Thursday, August 19, 2010

My parents' new place...

G and I went to check out my parents' new digs last night. They don't officially close on the house until tomorrow, but their realtor is pretty awesome and unlocks the house for them whenever they want to show it to someone. My parents described the house as "retro" and reminded us - several times - to "look for its potential."

The house was built by a physician in the 1950s. He and his sister were the its only occupants. He died a while ago and willed the house to his church, but stipulated that his sister had the right to live in it for as long as she wished. She relocated to a nursing home and the church put the house up for sale over the summer. While I can't be certain, I don't think anything has changed - linoleum, light fixtures, counter tops, wood floors - since the physician built the house. I took a whole bunch of pictures but I haven't had time to download them yet. Maybe tonight. The coolest, most retro part of the house?

The vintage counter tops:

Yup. This is it, only the background is yellow and the boomerangs are blue and green (I think). Hanging above the peninsula in the kitchen is this amazing saucer-like light fixture that is brass colored and has a ring of small holes around the edge.

Some people travel and golf in their retirement. My parents? They take on remodeling projects. To each their own. Between their new home and our unexpected basement renovations, we'll have plenty of projects to keep us busy.

I'll try to post more pictures tonight or tomorrow!


  1. I have a friend who just installed those exact same countertops brand new!

  2. Can't wait to see the pictures!!

  3. I also want to see the pictures!

  4. Honestly, Amanda. What's more important than posting photos of your parents' new house? Oh yeah, that's right. Work. Writing. I'll try to be patient a little longer ;)

  5. Jenny: For real? I have to admit that I've been totally impressed (and surprised?) by the number of people who have admitted they like that counter top...

    M + J: I don't check my blog for a week (or more...) and I have four comments on one post?! That must be a record for me. I'll send you the link to the pictures. Mother dearest hasn't given me permission to post any additional pictures...