Our home is our first house, purchased four years ago, and in our romantic idealism, lack of funds, but desire to live in a good neighbourhood with good schools, we bought a Victorian in a neighbourhood full of restored Victorians. We love the area--right near a hiking/wildlife area, great school district, and awesome neighbours.
This house was NOT restored, but the house has great structure, good bones, and a nice layout. The majority of the work left is cosmetic. The first couple of years we went great guns in the improvement arena. Then a year and a half ago, hubby's job abruptly ended, through no fault of his own, and my talented, intelligent man has not been able to find work. He's great at what he does and any college would be be blessed to have him. They just don't know that, yet, and with sooo many people out there in the same boat, well, it's tough. ANYWAY, out of work = stalled house improvements. Le sigh.
BUT, we've put in new windows and blow-in insulation, the wiring and plumbing are updated, and we gutted and redid the dr, lr, and kitch walls and ceilings--but let me tell you right now that there's a reason for cosmetics. Just like on people, some women need it more than others, and this house definitely needs it! We always laugh when we give people directions. "Ours is the house on the street with the polka dots and ugly, half ripped off, insulbrick siding." or "just look for the ugliest house on the street--that's ours." What I wouldn't do for siding and gutters. Sigh. Oh. And trim on interior doors/entries and windows. Baseboards would also be nice. And a level kitchen floor. And would time to finish stripping the wood and painting the stairwell so I can put up the pictures that have been sitting in a drawer for an age be too much to wish for? But we're blessed, because when the job ended, we weren't in a house that we couldn't afford to keep. Whew. So even with all of its figure flaws, I am very, very grateful for this house.
Sooo...which corner to show you. They're all pretty full of dust these days. So I just grabbed my camera and shot off a couple of quick things. Really. Quick. And I'm not showing you the outside. :oP I'm sure the neighbours are despairing that their property values will EVER go up again.
(I love this little guy given to me by a dear friend years ago. Cute, eh?)
So let's change that to "bits and pieces of our home."
Part of the bookcase. I packed the vast majority of my books a year ago when we were planning on moving. The job that would precipitate the move never materialized, and the books are still in boxes.
A bit from my favorite piece of furniture.
Dining room lamp (That's all you're seeing--the table is covered with kiddy and hubby hobby projects!)
The wood from our stair railing that I've been gradually stripping down for years. Layers upon layers upon layers of paint of many different hues. Ugh. Not sure that it will ever be done!
And just to keep it real:Jane. Have a lovely day!
P.S. Remember the "fantastic" that didn't happen yesterday? Here they are!