Tuesday, July 19, 2011

my lady's story...

Since, we're on the subject;

we are on the subject? 

and while  we're waiting for  paint

I'll  re-post the story of my lady...

We found the house

about 11 15 years ago.

She was unoccupied, neglected, had a dead lawn

but oh, the possibilities...you do see her great  bones?

We were itchin' for a new project.

circa 1996

 Off to the courthouse, went my Mr.,

 to research the owner.  

He called her to see if she was willing to sell. 

She said NO ( she had been giving quite a few  no's, she had had many offers) 

Mr. did NOT like that answer:)

So he asked "WHY"?

"there is too much junk 

(what's a little junk?)


the house would take too much work

 (what's a little work?)

to get it ready to sell"

How about if we do that? We'll buy it "as is"?

You would do that?

You betcha' we would.  

And we did.

After seeing this there



turning back

Well, junk is right...

the whole house and

all 3 outbuildings were full!

some good junque'

but mainly just junky-junk

3 yardsales later we were ready

to start working on our treasure.

A little work?

umm, maybe just a little...

We did inside projects first, like the kitchen and bathroom

the Mr. and the girl young-in

finally, 5 years later
we were ready to begin her major face-lift

She had been *updated* with

aluminum siding, 

aluminum side-sliding windows, 

her porches  had been enclosed, 

and her 

gingerbread was missing.

Her original glory days

 We uncovered it all

installed  new wood windows

uncovered porches

added the gazebo

added a turret

and made her  into our dream home.

Next week,  

I'll tell you the story about the gingerbread trim-

Now there's a  story!

I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am

as we've been working on this beauty

we've discussed

in total exhaustion

the amount of work 

(wasn't I the one who thought what's a little work?)

 it takes to keep this place  up

it is so big



 I see these pictures


I see her with fresh eyes.

I see where we've come from


I see the 

pictures of my children 

who  helped us to get where we are.

It makes me cherish her all the more.

Do we love her enough to keep her and to working?

for now,


God has provided us with this wonderful place

to raise our family,

to make memories with our grandchildren,


we will never run out of projects.

What could make a girl happier?

Yes, she  is indeed


Home Sweet Home

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Pamela Gordon said...

Oh Wow! What an amazing transformation and lot of work you have done to this gorgeous home! I am so pleased for you that you had a vision of her former lovliness and also had original photos to work with. It's gorgeous! You must feel very satisfied with the results. Thanks for sharing your story as I missed it before. I look forward to seeing the rest of the restoration. Blessings, Pamela

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

And so very, very beautiful! You must be so proud. Nice to see your place in it's glory year round.

The Feathered Nest said...

What an absolute MAJESTY she is!!!! You've given her a new life all these years! Absolutely beautiful...I can see why you are so in love ~ hugs and love, Dawn

Gail said...

Oh my gosh! You are truly blessed to have such a treasure to fix-up, and to have the desire and patience and means to do so!
You should be very proud (I know you are) of this accomplishment. I love when people save older homes that are past their prime......:).
Yours is just lovely!

Susan Freeman said...

What a wonderful, inspiring story of returning a house into a home! Thanks for sharing.

Susan and Bentley

Leah C said...

I'd say all your hard work has paid off...she is a dream...a true treasure!!

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Rene,
Love this post!! It is great seeing the progress of your house through the years!
I would have thought the gazebo and turret were original! You guys do fabulous work!! Now I want a turret!!! Haha... yes I know all about that... so much never ending work, and then I see our progress in photos and fall in love again!!
Thanks for sharing this!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

You are awesome for taking care of this girl. Love it!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Your house is a beauty. I would bet that if her previous owners could see her now they would be very happy as it is obvious that you have loved her too.


Diane said...

I love your story Renee. This is indeed a beautiful home and you and your husband created it. What a wonderful story Diane

Anonymous said...

Its beautiful,, wow you did so much that it truly is yours now,, this home has a big heart,, its beautiful,,

Sandi said...

We talk of moving from our house because we are tired of all the upkeep and mowing involved. I am getting too old for expensive and time comsuming projects. ha!! Maybe someday...

Stacy said...

I love the picture of your house in the snow. What a beauty.

