Friday, July 01, 2011

Vintage Home, More than just a Name

If you guessed that we purchased another vintage home with endless projects, you are correct!

When I registered my business name 7 years ago, it wasn't randomly chosen.  Vintage wasn't the cool buzz word it has become
in recent years, I chose it because it had personal meaning for me.
You see, the words "Vintage Home"
are not just part of my business name,
it is a large part of my life.
Vintage homes are all that hubster and I have ever lived in.

However, when we began looking for a home last summer, possibly our last, we briefly toyed with the notion of buying a new home.
It was a notion that was fueled by the Utopian idea 
of living in a home that didn't need work. 

What a lovely idea it was.
But it was not to be.

There was something standing in our way.

Something I couldn't get around...
my addiction. 

Perhaps it's time to come clean.....
They say the hardest part is admitting you have a problem.
I am hopelessly addicted to the charm of old houses. 

It's not anything new, 
this love affair extends back to my childhood. 
No matter how hard I try,
I can't get over it.

Creaking floors, 
chippy paint,
squeaky doors...

these things speak to my soul.
Vintage homes show their age,
much the same as our laugh lines show ours.

My spirit is at peace here.
No doubt, our life would be much more restful if I could find a good 12 step program, but it would also be much less adventurous.

So here we are,

at the jumping off point.
Ready to dive in head first
into a world of new projects.

With one big change this time.
This is the first time,
we will be able to share the entire journey with you. 

Every DIY project,
every accomplishment,
every mistake lesson,
we get to share them all with you,
right here.

This tickles me pink!

Are there any other vintage home junkies out there or is it just me?

Would you like to see more of our new vintage place?


Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Ohhhh my goodness Laurie ~ I ADORE vintage homes!! My girls both have old homes (cottages) and they are wonderful!
Yes we need to see more and I do have to say it looks kind of like not alot of a fixer upper ~ It looks wonderful!
What town is it in ?
There are so many wonderful towns with beautiful old homes like that ~


Cass @ That Old House said...

Buying a home that didn't need work? Oh honey -- you make me laugh. Out loud. Old house junkies like you and me, we just don't DO that.

This one looks wonderful -- I am IN LOVE with that screen door. Can't wait to see your projects.

Old houses -- you either "get" them or you don't. And if you do, you just aren't happy anywhere else.

There's nothing wrong with a new house . . . except, it isn't OLD.

I do love that feeling of those past owners, past generations, whose emotions and loves, triumphs and tragedies, whose lives have seeped into the walls. I never feel alone in my old house; it hugs me.

Good luck!!!
Can't wait!

Amy R. said...

I am addicted to old homes too! My addiction consists of looking, but not buying. My hubby does not share my passion and hates DIY, so it would not work for us. I can't wait to see more and live my passion through watching your vintage home come together. Congrats!

Nita Stacy said...

I thought it was going to be vintage. I grew up in a vintage home and always feel out of sorts living any where else. When you make repairs on a vintage are caring for an antique. I think its much better than regular home repairs. From what you've shown, the house looks very very good. Yes, I want to see the whole thing as you work on it. Isn't that why you bought it? So you could share here? Congratulations! I'm looking forward to seeing every little bit.

the old white house said...

I can't wait to see more, and for you to share all of your projects with us! I have the same addiction, and although my husband said that he wanted to find a newer home when we found this one, I know that it captured his heart as well. Now, the projects are a whole other matter! They have NOT captured his heart in the least! He is not a handy man and so that makes it tricky sometimes. :)
But that didn't stop up from getting this place and from oohing and ahhhing over places like those in your photos!
have fun...t. xoxoxoxo

Unknown said...

How wonderful for you!
I can't wait to see more!
I'm right there with you right now...we're in our first vintage home, and it's a bit overwhelming at times. Can I call on you for advice?


The Green Pea said...

LaurieAnna, your home looks so charming. I enjoy endless projects too! It is so much fun to bring old and worn, back to to beauty. Have fun and enjoy your new home. Please take us on the venture with you.
Blessings to you and your husband. sandi

Abby said...

I also love vintage homes. Their charm and character cannot be replicated. You have done and outstanding job on your other homes and I am looking forward to reading more posts on this one.

Ella said...

Very well said. I never thought of it as an addiction, but sure enough that what I have. Mr. Ella and I are currently restoring a home in McKinney and will be looking forward to following your journey!

Unknown said...

How do you do it??? Always finding the MOST amazing places!! I LOVE this old vintage farmhouse! I am so very happy for you. I'd love a personal tour one day. LOL
I'm sure hubster can NOT wait for all of the projects to begin...
please call us to help move any heavy scales around or help unpack.
OH MY! I keep looking at those photos. Can't wait to see the rest!!!
Miss visiting with you this month

Amy Chalmers said...

I totally get your addiction! I love old houses and I love redoing them..I can see their good bones and they excite me like all get out! I will love reading about this house. It looks wonderful, I love the front door.

Faded Charm said...

I can't wait to see more.....quit teasing us..hahaha. I will enjoy watching all your projects and your journey with your new home:-)


Unknown said...

