Do you do this?

I am really bad about this kind of stuff.  I will spot a house while I am out and about and immediately start redoing it.....changing the paint color or adding shutters or flower beds.   If I go into someone's home, I will start moving furniture around (in my mind of course) or take a picture off the wall.  Do you do that?  :)  While I was out treasure hunting last Saturday,  I saw this charming old house, complete with white fencing....vacant and boarded up.   Now I have driven down this highway a million times and never noticed it before.  It was right next to the fairgrounds so I was able to drive in and get photos of the backside and sides.  The front side faced the highway so getting a photo of that was pretty tricky.  I did a drive-by at least five times.  You can't really go slow on a highway.....right? The things I do for Pink Saturday (luv ya Beverly!).......  And I think this qualifies for Pink Saturday because it has a fabulous old fashioned hot pink crepe myrtle in the front yard....blooming now.  I totally fell in love with this house.  This old house has a definite English cottage feel to it.   The first view is of the side.  Love that screened porch (in my mind already outfitted in white wicker, fresh soft greens and blues and lots of ferns :) and the side stairs leading up to a small landing and that old second story door is fabulous.  Can't get any more English than ivy growing up the old facade.....however I think this might be Virgina Creeper.  I know you are not supposed to have stuff growing on brick walls but I would be bad and leave it, with a major pruning.  Which reminds me of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun,  starring Diane Lane.  Remember when Frances was pulling ivy from the outside of her newly purchased run down villa and a snake slithered out and went through the kitchen window.  She panicked....that would be me!  And that's exactly what would happen to me.  I seem to attract them.  Living out here in the country on the water, we have our fair share of them and Bobby G. teases me that I can spot one a hundred yards away.  Yesterday, when the workmen were power washing the screened porch, they blew a snake skin out of the rafters........I freaked!  How long had he been there and how did he get in?  Oh man!!! .................... But back to this old house.

This old house has so much going for it on the outside. I am crazy about the English basement and all the dormers.  I can just imagine the inside is full of cozy nooks and crannies and hidey places and has gorgeous woodwork and a fireplace in the living room.   My favorite brick is old brick, which is what this house is, with different patterns on the window surrounds.

But the front of this house....oh the front.....look at the double gables and lattice worked tiny window and picture window, that charming rounded front door and the whole asymmetrical style of the home.  Do they even use that phrase anymore ......"picture windows"?  I know guys would see only major renovation dollar signs when observing this home and who knows what kind of plumbing and structural problems there are but the romantic in me just can't help dreaming about it.  :)  (folks I am so sorry....I forgot to insert the photo of the front of the house...this heat must be making my brain a bit addled (or maybe a lot :) 7/23/2011 6:11 pm est)


And congratulations to the winner of my give-away from last Pink Saturday ~~~~  Katy at The Country Blossom

Many of you have asked how my own house renovations are going.  Thank goodness the inside is finished.  It was a long drawn out process for me and not without some tears and frustration.  They finished up two days before all my company came.  Everything pretty much looks the same except I did some rearranging, and added some new window treatments but it's fresh and clean and bright now and all fixed.  Now the workers are working on the outside and are supposed to be finished by Friday.  Poor things, they are working in this horrible heat.  I told them to please take advantage of the pool and dive right in and even though they bring tons of drinks etc. I keep them furnished with iced water because their ice melts faster than lightning.  Meet Charlie, one of the painters.  

Thank you Beverly for your unfailing enthusiasm for our Pink Saturdays.  Readers, for some fun pink posts just click here.   xoxo  and I'll see you later this week.

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Dee Dee said...

Under the Tuscan Sun is one of my very favorite movies!!! Great house indeed...glad to know the reno is almost done. Love you lots!

Unknown said...

All the time I redo homes .... even the interiors when I visit people. Last weekend I couldn't stand it any longer & suggested an interior move. They made the change, I hope it is still that way.

Happy PS weekend ~

Holly said...

Hi Lynn~
Want to come to my house? Feel free to redo. =0) I love old houses and the one you have posted is a treasure. Can't wait to see pictures of yours.
Happy Pink Saturday!

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Happy Pink Saturday
Also guilty LOL.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, I love homes covered in ivy(except the snake thing)and this is a great house. I don't know how the workmen are painting with it 100 degrees today! I can't wait to see the renovation.

Nancy said...

Do I rearrange, repaint, repair? Always. I have to mentally lock my lips! On the other hand, I learn as much or more from others.

Love that house. I want to rescue it.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Susie Jefferson said...

If there's one thing I love, it's makeovers - whether makeup, hair or houses (or blogs, lol). It's such fun to see the 'before' and 'after' pix. Addictive (I'm often mentally rearranging furniture).

Happy Pink Saturday!

mercedes scott said...

Yes, Lynn, I think many of us suffer from the same syndrome... somehow, it's easier to (mentally) re-do someone's house than tackle our own (which takes hard labor, time and money)... lol Love that house, though! Happy Pink Saturday :)

Katy said...

Thanks so much! I am so excited to have won!!! :o)
I hope you have a lovely weekend!

suesueb said...

