E is for…
The entrance to our house (built in 1907), which we sometimes call a foyer, and I sometimes (with a chortle in my mind) call the lobby – I’ll tell you why in a second – is what first made me want this house. The wood work I original and floor to ceiling, with a wood burning fireplace next to the little closet under the stairs. And original wood floors (that continue through most of the house). So, today, I thought I would present a photo album of our entrance.
The entrance the day we took possession. Oh, did I mention that we bought this house 2 years ago this month, and that it had been a functioning bed and breakfast? Well, it had been a B&B 10 years previous to our purchasing it. It had been “empty” for 10 years, but not empty in that every room was full of furniture, knick knacks, etc. FULL! You don’t really see the enormity of that in the lobby photos, but take my word for it….FULL (should have done Dining Room yesterday – I’ll find another letter for that later…)
Oh, and a closeup of the creepy Snow White mirror. We still have this mirror, but now it’s hanging on the inside of the door in the closet under the stairs.
The fireplace (after removing weird dried/fake flower arrangement. There were weird dried/fake flower decorative items all over the house when we bought it. I hate weird dried/fake flower arrangements…) and the fireplace with the hideous candelabra (which is now in the den because hubby loves it)
Some shots before we refinished the floors. We had to refinish them because the tape that had held the rug in place, was so stuck to the floor it could not be removed in placed. I spent hours and hours trying to get it off, and finally convinced Kevin that we had to refinish the floors (the living room was even worse, and the hallway worse still, so we just redid them all)
And after the floors were done – only a few days before we moved in. We took possession of the house April 30, and move in towards the end of August. The house had to be cleaned out, and all the electrical redone, and perimeter drains installed, before we could live in it.
And here is a shot of the foyer the day we moved in.
And here it is today. Apologies for the quality. It’s hard to take photos of this room because it’s so dark. I need to work on my technique!
And finally, a couple of shots from the foyer into the living room (sneak peek) showing our columns (and yes, the after was Christmas). It’s a little weird living in a house with columns inside…
I have long wanted to present a series of images of our house, room by room, befores and afters. A few weeks ago I presented some before and after shots of our office that I just painted. So now I am thinking that some of the letters for this challenge might work well for this, so stay tuned!
I confess though, I was actually planning another E word for today – something related to my planned long run. But I was not feeling up to a long run today and will be completing it tomorrow (Sunday) morning instead, so this weekend will be a double blogging extravaganza (another E word.) Until tomorrow…