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Normally we are pretty bummed when a tree is blocking a beautiful building like this. But in this case we loved it. The bright fall colors on this huge tree are just as impressive as the building behind it. When you bike around Detroit you undoubtedly feel the emptiness from the years of population loss. But you also get to witness pure natural beauty with all the vegatation and wildlife that has been allowed to thrive in the absence of houses. Yes it's sad to see the decay of buildings and boarded up houses. But it's also amazing that there are trees that have been allowed to live as long and as tall as this one has. Most cities would have tore this baby out a long time ago for wrecking that sidewalk so bad. 😉 🍁🍁🍁 . . . #eastside #detroit #dailyinspiration #archi_ologie #oldhouselove #prettyoldhouse #brickhome #curbappeal #thisplacematters #thisoldhouse #moodygram #architecture #cruise #mansion #deserve2preserve #howwedwell #currenthomeview #tree #treelover #natute #city_features #cityview
Introducing.. Her Gorgeousness, Lady Blue. This is currently hanging in the room that will eventually become my son's room...I am preeeety sure it will be moved from there, as I don't trust a 5 yr old with making sure nothing happens to it...He is not exactly...careful...and I totally see a ball hitting it or something. So yes, she will be moved to a new location somewhere else in the house. We'll see...Also, can you catch a sneak peek at the hand painted wallpaper border in the background? . . #VintageHomes #OldHouse #OldHouseLove #Antiques #OldLamps #victorians #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #dreamhouse #circaoldhouses #oldhouses #prettyoldhouse #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #archi_ologie #victorianarchitecture #archilovers #remodel #fortheloveofoldhouses #historicpreservation #theamericanhome #pahomes #chandelier #wallpaper #vintagewallpaper #vintagehardware #italianate #secondempire #interiordesign #housesofinstagram
Funny story...we are doing research on this house's history and we were in the basement trying to figure out what was the original footprint of the house. I got my phone flashlight out and was telling my husband, "you gotta keep your eyes open, you never know what you are going to find"...and then, outnof the corner of my eye I saw these...neither one of us had registered them before as they look like ordinary pieces of wood...but I sent him under the cobwebs and when he flipped them over...ta-da! Look at these doors! They are definitely cabinet doors, based on size...but I don't have any cabinets anywhere missing their doors...or at least I haven't found it yet...so now the question is, what to do with them?! . . #VintageHomes #OldHouse #OldHouseLove #Antiques #OldDoors #victorians #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #dreamhouse #circaoldhouses #oldhouses #prettyoldhouse #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #archi_ologie #victorianarchitecture #archilovers #remodel #fortheloveofoldhouses #historicpreservation #theamericanhome #pahomes #oldhardware #vintagehardware #italianate #secondempire #interiordesign #housesofinstagram
I tried to come up with a neat story for this...I got nothing. Zilch. Nada. Here's what we know: the previous owner liked the sconces on each side of the mantel, but she did not want to see the switch to turn them on/off because...reasons? So she asked her husband to hide it inside the fireplace. Yes, you can actually hide it. See that black border? It has a bit of a lip on the inside so that you can actually rest the switch on it. Otherwise it looks like what you see in the picture....So now, every time I want to turn my beautiful sconces on, I have to jump inside the fireplace like I am going to Narnia, find the switch and turn it on (provided that the on/off switch for the switch itself hasn't been turned off, because then I have to turn that on before I can turn the actual lights on...why?!?!?!) I cannot wait for my lovely husband (hi, hun! 👋) to fix this for me because I cannot live with this insanity...
