20+ years ago I lived in Merrimack, NH and attended the local High School as an exchange student. My host family's family lived in the Binghamton, NY area and we traveled there for the holidays. I got to stay in this lovely old home, owned by my host-grandparents ... and this is where it all began.
This is where I fell in love with older and vintage homes. This is where I first appreciated the character and discovered that old homes have a soul.
I grew up in a "modern" 1970s high-rise that had central heat. Central heat! Everybody else had to heat with coal. Those high-rises on the outskirts of the city had a long waiting list. What they offered in modern amenities, however, they lacked in character, history, warmth and soul.
When I found myself in that house in Binghamton, I had found a piece of myself. That is where it all began. What followed was a historic rehab in Chesapeake, VA, treasure hunting at local restores and flea markets, a bit of re-purposing when the time allows and building my niche, finding older and vintage gems that my buyers love to call home.
Throwback Thursdays ... and this is where it all began.