Sunday, September 27, 2015

Honey and Grey

Hello there! Do you remember the days when Harvest Gold was the big decorating color? Yes, I am giving away my age here. Well, in August I let you know that we have sold Birdsong Cottage and purchased a new getaway home which we have named The Wren's Nest. Actually it is nothing more than a little old single wide mobile home (again!) in the same lovely old mobile home park that Birdsong was in. Last fall we had no sooner put the last touch on Birdsong, namely replacing the carpet in the porch, when another home came up for sale. This one was coming out of an estate since the previous owner had passed away, and we had actually seen it two years ago when we were first looking to buy. At that time it was very dirty and very ugly, so we passed on it and bought Birdsong. But last fall, the attorney handling the estate had it  cleaned up so that it would be more likely to sell. It was still old and dingy and in desperate need of paint and more cleanup. but long story short, we couldn't resist the challenge. Only fools like Mr. Perch and I would take on another one after we just got Birdsong finished. 

Why? Well, the positives were:
  • It has central air conditioning and heat (Birdsong had a gas heater only, and the original to boot, though after a little tweaking by Hubby, it actually was very efficient)
  • Half of the long screened porch was converted to a sun room, with windows and shingles (not that the windows work very well, though).
  • It is seven years newer than Birdsong, which was built in 1969. Who buys old mobile homes like this anyway??
  • Behind the carport, the previous owner closed in a long section, half of which became a golf cart-sized garage with automatic door (he had a Harley) and turned the other portion into a utility room.
  • It is directly across from the clubhouse and pool, making it much easier to get mail, do laundry and swim (if we ever have time to use the pool!)
  • It has one and a half bathrooms (Birdsong had one), and larger bedrooms. But Birdsong had a larger living room. You can't have everything.
  • It has a lot more storage space in the kitchen, including two built-ins with (faux) glass doors.
  • We paid less for it than when we bought Birdsong.
O.K. So every good story has a downside. As does this one. No one ever updated the place since 1969, other than that they pulled up the carpeting and put in peel and stick faux wood floors. Actually not bad looking, but it was all peeling up. At some point the toilet in the master bathroom was replaced. And some of the plumbing was updated. But pretty much, stuff was only replaced or updated when absolutely necessary, and certainly not for any kind of aesthetic appeal or because it was loved as we will. And it still has its horrid original aluminum awning windows and ugly trim-work around them.

So, we gave up pretty little clean and neutral 
Birdsong for this charming
 Harvest Gold fiber glass all-in-one 
tub and surround in the master bath...

...not to be outdone by matching Formica 
vanity and sinks.
With lovely yellow and blue floral wallpaper,
which was installed over the original 
lime green and gold striped stuff
(only on half of the walls, though, 
with paneling on the other walls.
The best part was the little tin medicine cabinets
over each sink on which you scraped your
fingers every time you flipped the
faucets back to turn on the water...

Onto the kitchen, 
replete with its lovely Harvest Gold counter and sink, 
and too many other decorating touches to mention herewith...

The above photos were taken last fall before we 
began ripping out everything we hated,
which was pretty much everything, 
including the upper cabinets to the right
 in the picture above.
More about that in future posts.

Since this is a second home for us,
we obviously don't have the budget to make it
a showplace, but we did decide to put our bucks into
what we thought was important now, such as
flooring and the master bathroom,
 and at least 
live with the gold counter-tops and sink in the

And I figured that if
could feature a spread on "Honey and Grey"
a few weeks ago,
it's good enough for the kitchen at The Nest,
for the time being anyway.

These were some of the items they featured:





So, new grey and white paint,
which were going to be our colors anyway,
new laminate flooring which we put in throughout,
(except for the bathrooms),
and a new stove and range hood,
(we moved our fridge from Birdsong)
here is the beginning of the kitchen.
Though we still want to put in a tile back splash
and do some other things, this will 
do for now.

Don't think that I didn't entertain the notion of leaving all
of the Harvest Gold in place, trimming it with black,
and calling this place "Bumble Bee Cottage"!

But if Honey and Grey is good enough for the decorating world,
I guess its good enough for me! 
Besides, doesn't Honey sound so much more exciting
than Harvest Gold?

Until next time!


  1. Such a great post Sue! It is called "making do" with what you've got and it really makes us become more creative in how we go about it.
    I think you are lucky to have this second home to go to for breaks and love the way you have decorated it. I love the gold tones with the whites and those cushions are just charming.
    Those forks against the Limelight hydrangeas look superb too.
    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog dear Sue,
    Suzy x

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments! I hope that you had a great weekend! XO


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