OLD HOUSES ARE WONDERFUL
FABULOUS even… and for all of my complaining,(mostly to my husband), and saying that I want to live in a brand spanking new house….it remains that if I am just driving around, the houses that catch my eye are ALWAYS old oneS. With big front porches and maybe some columns and tin roofs…painted white…I guess it is in my blood.
That being said, OLD houses come with a whole myriad of issues….and it takes a very brave AND CREATIVE Soul ( Money doesn’t hurt either! )to undertake the updating and renovation of one. In my old country house we have pretty much kept the basic structure of our house intact. We were lucky in that only one other family and ever lived in this house, EVER, in its’ 170 year life the property has always been in one family (the Shirley family) , that is ….until the DeVitos came to Country! The Shirley family had updated the kitchen in the 1960,s and by update my guess it that prior to that it was not a built i kitchen but more free-standing stove and countertops. When we updated the kitchen we kept the original floor plan because one thing you will learn very fast is that CHANGING plumbing and electrical is where your big money goes and the SECOND you start to tinker with moving walls and sinks…all those wonderful surprises pop up. You know the old saying..”If it ain’t broke…don’t fix it!”???
Well, they were most assuredly talking about OLD HOUSES.
For all the beauty and character and high ceilings and things I love about our old house…it is a widely known fact that back in the olden days…closets were almost non-existent. Free standing armoires were sufficient…you had your 5 pieces of clothing and that pretty much got you through the year. ESPECIALLY if you were a farmer/land owner, which is what the Shirley family was.
Enter the Devitios with all our crap and stuff and too many sneakers and boots and socks and times 5 people and we have always struggled a bit with storage. I have found solutions in dressers…minimum two per room…and 4 in the upstairs hall…and that has helped. We also invested in storage unit last year to relieve ourselves of all the stuff NOT in use…which will probably result in some huge yard sale ala “Storage Wars” some day….but I believe that you cannot do it all and I was happy to just get it all “outta my face!”
Which brings me around the bend – to bookshelves . We are not HUGE book collector people, (not counting my 85 Art, Design and Decorating books) we don’t have tons and tons of gorgeous hardbacks, but we do have enough to warrant a better system. And last Christmas I scored this Amazing Vintage Britannica GREAT BOOKS – 52 SET COLLECTION (actually I bought the set for a client and Cooper fell in love with the books and now plans to read “every one!” and so I had to truck over to ebay and track down another awesome set for my clients house!
I have come up with threes ideas to solve this dilemma and maybe even make a dent in the closet issue
- BUILD BOOKSHELVES MYSELF –
I ALSO LIKE THIS ONE
A READER JUST SENT THIS IN FROM THE MAKERISTA AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH I AM ADDING IT TO THE ROUND UP – KIND OF A HALFWAY MEETING POINT BETWEEN BUYING AND BUILDING!!!!
2. BUY BOOKSHELVES
3. (MY FAVORITE CHOICE) HAVE BOOKSHELVES BUILT IN
If I am 100% honest and not thinking about budget…I will always chose a beautiful set of built ins. They are classic and look totally at home in an old house. Do you have built ins? Did you do them yourself? Did they come tin your house?
these are some of my favorite!
one way or another we WILL have BOOKSHELVES before summer!! I intend to make it happen!!!