The Old Bailey House

Welcome to the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have opened up their doors and given us a photo-rich glimpse into how they arrange their living spaces.

I love my house, I knew from the instant that we walked in approximately 13 years ago that this was where I wanted to live. It has character and style. It’s has soul and a beautiful history about it.
It was built in approximately 1890. The mayor lived here and there was a store in the front corner of the yard. There was a post office in the area behind our house and the town doctor lived next store. Sadly all of that is now gone. The glory days of the house didn’t end, however. Ed Bailey, five-time All-Star professional baseball player was raised here. That is when the house was given its name, The Old Bailey House.

The view out our window.

Nothing is even and there are no clear corners in the house. It is crooked and leaning, but I like it that way. We don’t have many doors, except for on the bathroom,(which is kind of a necessity). There are hardwood floors throughout the house, with lots of crown molding and tin looking ceilings on the bottom level. All of the bedrooms are upstairs, again with no doors. There are two old fireplaces, and large wooden beams highlight the kitchen.

In recent years, however, my house has become a great source of frustration. Old houses require a lot of patient upkeep. Since I’m a single parent now, I have kind of dropped the ball in that area. I guess I just don’t have the know how to keep up with it all, so as a result this last year has been filled with many growing pains. It’s been a struggle to find competent workers that do quality work at a decent price. One man just ran away with $600. of my money, never to return. There are also such a wide variety of opinions on what needs to be done, that it often leaves me frozen with indecision.

Our dining room

This year I’ve had to spend a lot of my focus on our kitchen. I’ve had to replace the kitchen countertops twice this year. I first used bamboo counter tops, but they molded almost right away, so then I went with a ceramic tile. We replaced the floors. There were over 5 layers of flooring underneath. I was shocked when we found the most beautiful, thick hardwood had been covered up with linoleum.

The process took a lot longer than I was originally expecting. Our dining room was filled with boxes for months. I was so thrilled when we were finally able to put everything back into the kitchen and use our dining room again.


The backsplash behind the stove is a lot of small tiles. I had new cupboards put in around the corner from the stove. By the way, don’t you love the old stove. It’s so cute. Old homes never have enough storage, so I also had the large cupboard to the left of the stove installed. It has large pull out drawers which work perfectly for pantry items.

Do you love old homes, or prefer the convenience of a nice, new home? My parents love new homes and having everything perfect and neat. I am content with crooked and cute. You?
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
(This list will be updated by afternoon September 9 with all the carnival links.)

  • Being Barlow Home Tour — Follow along as Jessica at Being Barlow gives you the tour of her family’s home.
  • A Tour Of My Hybrid Rasta Kitchen — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama takes you on a tour of her kitchen complete with a Kombucha Corner, a large turtle, her tea stash, and of course, all her must-have kitchen gadgets. Check out Hybrid Rasta Mama’s most favorite space!
  • Dreaming of a Sisters Room — Bianca, The Pierogie Mama, dreams, schemes and pins ideas for when her younger daughter is ready to move out of the family bed and share a room with her older sister.
  • Building a life — Constructing a dream — Survivor at Surviving Mexico-Adventures and Disasters shows you a glimpse inside the home her family built and talks about adaptions they made in constructing their lives in Mexico.
  • Why I’m Sleeping in the Dining Room — Becca at The Earthling’s Handbook welcomed a new baby but didn’t have a spare bedroom. She explains how her family rearranged the house to create Lydia’s nursing nest and changed room in spaces they already had.
  • The Gratitude Tour — Inspired by Momastry’s recent “home tour,” That Mama Gretchen is highlighting imperfect snapshots of things she’s thankful for around her home. Don’t plan to pin anything!
  • Our Home in the Forest — Tara from Up the Dempster gives you a peek into life lived off-grid in Canada’s Yukon Territory.
  • natural bedding for kids — Emma at Your Fonder Heart shows you how her family of 3 (soon to be 4) manages to keep their two cotton & wool beds clean and dry (plus a little on the end of cosleeping — for now).
  • I love our home — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings explains how lucky she feels to have the home she does, and why she strives so hard to keep it tidy.
  • Not-So-Extreme Makeover: Sunshine and Rainbows Edition — Dionna at Code Name: Mama was tired of her dark, outdated house, so she brightened it up and added some color.
  • Our little outdoor space — Tat at Mum in search invites you to visit her balcony, where her children make friends with wildlife.
  • Our Funky, Bright, Eclectic, Montessori Home — Rachel at Bread and Roses shows you her family’s newly renovated home and how it’s set up with Montessori principles in mind for her 15-month-old to have independence.
  • Beach cottage in progress — Ever tried to turn a 1980s condo into a 1920s beach bungalow? Lauren at Hobo Mama is giving it a try!
  • Conjuring home: intention in renovation — Jessica at Crunchy-Chewy Mama explains why she and her husband took on a huge renovation with two little kids and shares the downsides and the ups, too.
  • Learning At Home — Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling helps us to re-imagine the ordinary spaces of our homes to ignite natural learning.
  • My Dining Room Table — Kellie at Our Mindful Life loves her dining room table — and everything surrounding it!
  • Sight words and life lessons — The room that seemed to fit the least in Laura from Pug in the Kitchen‘s life is now host to her family’s homeschool adventures and a room they couldn’t imagine life without!
  • A Tour of Our Church — Garry at Postilius invites you virtually visit him in the 19th-century, one-room church where he lives with his spouse and two kids.
  • Preparing a Montessori Baby-Toddler Space at Home — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares the Montessori baby-toddler space she’s created in the main living area of her home along with a variety of resources for creating a Montessori-friendly home.
  • The Old Bailey House — Come peek through the window of The Old Bailey House where Erica at ChildOrganics resides with her little ones.
  • My New House Not-Monday: The Stairs — Claire at The Adventures of Lactating Girl shows you her new laminate stairs in her not-so-new-anymore house.
  • To Minimalist and Back Again — Jorje of Momma Jorje shares how she went to the extreme as a minimalist and bounced right back. Read how she finds it difficult to maintain the minimalist lifestyle when upsizing living space.
  • Our Life As Modern-Day Nomads — This family of five lives in 194 square feet of space — with the whole of North America as a back yard. Paige of Our Road Less Traveled guest posts at Natural Parents Network.