If you know me you know I love a good project and I LOVE bringing a home back to life. I purchased Thistle Patch Cottage which is a 1919 sweet little home nestled in a place called Woodlawn which is a historic area of Birmingham Alabama. Completely urban neighborhood which has been in decline in past decades now has new life with people buying and loving these homes again. I am one of these people.
As I was putting up the newest Little Free Library in Birmingham a car pulled up and a 30 something year old woman jumped out. She introduced herself saying she just bought a home around the corner and wanted to stop when she saw me putting up the Little Free Library. She said you must be one of my people. That’s it — in a nutshell. Build it and they will come.
I envision Thistle Patch Cottage with a cool minty green exterior with creamy/white trim. Fig vines growing abundantly with a climbing pink rose on the front from Charlie Thigpens nursery. I see rosemary bushes and Russian sage out front. Stone rabbits and succuments spill over from clay pots. A true cottage is being formed in this home that hasn’t been truly loved in so many decades. Scotties will be running like banshees inside jumping from couches to chairs and running circles chasing one another. Opera will be playing in the background or some Eagles for good measure.
The inside will be a light fern green – a glaze almost if you will on the walls. A cream/white trim to compliment the calming color. There will be art and birds nest and whatever else I fancy. Because that’s the entire point — it’s my creation. I’m very excited. VERY.
There’s a group called the Woodlawn Foundation that I hope to become a part of. They are pouring love, money and interest into saving these historic homes and adding new ones to compliment what’s been lost. They are giving to this community what is needed. Love and interest.
Stay tuned to see Thistle Patch Cottage’s transformation.
Toodles – Kimy
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