She and her husband bought a 50 years old, rundown house by a river for a steal a few years ago. She told me that in spring, all the cherry blossom trees along the river provide such an amazing view from her balcony. She fell in love with the location more than anything else.
They have been slowly remodeling the house by themselves. I knew my sister loved woodworking and is very crafty, but I had no idea that my brother-in-law was such a handyman. He replaced the flooring, they changed the walls, and built shelves here and there... and so on.
They are keeping some of the Japanese aspects of the house, and adding their own style to it. It might look a little mish-mash, but in my opinion, the house is a lot more interesting and fun. It totally reflects their personalities!
I had fun going through the house with my sister to see what they have done so far, and listening to her tell me what their plans are for the future.
I will share some of the pictures with you.
One of my friends is a professional stained glass artist, she gave this stained glass as a house warming gift.
They took the door to the small shed, and added shelves for their ever growing picture books of their kids.
They replaced a lot of the flooring on the main floor, but they kept some "Tatami" room. I love the window treatment, antique chest and the rug.
Their bedroom wall was in a good shape, but it was all outdated wood panel like we see from the 70's here. They painted the whole room and added a rail & hooks to hang stuff.
I loved the reading corner for her girls in the living room. The quilt was made by a family friend using an old Japanese kimono fabric.
The entrance; my brother-in-law retiled the whole thing.
Have I mention that they both graduated from agriculture collage? They are good at growing veggies and keeping a beautiful garden.
Now that I think of it, there are more areas that I should have taken pictures. Seriously, they have done a ton of work!
One of my friends who knows what the house looked like told me that she had to asked my sister if they are really serious about buying the place. In fact, my sister told me that my nieces cried when they saw the house for the first time. Was it tears of joy? No, they didn't want to live in a haunted house!
Sometimes it is hard to see the potential in things, but my sister and her husband definitely had a vision, and are making the house in to a beautiful haven for their family.
I would love it if they could come to visit us someday... I have so many things I want done around my house... hehehe... well, that is a very fun and productive way to spend time as a family; don't you agree?:)