Wednesday, May 11, 2011

One Day...

When we eventually get some land and build our dream house this is what I want it to look like.

I'm serious.  I want to buy something very old with buckets of character that we can renovate and make our own.  Like this brave pair have.

Lisa and Mark Hellman undertook a yearlong renovation and restoration of this 106-year-old home that had stood abandoned for 25 years when they bought it.



Haven't they done the most tremendous job!  Read more about the Hellman's renovation here.

All images from here

I get it, it's the project of a lifetime and the work it will take, let's not even get started!  BUT I find these sorts of transformations utterly inspiring and love the soul (and by that I don't mean a cranky ghost) that comes with an old home.  You just can't build it into a brand new one.  



  1. I totally agree! New homes have no soul (or juju as I call it). Some places have bad juju too, it just depends on how the place feels when you walk in the door. New places don't have a feeling.

  2. It just makes me so happy when an orphaned house is given a new family and tons of restorational love!
    This one that you shared today is simply stunning and I too dream of a house like this!

    Just gorgeous Nicole!

    xx Charlotta

  3. Wow. Somebody please pat those people on the back, and get them a refreshing drink. Is that a real duck sitting at the bottom of the bannister? Mercy.

  4. Oh my! What they did is just breath taking! And that goes with every room! Enjoy the lovely day, Kellie xx

  5. I just love old home Nicole, I can't get enough of them. I get so much out of renovating old homes. Mimi xx

  6. WOW! What a fun project. Love the before and after shots! The bones of the house are so great and it's wonderful to see it come back to life! Amazing.

  7. I always have wanted to buy a house to fix up-my husband tells me to have a good time, he wants no part of it. But I completely understand why this is a dream of yours. (I do get a case of cold feet every time I watch Flip This House though!)

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