Nothing is more intriguing to me than an abandoned, boarded up old house. So many possibilities! This one is really a beauty. Stay cool and have a wonderful pink weekend!!

Miss Char said...

Lynn, you totally described me, I'm always doing make overs in my mind. I can see that house all prettied up just like you described. Thanks so much for sharing.

Blondie's Journal said...

I play imaginary house all the time with some of the older homes in my neighborhood {the older the better...I never think about plumbing, electrical, etc...}. I would have fallen for this one, too, Lynn. I LOVE all the ivy. I have ivy on my house but not that thick. It really looks like it belongs in the English countryside. You picked a winner!! Oh, I love the movie Under The Tuscan Sun. Hubby bought me it and I watch it at least twice a year!!

Good luck with the painting {poor guys}!!!


Robin said...

Under the Tuscan Sun was on TV last week.....or was it the week before? Anyway, great movie.....and great house you found. And....LOL....I can just see you driving down the highway shooting pics, then getting off the highway and returning in the opposite direction to shoot some more....with a long line of traffic behind you....LOL...
Have a pinkishly beautiful weekend

NanaDiana said...

Oh Lynn- Let's move in together and re-do it! I LOVE IT! I have been known to be visiting someone and we will start talking about this piece, or that piece, and before you know it we are up moving things around in the room. I am not allowed to visit one friend anymore because I give her so many suggestions that she makes her husband tear out walls and put in new flooring and ...well, we won't go into it all here. But...yes...it IS a sickness! AND THAT is a GREAT house! xo Diana

Unknown said...

What a great house. HPS!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Definitely a lot of potential. It could be a truly lovely home!

SImple and Serene Living said...

Oh my, it makes my hands start to itch when I see a house like that.

Marina Capano said...

Fantastic! What a beautiful home!


Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

I adore old houses. I live in one.


dana said...

Yes, your little drive buy house does remind me of Under the Tuscan Sun, too. I have watched that movie a zillion times...and always love it.

I'm sure it would cost lots of $$$$ to fix that house up, but what a jewel it would be. I am glad your's is nearly complete.....would love to see how things turned out!

Charlie is a brave man perching on your roof like that...in the awful heat. We're supposed to hit 100+ today...and we have a wedding to attend. Lordy, I hope the AC holds up at the church and the reception site! :)

Have a great Pink Sat....and watch out for snakes!

L, Dana

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Lynn Sweetie...
Oh what fun it was to imagine with you today the beauty of this gorgeous old home. In our minds we were able to see so much. If only this house could talk? Can you imagine the stories it would tell of its grand ness?

I can't wait to see what rearranging and changes you made to your house as well.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend sweet friend. It is always such a pleasure to stop by the Vintage Nest. Many hugs and much love from Phoenix, Sherry

Unknown said...

Hi Lynn,

When I see a house like that I do think it would look lovely when fixed up, but I am clueless where to begin. I just love looking at finished makeovers, and I never get tired of seeing them.

Happy Pink SAturday


Screaming Sardine said...

What a gorgeous house. I'd keep that green stuff too - whatever it is! It's so sad to see such beautiful, stately homes abandoned. I'll never understand it. :(

Have a great weekend!

Tracy Screaming Sardine

jeanne said...

Lynn, The home you found is a treasure. It has such a special look of beauty and vintage charm. I adore it. Having been through a huge renovation with my son's home I would cringe at the thought of doing that again. However, the romantic side of me longs to see what is inside and my imagination is going wildly crazy as I picture what a makeover could do for this sweet home.

I am so happy you are seeing the end of the tunnel with your makeover. The painter looks comfortable up there but it looks very scary to me. I am anxious to see your photos of the inside.

Love the crepe myrtle. I saw a deep pink crepe myrtle the other day and the variety was called Tonto. I am on the hunt for one.

Happy Pink Sat.
Hugs, Jeanne

trash talk said...

This is the kind of "drive-by" I love. What a house...my kind of storybook cottage.
P.S. Guilty as charged.

CatHerder said...

LOL i do i do i do!!!! I discect EVERYTHING in my mind when i see it..homes, clothing, everything in the stores...i think its called being creative!!! :-)

Margaret Cloud said...

I am sorry to say I have not seen that movie. What an incredibly beautiful home. I hope someone grabs iot up soon. I have a calendar with homes for every month, they look just like this beauty. Thanks for sharing and I am glad the inside of your home is done. Happy Pink Saturday, and congratulation to your winner.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow you have some awesome ideas! You are really very talented at this!! Glad all of your work inside got finished before your company arrived!

lvroftiques said...

I'm soooo with you girlfriend on the "imagining things my way" thang! *winks* Seriously I and my hubby were invited to one of his friends house for dinner and I asked if I could rearrange their living room furniture! It was driving me crazy that they had their couch parked about three football fields away from their chairs! Lol! Sooo maybe I'm a little bit pushy about it? *winks* But thankfully they loved the new arrangement and asked us back for another dinner *swipes brow*

Anyhoo sorry about my blathering....That house is dreamy!! Soooo quintessential english cottage. I'd love to get my little mitts on it! And I'd keep the creeper too. It'd probably take the house down around me but girl it would be looking good! Haha! Vanna

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