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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Sunday!

Wishing everyone a bright, cheery, lovely Sunday!
And a Happy Father's Day, too!

P.S. Absolutely loving my brand new Ironstone pitcher
that I grabbed from Homestead in Fredericksburg
the other day!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Little Bit of Paint, A Little Bit of Love

Welcome to Part Two of My (Maybe) New House Tour!
Today we're looking at part of the downstairs.

We went back again this afternoon for a second look,
to get more pictures, and we took my mom over to have a look, too.
(mom loves it, and she isn't even a vintage house lover!)

But everything is still very much in "maybe" territory,
as we still have just a few more houses to look at.

But having said that, we've still authorized our agent
to submit an offer this Monday, so I guess we shall know very soon!

So after seeing my
GORGEOUS pics yesterday
of the outside of the house, it's time to share the inside pics,
which is where the title of this post comes from.

Yes, it's gorgeous.
And yep, it has me written ALL over it.


it's still gonna take a little bit of paint and a little bit o' love
to restore this 100 year old gal to her former glory.
But ain't that true of all of us old gals?! ;-)

So without further ado, let's start the tour!

Welcome to the foyer, and if we move in, s
ay goodbye to the hideous paint color and the cheap looking light fixture!
White paint and a suitable chandy will be in order, don't ya think?

Living room, looking into foyer.

Living Room.
Picture my Carol Hicks Bolton / Homestead couch there instead.

I actually went into Homestead yesterday and schmoozed owner Tim Bolton
into hiring me part-time if we move to Fredericksburg.
Okay, he didn't actually hire me, but he laughed and said he'd consider it!

And to the far right, you get a wee glimpse of the aqua kitchen...

And this room would be where the "little bit of love"
will come in handy. It needs some work!
I was thinking of re-painting the kitchen,
but after seeing this lovely for sale over at Tara's shoppe...

I'm thinkin' of just ordering it, and saving on the paint!
This would fit right in with the existing color scheme, eh? ;-)

And let's not forget the adjoining dining room...

Moving back into the foyer, across from the living room,
we have the "red room"...

It's being used as the Master Bedroom,
but I see it as a sitting room-office space, with maybe a sleeper sofa tucked in for guests.
I'm sorta diggin' the red!

This concludes day two of our tour, I'll be back next time with lots of fabulous upstairs pics,
as well as some surprises.

And I would be completely remiss if I didn't introduce you
to our two tour guides for the showings....

See the ginger kitty on the left, trying to be all camo for the shot?
These uber friendly felines followed us everywhere we went as we scoped out the property.
Too cute!

Have a wonderful Sunday,
and Happy Father's Day to my dad and all the rest of you dad's out there!

We're Almost There (Our New Home? )

What does this photo say to you?

It's the front door of the house we're likely
going to make an offer on soon.
And I'll tell you what it says to me at the end of this post.

I did promise shots of all the houses we toured yesterday.
And they're coming, slowly but surely.

But it was such a long day.

We looked at FOUR marvelous homes, and I can say

without reservation


without hesitation

and with only the wee-est amount of trepidation,
that I have fallen hard, fast, and I'm just embarrassingly, downright


over one house in particular.

This house...

The facts:

It's in Fredericksburg, Texas
only 20 miles away from where I currently live and work

Located in the historic district
Only one street over from all the amazing downtown antique shopping

Built in 1910

2400 square feet

Wood floors and beadboard ceilings (both in excellent shape)

And---get this...central air! No melting in the 100 degree Texas Summers!

Word from the seller's agent is that the sellers are motivated. Like, ready to sell yesterday.

Just a couple more outside shots for today, than it's off to Trade Days in Fredericksgurg.

 You're looking at the side of the house here.
An addition was built in between the original house and garage
which blends's a HUGE two-story loft space with panoramic windows.
It says "studio" to me.

You see?
Original garage to the left, house to the right,
and the seamless loft addition in the center.
It's a gorgeous, light-filled space.

