Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Houses with Faces

A house smiled at me the other day.

Another one tipped it's hat to me and said "have a nice day" as I walked past it on my way to the store.


I love old houses. Layered with character and stories and charm. Houses that wink at you because they know more than you do. Houses that quietly nudge you and say "i told you so", when you park too close to a stop sign.


Houses that need a trip to the dentist because they're missing a few teeth - but that toothless smile makes you warm and fuzzy inside.

While I love the apartment I live in now, it's a new one, so it's been painted the same as all it's friends - in a monochrome uniform. I can't wait for the day that I'm a homeowner. My friends Kate and Peter recently bought their first home, and I am so excited for them!

What kind of face does your house have?

(PS. The winner of the Indobay Textiles giveaway is AMKreations)


Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

I'm with you, Dionne, I like places to be older and bursting with character. That facade you posted is dreamy. I'm in a new build at the moment, which I am very grateful for because it is lovely. But that said, I do love me an older place sometimes!


I love this post, as we just found out we are moving from Seattle to Chicago. And I lay awake at night wondering what our next home will look like.

Intere sting, we have always owned a home and we are thinking at this stage of life and economy . . . to rent.

Any tips for me about renting?

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I would love your drawings on a card, so I could frame them. Beautiful.


Barbara said...

I feel the same way, Dionne. Luckily, I lived in 3 old homes in Michigan...charming, delightful and oh my, the work they took. And the money we spent!
I live in an apt now, built in 1972so not old, but I am very happy here and have made the interior as old world and charming as I could.

Melissa Blake said...

Dionne! Great post. I've never thought about this before. Hmmm, I think my house gives off a "sit down and stay awhile" vibe. :)

Hope you're having a good day! :)

AMKreations said...

Thank you so much for hosting that givaway...I'm so excited. I blogged about it. =)


jennifer ▲ i art u said...

ahhh. i resonate with your thoughts. i want to be a homeowner too!! my current house is an oldie...with lots of charm though!

Maki said...

I love looking at different homes, beautiful homes or buildings that have characters... It's hard to find something so original in my town because we all have the same style because the builders are same. But when I go to downtown, I get to see Spanish style homes or cute cottage or stores - I love it.

I'm sure your house will be totally lovely and can't wait to see the pictures someday when you own your house - soon!!!!!


sEy said...

Really old homes knew more than we do. I love old houses made of woods and stones then painted with bright colors.....

When you get the chance to have your new home, I'm sure that one would be perfect.

Kristin said...

I adore old houses! and simply must have one when we move next. Friends of ours just bought a great old house in the suburbs of chicago that was built in 1896! it's so beautiful, and I just wish I could hear it tell the stories of the families that lived there before. With creaky floors, a gorgeous original front door and even more pretty molding throughout it is a little piece of history... and it's quite lovely.

Ebony said...

Dionne! I haven't been here forever and I've missed your beautiful drawings...I love old houses too =.]

Val said...

I love older homes. I have a newer home and when ever I go into an older one...I feel all warm inside!!!! Happy Friday!

CathyH said...

My house is 111 yrs old. It has a whimsical musical face! Someone had hand made the shutters with a swirl one end, almost like a treble clef. So fitting since I am a guitar instructor!