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Sunday
Apr062008

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I am seriously lacking in outdoor furniture and since I have a pretty big yard, a front porch and a deck in the backyard, I knew with spring here that I would soon have to start looking. I regularly search Craigslist and Kijiji for furniture, and the other day I came across some amazing rattan patio furniture - 2 chairs and a loveseat. I picked them up yesterday in Aylmer, Quebec, and I am soooo in love with their rounded shapes. They need some paint, and they are pretty old and showing their age, but I can't wait to have at 'em. I'm seeing some fun bright colours, in paint and some cushions. Sorry for the kind of crappy photo, but we still have so much snow that I had no where else to put them outside.


When we arrived at the seller's home I was totally smitten. The house was absolutely gorgeous. There was a for sale sign out front so I checked the agent's website and found some photos. It's a heritage home, in downtown Aylmer, 3000 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms. This home is dreamy - such incredible architectural details, but it seems just about every room is wallpapered which could be a nightmare to deal with. Regardless, it would be such a blast to decorate.

Reader Comments (20)

That house is AMERZING. And for $500,000? My mouth is literally agape.

Jeeves! Book me passage to Aylmer and make it snappy.

6 Apr 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBree

Bree I'm coming too. A house like that would be twice the price here! But back to the most amazing thing of all. That suite is just too cute! I think I hate you again :)

6 Apr 2008 | Unregistered Commentermidcenturyjo

Couldn't you just move right in?? And that back terrace-- WOW!

(Look at my word verification-- diyfn!!! Do It Yourself For Now! LOL)

6 Apr 2008 | Unregistered Commentertraveler one

Had to come back and say I'm obsessing over that cast iron spiral stircase.

6 Apr 2008 | Unregistered Commentermidcenturyjo

WOW! What an amazing house!

6 Apr 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

What an inspiring house. Such GREAT ideas throughout. Your site is lovely. Check mine out!

6 Apr 2008 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

first off.. great craigslist find.. it day a 3-5 city search daily.. safe to say i am addictied to it.. but it does pay off!!.. you are the perfect example.. and where to start on that house.. just imagine throwing a beautiful evening garden party in that back yard! amazing.. must have been tempting..

6 Apr 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdailydesignspot

Gorgeous bathroom, gorgeous spiral staircase, gorgeous backyard, gorgeous bedroom! Just to be able to walk through this house must be amazing! I love the architecture!

6 Apr 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Renee

Wow. That house is absolutely perfect. Who cares about the wallpaper? I'd strip it down and paint it all white to match that beautiful spiral staircase. I am in love with that attic.

6 Apr 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa

that furniture is fabulous. what a great find! and that house is beautiful. that kind of character is hard to come by on the west coast. i kind of like the back more than the front though!

wallpaper on a house that age could be such a nightmare. it's often the only thing holding the plaster in place. removing it all would be an expensive nightmare.

6 Apr 2008 | Unregistered Commentererin

I would never have guessed such beauty lurked behind that front. The orange & black tiles in the bathroom - mmm.
The/your chairs & loveseat are an outstanding find. Nice!

6 Apr 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAMR

Holy crap that house is amazing! I can't believe it's so cheap! Like Jo said, that house would be worth millions in Australia.

Anna :)

6 Apr 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVilla Anna

What a gorgeous house!! I especially love the back terasse area, and those gorgeous windows :-) Ohhh I want to move in!

6 Apr 2008 | Unregistered Commentermandco

Mainly to repeat what others have said - that house is absolutely amazing!! I wana live there! Currently house hunting in London and it's sooo expensive, I would never be able to afford something that nice here!

7 Apr 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramara

I AM SO OVERWHELMED WITH LOVE. god, can you imagine how much love has gone into this house over the years? Just. Amazing. And beautiful.

7 Apr 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbookshop

Housing is really affordable in Quebec. If you can deal with the french laws and absolutely no english on any signs, then it's not so bad. If this house were in Ottawa (and it's current location is about 10-15 mins away) it would be maybe $800K.

So I'm thinking of painting the patio set something BOLD, like bright green, pink or yellow. :)

7 Apr 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

My vote is for the yellow: lemon yellow! what a fab find for you. What would we do if there were no craigslist?!

7 Apr 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDecor Fellow

I'm leaning towards yellow too. :) Since I spray painted my bamboo chair yellow, I'm hooked. Yellow is a b*tch though. Coverage sucks.

7 Apr 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

I'm delurking to comment on this because this house is in my neck of the woods - I've walked by it soooo many times and drooled. Thanks for posting the link to the interior pics - I've always wondered what it looked like inside!

8 Apr 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Amanda - how lucky you are to live near this house! I was awed at it's location. I don't know that I would live on that side of the river, but downtown Aylmer sure is pretty! And the housing prices makes it somewhat tempting.

8 Apr 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

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