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Where To Live?

So….there is one lucky family that will be able to choose where they want to live when they buy this house.  I don’t know what I would choose, because I love what the possibilities are for the “bonus” space I found.

Main House

Main House

The “main house” has all of the traditional rooms you would expect to find in a home of this age (1926).  It is a center hall with the stairs directly in front and dining room and living room on either side.

Center Hall

Center Hall

I would take my cue from the exterior colors of gray, black and white and carry them through.  On the entryway wall, I would create a gallery wall of white/gray/black artwork.

Wall color is Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray.  Image - Decorpad

Wall color is Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray. Image – Decorpad

I would consider painting the stairs white, the railing gray and carpeting the steps in gray and black.

Paint the steps and rails and carpet the steps.  Image - lamaisonfou.blogspot.com

Paint the steps and rails and carpet the steps. Image – lamaisonfou.blogspot.com

I would definitely put this zebra print rug in the foyer that I would buy from West Elm.

Buy from West Elm

Buy from West Elm

The potential

The potential

A different shade of gray in the living room, and look how cute I would make those shelves look.  Benjamin Moore’s Copley Gray is a warm toned gray in the greige family.

Benjamin Moore Copley Gray - Image Source - Southern Shore Decorating Blog

Benjamin Moore Copley Gray – Image Source – Southern Shore Decorating Blog

Plenty of room in the kitchen to eat, so I would make the dining room a playroom.

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

The Play Room

The Play Room – Image Source – divaaniblogit.fi

Play Room Rules - Image Source - google.ca

Play Room Rules – Image Source – google.ca

Eat In Kitchen - Before

Eat In Kitchen – Before

Eat In Kitchen - After? Image Source - Decorpad.com

Eat In Kitchen – After?
Image Source – Decorpad.com

What I really love about this house.

#1 – This bedroom wall.

A Window Seat!

A Window Seat!

Would love to be able to dress up the window seat like this.  Also paint the ceiling a soft gray with the walls a bit darker gray that would make a beautiful contrast with white woodwork.

The newly designed windowseat - Image Source - Sylco Cabinetry via Houzz

The newly designed windowseat – Image Source – Sylco Cabinetry via Houzz

#2 – The side porch

The Side Porch

The Side Porch

Bring the porch to life with flowers

How cute! - Image Source - reinventedkb.com

How cute! – Image Source – reinventedkb.com

#3 – The Screened Porch

Outside Living without the bugs.

Outside Living without the bugs.

Bamboo shades and outdoor drapes add privacy

Depending on Spring and Falll temps - can be used April through October.  Image Source - HGTV

Depending on Spring and Falll temps – can be used April through October. Image Source – HGTV

OK – This is why I really love this house.

I found hidden treasures in the garage

I found hidden treasures in the garage

I want these doors.

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In the garage, someone used old doors as partitions – I want these!  And I am drooling over the work bench, even though I have never worked at a bench in my life (nor will I ever).

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This is called a “rustic chic” room divider on Pinterest

"Rustic Chic" - Image Source - thirdfloordesignstudio.blogspot.com

“Rustic Chic” – Image Source – thirdfloordesignstudio.blogspot.com

OK I know where I would live – in the BIG BONUS space above the garage.

Where I would live

Where I would live

And I don’t know which look I would prefer.

Barnhouse Messy Chic

Barnhouse Messy Chic

Urban Chic

Urban Chic

Please feel free to leave comments that I may pass on to real estate agent who has this home listed.

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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This is Not the Paris Fleamarket

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Innovasion was a vender at a Fall festival in September 2012.  Since “I have been in France” this week on the Innovasion Facebook page – I thought it would be fun to do our version of our fleamarket look.

Great as a TV stand

Great as a TV stand

Cute as a small kitchen island - it rolls

Cute as a small kitchen island – it rolls

Cheryl spraypainted the top of the desk over lace - sold!

Cheryl spraypainted the top of the desk over lace – sold!

The box on top of the desk was the inspiration for this coffee table.

