Is anyone out there following For The Love Of Old Houses on Facebook?
That sounds like it would be right up our alley, doesn’t it?
Sadly, most of the featured homes are just too large or too grand,
+ I just can’t see myself living in them.
But wait. I need to get U-Haul on the phone,
because I am totally ready to move into today’s ‘Old House’!
OF COURSE, IT’S IN MAINE!
Maine is where the charming sea side homes are!
Let’s see what you think.
They had me at the shingle exterior,
the steeply pitched, saltbox roof line, all those windows,
the twiggy stair hand rail, the hydrangeas . . .
. . . the sweet window box, the lean-to entrance with the ‘grandpa’ screen door.
Notice, too, that where the second story shingles meet the first,
they flare just a bit.
I love little details like that, don’t you?
Speaking of love, wow oh wow, that living/dining room!
Obviously, that view, that wall o’ windows + the exposed beams are ooh la la,
+ I’m also loving the furnishings.
The scale of that sectional is perfect for its space, is it not?
A small-ish room with ginormous furniture makes me cross.
But people. Please look closely at that floor.
It’s painted the prettiest shade of blue with white stripes!
You’ll have to excuse me for a sec, because I am going to swoon!
Just between us,
I am plotting + planning how I’ll paint the floor of our front porch (finally!)
It will be the same shade of gray as our new steps,
but it can’t just be plain Jane, can it?
No. It can not.
I’ve been toying with possible buffalo checks or stenciled tiles,
+ so now I’ve added stripes into my possible choices.
After all, you can never go wrong with stripes.
Please notice the striped area rug, below.
How I love it when an area rug is used to anchor a seating area, like this:
Now we know how the TV set’s been incorporated, + I approve!
That coffee table looks fantastic, doesn’t it?
I love the natural wood with all that blue + white paint!
Please. That kitchen.
I think the stainless range hood is very simple + perfection.
Notice the art work that’s leaning on top of those counter tops.
about which I am currently obsessing!
Are they concrete?
I think so, although they could be zinc, which would also rule my world.
Of course, we all love the trendy open shelving + restaurant-style faucet,
but look at that huge, rectangular sink + that under-counter skirt!
I mean that in the best possible sense.
The older I get, the more I wish to make what I call wacky decor choices.
Sadly, I fear that our house is not nearly wacky enough!
More on that, later.
Let’s look at the pantry doors.
Some of the comments were not favorable (too rustic!),
re: those chippy, recycled doors, but I disagree!
They are FAB, people (+ I also love the large, black clock!)
Of course, the bathroom is as charming as all get-out,
+ I am wondering how I might incorporate the long shelf into ours.
The vaulted, wood-clad ceiling, the beams, the gable window, the view —
they’re all stellar, BUT THE FLOORS!!!
Painted + spattered floors like this are/were a ‘thing’ New England,
+ I, for one, think they should be a ‘thing’ all over the U.S.!
Across the room, there’s the cutest, little dresser, ever,
+ a small scale slip covered chair. ADORABLE!
And, in closing, let’s have another look-see at the fantastic view.
One of the reasons that New England is so charming would be all the sailboats!
I shan’t risk hurting the feelings of any jet ski enthusiasts who read my blog,
but let me say that I think the jet ski is the antithesis of the sailboat.
Our beloved G.O. loves the jet ski. Oops.
Let’s focus, instead, on something more pleasant.
They’re finally back + waiting for me at the grocery store!