This is our 5 year anniversary of buying our lake house, aka Happy Hill. During this time we’ve remodeled, bought some fun water toys and did TONS of work. But we fell in love with the house and the view. Happy Hill, you had me at hello….
Happy Hill is nearly 50 years old. And the lake that it sits on is slightly older. When we bought the house we decided to keep as much of the original house as we could. It’s small, but full of quirky charm. We remodeled the kitchen, the basement and all of the bathrooms but the other rooms were untouched other than a few cosmetic changes. The footprint of the house remains the same. The front door has the original glass knob, which had me at hello. I knew it was meant to be. So join me on throw back Thursday with some Happy Hill cuteness…
A few of the things we love about our house we’ve added. Such as the door sign on the master bedroom door. I bought it on eBay. (What can’t you find on eBay?) I have a brass sign that says “First Mate” and one that says “Crew’s Quarters” that will go on our son’s doors after I repaint them.
We added nautical pulls to the ceiling fans. I found these at Lowe’s in the lighting isle.
We used the boat cleats from the original boathouse as holders for the strings on the wood blinds. A few of the other cleats are in the outdoor shower and serve as hooks for towels and bathing suits.
These cute mid century modern chairs have an fun back story. I bought them for $3 each years ago for my sister’s sun room. The original fabric was a brown leatherette. When she moved she gave them back to me and I freshened them up with a fresh coat of stain and some black Sunbrella fabric. This way we can use them indoors and out. They really are comfortable!
My sweet next door neighbor gave us this glass cabinet. The cabinet was in their garage storing paint. I offered to buy it but she gave it to me. (Along with a bedroom suite in their basement.) THANK YOU AGAIN! It was off white originally. I painted it green and antiqued it with stain, then added finials on top and switched out the hardware. I wanted to use it in one of the bathrooms but they are too small. The wall beside the fireplace is the perfect spot!
I bought this goose decoy at an antique store locally. Usually he sits on top of the cabinet but occasionally on the mantle.
And real baby geese are even sweeter!
These vintage door knobs are on the closet doors in the mater bedroom. I love how they look. The doors are magnetized at the top so the knobs are decorative. I’d love to switch out all of the knobs in the house with working vintage knobs. But only IF I find a good deal on them. They tend to be very pricey for ones in working order.
I made these lanterns from 3 existing light fixtures in the house. I couldn’t bare throwing them away.
My husband I were thrilled to find this marker on the foundation of the house. I wish it was in a more prominent place where we could see it all of the time. From that day forward we called the house Happy Hill as well. It couldn’t be a more perfect name! I think Mr. E. would be pleased that we love his house as much as he obviously did.
It has taken a village to get this house to its present state. Our family and friends helped out along the way with generous donations of time and energy and odds and ends of furniture. Not to mention dozens of contractors. Our main electrician who rewired the entire house recently passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 46. God bless him. We hope this house will stand at least another 50 years.
Thank you for stopping by on this rainy day! “April showers bring May flowers” so I’m not minding the rain. Hope you have a great day! xoxo Dell