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A replica of an antique cabinet made by Ed and finished by Cheryl

A replica of an antique cabinet made by Ed and finished by Cheryl

Don't think I really want to part with the tool box - used it on my front porch

Don’t think I really want to part with the tool box – used it on my front porch

My Front Porch

My Front Porch

The tool box is now at the shop and held Spring flowers for an event we hosted for In The Works – link at the bottom in case you are interested in what that is all about.IMG_7234 (2)

Isn't she beautiful

Isn’t she beautiful

There’s the tool box again

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Notice the cute wicker shopping cart

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How cute is the farmhouse table

Another angle of the cute wicker shopping cart

Another angle of the cute wicker shopping cart

French gray marble top table - so Paris Apartment

French gray marble top table – so Paris Apartment

The cute little bench did find a good home

The cute little bench did find a good home

Another view of the lace top table with a cute set of nesting tables underneath

Another view of the lace top table with a cute set of nesting tables underneath

One of my favorites - it sold a while ago, but is only now leaving for Ocean City, NJ

One of my favorites – it sold a while ago, but is only now leaving for Ocean City, NJ

What else did we do while at the festival?  We designed the Music Lounge Stage

Ed built the mock baby grand piano.

Ed built the mock baby grand piano. – Read Abigale’s Ashes to learn about that

They made such a mess

They made such a mess

After everyone left, I put it back together

Now it looks the way I like it - all neat and tidy

Now it looks the way I like it – all neat and tidy

Then we brought the backdrop back to the shop

So cute - but it doesn't look like this anymore

So cute – but it doesn’t look like this anymore

And what is the backdrop exactly?  It is the top of a 60’s jukebox that I found at a fleamarket.

Top of 1960's jukebox

Top of 1960’s jukebox

The fleamarket was not in Paris, but right here in the good old USA – which is a prelude to my other business that I am attempting to launch – Found In America

Found In America - Discovering What You Will Love

Found In America – Discovering What You Will Love

For The Schreadley – the baby grand piano featured at The Music Lounge – read Abigale’s Ashes posted in June.

In The Works – www.intheworksone.wordpress.com

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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The French Connection

We  will not forget that Liberty has here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected.  President Grover Cleveland accepting the Statue  of Liberty on behalf of the U.S., October 28th, 1886

Source - Modernism Gallery.com

Source – Modernism Gallery.com

This rare Paris 1937 Exposition poster was created in France “By and for the French State Railways” for the American Market. The poster is dominated by the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower (with the 1937 Exhibition buildings in the background) over a map of France in yellow. Lines lead from Liberty’s torch to the French ports of Cherbourg and Le Havre (ports of entry for steamships) to Paris…connected by the French Railway. ”

I believe most of us know that the Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French.  I found the most amazing photos of the Statue being built

Source - paris-in-photos.com Head of Statue of Liberty on display in park in Paris, shortly before its destination to New York.

Source – paris-in-photos.com
Head of Statue of Liberty on display in park in Paris, shortly before its destination to New York.

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Source – longstreet.typepad.com

Source - New York Public Library

Source – New York Public Library

Source - New York Public Library

Source – New York Public Library

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Lady Liberty – an icon in war posters

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Source – Zazzle.com

Mae West as Lady Liberty

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Source – ciao newport beach blog

Lady Liberty made the cover of Life Magazine in 1944

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Lady Liberty in a vintage travel poster

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Source – art.com

Lady Liberty as a hangtag sold on Etsy

Etsy Shop  - Cottonridge

Etsy Shop – Cottonridge

Lady Liberty and pop art

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Source – Art.com

Lady Liberty’s Torch burning bright

Souce - Art.com

Souce – Art.com

Thank you to the French for their gift that symbolizes freedom and liberty in this great country that we live in.

America Bless God

Source - nps.gov

Source – nps.gov

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Best, Theresa

A Mid-20th Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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His Master’s Voice

Source - Flickr Leo Reynolds Photostream

Source – Flickr Leo Reynolds Photostream

The year was 1906 and The Victor Talking Machine Company manufacturers and markets the first Victor Victrola. The company is located in Camden, New Jersey, which is a stone’s throw away from the town where today’s home is located.  Maybe the original owners of this home saw an advertisement and decided to buy one.

Source - ebay

Source – ebay

Source - The Victor Victrola Page

Source – The Victor Victrola Page

While browsing the internet looking for investment properties, I stumbled across this fabulous home.  While it is not a consideration for me as an investment, I couldn’t help but begin to imagine.  The home is a foursquare with a sunporch and a front porch.

