An Inside Tour Of My Restored Old House

The Dolphin House

The Dolphin House: Part II

In MOVING AND RESTORING MY OLD HOUSE PART I, I wrote about the actual moving and restoration of my old house called The Dolphin. In this Part II, I'd like to take you for a tour of the inside of my house after the restoration.

So, relax, and come inside my house and make yourself at home. It's a house filled with wonderful memories. I am a collector as you will see. My walls are filled with memories. I cannot throw away things my children and grandchildren have made for me. I keep photos of my family all through my house, because I never tire of looking at those beautiful faces.

I entertained the idea of selling my old house about a year ago, and buying a small condominium, but I couldn't bear the thought of taking down all my precious memories to be put away in boxes. No realtor would want to list my house with all this "junk", I'm sure. So, I'm resigned to live here and enjoy the fruits of my labor for the rest of my life.

The moving and restoration of this old house has been quite an experience. The house was built in 1900, and I purchased it at public auction in 1981. It was moved from it's old location to my wooded lot 15 miles away. I invite you to read my Part I to learn more about that subject.

So, come on in.......the sweet tea and cookies are ready for you!

By the way, don't forget to take your shoes off.

I Photographed The Move

I recorded the process of moving the house with my camera, and made a collage of the move. This is displayed on a wall where visitors can see exactly what was done. They enjoyed looking at these pictures; especially the ones of the house coming over our Palm City Bridge!

The Collage I Made Of Moving The House

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I Love Antiques

I love antiques. My house is filled with antiques I have purchased over the years. I have a collection of Hummel Annual plates from 1971 when the collection began. My children would always give me a plate for Christmas, Birthdays, and Mother's Day.

I am also fond of Norman Rockwell's art, and I have some of his plates.


My Collection of Hummel Plates And Figurines

I began collecting Hummel plates in 1971.  I also have a Hummel figurine that matches each plate.
I began collecting Hummel plates in 1971. I also have a Hummel figurine that matches each plate. | Source

Living Room

You can see part of my Norman Rockwell plate collection on the shelf above the window.
You can see part of my Norman Rockwell plate collection on the shelf above the window. | Source

Living Room

I spent many hours sanding and refinishing these hardwood floors.  Note the antique tool box I use as a coffee table.
I spent many hours sanding and refinishing these hardwood floors. Note the antique toolbox I use as a coffee table. | Source

Under The Stairs

This is a doll house my grandchildren and I made together. I have some of their rocking chairs. The little high chair was a doll toy that belonged to my daughter who is now 50 years old.


Under The Stairs

This photo shows the doll house my children and I made.  Those high chairs are antiques.
This photo shows the doll house my children and I made. Those high chairs are antiques. | Source

The Stairs Were built By A Master Carpenter

I was very pleased at the work my carpenter did with these stairs. He made them from pine, and I sanded and varnished each piece. I had thought of putting in a spiral staircase, but decided against that. I'm glad now I did't.

These stairs are steeper then usual, but it was the only way they could have been built due to space constrictions going up into the attic.

The Stairs Going Into The Attic

The stairs were made by a master carpenter.  I sanded and stained them.
The stairs were made by a master carpenter. I sanded and stained them. | Source

The Attic

Several years after I restored the downstairs area, I got the idea of making the attic into a usable living space. I measured and designed this space, using every available inch. I call this space, "My Retreat". This is my bedroom, TV room, sewing room, office (where I write), and my bathroom. The bathroom shower is small, but adequate for me since I'm only five feet tall!

I sanded (wore out three belt sanders), and varished all of the wood that was used in the attic.

My Bedroom Area

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Part Of My Doll Collection

I have many very old Barbie dolls displayed here.
I have many very old Barbie dolls displayed here. | Source

My TV And Office Area Of The Attic

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The Stairs Going Down

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My Bathroom

I painted the bathroom vanity and sanded all these walls.
I painted the bathroom vanity and sanded all these walls. | Source

My Dining Area

This Dining Room set is well over 100 years old.  It is beautiful Oak.
This Dining Room set is well over 100 years old. It is beautiful Oak. | Source

My Granddaughter's Collection Of Barbie Dolls In Her Room

My Granddaughter loves Barbie dolls.
My Granddaughter loves Barbie dolls. | Source

My Country Kitchen

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My Antique Grandfather's Clock

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My Kitchen And Snack Bar

My carpenter built this snack bar which we have enjoyed very much over the years.
My carpenter built this snack bar which we have enjoyed very much over the years. | Source

The Stained Glass Dolphin Front Door

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The Stained Glass Dolphin

I have a friend who does stained glass, and she made this insert for my front door. I love the Dolphin!

You'll notice the "Doggie" door I had installed for The Queen of the House", Baby, so she can go in and out.

The Front Door

Notice the Antique bookcases to the left.  I display my book collection here.
Notice the Antique bookcases to the left. I display my book collection here. | Source

I became interested in learning how to Faux Glass stain. This is a door my daughter designed and we painted. This was a fun project. Interested in how we did it? I enclosed a link to my instructions.

