December 28, 2009

Some Important “Thank Yous” and a Recycling Re-visit

DSCF0219Kelly and I are so very blessed to have such great blogger friends – thank you to everyone who dropped by over the last week to wish us a Merry Christmas!! We hope that each of you had a wonderful, joy-filled day with your friends and family!

DSCF0230If I could, I’d send each of you some of the special Norwegian cookies (Krumkake) that I make for my family each year. Instead, I’ll simply wish each of you the very happiest and successful of years. 2010 has GOT to be fantabulous, don’t you think?!

2009 has sure been terrific… early in the year Kelly and I started DesignTies and we’ve had a whole lot of fun sharing interior design loves, DIY accomplishments and client projects with our readers. AND – like I mentioned above - we’ve met some wonderful bloggers! There are two bloggers in particular that I’d like to quickly acknowledge ~ Maria from Colour Me Happy.

DecorPadToday Maria honoured me by listing my Black & White interiors post as one of her “Colour Me Happy top 10 posts”. How fantastic is that?! Thank you Maria!!

And Rebecca at Harmony and Home for including Kelly’s post about doors in her Favorite Posts of 2009. Thanks Rebecca!!

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Speaking of favourite posts… one of my favourites is my Ultimate in Recycling post! Why? Because it involved OLD HOUSES… and I LOVE old houses!! And what better thing in the world is there (at least to me!) then reclaiming an old house and moving it to a new lot? Is that not the ultimate in recycling?!

DSC01399 I’m drawing your attention to this post because – just last week - one of the old houses I showcased was MOVED to a new lot. If you’re familiar with the city I live in you’ll know that maintaining heritage is very important. When I first learned that this 1920 Four Square house was for-sale-to-move the first thing that came to mind was how sad it would be for New Westminster to lose one of its valued heritage houses.

Well… the new lot for this Lovely is RIGHT HERE IN THE CITY!!

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And even more cool… the lot is right next to one of my favourite old brick store-front buildings!! It doesn’t look like much with all that scaffolding, but I promise it’s a totally fantastic building! For years I’ve day-dreamed about winning the lottery, purchasing this old building, restoring it and then – in my day-dream – setting up a home furnishings/interior design store on the main floor with a loft-style home in the floors above. Ahh… dreams!! While it wasn’t ME who purchased it in the end (nope… no lottery winnings in my bank account), I was very happy to see the scaffolding because that meant that SOMEONE was restoring this beauty. And now the old 1920 Four Square is right next door!! I’m pretty sure that this area isn’t zoned for single-family dwellings so my guess is that the old house will become a business of some kind.

I can’t wait to find out!!

The second heritage house – the 1912 Craftsman and my favourite of the two – is still at the original site waiting to be moved. Rumour has it that it’s been purchased and slated to be moved to a lot in Queens Park, a neighbourhood here in New Westminster that’s filled with historic homes. I hope this fantastic house is going there!!!

In the mean time… it’s looking lonely next to the empty lot left by the Four Square!


But don’t worry… I’ll keep my ear to the ground on the move for this wonderful house. Not only do I want to keep track of its restoration, I also want to get photos of the actual MOVE!! How cool would that be?!



Christy said...

Congrats on that 10 ten list - how fun! And I love hearing about houses being moved - what an incredible undertaking that is! Those cookies sound divine too!

Donna @ Paisley and Perspective said...

Very cool - I love old houses too and it's so good to hear that there are others out there who value heritage and don't just raze it to the ground. Can't wait to see what happens to both homes.

Congrats to both of you on the accolades for your respective posts! You both have an awesome gift for writing!

Janis@White Alder[Home] said...

So happy to hear about old houses being saved, it's so sad when a lovely home gets torn down. I think we're also dreaming the same dream..............would LOVE to have an old brick building to live/work in....I'll keep imagining it and maybe someday that lottery win will come in for us both!!

All the best for 2010 I'm sure it will be a fantastic year.

leni said...

I have a great GIVEAWAY on my blog, so stop by if you'd like to win!

Maria Killam said...

Hey great post :) Love the turquoise house!
Happy New Year!

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