Year Built - 1906

Year Built – 1906

The first thing I would do, would be to make the front porch more inviting.  I love the look of creating a warm space on a front porch by using curtains draped next to the pillars.

Source - decorpad

Source – decorpad

The living room needs up-dating.

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What would I do?  I would keep it all neutral which gives me the ability to make it pop with color when I want to change it up.

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I would take advantage of the space at the other end of the living room and put in a FemShui designed office.

Perfect niche for a FemShui Design workspace

Perfect niche for a FemShui Design workspace

This is a workspace FemShui Design would do - but it was done by mysigaheestrand.com

This is a workspace FemShui Design would do – but it was done by mysigaheestrand.com

I love a home with a sunporch.

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What would I do?  I would look under the carpet, with my fingers crossed, and hope that I would find wood flooring so that someone could paint it – just like this.  And then I would go furniture shopping.

Source - Homebunch.com

Source – Homebunch.com

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Where to go with this?  I don’t have a lot of time to go shopping, so I found this dining room set ready to go.

Yes, the kitchen does need up-dating, but it is good to go for the now….it is certainly livable…..

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…..but after some time, this is what I would use for my inspiration….I would do the kitchen in black and white….just like this one.

Source - thekitchn.com

Source – thekitchn.com

Yes, the kitchen nook has paneling and depending on the budget, will come off or get painted (white/cream).

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I have seen at auction the table for this space – a vintage enamel top.

Found at an auction by Found In America (my other business - lol)

Found at an auction by Found In America (my other business – lol)

I am skipping over the family room and heading upstairs to the bath.

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I would update the bath with a contemporary design

Source - Decorpad.com

Source – Decorpad.com

The master bedroom (I think) appears to be a pretty good size.

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House Beautiful

House Beautiful

And then….I would search the country far and wide for Nipper that I saw months ago at an auction who was bought by some lucky person.  He was manufactured sometime during the 1930’s and is the icon of His Master’s Voice.

Found and lost by Found In America

Found and lost by Found In America

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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It All Started With Forsythias

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animals.howstuffworks.com

Spring is in full bloom where I live in South Jersey, and I have been inspired by all of the forsythia that I see.  No….I don’t have any in my yard or in my house, but there is plenty to go around on the internet.

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drivenbydecor.com

Houzz - Janell Beals

Houzz – Janell Beals

I found a tuturial on how to make a forsythia wreath

Or, if you prefer your forsythia in an umbrella

eclecticallyvintage.com

eclecticallyvintage.com

And then I got distracted and began to wander a little off course…..but not too much – I found rooms decorated with forsythia. – Love the drama of this centerpiece and combining the forsythia with lemons.

Houzz - Kelley & Company Home

Houzz – Kelley & Company Home

And then I find myself not only looking at images of forsythia, but now reading questions and answers on Houzz.

Houzz - Karen Evans

Houzz – Karen Evans

Where did the sofa come from?

Karen Evans I purchased the sofa from Pottery Barn several years ago. It’s the PB basic with a warm white denim slipcover. I’ve had it for 4 years and it still looks like new-that’s with 2 teenagers and a very naughty dog in the house. I’d highly recommend. It’s a great price and since you can clean it yourself you would probably spend less in the long run. I think it run about $1,100 before tax and shipping.

Then I found an image that was a resource where this coffee table could be bought if anyone was interested.

Durham Cocktail Table - Ballard Design

Durham Cocktail Table – Ballard Design

But then somehow I found myself looking at images combining yellow and gray in room designs.  I found this next image on Indulgy and always want to make sure that I can track down the original source…but I gave up on that for this image when it directed me to….ThirdAge.com – Health for Boomers & Beyond.  The article on “New Pap Test Could Prevent Cervical Cancer?” is something I will go back to when I have the time.

Indulgy

Indulgy

I spent a few minutes being distracted by the other photos of this home.

Houzz - The Ladue House

Houzz – The Ladue House

Then what happened – I found myself looking at furniture that was painted yellow and gray.

