Rehab — Here we come

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Well it’s official.  The superhero and I are the proud owners of this faded beauty…

faded house

Recognize it from Thursday’s post.  We are going to spend the next many months bringing a smile to this old girl’s face and mapping our heart to this home.  A creative project indeed for this 214 year old house. As you can imagine a daunting task but one that will allow us both some creative whimsy and a chance to put our personalities into our space.  Some day it will be our full time house, but for now she needs alot of patience, care and love. (The Superhero is now madly in love with Rehab Addict and wants to be Nicole!)

She is surrounded by bramble and brush but also some lovely old lilacs and fairy roses and forsythia.  A giant apple tree sits right by the kitchen window and a few more are in the yard out back.  Hopefully they will grace us with a few apples this fall as we learn to prune them and maybe bring them back a bit.  The barn is earmarked as the Superhero man barn with space for a workshop and music.  ( I am thinking assemblage and funky furniture creation, not sure that is what he is thinking however).

My creative space once again gets a bit bigger and has some lovely north light to paint by.  A good old fashioned big yard will be fenced for the furry ones with some wild areas left for mouse hunting and the like…..digging holes will be allowed.  The front of the house will be earmarked for a cottage potager and with all that sun I imaging a nice salad garden will fit the bill.

I will share the project as we go, so you can see the hidden views, but for now, this antiqued photo will have to suffice.

Tomorrow we take out some brush, and then some more brush, and some more…..a working Easter afternoon it will be.  Hope you all enjoy family tomorrow and your Easter holiday.  Hope we spy some wild bunnies…..until next time.



  1. pamelaarts says:

    Oh!!!! Lovely — I adore old houses. Our Victorian was built in 1906 — the year of the SF earthquake. And lilacs???? You have lilacs there???? Just tell me when the guest room is ready and I’ll be there. xoxoxo

  2. Oh! Corrine! How wonderful! She is a beauty and will be even more so when you and Superhero are done. But remember, it is never done! 😉 I’m so happy for you!

  3. Congrats! I look forward to your rehab of this beautiful old house.

  4. What an exciting project for you both.

  5. congrats Corinne!
    Another thing we both have in common…
    my superhero and I bought our old house ( but young against yours (70 years )
    exactly three years ago in April 2011…

    and the other common will be that it will take us the next 214 years to renovate maybe LOOOOL!

    looks fabulous….

    Happy Easter Corinne!

  6. It looks wonderful. It will be a lot of work, but I am sure you and your superhero will have fun with it! Hugs, Valerie

  7. Congratulations. How exciting to have a clean “canvas” to create a beautiful home for you and the hubster. Don and can’t wait to see it.

  8. What a huge and rewarding undertaking! I wish you both well, it will be the coolest place for you once you are able to move in. I love hearing about all your plans for it and look forward to future updates on progress. Take care of your back!

  9. Congratulations, Corrine!!! May your new home be filled to the brim with many happy memories, good friends, good health and laughter!!! It’s AWEsome!!! Sending hugs, Terri ♥

  10. Congratulations on your newest project! This house sounds amazing!

  11. NancyLee says:

    Oh,wow! What a beautiful thing to embrace! Old homes are SO delightful!
    Maybe hidden goodies to find in the walls…
    I like HGTV,too!

  12. I can understand why you are excited. It will be a challenging but rewarding project. Happy Easter!

  13. Corrine! You found my future home! LOL! I think this is exactly the kind of house hubby and i would like to retire to after our CA excursion. 🙂 I hope with all my heart we can find something like that when the time comes….. We don’t mind a little work and hubby would have a workshop…… Will you have lots of room for your art and crafting?? Hugs! deb

  14. A really beautiful house…soon to become a beloved home. How lucky the old girl is to have fallen into your particular hands. You will breathe new life into her.

  15. WOW, what a stunner Corrine. I can’t wait to see the journey you take and envisage many happy times to come for you all. I’m loving the assemblage and funky furniture ideas, what a perfect place to make them happen. Huge hugs and hoping you are well. x x x x

  16. A beautiful house it is! She is just waiting for you and Super Hero to offer her lots of TLC. Congratulations to the both of you AND the furry ones will love their back yard with digging holes privileges! 🙂 xo

  17. How fabulous! Congratulations!

  18. I am thrilled for both you and the Super Hero, Corrine! As you might guess, I love old houses, too. Enjoy tomorrow afternoon at “the homestead!”

  19. What a great looking house. I’m sure you will have many hours of happy rehabing.

    Yes, we too enjoy Nicole enormously!

  20. Congratulations on your beautiful new home. Enjoy your renovations xx

  21. Corrine, What a lovely post ! How exciting for you and you hub! A labor of love indeed- and the rewards will be so many!!Looking forward to your progress and updates and don’t forget to make playtime whilst renovating the new home! big hugs and we’re planting trees tomorrow- working day for us country folk! teehee

  22. I’ve seen a lot of Victorian homes, but never one as old as that beauty. I’ve never heard of the rehab show, but it sounds like one I would like, since I’m such a DIY freak. I look forward to updates on this lovely old home. For now, I’ll wish you both (and your fur babies) a lovely Easter.

  23. have fun, be safe and no argueing! be sure the guest room is ready! happy, happy new home!

  24. I’m looking forward to you guys being Mainers!

  25. Dear Corrine,
    Congratulations, with your new ,old wonderful house.
    It will be great to follow your way to actually live here, after all the work has been done.I love that kind of house, and also live in an old one, I wish you both happy working hours and creative joy.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  26. Ooh! This is so exciting. Can’t wait to follow your progress. There’s nothing I enjoy more than watching a wonderful transformation!

  27. If anyone can DO a good project, it’s you!! Congratulations! It sounds wonderful! So happy for you Corrine!

  28. Oh my – you just had too much time on your hands? Have you done rehab projects before? This is way more than I would want to tackle at this time in my life, but know you’ll make it fabulous. Your vision sounds romantic and homey and idyllic. Hope it becomes all that and more!

  29. just amazing, you do like a big blank canvas! But what a great project for you both to work on, can’t wait to join in with what you guys do.

  30. Congrats, Corrine! it looks like you found a stunning and magical place! Beautiful house!

  31. what a beauty! I’m glad you’ll be blogging about your endeavor – it will be fun to follow.

  32. WOW Corrine! How incredibly exciting! Does that mean you will be downsizing to a smaller block then? The house is nothing but divine just like in a fairy tale! Jeff and I have also recently
    purchased a beach house on a small block to renovate with bushland and ocean views for us
    to move to from our property in the next year or two!
    Enjoy this wonderful move! It will be an amazing journey!
    x Suzy

  33. Oh Corrine! This is such happy news! How exciting for you guys! I can just picture it with the lilacs and your new creative space! Oh how I wish we owned this little old beauty that we’re living in now…someday maybe we’ll find something like that. I look forward to seeing your updates!

  34. Oh, Corrine, what HUGE news! I’m thrilled for you. How exciting to have a new home and (let’s be real) even more studio space with great light!!!

  35. This is SUCH a pretty house Corrine! This has to be so exciting!!! And what a fun thing for you and your super hero to do together. Warms my heart just thinking of you both working side by side. xo

  36. Aww Corrine, now I found your new jewel! How I love the foto and the idea of you and your sweet hero living in such a paradise! I really love the point that there is digging allowed 😀

  37. it’s perfect! what a treasure to bring to a new, joyful and lovely ‘sparkle’ miss corrine! xo

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