Ignore the mess in the background...look at this! Surprise! We found this gorgeousness tucked away in a box in the carriage house. Now the question is...where do we put it? Which room do you think it would look good in? Bedroom? Dressing room? Nursery? Son's room? . . #VintageHomes #OldHouse #OldHouseLove #Antiques #OldDoors #victorians #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #dreamhouse #circaoldhouses #oldhouses #prettyoldhouse #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #archi_ologie #victorianarchitecture #archilovers #vintagelamps #fortheloveofoldhouses #historicpreservation #theamericanhome #pahomes #oldlamps #oldchandelier #oldhardware #vintagehardware #italianate #secondempire #interiordesign #housesofinstagram
You guys...imagine this. Remember Idabelle, from the other day? The housekeeper? This is how she would have been called upon by the master of the house, Mr. Minnich. But imagine being the son of the master, and seeing Idabelle appear in this very dining room for the first time...do you think it was love at first sight? Maybe their romance was a secret one? Who knows....so many questions . . #VintageHomes #OldHouse #OldHouseLove #Antiques #Oldlovers #victorians #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #dreamhouse #circaoldhouses #oldhouses #prettyoldhouse #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #archi_ologie #victorianarchitecture #archilovers #love #fortheloveofoldhouses #historicpreservation #theamericanhome #pahomes #oldbells #loveatfirstsight #oldhardware #vintagehardware #italianate #secondempire #interiordesign #housesofinstagram
Well, my expedition to the Recorder of Deeds office was quite fruitful. I was able to track records on this property to before there was even a house built on it and it was just bare land. There are no questions about who owned the property anymore...however, some other questions come up, particularly after hearing some of the stories we were told...for example, we were told the brother of the original builder, who was a doctor, used the third floor as a sanitarium for people with consumption....however, he never lived on this property? Did he borrow the house from his brother to bring sick people in?...Back to the historical society, I guess...I need answers! . On another note, I was able to trace their genealogy all yhe way back to the 1600s...1600s...let that sink in for a moment. I will post on that soon! . . #VintageHomes #OldHouse #OldHouseLove #Antiques #historichomes #victorians #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #dreamhouse #circaoldhouses #oldhouses #prettyoldhouse #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #archi_ologie #victorianarchitecture #archilovers #fortheloveofoldhouses #historicpreservation #theamericanhome #pahomes #research #history #italianate #secondempire #interiordesign #housesofinstagram #genealogy
Because what is a house without its own bomb shelter, right? We don't know much about this, at all. We asked about it during closing and the previous owner told us that her husband was building a bomb shelter. Why? Good question...but I suspect it is somehow related to the heavy duty security system that he installed in the house, along with the little bunker that was his office 🤔 maybe he knew something we don't? . Question now is....what to do with it?! Suggestions? . . #VintageHomes #OldHouse #OldHouseLove #Antiques #OldDoors #victorians #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #dreamhouse #circaoldhouses #oldhouses #prettyoldhouse #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #archi_ologie #victorianarchitecture #archilovers #remodel #fortheloveofoldhouses #historicpreservation #theamericanhome #pahomes #bombshelter #whatisthis #scared #italianate #secondempire #interiordesign #housesofinstagram
Remember the carriage house I showed you yesterday? (It's the second picture in this post as well, for reference)...well, here you have it. The lady in the picture was the housekeeper of the house, her name was Idabelle Day, and she was, at one point, engaged to the son of the house owner (which I imagine would have been scandalous at the time)...sadly, the son passed away young and they never got a chance to get married. You can see in this picture how the door opens out, compared to the current garage door. Our plan is to change it back to what you see in the picture. . . I have a long day tomorrow. I am going to the Recorder of Deeds office to do some investigation about this house. We want to make sure we have as much information to share with you all, so off to the office it is! Wish me luck! I am hoping to find some juicy details! . . Ps: The horse's name is George, apparently. . . #VintageHomes #OldHouse #OldHouseLove #Antiques #carriagehouse #victorians #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #dreamhouse #circaoldhouses #oldhouses #prettyoldhouse #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #archi_ologie #victorianarchitecture #archilovers #remodel #fortheloveofoldhouses #historicpreservation #theamericanhome #pahomes #vintagehardware #italianate #secondempire #interiordesign #housesofinstagram
