Den/Playroom, Restoration, Uncategorized

A Spring to Remember- 2018

Just when we thought we were making appropriate, appallingly slow progress on renovations, we came home one evening to find a quarter of our foyer ceiling on the floor. At this point we deemed the plaster unsafe to remain, and Matt with a few wrist flicks had the rest of the ceiling on the floor.… Continue reading A Spring to Remember- 2018

Backyard, Musings, Restoration, Staircase, Uncategorized, updates, Yard

New Year, and nothing to update! Lies!

The blog has been quiet not because there is nothing happening, but because progress is very slow. Being back at work means that the free time we do have we choose to spend with our daughter rather than renovate, so work happens in spurts of an hour at a time. We have also spent more… Continue reading New Year, and nothing to update! Lies!

Lighting, Restoration, Staircase

New Lighting for the Foyer

I have a love affair with lighting for our house. When we first moved in I wanted modern lights with a nod to the vinatage. As I have spent time in the house, I have come to hate the new lights. They do not fit. They look too small, cheap and airy. I want lights… Continue reading New Lighting for the Foyer


Who would notice if I paid 125 dollars to restore the closet rods?

Renovations have taken a back seat this week as we have made a trip to Toronto. Between appointments, and a couple of Jay's games, we took visit to The Door Store. They have a wide assortment of antique hardware, archtechtuals, registers and  and reproductions spread over two floors. I thoguht I had died and gone to… Continue reading Who would notice if I paid 125 dollars to restore the closet rods?


You can’t make omelettes without breaking eggs…

We are at the stage in the renovation where as we start to pull back the layers and make a big mess we start to wonder what we were thinking. At this point it has everything to do with timing. Nothing we are finding is surprising or alarming. Cracks (check) Repairs made with duct tape… Continue reading You can’t make omelettes without breaking eggs…

Backyard, Uncategorized, Yard

The Tree

One of the most impressive things about the back yard was the large ash tree that dominated the back corner. We knew looking at it that it would eventually have to come down, but we were hoping it would be later rather than sooner. Unfortunately this spring in a wind storm, a large branch was… Continue reading The Tree


On Becoming a Wallpaper Enthusiast

There are few things in renovations more annoying than having to remove wallpaper. (Except maybe scraping carpet glue from hardwood floors, but that is a different post for a different day). Most rooms in the house have more than their fair share of paper, with some rooms having as many as 11 different layers. That… Continue reading On Becoming a Wallpaper Enthusiast

Restoration, Staircase

Rainy Day Staircase

The staircase was probably the reason we bought the house. Stepping in the front door made quite the first impression. With one problem. The same problem we have throughout the house: carpet. A quick peek during the home inspection confirmed two things: 1. The stairs were oak 2. Carpet had been glued down at some… Continue reading Rainy Day Staircase