Sometimes you find the perfect house just waiting for a bit of love.
One with the white cottage siding,
a big porch and three levels of grand and gracious gorgeousness…
and a whole lot of memories over the years.
But you know, old houses need love often times
and sometimes they tell stories.
I remember when I first pulled up into the driveway of our house
I felt like the house standing in front of me was a bit sad.
It had been neglected for over 60 years.
With broken windows, ceilings open to the attic
and bits of history just wearing away along with the siding and roof
in the California sun.
But I saw something more than that.
I saw all that had been forgotten for so long
saw a home just waiting and waiting for someone to love it.
And this little painted home…
The one with chippy white painted siding
old wood plank walls,
worn wood floors
and peeling fabric wallpaper…
well, this home hadn’t been forgotten.
It had just been set aside by a little girl long ago
and then rediscovered when she was about 17.
And this house was built by that little girls dad when she was small.
From each piece of wood siding
to every single thin wood shingle that made up the roof.
And that little girl remembers the grasscloth wallpaper that she used to paper one bedroom.
It was leftover from her dads Real Estate Office.
And that fabric that lined the walls and floors
were bits of remnants from the fabric store.
With wide porches
and a perfect center door way and stair case
and the most charming two story bay windows
and scalloped shingles.
Every single one of them
Would you believe that this dollhouse has traveled across the U.S. with me?
And all the way back to California when I came home.
It was special to me- it was a doll house that my dad built for me one year
when I was a young girl.
When I tell you about all the fun projects we do on our house now-
and how my dad
and how my dad
is a contractor and craftsman kind of guy…
this doll house is definitely a perfect example of that.
He didn’t buy a prefab kit or packs of precut pieces to create this charming place to play
he cut the shingles on the roof with his band saw out of full size cedar shingles
glued strips of siding
and built porches and bay windows and added little details to the tops of windows.
I think he would probably tell you that he has some scars that were from the work on this wee house.
It is actually a large dollhouse though measuring close to 3’wide x 3′ tall
it might be where my love of old stately colonial style homes started.
It has been waiting for a bit of love for years…
one of those renovation projects on the back burner
while working on the other renovation projects in the house.
But… last week, I started playing a bit with giving it a new look.
It is a little worse for the wear after 35 years, I admit.
It has broken bits, missing pieces, wonky walls and not too many shingles left on the roof…
but you know what?
I love the old weathered and worn character it has just as it is.
So I have been moving furniture
playing house on a tiny scale
I even put that tiny little potted plant from years ago
back on the window sill.
And, I have to be honest,
it is just as fun playing with it and fixing it up
as I remember it being when I was little.
So… yes, another whole house renovation has started…
but on a much smaller scale.
Happy Monday everyone.