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

What an amazing story and a beautiful home! The amount of work you have put into it is truly astounding! Congratulations! ~Stacy~

Crystal said...

She's beautiful!! I love everything about her! I would have seen her for what she could be and not what she was from the very beginning!

Unknown said...

An unbelievable beauty...that's what you pulled from the inner beauty you saw the day you bought her! What a stunning job you did...love how you restored her to her former beauty....well, even better than that! A HOME it is!

Anonymous said...

She is quite the lady!!

Très Julie said...

Yes, I enjoyed!! Our house is from 1913.
Greetings from Germany,

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful story!
I especially loved the photograph of the child hugging her father as he worked.

Tammy at The Drill Hall Emporium said...

Hi there, just found your wonderful blog via It's Me! Wow, very inspiring and amazing...I am an antique dealer and love all things old, including old houses. Yours is divine! Tammy

marga said...

It realy is a gorgeous house Rene and you made it in to a beautifull home. To bad we don't have such wonderful old houses overhere!
XXX Marga

theromanticrose said...

Una storia bellissima,una casa bellissima.una famiglia bellissima!!!Un abbraccio,Rosetta

Carolyn said...

You did an amazing job-it is beautiful now!Loads of work but so worth it!!!


Missy @ Chateau Chic Boutique said...

Hi Rene',
I love seeing the progress on your beautiful home. Oh, how I'd love to have an old, ornate house like that. I can see that it's a ton of work but when you put your hearts into to it, I'm sure the rewards are great.
Have a super blessed week dear!

Sheila Rumney said...

What a lovely treasure filled with love, memories and a "little bit" of work! I have to laugh as I say it is a little bit of work to my hubby and he realizes that it will be a lot of work.

Have a wonderful week.

from me to thee......... said...

oh MG, the first time I found your blog, I fell in love with your beautiful home...but, omg, the work you done is amazing!!!!! I can't believe the changes you made. All the work, but it is good work, I believe keeping busy is good for the soul...smiles and hugs to you, Linda

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I could read this story over and over and over...

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I enjoyed this post about your lady once again. She is one grand ole dame and you have lovingly restored her. The kind of home many of us can only dream about. She is the perfect setting for your 'pretty' things that you keep or sell. She is full of love, laughter and family.

I look forward to hearing about the gingerbread trim.


trash talk said...

I love a story with a happy ending.
I had to smile at your hubby's cute "tool belt". Everyone should be so lucky to have one too. BTW...that truck is tray cool and looks good sitting beside the house.
P.S. Do you find yourself humming "Lady" when you look at her? I would!

Moss said...

Wow! How beautiful and inspiring!... We are a military family. Hubby has about 8 years until he retires but I'm really looking forward to our (some day) Dream Home. Thanks for sharing!

Debra@CommonGround said...

You guys really took on a massive deal, but I can see why. Your "makeunder" of the additions from '96 is just incredible, great job! She's such a beauty.
xoxo Debra


Your home is so beautiful, what a treasure you worked hard to uncover. Thank you for sharing.

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Wht a beautiful story! LOVE it:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

mudderbear said...

You are so lucky to be blessed with a good man who will do all that work..and knows how to do it. It is a dream of many of us, I'm sure. But it can't always come true. Maybe God knew you would do a good job so that's why he gave it to you. It is Fabulous.

Karen's Place said...

This house is so lucky to find owners like you who made her into a fine lady again. What a savvy hubby to come up with buying it "as is" and making life easier for the old women. It looks like a dream home to me. I can't wait to hear more. Karen

Anonymous said...

She is glorious! What a wonderful blessing.

mercedes scott said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Worth every ounce of sweat you've put into it... not everybody gets to own a home such as yours. You are so lucky! Remember that when you feel like giving up... I live in a lovely 1970's home that I'm always trying to make "look older" and have more character; yours was born with it! THanks for sharing those photos with us :)

Curtains in My Tree said...

That is a great story and the story will keep going on I know.

I miss the days of having someone to play dreams with


Adrienne said...

Oh, thank you for sharing your lady's story! I almost cried while I read your words and studied your photos! What a beauty she is - and what a wonderful thing you did to make her yours. I would love to do the same but not at this time in our lives. So I just dream - and enjoy homes like yours!

Anonymous said...

