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Firsts

I’ll cut right to the chase — here are the long-promised “before” photos of the cottage!  Mike took these when he saw the house for the first time a couple of weeks before the auction. Check the details on each photo, and come back next week for the first round of changes…

The lovely sunroom -- it, and the fireplace, were the things that sold me on the house.  Will they still be here in the end? You'll have to follow the blog to see...;-)!
The lovely sunroom — it, and the fireplace, were the things that sold me on the house. Will they still be here in the end? You’ll have to follow the blog to see…;-)!
This is the den/living room with a partial view of the front side of the fireplace. It has a fieldstone facing and hearth; the back side was made from three early-1800's-vintage chimneys.
This is the den/living room with a partial view of the front side of the fireplace. It has a fieldstone facing and hearth that were hand-hewn by the previous owner’s grandfather; the back side was made from three early-1800’s-vintage chimneys that belonged to the same owner’s family. The family were early settlers in the Cripple Creek community, likely around 1800.
The realtor's photo of the fireplace -- it made me swoon.
The realtor’s photo of the fireplace — it made me swoon.

Looks okay so far, right?  Well, all that’s about to change, lol.

The front (master) bedroom; if you're looking at the cottage from the street it's on the right front side.
The front (master) bedroom; if you’re looking at the cottage from the street it’s on the right front side.
Master bedroom closet and door to the hall and master bath.
Master bedroom closet and door to the hall and master bath.
The master bathroom -- toile and stripes; pretty busy for such a tiny space!
The master bathroom — toile and stripes; pretty busy for such a small space!

Bathroom closet; this is where it starts to get baaaad.  All the closets were gross!  Obvious afterthoughts and poorly constructed.

Bathroom closet; this is where it starts to get baaaad. All the closets were gross! Obvious afterthoughts and poorly constructed.
This is the only hallway in the house; it’s so narrow that my brother was claustrophobic when he was in it between me and his kids. It connects the den with the kitchen, and there are a bathroom and two bedrooms that are accessed from it. That cord is for the pull-down staircase to the attic.
View from the second front bedroom -- roughly in the center of the house -- out to the hallway.
View from the second front bedroom — roughly in the center of the house — out to the hallway.
Front of the yellow (second) bedroom.
Front of the yellow (second) bedroom. Note the icky carpet — ewww ewww ewww!

The guest bathroom -- a very loose term; I wouldn't subject an unsuspecting guest to this *shudders*.

The guest bathroom — a very loose term; I wouldn’t subject an unsuspecting guest to this *shudders*.

Another view of the guest bathroom.

Another view of the guest bathroom.
Entry to the third (tiny!) bedroom; it's beside the hall bath.
Entry to the third (tiny!) bedroom; it’s beside the hall bath.
Bedroom three, complete with its 7' ceiling.  I'm short, and I could touch the ceiling standing flat-footed!  That's my gorgeous crewelwork find in the window.  this little room opens onto the sunroom; the needlework gave the room some privacy.
Bedroom three, complete with its 7′ ceiling. I’m short, and I could touch the ceiling standing flat-footed! That’s my gorgeous crewelwork find in the window. This little room is adjacent to the sunroom; the needlework gave it some privacy.
Another sad little closet :-(.
Another sad closet :-(.
The kitchen, on the back side of the house -- the left side if you're looking at it from the front porch. Not too bad, right?  Well, you haven't see it all yet...
The kitchen, on the back side of the house — the left side if you’re looking at it from the front porch. Not too bad, right? Well, you haven’t see it all yet…
The back wall, resplendent in purple! Matte and gloss paint stripes; the paint was on top of -- are you ready for this -- wallpaper.
The back wall, resplendent in purple! Matte and gloss paint stripes; the paint was on top of — are you ready for this — wallpaper!?!
Another shot of the dark little kitchen -- one tiny short (broken) window, and tiny is the word -- I like to cook (bake, mostly), and I can't imagine doing it in this eensy weensy space.
Another shot of the dark little kitchen — one tiny short (broken and duct taped) window. Tiny is the word of the day for this kitchen — I like to cook (bake, mostly), and I can’t imagine doing it in this eensy weensy space.
View from the kitchen into the -- dining room?  That's what the previous owner used it for, but that door you see is the front door.  No entryway, straight into the -- dining room.  Weird!
View from the kitchen into the — dining room? That’s what the previous owner used it for, but that door you see is the front door. You can even see the front porch swing through the window. No entryway, straight into the — dining room. Weird!
Side (west) wall of the living room.  Note the circuit breaker box cleverly wallpapered to blend in...
Side (west) wall of the living room. Note the circuit breaker box cleverly wallpapered to blend in…
Now let's go through the kitchen and into the laundry room. It's what was originally a back porch that was enclosed; it's sandwiched between the kitchen and garage. It was Mike's favorite room in the house -- he liked the original wood siding and roof rafters that had been painted a glossy blue and white. It was a bright, cheery little room.
Now let’s go through the kitchen and into the laundry room. It’s what was originally a back porch that was enclosed; it’s sandwiched between the kitchen and garage. It was Mike’s favorite room in the house — he liked the original wood siding and roof rafters that had been painted a glossy blue and white. It was a bright, cheery little room.
The garage, full of things for the upcoming auction. The owner is very crafty; she did all the painting, etc. in the house. Note the ivy painted on the boxes over the garage windows.
The garage, full of things for the upcoming auction. The owner is very crafty; she did all the painting, etc. in the house. Note the ivy painted on the boxes over the garage windows.

