Sunday, May 31, 2009

Met Monday - If I Were Rich

Hello, Dear Ones! I would like to take a little liberty with my Met Monday post today. You don't mind, do you? I certainly hope not! You see this is a project that hasn't been completed, it hasn't started and it doesn't even belong to me!

About a block from me, between two homes is a little driveway. One time while riding my bike I went down that little driveway and discovered this...

Isn't this beautiful?! There was sitting this enormous home, vacant and in a very sad condition! It was surrounded by overgrown shrubs and plantings. But in my mind's eye I could see how beautiful this place must have been...once.
It broke my tiny heart!

Here's a closer look at the front. I found out from the real estate listing this home was built by the famous Houston architect, John Staub, I'm thinking maybe in the 1930s. This home is sitting on 1 and 1/4 acres, with five bedrooms, five and a half baths! It has marble, parquet and oak plank floors and is surrounded by these huge olden oak trees! All of this is enclosed behind a six foot brick privacy fence...hiding... and cost over a million dollars! Yep! I had no idea this home was in here!

Now if I were rich and Mr. Precious didn't mind, I would buy this olden home and go to town on it! Wouldn't you?
You can see a glimpse of the stairway through this window. If you look through the window on the left hand side of the door you'll see a big grand piano (trust me, I've peeped in before, but Mr. Precious doesn't like me to come over here by myself. I sneaked in just to take a few pictures for you ~ please don't tell him)! Can't you hear the music? Can't you see the lady of the house so daintily walking down the staircase to answer the doorbell? You're the next guest coming to the party!

This planter with the overgrown plantings is in the center of the circle drive. Can't you see a big beautiful fountain right in the center with the sounds of water trickling down ever so softly? Can't you see the little birds having a grand ole time splashing around? Can't you see little children dipping their tiny fingers into the water? I can.
Now as you drive on through to the side of the house, you'll pass through those two olden pillars with huge urns sitting on top of them. At one time I'm sure there were beautiful with greenery growing in these urns. Can't you see it?
Here we are at the side of the house. Hope there's no scary people back here. I just hopped out of my car and prayed! Nope, I'm safe! Let's walk on around into the back yard.
A little fish pond. Can't you see this area all cleaned up with a fountain hanging on the brick wall with dripping water falling on the tiny heads of Koi? Oh, I can see it.
Here we are looking at the huge back yard with the biggest oak trees! Can't you see tables set up out here on the immaculate green lawn for the reception of a wedding that has just taken place!? Streamers and lanterns hanging from the limbs of the oak trees. Can you see it? I can.
Oh, my tiny heart is breaking! Look at the poor thing! Her roof shingles are falling off, probably leaks. Shutters are disconnected and the vines have just about grown all they're going to. Can't you just see this back side of the house with freshly painted trim and shutters! Of course a new roof. What color would you choose?
Here's another look at the back. For just a little, if I were rich and had bought this olden one, I just might make this the front of the house. It looks like New Orleans to me! Believe me, I've peeped inside all of these windows and even toured it once during an open house! It could be so beautiful! Can't you see a beautiful porch swing and wicker furniture sitting out on the patio? Chloe Dawn would be running all over the big back yard. I can see it! I really can!
Oh, my goodness! Another heartbreaker. Look at the olden claw foot bathtub. Can't you see this in the master bath filled with bubbles as you step over the edge to insert your tiny toe into the warm water? Oh, I can! Calgon, take me away!
Just look at the size of these trees! Can't you see little children climbing and having a grand ole time in these trees. Maybe a treetop house with a very safe ladder to climb up with? Can't you see the family cat up here trying to chase the little birds? Oh, I can! Can't you see the Christmas lights a glow to shine the way for Santie? Oh, I can!
Wish I could tell you this was my new house and we were going to remodel it. Well, Dear Ones, I can't! I'm not rich, neither is Mr. Precious! But it still doesn't keep me from dreaming about this olden house. It's been on the market for a few years now and just continues to go down hill. It makes me sad. It breaks my heart. So much potential sitting here dyeing! I do hope someone will come along and buy her and bring her back to her true gloriness!

Well, this could be a fabulous Met Monday post if this lovely olden home had an 'after'. But alas, it doesn't. It makes me sad.

Please make sure you go and visit our Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for some 'real' makeovers today!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

In Dreams
A candy-colored clown they call the sandman
Tiptoes to my room every night
Just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper
Go to sleep everything is all right.

I close my eyes, then I drift away
Into the magic night. I softly say
A silent prayer like dreamers do.
Then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you.

In dreams I walk with you
In dreams I talk to you.

In dreams you're mine
All of the time we're together

In dreams, in dreams.

But just before the dawn,
I awake and find you gone.

I cant help it, I cant help it, if I cry.
I remember that you said goodbye.

Its too bad that all these things,
Can only happen in my dreams

Only in dreams in beautiful dreams.
~sung by Roy Orbison