I love your home..It's truly beautiful and all the hard work will be worth it in the end..Can't wait to see what it looks like next..

Unknown said...

Has the original owner seen her over the years? It is going to look so pretty when it is all done and painted. :) I really have decided that I like the white with the black shutters... will you be adding shutters? I can't remember what you decided on that... It is a wonderful place. You are BLESSED!


Heaven's Walk said...

Oh my gosh.....what an absolute BEAUTY!!! No wonder you wanted to buy her. You are certainly loving her back to her original glory and what stories you'll have to pass on. :) Keep up the good work. You're doing fantastic!!! :)

xoxo laurie

FredaB said...

How proud you both can be knowing you brought this house from a horrible mess to a beautiful home. I just loved reading the story and watching the pics.

You have made magic.



Pamela said...

You have an amazing dream home!! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

wow, what a home, I love it! it's a ton of work, but it's so worth it. We restored 2 old homes before.

Desire Empire said...

Congratuations on bringing her back to her former glory. She's lovely

Alison Agnew said...

oh i do love a good house story and this one is just wonderful...we too live in an oldie but goodie...so glad you linked up to fridays unfolded!


Rhonda's Rose Cottage Designs said...

Like always you Wow me with it all! Thank you for being a determined like minded couple who share in a dream & dreams & make things happen . How rare & I do mean RARE to find 2 people who are such workers & doers as you are ! You share in the projects & I so love that! If there was a book of your life I'd read it.I'd paint your lady on the cover.A novel idea , huh ? A movie I'd watch it over & over with my girls.Your blog is your journal .Your work is your song in your heart I take such joy in your stories.Your stories make me smile ! I have hope in what seems hopeless. Your stories are inspiration daily ! Your life is a love story!I am so happy for your motivated determinedness! I love it!!!!!! Determinedness is a word isn't it ? Hugs, Rhonda

Carole said...

What an incredible house. I love the story of how it all came about.


Amanda said...

Hi Rene! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading about your lovely lady! What a gem! I am sure looking forward to seeing her all freshened up with new paint! I completely agree that white was the way to go!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Christine said...

What a house! I can see why you fell in love with her.

The Charm of Home said...

I love it when you guys tell of a story that makes your home "Home Sweet Home" on this party. It is always such a wonderful surprise. Your beautiful home is such a great story and such a special place. I am so happy you came to visit this week and share her story with us! I loved it! I will feature this post next week. This is truly what makes this party so awesome in every way. Thanks for linking it up at HSH!

Sincerely Retro said...

Oh my word! What vision, what patience! I'm in awe!! I couldn't do it, I'm not that patience or talented. Can't wait to see more. I'm a new follower!! :)

Faye said...

It's a beautiful home and I enjoyed reading your story. Thank you for restoring that beautiful old house...I love to see that. And to think my mom was born in 1912 and the houses looked like that!
XO Faye

Rebecca said...

How wonderful you care for her! She is a beauty...
I have been wondering the same thing lately, trying to update and simply-fie my life a little. So much needs to be done now and money is tight... but I can't see living somewhere else, we have been here 21 years next month.
You are lucky you have a man that can do a lot of the work, mine just doesn't have that ability.
Blessings today

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH your home is so beautiful...and how fun to see the progress and read its history! Thanks for sharing!

Cindy Adkins said...

This is sooo totally gorgeous--and what an amazing transformation--and oh, those roses--so beautiful too!!! WOW, WOW, WOW!!!

Connie said...

You and your husband (that man's a keeper) recognized a jewel in the rough. What a transformation and a beautiful restoration.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a wonderful story and beautiful, beautiful home!!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful post at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Melissa said...

What a treasure you have! She is so grand, and the work your family has put into her is amazing. I am visiting from The Charm of Home and I am your newest follower.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Hats off to you!! What an amazing transformation!! I am a Victorian soul so I am signing up to follow as i can't wait to see more!!


Nicole said...

Wow, such amazing work you have done. very inspiring. Such hard work can be so good for the soul and the family.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

What a wonderful story, René! No doubt it WAS a lot of work to get where you are today. But then, the things of life that are worthwhile ARE always a lot of work. ;)

By the way, I LOVE the picture of Mr. and the girl young-in. Priceless!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage