Is It Just Me?


As you might know by now, case I love antiques and old houses. For years I have passed this old farmhouse in Booth’s Corner, PA. It looks much different now. The house and the land has been bought up by a builder. Just recently this house was restored and put up for sale. Yesterday, I shopped to look at it. It is such a wonderful old farmhouse, but I was so disappointed at some of the things that were done to it. My husband doesn’t agree with me on this, but I don’t understand why those post caps are on the porch posts, for that matter, I wish he had used different posts. The turned ones just don’t seem to go with the house. Is it just me?


Why have a HUGE wrought iron chandelier in this small room?! It’s too big, and the style doesn’t go with the house at all. Let’s look in another window. I like the exposed stone, but there are too many exposed stone walls. These don’t look right to me. Do they to you? Is it just me?


Can you see the mantle on the right? Sorry, I know it’s hard to see, it’s so dark, but why not use a colonial mantle, made out of wood? A brown stone mantle just doesn’t seem appropriate, does it to you? It’s just fine for a new house, but this house? Is it just me?


Sorry about these photos, I took them through dirty windows. This is so odd looking to me. A stairway, behind a stairway? Hmm. I guess there was no other way it could have been done.


Here is the kitchen. Wood floors would have been nice, I think. I guess the tile they used for the backsplash is supposed to pick up on the stone wall.


I am not saying that there is anything wrong with anything in this house, except it just doesn’t seem to go with this historic home. Is it just me?

Happy day.

9 Responses to “Is It Just Me?”

  1. Sharon Churchill Says:


    No you are not wrong…the wrong builder bought the house!

  2. Carole Says:

    Hi Sharon! I know. How sad. When I think about how long that house sat there. I’ll bet all the goodies were taken out of the house! Like the mantel!

  3. Judy Says:

    It just needs the “Carole” touch….I am sure you could bring this home back to it’s historic splendor even with the “odd” finishing the builder did… and I also bet you could make that mantel work !!!

  4. Carole Says:

    Hey Judy. That’s a very nice thing to say. Thank you. I would love to try!

  5. Pear Tree Primitives Says:

    Hmmmm, the builder didn’t leave it looking very “old” did he? Thanks for the tour though..I always love looking! And I agree, it does need your touch.


  6. Christine LeFever Says:

    I think this is why it is really so essential to have historic minded rules where these precious old houses are concerned. It is beyond sad to me when some dufus comes in and rapes an old home. So ignorant.


  7. Carole Says:

    LOL–tell it like it is, Christine. I love it and you are so right!!! I was trying to be polite, but you said it all.

  8. Theresa-Garden Antqs Says:

    I too love old houses. It looks like they tried to make a modern home in an old house; so why not just build a modern home? I did like the outside though. That’s one of my favorite past time is looking at old homes.

  9. Carole Says:

    Theresa, you are right about that. that is exactly what the builder tried to do. I didn’t show this, but there is an old bank barn behind the house too. Heaven knows what they will do it. Yes, I adore old houses. Mine was built in 1950, but all of my friends live in old ones. Thanks for visiting.

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