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The One

It has been almost a year since my last blog post. And what a year.

You see, last January, I found The One. And when you find The One you get so caught up in the glow of new love, that everything else pretty much falls into the background. I’m talking about my new house, of course. It’s actually quite an old house (late 19th century) but that’s another story.

Discovering my dream home involved a deep breath and massive leap of faith, as it meant moving my family away from the localities my husband and I grew up in. It meant leaving our jobs, changing our son’s school, and saying goodbye to many friends and neighbours. It meant giving up the safety and stability of a suburban existence and trading it for rural country life.

The process was intense and emotional – from purging, renovating, and staging our house for sale, to negotiating with a very difficult and unscrupulous couple in order to purchase the new one. And once the key was in our hands, we thought the way was finally clear to make our big move… until we were devastated by unexpected developments on the property that shook our confidence (and our pocketbook) to the core.

It took my family months longer for us to settle into our home than we originally planned. But we are here, and I’m ready to get back to work. I am committed to writing more design features than ever, and my new home will provide me with a ton of welcome inspiration. Among other things, I’m starting a new blog about the many adventures we’ve had (and will likely continue to have) as we navigate our new life. Some of the blog will cover renovations and decorating updates, some of it will be our personal story. I hope you’ll join me when it’s ready to launch as a sister page to Hearth & Gable Interiors.

Welcome to my beautiful old house on the hill. Welcome to Tett House: “An old house that had lived its life long ago and so was very quiet and wise and a little mysterious. Also a little austere, but very kind.” – LM Montgomery



  • Jo Kemp

    Looking forward to reading all about you brave and bold new venture. Just remember you are living the dream that many of us long for. Your home looks stunning and the landscape calls to my own soul to leap to greener pastures. Hugs to you and yours, an old friend, Jo

  • Linda

    Congrats on it all Dana.

    My blog has been on a year long hiatus as well. I think the bug is beginning to stir awake again as life comes into perspective and returns (?)
    to more reasonable pace.

    Enjoy your adventure and beautiful home.

  • Ingrid Balusiak

    It took a writer and a photographer and determination reach where you are today. It’s beautiful. Looking forward to your blog! And I’m profoundly jealous!

  • Robin

    Congratulations on your new journey! This will be fun to follow.
    We found our own old lady – a Victorian cottage on a hill in the middle of a pretty village in a valley (what were the chances?) 15 years ago – a bit of a wreck we bought entirely for the shape of the dining room (square) and the light in the upstairs hall (intangible). Still have unfinished projects, kicked up the road by surprise repairs – and now it’s time to repaint everything, replace appliances we bought back then, and refinish the floors that we installed .. it’s that kind of commitment. In return, it commits to responding to our presence and wrapping us with “home”.

    • dana

      Thanks, Robin. I know what you mean by the house, “responding to your presence.” I have had a similar experience, and will be writing about that, too!

  • Robin Fishbien

    Your new home and adventure are very beautiful as well as exciting!!!
    Wishing you much happiness as you create your life of dreams!!!!
    I’ll be enjoying each new addition as you continue to post!!!

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