Thursday, April 22, 2010

once upon a time...

I'm floating on clouds right now.

Practically bursting at my seams with happiness.


So I'm sure you are wondering why...

Remember my storybook gem?

Well I got to tour her!!!!!!!!

(Happy dance ensues)

Please grab a cup of goodness, sit back and relax.

Let's fantasize, shall we...

Love the arched doorway and little peep hole.  
All of the windows and moldings are original.
The floors are also original but had some cheap finishing job.
I'd definitely refinish all that dark nasty shine and make the floors look more natural.
The tile at the bottom of the hearth would be changed, 
I'm thinking some fun, shimmery seashell inspired tiny glass tiles.

My heart flutters every time I gaze upon that dreamy, storybook inspired window.

This angle is looking from the living room into the dining room.
There used to be french doors, if you look closely you can see where the hinges are on the molding.
Loving all the bright and cheery windows.

View from the dining into the living.
Sorry it is blurry... 
I was having a hard time containing myself.

I'm surprised this shot wasn't blurred.
My heart was doing somersaults over the original cabinets.
Sure the floor is a cheap vinyl of sorts...
but that is so easy to replace.
The counter is an awful ceramic tile.
Right now I'm leaning towards a white marble or creamy white quartz surface.... 
hmmm or maybe butcher block...
Change out the appliances to some stainless steel, energy efficient variety,
add a little more counter surface work space,
and even I could over look the fact that there is no dishwasher...
(I haven't had one in over two years... but who's counting)

A view of the other side of the kitchen into the screened-in laundry room.
I *heart* the ironing board cupboard, even though it doesn't have the actual ironing board in it.
I eventually braved the attic staircase and was so happy I did.
Plenty of head room up there for office space. 
Ohhhh the possibilities!!

View into the back bedroom via the hallway.
The back room is just right off of the kitchen.
Each room has two, huge picture windows.
They seemed to be identical in size.
A king bed would probably be pushing it.
(glad I own a queen)
Each had a little closet and ooohh...
do you see the glass door knobs!!
Actually the entire house has the glass knobs except for the two exterior doors!

Front bedroom has access from the living room also.
Oh I can picture the guest bedroom now...
Wouldn't you love to visit?!?!

Another look from the front bedroom towards the hall bath.
(say hi to the pretty glass doorknob)

Original, refinished sink and tub, medicine cabinet, and laundry hamper/linen closet.
Tear out that cheap vinyl and get in some tiny white hexagon tiles stat!
Line those walls with white subway tiles.
Change out that horrid light fixture...

Plenty of room for a tiny wash stand to hold pretty toiletries and fresh flowers.
(are you dazzled by that glass door knob as much as I am?)

Just one more look...
This little gem really is quaint at only 996 sq. ft.
Built in 1931.
She definitely has some foundation issues...
(but that is minor right... ugh)
BUT look how dreamy she is!!
Plus she is in a gorgeous neighborhood and within 
easy walking distance to parks, food, and local shops.
If only I could get the husband on board...

Thanks so much for dreaming with me.

I had so much fun touring this precious home.

Elizabeth, the lovely real estate agent that showed me this home,
was so kind just to show it for fun.
She specializes in selling vintage homes and
 has her own beauty just down the road from this one.
If you ever want to check out her listings or
 need help finding a storybook charmer of your own,
venture on over to her site here:  Elizabeth Brooks
I can't thank her enough for letting me dream.

Happy Earth Day!!


I Love Pretty Little Things said...

How fun that you got to tour that charming little house! FUN!
Is there going to be a For Sale sign in your own yard in the near future? :)

Vintage Simple said...

Eeeeeeep!!!! I'm hyperventilating, too!! It's so rare to find a home with so many details intact - the kitchen cabinets, the old ironing board, the bathroom sink and medicine cabinet (and was there a clawfoot tub???), all those glass door knobs, that fireplace, the windows... I think I may have fainted had I been touring it. What fun, Bonnie!! Thanks for sharing. I love to tour old houses and this one is so very special..! I hope someone who really appreciates old homes will buy it.


You Are My Fave said...

Ah yes, a little dream home for sure. I love old cottages.

Anna Liesemeyer said...

ahhh its beautiful! we are renting to save up for something like this:)

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

gorgeous!!! i could definitely make my dwelling amongst those walls! so glad you got to explore the beauty!

Frances said...

Oh Bonnie. Wow! I hardly know what to say to express my heart. I've never gone on a tour of a charming house like this. I watch House Hunters all the time; but I must say I enjoy your photo tours just as much. Those glass door knobs. Oh my. My heart is melting. I bought a couple of those at an antique store once and just have them lying on a bookshelf because I love to look at them. Everything about this house is so charming. Foundation issues would scare me. But other than that, I would be right with you in dreaming, dreaming, dreaming about this place being mine. Thank you for providing some moments of true charm to my day. Hugs ....

Bren said...

That was wonderful, thank you for providing us with a virtual tour and your reactions and ideas made it all the more fun!
By the way, love the quote you left on my blog, it's one I'd love to do something with as well..."And so the lion fell in love with the lamb."

Peppermint Patty said...

I LOVE IT! Let's all pull our money together and buy it! :)

Ally said...

I love this house. I wish I could buy it :(

Nancy said...

Hi there, I'm your newest follower...found you via Follow Me Friday at Trendy Treehouse. I'm following though because I like your blog. This house is darling. It so reminds me of the first home we purchased, a bungalow, now on the list of Historic homes. It was bigger than this (not much) and the bathroom had the identical layout. It brings back so many fond memories. I love that style! Our family of 8 can't fit anymore though! Thanks for sharing this home tour. Please visit my blog and hope you follow too!


Betty said...
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Betty said...

Happy FF!!
I am now following you!!
Your blog is delightful!
I hope that you'll stop by my blog!
Wishing you a great weekend!

Debbie said...

Stopping by from Friday Follow. Now following.

Come and say Hello!

Crazy Daisy said...

I think Elizabeth owes you some commission! I am here from Follow Me Friday - following you!

Happy Day,
Jasey @ crazy Daisy

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

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& get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well.
Love your home & Blog!!!

Remodelaholic said...

Just stopping in and looking around from Follow Friday! And just became your newest follower! Yea! Hope you stop by and return the favor!

My blog is all about interior design and remodeling there are some great tutorials so you can get the look you want on a budget! We also have a party every Friday to show off your stuff!!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing house!! I am a new follower from Friday Follow. I would love if you would stop by my blog sometime! :)

- Megan