We held our last gathering on the wrap-a-round porch on July 4th and reminisced about the good times . The house is empty now and waiting for the new owners to arrive. As I walked around last night, checking every room, there was a sadness in my heart and it was hard not to cry. It is very hard to leave this house.
This home is over 130 years old and we were the 7th owners. We bought it, the year it turned 98. It was important to us to maintain it's historical attributes, yet maintain and update it as much as possible. I think we achieved that goal during the 31 years that we lived here.
I think about hauling this chandelier back from Atlanta in a box and all the beads bursting off the wires during the trip. I had to have it completely re- strung when I arrived back in Chicago.
But it was worth it!
The rooms seem much bigger now without any furniture.
The dining room without it's 14 foot table.
One of many chandeliers that I collected over the years for this home.
The kitchen island void of all my clutter and collections.
The laundry -one of my favorite rooms in the home. I collected those majolica tiles for many
years, before I had enough to complete the backsplash. And that old sink, I adore.
I am hoping to find another one for the new place.
The cabinet that I stored my flower vases in- wish I could take that with me.
The living room with it's original pumpkin pine floors. They creak with every step.
I love that sound.
A newly remodeled bath that my daughter only enjoyed for a few years.
A pair of opaline matching lights that my friend Linda Lee found for me.
Another chandelier from Round Top, Texas. What a fun trip that was!
And then out to the gardens, filled with 30 years of plantings. I really won't miss the weeding.
The arbor that my husband built to surprise me while away on a trip.
The gazebo that my son and husband put together for me for Mother's Day several year's ago.
I hate to leave it behind, but it doesn't fit the Carolina mountain vibe.
My fountain surrounded by the log plant stands
that were salvaged from a tree that fell down in a storm.
Probably the hardest thing to leave behind- my husband's roses.
They are a passion of his and I received the benefits of his hobby- lots of fresh roses in the summer.
Now with only empty wine bottles around, I cut some to take to our new temporary home.
And of course, my herb and vegetable garden. What a joy to walk out my back door and cut the herbs needed for dinner. That I will really miss.
After my inspection and trip down memory lane was complete, I arranged flowers for the new owner and left a note wishing them good things in this old home.
Lots of their family and friends live close by and I sure this kitchen
will be well used. I awarded her queen of the kitchen!
And a chilled bottle of champagne in the refrigerator.
So goodbye old friend. You have been a wonderful home and I will always love you.
I wish the new owners all the best in their new home. I am sure they will be wonderful caretakers of this old lady. They are "old home" people and that is a special kind of person. I am excited for them to create their own memories. And I cannot wait to see what Margie does with the house.
She has a wonderful style and the house is due for a change!
And if you believe in "signs" pointing you in the right direction- when the new owners were purchasing tickets to the Grateful Dead concert in Chicago this past weekend, their ticket cost added up to the exact number of the address of their new home! And to make things even more interesting, while cleaning out the basement this weekend, my husband found an old milk crate. We don't know how it got there, but it was labeled from a dairy with the same name as the maiden name of the new owner's mother. We washed it off and kept if for them. Some things are just meant to be!
Selling your home of 30 years is a life changing event.
For me, it is time for a new direction, new interest and new challenge, So keep posted as my friend and I both build our dream homes in the Carolinas during the next year. It is wonderful and almost unbelievable that I can share this creative process with such a good friend.
Boy- are our husbands in trouble!!!