Monday, March 26, 2012

The Resurrection

Pin It With Easter around the corner I think it's only fitting to share our most recent "resurrection." We bought the "Periwinkle Palace" last May from a local woman who had enjoyed the cottage and it's prime location in our coastal community for the past fifty years.
 *side note- the former owner just won the largest Powerball jackpot in history last month and is likely headed towards building the "cottage" of her dreams down in Texas!

As a yard-saler, you should have an affection for "Shabby Chic" but this little cottage had way more shabby than chic going on.

From the moment I saw it I knew I had to save it. I hadn't even gone inside but I could see that someone had once loved it. The garden was overgrown, but there were tangles of raspberries and roses mixed with budding asparagus. I think the asparagus was what clinched it for me.

The house itself is tiny but still functional enough for our needs and had a lot of potential so we decided to find a way to revive it while spending as little money as possible and furnishing it with yard-sale finds.

There were a few odd items to deal with, like that giant plate glass window which was serving to turn the living room into a convection oven.

After looking back at some photos of a recent trip to New Orleans we settled on full length shutters to solve the problem. I knew these inspiration photos would be put to good use!

There is still so much to be done, replacing the remaining six windows (that tells you how small it is!), the sliding glass doors, maybe some built ins for storage, landscaping, garage repairs... the list is endless but I'm looking forward to starting the next phase of exterior updates!

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