OK, so it's been a while.
I lost interest and now I'm back - thank you for still being here.
So, to make a long story short, the tenants in our ground floor suite gave notice last spring and in the interest of saving some money to 1. catch up, 2. catch up, 3. make some additional improvements to our home, the three of us moved down to the suite for a year. We rented our upstairs to four very responsible (and good looking) grad students and have doubled our rental income. They are quiet (in fact, they have complained that WE are too noisy) and pay their rent on time so you can't ask for much more than that.
The plan is we will move back next summer. The suite is fine - it's 2 bedroom and over 1000 square feet so not much smaller than our home in Vancouver. We've set it up so we all have our own space and it's all very cozy - the only issue is that it only has one bathroom...and it's Jack and Jill style (with entrances from each bedroom) ...so far my teen has not accidentally caught me coming out of the shower but I live in fear he will - it would no doubt scar him for life. Here is the long view of the living room/dining room looking into the galley kitchen (it looks better with furniture). For those who knew my childhood house, the fireplace is a wringer for the fireplace in our old rec room - it makes me feel all nostalgic and confirms the 70's vintage - the house we live in now was built the same year as the home my parents bought when I was a teen.
it's actually not a bad idea for landlords to live in their suites - it def gives you an idea of what you are renting out....and provides some information about what your tenants are getting. We found out all kinds of things (like the dishwasher never worked) and it will help us improve the suite and hopefully generate more $ when we rent it out again next summer.
We've added a very nice patio to the backyard, upgraded the electrical and had heat pumps installed for both the upstairs and downstairs so we are well on our way.
but the point of this post, and my inspiration for writing it is..wallpaper SEE ABOVE. Now that we have moved out of our lovely home, all I can do is think about redecorating it when I get back upstairs - there is something inspiring about moving out ALL your furniture and starting over. I spend hours on houzz.com (if you haven't checked it, be careful, it's addictive)...I've gone through all my old decorating magazines and ripped out dozens of tear sheets and I have a vision and that vision is ORANGE. I love the wallpaper I found on Pinterest shown at the top of this post - it's called Chainlink.
I want to pay homage to the 70's roots of this house and while I'm not willing to go all the way back to avocado, I do love orange and this great wallpaper is one that I wanted to use in my entry. It's by designer Phillip Jeffries and the cost to buy enough wallpaper for ONE wall is $2500...and that doesn't include installation. sigh. so much for that.
I found another one that is a fraction of the cost and I quite liked...then I enlarged the online sample and it looks like this:
Let me know if you see anything that might work.
More on the living the suite life in future posts...and being the downstairs part of upstairs downstairs....all the grad students are doing degrees in English - what can you do with a PhD in English these days? They do spend a fair bit of time on our deck, smoking and talking big ideas.....when they aren't doing laundry.
Designer wallpaper, the new obsession.