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DIY blogger and freelance content creator

Hi! I'm Tanya, an avid DIYer, maker, crafter, painter, design lover, Pyrex collector, treasure hunter, writer, and feminist. 

I'm so happy you stopped by the lakehouse for a visit! 

DIY and home decor blog focused on cottage life

"Dans le Lakehouse" is my Bug Bunny-esque French for "In the Lakehouse" (I'm a bad Canadian) and this is where I share all of my creative endeavors.  

There are few projects I won't take a stab at, as long as my Handy Hubby is game too.  You can see our updated DIY project gallery here and you'll find everything from small and do-able home decor projects to fresh and modern craft ideas, as well as budget-friendly room makeovers and handy home renovation tips - we've even painted a car!

DIY project gallery

Hubs and I have been DIYing together since we met as teens, so of course the first house we bought was a fixer upper.  We spent years updating our little 1970's townhouse in Ottawa, Canada.  In 2013 we sold our place (with disappointing results) but we weren't sad for long because we moved 1600km to our dream house, a small bungalow on the shores of Lake Superior.  Now we're updating our little lakeside gem on a budget, transforming it from a 1990s oak bonanza into a sleek, mid-century inspired abode, and I'm so excited to share it with you.  (I like snooping into homes, so I'm sharing our progress for my fellow snoops!)

Moving to the country has been a transition for me, a former city mouse!  When my hands aren't busy making something, I share my thoughts on my new rural life, saving money, and every now and then I bust out a recipe or two.  The foxes think my baking is the bomb.

Feeding foxes

Who is my Handy Hubby?  He's the brawn behind some of our most ambitious projects (like our DIY wood counters) and also the second set of hands for some of my fancier DIYs (like these agate necklaces).  We spent four months apart when I spent time in Hungary doing research for my PhD, so he took over the blog to share his thoughts on our time apart, but otherwise he likes to stay behind the scenes.

I'd love to hear from you!
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29 comments

  1. I'm a huge snoop too! Sometimes I find myself wishing that random people had blogs so I could know what's going on in their lives! I suppose I could just ask... but that would be too easy, wouldn't it?

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  2. Hello from a fellow snoop! Beautiful blog and beautiful house! Glad to have found you :)

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  3. hello! my name is ashlee. i found you through faith pike's blog. i LOVE your cute little blog. i'm going to bookmark it asap. and you & your house are so cute too. good job decorating. talk to you soon!

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  4. Tanya, you have some awesome DIY tips. So glad you stopped by "my place" today. I'm a new follower. Oh, and I totally relate to getting no money for something that is (at times an obsessive) hobby. Can you imagine how awesome it must be for people who get paid to do this??

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  5. I found your blog tonight and I really like it! Love your style! I'm starting to discover fellow Canadian Bloggers and it's very cool. I'll keep following...and learning! Happy Holidays
    n

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  6. Oh, hello. I just found you because you just found me. I'm so glad!

    Let's snoop around the 'net together, k?

    :)

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  7. Hi Tanya,

    I am so excited to find some fellow Ottawa bloggers! Especially ones who have such great style. I love your House Tour, you have done great work. May I ask where you get your artwork? The two paintings in your living room are beautiful!

    Rachel

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    1. Hi Rachel, nice to meet you! Thanks so much for your kind words.

      I'm so excited to check out your blog. Much of the artwork is DIY (those are filed under my DIY projects page). The paintings in the living room above the sofa, in the dining room, and above the guest bed and guest bedroom chair are by my Hubby's grandpa: Bert Weir.

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  8. Hi Tanya -

    Thanks for commenting on my blog - I can't believe I've only just discovered yours! Beautiful house, beautiful style - can't wait to watch the continual evolution :)

    Erica

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  9. Hi there. I just discovered your blog this weekend (from a post on the Craftzine blog). I'm from Ottawa too! Your house is looking really great and I love those paintings you have in your bedroom. I'm going to try one of my own on a biiiiig canvas (love those 50% off coupons from Michaels)! I'll be reading frequently to get inspired for my own house!
    cheers, Angela

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    1. Thanks so much! Great to meet you! Nice to meet a fellow Ottawa crafter. Your Etsy shop is fabulous - you're so creative!!

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  10. Just found your blog and I can't wait to read more of it!
    I'm also in Ottawa, a former blogger and debating whether or not to start again...we close on our new house next week!

