Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Captured on my Camera

With each house I buy and flip,
I capture with my camera an image that seems to speak for that house.

They become my favourite of sorts.
Pictures that I took that sum up that house in one single image.

Let's take a look.....

The new cottage house.

The large lot is every inch English gardens.
I snapped this picture of the shed that is nestled in with the gardens.
The flowers take centre stage, but this graceful beauty sits content nestled in.
She adds to the garden's elegance.

The blue farmhouse

You have seen this pic a few times, but it just says farmhouse.
Cozy country warmth.

A rusty old door handle.
For a long time this picture was the mascot for this house.

I captured her on my camera.
A lonely ghost gazing out the old barn window.
From the beginning of the renos I knew something evil went down in this house.
From the covered up evidence on the wall, something rolling around in the shallow well.
Could this poor soul been a victim of a gunshot?  And lifeless body hidden in the well.
A woman with no name missing for a century,  until a lady came along one cold winter day with a camera.

This past January, I was out taking pics of the property and captured her, by accident, on my camera.
When I took the pic, I didn't see her physically.
It wasn't until I was back at home later that day and downloaded the pictures.
Read about it here
Look very closely.
If I never believed in ghosts before, I do now.

The country house flip.

I can't even capture how beautiful this property is.
It's like a park.

The red brick farmhouse.

Everything about this property was photogenic.
But this image was my favourite.

And this one...
She was an old and solid farmhouse, and she was majestic.


Captured with my camera.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The New Blog Name

Diane Reta
The Blog

 If I am anything, I am all about change.
And it was time to change the name of my blog.
The change was long overdue.

For some time now my blog name was bothering me.
The Olde Barn is a great name, but it wasn't personal.  It did not speak of what this blog is about.
The name suggested a blog about barns.  Or some people wanted to book the barn for events.
And of course there is no, per say, old barn.  I just liked the name at the time.

This blog and this journey of mine is very personal.
This blog is not all about flipping houses.  Or moving from the city to the country.
Or my vintage collections.  Or home decor. Or road tripping.
It's all of the above.
This blog is me.  And my journey as I walk the twists and turns of life.
So why not simply change it to my name.
Diane, because it is my name and Reta is my mother's middle name.
I have always liked that spelling of this pretty name.

 It may take a while to change over my website domain name and all things social media,
but I'll get to it eventually.

So welcome to  
Diane Reta 
The Blog

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Newest House Flip Tour - The Cottage

My newest flip.  I call this sweetheart The Cottage.
Large lot, with beautiful English gardens.
Purchased this house July 21, 2017 for $112,000.

House is in need of updates, but it's easy cosmetic updates.
However, trust me when I say I have my work cut out for me.
It maybe easy cosmetic stuff, but it's every inch of the house...top to bottom.
But having said that, there is just something about this house.  It comfortable. It's soothing.

There is original hardwood under all the carpets, which I am excited to uncover.
Once all the carpets are pulled, will see what kind of condition the floor is in.

This house maybe cute as a button, but it smells like old house.
Time to open up some windows and a fresh coat of paint.

I will make this my home for a while....while the renos are taking place...oh boy, wish me luck!

 Let's take a walk through.


  The Living and Dining Rooms
Standing in the diningroom, looking into the living room.
The exterior door to the left leads to the front porch.

As beautiful as the radiators are, I may look into having them removed and update the heating/cooling system.
They just seem to dominate the room.

Standing in the living room, looking into the diningroom.
I'm not a fan of built-ins, so that little shelf on the right may have to go.

Still standing in the livingroom, the door to the right leads into the master bedroom.
Loving the tall ceilings throughout the house.  Check out the baseboards...amazing!

Master bedroom
I am thinking of using this room as my office.

The kitchen.
I am not a fan of bulkheads over cabinets, so I would like to look into taking them down if nothing is behind it.
Maybe paint the cabinets.

The bathroom and laundry room combo.
The main (and only) bathroom is combined with the laundry room.
Will give it some time to figure how I want this area to unfold.

The 2nd floor.
These few pics are the upstairs landing.
Not sure why they left behind a bed boxspring.  They did leave a lot of garbage behind.

Looking the opposite way.

Two bedrooms upstairs.

The guest bedroom.

The other bedroom.
This is the one I will most likely sleep in, it overlooks the beautiful gardens.

 The Sunroom
Back downstairs again, the sunroom.
This rooms leads out to the gardens.
I have mentioned the gardens a few times haven't I.
I am starting to think I may have bought this house just for the gardens alone!

The gardens.
I'm in heaven.....

The Cottage.
Are we ready to begin the transformation of this sweet house!
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