15 August 2009

This Old House

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top: thrifted pointelle knit by LL Bean
skirt: 60s pleated skirt
shoes: vintage t-straps
hat: vintage wool beret
purse: 40s Bond Street bag

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The last few days have included eating tons of fresh homegrown okra, pink eye purple hull peas, tomatoes and corn delivered straight from my parent's farm, scraping 50 year old linoleum off of the stairs in our 140 year old house, making plans for our very own garden in our new backyard for spring, lots of sanding, more painting, more cleaning, lots of trips to Lowe's, figuring out where I'm going to fit all of my clothes in my tiny new closet and trying to fit in a little sleep somewhere. Whew!

We're in full remodeling mode with the house right now. It's a lot of work, of course, but it's so rewarding at the end of the day to step back and see what a difference it's making. The place is already looking so much more cheerful and bright with all of the walls painted. I can't tell you how much fun I had ripping the carpet off of the stairs (and the surprise linoleum that was under the carpet - seriously, who puts linoleum on stairs?) and exposing the original hardwood stairs. We're taking lots of photos along the way and when I find a little extra time I promise to share some before and after photos with you.

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23 comments:

the art cupboard said...

lovely outfit lovely photos
thanks for sharing :)

Anna-Maria said...

My summer holiday partly consisted of renovating my parents deck and cottage, picking up berries and veggies in the garden, so I can relate. It's actually a really good way to relax. :) Your hair looks lovely too, I kind of regret cutting mine now....

Frances Baker said...

Being able to decorate your own house must be such a great creative outlet. It must be so much fun completely designing your own 'space'! Thats so cool that its 140 years old, too. Those veggies sound awesome!

S. Mimi C. said...

Beautiful scenery. Even more beautiful clothes! Very old school European chic.

The photos are magical.

Antonio Barros said...

Your pictures are always so cool and inspiring! I love the mood!

the singular

avintagespirit (Lizzy) said...

Great pictures! I especially love the one where you're leaning against the fence.
Such a great outfit, I really love the shoes, I have such a thing for t-straps!

hannah said...

that sounds like hard work! can't wait to see photos. i love those before and after looks at renovation. sounds like fun!

caramelizedvintage said...

Yum, fresh veggies. And your outfit in that lush scenery is lovely. Remodeling sounds like hard work, but at the end you will be very proud. And it will be your house and nobody else's. :} I'm sure you will decorate it wonderfully & I can't wait for the pictures.

Q's Daydream said...

aww, lovely pictures! i can't wait to see pics of your new old house!

The Barely Tattoo'd Artist said...

I can't wait to see pics of the stairs...

I've always loved that hardwood look that old houses have...

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jayne said...

your skirt has such a great waist

I didn't realize the house was that old! wow! but it sounds perfect for a vintage queen like yourself :) and what a true labor of love, I cannot wait to see it finished! your apt townhouse was lovely, so I'm excited to see your new interior designs

the fresh corn sounds yummy, one of my favorite parts of summer

CMA said...

love the little t-strap heels and the hat
gorgeous darling!!

-cma
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Claradevi said...

I especially love how the wild flowers were spreaded around that way, so natural, so beautiful - just like you!

Luna Supernova said...

beautiful photos, that outfit is so lovely and simple!

Katerina said...

I always like black&white outfits...are so elegant!!!also this must be a great house....xx

Lacey Starr said...

I love the classic simplicity of your outfit. These pictures are perfect fashion editorials.

love_again said...

Nice pictures!
Growing your own fruit and veggies is the best. I'm just about to do a city to country/small town move and am so excited about getting a veggie patch started.
Look forward to seeing the 'Before and After' shots of your new place, perhaps they will offer inspiration for the redecorating of my own new place.

kimvee said...

Awww the first photo is so adorable :)

Charlotte Drene said...

You are just fantastic!
What great tattoos you have!

Isabel said...

You look so classy! I really like the top, it's gorgeous.

recklessdaughter said...

look at that gorgeous green grass! not to mention your awesome Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parketr-esque outfit. love these!

recklessdaughter said...

*Bonnie Parker* ;)

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

this look is perfect