Friday, May 2, 2014

The Sugar Shack~ A home tour

 
     ~Give me some sugar, baby 
       
Do you have *favorite* houses you drive by in your town?
You notice them, watch them grow…wonder what they look like inside? Try to cop a peek when you drive by at dusk?
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No, you don’t? oh.
I admit it. I have a collection of them. And have  a particular affinity for the old ones…the cottages…the gems. The saved old souls…The sugar.
This is one of them. I’ve driven by this one so many times thru the years…
It was a rainy, dreary day when I first stepped inside….but this little beauty built in the 30’s was gracious and glowing.
I dare say , smiling.
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(original Dade county pine floors}
Any one else may have bulldozed it 20 years ago…
Once covered in overgrown hedges with holes in the ceiling that looked up to the clouds.
But it was safeguarded and lovingly preserved by a local family
And it  was infused with warmth and soul…while retaining most original fixtures.
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{I love these Hansel and Gretel windows and screens}
Lee Ann has a beautiful eye with a southern flair Think Garden and Gun…While talented husband Gene, an avid hunter/sportsman, did much of the work in this beautiful old soul.
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                             {Great original built in cabinet….and yes, wine MAY be involved in home tours}
Kids art is everywhere. Family first in this sugar shack….Two beautiful daughters have an imprint in every room.
IMG_8695{Do you love this corkboard?…made of wine corks}
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And while the kitchen was broadened and opened…
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the living space remains  as it was originally
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…and like any good cottage it isn’t linear. But quirkily moves and trips from room to room
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With 5 panel doors and original hardware…loved that part
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Hidden corners house daybeds. Cozy. sleep inducing. Particularly on this grey day.
Reminded me of summer camps. I think I counted 6 beds…
 
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{adorable little mini rooms around corners…off larger rooms}
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Outside was added a pool and sweet outdoor shower
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One of the family’s favorite spots is what once was a car vestibule…
Turned outdoor dining room. Hugged in bougainvillea. Dinner under the stars happens here quite regularly.
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Charming.
Another fabulous feature is the neighbors home….Wine glasses in hand, we traipsed over to meet a hidden gem of a house with a famed and perhaps even bawdy history.
Think elaborate ballrooms and parties galore…Butlers bells in each room.
A rare look into the history of this town…
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…and Archie
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But that will be a WHOLE oth.er post. Stay tuned.
Also stay tuned for Talented Lee Ann’s soon to be released Blog.
Go.
Tour your own  town under the discreet cloak of dusk….find a gem….a sugar shack.
Then barge in and take pictures.
Dare ya.
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21 comments:

Jane Coslick said...

LOVE THIS SOOOOOO MUCH.. MAGICAL FOR SURE…IT IS NATIONAL PRESERVATION MONTH..SHARE MORE OF THOSE GEMS . TREASURES…THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS BEAUTY!!!!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Jane....YOU of all people would know and appreciate! Natioal Preservation Month...perfect!

Willow's Quiet Corner said...

Let's say we do know of a . . . "friend" . . . who also likes to drive by certain homes and slow to try to get glimpses of the insides . . . it's almost an invitation by the owners, should they happen to leave the blinds open and the curtains pulled back, to gawk away . . . right? ? ? ;)

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Willow's Quiet.....Of COURSE. I am with you. wink.

for the love of a house said...

LOve this house!! Such charm and personality... oh, and wine!:) I'm a peeper too;) Luckily my getaway driver, Coolio, understands when I yell "slow down, I'm trying to look!"

Hope you are well my friend!
xxojoan

Kelly TalkoftheHouse said...

What a really cool place! The floors alone make my heart race. And that kitchen - wow! Lucky lucky you that you got to tour it!

Victoria Gould said...

Linda, I've driven by that house many a time and wondered what it looked like inside, too! LeeAnn is such a sweet person and, obviously, has great taste. Thanks so much for sharing!

Victoria Gould said...

Linda, I've driven by that house many a time and wondered what it looked like inside, too! LeeAnn is such a sweet person and, obviously, has great taste. Thanks so much for sharing!

An Urban Cottage said...

They've done a great job on this house. All of the details are perfect. I especially love the similar colors they've used through the whole house.

Jane said...

Such a beautiful home! Thanks for sharing a glimpse inside. I especially LOVE the farm table and bench on the porch.

AndeM1 said...

Wonderful house tour.....I'd rather live in this beauty than any new home!

Becky Jerdee said...

Enchanting, Linda. And I must say, so in sync with YOUR style! (little surprises around every corner, curious collected bits and pieces, family treasures)

tammy j said...

what a treat was that!!!
only thing missing....
a gorgeous big black dog on a sofa
thanks!

Erin {House of Turquoise} said...

Spectacular!! You can just feel all the love in this home! I'd have a hard time leaving if I ever got to step inside for myself! Thank you for sharing!

Jill Sorensen-LiveLikeYou said...

Adorable nothing beats old houses!

VirginiaC said...

Wow....another lovely home you have visited and taken us along with you.
It was charming and with a loving family who seem to love it a whole lot.
Double bonus....having a peek at the house next door too.
Thanks ever so much for sharing!!

Bmore Bungalow said...

What a spectacular cottage. It feels so warm and homey.

Karen Deborah said...

Florida is a feast of these fun finds. I took more pictures in two weeks than all year long. I can't take the dare because I'm back home. My friend didn't stop driving long enough for two many inside shots.

This place is fabulous hope you enjoyed your visit. Did you swim?

cindy hattersley design said...

This was so much fun! I love the bits of nature brought inside everywhere! Thanks for the tour!

Paula Bamberger said...

Absolutely wonderful!

Dale Janee said...

What a fun post and I just found your blog and can totally relate to wanting to see the inside of some of the adorable houses I pass by everyday, but this time it really happened on your blog. Love the mint walls and all the indoor furniture and the back yard is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing!

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