When one door closes…


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I first started this blog because we were planning on building a home, and I wanted to document the process.  But those plans fell by the wayside, and we assumed we’d be in our current home for several more years.  We were *so sure* we’d be staying that we used up all of the collected items (intended for the new house) on this house instead.  Like our front door.  And our laundry sink.  And the bathroom sink and legs.  And the fireplace mantel.  Plus more…

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Oh yes, remember this?  It wasn’t so long ago was it?  It’s evidence that we were not planning on moving when we built in this little desk nook!  It’s now turned into this:

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We had to cover it up for resale.  Not everyone has the need for a pint sized built-in desk after all.  This old door came out of a friend’s barn.  People will either love or hate it.  Which might not be good for resale either though.  Hmm. 

So the scoop is that we found a fixer upper in a great location, and we’re going for it! 

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It’s a farmhouse built in 1930.  One would think it would be oozing with charm inside but not so.  Throughout the years, it’s gone through much “renovation” which we fully intend to undo.  Surely there are treasures to be found underneath all the layers.  Let’s hope!

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There is a sheep and horse farm next door so we can pretend it’s ours but without the labor. ;)  Perfect. 

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We thought we’d be transitioning back to suburbia for our next house, but it wasn’t meant to be.  Country living has gotten into our bones at this point, and we’re embracing its benefits. 

In a few days I’ll be participating in the Parade of Homes tour that’s being hosted by A Bowl Full of Lemons.  It will be a nice way to exit one door while entering another.  I hope you’ll come along!

57 comments:

  1. oh my...love this! & the perfect time in your lives w/the ages of your children. having a fixer upper was a dream of men way back then, but in our 60's? not so much! i certainly see the enormous potential & the fun of getting there - blessings!

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  2. What a beautiful new home! I love that door, but I love the little desk more. I would LOVE a spot like that in my house. Maybe the next one. :o)

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  3. I love that chippy little door~Whoever purchases your house is so lucky!;) Best wishes for your family~ Hugs,Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

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  4. Good luck to you!!! You inspire me daily .. Thanks!....Blogged about your floors today, now with your new house I can look forward to more inspiration!

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  5. How exciting! I can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  6. I love the 1930's farmhouse and once you get country living in the bones it is hard to ever move back to suburbia, I hope you find many treasures under the layers and I cannot wait to see what you do with you farmhouse!
    Sherry

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  7. oh what a great farm house. we thought we would see grandkids on our farm, I'm only 39, but now we have a for sale sign in our front yard. God has a way of turning our lives upside down!

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  8. How I wish I could buy your present house. Your kitchen and laundry room are labeled "my favorite____room" in my saved pictures. Can't wait to see what you do with the new house!

    Laura

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  9. It will be wonderful to follow your journey. What a lovely country home!

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  10. Congratulations. I love the door. I'm sure your home will sell easily. But, if you need some help you could always plant a St. Joseph statue.

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  11. Of course I'll come along! I can't wait to see the transformation!

    By the way, I am one that would have LOVED the cozy little desk corner! Is it still behind the door??

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  12. I love the farmhouse and it's setting. Can't wait to see what you do to this darling place.

    Judy

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  13. Congratulations:D:D:D Så exciting:D I will follow on every step of the road;) I love all the inspiration on your blog and I'm sure it won't be any less now:D

    Have a great day:D

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  14. Exciting news! I look forward to follow you on the blog!

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  15. I LOVE that door!!! And I love your new home...Congratulations!!!

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  16. You are living my dream, girl! I have photos of farmhouses on my fridge. And I would BUY your current house in a heartbeat if we lived on that side of the US! :) PS. I personaly LOVE the door, but I might paint it for resale.

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  17. how exciting! i LOVE your current home, but that new one looks like it has acres of potential! and what a perfect setting! I would love tyo live somewhere like that:) blessings!

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  18. This is so exciting! That new place looks spectacular and full of promise. What a lovely piece of land to grow on as well. Can't wait to see the magic that unfolds in the next house. xo

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  19. The new house has such a charming feel to it - you will only make it more so --inside and out! How far from House A to House B?

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  20. So excited for you! Definitely going to enjoy this journey with you! Praying your current home sells quickly!

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  21. Count me in! I am along for the ride. We rehabbed 13 houses that we have lived in during our marriage-and I rehabbed 2 we did NOT live in. Your place is going to be beautiful...it has the look of a real family home to it....can't wait to see it up close and personal! xxoo Diana

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  22. Good luck on the move! I love your "old" home and can't wait to see what you do with the "new" home.... I'd buy that place for the porch alone!!! :)

    ~Chris

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  23. How exciting!! I am so happy for you. I love the challenge of a new home, but I will be praying that the transition is a smooth one!
    Congrats!
    ~Angela

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  24. Wow! Congrats on your decision to lovingly restore an old home so that it will be preserved for future generations. There is a good Preservation Brief on the NPS website on "architectural investigation" that would be beneficial for you to read. It is helpful in trying to detect what was original to the home and how alterations were made. And I can totally relate to "country living" having gotten into my bones!

