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Reader Home Tours: Ginny Todd’s 1850s Mill Condo


Your Name: Ginny Dodd (I have only commented once, but prefer to keep my handle private)

Where is the location of your home? Wake Forest, North Carolina.

What type of property it is? 1br/1bath condo in a historic mill building (Built 1856 as a paper mill on the Neuse River. It is one of very few antebellum mills in the south to survive Sherman’s March. The wood floors date from the 1930s, when it was converted into a cotton mill and then, in the 1960s, into cotton storage. In the 1980s, it was placed on the historic registry and converted to house about 40 condos.).

How long have you lived there? Just under a year.

How many people (and pets) reside there? 1 person, 2 cats (Oliver and Petunia).

What do you love most about your home? I love the 12 foot ceilings and enormous windows that look down over the river. We have a real sense of community here, and I have found the Mill to be a place of friends, nature, and healing (I moved in after breaking it off with my live-in boyfriend.)

If you could change one thing about it what would that be? The city is doing construction on a bridge right outside my window. They start at 7am, 6 days a week, and the project is slated to take a year and a half. I would like the new bridge to magically be built so I can get my peace and quiet back! Also, I wish I had a bigger unit…700 sq. feet (must sound crazy to complain about this to a New Yorker!) does not leave a lot of room for growth.

The photo above is Ginny’s living room. Keep reading to see some other pictures of her place.

Here’s the kitchen.

The bedroom!

* To submit your home for DW Reader Home Tours, please send 3-5 photos with corresponding descriptions to wendy@dearwendy.com and write “Reader Home Tours” in the subject line. Please include answers to the following:

Your Name: (DW nickname and real name if you want to include it)
Where is the location of your home?
What type of property it is?
How many years you’ve loved there?
How many people (and pets) reside there?
What’s your favorite thing about your home?
If you could change one thing about it what would that be?

 

 

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    Addie Pray March 27, 2012, 12:09 pm

    I love that stone wall!

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      lets_be_honest March 27, 2012, 12:13 pm

      Same. Someday I will have exposed brick walls (technically I have one now, but its just around the fireplace). Love your place GinnY!

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      jlyfsh March 27, 2012, 12:36 pm

      i’m also a fan of the stone wall. and the giant windows!

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  • Jess

    Jess of CGW March 27, 2012, 12:57 pm

    I love this series SO much. Some point when our place is clean, I will send a submission. Of course it’s tempting to wait until we redo the bedroom –my next project!

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      MsMisery March 27, 2012, 1:29 pm

      I love and hate this series. I love being able to nose around fellow readers apartments, but then again, they are all so mature and beautiful and I’m jealoous! *grump*

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      • Budj

        Budj March 27, 2012, 2:07 pm

        haha – I know…I’ll take a picture of my nerdy bachelor pad 2 large LCD TV’s hanging on the wall? My wall decorless bedroom….and the kitchen table filled with band merch because we don’t have anywhere else to store it.

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        Jess of CGW March 27, 2012, 3:30 pm

        I honestly think it would be totally fun and entertaining if people submit their regular ole bachelor pads and/or boilerplate homes! I would be just as entertained if someone snapped a shot of their dirty socks on the floor as I am with stone walls and garden features, haha.

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    Kristen March 27, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Your kitty is so fluffy! And I love your kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

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      MsMisery March 27, 2012, 1:30 pm

      Maybe the next “DW Readers” series should be “Pets of Dear Wendy”!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Wendy would probably have to hire an assistant to handle the influx of kittehs.

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        sarolabelle March 27, 2012, 2:32 pm

        YES! We definitely need a pets of DW Readers series!

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    lets_be_honest March 27, 2012, 1:15 pm

    I’m looking for a new bedroom set, priced somewhere between Ikea and Ethan Allen. Any suggestions other than say, Pottery Barn?

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      painted_lady March 27, 2012, 2:04 pm

      Try CB2 if you like Ikea’s basic design. It’s modern but not cold, and their color combos are really fun, I think.

