I'd Take Any One Of You

Every city has its pockets of old, beautiful, well-maintained homes. And by old, I mean century old, original-owners-all-gone kind of old. Old with a history and a long one. While visiting my best friend forever last weekend, I took a few shots of the gorgeous homes just a few blocks away from her house. A couple of them reminded me of the old farmhouse I grew up in. All of them reminded me of how much charm can be packed into one building. Old houses are beautiful.

This last one was incredible. It was on an odd little corner, a V, really, which meant it had not only a gorgeous front entrance:

but also an adorable back entrance.

The dusty house, with its 600 sq ft and crumbling front railing doesn't compare. One day, I'd love to live in one of these gorgeous homes -- particularly one of the first two -- should our situation and our finances warrant it. For now, though, we're doing pretty good with our dusty house. It's small, but I constantly remind myself: we're only two people, and in a housing market that just seems to keep climbing, we're doing pretty well for owning a house at all. 

Someday, we'll set our sights a little higher, but for now, we are perfectly, utterly content.

(Or, I will be once the kitchen gets finished!)


  1. Gorgeous houses! All of them, I noticed that they all have a front porch and some kind of dormer or turret and greenery around them. So your little dusty house has a porch and a little dormer, and it will have greenery. That's why you picked this cute little house. It's a little wanna-be big beautiful house and you and Mark are going to be just as happy together in your cute first little house as you would be in one of these lovely old homes! Once I drove around our neighborhood and took pictures of all the houses I really liked and then compared them to see what they had in common. Turned out to be porches, mature trees, dormers, bay windows... Kind of a fun exercise.

  2. Those homes are stunning. We have a historic district in my town that is full of charming old homes with amazing architectural details and sometimes I like to drive down there just to ogle them! You may not live in a big fancy home right now, but you sure are making your house beautiful!

  3. Wow wow wow! These houses are just beautiful, like something straight off a postcard! I just tell myself that the bigger the house, the bigger the amount of work! (I live in a tiny shoe box house in London so that amount of space is fantasy for me too!)

  4. @Ellie

    Exactly, Ellie! I LOVE big porches which, thankfully, ours has! And, even though we have a huge patio out back, it's actually incredibly pleasant to be able to sit out on our front porch. Even though we've only got crummy plastic chairs, it's one of my favourite spots to read... when I get the chance!

  5. @Cortneyloo

    Thank you! I hope it will be beautiful when it finally emerges from the dust... We probably won't be able to work on the curb appeal until next year though!

  6. @Meghan @ Wishful Thinking

    So true! In some ways, the shoe boxes are preferable, aren't they? In fact, I've always believed that the size of ones home should match ones needs. Right now, all the Husband and I need is this little house. Someday, when there's a few little tikes running around, the desire for a home office, etc. we might consider a larger house.


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