Where are you on the Purist scale, 10 being the highest?
I'm in my first home and it's an 1881 beauty that I am madly in love with! I love decorating almost as much as I love old homes so I've devoured all of the standard magazines for years and mainly watch home shows on TV. It has always pained me when I read about/watch people who buy these period homes and commence to tear down all of the walls and fill it with stainless steel and "clean lines" or add so much on to it that only a third of the square footage is original.
Well, now that I have my own beauty and I've set about making changes, I'm wondering how much of my Purist sensibilities that I've lost. As I read through more and more of the posts on this forum, I would have to say that on a scale from 1 to 10, I'm no more than a 7. I'm basing that number on the following:
1. Virtually all of my remaining woodwork/trim was painted. I started to strip some and ended up just repainting it but I'm having someone else strip the wood in another part of the house.
2. My house does not have central air and I have no intention of installing it. That means practically every room has ceiling fans. The PO had very contemporary tastes so I'm replacing the existing ones but there will still be ceiling fans.
3. I refuse to change out my original windows. Some of the wavy glass was replaced by the PO due to breakage but I will guard what remains with my life.
4. When I bought it, the kitchen space just had a small sink, a couple of small cabinets, a stove and a refrigerator. The first thing I did when I moved in was head straight to Lowe's and get brand new cabinets and appliances. If I'd known then what I know now...
5. The house was used as a double when I bought it; one person lived downstairs and another one upstairs. The person upstairs had a dining room with an adjoining kitchen. The only way into the kitchen was through that dining room. Now that I am using it as a single family, that dining room is my bedroom and I am turning that kitchen into a master bathroom. With a clawfoot tub.
6. I have not removed any walls or any fixtures that were here when I took ownership. The previous owner made a couple of changes to the floor plan that I hope to change back at some point.
7. I have a full bath and a laundry room on the first floor. The PO did that but I'm glad he did!
8. As we all know, these lovely old ladies were not known for their closets and mine is no different. I have 4.5 bedrooms and only two have little closets and my bedroom isn't one of them. I am seriously considering turning the unfinished attic into a walk in closet since the only access is through my master bathroom.
9. I do not have the strong paint colors commonly associated with the era of the home. Each room is a different color but they lean more toward yellows and terra cotta and gold. At least 99% of my furniture is either thrift store or Craiglist vintage with a heavy lean toward French Provincial.
- I have a very neglected and seriously dilapidated carriage house in my backyard that I fully intend to restore.
So, you see, I feel like there are pluses and minuses along the scale that I hope fall closer to the purist side than not.
How about you?