OUR CARMEL FIXER-UPPER…..continued
We shopped for furniture in a Kansas City store and for accessories in our own basement. Then we loaded a truck and off we went.
The paint, hardwood floors and wooden blinds we had installed made a huge difference.
With the help of two men hired from an ad in The Pine Cone ( the local newspaper) we began moving in.
The living room went from this:
and from this:
Note this corner with the easy chair and bookshelves. This is clearly marked on the original floor plans as THE FORMAL DINING ROOM. We have yet to figure out where to put the chandelier and banquet table.
The kitchen started to take shape.
Going over time from this:
Note: do not expect those huge gold Pottery Barn plates you love so much to fit in cupboards built in 1947.
Eventually we bought a stacked washer and dryer, and gained some space with an apartment size fridge and dishwasher.
Note: Even though your kids say they will do the dishes, they won’t. Get a dishwasher.
I found a wonderful blue and white shelf at a local shop and brought out some of my blue ware on the next trip
We had to remove a window to get the desk into Bill’s study. And the hide abed trapped us in the hallway as we brought it in and later took it out.
Note: Nobody likes to sleep on a hide abed.
Now the office is the guest room-office and looks like this:
Over time, the master bath went from this :
And our bedroom became a cheerful spot, going from this:
I am a bit of a minimalist but my husband kept finding “one more wonderful thing” which he did indeed manage to fit into this space. One guest mentioned that I had more lamps in my living room than she had in her whole house. Was this a compliment?
Our “entry “went from this:
Now you must know that my husband has lots of energy and is an Eagle Scout . No project was impossible. While I napped in the afternoon, he hammered , sawed, and painted in the little garage.
And, of course, the changes you see here took place gradually .
We began our work outside by adding an arbor over the front gate and encouraging the neighbors ivy to “have at it”.
Going from this:
and eventually this:
Yup. We are no longer visible from the street.
It has been fun finding these old photos and posting here for you. I did not really remember how much this cottage has changed over the last 15 years.
And the garden:
That is still another story.
“Home is the heart of life…Home is where we feel at ease, where we belong, where we can create surroundings that reflect our tastes and pleasures…Making a home is a form of creativity open to everyone.” Terence Conran
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