It’s the little things… | Leavenworth Wedding Photographers

Since we moved into our new house, I’ve been admiring the little things that went in to building this home.  Attention to detail, fine craftsmanship, and even what kinds of trees have been planted in the yard are all apart of this home’s overall appeal. It’s the little things that add up to create the place we live today.

This house was not built over night. In 1905 the plans were drawn up and construction began. There was a blueprint for what kind of house this would be. I would call its style “victorian farmhouse” (and I’d probably throw in “chic” because now there’s plenty of “chic” distressing everywhere, but I digress.

In 1906, construction was finished, many details were added by the hands of skilled laborers, and finally, a family moved in. The home’s story didn’t end there though. There were trees planted; changes, revisions, repairs made; and several people have made their mark on what this house is today. Whether intentional and precise, or out of necessity, change has occurred. The kitchen is now modernized, the windows insulated, the trees have grown to 60 feet high around the property. Most of the changes have just been little things though…a small lace curtain placed in the window, a peach tree planted to provide some food. The little things made this house a home.

At some point, someone decided the house must be painted. Instead of properly scraping the old paint off, and priming the house, the owners decided covering right over the old paint would do the trick and look great fast. Now, the paint sits peeling, and the wood underneath is exposed to more weather damage.

For the most part though, change has been slow, but constant, for this house. I am realizing this is how change happens–most change that sticks with you anyway. A grandios gesture might gain attention and cover up some major flaws in the short term, but it’s the ongoing upkeep that creates a home (or a life, or a business), that will last and be vibrant and well-maintained for years to come.


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