Wednesday, January 11, 2012

valley vintage

My new job is going well-busy but interesting! I have photos of my 'work wear' to share with you next week but for now I thought I'd take a hiatus from fashion and share images of decor. These photos were taken of my Mum and Step-Dad's home, an 18th century farm house in rural Nova Scotia (Canada) that they inherited from my maternal grandparents.  I find this house very romantic and the interior design is rustic and whimsical.  They are (slowly but surely) converting the home into a Bed and Breakfast and my Mum envisions a vintage shop (Valley Vintage) as part of the B&B experience.















{My talented mother painted both of these works of art}



{No that's not a ghost, it's just a reflection of me taking the photo.  My sister and I swear that the house is haunted, both with vivid recollections of supernatural sightings...}











Lately my man and I have been talking about saving $ for our first home purchase however he loves modern/glass design and I am partial to old-fashioned, vintage decorWe've settled on a compromise- modern exterior and vintage interior (although you spend the majority of your home-time indoors so I think I got the better end of that deal!)

Do you prefer old-fashioned or modern home design?

21 comments:

  1. Very nice. I've been to Nova Scotia (rode my motorcycle around Cabot Trail) and would go back if your folks opened a B&B.

    Both old-fashioned and modern have their charms. I prefer old-fashioned for rural places and modern for urban ones.

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  2. What a beautiful home and great business venture. Like Ally, I love rustic/vintage homes in the country, but in a city apartment, I like sleek modern design.

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  3. I LOVE old houses, they have charm that is hard to recreate. The interior is lovely, your mother definately has a gift in art! Her pieces are amazing!

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  4. That house is charming and would really work well as a bed & breakfast AND store! Your mom has the right idea. Good for you guys saving for a house. I think that is SMART! I love old fashion houses. :)

    http://averysweetblog.com/

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  5. So beautiful! I love old homes. They have tons of character and history. Beautiful land. Good luck with the vintage shop. I want to open a vintage shop eventually also.

    Rhe
    rhestyle.com

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  6. Thanks for taking us on a tour of this beautiful home. i like the house especially all the lovely decorations inside. The house looks like it's pretty much in its original condition which i like. It's really such a blessing to inherit something like that, priceless!

    mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  7. such cool post! I totally enjoyed the photos since I'm a fan of vintage style and in my own house I'm always trying to combine vintage things with modern things. most of the furniture is vintage though :)

    Maiken/
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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  8. Great photos - it's such a pretty (and historic) place.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  9. I'm definitely an old fashioned vintage gal when it comes to home decor. My house has some awesome older features that I'm working to preserve because I like the look of it (like shag carpet in the basement for example!)

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  10. modern all the way : )
    but I do love the contemporary/classic feel.

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  11. I've been putting money away for what might be a house down payment too. I've been doing a little real-estate Googleing and it's so addictive! I won't be buying anything anytime soon, but I definitely am feeling 'super modern condo' or 'old craftmans house'. Although I did see some pics of this gorgeous old Victorian era condo and I would not be opposed to that either. Glad your new job is going well.

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  12. What an amazing house!

    I am definitely more modern myself but I do lean toward mod details.

    Julie

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  13. Hello, Shybiker and other blogger friends of Emily...the old place was built in 1760 and we are enjoying seeing the transformation from "no insulation, leaky original windows (but we are saving them as the glass is handblown from that time), and no heating system" to a comfortable home. We hope to open the BandB in 2013, I will ask Em to post our information closer to that time...all are welcome! Em's photos are fantastic, thanks for this lovely post, Emily!

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  14. Elephants! So cute, the home looks really cozy. You think it's haunted?
    Tell us your ghost stories!

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  15. Emily, there are so many things that I love about this post. I prefer vintage everything. I would love that house, I always ask people if their old house is haunted. You have already answered my question. I love the wooden Christmas tree and the paintings by your mum. She is sooo talented. I love how she painted spools of thread. Amazing...tell her I said so. I dabble in painting myself and I love her work. Did it rub off on you? Have a great weekend darling and how exciting that you and your man are thinking about a house!!! Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo

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  16. What a gorgeous old house! I love old homes, they have so much charm and character. I find "modern" design to be very cold and harsh and unwelcoming.

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  17. I love the idea of a B&B and vintage shop in one, I would love to stay at a place like that! My boyfriend and I also struggle with modern vs. vintage when it comes to decor.. it'll be interesting to see how we decorate our next apartment when we move this spring, we haven't talked about it yet...

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  18. I am in love with old houses - they have so much character! I know this will be amazing when they have it all fixed up!

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  19. ooooooh, what an exciting venture! and I see so many awesome pieces in place already! I don't really quite know where I stand with the modern vs vintage debate. I love being orderly and streamlined, but I just know I can't. I also have a lot of pop culture stuff that just looks odd with older styles.. DILEMMA!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

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  20. Thanks for sharing. What a great slice of history to have in the family. It looks like a place that's been built up with care and personal touches, like your mom's very impressive paintings!

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One of my daily joys is reading the lovely comments you leave. It may take a day or two (or three, depending on how hectic life gets!) but I will stop by your slice of the blogosphere soon! xo Emily