Friday, March 20, 2015

So Long Church Street

Saving this house was nothing less than a labor of love and anyone who was here at the time will remember my vowing that I would only be leaving Church Street on a gurney. I think we all know such declarations are often revised and one day we are moving on entirely. And because that day has come I want to share some 'before and after' photos of a neglected ugly duckling that became a blessed and beloved home. 


When I make up my mind to do something I like it to progress quickly. So it would be an understatement to say I was pleased when, after some lengthy discussions, Mr. H and I picked a Monday to put the house on the market and had an offer on that Friday.


The buyers are a lovely young couple who have been renting nearby. They told us that for as long as they've been in the neighborhood they would walk down Church Street with their dog (also named Gus!) and say to themselves "if that house ever comes on the market..."


We signed a contract the next day and we closed this afternoon.


When we moved in the girls were 10 and 11-years-old and they have grown up in what feels like a few, short years. Sophie will hear in a matter of days where she will be going to college this coming fall and Serena is only one year behind her.


The time is right to prepare for an empty nest.


We didn't have a fully formed plan for our next step, not anticipating the house would sell so quickly (even though we hoped it would.)


What we did know was that we wanted to simplify and downsize here in Vermont in order to do some work to our place in Rhode Island (and be prepared when that first college tuition bill arrives.)


I am nothing if not decisive and it took about five minutes for me to decide on an apartment in a new building. Mr. H took some convincing (as we will be downsizing by a lot!) but he likes the modern style of the space and the fact that the building is LEED certified.


Our new place is a very short distance from here, across the river in Hanover, New Hampshire - the quintessential New England college town, home to Dartmouth and its three graduate schools.


There isn't much to share in the way of photos right now, it is truly a 'white box', but we have met at the site with my wonderful painter/wallpaper hanger (you met Jeff here) as well as our contractor to begin the process of making it our own. Lately I have been fixated on wallpaper so you will be seeing some of that.


While that work is being completed we will be renting back here through Sophie's graduation from High School. I am looking forward to enjoying one last spring at Church Street and recalling the countless happy memories of our life here.

30 comments:

  1. Phyllis,
    It was fun to visit you at this house through all of the projects, large and small. I'm excited for you hope you'll provide some inspiration for those of us in a similar mode. Mr. B. and I are hoping to downsize in the next year or two. I've started paring down on some of the things that we no longer use to make the transition easier. How wonderful to be selling to a young family that can keep the house full of happiness and create new memories.
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. Exactly how I feel, Karen! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
      xo,
      Phyllis

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  2. WOW!! Things do happen fast with you. First off a great big congratulations!!!! Selling is no easy feat but looking at your gorgeous impeccable home is a quick reminder why it sold so fast. They were smart to act fast and it's always so gratifying to sell to someone who truly is in love with your home isn't it?

    Sounds like a very exciting next step for you...can't wait to follow along at the rate you do things (a girl after my own heart) you will be moving and decorating in no time!! Enjoy the process Phyllis and congrats again.

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    1. Thanks, Tina! And they are truly in love with the house which is a very nice feeling. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Having had a terrible, long drawn out time selling our house, it is so nice to see it happen easily and happily! (And I don't think the woman who bought our house even really liked it.) It will be wonderful to see all your new plans…and congratulations on moving it all along so quickly!

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  4. Eeeek! Such an exciting time for you, Phyllis!! You will be moving to my home state. I miss it every day and now I can live vicariously through you. Hope the year brings you great joy!

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  5. Congratulations on this new chapter in your lives. I am not the least bit surprised that your lovely home sold so quickly. It's nice to know that the new owners had been admiring it for some time. It gives them a special story to tell about how they bought the house and adds to its history for years to come. Best wishes to you and your family.
    Shelley

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  6. Oh Phyliss I am so impressed with the amazing renovation and decorating you did on your Church Street home and that you can walk away! I think about it often and have pangs about actually making the step. I cant wait to see what you do next and maybe you can counsel me on moving on :-) Good luck and Congratulations! Ridgely

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  7. What a stunning transformation, Phyllis! Best wishes to your new adventures. I know they will be gorgeous!