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  25. The fixer upper looks so nice sitting in the middle of that garden and isn't it great to have a farm just across from you! I can't wait to see more of this house and your plans for it. Congratulations!

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  26. What fun, can't wait to follow your reno progresss!

    Oh, and love the door!

    Anne

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  27. LOVE the door!!
    Praying for you and your family as you start this new adventure. I can't wait to come along!!

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  28. oh, I love the old door. I hope the new owners do too. (if not, you can always trash pick it out of there trash after they remove it)
    Good look with the new Farmhouse. I participated in Poppies at Play home tour in 2010, right before we moved too. I still go back and look at my tour of our old home. It's a great little keepsake for yourself.
    Can't wait to see what new adventure awaits you,
    d e n i s e

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  29. Wow! Excitement! It will be so fun to see you go through the steps of uncovering the treasures under all the layers. Hope this one sells very soon!

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  30. Oh I'm coming....of that you can be sure!

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  31. I can't imagine that your house wouldn't sell immediately!

    I'll sure pray so!

    Can't wait to see the next journey as you blog about it, hopefully! :)

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  32. I see many hours spent rocking on that porch in your future. Oh this is very exciting, lucky girl! I will be along for the ride and enjoying every minute of it, bumps and all. The end will reap a masterpiece!!! Are you moving far away from where you are?

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  33. Oh my gosh - what a beautiful fixer-upper, Rie! You are going to have so much fun breathing new life into her! And with your magic, she'll be absolutely beautiful! Looking forward to taking this journey with you and seeing the photos! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  34. wishing you the best, hope all works out on the buy and sell transactions. The farmhouse seems so peaceful, how could you go wrong with that selection? best regards ~diane

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  35. I love your current house and wish you all the best in the new one. We had a 1940's house and traded it in for a 1990's house. One reason was due to lead, we tested etc and found it was difficult to work around. I suggest having your children tested periodically as we did.

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  36. How Exciting!!!! I can not wait to see what you do with the new place!!!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  37. Good luck with the move, the house is lovely. And can't wait to see what you will go on to do next!

    Blessings,
    This Good Life

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  38. Your new home is beautiful. I look forward to seeing your journey, but without the work ;)

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  39. That is my dream, to renovate a farmhouse. You are truly blessed to get this opportunity. Thanks so much for joining the parade of homes. I cant wait to see everyones homes.

    Toni
    A Bowl Full of Lemons

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  40. Hello,

    It looks beautiful! Love that farmers porch...very exciting!
    Claudia

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  41. I'll take the chippy door off your hands for you!

    Congrats on the new place; it looks amazing! I can't wait to watch the transition!!

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  42. Oh that farmhouse is beautiful. I can see many happy memories being made there. It will be exciting to walk with you in the process, looking forward to what you will do, and love what you did with your current home.

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  43. I am so excited for you, Rie! What an absolutely beautiful farmhouse! Can't wait to see what you do with it!! Blessings on your move:).

    ~Julia

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  44. That porch is beautiful.And all that land What a great place for kids to run and play have fun and enjoy!

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  45. Oh wow - how exciting. Can't wait to see the tour now...and the tour later!

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  46. So happy on your new 'find'. Best wishes for an easy move - is there such a thing??!?!

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  47. Congrats on your new (old) home - can't wait to see more!

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  48. Oh how wonderful!!! I can't wait to see what you do with the new house!!!

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  49. wow. what fun and hard work.

    fondly,
    Glenda

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  50. I'm excited for you! It sounds like a great opportunity. I love your current home and all you have done to it, but it's always fun to start fresh, especially when it's on a beautiful piece of property. I can't wait until we can do that some day.

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  51. awesome!!
    so excited for you!
    i love new (old) homes!

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  53. I couldn't imagine living any where but the country. And the new house looks just like what I want, but it's so hard to find someone selling an old farm house. Nearly impossible around here. Here they're all family homes, and have been in one family since they were built and people won't let go of them.

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  54. omgosh... this farmhouse is gorgeous!! It will be fabulous in no time! Can not wait to watch your journey!

    best of luck,
    joan

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  55. Hi Rie, I wanted to leave a message because a while ago I found the old house for sale online...I thought it looked so familiar, until I saw the post from hooked on houses and I realized that I had seen it there (maybe the opposite way around, it has been a long time). anyway, I am from Youngsville, NC, just a few minutes from the old house....I am so looking forward to following your new journey!

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