Tuesday, May 26, 2009

it's an old house

but, it's my house...

and i love it!!!

(if these walls could talk)

many of you may not know this, but our house on the lane is a pre-civil war structure. the main two rooms on the main level (our dining and formal living rooms in the photos above) were once slave quarters; and, directly beneath these rooms in our basement are two identical rooms (our guest and storage rooms). these rooms were once used to house small livestock.

long after the civil war, a granddaughter of the owner of the estate took a particular liking to this structure and decided to recreate it. she added a kitchen, two bedrooms, and a bath on the main level and a garage, a half-bath, and a furnace room to the basement.

hence, her storybook cottage was born!!! the cottage had a shake shingle roof, pegged hardwood floors, bright red custom kitchen cabinets, and two dutch front doors... one entering into the dining room and the other entering into her living room.

she lived here until the late 1950's then sold her home to a local architect and his wife, who closed in the carport (he transformed this large room into a work area for design) and finished out all the basement with carpeting, hardwood paneling, and drywall.

the architect and his wife raised their family in this house.

after the couple's sons were grown and had both headed away to college, the two decided to purchase a piece of property in the downtown area. he wanted to open up his business there and design an ultra modern apartment for the two of them above his business.

so, the architect and his wife sold their cottage on the lane to a small family of three. the young couple had one daughter...


this is the story of how i came to live on the lane...

the first time:)

love and God's blessings,
dani xx


Hannah said...

I love your house, too :)

So cozy and warm!


Sally said...

Your home is gorgeous, Dani. I love the history too! :)

Lisa said...

What history! Your home looks lovely! There just isn't character like that in new construction.

Lucy said...

What a fantastic history your beautiful home has had. It is just beautiful and cosy. I see we share the same taste in furniture. Can't wait to read more.
Love and hugs XXXXOOOO

Tabitha said...

Thank you so much for sharing Dani ~ both the wonderful pictures of your home and the story of how you came to live there ~ I love these insights into your life.
You have a truly gorgeous home.
Love and big hugs Tab XXXXXX

Jan the crazy lady said...

Those are my favorite type homes. Love it Dani. You are so blessed to live in such history.

Amanda said...

I love old homes and all the history that goes along with them. Your home has an interesting history!
Your home is beautiful Dani.
Thanks for sharing!
Amanda x

Tanya said...

LOVE your beautiful little cottage d!!!! I really hope to one day visit you & your cottage! Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic story... xxx

linda said...

You mean there's a second time? I can't wait to hear this!

Your home on the Lane is lovely!

Jacob said...

Holy smokes that's clean :P

E and T said...

Hi Dani

I imagined that you would live in such a cozy and inviting home. It is wonderful that you are aware of the history of your house. What a treasure it is, made even more precious by the love and laughter that fills your home.

Lots of love and hugs

SuzanSayz said...

That is so cool living in your childhood home Dani. The house that I would love to have (not to live in just to HAVE.) is in the South end of the Seattle area. I would give a lot to own it and for it to be just the same as when I lived in it.

Christy said...

Wow! What a neat story. Your house is adorable.

LKP said...

i uber LOVE your apple green walls! THANK YOU for being a greenie like me. =0)

Precious Pink Pumps said...

So amazing to have so much history to your home. Makes it extra special. I have always loved older houses - love imagining all the years of christmas morning love, the birthdays, even the losses...makes a place a home.

How did you do that slideshow? Very impressive!