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  8. Many congratulations, Phyliis! That happened so quickly - WOW! Seems like yesterday when we spoke. Still I'm sad to see you all leave this beautiful home. But I understand. Our own downsizing plans have changed. We cannot find a house in the area in our price range - don't want to go into a bidding war. Crazy what smaller homes are selling for. Catch up soon - congrats!! xo

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  9. How exciting Phyllis! Congratulations on the quick sale. I know you will all cherish those fond memories made at your home. Now on to new adventures! Looking forward to the transformation of your new home. xx

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  10. Phyllis, your Church Street home is so beautiful and serene and elegant and I've loved seeing every single photo you've posted. I know we all get compliments on our blogs but it is truly heartfelt when I say you have the most beautiful taste and I love every thing you do in your lovely interiors. I can't wait to see the new space and know it will be fine and elegant!!! Congrats on the fast sale and good luck with this next phase!! Xo Terri

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  11. So happy for you, Phyllis! Congratulations! Your home is so beautiful, I bet the couple were thrilled when they saw the interior. What fun for you to create another beautiful home. Having done a downsize in the last year from a large home to a cottage, I can tell you if feels strange but liberating. So much purging and reorganizing was tiring but invigorating at the same time. Those of us who embrace always look forward! Enjoy the process!

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  12. forgot a word.... those of us who embrace change always look forward!

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  13. Phyllis, I am so excited for you. What a wonderful new adventure. I can't wait to see how your new place turns into another "dream house!" xo, N.

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  14. I know how very happy the new owners of your home must be! And you & your family are off to a new adventure, one which will keep you very very busy for awhile. Loved seeing the pics, Phyllis. What a transformation !! xx's

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  15. How beautiful your home is! I hope your new adventures are everything you hope for. I am getting ready for an empty nest with my twins off to college in the fall. Goes by so fast, doesn't it? Savor your time in the house with your girls!

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  16. Congratulations on your new adventure! How wonderful to see your wonderful home and it's transformation. I cannot wait to see your new place.

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  17. wow Phyllis, congratulations and what a quick sale! Everything seems to be falling right into place and your home is the most gorgeous space! You will have a ball with a new project and I wish you all the success with your nesting! It was painful for me at first, but I love being adults with my adult children now, such a blessing! Enjoy every minute. xo Nancy

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  18. Phyllis congrats on your new endeavor and selling your home so quickly. I can't wait to follow the progress of your new home!

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  19. I *loved* seeing so many wide shots of your rooms. It's such a calm and lovely style. You've got the gift of editing, Phyllis. I wish I had your restraint. Downsizing sounds exciting to me actually. Our boys, twins, will probably leave at the same time and my husband and I love the idea of a small place. Congratulations on the quick sale and cheers to your new home. Watching to see how it all comes together for you.

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  20. Phyllis,
    You are so brave. Have lived in my home for 30 years and have thought about downsizing, but I cannot leave my garden, my kitchen - oh, I cannot leave at all. I admire you and look forward to what are sure to be the inspiring images of your new design on your new blank canvas.

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  21. Phyllis,
    You are so brave. Have lived in my home for 30 years and have thought about downsizing, but I cannot leave my garden, my kitchen - oh, I cannot leave at all. I admire you and look forward to what are sure to be the inspiring images of your new design on your new blank canvas.

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  22. it must be bittersweet, but new adventures are exciting
    what a transformation phyllis!
    much luck on your journey
    debra

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  23. You know how much we loved this house - one of our favorites and such a labor of love…lucky couple to get your beautiful work! Can't wait to follow along on your next venture!

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  24. Phyllis I love a new challenge and adventure, cannot wait to hear more!!
    All the best!
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  25. No surprise your beautiful home sold so quickly. I admire your positive, pragmatic and practical attitude! Looking forward to your next steps! Congrats and good luck!

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  26. It reminds me so much of our old house in Lake Placid NY, taken down to the studs but kept the integrity, I love the clean classic way you design it too!!

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  27. What a transformation! Great work.
    Btw, I just discovered your blog and can't stop reading! :)

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