Answers to Questions: Part 3

Sorry it is taking me so long to get these questions answered. I just haven’t had the creativity or energy since I came down with pneumonia. But I promise I am going to get all of them answered eventually!

What is your dream house like?

What a great question! I think I’ve mentioned before that I love real estate. I love looking at houses online and in person. I love seeing how other people choose to renovate and decorate their homes. But I don’t think I’ve ever really been asked this particular question. I feel like I finally know what my home style is!

It’s kind of funny that the day before this question was asked I was flipping through one of my mom’s magazines. She has a subscription to Country Living and every time I’m at their house I gaze longingly at the renovated farmhouses that grace the pages. In their latest issue they feature a renovated farmhouse in upstate New York. And guys? I was so envious of the home this couple had created for their family. When I read this question it is the FIRST image that popped into my head. That has to mean something, right?

Before renovation

After renovation

I gotta say . . . I love everything about it. Naaman always said he wanted a wrap-around front porch and lots of windows to let light pour into the home. Check and check.

The view is so inspirational, no? I can see myself sipping coffee on the front porch in the morning watching my boys run around. I could definitely picture myself finishing my novel here :)

I think it takes a very creative and brave couple to go into what looks like a pile of boards and decide that it is still special enough to become a home again. This house was obviously a gut renovation. It took an entire year. But it was oh so worth it, in my opinion.

I have always loved the idea of taking a forgotten old house and bringing it back to life. I also love the idea of living on a bit of land. Not for animals, per se. Though I have always had a slight obsession with cows (a story for another time). But to make another dream of mine come true.

I have been coordinating weddings as a side job since 2003. I love planning events and weddings. I haven’t coordinated a wedding in over a year but being a part of the day where a couple promises to love one another for the rest of their lives . . . what could be more sacred than that? But my real dream is to own a wedding venue. Preferably one that has a space for outdoor weddings because I love outdoor weddings. I’ve always thought about buying a pretty farmhouse just on the outskirts of town and using it as not only our home but as our business. Making sure it has an old barn we could turn into a rustic event space adorned with candles and twinkle lights. It would be a long term investment. But a good one.

I wouldn’t want to live too far out though. Twenty minutes from the nearest Target would be my limit!

This is the renovated dining room

I love the farmhouse dining table and chairs and the buffet. I love the chandelier and the rug and the wood floors and the bead board. Oh, who am I kidding I’m in love with the entire house. The house is comfortable and understated. It’s beautiful but not pretentious. It’s real and lived in. To me it says, “Come on in and sit for awhile.” That’s exactly what I want.

Look at this bathroom! Why, hello there claw-foot tub. I would take a bubble bath in this beauty every night. So serene.
I know I’m not much of a cook. But I could get better if I had a kitchen like this. I’d like to eat those buttercream cabinets! And that gas range is to die!
And just for fun . . . I found this listing for a farmhouse with 20 acres of land on Craigslist a couple months ago and emailed it to myself. I have no idea why as we were looking to move into a suburb at the time. But when this question came up this house also popped into my head. I remember thinking it would be the perfect place for my wedding venue!
And look at the barn
So there you have it . . . my dream house. I don’t know if we’ll ever do or have anything like this. But it’s sure nice to dream.
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  1. The Edberg's says

    I have a similar taste in homes as you – large yard, old charm and renovated to be livable/modern. I grew up on 5 acres, house had the wrap around porch and everything! If I could only afford to renovate….over time I suppose.

  2. Cyn says

    Ever seen the show "The Fabulous Beekman Boys?" I love everything about that show but not least of all the house (and barn). Google it.

  3. Mrs. M says

    It is fun to dream :o) And you never know when opportunity might bite you in the butt, and you might end up like me and just do it!

    Love love love those almost yellow cabinets. Swoon. For now I will settle for painting my walls yellow, I suppose…

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