Home Tour:: Michelle Adams & Fixer Update {Week 44}


It’s stormy out there today so I am curling up

with you and my laptop before it clears

and it’s back to fixer upper landscape fun

and collecting more earth under the fingernails.


The renovation keeps moving forward,

and the front entrance is improving

(keep scrolling for more peeks).



But let’s tour an inspiring fixer not too far from mine which just

may prove to influence interior plans at the other cottage:

our desert getaway.



Is it even possible to make a wee colonial

fixer upper in the midwest feel

California SEXY and New York CHIC?


I’ll let you decide.


Creative consultant, co-founder of Lonny,

and former Domino editor

i c h e l l e   A d a m s

transformed her 3-bedroom 1920’s

fixer upper in the heartland

into my idea of a heart-throb haven.



(Random, immature, and gratuitious throwback heart-throb for me,

my generation, and an enchanting friend of this blog…)

Michelle Adams 


Adams added these glorious bookcases which I love.

(I intend to show my fatigued beloved this image

at the same moment I offer him a slice of

my fresh baked cinnamon bread.)

Don’t you love the charcoal exterior!?!


Let’s go inside.



Michelle Adams


Michelle is inspired by Michele Bonan, who

designed this space in JK Place Florence

and spells his name like moi.


Michele Bonan – JK Place Florence


Are we feelin the winged glory?


Michelle Adams – master bedroom


Michelle’s transparency is refreshing as she admits

to totally copying the bedroom of Alison Cayne (so

of course I had to take a gander at that one too).


Cayne’s West Village bedroom and dressing area:


Alison Cayne


Alison Cayne

Oh mama. Love the textured bedroom walls and celestial sparkles of gold.

Back to Michelle with two L’s…



Michelle Adams


Ummm. I may have gazed at her rooms

without blinking,

my lime Jello quivering like this:



What a fresh and inviting renovated home in the heartland

with so many charming, beachy, and orderly-yet-boho moments.


Michelle Adams

If you admire this mix, you may be interested
in her new upholstered furniture line at One King’s Lane.

Curious about the Ann Arbor neighborhood where this house resides, I found a cute and cozy Burns Park cottage
(nearly identical to our first fixer, a wee bungalow near Chicago!)
with 2 bedrooms, 875 square feet, a porch and a basement
on the market for $275K…

This listing brings back fond memories!
The interior was mostly blue and white, and
our detached garage looked like this but
included an attached carport I used as a party patio.


Are we pinning away?

And doesn’t pin class trump spin class every day of the week?

Magical vignettes made in INDIGO FRIGGIN HEAVEN  from Michelle Adams

Are you loving the blue and white?
Adams used Ralph Lauren Paint’s
Tibetan Jasmine for the walls.

And now this Michele shall dream of a vintage bicycle
parked near our quirky DIY French courtyard:


I plan to tidy up the edging today or tomorrow
and buy a tamper to get my tamp on…terrible joke.


finish capping the wall, hang a mirror or ten,

plant a few more shrubs,

and help with the back patio construction.

Wanna join me amid the lavender?

By now, it should be quite clear our DIY devotion
centers on helping this little woodsy paradise heal,
not on achieving any level of perfection.

As I meditatively dug in the dirt this week and was
visited by critters who call these woods home,
tears flowed freely.

The work is healing me too.

I’d love for you to join me on
instagram and facebook for
updates not on the blog and random
’round the house lovely like:


hello lovely studio

Peace to you right where you are.

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