I am so excited for you! I got a little teary reading your post as I know how important a wonderful home is. I am jealous...I really wanted a vintage home, but being that I am not handy at all, it is a project bigger than I could handle (I would have to have Eldon from Murphy Brown living with me). Congrats my friend...I can't wait to see more. I will go grab the the TV trays you want from the booth and keep them for you. Sorry I won't be at Canton this time, but we will talk soon.

Gail Peterson said...

You sound so Happy about your Vintage Home!
Congrats, I love Love Love vintage homes. My grandparents had a home built in the 1800's on a lake. It was Fabulous. I know you will make yours Fabulous too.The character and the details are unique and no one will have the same home!
This is an awesome time to buy, you made a smart decision! {I'm an agent}.
Enjoy your home be happy and celebrate!

Sueann said...

Oh I definitely want to see more. Love vintage homes. What fun you are gonna have!! And lots of work too! Ha!

Pearl said...

What a beautiful place you have found, I love vintage homes and wish I had one. I can't wait to follow your adventure, congratulations!

Stephanie said...

Looks completely wonderful already - can't wait to see every little detail!

Shabby soul said...

Darling Laurie this old farmhouse is so full of soul!
I will follow you step by step!
Have a nice day

A Thrifted Market said...

Love vintage homes! I have a dream to have one someday. I love the character and history of them. Yes, I want to see more pics..hurry! Congrats!!

Unknown said...

Yes ! I want to see more !

Gracefully Vintage said...

SO SO So Excited to see, watch and live through you.. I WOULD love an old home.. The history -the charm -the flaws all of it..
I hope you'll post a ton of pics before-and after..
Congrts... Karryann

Twinkle Terrior said...

Love your blog and wishing you always...HAPPY HOME :)

Natalie said...

Love your house! I am working on one myself.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

You know that I love it... it's absolutely gorgeous!!!
hugs~~~ Daphne

Heaven's Walk said...

I'm right here with ya, Laurie!!!! We moved into our first vintage farm home 5yrs ago and still adore every inch of it. I would LOVE to see more pics of your new home - and am seriously looking forward to taking this fun journey with you!!!! :)

xoxo laurie

susan said...

laurie i two share ur addiction i just do not get to feed my habbit as i am alone my hubbie died of cancer and i take solice in your blog, so see you may not realize how important ur blogs r and ur projects to me i get to fulfill a dream thru you and your husband, a heart felt THANK YOU, susan

Miss Gracie's House said...

oh ya, we're out here! We (our family) even built the *new* house to look old but that didn't last long and here we are again in our lady that is full of vintage charm...I will definitely love watching your progress...

Anonymous said...

Love vintage homes. We just moved into another vintage home and my granddaughter asked me why we didn't get a new house! I love the old door locks, door knobs, etc. Looking forward to seeing more pictures and following along in any improvements you do.

Anonymous said...

Slowly turning our mountain home into a vintage't tell hubby! :)

Simply Bungalow said...

The house looks amazing. I can't wait to see how it all comes together. Good luck with your new adventure.

Dreams and Decor said...

Congratulations on your new venture! I can't wait to follow along on your renovation through your blog! I am asbsolutely mad about vintage homes!!! I live near Waxahachie TX & anytime I'm there (which is quite a lot!), I allow enough time to get an ice tea and then drive around the historic districts enjoying those beauties! I never get tired of it! Those spectacular vintage homes just make my heart beat faster... We didn't make it to Canton this past weekend---we missed seeing you & shopping those awesome mercury glass specials you had this month! Patti in Texas

Tanna said...

I don't even think a Twelve Step program would help me! LOL! There is just nothing like the Old Ones.

Dara said...

And, I noticed that nandina bush right by the steps. That's a dead give away of an older home. Nandina's were always there! I think of my Granny every time I see one. Enjoy your new old home!:)

Cary said...

You are not alone...we love, love, LOVE Vintage Homes. Their beauty is so much more than new is history. It is wonderful to get to hear the history behind the home. My husband and I have a Vintage Home, not as vintage as your beauty, but vintage. Our home was built in the 1940's and we are on an adventure in renovating. We hope we have plucked her from ruins, but as we dig deeper into her we find neglect that hurts our soles more than our pocket. Vintage is so beautiful when you look with your heart and that is what we Vintage Junkies do, tender hearts seeking the love of our lives in our homes. We want to capture the life of what use to be...Grandma's cooking in the apron, the sence of belonging and warmth of what we had and give it to our childern and their childern. And this is what we have done...we have heard several times from our childern how happy they are that we have the home we have. It reminds them of Grandma or it smells like Grandma's house filled with the smells biscuits or purple hull peas or chicken dumplings. Memories flow from their hearts and minds, this is love, love of the simpler Vintage life. We have raised Vintage Junkies...every one of our kids (5) love Vintage as much as we do. So, you, my Vintage Junkie friend, are not alone.

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Sometimes, I visit my friends' homes, with their play rooms, and finished basements, and nice laundry rooms, and I pine for a new house, and then I come home and I know that this is the right house for us!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Tickles me pink too and I can't wait to see more!!

Fairfield House said...


My name is Deborah and I'm a historic houseaholic. [Readers reply: Hello, Deborah.]
I understand the draw to all things vintage. I've been that way since I was a child.
I am so excited to share our journeys as we make these old houses our homes!
I love the old screen door and beautifully detailed door bell plate.
They just don't make them like they used to.

Your Friend,