The Dexter House in 1937


Happy Friday, folks!  Sorry for the radio silence as of late.  We’ve been busy with planning for the lower unit and enjoying the nice weather.  Mostly the later.  After a long, gray winter we just can’t let this sunshine go unappreciated!

Today I wanted to share a photo of the Dexter House from 1937.  We think this house was built in 1905, so it’s already 32 years old in this photo.  I love all that ivy on the brick facade!

The Dexter House, 1937

Fast forward to 2016 and the Dexter House looks a little different, but still pretty original.  I miss the ivy and the original windows, but I still love this house.  It’s all charm and quaint and history and soooo unique for Seattle.

Dexter House Front

This front facade will see a lot of changes as we begin the lower unit renovation this summer, but we’ll keep as much of the history in tact as possible.

What do you guys think of the brick facade of the Dexter House?  Does it still feel relevant or do you think it’s feeling a little…dingy/sad/old?



p.s. We’re going to start the new fence and backyard renovation this weekend and it’s going to look nothing like Ina Garten’s garden.  But a girl can dream 😉

p.p.s. This Spanish-style house in LA is sooooo good.  Check it out on Lonny!

p.p.p.s. Bee keeping…yes!  We’ve been trying to talk Nana into keeping bees at the farm for a couple years now.  Can you imagine fresh honey on toast EVERY MORNING?!

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  1. Deb Bruna says:

    I have seen so many brick homes that would look great painted, as I am sure yours would, but yours is pretty cool the way it is, so I don’t know if I would recommend it. It does look like it needs more cleaning, but I love the character of the home as is. I like the way the hanging baskets soften the front. Maybe something else to soften below the right window like a colorful bench or more flowers. Beautiful home. Maybe you could do some drawings or photo editing of the house painted and hang them and look at them for a while till you decide. If you do paint you should definitely paint the top row of brick and the detail over the windows a darker shade of the same color.

  2. Deb Bruna says:

    I like that detail on the windows in the old photo. Is that stained glass? That would add some color.

  3. Deb Bruna says:

    Better yet, if you paint, leave all the detail brick unpainted. Awesome! My last comment I promise.

    • Thanks for the thoughts Deb! Honestly, I hadn’t even considered paint. At this point, we’re going to do a power wash and see how the brick looks. If it’s bad, I’m thinking paint will be plan B!

  4. priscilla says:

    My sister lives in a house just like your in Merrick on Long Island (although it’s still stucco).There’s a small enclave of these homes there although many have been modified. They were built in the 1920s as summer cottages for Hollywood people (Merrick is not far from the ocean). One of the blocks near her house was used in the Mildred Pierce remake as they were trying to replicate a California neighborhood.
    I love your blog!

  5. Heather says:

    I really like the brick front. I just think it could use a good scrubbing. It looks as though some of the mortar is newer because of the whiteness. So possibly if it was cleaned it would look more … uniform?

    • You know, I hadn’t realized how dirty the exterior was until I put this post up! It’s definitely time for a power wash…GREAT suggestion! 🙂

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