Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Historic Home Tour

House Envy
Yesterday I showed the outside of this home and teased with this photo that I'd show the inside.
Built: 1928

I went today and took another outside shot. I thought the other a little lacking.

Remember...it used to look like this...
I took so many photos....I think I may have to break this up into several posts. 
But we'll start with the entry and move to the living room. 
I almost hate to show this...it makes my house look bad in comparison.

But my home is a story in making the most of what you've got.
Where as this house is all about making the best using the best.

I also like how it's very feminine, yet still masculine enough for a man to live in.
I don't have to worry about that. 
Oh...except for for the boys....Harvey and Newman and 
they don't seem to mind my pink sofa.
Living Room
The marble fireplace is very unusual for a house this age (1928) at least in Oklahoma City. 
They are usually tile. 
Which made me question whether it is original or not. 
As far as the current owners know, it is. 
But I think it might have been redone at some point many years ago. 
Although the wood mantel on top does look original but that does not mean it is. 
It could be original to when this marble was put on. 
The flooring around the hearth has a clue. 
Usually there is an extra strip of wood around the hearth and this one does not have it...
making me think it might have been changed years ago. 
This fireplace is pretty though and certainly goes with the current owners color scheme for the home.

Hall Bathroom
This bath was completely done over except that the original tub was kept and resurfaced.
The owner said this bath was all pink tile which they tore out. 
You know my thoughts on that.
My dream is to have a vintage pink tile bathroom. 
And although this redo is gorgeous and done to look vintage, 
I would have never ever gotten rid of that pink tile. 
But the pink tile would not have gone with the color scheme of this house...
so I suppose that is why it had to go.

Master Bedroom
Yes, it really is that beautiful. Love the chandelier. 
Usually, I only like vintage chandeliers. But this one and another in the nursery, I adore. 
Both came from El Paso Imports
Don't let the name of that store fool you. 
It's full of furniture imported from all over the world. 
I have a friend whose home is full of stuff from El Paso Imports and it's so gorgeous. 
I'll show it soon. 
You really have to go into one of their stores. The one of a kind pieces are not usually on the website. The things on the website are pieces they manufacture. But every store has unique antique pieces from places like Mexico, China, Romania and India.

Little Girl's Room
Daddy and Baby and Doggy are all outside while we take the tour. 
This is their little girl's room, she is only 18 months and they are due to have another baby this week. 
So she just moved into this room and out of the nursery.
I didn't take enough pictures of this room. Poo.

Darling nursery done in neutrals just like the rest of the house. I'm not usually that big on neutrals but the way they are done in this house makes me feel like getting rid of my pink sofa....no....no...but I do think I'll bring the beige rug back in my living room.
That is the most elegant changing table I have ever seen. 
Very inventive use for an old buffet.

Second Bathroom
This bathroom is attached to the Nursery. That's the original tile. 
Love it. 
I'm sure if the hall bath had this tile...it would have remained untouched.

Ok...shall I go on?

I think I might as well.
I'll just get all of this house out of the way and then I can go back 
to my regular scheduled programming of my shabby little projects.

I wish I'd taken a larger photo of the entire hall. 
This was an ingenious idea which a previous owner had done. 
Originally there was a wall here where you see the iron railing.
It enclosed the stairway going down to the basement making the hall narrow.

But the wall was taken out and the staircase surrounded with a wrought iron railing 
which totally opened up the hallway.

And really the wrought iron railing added to the character of this house.

I love everything about this kitchen except the black sink. 
What do you think?
I would have gone with a white one.
But it does flow nicely with the black countertops.
I have black countertops in my kitchen and have always hated them 
but after seeing this kitchen and others with black.
I've decided they aren't so bad and might be one of the last things I'll change in my kitchen.
Sorry for the poor light. I was losing the sun at this point.
I love the vignette at the end of the kitchen.

Breakfast Nook
I love that white marble...don't you? Oh...and the mirror backsplash.
Looking through the kitchen into the dining room.

Dining Room
Sorry, this room was kind of dark. I did the best I could.

That concludes the tour of this amazingly transformed home. 
The current owners redid (obviously) everything in this house. 
Are you inspired? Or are you like me? 
Kind of discouraged. 
Seeing this knocked a little of the sparkle off my own home. 
It didn't look quite so pretty to me upon my return home and it sure isn't as clean. 

Oh...well....now its time for me to get busy and continue the transformation of my own cottage.

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Sue said...

Wow! That is an amazing house; thanks for sharing!


Olive Cooper said...

The chandelier in the master bedroom is stunning. I am not a fan of neutrals but it was beautifully done here. I have a similar buffet as the changing table but Joe would die if I painted it. Cheer up Nita, there is joy in the journey. hugs♥O

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Nita, I almost don't know what to say! What a beautiful home. And your pictures are awesome! I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at these inspiring pictures. I am wondering how on earth her home is so clean with an 18 month old!
Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I think I'll go back and take another look!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

WOW...what a beautiful home...thanks for taking me on the tour!!!


Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Olive -
I have a buffet like that too. Its part of the dining room furniture that must get painted before Halloween. I know I do enjoy the journey but these people have been in the house less than two years and all is done. I've been in mine 6 years and there is so much to do.

Lisa said...

Nita - Thanks for giving us the rest of the tour. You are a very thorough tour-guide; I don't think you missed a single detail of this beautiful home!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Sonya -
You can't imagine how clean this house was and everything in its place. I couldn't believe they have a little one and a big dog. Even the dog is color coordinated to go with the home.

