February 9, 2014Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Features of the “Almost” Houses
By Eartha Kitsch
My husband and I were on the house hunt this Summer but never really found one that made the cut. Months later, I still think about some of the best features in the houses that we saw during the search. I thought it would be fun to show you some of them today.
Since kitchens are considered the “hearts” of houses, let’s start there!
This Kitchen was all original with orange laminate, Western hardware and original appliances. It even had a wagon wheel light and great old linoleum. Here is my favorite vignette from the room. I really wanted to live in this kitchen – but unfortunately, not the house itself. It was on an incline so steep that every trip to the mailbox would have been a broken leg opportunity. I wanted to put this kitchen in my purse and smuggle it out of there!
This pretty little stove top was in a house that we came *this* close to buying. You’ll notice that it had original flecked counter tops too. My Grandmother had the same ones. Unfortunately, this house was bought and immediately flipped so I’m not feeling good about what happened to these features.
Dusty old Modern Maid dishwasher. I think that the graphics are charming. I noticed our realtor eyeballing me for taking photo after photo of the dishwasher! This house also had newspaper clippings of helpful household hints taped to the insides of the cabinet doors. I would have totally left those if we’d bought that house.
Let’s move on to bathrooms! This little black and white number was so cool. I loved the scalloped detail over the sink, however you would have to be really short to see in the mirror due to how low it was. Everything about this bathroom was original until we pulled back the shower curtain and saw an 1980’s Jacuzzi tub. Whomp. Whomp.
Beautiful seahorse tile in another house:
Pretty little makeup vanity in another house. I love that sea foam tile detail. You can see the matching sink behind it with the original hanging lights.
Here is another house that we were enamored with but it had a basement that felt like a murder shack! I really like this inset sink and the cool green cabinet in this bath however.
My favorite color combo in any vintage bath that I’ve ever seen would have to be this aqua tile alongside the beautiful flowers and birds wallpaper. This is the same house that the flipper got so I pray that this room was unscathed somehow. This bathroom was immaculately kept.
This bathroom was in a house that overlooked a peaceful river on one side but unfortunately, it overlooked the interstate on the other! Sad! I found out later from friends Joe and Brian that these are vintage Paul McCobb tiles in the “Roulette” pattern. LOVE!
Some great old wallpaper that we found in a pantry. Choo! Choo!
I really liked the old flooring mixture in this house. I’m a sucker for that faux brick pattern especially! That’s a childhood flashback for me. We tossed and turned over this little house for days but ended up passing on it.
Also feature favorites were the staircase and floor in this 60’s foyer:
And check out this sweet mural that we found in the dining room of another home:
Most houses that we went to that were still original usually had one Nutone component or another. This one had a whole-house radio and intercom system:
I totally wanted to take these basement curtains home with me!
As well as this guy that we found peeking out from a closet!
Though…not these guys!
They gave me a real fright when I opened up that bathroom closet! My Dad used to be a tournament bass fisherman and since I loved this house so much, I took it as a sign that this was the house for us. Unfortunately, it took my husband about a billion years to get back and forth from work from this address so it had to be nixed. Uggh, I loved that house. I can’t even explain to you how cool it was. I whined for weeks afterwards.
Another thing that we found a couple of times were these sunken tubs.
Can someone who has one tell me how you clean it? Do you get flat on your stomach and scrub? I’d need to hire staff to get me up out of that floor!
Okay, that brings this nostalgic tour to an end. You know, I can’t help but wonder what magnificent homes we could build if we could go back in time and shop from all of the really amazing details that were up for grabs decades ago. Wow! Can you imagine?
Do you see any features in this post that would have made you consider these homes like I did? Do tell!