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Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

Last week in blogland I met a kindred spirit who has been lovingly renovating a beautiful 130 year old home in Nova Scotia! I smile thinking about Tamara scraping off yucky old wallpaper at the same time I was doing the same at my old house in Oregon! We were both on a budget, which makes it all the more fun.

Oh, the things we will do for the love of an old home! Crazy, I tell ya!

Tamara kindly agreed to let me share some photos from her house and I am so excited! Road trip to Marriotts Cove near Chester, Nova Scotia! Let’s go!

There is something so peaceful and charming about this place. The surrounding property is as magically beautiful as the old home itself. My old house is practically in downtown Portland so I am drooling over her property!

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

It looks like the kind of place you could pull up to and take a deep breath — knowing you could RELAX and just BE!

I can almost feel the fresh breezes and hear the birds chirping, the stress of life is melting away already!

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

I want to spend my summer mornings in one of these chairs, reading books and sipping a glass of iced tea! Will you join me? First three to raise your hands get dibs.

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

Oh, look at that barn! This is the perfect setting for a backyard barbecue and lively game of croquet or horseshoes.

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

This little bump out on the front of the house is called a Lunenberg bump. Who knew? I love how old homes have snappy little names for things like cupolas and turrets. Makes me feel all fancy when I say them.

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

Now this is amazing! A photo of the house when it was new — 130 years ago! Can you imagine? How charming is this? I so wished I had photos of my old home when it was new. But, no such luck for me!

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

Ah yes, the inside is just as charming as the outside!

I love the old moldings, walls and wood floors! Just imagine the history of this home! I adore her rounded book case with the glass doors.

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

The heart of the home, a family kitchen and butcher block table! It just oozes character! They did a wonderful job restoring it without compromising its original charm.

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

That bathroom is absolutely lovely. I’m a sucker for the character of old bathrooms! I’d lock that door and not come out for days.

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

Oh, look inside that Lunenberg bump! {I just love saying that.} It is a cozy little nest for night-time reading.

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

Love this entry and all the details!

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

Wow, that is an amazing floor!

This house is for sale (just like my old house is for sale, she is truly a kindred spirit!) so if you happen to want a piece of heaven in Nova Scotia, I’ll put you in touch! Tamara is on the move to restore yet another drool-worthy home, this time overlooking the ocean. SWOON! I’m looking forward to sharing her journey to her next home adventure!

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Tamara generously sent me tons of photos and information on this current home, including before photos and in process! They did so much work on this place! She is unbelievably funny too and I have lots of her interesting commentary about their home — I’d love to share more with you later! I cannot even begin to do this home justice in one post. There are are so many fun details to tell!

But have no fear if you are left wanting more, the wonderful Misti from Studio M Designs (who introduced me to Tamara and helped me to get all these great photos!) has wonderful posts on this house on her blog! So, I invite you to go check them out and learn more!

Visit Misti on Studio M design for her posts on this great old house here and here! Thanks Misti!

Stay tuned, as promised we will be taking little “drive by” road trips like this over summer. Do you have a charming home or setting you’d like to share? I can’t promise to feature it, but send me a photo or two and description and maybe I can work it into our Summer Road Trip series! I’d love to show off more dreamy escapes from different parts of the world and country.

Dreamy Escape in Nova Scotia

It was fun sharing this place with you!

A big THANK YOU to Tamara for staying up all night (maybe more than once!) to scan and email photos for me!

PS. When she isn’t renovating this dreamy home, Tamara is making jewelry! Here is her website!

Vintage Bathroom Touches

Vintage Bathroom Touches

Please welcome my special guest and good blogging friend, Heather Bullard! She has the most beautiful blog and has just relaunched her online boutique, if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting her, you’ll not be disappointed!

Heather radiates a beautiful life from the inside out and I love being inspired by her! I know you will love her too! Enjoy her post on The Inspired Room today!

Vintage Bathroom Touches

One of the quickest ways to add character and charm to any space is to use vintage accessories in your everyday rooms. They add a unique quality that is hard to duplicate with modern home furnishings and gives a home that cozy well lived in feel.

Vintage Bathroom Touches

For one of my bathrooms I’ve added a small painted table with a rattan suitcase for storing unsightly necessities along with an antique vase, collected bottles and several pieces of ironstone to hold soaps and jewelry.

Vintage Bathroom Touches

An old tattered carpenters box makes the perfect bath tub companion for fresh wash cloths and a few collected seashells. And an antique metal soap dish holds handmade glycerin soap and a wooden nail brush along side a statue vase with a lovely rusty patina.

Vintage Bathroom Touches

By taking the time to wander a few local flea markets and antique shops I’m able to find wonderful accessories that are truly one of a kind. Shopping vintage not only gives you beautiful finds but is also gentle on your wallet and the environment! It seems like a win, win for everyone.

Thank you Heather! I love your accessories!

For more inspiration on beautiful vintage bathrooms, check out this lovely post from Heather on herĀ  blog!

all photos: Heather Bullard

Vintage Bathroom Touches
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