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A video tour of the finished product

By on Dec 16, 2014 in Addison's Bedroom, Back Porch, Bonus Room, Cellar, Deck and Patio, Dining Room, First Floor, Foyer, Front Porch, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bedroom, Kitchen, Living Room, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Master Closet - His, Music Room, Office - Hers, Office - His, Renovation, Second Floor, Third Floor, Upstairs Landing, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

WE DID IT!

By on Dec 7, 2014 in Addison's Bedroom, Back Porch, Bonus Room, Cellar, Deck and Patio, Dining Room, First Floor, Front Porch, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bedroom, Kitchen, Landscaping, Living Room, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Music Room, Office - Hers, Office - His, Renovation, Second Floor, Upstairs Landing, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

Well – we did it! What a long and grueling four weeks this has been. It’s been especially grueling with my back. As some of you may know, I have been struggling with major back issues for the last couple of years. These last few weeks have practically broken me –  and I’m seriously ready for some R&R.  2015 will be the year that I will finally rid myself of this problem – whether it be holistically or surgically. But despite this bad back and fighting a cold – we did it – with a lot of help from our friends! We pushed our builder, Ryan, to get us in on time – and he delivered! We all knew we were a little premature getting in, and those first two weeks were pure chaos – with almost 20 people a day working at our home. For those of you that have lived through a renovation – I salute you. I could not imagine living for...

Tick Tock

By on Oct 11, 2014 in Back Porch, Cellar, Deck and Patio, First Floor, Front Porch, Guest Bathroom, Kitchen, Master Bathroom, Powder Room, Renovation, Second Floor | 0 comments

We are really counting down the days now. As it stands at the moment, we’ll be back in our home in less than a month. Here’s a recap of the last two weeks. When they took up the boards on the front porch everything was rotten underneath. So they rebuilt it. Now we have a beautiful (and structurally sound) front porch! The exterior cellar stairs have been installed. The framing crew built the chases in the kitchen. Farmhouse sink is in. And then the countertops came. Slowly but surely it’s coming together. The vintage tub and sink came back looking sparkly and new. In order to accommodate the tub, the flooring refinishers came and did the hall bath. We got a sneak peak of what our newly refinished floors will look like. We love them! Then the bath fixtures went in. And the old sink was installed in the powder room. This made me really, really happy! The trim guys were...

Paint!

By on Sep 2, 2014 in Addison's Bedroom, Back Porch, First Floor, Front Porch, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bedroom, Office - Hers, Second Floor, Third Floor | 0 comments

The countdown has started.  60 (ish) days and counting. Let’s hope we stay on schedule. It’s surely exciting to be nearing the finish line. We have pretty much chosen the paint colors. We are staying the same for the exterior. Back in 2010 when we repainted we consulted with Robert at Historic House Colors to match this home he did above. And will duplicate it on the back of the home. Jonathan is putting his photoshop skills to use for Ryan and his team since we have about 8 colors going on. I have always loved a blue porch ceiling. And we will soon be sporting Hazel on both the front and back porch ceilings. In the past I have been a fan of lots of color on the walls. This time we are going with a beautifully understated neutral in all of the common areas and getting the color from the fabrics. Thanks Scott! The ceiling will be a nice, warm white. Copen Blue will be the...

Shut the front door

By on Aug 18, 2014 in First Floor, Foyer, Front Porch | 0 comments

What to do with the front door… Jonathan added a screen door a couple of years ago. We love being able to keep it open. And for the record – we do know need to change out the white hinges and handle and will do it before we move back in.  Funny how long these “I’ll get to it…” changes actually take! But – what to do with the glass-ish portion of the door?  The door itself is a beautiful and thick old door. However, what you can’t tell from this photo is that the main panel is plexiglass vs. real glass. It has always bothered me as it feels – and sounds – flimsy. Do we change it out to look like the old seeded glass with the mullions or do we add a stained glass element? The verdict is not out. I don’t know how I feel about adding a stained glass element that was not there. But then again, it could be beautiful. We are...