My Faux Stain Glass Project

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End Of House Tour

I have 30 more photos I could have used for this, but I was afraid you'd be bored by now, and would want to leave.

I'm so glad you came by and toured my old house, Thank you for allowing me to share my house of love and memories with you. Come back anytime...We Southerners say "Y'all come back, ya' hear?

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© 2011 Mary Hyatt

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Enlydia Listener profile image

Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

Beautiful...I have to say, I love your taste.


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craftdrawer 5 years ago

What a warm and comfortable home you have. Enjoyed looking at your collections and your nice house!


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Enlyydia Listener, nice to see you here. Thanks for the lovely compliment. When you have time check out Hub I did on moving the house. That's Part I

Hi craftdrawer, Thanks for looking at my house, and all my collections! Some people would call it JUNK. I call them treasures. Check out my Hub on moving the house; it's Part I. Hope to see you again, soon.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

What a great job you did. The house looks warm and inviting. The hub has a charm of its own.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Why, thank you mckbirdbks for the nice compliment. I like to think my friends are relatives are content and happy when they come into my house. When you have the time, check out Part I about the actual move of the house. Goodnight friend.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I LOVE it and am so happy that you are still in love with your home. My heart feels warm and happy right now,


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Hyphenbird, so glad you took the time to come into my home, and glad it made you feel good. Check out Part I to see the house being moved. See you around.


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Brooke Lorren 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

These are very nice. I like the stained glass door.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I love your house from top to bottom. Especially your cozy let's say do it all room in the attic. My b?droom is the same on one side my husband and I have it like a bedroom on the other like an office with my PC on one table and his laptop on another. Love the dolphin stained glass on the front door. Is that little door I saw on the front door for the doggies?


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Brooke Lorren, Thanks for the nice compliment and for visiting my house. I'm glad you like it.

Hi, Gypsy, always glad to see you! So glad you came by to read about my house. I am pretty proud of it (as you can tell). I'm so glad you mentioned about the doggie door. Yes, that's for the Queen of the House, so she can go in and out when she likes. I'm going to edit that photo. Thanks. Hope you have a wonderful day!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Mary!! Oh my goodness, I am so glad you posted this after the last hub you did. I loved taking the tour, and your house is so wonderful, precious, homey, inviting and full of treasures. I can see why you love it so much. I loved that you told how you got the stairs done, and how you planned for the attic space.

The dolphin stained glass window is beautiful. You truly, have a very lovely home. What a joy to see it inside and out now. :) Ocean


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Ocean: Good to see you! Thanks for coming for a visit to my home. I have to make some changes now that my little dog, Baby, has hurt her back (I wrote a Hub yesterday about that). I think I'll move to the downstairs bedroom so she won't be running up and down the stairs all day following me. I'm so glad you like my house. I hope you have a wonderful day!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wow! Does this bring back memories! My grandmother's house was very similar.

Up and great!


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi WillStarr, my Grandkids love my old house. They had a fit when I told them I was going to sell it! When I first saw the house, it reminded me of the one I grew up in and that's the reason I fell in love with it.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

A wonderful tour of your beautiful home.

You sanded all that wood! wow, it's fabulous I love to see stained wood.

Thank you for sharing, I've had a lovely visit thank you!


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi MM, so glad you came by for a visit today! Yes, I love wood, too. There's nothing like it. As much as I enjoy my room (retreat) upstairs, I think now I'll have to move to a downstairs bedroom, because my little dog, Baby has a bad back and shouldn't go up and down stairs. She has to be wherever I am, you know. Come back soon!


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Mary,

Your home is beautiful warm and inviting just like you.

Thank you for the tour.

Voted up up and away!


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Sueswan! Always good to see you again. Thanks for coming by and visiting my old house. I'm pretty proud of it, as you can tell. Thanks for the vote, too! Did you read Part I where I actually had the house moved?

PS Baby continues to improve.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Good Morning Mary!

Yes, I did read Part 1. It give a whole new meaning to mobile home. lol

You did an amazing job and have the right to be proud.

Please say hi to Baby and tell her that I am so happy that she is feeling better.

Wishing you and Baby a peaceful Sunday.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida Author

We are having a wonderful day in sunny S. Fl. I'm trying to catch up on reading all the new Hubs. On my way now to read your newest! I have so many thoughts buzzing around my little brain to write about; I must take the time to do that!

I told Baby you said HI.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

I am deeply moved by your 2nd hub as it is full of memories and Love! Thank u for letting us take a peep inside your lovely home!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi again, ishwaryaa22, so glad you had the time to read this Hub about how I restored my old house. Thanks for the compliment. Hope you have a wonderful day!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

I love your house! My girls would die for the doll house and barbie collection!!!! The dolphin window in the door is absolutely amazing! I love it!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hello, CassyLu1981, if you're ever in my neighborhood, come on by. I'd love to have you. I'm glad you like my old house. I have a lot of wonderful memories here that I would never want to have to leave. Thanks for reading and for the nice compliment. Goodnight.


Duchess OBlunt 4 years ago

What a delightful home. I'm glad to see a close up of the dolphin. What a nice gift to have received. Very thoughtful.