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Younghouselove.com

Younghouselove.com

Younghouselove.com

Houzz - Yellow Gray Living Room Products

Houzz – Yellow Gray Living Room Products

And then, somehow, I ended up with….Alfred Hitchcock….but in my defense, I did start the post with a bird.

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brittanybarnes.tumblor.com

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A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

 

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Needs Improvement

I have started my internet search for a  possible investment opportunity, and found this home that is up for short sale.  The home has been on the market since April 1.  By the time I spoke to the agent, he told me it was more than likely going under contract the next day.  Oh well!  Not that I am ready to buy yet, but I already invested time thinking about this home….so I will post what I put together.

The house - a craftsman bungalow

The house – a craftsman bungalow

The back of the house and the sides are stucco, so I am guessing the front is also.  The brick is not attractive to me.  Look how cute this house is with the front of the porch painted yellow and the steps painted white – makes a big difference!

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Source – Margot’s Corner Blog

Welcome In

Welcome In

I do like the look of painting the steps.  Also, the hallway looks pretty narrow (can’t really tell).  To be on the safe side, I would only hang a gallery of artwork with no furniture underneath.

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Source – Houzz

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Source – eclecticrevisited blog

Notice in the first picture, the french doors on the right.  From what I can piece together, this home has a center hall, and this living room is to the right when you walk in.

A clock

A clock

A fireplace

A fireplace

Let’s give this house a breath of some coastal air

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Source – Restylinghomebykelly Blog

Notice the french doors again in the dining room, AND the Christmas tree in the living room.  These photos were taken April 1, but I can’t go throwing stones, because I still have not put all of my Christmas decorations away.

Dining room is not ready for guests

Dining room is not ready for guests

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Again, let’s bring the seabreeze into the dining room.

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Built-in breakfast nooks were somewhat typical in this style home.

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Much Nicer!!! Source - ths.garden web blog

Much Nicer!!!
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Let’s travel upstairs to the bath.  From this one and only picture of the bath, we can kinda get the idea of what it looks like.

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I would much prefer to see this.

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Source – decorpad.com

I am going to bypass the bedrooms and go right up to the attic.

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Looks like there may be room for a bed.

I think it works

I think it works – well maybe not, but it looks pretty

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The back of the house (obviously).

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I think it would look much more invting like this.

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Source – Juniper River Home Design

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My Inspiration

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My Inspiration

I have been thinking a lot lately about making a real estate investment.  I have started to get a feel for what is on the market locally (South Jersey).   This house is so sad…..I would love to make it happy.

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I would love to make it look like this.  Source - housekaboddle.com

I would love to make it look like this. Source – housekaboddle.com

The enclosed porch

The enclosed porch

There’s not a lot of room to decorate the enclosed front porch, most especially with the heating thing that’s in the way.  But, how much room do you need to make a small space look beautiful?

Source – Tumblr – notmybeautifulhome

Let’s step inside…do you think ghastly is a good word?

What adjective would you use to describe the living room?

What adjective would you use to describe the living room

Where to begin?  I would start with changing the front door and ripping the paneling off.  I would hope that hardwood flooring would be the only thing lurking under the carpet.

A new front door.  Source - Authentic Home Blog

A new front door. Source – Authentic Home Blog

Oh!  A fireplace

Oh! A fireplace

I would definitely paint the fireplace white.

Source - Houzz - Dana Wolter

Source – Houzz – Dana Wolter

Source - Pinterest

Source – Pinterest

More paneling to remove

More paneling to remove

I like the blue and white combo for the dining room with the up-dated look of applied moulding on the bottom.

Benjamin Moore Stratton Blue.  Source - Apartment Therapy

Benjamin Moore Stratton Blue. Source – Apartment Therapy

Do I need to explain the kitchen?

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There’s plenty of room for this island

Source - nadafarmlife blog

Source – nadafarmlife blog

What about the bath?  Side note – pet peeve – toilet seats left up when agent takes pic and posts.

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Source – Roxxn.wordpress.com

So….I can paint the walls gray to tone down the pink

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Source – askville.amazon.com

Are you surprised by the bedrooms?

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Source – babiniec-cafe.pl

Source - newlyweddiaries blog

Source – newlyweddiaries blog

And then this needs to be replaced

What is it?

What is it?

Much cuter!

Much cuter!

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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