June 19, 2014

We've been keeping a SECRET!

We've been keeping a secret since early March. 
 I should clarify that Chris has been the one working on this secret mission since early March.
 Loads of research, several inspections, negotiations and mountains of paperwork have been happening.
We are now the proud owners of lakefront property!
Yes.  It really is an A-Frame. 
It's tiny.
Like only one-person-in-the-kitchen-at-a-time tiny.   
It has a loft bedroom, one bedroom on the main floor, one bathroom, a tiny upstairs living room and a good-sized finished basement (which is where I imagine our sixteen year old will be taking over).
Despite its miniature size, it has loads of charm and it's right on the water.
 Chris's blue boat really does have a permanent home now (instead of the side of our house).  
 All the furnishings you see in these pictures are the original owners.  

We have some renovations happening before we move in our things.
Carpets are being ripped out first and then the electrical is being upgraded next. 
All of Chris's vintage outdoor treasures (including my Grandpa's lure collection) will be going with us.  
This is the reason we've been collecting extra estate sale goodies and furniture.
Aside from mattresses, we are determined to outfit this cottage with purchases from thrift stores , estate sales and garage sales.
It's been fun collecting.
Just think of all the blogging material I'll have over the new few months as we put our own touches on this place!!
  

48 comments:

Sherry Westra said...

Congratulations! I must admit, however, that I'm not surprised by the big news or the shape of the cottage. Your pinterest pins have already given you away. :-) Lake Michigan? Beautiful memories await.
Sherry F.

laurie -magpie ethel said...

HURRAY! Finally official. Am excited to see the transformation you make with all your collected goodies. Looks like the perfect spot to make some family memories. Congrats.

Robins Nest said...

looking forward to seeing the transformation. This one will be like another dollhouse for you:) Congrats!!

Melissa N. said...

That's exciting! Huzzah! I am sure all your thrifty fines will fit nicely!

Joanna B said...

Oh my word, cutest ever!! I love an A-frame! Can't wait to see what you do with it, I am sure it will be fabulous. :-)

Margaret said...

Congratulations! That is a great house! I would do some black bears/lodge style decorating along with metal signs of vintage fishing supply ads. You will have so much decorating and enjoying that lovely lakefront!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

FUN
FUN
FUN!!
Yes, it will be fun watching you guys make it into your sweet
Home Sweet Cabin!
Congrat's!
warmly,
deb

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very exciting Kim! I'm sure you'll have fun decorating and wish you and your family many great memories there:@)

vivian said...

omg girlfriend! that is soooo stinking awesome! Im thrilled for you. I cant wait to see how you set it up and decorate it. you're all going to be having a blast there. how far from your home kim?
looking forward to lots of posts and updates on your for real doll house! lol!
xoxo
vivian

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh my goodness! This is wonderful news! You'll have so much fun fixing it up to your taste and it will be a perfect place to get away. What fun you have to look forward to! I'm so happy for you and your sweet family! Someday I want a place on the ocean....it's my dream. Sweet hugs, Diane

Lynne said...

You are going to be as happy as a "pig in mud!"
Congrat's . . .
What fun for you and the family!

Courtney said...

What a fun purchase. You guys are going to have so much fun and make so many new memories!

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! OOOOOOO! AND THINK OF ALL THE REASONS YOU'LL HAVE TO DO MORE THRIFT SHOPPING! HEY, YOU'VE GOT A PLACE TO FURNISH AND DECORATE! CONGRATULATIONS!!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Kim I am so excited for you and your family. What fun it will be to decorate!

xo Danielle

HollyC said...

Yay!! So happy for y'all! That sweet A frame is going to be loved by you and your family. I can't wait to see how you decorate it. What fun!

NanaDiana said...

Whooo Hoooo- I am so excited for you, Kimberly. How very wonderful. Your kids will love being Lake Kids! It looks like it is winterized for year round use. Enjoy it....Is it on Lake MI or an inland lake?

Corey Moortgat said...

It is absolutely adorable!! How awesome that it's an A-frame! We'd love to own a little cabin in the woods someday... I can't wait to see how you make it your own. Congratulations!!

Martha Dehne said...

that is the cutest thing ever!!! may you make many happy family memories there!!

Jodee said...

OH MY WORD! That is the cutest place ever! You are going to make so many sweet memories there. I bet your family ditches you and moves in during the summer. How far away is it from your house? I am soooo excited for you! It will be the perfect getaway!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Congratulations! It is just adorable and I know it will be even more so once you put on your own special touches. What fun you are all going to have there...lots of wonderful memories. So cute!