I loved your doll house. I built one myself a few years ago and have had some great fun decorating and furnishing it. I don't have daughters myself, but always wanted one when I was a kid. Once my kids grew up - my husband gifted me with a kit to build my own. It was a great experience, but it would have been much nicer to build it with a daughter or granddaughter.

I like the hub - it was a wonderful idea.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Duchess OBlunt, I'm so happy you came to see my old house after it was restored. I am a collector as you saw in my house. Yes, we had a great time building the doll house. I'm so happy you like my Hub about my old house! Goodnight.


SusieQ42 4 years ago

Your home is beautiful, Mary! I am totally in love with the old wood. You've done a great job!!!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, SusieQ42. I am so happy you have read about my old house, part I and part II. I'm glad you like what I've done to my house. I do love pretty wood, and I have the old Dade County Pine for floors. Thanks for the nice compliment. I appreciate that.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

What a delightful tour of your home, and I did so enjoy it. I can see we do have a lot in common, for I have collections in every room of my home.

Thanks for allowing me to see your lovely home.

Jaye


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, JayeWisdom, I'm so happy to have welcomed you into myold restored house, and I'm glad you enjoyed the visit. I hope you will come back again!

So, you're a collector, too??? Isn't it fun? I beg my kids not to buy me anything else for my house as gifts; there is NO more room.

I do love my old house, though. Y'll come back!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

I love wood and that staircase is beautiful. To think that you did all the sanding and staining...it must make you proud. Now I can picture where you are writing all of your hubs...or are you still downstairs because of Baby? Every nook and cranny is filled with collections and mementoes that make your home uniquely yours. That dollhouse and collection under the stairs is charming. Up votes and shared. Thanks for showing us your warm and cozy home.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Peggy W I'm so happy you came inside my house this beautiful Sunday! It was SO nice having you here. I had to give up my upstairs room because of Baby's bad back. She's not allowed to go up and down the stairs. I am now in a smaller room down stairs, but that's OK. Anything for my Baby, you know!

Yes, my house is filled with beautiful memories; that's why I don't think I could bring myself to sell it. It would break my heart (and my children's as well).

Again, thanks for the visit, I hope you'll come again. Thanks for the votes, and the share.

Goodnight, Mary


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

You did a wonderful job! Looks warm and cozy. We are thinking of downsizing to a smaller house, and your house has been inspiration. Good things come in small packages. Thank you for sharing your journey, and home with us.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi cloverleaffarm. Thanks for coming to visit me today! I'm happy if I have inspired you to downsize to a smaller house; not as much space to clean!

I could not believe the google ad up top of some old dilapidated house! Looks like it part of my Hub, and it's terrible. Got to see if I can get that removed, but how??

So good to see you, have a wonderful day, Mary


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

I don't see an ad with a dilapidated house. I guess you got that changed. We now live in a 5 bedroom house, and we really don't need this much space. Our two year plan, or sooner, is to move to a smaller house, have no mortgage. One of our problems is where to move to. We both have always lived in New England, and right now his parents still need us fairly close by. Ah, decisions, decisions.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks cloverleaffarm. Yes, the ad is gone now. There was no indication that it was an ad; just a photo of a terrible house. I reported the problem in the Forum, and poof....it was gone.

I think it would be wonderful not to have a mortgage. That was not possible for me.

Bye for now, Mary


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

In this economy it's such a great idea to find an inexpensive home and restore it. You did an amazing job and it looks so cozy!!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, healthylife2, thanks for reading and commenting on how I restored my old house. I'm so happy you came into my house today, thanks for the visit.

Thank you too, for the nice compliment on my restoration. It is a cozy house and I wouldn't trade it for any other.

Have a great day, Mary


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mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

Hi, Mary, I'm tired just reading about what-all you did in renovating your house. What an energetic lady you are! And so artistic.

I can imagine how loved such a house must be, that every detail was thought out and crafted by the owner herself. Wonderful hub, it's voted up and awesome.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, mizjo. You just made my day with your lovely comment. I think I was a little crazy at the time I moved and restored my old house! I do love my house and wouldn't trade it for any other.

Thank you for the read, and the votes! Mary


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Sharkye11 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Loved the tour of your charming abode! I always enjoy seeing tours of people's houses. I love all the angles and nooks with their own decorative touches. It looks so comfortable! Thanks for sharing all of your hard work!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Sharkye11. I'm so happy you enjoyed the tour in my restored old house. I loved restoring the house, but it was indeed a lot of hard work.

Thanks for coming by, Mary


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favored 2 years ago from USA

There's just something about an older home that captures "family" like nothing else. You have displayed your things so nicely. I can image how this house makes someone feel at home. Thanks for the open house tour.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi favored Oh, I love old houses, too. I like to think about all the families who may have lived here before!

Thanks for touring my old house today; come back soon! My best, Mary


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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

Wow, this was such a huge undertaking. Thank goodness it came out so nice!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi DealForALiving Yes, I put in a lot blood, sweat and tears into this old house, but it was well worth it after it was finished.

Thanks for coming by for a visit today, Mary

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