Saturday, September 1, 2012

Estate Sale House Tour - Mitchell Road

I was a complete snoozer and loser on the estate sale front this week but fortunately, did get to see a beauty of a little house this morning. Thanks to Rae and Lisa for tipping me off to this gem of a cottage over on Mitchell Road in East Nashville. We only bought a couple of mildly exciting items but I wanted to show you the house. It was built in 1955 and had one owner. Those one owner houses are the best kind of houses to explore!


Here is a picture from tax records that shows the front of the house.




I love the built-in planter box and trellises on the sides.  I can just see roses growing up those. 

I love the kitchen. The cabinets are in great shape and so are the original tiled counter tops and backsplash.  I would love to know what kind of flooring was in here back when it was built.  It also had the old 40" oven still - with a window over it. I can't remember seeing many stoves with a view! I think that would be pretty cool instead of staring at a wall like most of us have to do. 





Here is a shot of the eat-in area in the kitchen. You still see a lot of these light fixtures in houses around Nashville and they always make my heart happy. 



A close-up of that great wallpaper. 


And the best part of the house to me - the original basement rumpus room! 


Look at that gorgeous variegated VCT! These are 6x6 tiles which are no longer made.
 
I think that VCT manufacturers are missing the boat by not bringing back these patterns, colors and tile sizes back. They make for a really stunning display. Many of the tiles in the basement have become damaged over time but it was all still so pretty. I love the aqua and white with the knotty pine. 



The basement is really large and has tons of knotty pine. That's the stairwell that leads upstairs.



And a brick fireplace. I bet this place saw a lot of fun parties! I just realized that I was too busy looking at the basement to ever even look at that Christmas table. Something took ahold of me in that house! 



Oh, and the original downstairs kitchenette! 


Look at this super cute old Dixie kitchenette stove! 


This was upstairs in the Den. I'd totally leave that wallpaper on the ceiling. Love it!



The Living Room fireplace wall. It has those cute built-in bookshelves and storage cupboards on each side. I've seen a lot of old houses in East Nashville that have fireplace walls like these and I think they're just the cutest things! (I would have photographed the whole wall for you but the cashier was parked close by)

What do you think? Do you like? This house gave me a really happy feeling and it was easy to tell that it was really loved by the family who owns it. The house has already been bought by a new owner and I hope against hope that they love all of the original features too. I'd love to see this one continue to shine like this. It had all of the original light fixtures, cornice boards, pinch pleats and more than likely, the original bathroom (which we weren't allowed to look in). 

Touring this house completely made up for the fact that I had only a couple of small scores this weekend.   Though I DO kind of wish that I'd seen the sale that the girls warned me about - the one advertised as "a hoarder with taste" that according to Rae "smelled like vomit".

What about you guys? Hit any good sales this weekend? Do you have a stove with a view? - because I'm obsessed with that now.

Until next time,
x's and o's,
Eartha

20 comments:

Laura said...

I'm right with you on a lot of those features. Love the fireplace wall, love the wallpaper, love the light fixtures. How sweet these little brick ranches were! The backdrop for a storybook childhood!

Lesley Jean said...

A window over the stove, brilliant! I think I'd cook more if I could stare out into the yard and maybe see some birds instead of at a broken microwave. lol The shelving is lovely in the living room area. We have built in bookshelves in our living room and on the sides of the fireplace. Totally my favorite feature of our house. Ha @ Rae saying the house smelled like vomit. No bueno. I didn't even attempt any sales. I'm all stocked up for the week. Read: spent all of my budgeted monies. Hopefully next weekend will be more fruitful for you!!

Betty2Tone (Laura) said...

Totally random, but are your sandals from Payless? They look like the pair I was lusting after for a while, but they didn't fit me quite right

Dina said...

Oh, what a cute little house. I love estate sales, and I go almost every weekend. I certainly love the great deals and cool items I find, but honestly one of the things that keeps me going is these little one-owner 1940's/50's houses...I just love em! Around here, the estate sale companies really frown on people taking pictures, for some reason.
Thanks for a cute post! And yeah, I think we all need a stove with a view :-)
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Johanna said...

I really need to scope out estate sales. I'm becoming a bit miffed at the high prices auctions are becoming, but I think in a large metro area like you and I live in, estate sales will be equally as overpriced. At least, though, you get to tour delightful homes. I totally love every single aspect of this home, especially the downstairs kitchenette. Love, love, love!!!

hourglass susie said...

Glorious! Love the cabinets.

erin said...

love it, of course :)

Trina44 said...

That is one of my favorite things to do when I go to an estate sale it look at the house. If most of it is original you know it's going to be a good sale.

Karen/Small Earth Vintage said...

Adorable house, and my two favorite things are that great basement floor and the cute built-in shelves in the living room! Also love the photo of your red sandals against the basement floor tiles--great colors!

Georgie Horn said...

Wall papered ceilings! Wonder if I could get away with that at my home?

Rae - Say It Aint So said...

that basement floor made me so happy too. don't worry , you didn't miss anything on the christmas table! haha. i love those built ins over the fireplace, and that tile! i took the same pictures. and the planters out front! i haven't seen anything like that before!

Sara In AZ said...

No, no stove with a view for us.:(

That house is SO amazing though, I love every bit of it and I hope they keep it just as it is too!!!

the wreath witch said...

I like that sink in the basement kitchenette I would love the top in my kitchen .

Gina Lee Bean said...

You have no idea how much I love houses like these...totally reminds me of my Grandma's old house. Lucky you for being able to see it.

BTW...I wanted to email you to chat about something but I couldn't find your contact details. Do you mind emailing me chickadee? xo

Holly Hall said...

Yes! I wouldn't change a thing about it.

Lisa said...

I think the basement is still my favorite, too. And the Dixie stove! If only we could live in ALL the retro houses!

Dottie said...

Be still my rumpus room loving heart! And those little built ins up front. SWOON! Sigh...

Stacy @ Stacyverb said...

Adorable! Those kitchen cabinets and hardware are exactly the same as the ones that were in my grandparents' kitchen. Good memories. :)

Marjorie said...

Love the pix. Thanks for sharing. I wish I had a window over my stove. What a brilliant idea.

Jenny VintageSugarcube) said...

I LOVE estate sales and that looks like a grand one. PS.. I also love your red sandals. :)