I Am Back With a Renovation Project!


Wow…..it’s been three years since I closed up my Honey B’s shop. It seems much longer! It hasn’t slowed down life much, in fact, I’m busier with other things but at the same time it hasn’t been the same since….it really made me aware that everyone needs their “oxygen” in life (a passion or fulfilling hobby) and even though I’ve never entirely given up my passion for finding and refinishing unique furniture pieces and treasures, the pace has been slower and filled with sometimes mundane things. I think I do thrive better under a more active, pressure filled day! Strange how you are always discovering things about yourself!

Some people warned retirement can be a bit boring if you’re not careful. Two years ago, my husband and I decided we also wanted to sell our beautiful Parkdale home, downsizing, simplifying and minimizing our workload. We bought and relocated to a spec home in the new development. Here are a few photos of what our present abode looks like after doing some upgrades and applying my obsessive decorating personality traits. I’m really happy with it but I have to say it’s completely done, something I never thought would happen to my own home. Without the store, I haven’t the motivation to keep changing things…another strange discovery…

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Little Lou is getting on (12 years!) but he’s the same cutie pie as ever and is still hopping around like a puppy! I knew you’d appreciate seeing his sweet face here!

So back to my story!….Our “simple and complete life” plan recently got derailed because my husband drove by a real estate listing which caught his/our interest. We approached with kids gloves, after all our life was just where we wanted it? We organized a viewing that evening and within 24 hours we purchased a 2 acre property north of Calgary. Good grief….so much for sitting still! Along with that news, hubby retired in December 2013! Without a doubt something would have to happen in order for us to have the time, patience and resources to take on this monumental renovation and Murray’s retirement was just the key.

Built in 1981, the property is in need of a major boost. In 4 months, we’ve gutted the entire 7,000 square foot house and have embarked on an interesting and challenging route to restore it to the home of our dreams! It’s a perfect fit to accommodate our ever-growing family (as of 2014 we are now grandparents to 7 grandbabies).

This house reminds me of an old stone/brick european colonial, not something common in Calgary! How lucky are we to have found this place?! It has an expansive front yard and beautiful curb appeal that goes right through to the back where the perimeter is forested with giant spruce, elm and various other beautiful trees. There’s a nice little sitting platform and arbor adjacent to a children’s dream playground.

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I wanted to document our journey and start a new segment of my blog. There will be lots of posts and pictures to share, interior and out. We’ve already done so much but no time like the present to get going. Sharing with you all is not only fun but also gives us the opportunity to recognize all the hard work our team is putting in to make our dream a reality. This has so far been a fantastic experience in spite of the reputation renovations often hold! Please check in for the latest posts which may jump around a bit as I explore different areas of the house. Feel free to comment! Thanks and welcome back, I hope you enjoy reading about our experiences!

There are lots of furniture pieces I’m restoring for the new home as well which I will be showing and most likely some will be coming up for sale! xo thanks so much! I’ve missed my blog and so so happy to be back at it!

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All items on the website plus more will be available for sale at clearance prices!


Saturday, August 10th

9am – 3pm


92 Beny Sur Mer Road S.W. (Currie Barracks Area)

parking is limited because of construction

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Upcoming Sale – Flood Relief Fund and Donation


Hello all! It’s been a long time since I posted and I’m so sorry if you’ve been wondering what has happened to Honey B’s. Though the website and blog have been up and running they have been virtually non-active since last summer. I suddenly realized that it’s been an entire year! I mean’t to get back much, much sooner but life gets a hold of you….and well, here I am wondering where the time went. My family and I are now settled and enjoying a new home in the Currie Barracks community which is working fabulously for us! Setting up a new house has revealed that not all pieces we own are working in the new space. After hanging on all winter and spring with our garage bursting with excess furniture and stuff, we decided to let it go. It’s been somewhat freeing and energizing to downsize and simplify!

That leads me to the announcement that I am going to wind down Honey B’s by the end of summer. With that, comes a rather large sell off of our house contents before the website is closed. I am super busy gathering the pieces together and I’m amazed by just how much there is! I will be working to have it all ready to go in the coming week or two, post on the website for those followers who would like to pre-shop.  I will wrap up with a public sale near the end of July (at my home). Please note that we are contributing 10% of our sales to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Floods Response. We hope those who are affected by the recent events find strength and sustaining support in their community. Every contribution is important and every contribution will assist in a step towards recovering. We are eager to assist more with this donation.

Thanks so much! Check out the website now and more items will be added daily in the coming week. Here’s what set up looks like so far!

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    Antiques, crafting, decorating and beauty in all forms have created many blessings for me. In addition to my wonderful family, seeking vintage items, restoration of old furnishings and a touch of personal creativity fulfill my life. Little details, I believe, are the most important part for us all. I invite you to visit my online store and blog to share in my interests and get inspired!

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