Her Abode

Here, House Crazy Sarah will share with you where she lives. Although she is only in her forties, she has already owned seven houses in her lifetime. She LOVES houses and makes a habit out of living in as many of them as possible. She particularly loves old houses with character or crazy, unique homes.

After having relocated from Colorado to Canada in June of 2021, House Crazy Sarah purchased a 1918 cottage bungalow in her hometown in northern Ontario.

1918 cottage bungalow

The well-loved home is a mish-mash of styles: craftsman, Victorian, cottage – eclectic. 

She is still in the “tweaking stages” of home ownership, so things are changing daily, but have a look inside at a few rooms so you can get an idea of the home’s spirit…

1918 cottage bungalow

You enter into the finished front porch which House Crazy Sarah uses as her office.

1918 cottage bungalow

She’s not crazy about the eggplant coloured ceiling, but it will eventually be addressed.

1918 cottage bungalow

From the front porch, you enter into the living room…

1918 cottage bungalow

1918 cottage bungalow

There is a beautiful fireplace mantel with a gas insert. No, House Crazy Sarah did not paint the brick white, but she did repaint the walls. When she purchased the place, this wall was a dark grey – and House Crazy Sarah HATES grey paint in houses!

1918 cottage bungalow

1918 cottage bungalow

The other walls in the living room were painted a bright turquoise color which was cute, but House Crazy Sarah wanted to lighten and brighten this room up as much as possible because it only gets a bit of eastern sun.

1918 cottage bungalow

The color she chose is Benjamin Moore’s Italian Ice Green.

House Crazy Sarah is still thinking on what type of window treatment she wants. She will update these photos once she settles on some type of curtain.

1918 cottage bungalow

1918 cottage bungalow

Beyond the living room is the kitchen.

1918 cottage bungalow

1918 cottage bungalow

She’s not a big fan of orange either, but this color has been growing on her. It is a unique kitchen!

1918 cottage bungalow

1918 cottage bungalow

Off one side of the kitchen is a bedroom and a bathroom –  a red and black bathroom!

1918 cottage bungalow

When House Crazy Sarah’s mother walked in here, she called it “the bordello”. House Crazy Sarah kind of likes that idea.

Off the back of the kitchen is the “sun room”…

1918 cottage bungalow

This is a wonderful spot to eat breakfast and House Crazy Sarah sometimes works back here as well.

1918 cottage bungalow

The house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in total. The basement is completely finished with a wonderful private bedroom/library and spa bathroom with a soaking tub that House Crazy Sarah immediately claimed as her space. But no peeking into the private bedroom spaces – sorry friends.

Out in the backyard, there is a shed and lots of shady spots to sit and read.

1918 cottage bungalow

House Crazy Sarah finds her children out here often reading.

1918 cottage bungalow

1918 cottage bungalow

1918 cottage bungalow

1918 cottage bungalow

1918 cottage bungalow

House Crazy Sarah likes to name all her houses and she named this one “Maple” because it has many small maple trees in the yard; the kitchen cabinets are maple wood; and, it is her first house in Canada!

decorative maple leaf

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Her last house, “Little Green”, was a charming country cottage in rural Colorado.

little green cottage

Little Green was built in 1930. House Crazy Sarah acquired Little Green in the fall of 2017. Sadly, she sold Little Green in June of 2021. Saying goodbye to this special cottage was tremendously difficult for House Crazy Sarah.

House Crazy Sarah

Little Green was an exceptionally cozy, light-filled, and charming home – though she had her old house quirks!

Here are some interior pictures:

Fun fact about Little Green: she was actually built in the center of town and picked up and moved to her current location in the country several decades ago. Which is surprising because she looks like she has been on that property all her life!

little country cottage

Little Green’s move to the country explains why all her walls, ceilings, and floors are wavier than the North Atlantic in November. Nevertheless, she was loved. 

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A previous home owned by House Crazy Sarah was featured prominently on her former blog so there are many images of it still floating around on the internet. She called it “Anna Maria Money Pit”.

House Crazy Sarah

Although it was a beautiful home, Anna Maria Money Pit was one of the oldest inhabited houses in southern Colorado (built sometime in the 1870’s) and as such, sucked up an exorbitant amount of money just to stay on life support. House Crazy Sarah grew tired of the constant upkeep, so she eventually sold it to some people of means who have been giving it new life.

House Crazy Sarah has left a piece of her soul in every house she has ever lived in, and in some cases, she even left buried or hidden treasures that some person will unearth 100 years from now and wonder who this crazy house lady was.

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