, squeak. Our most used room is our living room. We love kicking back and relaxing for movie night!
Thank you so much for sharing your space with us, Tanya! You can find more of Tanya over at her blog Dans le Townhouse. xo.
I was surprised to see Hungarian posters and the text. 🙂 This is a beautiful poem! I read your blog from Hungary. (sorry my bad English)
Love your work, you are amazing!! 🙂
it’s super weird to come across things related to my little country on a foreign website, like ABM. it melts my heart that people know we exist! and i love those posters in the kitchen! i wish i knew where to get one! or two. or more. x
Gyönyörű a lakás és külön imádom a szocreál reklámplakátokat!
Greetings from hungary,
Your home is wonderful. I especially adore the socialist-realist ads.
Well, sort of. I am Canadian but my mother’s side is Hungarian so I speak the language, but I’m also of Finnish ancestry. I feel a stronger connection with my Hungarian ancestry, though – I even took up Hungarian embroidery:
I know, I’m so sorry HH. You’re not missing it. The office photos were sent along with my text but they didn’t include them in the feature for some reason. If you look at the townhouse tour on my blog, you can see the whole office including the artwork I dithered on about. I’d love for you to stop by 🙂
Thanks Amy!! It’s funny running into you here 🙂 I’m so honored to have my townhouse tour here.
My Mother’s side of the family is Hungary, they came to Canada in the 1960s. I speak Hungarian and my PhD dissertation was on a Hungarian women’s magazine. I’ve always been fascinated with my Hungarian ancestry. Are you of a Hungarian background as well?
So sorry Debbie and C.B. I sent along photos of the office to accompany the text but they weren’t chosen. Thanks so much, though, for coming to my blog to take a peek. There are lots more photos of the townhouse, including the office and my favorite sculpture, in my “townhouse tour”:
Apologies that you have to click over, but I’m happy you’re stopping by!!
Sorry folks!! I sent along the photos when I sent the text but the office photos weren’t used in the post. I know that must be frustrating.
When I submitted my photos we hadn’t moved, so that’s really not the fault of ABM. Luckily, before this feature I changed some things around on my blog to make it clearer that we’re in a new space.
what a super lovely house… thnks for share.
I was looking for the sculpture too! I scrolled up and down twice- I thought I missed something…I’ll go check out the blog 🙂
i adore the color scheme throughout this home!!
I love those posters in her kitchen!
I am beyond impressed that they came up with such unique pieces as the mirror above the fire place. What a great way to keep some of the home’s history and give the new space a hit of meaningful artwork!
I definitely noticed the same thing! Tanya’s Granpa’s sculpture is mentioned but not pictured. Hard to connect the words to the pictures if it’s not set up well! Plus I’m an avid reader of Tanya’s blog and they sold the Townhouse and are renovating their new space, I expected that to be explained so that when people check out her blog they aren’t confused!
Is she hungarian like me??
I love these features so much, and I’d like to point something out- sometimes the articles accompanying these photos will mention something they especially love in their home, but a photo is not included! For instance, in this article a metal sculpture is mentioned in the office, but unless I missed it, it’s not in the article. I wish small details like that would be considered and added!
The Marimekko throw is fantastic!
So excited to see my two favourite blogs come together!!! I love Tanya’s renos, especially now that she’s got a whole new space to work with!