Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Like a Fairytale
Do you know that feeling when you arrive somewhere and your stomach does a flip? When it’s a place that’s somehow completely magical?
That’s how we felt when we first saw this ramshackle place where time appeared to have practically stood still. It had an untouched fairytale feel despite the fact that the owners had tried to renovate it a bit through the years. The main house as well as the dilapidated outbuildings were overgrown with ivy and the wild blackberries had overrun the yard. In several places, the plants had even pushed their way through the windows and into the house.
Feeling completely spellbound, we just had to own this place!
Reason would argue that it needed more than just a little TLC yet there was something compelling about it and we simply couldn’t let go of the thought. This place had such potential, too. And what an exciting project it would be to renovate an entire house in our very own style!
You’ll rarely find such an overgrown yard and a place where so many original features are preserved in spite of everything.
Like so many times before, we followed our gut feeling and our emotions, and Lonnie and I bought the place.
We got the keys in November, 2015, and the careful renovation is already in full swing. The plan is to turn the place into a true Jeanne d’Arc Living gem.
You’ll have the opportunity to follow the remodel in the magazine later this year. Starting in October, we’ll feature one room each month for about a year, showing in detail how this amazing place – which was about ready for condemnation – is being restored to favor. Until then I’ll post a few updates from there here on the blog.
We hope you’ll enjoy following the project!
Do you love room transformations?
I so, we're already well into our featured series in the magazine that follows the transformation of Jørgen and Lonnie's second floor. What was previously a drying loft has now been turned into several different rooms using secondhand materials throughout to make everything appear as original and authentic as possible. One of their main priorities has been bringing natural light into every room. Read on to find inspiration on how to maximize your additional square footage.
The pictures shown here are from the april issue of Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine. /Vivian