As in, "it's so overgrown and secluded it might as well be a mountain cabin".
But I know better.
Our little Cape Cod was built by the O'Meara family in 1959---to put that in perspective, men hadn't landed on the moon, and the average cost of a new home was $12,700.
Ah, the good ol' days.
Now I have a feeling that 42 Evergreen Lane was a custom-built home that even Betty Draper would be proud of: there's a kitchen drawer with a built-in breadbox, a laundry chute that runs 2 floors into the basement, gold-leaf tiles around the fireplace (more on that)...
It's held up remarkably well---especially considering Mrs. Mary O'Meara was still running the place at 91. And in pearls, no less!
(And yes, we have the same married initials. Creepy? More like Karma, people.)
Our new home needs a good scrub and some updating, but hey, every woman should master un-wallpapering before she's 30, right??
Super-long, you-scroll slideshow commencing:
|What kind of person leaves the new owners a Welcome Home card??|
The nicest one ever :) Thanks, Mary!
|Living room. Yes, that is a cookie-monster-blue carpet.|
Yes, that is being taken out immediately.
|Kev surveying his kingdom through the LR windows.|
|Nothing says 60's chic like a wood-paneled fireplace!|
|I kid you not, this is a gold-leafed tile of a stamp of Columbus' 3 ships.|
And yes, I'm keeping it.
|The future dining/hearth room---my favorite room in the house!|
|Hello gorgeous hardwood floors! Goodbye blue wainscoting!|
|Electric candles included.|
|This gargantuan fireplace sold me immediately.|
Kitchen to the left, LR to the right.
|Lots of OPD opportunities here!|
|America! F* yeah!|
|The Kitchen in all of its old-school glory!|
|Beautiful view of the Rock.|
|Who doesn't love a Dutch door?|
|Kev standing over the bar, er, desk area.|
|This wall separating the kitchen and living room is the first thing to go!|
|Contents of the fridge. Clearly we've come to the right place.|
|Layer upon layer of kitschy wallpaper|
|Your eyes do not deceive you: this is, in fact, a can cabinet.|
|The Study/TV room, across the hall from the LR.|
|real oil lamps!|
|Future bookcase/entertainment center|
|Mary left us some totally sweet speakers.|
|Downstairs (full) bathroom|
|The dim lighting is its strong suit.|
|Super old-school brass hardware.|
|I feel a strong nautical theme here...|
|First floor guestroom with back deck access---reserve your spot today!|
|Blue carpet gots to go!|
Well folks, if you actually got down THIS far, I congratulate you because I'm exhausted. Just know that the basement is dark and dank, and the upstairs has two bedrooms and a full bath much like the first floor. Ugly wallpaper and nice hardwood floors abound.
One of the most exciting parts of seeing our house (as owners) for the first time? Getting to check the mail:
|Our first piece of mail! Thanks Tom & Keely!!|