But that was BEFORE I stepped through the door into the Sunroom …
Not only was this house furnished, but it was furnished with dishes! I felt like the little orphan in Annie who couldn’t stop saying, “Oh, my goodness! Oh, my goodness!” The couple who owned this house has spent the last year restoring another old one. Now they’re ready to move, but the housing market isn’t cooperating; thus, the auction. Bet you’d never guess that the wife is an interior designer, would you?
I’ll just go ahead and apologize now for the quality of some of these interior pics. When I was told it was okay to take pictures inside, believe me I was “on the move” … trying to get as many shots as possible before the house got (hopefully) crowded with potential bidders. SO they are what they are …
It’s a pink toile bathroom! Even the ceiling was wallpapered.
The family who owned this house has two young daughters. In some of the pics you’ll see that this is actually a kid-friendly house. Of course it’s been “staged” for the auction (No, contents don’t stay with the house!) but I love that they left the little girls’ things just where they usually are. Somehow it made this house a little more “real.”
Between the kitchen and the dining room, there’s a little alcove that functions like a Butler’s Pantry …
I LOVE that single red teacup!
I’m pretty fond of this dining room, too!
Be sure to notice how pictures are integrated throughout the house in “unusual” places — like directly on this door …
One step through a doorway, and we’re now in the living room …
… with transferware everywhere you look.
I’ll admit it. When I took this picture, my focus was NOT on the dishes (This was an OH MY GOSH gorgeous piece of furniture!) … but if you look closely, they’re there.
… and across to that open door.
It was the only dark room in the house. I think that’s what amazed me most about this old Victorian. Most old houses are very dark, but not this gal. The light in most rooms was absolutely gorgeous!
Walk through the door in the picture, but be sure to watch your step! Look left, and prepare to relax. I think this is where I’d want to stay all day long … reading and journaling and blogging. But you’ll want to peek into the Master Bath, so keep walking through that next door …
Pretty plates … even in the bathroom!
Let’s back track a bit through the Master Suite and go back to the landing. Now we have to choose which of the little girls’ rooms to visit first. Hmmm … Why don’t we check out the room of Daughter #1?
Didn’t her Mommy do an a.maz.ing job hand-stenciling these walls?
My girls’ rooms sure didn’t look like this one … but the hair bows hanging on the back of the door brought back some sweet memories!
Straight across the landing to little sister’s room …
Uh huh. Definitely a “staged” house … but it sure is pretty!
On the front of the house (between the two girls’ rooms) was the old Sleeping Porch. It was enclosed and turned into a bathroom for the two bedrooms to share.
Have you enjoyed the tour? Let’s head back downstairs … but don’t miss the decorative plates as you go by!
In case you’re wondering …
After about 20 minutes of having the house to myself, people began to arrive. And then it dawned on me. I WAS AN EARLY BIRD! I made a beeline for the home owners to apologize. The husband just laughed and said, “no problem.” The wife said SHE thought it started at 9:00, too, and when no one was there, she was beginning to get a little worried. Even though I didn’t plan to bid, she was really glad to see me. Whew!
The house sold at auction for only $247,500 (plus a 10% buyer’s premium). To my knowledge, the person who bought it wasn’t physically present at the auction. I don’t know if it’s going to continue to be a private residence … or perhaps a B&B … or … ?
So what do you think?
Do you like the look of decorating with this many dishes?
Are you a fan of wallpaper? (This old house used LOTS of wallpaper!)
What was your favorite room?
Pick a question … any question … and tell us what you think!