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    1. Hi Anne,

      So nice to meet a fellow Ottawa-er. DEFINITELY starting blogging again and send me the link so I can follow along and add you to my blogroll!

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    2. I will let you know if I do for sure.

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  11. Hello,

    I just recently found your blog. I'm in England, and renovating (slowly but surely) an old cottage in the country.

    Hungary sounds exciting - must be interesting to look at style in a different part of the world. Look forward to following your adventures.

    Jessica

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    1. Hi Jessica,

      So nice to "meet" you. I am so jealous you have a cottage in the English countryside.

      It definitely is fun to be in Hungary for four months, because that is a good chunk of time to get to know Budapest. It's my third time here, so I've seen many sites. Now I can focus on daily life.
      I'm clicking over to see if there's a blog attached to your profile, because I MUST see this cottage!

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  12. I like your style a lot very clean. Where did you get your cream sofa for the living room?

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    1. My apologies! I didn't see this question until today. The sofa was purchased used from the Classifieds (it was in fabulous condition). This post has a link to the company to buy it new: http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2011/11/new-sofa-new-living-room.html

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  13. Another Canadian blogger to find! I really like all of your DIYs, my favorite being the yellow abstract. I love the pop of colour. Off to browse the rest of your blog :)

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  14. Just came across your blog from a Pinterest pin and realized that you're a fellow Ottawan! The world is small, eh? Love all of your projects! We just bought our first home (a town home in the South Keys area), which we're moving into in a month! All of your projects are so inspiring--thanks for sharing everything!

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    1. Definitely a small world!! Congrats on your new townhouse!! I'm so excited for you, a townhouse is a great first home. I have definitely loved ours. We're in the process of selling ours, though, because we bought a house in another city. I'm quite sad to leave Ottawa because it's such a great city and I love how friendly people are. Thanks for stopping by to say "hi".

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  15. Love your blog!! Can I ask what kind of camera you use? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks! I use a Panasonic DMC-FZ28. It's actually failing me now, refusing to focus, but it's been a good little camera for the last five years. Lots of options for creative control, but a pretty smart auto setting too.

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  16. Nagyon jó a blogod, Tanya! Gratulálok. A konyhafelújításról szóló bejegyzésedről írtam én is egy postot a blogomban. Természetesen forrásként megjelöltem a Te blgodat.
    További sok szép projektet kívánok Neked!

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  17. Hello from Prairie Village, Kansas! I found you from House of Turquoise guest blog. Love what you've done to the lake house. Quick question... Where did you find the candlesticks on the credenza? I used to own several that I bought from a Scandinavian store and adored until cat knocked over and haven't been able to find again.

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    1. Hi Barbara, it's so nice to meet you! The candlesticks are from my grandmother. I don't believe they are in production anymore, but you can find them on Ebay and Etsy. They are Iittala Festivo, but we aware that there is a knock off version some people sell as the real deal. Side by side the difference is clear, though. I hope you're able to find some replacements!! You can always check with your local antique dealers and ask them to keep an eye out for you - especially any places specializing in mid-century modern.

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  18. A late hello from Ottawa also! I'm not new to blogging but am refocusing as we just traded in our suburban townhouse for a country split with tons of space. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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  19. Wow! I am sooooo inspired! I am one of those gals who have amazing ideas, but is only beginning to take cracks at things? How did you originally get into DIY? What were your first projects? Was it mainly your husband that inspired you to dive in? Thank so much

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    1. When I met my hubby, we were in our late teens, working at as historical re-enactors at a tourist site. We found work there because we both loved making things - he made buckets in a cooperage and I did hand sewing, beading and baking to entertain the tourists. In our real lives, he'd built a desk with his woodworker dad while I'd started sewing really terrible clothes for myself, with my mom's help. When we started dating, we started tackling projects together. We re-stained a table for me, upholstered a desk chair for him and took on bigger and bigger projects until we decided to re-paint my car lime green! These days, making stuff together is just something we do and we've developed skills sets so we can divide and conquer on different projects. With DIY, I started small - making my own jewellery, sewing, re-painting furniture and I built up to bigger and more challenging projects. Some have been flops, some major successes. I'd say start small with your amazing ideas - do a little research and then dive in. Know that there will be projects that flop, but look forward to the ones that turn out better than you imagined! Happy making!

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