Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Selling your House - 31 Years of Memories

Today was the closing of the sale of our home. Exciting, yet bittersweet feelings  happen during this process.

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!!!


Anonymous said...

Back when I was living in IL, I used to walk around the block where your house is. It was a long time before I realized you lived there. It is sad knowing you are leaving not only the house, but the area I love and miss so much. But, I know blog will make us a part of your life's new adventure and we will grow to love your new home as much as your old. I moved and had my stuff in storage for 4 years one time. Beware! You forget what you had and begin accumulating new things. Then when you get your old stuff out of storage you feel as though you betrayed an old friend by replacing it. Good luck on your move and can't wait to see how the new house construction progresses.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

We sold the house that we built and lived in for just short of 30 years. It IS a bittersweet time. We have built a new home in a 55 plus community and have been here 2 1/2 years now. We are gradually making this house our home. We had GARDENS that I miss SO much. We had 15 hydrangea bushes, 50 azaleas and over 60 rhododendroms. Lots of other things too. Unfortunately and HEARTBREAKING for me, the new owners have done NOTHING and have let the yard go to pot. I wish I had brought so many things with me. But it is water over the dam. I wish you MANY years of happiness making new memories in your new home. Where are you moving to? Best wishes, Pinky

MarmePurl said...

Best wishes on the new adventure.
We await to see the new place come to life.

Laurell Banner said...

Susan, all of these photos are magnificent. As your blog went on I imagined all the wonderful times I have also had in you beautiful home.
Your style and grace always shined throughout every room. I am going to miss it very much.
I am sure the new owners are going to bring young life and happiness to every room like you did. It is one lucky old house.
On to the new and exciting adventure in your future. I am sure your new home will be as magnificent as your old one.
I am excited to see how this plays out in my new vacation spot.

savvycityfarmer said...

After reading Word for Word your recap and after spending many special times in your home I flashback to every room and the creek of those floors and the awesome pieces that you added
That gave this old lovely lady after reading Word for Word your recap and after spending many special times in your home I flashback to every room and the creek of those floors and the awesome pieces that you added that gave this old lovely lady even more charm
Though we have lost a little bit of touch I think of you often and can't even begin to imagine what you will dream up in those Carolina Mountains
God bless you and thank you for such amazing inspiration all these years
I love you!

Christy said...

Blessings and love in your new home! It is so hard to believe you won't be here. You inspire me to take chances, live out your dreams and create new beginnings!

Sarah said...

Bittersweet to walk away from such a home, but the new adventure that awaits in the Carolinas will be exciting and refreshing. Our plans to move have detoured for now. Not sure if we will stay here or continue to search for a different home.
All the best to you as your embark on this new adventure. I eagerly await the posts you will share of the new home.

Kathy Olson said...

What a beautiful home and post!
I feel very sentimental about houses. They are so much a part of us, like one of the family. They shelter us and give us and our children so many memories.
Thank you for sharing. I look forward to seeing your new home.

Katha said...

That is one of the saddest things I have ever read until I read the last few sentences . It sounds like it was really meant to be for the new owners and I wish them much happiness. May you find joy and contentment as you continue on your new journey.