Once upon a time my husband and I lived in little house off of an old country road.
It was our starter home and we had made many good memories but, when a baby came along, it was time for us to start searching for a house that would better accommodate our needs.
We looked at house after house but couldn’t find “the one.” Just when we were ready to give up, our friend and realtor called us one day with information on a house that he thought would be a good fit. The previous owner was an elderly woman who had recently passed away and the family was ready to sell.
I remember driving into the neighborhood and immediately loving the tall, old trees that majestically lined the streets. Then we saw the front of the house sitting on the corner that was hidden under overgrown trees.
We rounded the corner and pulled into the driveway and that is about the time I fell in love with it.
Before we went inside, our realtor’s wife, who has a real knack for decorating, told me to try to look beyond the decor of the home. Nothing could have prepared me for the immaculate time capsule we were about to enter.
We entered by way of the sun room.
The green carpet and dated paneling did not appeal to me but I loved the idea of a sun room! We then entered into the kitchen and (what was used as) the den.
Notice that there was carpet in the kitchen. Light carpet. I am a messy cook. You can imagine how that went. If you look carefully in the picture above, you can catch a glimpse of the fireplace mantle that is in the den area.
The layout of the house is basically a big circle (a feature that we love since we have children who are constantly running). We went into the hallway and entered the master bedroom and bath that was located on the end nearest us.
Eric, in particular, just loved the color choice for the master bath!
Well, if we thought a lilac bathroom was dated, we were in for a real surprise when we saw the main bath! It was a sight to behold. Want to see? Ta- DAH!
I’m going to say this, a yellow toilet never sat well with me. No matter how much I scrubbed, it just never looked quite…. clean. Need I say more? I’ll tell you a funny story about this bathroom. We didn’t do anything to it during our first few years in the house. Spock started potty training and I came to realize just how horrible carpet is in the bathroom! One day, I heard him flush the toilet and found out that he had attempted to flush his diaper! Water was overflowing EVERYWHERE. I had been longing to do it, so I took advantage of the situation and ripped up the carpet right then and there. Eric was in for a surprise when he came home from work that day!
Once we recovered (slightly) from our first sighting of “the yellow bathroom,” we investigated the two rooms at the end of the hall. The first one:
And the second:
Now, I’ve been saving the best for last. To continue the circle of the house leads to the front entrance (where the mega trees were) and the main living area. All I could see was red. No, literally!
(That pull-down copper lamp stayed for quite sometime. I loathed it. Eric loved it… probably because I hated it so.)
The house has a two car garage and a full, unfinished basement. Eric loved that the house had “good bones.” I loved the space (it was so much more than what we were used to) and big windows in the living areas. It didn’t take much time praying and contemplating over it before we made an offer.
Once the house was ours, I painted every room (except sun room and bathrooms) before we moved in. Eric spent an evening ripping out red carpet so that we could replace it. The carpet was so old that the pad underneath had literally turned to dust!
One of our first big projects was to take down the overgrown trees. Here are a few pictures of that and of the house afterwards (so that you can see what it actually looks like in the front)!
It was funny because some neighbors came out and took pictures while the guys were taking down the trees. I think everyone in the neighborhood had long awaited their fate! We yanked the bushes out that day too. When we were done, it was bare but so nice to see the house!
So, that is our house! I can not wait to show you how it looks today. There are still ongoing projects and things we would like to update, but we have come a long way since these pictures were taken (I need to look at these pictures when I start to feel frustrated about all the things that still need done).
Look for part two (“Our House Today On The Street Where We Live”) to be posted next week!