Monday, August 16, 2010

My passion for old houses...began in 1980




Old photos ..............found this one today ...This is the before of my first project .. the house had been in the same family since 1870. The heirs gave me a photograph of the house that was taken in 1870. Once I saw that photograph, my goal was to bring it back as close to the original as possible .....The house had been on the market for two years and was covered with vines and looked so sad and neglected . It is located on a beautiful bluff on the intracoastal waterway 20 minutes from Savannah Georgia. DEFINITELY Love at first sight!!!!!! The magic peeked out of every nook and cranny...and there were so many. The house was filled with old cotton factor journals,a 1989 city directory ( guess how much it cost to keep your horse and buggy in town?) old lace.and linens and trunks and boxes and world war one gas mask and secret papers.............and sooo many "Dear john" letters. The name of the family was John McLaughlin's. How lucky was I!!!!


3 comments:

Tricia Rose said...

My goodness, you're a brave woman!

simpledaisy said...

Oh my....how amazing that they gave you an original photo from 1870!!
It's a good thing because you have done amazing things with those cottages:) :)
Maybe someday i'll make a trip to stay in one!

Ticking and Toile said...

Wow Jane! That is just amazing!! Do you have any after photos? Very inspiring, indeed!

xo,
Shellagh