And that’s the grand tour — not exactly move-in ready, right? What in the world are we going to do with this little place?

Infographic: Feng Shui your home

This is really interesting — and very similar to the shape of our cottage. Just take the garage off the front and move it to the back (picture a backwards L), reverse the kitchen and living room, and you’ve pretty much got it! I’ll try some of these ideas and let you know how they work out.

Feng Shui, infographic, green lifestyle, sustainable design, green interiors, green design, eco interiors, green decor, interior design, Soothing Walls, Gryffin Media

Kitchenspiration

*UPDATE*

While wrestling with comments/feedback (can you tell I’m a blogging newbie?), I missed these emails about my Kitchenspiration post:

‘Watching! :)’ from Darlene

‘I kinda like the white. I think you’ll love it—it won’t show crumbs! Ha!’ from Jamie

‘I would probably choose the Umbo White, it has a lot of interest and sparkle, without competing with your things. However if you don’t want to be as “safe” and if your things are kept on the table, on shelves, or in a cabinet, versus ON the counter itself, then it won’t compete as much to use the Emerald Coast, and may be just the right accent. Either way, they’re both lovely.’ from Marina

and

‘I like the top one. What did you decide on?’ from Glenda

Thanks for your feedback ladies! Very helpful :-). I’m leaning toward Umbo White — as much as I love Emerald Coast, I’m afraid it might limit me in the future. What do you think? What about Emerald Coast for my bathrooms instead, so that it’s in a smaller space? Hmmm, decisions, decisions…

I love, love, LOVE sea glass! And we love the colors and style of the coastal region of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Those things are the inspiration for much of the look I hope to achieve for our new/old house. I’m sold on using recycled glass from Vetrazzo for my countertops; now the question is whether to go with Emerald Coast (lots of lovely soft green, and a bit of blue, “float glass”, mixed with oyster shells from the Carolina coast and Georgia white marble) or Umbo White (basically the same without the green/blue glass colors). With that in mind, here’s the color palette I’m planning for my kitchen. Which countertop color would you choose?

Emerald Coast countertop material.
Emerald Coast countertop material.
Umbo White countertop material.
Umbo White countertop material.

Thanksgiving indeed

I’m thankful for this little adventure we’ve gotten ourselves into, and can’t wait to see how it turns out! Demolition of the interior of the house is underway; pictures to come. In the meantime, let’s eat some TURKEY and spend time with family.

Oh, and comments are finally working. Leave one if you feel the urge! If you’ve commented in the past, they didn’t stick — I’d love to hear from you again.

I’ll leave you with Big G showing Ivy the farm. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Big G's farm buddy.
Big G’s farm buddy.

SOLD!

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I had an unexpected afternoon off on Thursday with nothing planned, so I decided to photograph all the junk lounging in my currently unused second floor and post it on Craigslist. My first sale? The horrendously heavy, brokendown old sleeper sofa in the bonus room! It was a little bittersweet, having grown up with my girls and been the scene of countless sleepovers, movie nights, homework all-nighters, convos with best friends, and more. But, it was the first step in preparing to actually MOVE in a few months. And to think, those nice people actually paid ME $25 for the privilege of hauling that behemoth away!!! Work your magic Craigslist; help me unload the rest of my stuff. I’ll be saving the money I make from this project for something special for the cottage.

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Kitchenspiration

I love, love, LOVE sea glass! And we love the colors and style of the coastal region of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Those things are the inspiration for much of the look I hope to achieve for our new/old house. I’m sold on using recycled glass from Vetrazzo for my countertops; now the question is whether to go with Emerald Coast (lots of lovely soft green, and a bit of blue, “float glass”, mixed with oyster shells from the Carolina coast and Georgia white marble) or Umbo White (basically the same without the green/blue glass colors). With that in mind, here’s the color palette I’m planning for my kitchen. Which countertop color would you choose?

Emerald Coast countertop material.
Emerald Coast countertop material.
Umbo White countertop material.
Umbo White countertop material.

Of all the luck

I made a donation to a great cause, the Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary, and won this:

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a fantastic Alan Daigre rocker!  It’s going to be hard to choose the style that will find a place of honor in the Cripple Creek Cottage.  I’m pretty sure we’ll need to design a room around it.

Visit the horse sanctuary here: Ferrell Hollow Farm, and check out Alan Daigre Designs for more photos of Alan’s award-winning work. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, though — you’re going to want to go hang out with those sweet (and huge!) horses, and you’re going to want to buy a lot of furniture.

I.can’t.WAIT to bring my rocker home!