2.20.2010

Busy weekend, beautiful day.









Ok, so what first, what first....hmmm, well, it looks as though Sam and I are moving from our cute little art deco duplex to a modern apartment, and while I'm sad to leave the place I'm not sad to leave behind the mold taking over our bedroom walls. One of the risks of living in a brick building in the north west I suppose, but still I'll miss it's charm. So we've started packing up, but there's still a long way to go. As for my Etsy shop, I will be having a big sale this week in order to clear everything out. I'll still keep the shop open with a few items now and then, but won't be doing it full time, instead focusing on Vixen Vintage and my part time job at a vintage shop. Exciting times!

Ok, now for the adventurous day! After a morning of packing away fabric and the crazy amount of dresses in my repair pile (more like mountain), I met Twila Jean for some gardening. Since the gardening plan didn't work out we took the kiddies for a walk around the neightborhood, it was such a nice day, even if it was windy! As we were heading back home we walked past an old worn down house with furniture piled on the front porch. Being the estate sale vultures that we are we asked if they were cleaning house or having an estate sale.

Well it was neither, they were taking the last of the houses furniture to salvation army, and offered us anything we wanted. So we walked up on the front porch, but instead of looking at furniture, the most amazing wallpaper past the open front door and in the house caught our eye. So the people invited us in! It was quite exciting, they showed us all the rooms, from the parlor to the kitchen, and the apartment-like rooms upstairs. The house is from 1908, with lots of original features, but in need of some work. Although it is amazing just the way it is, reminds me of the setting of an Anthropologie catalogue. Actually, I wish I was wearing something other than gardening clothes, then it really would have looked like an Anthropologie photoshoot. The people in charge of the estate were so nice to let us look around and take pictures, I just hope the next owners don't take down that amazing burgundy wallpaper!

18 comments:

Twila Jean said...

Thanks for hanging with me, I am SO glad we got to share this amazing experience. that house was AWESOME. so so so lucky to have seen that.

Vivian V. Dimples said...

What an adventure. I wish there are more interesting houses near me (there is one with a moustache but I don't think that is intentional). I hope moving in pain free and breezy!

art*deco*dame said...

good luck with your move!

Rebecca said...

Such an incredible house with the layers of history still intact. I love old kitchens like that :D

COCAMIA said...

All the best with moving...xo

lululavra said...

Good luck moving!

That wallpaper is BEAUTIFUL! I really want an old house like that someday... I don't even want to think about the price tag, though. Haha!

Fab Gabs Vintage said...

Oh, GASP! That wall paper IS amazing. They don't make anything like it any more - even the reproduction companies focus primarily on kitsch. What a great adventure!

Dizzy Dame said...

fun!!

cindi said...

Beautiful photos and I think you look great even if you are wearing gardening clothes.

geschichtenvonkat said...

it reminds me of the farmhouse my parents moved us into when i was in middle school and how it looked before it was restored. we tried to keep as much of the old stuff as we could and what had to be replaced to make it liveable is all antique/reproduction. did you know martha stewart started her career redoing entire houses like this down to the last detail of what kind of flowers to place where? she published books on it somewhere...talk about dream careers. WHOA. i just realized i wrote you a NOVEL. oops! :)

Miss_Tami_Lee said...

That is such a fun little house!

Peldyn said...

Oh, now I want wallpaper like that! If only I could afford it :)

I adore old houses, someday I hope to have a nice, old style house. Not this California boring 1950's tract home.

anarolka said...

I used to live in a cinderblock building in Eugene, Or, when I was in college, and we had the grossest, wettest, most alive walls ever. I don't blame you for wanting to leave.

Those are cute pants. New?

Erika said...

It's always sad to move away from a beloved home, but moldy walls seems like a good motive! =) Good luck with your move, I hope you'll find a new plave to love.

That house is amazing! How nice of the owners to let you in, and great of you to share the lovely pictures. I dream of a house like that, although I know I lack the much needed skills to fix it up! =)

Casey said...

Oh wow--what a neat story behind those photos! That wall paper is amazing, and for a second I thought it was something from Anthro! hehe!

I sympathize with you over the mold issue. :p We have the same problem in FL, even though our apartment is brand new. Really annoying... Too bad you have to move though! :(

♥ Casey
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Jocelyne said...

I love that I get to see picture of the neighborhood I grew up in on your blog, it's so fun! What a lovely house!

Solanah said...

Anarolka, yeah, new 50s style jeans :)

Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

I love this look! It's so Rosie the Riveter (in a good way!) :)