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        lets_be_honest March 27, 2012, 2:58 pm

        I like a lot of their decor stuff, but the furniture is too modern for me. I’m falling in love with this bed though from their parent store…

        I a LOT though, but (as I mentioned last week) my 30th is Friday and a new bedroom is my gift!

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      Addie Pray March 27, 2012, 2:05 pm

      That should leave you with plenty of options to choose from…. but I have no idea where you should look. I have all hand-me-down furniture, more or less. One day, one day, I dream of getting a condo with an extra bedroom and bath and an office and a balcony and …. and I want to get Mad Men furniture. Those short, long, slick, art-deco-like couches and chairs and taples. In baby blue and other 50s colors. Oh and a bar – I want a fully-stocked bar! One day. One day much, much later.

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        Addie Pray March 27, 2012, 2:12 pm

        With bar stools, so friends could come over and we could hang out at the bar. And I want a pool table. And a ping pong table.

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        Addie Pray March 27, 2012, 2:13 pm

        Like, maybe I could get a duplex down and turn the downstairs until a bar. With flat screens. And a big antique popcorn maker! And I could put in a strobe light.

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        Addie Pray March 27, 2012, 2:14 pm

        *into a bar, not “until” a bar

        oh, oh, and jukebox!

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        Addie Pray March 27, 2012, 2:15 pm

        And darts. I’d definitely need darts. Oh man, I want a duplex down so bad.

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        Addie Pray March 27, 2012, 2:16 pm

        And that stone wall, of course. Done.

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      • Lili

        Lili March 27, 2012, 2:21 pm

        Sounds like you want a mancave ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        Addie Pray March 27, 2012, 2:29 pm

        Maybe then I’ll lure in some man.

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      • Budj

        Budj March 27, 2012, 2:32 pm

        That does sound like a perfect man trap. haha. mmmm large tvs, house bar, darts, pool table….pool table is also good for other late night activities…and since it’s your pool table you won’t feel the need to scrub your back after laying on it.

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      • Lili

        Lili March 27, 2012, 2:36 pm

        Let me rephrase, you want to build the perfect Budjtrap ๐Ÿ™‚

        BTW did he friend you yet?!

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      • Lili

        Lili March 27, 2012, 2:37 pm

        @Budj–Thanks for the mental image.

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      • Budj

        Budj March 27, 2012, 2:39 pm

        I went on a friending frenzy.

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      • Lili

        Lili March 27, 2012, 2:42 pm

        Where’s MINE?!

        PS I just liked your cover photo ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        Addie Pray March 27, 2012, 2:43 pm

        I think my gumball machine has been attracting the wrong audience. I should’ve gotten a pool table from the get go.

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      • JK

        JK March 27, 2012, 2:16 pm

        In our quincho (like BBQ room) we have a pool table that has a lid, on one side ping pong table, other side dining table. Itยดs pretty awesome.

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        Addie Pray March 27, 2012, 2:44 pm

        Does it turn into a bed too? Because then you’d never need to leave the room.

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      • JK

        JK March 27, 2012, 2:47 pm

        Nope. that is one feature itยดs missing. I guess a mattress on top would work ok, though.

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        lets_be_honest March 27, 2012, 3:00 pm

        Wait, what? You have a room dedicated to BBQing?!?! Can I come over?

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        JK March 27, 2012, 3:04 pm

        Itยดs a bit of a long way, but sure!!!
        To clarify: Asado (BBQ) is a fundamental part of argentinian culture, and the quincho is a big part of that.

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        lets_be_honest March 27, 2012, 3:35 pm

        I just submitted my pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    bethany March 27, 2012, 2:29 pm

    I love that cat!!! He (she?) is so cute! I just want to snuggle him!

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  • Moneypenny

    Moneypenny March 27, 2012, 5:33 pm

    How cool that you live in a converted mill! I love your place! I’d love to see what the exterior looks like. I love it when old buildings are given new life by being converted to new spaces. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Foots March 28, 2012, 3:37 pm

    Love the pic w/the cat. I am not far from you. NC meetup, anyone?

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