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Vintage Life: Look Inside the Bungalow

Vintage Life: Look Inside the Bungalow

Posted by Aimee Talbot on 21st Jul 2012


As I explained in an earlier blogpost, Greg and I purchased a 1920s bungalow last October that needed a little work.  Okay, it needed a LOT of work.  And while our family and friends thought the house had potential when we gave them a tour, pretty much everyone thought we were nuts to take on such a huge endeavor, especially in light of our busy schedule running

But Greg and I are a great team.  We can accomplish a huge amount of work when we work together, so we were optimistic that we could tackle this challenge.  I’ll take you on a tour through the inside of our disaster – come on through the front door.

The front room is a startling shade of bright yellow-gold with dark burgundy trim on the window casings and the original brick fireplace – now you understand the prior owner’s choice of a dark burgundy front door.  A wood laminate flooring covers the original floor.

Walk through that doorway in the left corner of the front room and you’ll find the front bedroom, in two shades of blue.  The original pine floors have been painted beige and there is a popcorn stucco on the ceiling, which reveals some water damage.


To keep you oriented, you’re looking out the window to the front yard in the photo above, and then turning around and looking back through the door to the front yellow-gold room in the photo below.  This doorway is not original and was created by the prior owner.  To the left of the doorway, the original fireplace (which is on the back side of the fireplace in the front room) has been covered over.

Now turn to your left and head out the door to the right of the closet into the hallway.

In the photo below, you are standing in the hallway and the door to the left is the blue bedroom that you’ve just left.  Ahead is the lovely bathroom, and to the right is a second bedroom.

The photo below gives you a look into the bathroom.  That linoleum is actually the third layer of bathroom floor, over a rotten subfloor – see the dip right in front of the tub?  Stomp your foot there and you’re likely to fall through.  And that’s the ivy that has covered the left side of the house that you’re seeing through the window.


Now you’re standing in the door to the bathroom and have turned around to look back through the hallway.  You’ll notice holes have been punched in the wall on the right and there appears to be a linen closet and then a staircase to the left.  We’ll go upstairs later.

Now turn to your left and go through the doorway to the right of the bathroom into the second bedroom – notice the original glass door handle – many are still remaining on the doors throughout the house.  The original pine floor has been painted seafoam green while the walls are baby pink.  The jag in the wall directly behind the ceiling fan covers an original fireplace.

In the corner of the room, an animal has tried to dig its way out.

 Looking into the closet, you see a stairway that is not original to the house.

There is a door to the left of the closet that leads to the back of the house, but we’re going to save the rest of the house tour for the next blogpost. Tune in next week for more photos!

 Aimee owns with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!