Monday, October 27, 2014

the cottage

So, I thought I would step away from shop talk while I work on getting new items listed and tell you a bit about our biggest project, our little cottage that we purchased back in 2012. This was about 6 months before we got engaged and started planning a wedding, which ended up being a great thing because we got the big bulk of our renovations done before I ever started thinking about things like wedding colors and flowers.

It took us a while to find exactly what we were wanting and in our ideal neighborhood. I had a very long list of things that were important to me. Hubs basically is the least demanding, easy going person you will ever meet, so he let me do the searching. Imagine that!

I wanted a home that was built before 1940. Yes, the older, the better. I wanted to make sure as much of the original character had been preserved. Which is surprisingly difficult, since many people have gone into the older homes in Tulsa and done very poor renovations. With that said though, we were looking for something that we could make our own, but a project that was reasonable and not a total overhaul. That is also difficult.

Thankfully, after about a year long process of house hunting, we stumbled upon the perfect little jewel, in our very favorite neighborhood. And although it had a terrible 90s kitchen, and a pretty ugly bathroom, we could see the potential. Plus, it was the perfect little fairytale cottage that I have always dreamed of!

With that little intro, I suppose there is no better way to share the story of life in our new little cottage or to document our current, past and future projects, than to show the first (pre-move in) pictures of our new place. Mind you, these are just the listing photos. I have a few more empty house iPhone pics before we started the reno, which I will share later. But unfortunately the better photos were on my camera, which was stolen from our temp apartment a few weeks after getting the keys to the cottage. That was a rough time, let me tell ya.

So for now, here is the house as it appeared online. Empty, yet full of character, and calling out for someone to give it a new life - just what we intended to do!

exterior (original leaded glass windows!)
exterior/sun porch (dead bushes included)
living room (vaulted ceilings and beams!!)
dining room (more original windows and hardwoods!)
kitchen (oak, oak and more oak)
breakfast nook (enjoy staring at the wall while you eat your cereal)
full bath (that tile is plastic, people)
master bedroom (cool ceilings and whole lotta windows!)
guest bedroom
third bedroom/office
half bath (cutest little mini jack and jill ever)
basement (storage/potential workout room)
basement (I do laundry here. Anyone scared yet?)
sun porch (the best)
backyard (potential)
garage and original maid's quarters
I hope you have enjoyed taking a peek into the way our home looked before we got our hand's on it. It looks so much different these days!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

shop + beginnings

Welcome new friends! So, I started an Etsy shop back in November of 2013 on a whim because, well, I love old things. And I also like finding old things that I think other people will love. Doing the whole Etsy thing seemed like the perfect way to marry my love of vintage (without becoming a full on hoarder) by also helping others find unique items for their home or collection, and so House and History was born.
The shop has just been lingering around as I planned a wedding this past year, got married, went on my honeymoon and then transitioned into married life, all the while working full time as graphic designer. Thankfully, things seem to be slowly starting to get back to a normal pace and I am hoping this will be the perfect opportunity to get House and History going strong.
So, here I am, in this little slice of the internet, setting up a place where I plan to share updates on the shop and the goodies I currently have for sale, as well as upcoming items. You may also find posts about my better half and I, our lives as newlyweds, our little cottage that we have been renovating since we bought it about 6 months before we got engaged, our babies (fur babies that is) and other random happenings. I hope you'll come around for a visit once in awhile and share in this fun new adventure with me!

Visit the shop here