Thursday, December 27, 2007

Victorian Dining Room

We don't have a whole lot of the history about the house at the moment but will be getting more info from the current homeowners. They have done a bit of that work. We do know that the house was built in the 1880s and there is a photo of it being built that was published in the local newspaper. There is another photo that was taken right after the house was completed. It was used on brochures to try and get the English to cross the pond and settle this area. I'll post those when I get a copy of them. It may take some time.
I have gotten a few photos of the interior and I'll be sharing those with you over the next few weeks so that you may get a glimpse of how great this home will be.
This first photo shows the first floor room on the side of the house. This is the dining room. See the angle of the windows and the architectural details on the exterior? Won't that be great painted out in a bunch of color? The second floor room is the master bedroom. It looks out over part of the garden and the neighbor's house. They also have a Victorian that has been painted out and looks great. They run a B&B from their home.

The second photo was taken in the dining room. Notice the wonderful woodwork and the angled windows at the far end of the room. Four windows create a bay type area. I have been told that the chandelier came out of an embassy in Washington D.C. I don't have any documentation to this effect but will do some research to see what I can come up with.
This third photo is the opposite end of the room. The fireplace and built in oak china cabinet are really great. Look at all that wainscotting too! This door leads to the entry hall. Can you believe it? The entry hall is a separate room! I am so glad to have been collecting Victorian furniture and decorations over the years. It will be fun to put them into this house. We will close on it in several weeks and then we can begin rennovations.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Following in Footsteps

Well, it is official! My daughter has the crafting gene too. This is a photo of her with her winning entry at the state Junior Beta convention. Beta is an honor society for grades 6-12.We had talked about what she might create and I gave her some wire to practice with. She began to make a prototype and then tweaked it. We talked about it some more and then I went to bed. The next morning when I woke up, she almost had this completed. You could have knocked me over with a feather! Didn't she do a great job?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A House Hunting We will Go!

I can't believe that it has been nearly a month since my last post. So much has happened since then. The holidays are always a bit hectic and more so this year. Here's why!
1. We traveled to Nashville for the state Beta competition over the Thanksgiving break. Beta is an honor society for 6th - 12th grade here in the south. I'll tell you all about the jewelry my daughter made and entered for competition, in a future post.

2. We had family visiting over the Thanksgiving holiday!

3. I have been making jewelry to be sold as a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

4. We have finally found a home and will close in January. It is a grand old Victorian that needs a bit of work. My husband will work on the electrical system in January and our contractors will begin renovations in February. We hope to move into it in the spring. I am going to keep a thread going on the blog of all the goings on with the house. I want you to see the before and after photos while we bring this old house back to the former glory she once had. The house will be taking up a lot of my time so I won't be crafting a whole lot in the near future.

Many people have already asked about the farm. No, we are not selling it. Our daughter is the 4th generation to live there and we intend to keep the family farm intact for future generations. I will still work in the greenhouses and my parents will continue to live there. The house and farm are just 15 minutes from one another so it is really no big deal going back and forth.
My husband and I have wanted to renovate a Victorian for 20 years so this is a real thrill.
If you squint a bit and use your imagination, you can see what a beautiful home this can be after a lot of scraping and painting takes place. See that balcony there on the front? I plan to spend some time out there in the mornings and evenings when I have time. I can see the whole neighborhood from up there. That reminds me, the house is on top of a hill so it has some great views of the town and surrounding mountains!
Just wait until you see the interior. There are 9 foot tall oak pocket doors, 7 original fireplaces that are still beautiful, crown moldings at 11 foot ceilings, original stained glass windows.....


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