Monday, August 10, 2009

Terra Cottage Gets a Face Lift!

I know this may come as a shock to many of you but...
I love Victorian houses!
Since we can't afford an old Victorian house we are collecting antique architectural pieces to use in our house (I guess you could say that our house is the graveyard of all the other Victorians that didn't make it-lol:).
We use old architectural pieces as headers for doors and windows. This is the double window on the porch before...

and here it is after. This piece actually came from an antique armoire.

The fretwork on the porch can be found at most hardware stores.

I call it the 'wagon wheel' fretwork commonly seen on most Victorian homes today.

I found these corbels years ago at an antiques fair. They were just the right size for our small home. A fresh coat of paint and voila-a custom look for the entryway of the porch.

We also added the small scrollwork in the center of each porch opening. These pieces were part of a larger piece that we cut apart and used in several places throughout the house.
Now the porch has a more custom look:).

Hubby hard at work hanging yet another piece.

Now the roofline has pizzazz too!

This piece was also found at an antiques fair and looks wonderful gracing the roofline!

Let's go see the changes inside:).

Now you didn't think we could get through a post without Kramer making an appearance, did you? He wanted to help but first he decided to play. He seems to think that this piece is a surf board:).

He's guarding these pieces (these were the ones that were cut apart for the porch openings).

Architectural pieces function as art in our house too (yes, it's a flying pig hanging from the ceiling fan-it's a long story for another post:) . But this changed...

Hubby hard at work (what you can't see is that Kramer is holding the latter:).

We removed the lower piece and replaced it with a different one. The header on the closet door was part of an old mirror frame.

The library closet needed something too.

Remember Kramer's surf board?

Now it is the header for the closet doors in the library.

Meanwhile, back in the kitchen hubby is removing another piece of architecture.

An empty space awaits.

The leftover edging from the piece in the living room now hangs above the eating area of the kitchen. (Kasey thought the picture looked better with dogs).

Calvin wanted to be in the post too:).

In addition to new fretwork, we took down the candle chandelier over the table and replaced it with a floor lamp that I found last Saturday. The metal scrollwork is beautiful and the base has marble accents.

(Sorry about that, Kramer walked across the keyboard and added his picture).
As I was saying, the floor lamp has metal scrollwork and marble at the base.

Remember the lamp that a dear friend gifted me? It now has an antique shade and brightens the kitchen counter.
Boy, all of this work has worn me out! Let's sit on the porch with a cup of tea and enjoy the early morning breezes.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Kim! Your cottage looks absolutely lovely!! What a pleasant place to call home! Thanks so much for visiting and yes, bring your opera glasses and do wear your fanciest victorian gown for a gala event!!! Anita

Andrea said...

Your home is beautiful!!! It is graced with such character and vintage appeal!

I love the way you have used old architectural pieces. Amazing!

And I love the way you have hung the pictures over your sofa. (Tips, please?) :)

Many blessings to you, dear friend. I pray your Monday is filled with joy.


Sandi said...

Oh Kim I LOVE all your architectural pieces!! They are just beautiful, but very hard to find around here. There is one house that we go by and it sit empty and is full of all that kind of detail. Every time I see it I dream that I am removing it all and putting it on my house!! LOL

Paula said...

Dear Kim,

What a delightful and enjoyable post! You have such a lovely way with words. Terra Cottage is gorgeous and you have provided me with a lot of inspiration! It looks just like a Victorian cottage, and I would love to see more of your beautiful home!

The architectural pieces are amazing! You and your dear husband found the perfect place for each piece! They truly give a home Victorian character!

Your front porch is beautiful. I love the wicker sofa, all the lovely pillows and the black shutters. All of the plants are lovely, too.

Oh, Kramer is too funny sitting on his 'surfboard', and the look he has on his face while guarding the other pieces.
The architectural pieces are so pretty on the wall. It was so funny to think of Kramer holding the ladder. You had me laughing! I love your library, the sofa is so pretty and the lovely pillows, the table set with tea things, and all the paintings on the wall! Your home is so Victorian and you have done a beautiful job making it that way!

The table and chairs in the kitchen are beautiful! What lovely windows and curtains. I agree with Kasey! They are all so adorable!!! Your lamps are lovely, too. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cottage and precious fur babies. I enjoyed my visit so much!

Love, Paula

Elizabeth Bradley said...

How lucky you are to have such a handy hubby to make your vision a reality. Thanks for sharing. Lovely, just lovely.

June said...

Oh Kim, I love these wonderful victorian touches you've added to your cottage. I adore your cozy front porch. It looks so inviting. I want to sit there all afternoon.
I bet your husband feels so much more secure with Kramer holding the ladder for him. You are so funny!

lady m said...

Oh Kim,

Everything looks just lovely!

I especially like the lamps ;)

Thank you for inviting us and sharing your beautiful home,

lady m

Michael823 said...

OK enough already!!! We were just there and now you've changed everything! I guess we'll just have to come back and see it all again.

Everything does look wonderful.



Jodie LeJeune said...

KIM! I've been waiting for this post! I begged you a long time ago to post about your antique wooden details all over beautiful Terra Cottage. I'm so glad you did and I enjoyed it so much, even with the help of the little furries!!! Kramer did a good job of holding the ladder for Daddy...I didn't hear a thump or anything ;)
How do you keep those pillows and things on your front porch so pretty? The weather here would tear it up! I'd have pillows in the neighbor's yards (not that they would mind) ha! You do such an awesome job of decorating, I always love to visit Terra Cottage.
Now it is time for tea~
everything vintage

Anonymous said...

Go girl, you know my philosophy. If you can't exactly what you want get as close to it as you can. Those great big house would take all the fun out of life, cleaning and refixing, you have got the best of both worlds. Very unique. I bet people go by your house and point it out. We have a couple in our town who have bought run down homes and fixed them up, and they are selling like hot cakes. Folks want the old times to come back in some situation.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Kim,

I loved seeing all your Victorian touches around your beautiful home.
It is so lovely and you and your husband are doing such a lovely job.
thank you for inviting us into your home and showing us around.

Have a great week

crochet lady said...

Fun use of that victorian wood scrolling inside the house!

Love that lamp. Wish I could come take a real tour of your home and stay for tea, it would be such fun to sit and chat.

Thanks for the fun tour of Terra Cottage.

Paula said...

Hi again,

I forgot to say how pretty your garden is! I love all of your flowers!

Love, Paula

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Well Kim,
You are a lady after my own heart! I love it all... I want to shop with you! It is the details that really count and make things beautifully our own, isn't it? Love, love, love everything you've done, including all the animals in the photos and a house definitely isn't a home without pets. That Kramer, what a ham (as my grandma used to say ;) Have a happy week and thanks for the tour!

Geralyn Gray said...

I love all the additions of the

architectual details to your home. The terra cottage has such a romantic feel.

TattingChic said...

No, it doesn't surprise me at all, LOL! I love what you've done to adorn your home and make it look Victorian. It's such a lovely place. I've always wanted to put those little pieces on a wrap around porch, too!