A DIY-inclined couple turns an 800-square-foot two-bedroom bungalow into the perfect home for their young family.
When Amanda Robinson christened her blog Natural Mommie
eight years ago, the name was a perfect weaving of her environment and a life-changing event. “My husband, Jason, and I were living in Grimshaw, a sleepy farming town in northern Alberta
, and we’d just had our first son, Aidan [now eight years old],” she says. “His birth, along with our rural setting, inspired my blog on natural living and design.” As Amanda’s blog grew, so did her family (son Ethan, 6, was born exactly two years later), but their rural roots were soon supplanted by city life. “In 2012, Jason’s work took us to West Edmonton, where we moved into a new build. We thought we’d love the convenience of the suburbs, but our hearts were in the country
,” she explains. They decided to leave the city behind the following year and found a listing for a tiny farmhouse in the tiny town of Spruce Grove on a not-so-tiny property. Amanda says, “We put in an offer and got it the same day!”