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It takes a village

By on Nov 26, 2014 in Back Porch, Cellar, Dining Room, First Floor, Foyer, Kitchen, Linen Closet, Living Room, Lounge, Music Room, Pantry, Renovation, Wine Cellar | 4 comments

It has been  LONG and EXHAUSTING couple of weeks. But we are in and almost unpacked. While the movers were busy unloading, Scott and his crew were busy making sure that we’d have beautiful rooms before the first week was over. They succeeded! We love our new artwork from Jenny Anderson in the dining room. It goes so well with a piece I got from my parents from the early 1970s. The music room still has a few items left to go- a chair and blue tile on the lower portion of the mantle – but it’s actively being used by Addison and I – and we’ve have enjoyed plucking on the piano and starting lessons. The lounge off the kitchen is so comfortable and cozy. We absolutely love our home. I’m still coming to terms with this new and de-cluttered style, but I really love it and love how much easier it will be to keep up than how we had decorated in the past....

The pain is fading

By on Nov 9, 2014 in Addison's Bedroom, Back Porch, Bonus Room, Cellar, Dining Room, First Floor, Foyer, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bathroom, Guest Bedroom, Kitchen, Living Room, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Music Room, Office - Hers, Office - His, Pantry, Powder Room, Renovation, Third Floor, Upstairs Landing, Wine Cellar | 13 comments

Benjamin Franklin summed it up perfectly: “There are no gains without pains.” Walking through our home today, I felt the pain leaving me. I’ve joked with many folks about what this renovation has been like. It’s felt like a bad pregnancy – painful and uncomfortable. But now that we see that sweet, beautiful baby – it’s all been worth it. Now our feelings are that of excitement and joy. We’re probably about 95% done. This next week is moving, punch, lots of the last steps of contractors. It’s going to be a zoo. But it will be well worth it. I was able to snap photos of the home today – almost complete with the last coat of poly on the floors. Here is the living room. The dining room towards living room The dining room towards music room and living room Dining Room towards kitchen Music room Kitchen Powder Room Pantry Kitchen...

Running on Fumes

By on Nov 2, 2014 in Cellar, First Floor, Kitchen, Pantry, Wine Cellar | 0 comments

There have been many times I’ve said this very thing this year with so much going on. After visiting our project today, I can say I feel it. Walking into our home today smells like a can of turpentine. Between the new cellar concrete stain and the hardwood stain, 10 minutes will get you high as a kite. ( it doesn’t seem to phase our guys!) We wanted an old world look for the cellar.  So we opted with a dark acid wash satin on the walls and floor. The blank will is where we’ll install the riddling rack. This room is going to be amazing when it is complete!  It is a bit of a challenge to stain new pine to match the historic heart pine. Our builder has a stain mixologist that studied wood in college and stain. He came up with a six-step process to match our stain. We left our Halloween candy for the guys because they are working all weekend. The stain is coming together...

The three T’s

By on Sep 10, 2014 in Dining Room, First Floor, Kitchen, Linen Closet, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Music Room, Pantry, Renovation, Second Floor, Upstairs Landing | 0 comments

Today is about trim, tile and trees. The carpenters were installing the trim. New door casings are going in. The kitchen beams are boxed in. And the transoms we decided to put in above the powder room and pantry are in. We put these in for extra light and so we could reuse our old doors. The old heart pine was laid on the stairwell going to the third floor, and the doors were trimmed out with our old door casings. I love how there is now a little bit of old in with the new. The tile team was also doing their thing. Here’s the laundry room floor. They had to cut the master bath subway tile on site. I love how this is coming together. And I still can’t believe that this is going to be our bathroom! And last but definitely not least, our neighbors had to take down one of the old oak trees. I talk about it here. I will miss this beautiful tree. By the end of the week we will...

Drywall – Finishing

By on Aug 16, 2014 in Dining Room, Foyer, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Master Closet - Hers, Pantry, Renovation | 0 comments

Our guys spent most of this week finishing the drywall. This took especially long since we do not have crown molding and don’t plan on adding it. They had to pay close attention to every ceiling/wall  joint throughout the entire home.  It’s looking good! We are really pleased with the continuity of this renovation. This is the only space (by design) that is over-scale from what it would have been. And that’s  just the way we want it. We are going to live in this portion of our home. From hanging out in the lounge, to entertaining, to relaxing on the porch.  This is a big space where we are going to really enjoy spending time in. The butler’s pantry is looking good in its new home. Finally our table linens will have a nice home where they will be easily accessed – and regularly used. We are going to have transoms on both sides of the pantry for some natural...

Drywall – Part 2

By on Aug 15, 2014 in Back Porch, Bonus Room, Cellar, Dining Room, First Floor, Foyer, Guest Bathroom, Kitchen, Laundry Room, Living Room, Lounge, Master Bathroom, Master Bedroom, Office - Hers, Office - His, Pantry, Renovation, Second Floor, Third Floor, Upstairs Landing, Wine Cellar | 2 comments

These guys have been working hard. The drywall is all up and they are starting to skim and sand. Entry (just a cleanup and ceiling replacement) Living room (we just added a new ceiling) Living room Dining room (new ceiling and wall) Dining room. Pantry Kitchen The beams are really going to turn out great. Love when good collaboration happens! Kitchen Doors were stained a walnut finish. Porch walls were started. Halfway down to cellar Wine cellar. Upstairs landing (extended a wall, added recessed lighting, new ceiling) Upstairs hall bath (this is going to be such a great guest bath!) Entry hall into master (new everything!) Master bedroom. Master bath. My office (the house ended in the middle of this room and we removed a fireplace, added a closet and second window) Office. Upstairs laundry (beyond excited about this!!) Stairs to third level Third level bonus room The bench they had to...