home sweet (new/old) home



what am i up to this summer... we bought a new (old!) house! after years of trying to decide what to do.. (stay put?,  addition here at current local?, rebuild at current location?,  move?...) we have finally made a decision! we close in two weeks... i'm so excited! i have always wanted an old home. 

this is a very old photo of our new house. a friend of mine lived 4th generation in this home, and she shared this photo with me.a colonial farmhouse - built on working farm that operated for many many years. 

 the land and property is chock full of history. subject of the book "Around the Octagon" by Marcia C. Gillis, it is part of the Military lot 50 - and has seen soldiers, slaves, a school house and a Quaker church (and Quaker cemetery that still stands near our back yard) The actual property has seen the phases of many buildings, out buildings and homes - the one that stands today was built in 1896 by local school district trustee James Peck - and was documented to cost $2,800.00 that included all material & labor including " cellar wall, including plumbing, painting, papering". 


here is what it looks like today: front view: facing the road - current colors are yellow & hunter green... 
we will be returning to WHITE! 


its full of charm, details. amazing pine wood work, odd angles, and nooks & crannies. front doors: with country style slamming screens!


 front stairs


 inside of front doors -
beautiful pine woodwork w detailed cast hardware



foyer  lighting - original?


 looking into the library


 huge 21 x 13 dining room
(thats a LOT of party space!)


amazing chevron patterned built in kitchen hutch
( i swear ... this sold this the house for ME!)


doors, doors and more doors!


 mini wet bar tucked into a 2 sided closet..



 library with pocket doors


powder room tucked under stairs.... 
(just like the vintage Fisher Price dollhouse staircase!)


 huge unfinished attic - i think my new studio space!
(full stair case to attic) 


upstairs hallway..
 ( i think ceiling fan MUST go... maybe a chandelier instead?) 


upstairs bedroom - floors upstairs are wider, knottier, and lighter finish.  all wood trim is painted white on 2nd floor.


back stairs - wide and bright!
( i can see black glossy stairs w funky striped  runner & wall full of art!)


large 30'x68" barn - ugh. needs help. built in 1894 - even before the house! its documented that a Barn Raising party was held for crew and neighbors on July 22, 1894 -  wouldn't that be a fun annual traditional summer party return to!?  the property now is on 3 acres with the barn and a garage.


it has been empty for almost 2 years - prior to this it had operated as a B&B for about 15 years. it currently has 4 bedroom, and 3 1/2 baths - but once we get in and get situatied we might be making some changes.  FIRST on the agenda! remove all wallpaper!! 

... thats how i will be spending my end of August! 
(Please share and wallpaper removal secrets!)

now i'm cleaning, packing (in between showings of our current house) gearing up for a yard sale and open house this weekend.... and trying to paint and create in between - all while attempting to keep a "clean" studio! 







13 comments:

  1. I'm so excited that you'd think I was the one moving in! I've had good experience spraying wall paper with a solution of liquid fabric softener and water and letting it soak in and scraping away. You may want to check at your local paint store for more professional advice..

    So, so happy for you!!!

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  2. What a beautiful place. With your style I know this home will be even more lovely in the future. Can't wait to follow along on your newest journey.

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  3. Oh my goodness! This is my dream house - especially the barn. It must not be in town - too much land! Can't wait to see what you do with it. Enjoy, enjoy.

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  4. How fun that you have so much history about your house. We just moved into our new (old, 1900) house three weeks ago and I have yet to make it to town hall to check records. My husband bought the house a year ago and I did not even see it until July 4th. We did not have any surprises like your hutch with chevron or herringbone trim....beautiful!

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  5. Cannot wait to see the makeover!! Lots of inspiration:)

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  6. It is gorgeous! We are about to put our house up for sell too and I have my eye on an old farmhouse...unfortunately it needs much more work. Still trying to talk my husband into it! Congratulations on your new house, it is lovely!

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  7. It is gorgeous! We are about to put our house up for sell too and I have my eye on an old farmhouse...unfortunately it needs much more work. Still trying to talk my husband into it! Congratulations on your new house, it is lovely!

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  8. gorgeous! My husband and I are about to put our house up for sale and I have my eye on a old farmhouse... unfortunately it needs alot more fixin up! Im still trying to talk my husband into! Yours is lovely, congratulations!

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  9. What a gem. Reminds me of my Grandmother's house in Vt. I have always lived in old houses and love having back staircase too! Mine are glossy black treads but the risers are painted 3 different colors for fun. Congratulations. Make lots of good memories.

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  10. What a gem. Like my Grandmother's house in Vt. I have always lived in old homes and love my back stairs too! They are glossy black treads but I painted the risers 3 different colors for fun.Congratulations! Make lots of good memories there.

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  11. Wow, Shelly. I can't wait to see what you do the place! Old is the best!

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  12. Your house is beautiful! It has a rich history too. Love that you are returning it to white! Looking forward to following you!

    xx
    Sharon

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