Our Story

This blog is about my hubby, Karl, and myself, Kelly. We’re a young early-30’s couple but not very hip. Karl tells corny jokes and I mess up the punch lines. We love being creative, finding lost “treasures”, and keeping each other on our toes.

Our start with design and DIY began nearly 3 years ago when we moved into our first real (rental) home after renting a basement apartment for five years. We moved with only our mattress, some dressers, and our 2 desks, so we basically started from scratch! Working within our $5k budget and making our house OURS was a task-and-a-half, but we made it work!

blue settee living room apartment

At the end of Oct 2015, Karl and I became first-time homeowners of an over one-hundred year old American Foursquare with tons of original features and character; our dream home. We’re history nerds and our house falls squarely into that penchant; keeping the historical features and character of our home is something we strive for as we restore our home.

We have to redo almost every room in our home and have a tight budget, but being DIYers we’re excited to finally have a place to pour our time, effort, and creativity into and make the place “ours”.

{see a quick house tour here}

Join us in our passion for old homes, diy and design and follow along with Karl and myself as we lovingly restore our early 1900’s dream home.

To see some of what goes on around here, check out the
Best of 2014 Projects Countdown.

Visit Our House Progress tab to see what kind of cool thrifty finds and projects have happened since moving, and the DIY & Makeovers tab for project tutorials and Furniture Makeovers!


Contact me at info {at} livinginafixerupper {dot} com

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