In 2006, my husband Patrick and I bought a beautiful 1920’s craftsman home.  Well…. at least in my eyes it was beautiful even though it may not have been to others.  The house needed a lot of work and I was ready for the challenge.  My husband and I have improved our home quite a bit since we first bought it and I am loving every minute that we work on it.  (most of the time)    This home has been in my family for over 80 years and my mom also lived in this home as a child.

I am not sure what year this photo was taken.  When I first saw this picture in my grandmother’s photo albums, I did not recognize that it was my house in the photo.  The porch and column no longer exist and the porch was converted into a room.  See color picture below for comparison.

This picture was taken in the front of our house.  My mom is the young girl in the photo standing in the back in the middle.  I am not sure what year this was taken, I will have to ask my mother < — who remembers everything… down to exact dates.

I was 11 when I first moved into this home and I can tell you at that time I did not love this house or even like it. I thought it was ugly and old.  NEVER did I imagine then that I would fall IN LOVE with this old home, but I did!   I love the wood floors, the rafter tails, the tongue and groove walls, the columns on the front porch and all of the little craftsman details. I love that it is a big part of my family history and it is so much fun looking at pictures of what it used to look like way back when.  I do love working on the house and putting our little touches on it. That is one reason for this blog, to share the transformation of our 1920’s craftsman home and all of the joy, stress, tears and good times that come along with it.

This is a recent picture (2011) of our little craftsman.  I will have to display some before and after pictures in a post, but so far we have almost painted the entire house.  The other side of the house still needs to be painted.  The picture is just to give you an idea of what the house looks like so far.  I tried to take the picture at the same angle as the first picture above.

Like most people who love old houses, I also love yard sales, thrift store finds, auctions and junk. I like buying old things to transform and fix up to use in our house.  Actually, it is my addiction.  It is quite hard for me to pass up good junk.  I imagine what it would look like all cleaned up and it is so hard to resist.  To feed my addiction, I am blessed to have a small booth space to sell all this stuff that I just “happen” to find.  My booth is located at Golden Goodies in Cambria, Illinois.  The store is filled with great stuff from all different types of vendors.

One last tidbit of information….. this blog is called “the bluegreen door” because one of these days, I am going to paint my front door a beachy turquoise.  It will be door that leads into my house from the front porch, not the white screen door in the photo above. I have the color already picked out and I use it on a lot of my furniture that I paint to resell.  Once my husband and I complete the remodel on our front porch, (who knows when that will be) I will paint the door.  It will be so sweet.  I can’t wait to see what it is going to look like!  Just keep posted…..

Kendra