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Moving to Kentucky

Okay, not really...but I have been dreaming about it.  Seriously, Kentucky!

Sometimes I allow my mind to wander aimlessly.  I play the "what if" game and I imagine what it would be like to live in different places.  Having lived in AZ my entire 28 years of life, I grow curious of the places I've never been.

My path to dreaming about new adventures started when I stumbled across the blog, Bluebird, particularly this post about the wedding of the blogger, James, which featured an amazing collection of inspiring photograhs, like this...

Seriously, check out the post I linked up to.  You'll be blown-away by this 100% unique and truly inspired wedding ceremony!

...I started to think, "where can I find a whimsical life like that?"

Don't get me wrong...I like AZ...but I certainly wouldn't use the word whimsical to describe life here. Sure, the desert has it's own unique type of beauty--but I just can't help but wonder if I'd better enjoy my commute to work each morning if I could look at some lush, green fields instead of dry desert.


Instead of sulking, I started dreaming.  I turned to Realtor.com to browse through house listings in places that I've never lived; bound-and-determined to find the dream location for loving life.  I started with the East Coast, in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, etc...but apparently you need to be very wealthy to live in these areas, which wasn't really what I had in mind for my whimsical dreams.

After browsing through states like Illinois, I stumbled upon Kentucky.  Particularly, Versailles, Kentucky--and particularly because of this...

...a charming home that needs a little TLC!

I love the little pathway up to the porch, and I can picture some nice flowering plants flanking each column near the door.

I love the sun room!  It would be a great place to curl up with a book, or even to do some painting.  Oh, and FYI...in my whimsical dreams I am a wonderful painter!

Wouldn't it be cute to put a spiral staircase right there?  I can just picture a million birthday parties and get-togethers thrown in this backyard.

But the inside of the house is what really took my breath away.  Self explanitory...

Just look at the details on the railing of the stairway!  Plus, I love that the trim is white, but the railing is a dark-stained wood.  I think that is such a classic combination and I would love to paint the walls in a soft color to accent the trim a bit more.  I even like the wall paper, oddly enough.  I think it's a classic vintage print that could also work with modern decor.

Yeah, the foyer is amazing...but this is the room that sealed the deal for me...

...the living room...with gorgeous built-in shelving, and a fireplace that is perfectly flanked by two vintage doors.  Oh, and did I mention that it opens up to the adjacent sun room?  Yeah.  Talk about a scene from a magazine!   

Well, not yet...but it would be by the time I was done with it!

And then there is this room... 

I guess it is technically the dining room, but I imagine using it as a library of sorts.  According to the virtual home tour (yes, of course I took the virtual home tour), the previous owners were using this room as an office.  So many options!

Then there is the family room...

...which also opens to the adjacent bonus room...

As much as I love open floorplans, I am also a huge sucker for old-fashioned architecture with clearly defined rooms that connect through doorways like little mazes.  There's just something about it that I fall in love with!

But one thing I didn't fall in love with was the kitchen...

It's not the worst kitchen, but it would definitely be a project to transform it into something more functional.  I guess the house can't be entirely perfect...it wouldn't be natural.

Here are the bedrooms...

...and one of the bathrooms...

Sure, it needs a good cleaning, but I really like the vintage fixtures (check out the lights).  But I can't ent my whimsical tour of this whimsical house on a bad-note like this dirty bathroom...so let me just remind you again of the living room...

Ahhhhh...that's better!

No, I'm not actually moving to Kentucky, but maybe someday I will.   That is, if I can convince the husband.  For now, I guess I'll just keep doing what I'm doing, making-over my little track-home in the dusty desert.  Perhaps, there is something whimsical about that too.


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Reader Comments (6)

I love your blog!
I can absolutely relate to browsing other towns, and dreaming of what it would be like to redo a home that I've found on Zillow or Craigslist. My favorite small town city to daydream about is Longmont, CO. It makes my heart happy to know that I'm not the only one who thinks about these things.
I hope you have a nice weekend!

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNichole K

Thanks Nichole!

I'm glad I'm not alone too! Though I'm sure there are better things I could be doing with my time, sometimes I just like to see what else is out there. I'm definitely going to check out Longmont on my next daydreaming spree! I love CO, it seems so pretty there.

I'm glad you stopped by!

xo, Kel

February 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

Better things to do with my time...for sure!
But I call it my favorite unproductive hobby. My searching and daydreaming skills have actually come in handy, I've helped friends find new houses and rental homes. (It turns out that not many people that I know enjoy searching on Craigslist...weird.)

Happy weekend!

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNichole K

This house is super cute! Also, Kentucky is such a beautiful state. My sister lived there for a few years and I visited twice. She was in Lexington. I hope to go back again soon. I live in Louisiana and often think about moving to another state. Arizona is actually pretty high on my list of possible states. :)

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia

I like how you've put your hobby to good use! Hmmm...maybe we could turn this into some sort of business. We'll be like virtual personal shoppers. Ha!

February 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

Hey Amelia,

I've never been to KY, but I visited Tennessee once. I love the easten parts of the states because they're so green. Definitely no complaints about AS though. You would probably like it here. It's really nice in northern AZ especially (around Flagstaff). Not as hot in that area too.

Thanks for checking in!

Xo, Kel

February 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

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