Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Carriage House is Coming Along

This post is purely to show off my father's handiwork. 

A month ago the carriage house/barn room was two levels (albeit a very unsecure second level). My father removed each board that made up the second level's floor (which are currently piled on the floor as we figure out how to reuse them) along with the beams and then reusing some of the wood he built these gorgeous trusses. I know this picture isn't the best quality but you can generally see them. 

Next the ceiling will be insulated and I think the plan is to cover it with shiplap so that the white ceiling brings more light to the room while staying true to the nature of the room. AND it'll make the trusses stand out spectacularly. 

~ Stephanie


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Nearly Two Months Into The 1850 Renovation

It's been almost 2 months that we've been working on the 1850 Homestead. Normally, we'd be much further along, but we've had some complications that I won't get into that delayed our ability to get the electrician and plumber in to work on the house. So it's going slower than we'd like. Then again, it's been nice not feeling like we have to race as fast and long as humanly possible to get this done. We're taking time to think about things and make more thoughtful decisions, in some aspects. 


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Only Took Me Four Days...

It took me ten or so hours spread out over 4 days, and I really overdid it on my back and swore like you wouldn't believe, but I finally got up the subfloor in the hallway between the carriage house and the kitchen. The top layer was tile and that came up pretty easily, but the subfloor was glued AND nailed down with 3" nails, many of which were so soft they bent when I tried prying them up. My dad said I was milking it, but my inability to sleep because my back was so sore would suggest otherwise.

These floors and this room, we do not believe to be part of the original house. We think this part of the house was added on sometime later, likely in the 1900s. But whenever these floorboards were installed, and because they were under layers of tile and plywood, they're in pretty good condition. Our floor guys will sand them down and stain them to protect them as this is a high-traffic area. One door leads to the driveway, another to the carriage house which we're turning into the family room, and then there's going to be a doorway to the first floor bathroom. So these floors will get a lot of tread. I'm just really excited to see how they look.



Monday, March 8, 2021

Let's Talk About Lighting

The 1850 Homestead is a classic New England, albeit outdated, home. So I knew I didn't want to go too modern on any element of the house because that wouldn't be sticking with the true nature of the house. So I went searching for classic lines that look new-ish. What I decided on for the hallways, landing, kitchen (aside from the can lights), maybe also the sun room, etc. are the Safavieh light below. Luckily, I snagged them before they sold out (hopefully I don't need more). They are classic and interesting without being too distracting. And I've never picked a gold finish before so I'm excited to see how that looks installed.

Originally, after purchasing the lights, I thought I'd use one in the dining room. What's currently hanging in there is the most monstrous and distracting chandelier (I guess I don't have a close-up picture of it, which is kind of absurd). I think it has 11 gold arms, each with a red shade. As I thought about it I realized the dining room should have something to set it apart from other rooms. It needed just a bit of drama, so I started looking at chandeliers. What I ended up buying is below, by LNC. It's not too busy, has an antique feel, but is classic. And now that the dining room has been painted and is no longer that horrible, deep red, I think it's going to remind whoever buys this special home that there is so much history in these walls. I'm excited to see it installed (and to stage the dining room). 


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Paint Colors - An Ode to Anxiety

 This past weekend we spent a day shopping - ordering shower bases, a tub, looking at replacement windows, shower fixtures, and paint. Let me say that picking a paint color always seems easy and I feel so sure and then immediately afterward, pulling out of the parking lot with the 5-gallon bucket in the back of the truck, I have intense buyer's remorse. Always. Ohmygod - did I pick the completely wrong color? 

For the 1850s Homestead, I went into the design planning on a color I'd seen a well-known interior designer use recently in her own home. It looked great in her Instagram stories. Then I saw the swatch in person and had a physical reaction. Way too yellowy-taupe. And I love taupe, but this was the absolute wrong color for this house.

Currently, the 1850s Homestead has a bright yellow parlor, a dark red dining room, and now that I'm thinking about it I don't even remember what color is upstairs in the bedrooms - white? Taupe? It's not important because it's all going to get painted and feel reinvigorated. I don't want to remove the charm, because the history is what makes this house special, but the paint color was never part of the charm. And because so many rooms in the house get fantastic light I want to incorporate that throughout with a light paint color.

What I ended up choosing is Sherwin Williams Fleur de Sel (SW 7666). The color is below but even that doesn't look like the swatch currently before me on my desk. So I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it looks once it's on the walls, which I believe is happening this week or next. What I will say is that a few days post-purchase, I am feeling confident again in the color choice. Especially once the white trim is done.

I especially cannot wait to see the red dining room transformed. My nana informed me on Sunday, after walking through the house to see our progress, that you should never paint a dining room red because it induces over-eating. So keep that in mind when you're picking paint colors. Red = glutinous eating. 

~ Stephanie

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