Well, we had planned to renovate the old house but the City Council denied us permission to do what we wanted to do! (Proof this is NOT a free country! Very strict rules about what you can do to your own house!) So, on a whim and reeling with disappointment, we decided to go view a cottage we had passed for months and admired. We fell in love with it and the couple who lived there for the past 50 years. We love the history – it was built in the 1700s – and the garden is heaven. Best of all, it has a wine cellar! I think that is what sold it for Kevin, that and the workshop at “the bottom of the garden.” (No back “yards” here – only back “gardens.”) These are the pictures from the “estate agent.”
Before the wedding, there was much work to be done before 48 Himley Crescent, Kevin’ semi-attached home, would be ready for Mom and Dad and the bridesmaids to stay in!
First we had to wait for Brian Bussey, Kevin’s friends and “lodger” for three years, to close on his new home and move out, so we were Three’s Company for a while. Brian was great at dishes so it was all very friendly. Kevin and Brian had their own decorating style… posters and liquor bottles!
The decor was a mixture of everything bad from 1940-1988 from previous occupants, with an emphasis on clashing colors, sponge paint, stencils, glitter, and plastic-hung curtains. (ew!) Think orange, pink, and tan, touching. Contrasting patterns. Bright patterned carpet, a new color for every room which never, never coordinated with the wallpaper or drapes in that room. So much to do!
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