See what I mean about the trees? The previous owners planted them thinking they were not going to get this big....well, Mother Nature took that as a challenge and, surprise! Now the house is hiding behind them, waiting to be discovered again. Soon, my dear child, soon.... . . #VintageHomes #OldHouse #OldHouseLove #Antiques #victorians #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #dreamhouse #circaoldhouses #oldhouses #prettyoldhouse #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #archi_ologie #victorianarchitecture #archilovers #remodel #fortheloveofoldhouses #historicpreservation #theamericanhome #pahomes #trees #mothernature #peekaboo
You guys...I am so humbled! Thank you all so much for stopping by and following us on this crazy adventure! This means so much to us! When we bought this house we never imagined the love and support we would receive from the community, both around the neighborhood and online, and we are so grateful for every single one of you! Hope you enjoy our adventures as much as we are enjoying sharing them with you! . . #VintageHomes #OldHouse #OldHouseLove #Antiques #victorians #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #dreamhouse #circaoldhouses #oldhouses #prettyoldhouse #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #archi_ologie #victorianarchitecture #archilovers #remodel #fortheloveofoldhouses #historicpreservation #theamericanhome #pahomes #thankful #thankyou
Our pride and joy....The pictures are from the listing because, believe it or not, we have not yet taken a single picture ourselves. Everything has been so crazy around here with trying to move in and sell the old house that simple things like that just get away from you. If the weekend is nice I will take some decent pictures because shame on us! . . #VintageHomes #OldHouse #OldHouseLove #Antiques #carriagehouse #victorians #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #dreamhouse #circaoldhouses #oldhouses #prettyoldhouse #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #archi_ologie #victorianarchitecture #archilovers #remodel #fortheloveofoldhouses #historicpreservation #theamericanhome #pahomes #oldwindows #oldknobs #oldhardware #vintagehardware
I know....on its own this looks, approximately, 100% not interesting at all. But...but....hear me out....according to my husband, who is the human version of Google, these puppies are weights. Pretty obvious, right? But...these weights are all over our house, inside the window frames. I repeat...INSIDE the window frames....and they were used in victorian times to keep the windows open. Now you know... 😊 . . #VintageHomes #OldHouse #OldHouseLove #Antiques #OldWindows #victorians #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #dreamhouse #circaoldhouses #oldhouses #prettyoldhouse #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #archi_ologie #victorianarchitecture #archilovers #remodel #fortheloveofoldhouses #historicpreservation #theamericanhome #pahomes #vintagewindows #weights #oldhardware #vintagehardware
I love this shape! I don't know much of anything about Chicago architecture or housing history (in on the road so research will have to wait). #prettyoldhouse #iphoneography #oldhouse #oldhouselove #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #houseportrait #oldhome #historichome #househunter #americanarchitecture #curbed #americana #theamericanhome #historicneighborhood #charminghome #urbangeography #conservation
One of the advantages of owning an old victorian home is furnishing it. People usually buy new, contemporary furniture, leaving behind these old, tired pieces for people like me, who see the absolutely stunning beauty in them. The great thing is that, because no one wants them, they usually go for pretty cheap..I got this very old sofa and loveseat set at a consignment shop for $50 a piece. They are old, ornate, stunning pieces with so much life left in them, and people disregard them...it is so sad. But hey, one man's trash is another woman's treasure, and these babies are definitely treasure to me! 😊 . . #VintageHomes #OldHouse #OldHouseLove #Antiques #OldFurniture #victorians #victorianhomes #victorianhouses #dreamhouse #circaoldhouses #oldhouses #prettyoldhouse #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #archi_ologie #victorianarchitecture #archilovers #fortheloveofoldhouses #historicpreservation #theamericanhome #pahomes #vintagefurnifure #victorianfurniture
Pilgrimage. The Arthur B. Heurtley House is located in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, United States. The house was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and constructed in 1902. The Heurtley House is considered one of the earliest examples of a Frank Lloyd Wright house in full Prairie style. #prettyoldhouse #iphoneography #oldhouse #oldhouselove #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #houseportrait #oldhome #historichome #househunter #americanarchitecture #curbed #americana #theamericanhome #historicneighborhood #charminghome #urbangeography #conservation
Maybe my new life is to move somewhere for a year to walk around taking pictures of houses. Chicago is a bit of an information overload and I'm in love. #prettyoldhouse #iphoneography #oldhouse #oldhouselove #oldhouselife #oldhousecharm #houseportrait #oldhome #historichome #househunter #americanarchitecture #curbed #americana #theamericanhome #historicneighborhood #charminghome #urbangeography #conservation
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