the one with the minnehaha house

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Some recent finds at thrift stores during our trip to Minneapolis //

 Forgive me in advance, this post is going to be a little bit of all over the place


let's start the post off with the simple fact that yesterday marked ten years since the last episode of Friends aired. 
so this is what getting old is like.

I can still remember the day that episode aired and it definitely didn't feel like it was ten years ago.


I'll explain the stalker-esque picture in a minute.
Until then, let's just gaze together at the beauty of this house.
ahhhhh...pretty, isn't it?


Now let's get back to explaining the stalker-esque picture.
Lately, Jason and I have really gotten into the show called The Rehab Addict. 

Let me begin by saying that Nicole Curtis is basically me. For as long as I can remember, I have been completely fascinated by architecture and interior design. I remember spending countless hours of my time as a child drawing up floor plans and drafting out the perfect "dream home". (Typical seven year old behavior? Um....maybe not.) For many years now my favorite place to shop for just about anything  is at thrift stores and I can't tell you how many awesome things I've found over the years!

So recently, Jason and I decided to stay in Minneapolis for a few days after we dropped Jason's cousin off in Southern Minnesota. Many of the homes Nicole has restored in the past or is presently working on are located in the Minneapolis area. I marked out a map of the locations of the houses that she's worked on or is working on currently so that we could see them in real life.

(These pictures were all taken from a moving car and it was pouring rain the whole time we were there so they aren't the best quality!)

This is the Minnehaha house. I knew it when I saw it from a quarter mile away! It's so beautiful in person! The other picture of this house above is the side of the Minnehaha house. And yes, people currently live there and there were lights on inside.

I justify my stalker-like picture-taking on the sole, blatant fact that I'm probably not the first person to have done it.
I hope.

Stalking is the sincerest form of flattery.
Or something.

 The Hillside Avenue North house that she's currently working on. 
(I saw the no photography sign after taking a few pictures...oops..)

The Orth house that she tried to save from going on the demolition list...
When we were actually in Minneapolis, the house was still in a position where the city could have chosen to save it, and I was honestly hoping that Nicole would be there protesting since she had been there a lot recently protesting against its demolition with other preservationists. She's just one of those people to me who it's like, "I want to be like you when I grow up!"
I totally sound five.

How beautiful is the cedar shake and brick on this church?! We went to a church service while we were in Minneapolis in a huge old church building and almost everything inside was original, even the pews! It had stained glass windows, a domed ceiling for acoustics, and a balcony with a gorgeous railing lining it. Everything had intricate craftsmanship to it and no detail was spared when it was built!


After we went around looking at the handful of houses she's worked on over the past few years, we continued to drive all around the city looking at these old, dilapidated houses--many that had signs on the doors marking them as condemned with plywood boarding up all the windows--but that had absolutely beautiful bones in their non-cookie-cutter like design. All they would need is some tlc and they could be made new again, restored to their former beauty. I would love to restore old houses some day, or at least restore an old house that Jason and I would live in! Old houses have so much charm and beauty when they're fixed up right.  

There's just something so beautiful about old, broken, dirty, or thrown away things being made new and reused for a greater purpose. As I sit here, completing this blog post, it hits me again that this is a biblical principal.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17

To grant those who mourn in Zion,

Giving them a garland crown instead of ashes,

The oil of gladness instead of mourning,

The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.

So they will be called oaks of righteousness,

The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Isaiah 61:3

How awesome is it that even something like restoring an old house to its former glory is like what God does inside us when He works away at our heart and soul making us new again? I love that.


We also visited a few salvage stores and thrift stores in hopes to find some inspiration for our house. I was honestly hoping to find some good, solid, old pieces of furniture to bring home and restore, but there just wasn't much that we found in the places we went to. I did find a few goodies at a Salvation Army just outside of Minneapolis where I got a few picture frames and a wall clock (shown at the beginning of the post) that I think will look great in our family room once we get that room kind of put together. I also got a stainless steel trash can for our bathroom and Jason found a really nice baseball bat.(: What you can't find at a thrift store, right?!

Have you ever found something totally unique or something that was a great find at a thrift store before? Share in the comments below!

Happy Wednesday!


  1. My favorite thrift store find was a pair of canvas, Sperry brand shoes for $3. I was considering spending $60+ on a pair of swing dancing shoes, but these fit perfectly and are awesome for dancing!

    1. Nice!! I love finding deals like that! People get rid of stuff that's practically new and if I can get my hands on it for a fraction of the cost of it being new, I'll take it! There's just something great about walking out of a thrift store with a few "new" outfits for under $20!(:

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