Although...I vaguely remember living with only one dog is pretty easy. One dog does not make much of a mess. Four can make a real mess. Well...I think the culprit is mostly Sally. Just last night I went in to find she'd pulled the sheets off the bed. Exasperating!

Allison said...

What a beautiful home! It is absolutely spotless with not one thing out of place! I think my favorites are the changing table and the nursery chandelier! Thanks for the fun tour!

Anonymous said...

You had me at the entry!! Gorgeous! xo

Marie said...

Oh my goodness Nita! That's a whole lot of fabulousness going on in that house! Everything is just perfect. Exquisite decor, very elegant! Thanks for showing it to us.

Ms. Childfree Chic said...

It's so lovely, and I'm inspired instead of discouraged, though I can see why it's very easy to feel discouraged. I always feel like I have so much to do to bring my house up to par! However, seeing photos of other renovations is often just what I need to light a fire under my butt and get me moving again.

As for their kitchen sink, I'm personally not fond of black in a kitchen, whether it's appliances, sinks, cabinets, or counters. I would have gone with a lovely copper apron sink because I'm not afraid of mixing metals. :-) A lovely hammered apron-front stainless steel sink would've looked great, too, if they wanted to stick to stainless accents. The black sink does blend more with their counters, though, which may be exactly what they intended. I went for a white cast-iron sink because I chose a white stone for my counters and the hammered copper sink I wanted was beaucoup bucks!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Ms. Childfree Chic -
Your kitchen sounds fabulous. I love lighter colored stone countertops myself. But my kitchen as black or soap stone look formica....which of course I do not like but it is better than lots of things that it could be. I would love to change it. But finances are so that I cannot for a long while.

This kitchen looks so beautiful with the dark counters. I'm not sure what the stone is....it's black with white veins running through it. Anyway....this kitchen made me think that I shouldn't mind my black counters so much. Except that I clean them and I do one thing in there and they look dirty again.

And my seafoam green cannisters don't look so pretty sitting on them. I think I need to go back to white ones that I have but I love my seafoam ones...

I feel overwhelmed at the moment. I've done so much outside because of that darn hail storm when there was still so much to be done inside and now the holidays are fast approaching and I'm feeling like its another summer gone without major projects completed inside.

Of course maybe if I wouldn't write long blog posts like this....I could get some things done.

Anonymous said...

I small home done well is so much more interesting to me than any of-the-moment McMansion with all the modern conveniences. This home is perfect, and I'm ready to move in now! Just lovely!

The Anonymous HollyM

BettyJean @ Shabby Tea Party said...

This home certainly makes for beautiful photographs, "a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there". I'd be too afraid to sit down for fear of crumpling something and I'd never eat for fear of dropping a crumb.LOL As for the kitchen I Love your first photo, the cabinetry looks a buttery yellow, so warm. The black sink and counters are very striking and lend a look of elegance. A white sink in my opinion would give it more of a country feel. Then as I scrolled down to kitchen photos 3 and 4 I realized that the cabinetry is white or a shade of white. I'm not a fan of white and stainless. I feel these do not compliment each other, just way to boring and sterile looking.

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Zaira said...

Hello dear friend, I'm sorry for I still haven't wrote back. My pc now is working fine so I will do it soon, promised! I hope you're okay girl!

the gardeners cottage said...

hi nita,

wow, thanks for taking all these pictures, you should be a re agent!

i don't like the fireplace or the black sink but love,love everything else. i could move in in a minute.

thanks for sharing and giving such a great tour.

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

What a beautiful house! I bet she has a beautiful jewel box of a garden. I cant wait for that tour...Julian

Denise said...

Yep, it's so beautiful, it's a bit depressing. Everything was perfect. Loved that mirrored piece above the changing table.

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Absolutely Beautiful ~ Thanks for sharing...

Tammy said...

Wow! Great pics of beautiful rooms! I see lots of inspiring ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Tammy :-)

Popped over from Debra's VIF!

bj said...

I love it...love the arched doorways, would rather have a white farm sink but sure would take a black, love that entry...

Debra@Common Ground said...

One word...fabulous!!! So glad you shared this amazing home!
Hope your weekend is wonderful!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a gorgeous home and such a difference to the exterior with dark trim. I know what you mean about touring these beautiful homes and then coming home to yours. Sometimes I come home after seeing a home like this and I want to throw rocks at mine! Thanks for sharing.
xo, Sherry

Glenda @ Magnolia Bend Drive said...

So beautiful in every room. Thanks for sharing

Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} said...
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Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} said...

You are a great tour guide! You are right about the bathroom- it is really beautiful. Both of the bathrooms are very pretty. And they did do a great job keeping in mind the age of the home. The original tile is still timeless. I can see how a pink bathroom would not be in their style, but I wish they could have just transported the pink bathroom to your house or mine so we could preserve it! Save the pink bathrooms : )

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a wonderful home. I see lots of things I like and I see vintage roe deer antlers!

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

sigh..kind of discourages me. But your house discourages me too! Love your style. Glad to know I'm not the only one who hates black counter tops. I've had them in two houses now. They show every little water spot. I can't just wipe them down and go. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pics. Your Halloween mantle looks adorable too!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Thanks for the tour of this lovely home, Nita. There were a number of features I really liked, but I loved the chandelier in the master bedroom!

Speaking of chandeliers, your statement at the bottom of your blog about chandeliers and dogs is just too cute! ;)

Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to having you join me each week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Linda Hartong said...

They did a fabulous job on this house.

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