Jboo said...

Wow! Congratulations! I am sure you are all going to have so much fun there! Can't wait to read all about it! Must say I am a wee bit disappointed that the secret wasn't that you're moving to Nebraska! ;)

Have a good weekend!

Jboo said...

Wow! Congratulations! I am sure you are all going to have so much fun there! Can't wait to read all about it! Must say I am a wee bit disappointed that the secret wasn't that you're moving to Nebraska! ;)

Have a good weekend!

LBP said...

Whoo Hoo! Congratulations on your new lake house. It is absolutely adorable and I can't wait to see it once you put your special "KimK" touches on it. I live on the lake permanently and I love it. Can't imagine living anywhere else.

Blessings

Linda

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Congratulations! It looks like a beautiful and perfect spot right off the lake! It looks so cute inside, I can't wait to see all your sweet touches around the home! :) Happy sweet weekend!! xo Holly

Diane Mars said...

Kim, that is just so amazing I love it you are going to make many memories in your Lake Front Cottage, and yes please do share your happenings along the way. Just think about waking up looking out at that lake dreamy. Big California Hug, Diane

Diane Mars said...

Kim, that is just so amazing I love it you are going to make many memories in your Lake Front Cottage, and yes please do share your happenings along the way. Just think about waking up looking out at that lake dreamy. Big California Hug, Diane

Lutka And Co. said...

Congratulations! How wonderful for you all! It looks like an idyllic place - so happy for you! :)

Sandy McClay said...

EEEKK!!!! I am so happy for you, it might be tiny, but the view is HUGE!!!!! I see many happy memories being made for your family here. Enjoy!

Donna said...

I'm so excited for you, Kim! A big congrats to you all! You will have so much fun renovating and decorating your cottage! And the girls will just love the lake. Can't wait to hear more of your lakeside adventures! Oh, and have you come up with a name for your new cottage?

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Hello Miss Kim K.
Well this is wonderful news! I couldn't be happier for you!
The A-Frame is adorable! It reminds me so much of many of the lake homes here in MN. I grew up "going to the cabin" on the weekends. My Grandpa and his brothers built it out of logs, laid the stone fireplace...the whole bit. Those are my best memories. This will become such a special place for your family.
Happy for you-
Erica :)
Erica

Simply Shelley said...

Congrats to all of you. Fun times are in store for certain....enjoy your home away from home....what a blessing. I was beginning to think you may have had another little one on the way :) Blessings

Pam Kessler said...

How cool! Congratulations on the purchase. Good call on the "aside from mattresses" from the thrift stores. Mattresses would just be a step too far :) Can't wait to see how you decorate it. Looks like it's going to be fun from some of the things you've shown (love those little canoes)!

Nellie said...

How wonderful! This will be a great place for relaxation! I know you will enjoy adding your own personal touches to the space! xo Nellie

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Wow, how exciting! Congrats! Can't wait to see future posts!

Hugs,
Debbie

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Wonderful Kim! Just looking at the water is so cathartic. Lots of family fun to be had at the lake! We stayed in a tiny A-frame on vacation once and climbed ladder stairs to the loft bed. We loved its charm. Tiny indoor space is all you need, you're there for the outdoors, right? Great going!

Terri said...

I just keep rereading your big news....it is just most exciting....I follow your blog, but have never commented, but this is just too wonderful. I am jealous of your getting to decorate with all that vintage camping, fishing gear etc. Too cool.
The Fisher Price A-frame is adorable...my daughter has one and the pop up camper etc. etc.
Thanks so much. Your blog is the most fun.
Terri

donna said...

Congratulations! How fun and what precious memories will be made there. It is so cute.
Hugs
donna

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Wow Kim, that is so exciting! I know you all will have so much fun staying there! I recognize the FP Play Family A Frame house, cute! Cute owls too!
Can't wait to see more of the lake house, have a great week!
Gina

A Little Creation said...

That is so Cool! Congratulations!
Chris =]

GardenOfDaisies said...

Oh Kim, How exciting!!! I know you will have a wonderful time making memories with the family, decorating and making it your home away from home.

Protector of Vintage said...

Ooh, gorgeous cottage!! Loads of charm!

Protector of Vintage said...

Ooh, gorgeous cottage!! Loads of charm!

vintage grey said...

Congrats Kim!! I love it, so sweet!! And, a gorgeous view! Can't wait to see your special touch on it!! xo Heather

Laura Adams said...

Omg! It is spectacular! I can't wait to see what you do with it!

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