But back to the question I posed at the beginning of this post.
I asked what this image says to you...

To me?

I think it says home.


p.s. more pics to follow next post!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

One Step Closer... my dream our dream

An entire day tomorrow will be devoted
to touring prospective new homes. to us, that is!

We have a list of wonderful, glorious, stately,
chippy-charming old houses to view,
guess who's taking her camera with her
to document the process?

In fact, the image above ( and my new header )
was taken by me two days ago inside one of the front-runners.

Dreamy, huh?

Wish us luck

Send us good thoughts

Tuck in a prayer

Keep ya posted!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

It Breaks A Mother's Heart!

Oh, my sad, pitiful fur daughter!

Formerly named Belle, re-dubbed Conehead of late
to better suit her current plight.

Conehead had to have some minor eye surgery last week,
and will be sporting her ceremonial headpiece for a few days longer.

It only slowed her down momentarily, she's now navigating the yard,
her food and water bowls,
and the back steps like she was born with the thing on.

She's even been getting extra treats simply for looking so darn pitiful.

Causing this guy...

(aka Mr. "OMG, I think I'm starving to death all the time, feed me, feed me NOW!")

to wonder what he might be able to pull off to land a cone of his own!

Have a tail waggin' night!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The New House Chronicles, Part Two

Here we go again, folks!
You all were lovely and gracious enough to weigh in
on the fantastic house I posted about the other day,
and for that I sincerely thank you!

But as you well know, the journey to a new home rarely ever ends with the first
(or even second) property you fall in love with.
So, with that in mind, I present to you yet another fantastic property I have my eye on.

This one is in the same city as the previous house
but at less than $180K, it's a good $70K less,
which is always a check in the plus column, right?

In some respects, I think I might even like this house better.
Let's have a look, shall we?

Well now, that's pretty, eh?

Here's the listing:

Charming, one of a kind, 1917 home!
This stately 2 story features formal living & dining, kitchen and breakfast area
and large master suite with separate sitting or study area.
Swarovski Crystal chandelier in dining.
Updated roof, water heater, gutters, windows, appliances & kitchen cabinet facings.

Shall we go in? (that's obviously a rhetorical question)

I do believe that chandy has my name all over it!

A ballroom?
Or a dining room?
Heck, who says it can't be both?!
See my Jane grab button over on my sidebar?
She votes for ballroom.

Loving the molding over the door there on the left.

I do think this house compares favorably to the prior one, don't you?

I actually have a couple of blogger buddies that live in the town
these houses are located in, so that's a plus.

On the previous post, I had a few comments that were along the lines of
"Why are you asking us what you should do?"

Because it's FUN !
Obviously, my husband and I aren't going to make any
life-altering decisions based on blogger comments,
but since you guys have become such a huge part of my life this past year,
it would feel disingenuous to exclude you from this part of my life.

So there!

As soon as I locate our next home contender,
you can count on me posting all about it right here.
After all, I figger a good bunch of y'all will end up being houseguests,
so it's only fair that you get a vote!

Have a beautiful Tuesday!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Stuff About Me You Don't Know

I still sleep with my retainer on

I can fold my tongue in half, not to be confused with taco tongue

I have a shameful addiction to this show

I skipped the first grade

I sing ever so quietly, under my breath, all the time

I have an irrational fear of being buried alive

My first love was Mighty Mouse

I don't pray as much as I ought to

I absolutely, positively cannot dance. At all.

I've never been to New York City

I've been told that I drive like a guy

I really believe that Uncle Rico is a philosopher for the ages

I had my first and only manicure the day before my wedding

I get squicked out by sitting in the big cushy chairs at bookstores. Ew.

I hate the smell of cinnamon, but love the taste. Unless it's gum

Babies almost always like me

So do dogs

It's situational with cats, however

My favorite smell is fingernail polish

Have a happy week!

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