The Moss was my favourite transformation by far!

Set in the heart of Fairfield’s Cook Street Village on the famed Moss Street – known for its cherry trees in the Spring, Moss Street Paint-In, and the amazing Moss Street Market – it was a true gem!

When it came on the market we had to act fast — and the story of how we ended up getting Moss was a pretty funny one!  We pretty much were ready to offer without actually viewing and going in unconditional.

This, of all our homes, is the closest to my heart and was the hardest to let go of…

The outside was an awful mess but the house was surprisingly solid.

We painted the exterior, porch and landscaped the entire yard.

exterior before and after


We also cleaned up the driveway which was a disaster and mud pit to boot!  We decided NOT to pave and instead opted for gravel.  We put in some tall grasses and added a plant wall to the carport for privacy.

(I am looking for a photo with the tall grasses in place but haven’t been able to locate it yet!)

moss driveway


Once we dealt with the mess this house had some serious curb appeal and it was a pretty spectacular reveal.  We were so proud of this one!

the moss


The interior layout was a nice one and really required only cosmetics.

The living space we painted walls, fireplace and added sconces as well as a long mirror above the mantel.

moss living


The play room was a dark, dingy purple which we lightened up with a luminescent pink and chandelier.

It was an adorable room that was a real hit with our daughter and all her little friends.

moss playroom


The bathroom was terrible.  We used an old hutch (we had found in a ditch!) that we refinished for the vanity and added some period details like the floor tile to match the feel of the house.

The mirror was a perfect find from Pier One, (it had a tiny dent in the corner, so they gave us 50% off, and we patched  it up with no problem!) and had a distressed finish to it.

moss bathroom before and after


The kitchen was probably the most stunning transformation and I am so proud of how we did it!  The cabinets were solid so we gave them a coat of paint and distressed them.

To make them look custom we carried them up to the ceiling adding some moulding and painting the back wall the same colour.

We removed some, changed the hardware and countertops as well as used a simple tile.


kitchen progress


The final reveal shows an island we purchased from Ikea.  We painted it the same colour as our lower cabinets to give it cohesion.

moss kitchen reveal


The Dining Room was an easy room to transform.  With new paint, coverings and chandelier this room was a joy to share family dinners in.

moss dining


Our backyard space was small and that was one of the challenges about living in the Village but we made the space our own.

moss deck

We added bright pops of colour to our deck and also opted to use our carport as an undercover area to relax and play.

moss relax and play yard

As usual… our fairies need a space too!  Since we had a lot of walk-by traffic and the fairy garden was in our front yard people would leave coins and little treasures.

Many a time we came out to folks taking photos or little children playing in it!  Our daughter made lots of little friends this way, while we would chat with parents on our porch front steps.

Fairies on Moss


Probably one of the biggest compliments was when we found out a well-known local artist had painted our house.

As a surprise Chris bought it for me.  We still have it and its a lovely memory of a house we really fell in love with.

nancy ruhl moss street

I still miss this house sometimes!