Now that we are empty nesters, Mr. Slippersocksman and I have been toying with the idea of selling our house and downsizing. After a lifetime of accumulating, I am wanting to sell, edit, and purge. Or, maybe it’s just that I want to clean it all up and start fresh?
Although Ben & I say we want to move, after we start that BIG discussion, we each get very quiet, immersed in our own thoughts, dreading the Herculean task ahead. Then, we say in unison – “maybe next year!!!”
How DO you face the ordeal of packing up 25 years worth of…. junk? Just the thought of emptying out the attic is terrifying enough!
And then there’s “Fixer Upper.” Each week we watch that hit HGTV show and say – “We could live there and be very, very happy.” But who really wants to move to Waco?
Whenever the talk is about moving, I head for the real estate listings to see what is out there for us to move into. And then I get REALLY depressed and think maybe we should just stay put!!
It was during one of those times that I spied this little Fixer Upper gem – and thought you would enjoy seeing it too!
If you are looking for a Fixer Upper that is already fixed up – I have found it for you…
and if you are looking for a cottage in Galveston, I have found that too.
Look no further – your dreams have been answered.
The price is $270,000 – and, the furniture is INCLUDED for $270,000. It’s a steal!
The house was built in 1913, which means it has survived a handful of terrible hurricanes and it still stands! This is what I love about the old houses in Galveston. The new ones blow away, but the old ones are here for eternity!!
All new plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and roof! Two bedrooms, two baths. 1500 sq. ft. $270,000.
The only drawback? No garage.
But hey, there’s a wonderful front porch where you can sit outside all day and night and keep a close eye on your car!!
Look how cute the front door and transom is!
Original shiplap – thank you Joanna! The front central hall divides the house in two. On the right side are the two bedrooms, the living areas are on the left.
The living room with the front bay window and shiplap walls. I assume those antique-looking settees are included too. It says – furniture included! So cute!!!
The living room opens to the dining room and kitchen – one large area.
The kitchen/dining room is the focal point of the house – it’s fabulous with its subway tile walls!!!
The view from the dining room back into the living room.
Behind the kitchen is the laundry room.
The refrigerator is inset in the wall to give it a built in look.
Waterfall counter. Notice the brick detail.
The back wall and backsplash is ceiling to floor subway tile! Wood hood, open shelving, and sconces. Soooo well done!!!
Farm sink too!!! The cabinets are black and the counters are white – great contrast.
The bedrooms are across the center hall.
The master bedroom is darling in black and white. Love the chest and rug!
The master bedroom has a double sink and a walk in shower. Notice the transom window. Black and white with wood accents.
The second bathroom has a vintage tub.
Accent brick wall and glass sconces in bath #2.
The back yard is fully fenced.
The back yard is so large for this sized house!!!! Look how cute!!! The tree blocks the view of the door – but the laundry room/kitchen opens to the back yard.
The back yard has a pergola which is great to enjoy the ocean breezes!
At night – it’s lit up. All you need is a fire pit.
OK – someone out there needs this house! What a great vacation house or empty nest house!!
Hurry, this one won’t last, I promise you.
HAR listing HERE.
And while we are talking about beach houses, the new Coastal Living Magazine had a beautiful house that really made me stop to take a second look, something that doesn’t seem to happen all that much these days.
Designed by Jenny Keenan and Beau Clowney Architect on Sullivan’s Island off Charleston, the house is not a vacation place. Instead, the owners have been living a chic NYC life for the past 20 years and they have moved to the beach, permanently. How nice!! So their house is more than just a summer pastel place. Instead, it has an English Manor look mixed in with lots of antiques and layers of details. It reminds me of summer houses that Southern Accents used to showcase a decade ago. I just wish the photos were bigger and clearer. Even scanning – all the screen shots look blurry for some reason. I went searching on Instagram and Facebook for more – and I found a few behind the scene shots from the photoshoot.
The photographer @jsavagegibson is caught in action. I LOVE the center stairs with the single garage on each side. That’s a great way to break up a front loading garage.
Here is the entry – with an antique painted and gilt console mixed with porcelains and a mirror. The floors in the front area are painted. Past the entry is the dining room with wicker host chairs and de Gournay murals on the walls.
From Instagram, above the entry console is this mirror which reflects the swimming pool.
The view past the dining room/entry leads into the living area with the center skirted table.
From Instagram - the dining room with its mix of chairs.
A center table skirted. Fabulous!
The living area – much dressier than a typical beach house. I just wish there were more photos!!!!! Loving blue and white ikat these days and loving masses of blue and white porcelains, everywhere. Quadrille Ikat.
From Instagram, the stairs to the first level have a runner that is actually painted on.
The guest room on the first floor. Can I move in, please? Jasper fabric. Another thing I am loving these days – round textured rugs like this. LOVE!
Another guest room. Persepolis wallcovering by Quadrille Fabrics.
To Shop This Look of this House - Click on photos.
And I need a favor for a friend. Monsieur Robert Smith, the antiquarian from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is now in France, at his summer place. His house is in the town of Uzes, in the southern region of the country. It’s a very old town and recently they discovered just how old it really is! During an evacuation, a mosaic floor from the year 50 BC was discovered, just two blocks from M. Smith’s house!!
Apparently it is a 1/2 acre site that dates from 50 BC to the 7th century and another section is from the Middle Ages. The discovery is believed to be the lost Roman city of Ucetia, over 2000 years old. It’s incredibly beautiful and I urge you to read this article about the site HERE.
The discovery includes a bakery and a house with large, earthenware dolia vases – which held alcoholic beverages!
Below are the two mosaic tiled floors discovered. Amazing!!
The problem is the city wants to build a dormitory over this historical site! They want to move the mosaics and the walls to another site, which is just pure insanity. There is now a petition to stop the moving of the site. M. Smith is asking that if you are a lover of antiquities, to please sign the petition to keep the site intact. To sign the petition, go HERE.
A huge thank you from M. Smith and me both!!!