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Couple Renovates 1920s House Into a Picture-Perfect Home

Jelyka and Chris Pedersen give new meaning to labor of love by working on a space where their forever begins

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Photography: courtesy of Jelyka and Chris Pedersen

Call it destiny or fate, but it seems this cozy home in Norway is meant for Jelyka and Chris Pedersen. Located in the same street where Chris’s family lives, this house was put up for sale just in time for a big milestone in the couple’s journey.

“His parents would joke about the house across the street, saying we should move to Norway and live there,” shares Jelyka. After their engagement, Chris got a call from his parents saying the house is up for sale. In 2018, the couple moved to Norway for good and settled down in the house. They even got the keys to the place on the day they got married.

Since it’s a 1920s home, the two knew they had to put a lot of work into transforming the space and making it their own. “We wanted to make it our home where we can feel cozy and comfortable. We have a limited budget so we did it step-by-step, tackling it one room at a time,” relates Jelyka.

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With Pinterest as her best friend and her experience in marketing real estate properties in the Philippines, Jelyka was in charge of coming up with the design and Chris lead the renovation work. Since it’s quite an old house, challenges weren’t inevitable, especially when dealing with structural issues and building materials.

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“It was our first time doing such laborious work which we haven’t done before, but we got a lot of help from Chris’s family who had experience with home renovations,” Jelyka shares. While the home looks picture-perfect, Jelyka admits that it’s not yet completely finished. There are so many things to love in this home sweet home, but the kitchen is the couple’s favorite. “We love making food from scratch and we’re proud with how it turned out. It’s a very well-planned kitchen,” exclaims Jelyka.

Take a peek inside the Pedersen’s home below:

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Façade


Chris’s parents referred to the home as the “yellow house” because it was previously painted a bold yellow color. When Jelyka and Chris got the house, they repaired and repainted the exterior, choosing a neutral shade that complements the surroundings.

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Entryway


“The entryway is a bit more colorful than the rest of the house. We went for a quirky color, Savanna Sunset, to welcome guests into the space,” Jelyka says. The chosen color is striking yet subtle, perfect for creating a good first impression.

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The clothing rack suspended from the ceiling is a DIY project by the couple while the lime paint adds texture on the walls.

Living Area


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Jelyka spends most of her time in the living area which is the part of the home that gets reimagined a lot because she enjoys moving things around. “I love the combination of textures and light neutral tones. It really gives the Hygge vibe and perfect for slow living,” she shares.

The walls are painted a soothing beige and the windows are dressed with sheer white curtains so they can admire the marvelous view. For the flooring, they opted for luxury vinyl planks as these are durable, waterproof, and provide better acoustics. The best part? It’s pet-friendly! The couple has two Shiba Inus.

TV Room


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In the TV area/family room, they decided to retain the original wood panels then complemented it with darker tones to achieve a moody vibe. The wall-mounted shelves hold décor pieces and prized photographs.

Kitchen


Working on the kitchen took a month and more as they had to replace the flooring of the entire level. The kitchen has a sleek and modern appeal with its combination of black and wood. “The minimalist look of the wood slats caught my eye and how it works well with the matte black cabinets,” explains Jelyka.

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To keep the area from being too dark, windows are kept open and a lighter color was chosen for the walls. While it looks easy on the eyes, what really makes the kitchen stand out is how functional it is.


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“The flow of the work area is seamless as it follows the triangle rule and every inch of the room is accounted for. Everything has its place so no clutter is visible in the counterspace,” the lady of the house shares.


Aside from storage niches, there’s also a wall-mounted shelf and several hooks in place.

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Veranda


Coffee with such a breathtaking view? We’ll take it! Rattan furniture pieces complete the area as these can withstand outdoor elements. It also came with water-resistant cushions!


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Chris replaced the fence and built one featuring a modern pattern with minimal space in between to keep the dogs from going out.

Guest Bedroom


The Guest Bedroom features dark teal accent wall. Since Jelyka has an extensive makeup collection, this room doubles as her makeup room. Most of the furniture pieces are secondhand purchases or given by relatives.

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Can you spot the Harry Potter-inspired décor pieces? Since Jelyka is a Potterhead, she made sure to showcase it in the room as well.

Master Bedroom


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Who wouldn’t love to end the day in such a cozy space? “My favorite thing about our bedroom is the limewashed accent wall. It gives the room so much character and the added texture is a great accent,” says Jelyka.

The couple also invested in the continental bed which has amazing features that allow them to adjust the position of the bed easily. According to bedroompedia.com, a continental bed has three layers—a box pad at the bottom, a spring mattress in the middle, and a top mattress.


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Your bed linens can make a difference in making the bedroom prettier and ideal for relaxing. Jelyka and Chris use linen for their duvet covers as well as a weighted duvet so they can enjoy a more restful slumber.

Bathroom


“The bathroom is the first DIY we worked on because we wanted to change it right away given how outdated it looks,” shares Jelyka. Since they don’t have the budget for a major renovation yet, they worked on temporary budget-friendly upgrades such as painting the tiles.

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In the vanity area, the cabinets are painted black and water-resistant contact paper was used for the countertop. “We also changed the lighting fixture, spray-painted the faucet to black, replaced the mirror, and lastly, switched out the knobs of the cabinet,” Jelyka enumerates.

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Home Office / Recreational Room


According to Jelyka, this is Chris’s favorite room as it doubles as his man cave when he’s not working. It also serves as Jelyka’s art studio where she works on her crafts. “We couldn’t find a desk that perfectly fits the room so we made one instead. We used an oak bench top then cut it to size to create an L-shaped desk before adding black steel legs,” she shares.

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Have you recently spruced up your room or renovated your home? We'd definitely love to see the result! Send clear photos (with your full name, city address, and accompanying kuwento) to [email protected] with the subject "DIY Makeover" and we may just feature your DIY project!

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