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Welcome to my blog!

My name is Fatima. Fa for short. A little over a year ago, I was living in Chicago and decided I wanted to move home so I could spend more time with loved ones and realize my lifelong dream of restoring an old house.

In January of 2018, my dream started to come true when I purchased a home that’s over 100 years old. I’ve lovingly named her, Pocket Door House. I’ve been cleaning, tearing down, building up, designing, and decorating Pocket Door House ever since. As you can imagine tons of blood, sweat, and tears have gone into these walls, but I’ve mostly painted over that 🙂

I’ve been having a blast tackling projects and learning all kinds of cool things including:

  1. How to refinish a clawfoot tub

  2. The trick to removing decades of paint off the original door handles and hinges

And even,

  1. The proper way to replace a toilet

I’m overflowing with excitement. So, as you can imagine, I’m always annoying my friends, family, and colleagues with before and after photos. To my surprise and delight, I’ve received overwhelming positive feedback. Lots of people have asked me for tips, tricks, and advice. Enter, Ugly Duck Design. This blog is a space where I’ll be sharing all of this great stuff and more.

For whatever brings you here – whether you’re seeking inspiration, a solution to a specific problem, or even if you just want to follow along, quack on!


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