When we first began house hunting 6 years ago, we loved this brick cape cod. It was a good size, about 3500 sf, but it needed updates and was out of our budget.
Two houses down was a more reasonably priced house, slightly smaller but already updated. We eventually bought that house, and it has become the home where we are raising our family.
I love our house and have no regrets. But it was always sad to watch the cape cod sitting empty, for sale, and watching the price come down down down to less than 50% of where it was when we were looking (of course).
Well, someone bought it. A builder. And he is tearing it down and building 3 houses in its place (it sits on 2.5 acres). I was so upset to see the "demo" permit on a tree in the front yard last week. (Admittedly my little boy is LOVING the bulldozers in the front yard).
Yesterday the wrecking crew was there starting the demo, so I asked if I could peek inside before they destroyed the house. They obliged, so I grabbed my camera and ran inside before they could change their minds. I had heard that the lady of the house, also named Sarah, had a flair for decorating. She and her husband raised their children in the house, and she passed away 6 years ago. I had heard that the house hadn't been touched since the 1960's, so I thought it might be fabulous.
And I wasn't disappointed.
When I walked in, the first thing I saw was a stack of doors (removed by the demo team), painted kelly green with white trim.
The dining room walls are covered in AMAZING coral wallpaper with coral wainscotting below.
Check out the modern border around the windows and mouldings. I love this idea when using wallpaper! And doesn't the wallpaper pattern look familiar? Proof that timeless design is classic.
They told me I could take the curtains, and I was tempted because of the fab 2-inch trim, but I opted against it because I am short on storage space.
Just past the dining room was the kitchen. Eye popping. Many leftovers from the 60's are timeless and chic. Green kitchens are not.
BUT, I absolutely love the wallpaper (just not for a kitchen). I believe it is a Brunschwig and Fils pattern. It has delicate peas painted on it.
Apparently painted moulding is nothing new! I am going to use it in a project one day!
Upstairs, the master bedroom has a fireplace. How lovely is that?!
More painted trim and wallpaper in a hall bathroom!
After a rain day yesterday, the wrecking crews are back and are tearing down the house today. They are razing the 2 acres of woods around the house, too, so I guess the deer, owls, squirrels and birds who live there will have to find new homes. I just feel sad about the whole thing, thinking that Miss Sarah's pretty house is being destroyed and will be replaced by 3 builder homes staged with Pottery Barn furnishings. I am glad she isn't around to see it and am sad that our neighborhood is losing its second-oldest home. But I guess this is "progress," right?