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Pretty Little Details

Today we leave our lakeside holiday rental.  Even though this house requires a good, thorough spit and polish, I have fallen in love.  The historic home has amazing details that can’t be found in just any home.  Well, not our 1970s townhouse anyway.  Here are some of my favorite little details:

The Vintage Wallpaper

Not much of it survived (at one point, a gorgeous grasscloth covered the living room walls as well) but the entryway still has cute vintage wallpaper.

The Laundry Chute

This occupied Hubby & I for far too long – we were like little kids, tossing things down the chute and listening to them plummet.  But playing aside, what a lovely convenience.

The Maid’s Buzzer

I would never have the rudeness required to buzz this ugly sounding buzzer to summon the maid, working hard in the kitchen.  But it was fun to harass one another with this neat feature.  We think it would have been wired up to the ends of the table, but this is all that remains:

The Doorknobs

Oooo la la.  I love the glass version, but the substantial metal ones found throughout the home are also stunning.

The Vintage Bathrooms

Although not all original, the home’s bathrooms are so cute and kitchy.  I really like the bathroom sconces found in all bathrooms.  And the shimmery pink tile paired with the shell-coloured hexagon tile in the maid’s bathroom is a perfect pairing.

The vintage taps are also so cute

The Unusual Furniture (& Lighting)

Now, this isn’t really a feature of the home, but many of these pieces can be seen in photos from the last 50 years.  From the mid-century pieces to the grandfather clock to the curvy sofa with retro triangle pillows (and that chandelier!), there are some gorgeous pieces in this home.

Very neat tile table

Time to hit the dusty, er, snowy trail.  Next time I blog, I’ll be back in Canada!



  1. Julia
    January 2, 2012 / 4:24 pm

    Chris and I totally want a laundry chute. We talk about it at least twice a month.Also, triangle pillows?! How funny!!!

  2. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    January 2, 2012 / 7:05 pm

    oh yes! that green paint is killin' me, i love it so!

  3. Sudha
    January 2, 2012 / 7:28 pm

    on my !! such a lovely home…so pretty and ur pics make me wanna go there: )

  4. Heather {The Lovely Cupboard}
    January 2, 2012 / 7:33 pm


  5. anne
    January 2, 2012 / 9:03 pm

    beautiful – thanks for sharing!

  6. melissamevans
    January 2, 2012 / 9:57 pm

    What a dreamy house….so much history, it sounds like. Glass door nobs and laundry shoot….so much fun!!

  7. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    January 3, 2012 / 12:32 am

    Aren't these little details fabulous? It seems you all love a laundry chute as much as I do 🙂

  8. Rosa @ FlutterFlutter
    January 3, 2012 / 1:19 am

    LOL, I love your comment about the "thorough spit and polish" haha! What a beautiful place! Glad you were able to get away and enjoy some quiet too. 🙂

  9. Dana@Mid2Mod
    January 3, 2012 / 1:51 am

    What a fun place to vacation! I'm glad you enjoyed your annual holiday getaway.

  10. Sarah @ { rad: renovations are dirty }
    January 3, 2012 / 3:08 am

    I have such a thing for all the details in old homes. The doorknobs, buzzer, laundry chute, chandelier? *drool*

  11. Beatrice @
    January 3, 2012 / 3:50 am

    Lovely details, but my favorite is the wallpaper. The laundry chute and the buzzer are also quite neat. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

  12. Renovating Rothenbergers
    January 3, 2012 / 1:53 pm

    That house is so lovely. I love the wallpaper and the glass knobs. Have a safe trip home!

  13. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    January 3, 2012 / 3:23 pm

    Thanks! We made it safe & sound 🙂

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