Friday, July 30, 2010

By the Sea

Weekend Dream Seascape

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I do wish I could seascape to the Ocean.......

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tudor Style Real Estate

Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Here are a few houses in my neighborhood for sale. Mom and I went to open houses last weekend and toured all but one of these homes. I thought you might like to see them or maybe you'd like to buy one of them. 
All  are classified as historical.

House 1
This one is just around the corner from me in Edgemere Park.
I love this staircase with the alcove.
Ok, so maybe the kitchen leaves a lot to be desired. It's just terrible but it can be changed.

1464 sq ft  -  built: 1937
$179,000
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House 2
This one is also in Edgemere Park next door to my good friend Petra. She is hoping for a really great new neighbor. She keeps asking me to help her find a new next door neighbor. So, I took it to the blog...you can't say I didn't try.
I'd have to do something with this fireplace. This is the second of two in the house. The other one is strange as well. It looks to be covering up the original fireplace. I'd bet there is tile under that wood. If I bought this house....I'd demo the fireplaces immediately to find out what was underneath and if there wasn't anything....I'd create a fireplace like I did in my home. (my fireplace) But I bet there is something there.
The owner is finishing up a kitchen redo. She still has light fixtures to put in. I'm loving the way this is looking. 
Big stove...love. Don't like the refrigerator being next to it. But as I remember it, there is room to move the refrigerator to another wall...which I would do.
Vintage tile bath....we all know how much I like that.
Nice cottage style backyard complete with labrador. 
1482 sq ft  -  built: 1929
$219,000

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House 3 
This one is around the corner and up the street from me. It sits on a very pretty street. This one has been on the market for quite awhile. It needs updating. But has great potential.
These photos were taken in the early spring...so I guess that is how long it's been on the market. Unheard of practically in my neighborhood where houses are known to sell in a day. (ok, that was my house....I knew I had to have it and bought it the first day it was on the market) But really it's not uncommon for houses to sell in my neighborhood without even being listed because everyone wants to be in this hood. So houses often sell to friends or by word of mouth.
A photo looking out the front door. A street full of little tudors. This picture too taken early spring before "The Great Hail Storm of 010".
This is an odd fireplace. That brass insert would have to go immediately. That tile doesn't look to be original...so I'd have to rethink the design of this and add a mantel for sure, not very expensive to do though. Windows are small...and I like a lot of windows...but get rid of the shutters and it would be much better.
I'm sure this is stopping a lot of sales. This kitchen is terrible. It does look to be bigger than the standard galley kitchen often found in these homes. I'm all about vintage kitchens but this does not look original. Looks like maybe it was redone in the 50's. Ick.
Nice new and clean bathroom...but it lacks character. The listing says it has three baths. I haven't been in this house personally. I'm just showing photos from the listing because it's just around the corner from me.

This one is bigger than the others at 
2492 sq ft  - built: 1937
$222,900
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House 4
This house is not in my neighborhood but is in the neighborhood just to the north of me - Crown Heights. Another neighborhood full of tudor revival homes.
Hmmm....my Mom says she will give me her baby grand piano. I was thinking I didn't have room for it. But I guess I could squeeze it in the living room in this very spot. Something to think about. Or I could get rid of my dining room table and turn my dining room into a piano bar. I even thought about putting tall stools around it and eating on the piano....thoughts?
This kitchen was much better than it appears here. The breakfast room next to it had fabulous wallpaper which you cannot see here and the ceiling in this kitchen....was....cut red velvet flocked paper. And it looked over the top, great. I don't know how you clean velvet wallpaper though....seems like a bit of a problem in a kitchen but it looked bordello-fantastic and I mean that in the nicest way. I really did like it.
Oh...there is a glimpse at the wallpaper in the breakfast room.
Upstairs was the master. This bed was fantastic, muted pink velvet. Too bad the photo is blurry. I want this bed.
And a view of the room from the bed.
The vintage tile bathroom on the 1st floor. I'd change out that vanity immediately. There is a large bathroom upstairs off the master too. 
This is just a small part of the yard. I don't know why the realtor didn't show the huge back deck just out the back door.

2770 sq ft  -  built: 1930
$369,000

I'm not connected in anyway with any of these homes...oh except for that one next door to Petra that I said I'd try to help her find a good person for. But I have nothing to do with the sale of any of these. I'm just obsessed with going to Open Houses around my neighborhood and thought maybe you'd like to see a few.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mercury Glass

Magnificent Obsession
A couple of weeks ago on my birthday, I spent the day with my friend Deidra who knowing me...suggested we spend the day shopping. We headed to TJ Maxx where she found this large mercury glass candle holder which I am currently using as a flower vase. It was her birthday present to me. She said I didn't need it as I have so much mercury glass already but she also knows how I can't pass up a bargain when it comes to mercury glass. Every piece I own has been bought on sale...and were just too good a deal to pass up. Plus I love it so.

I actually, have more of the stuff - large bowls and more candle holders. And I'm still on the lookout for more. I can't stop myself. I just love everything about it.



Saturday, July 24, 2010

Weenie Dogs Galore!

Dog Day of Summer!
Today, Grandma Alice came to visit and she brought her three weenies. This one is Marcus. He is my Harvey's twin brother.
Everyone wants Grandma Alice's attention.
This is Daisy May LeFleur....my Violet's full sister.
And this is Rosie June LeFleur. She is Violet and Daisy's full sister from a different litter...but shhhhhh....she doesn't know that...or if she does she's forgotten. She is a little Diva. I tell Mom that she is not a dachshund that she's spoiled her and turned her into a poodle. 
And another shot of Marcus....Harvey's big brother and a cousin to Newman. 
Harvey in the background and Marcus in the foreground...Marcus's knick name is Moose.

I tried so hard to get a photo with all seven of them together....
Mom tried to get them all to come sit together....
I think this is still just six of them. I think Rosie "The Diva" is inside.
We finally gave up. The dogs were too hot outside anyway and Mom needed to go back home. 

Newman cried and cried after they left. He loves Rosie the most and misses her after he's seen her and will cry for half an hour after one of her visits. It breaks my heart to hear him cry.

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