If middle earth and hobbits ever existed they lived in places that looked like this. The low arched entryway seems hidden and inconsequential behind the garden growing on the walls of the house. This sweet little home in Ein Kerem is owned was bought by the current owners in 1969. The previous owners lived there from 1948 and were selling so that they could move to live in a ‘shikun’ (tenament apartment building) in the middle of Jerusalem. They (the previous owners) had done whatever they could do destroy all of the charm in the building, covering the arches and the tile floor. Aveda (the owner) and her husband did all of the restoration work themselves.
Patti would undoubtadly cringe over so much stuff in a small space, but I love it.
My only complaint about the space is that the walls are Artex. In case you’re wondering what that is, Artex is typically used for acoustic ceilings. It’s the popcorn stuff you see on the walls. This stuff was really popular in Israel in the 70’s (this isn’t the first house renovated in the 70’s I’ve seen with this – my mother-in-law has a wall of something similar).
Back to the things I like. I love the windows – both the color and the fact that they swing in.
I am totally into this lamp – check out that old school floor lamp!
This utensil wall is a very cute way of saving space in a kitchen. The brick shows it was originally an external wall which was cut through for an add on. Look how thick that wall is. Look at how gorgeous that wall is. **sigh** I want an old house in Ein Kerem…
Love the wall – love the tchochkes – love the stuff of it all!!! Doesn’t it just scream someone who loves to cook? It’s like the incarnation of The New Moosewood Cookbook (Mollie Katzen’s Classic Cooking).
You can’t see it, but outside that window is a lovely small garden. The house may not be fancy, but it is definitely a warm inviting space.
The steps going down into the backyard lead you to…
The most amazing view. Yeah, I could definitely live here…
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