Decorating in the Twilight Zone

Sometimes some very weird stuff happens to me related to decorating and, oddly enough, estate sales.  Like the time I was pregnant and tracking down vintage Fisher Price Little People for my unborn child.  I had a dream that I went to an estate sale and found a Little People barn layed out on a blanket.  The next day, I went to some garage and estate sales.  And guess what I saw layed out on a blanket . . .

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vintage Fisher Price Little People barn 

Last summer, within a month’s time, I worked with three new clients who lived next door to previous clients – but I was not referred by the next door neighbor.  In two of those cases, they had never even met their neighbor!  Believe me, I was careful to give them very different interior paint color palettes from their neighbors!

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Anyway, yesterday I had another weird decorating/estate sale experience.  When I approached the home of a new client, I immediately recognized that is was the very house where I had attended an estate sale about three weeks prior.  In fact, I bought this vintage chaise lounge chair from that sale:

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I even snapped a few pictures on my cell phone of the house’s interior. I took this photo of the wood paneling – there’s a whole lot of it – and the stereo system with not only a cassette deck, but also an 8-track!!! Oh, and that’s an American eagle on that light switch cover.

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blurry cell phone photo from when I attended the estate sale 

And of course, I imagined what I could do to update the interior while enhancing the interesting architecture.  And that’s exactly what I was asked to do by the new owners yesterday!

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I don’t believe in coincidences, so I think I was meant to help this house. How cool and weird is that?  Does anybody want to guess what year this house was built?

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Comments

  1. a local reader says:

    I was going to go with 1974, but the eagle on the switch plate bumps it to 1976. So, 1976?

  2. I’m guessing 1972.

  3. Michelle L. says:

    1967?

  4. It looks very similar to a new house my parents bought in 1978, so that is my guess!

  5. 1966?

  6. Janet Voltaggio says:

    I believe in the synchronicity of things! This house is a wonderful canvas for you and I can’t wait to see your impact! My guess on year built is 1965!

  7. I’m guessing the year thar you were born.

  8. 1965. My parents had that same wood paneling.

  9. 1973?

  10. 1969? Love homes like this and I like the lines of the fireplace too – bet it will get an update though!

  11. I agree there are no coincidences in life. You are where you are supposed to be in the grand scheme of things.
    How about 1962 ?

  12. 1984

  13. So I’m going to guess 1970, the year I graduated from High School! The curtain valance and color of brick fireplace say early 1970’s to me.
    I can’t wait to see what you are able to do with furniture arrangement for the weird placement of the fireplace.

  14. Linda Knopsnyder says:

    My guess is 1970.

  15. Because of the theme about coincidences, I’m going to second the guess of the person who said “the year you were born”!

  16. I have had similar experiences with shopping thrift and vintage. One night before a day of scouring thrift shops, I had a dream that I would find the perfect blue velvet wing-back chair for my parents bedroom. I found it in the first shop I stopped in and bought it for $25. The same thing happened with my husbands fabulous spanish-made brown leather wing tip shoes that I purchased for $18. Loved hearing your story like this!

  17. Barbara Million says:

    I am going to say 1971.

  18. I believe it was meant to be, of course, and I’m also third in line guessing that the house was built the year you were born, maybe just a tad earlier…

  19. I’m going to guess early 1970’s. The house I grew up in was built in 1975. Our living room had the same paneling, and my parents’ bedroom had those same beams. :)

  20. Looks like you are manifesting your own destiny, a good skill to have! My guess is 1962.

  21. Jane Cederholm says:

    1975?

  22. You will rock it as usual Kristie! Can’t wait to see how beautiful it looks when you finish.

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