After a long and exciting road of many life changes, we purchased a 120-year-old Victorian home in a cute little village near where I grew up (and where my parents now live – yay for babysitters within walking distance!). While it’s in great shape for an old house, it’s requiring a lot of love and attention to make it feel like our home. Now that we’re about three months into the renovations, I’m so excited to start sharing some photos! The interior is not quite camera-ready yet, so here are some exterior images that I snapped a few weeks ago using Kodak Portra 400 film.
If you know me, you know that one of my greatest obsessions is anything to do with houses. I know every episode of every home design show from oldies like Trading Spaces and This Old House to new favs like Fixer Upper and Stone House Revival. When I was little, I wanted to be an interior decorator and even made design collages on poster-board (I now have about 50 public and private home inspiration Pinterest boards). And one of my favorite hobbies is to go on long walks and look at all the houses in any given neighborhood.
I’m not going to pretend that I have a talent for design or renovation, I just have a deeply rooted love and appreciation for houses. Especially ones that are well-loved and reflect the people living in it. While at the moment I’m more drawn to the modern farmhouse style, I don’t discriminate against any method of design. Country, modern, traditional, minimalist, chic, coastal. You name it, if done thoughtfully, I’ll swoon over it!
So when it comes to our new house, we’re listening to what she says (and what our wallets say!). This is an old, traditional house with a lot of character and elegance that we want to preserve. Once I share more interior photos, you’ll see what I mean, but essentially it’s amazing what cleaning, painting, and new light fixtures can do!
As for the title of this post, we (I) had been trying to name our house for months now and then one of my favorite childhood ditty‘s popped into my head! So henceforward, she will be referred to as our Very Fine House 🙂