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I’m not much of an HGTV fan anymore.  When they took Decorating Cents and Room by Room off their schedule, I pretty much quit watching their channel.  Yes…..I guess I do hold a bit of a grudge.  🙁   HOWEVER, recently I came across Flip or Flop and I’m hooked.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a young married couple, Tarek and Christina El Moussa, who flip properties for a living.

They have taken some of the grungiest houses and turned them into absolute gems.  Part of the reason that their flips are so gorgeous is because of Christina’s eye for decorating, especially the kitchen and bath.  Her taste is expensive, but those two rooms seem to be where you will make it or break it when it comes to selling the flips.

As I watched one of the shows last night, they were flipping a much older home, with architecture much like my own home.  But because they always go with a more modern look, I was a little torn over the changes they made to this home.

My home was built around 1930.  Here is a photo of the archway between the living room and dining room. (Please excuse the mess on my dining room table).  In the older home that Tarek and Christina were flipping, they tore out the wall with the archway to open up the area between the living room and dining room.  While I loved the end result, I don’t think I could bear to remove this arch.  Isn’t it part of what gives an older home its charm?


Here is a photo of the wall between my dining room and kitchen.

Dining Room

In their flip, they also tore out the wall between the kitchen and dining room…..again to open up the kitchen. I loved the end result on their house and I have thought about opening up my kitchen over the years. But, once again, I don’t think I could part with this wall.  That is a swinging door with leaded glass panes!  How would I part with that??  Granted, I leave it open most of the time, but it still is part of the character and charm of my home.

In the end, I’ll just be content to sit and watch the show and admire their changes they make in their flips and I’ll be content to leave mine as is.  Maybe next week I’ll take some pics of my kitchen for you.

Author: Marilyn



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One thought on “The Charm of an Old House

  1. I totally agree with you Marilyn! I think the charm of the old homes make them keepers, even though they have small bathrooms and small closets. You can tell I used to live in one! I could no more take out the archway in the home than a man in the moon. So, I’m like you, while I admire the///ir remodeling end result, the old charm often goes away too.

    Posted on June 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm