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Soapstone: A Reflection of Life Lived.

I adore soapstone. This natural stone exudes warmth, strength, depth,  stability, and softness. We will use soapstone on all of our surfaces in the kitchen, master bathroom, den fireplace hearth and surround, and bar. Soapstone is a rare choice today compared to over 100 years ago, but it is indeed the right choice for our… Continue reading Soapstone: A Reflection of Life Lived.

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Photo Tour: Courtesy of Bridget and Evie.

We went to the house this morning (before the heat soared up to currently 101 degrees at 4 pm) to check on the progress of several aspects of the house. Bridget and Evie both took turns with my phone capturing images of their own home through their own eyes. What a treat for me to… Continue reading Photo Tour: Courtesy of Bridget and Evie.

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New window replacements in place and feeling at home.

Throughout this renovation project, we have kept every original window we could possibly keep, and these extraordinary windows are undergoing a loving and delicate restoration process. In the end, we will end up having restored (and in some places uncovered). 38 windows, 3 arched transoms, and 3 glass doors. Here is a link to two… Continue reading New window replacements in place and feeling at home.

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Window Progress Report: Original Window Restoration.

Our 100 (and one!) year old home has the most gorgeously pulled glass windows, complete with functional (albeit laboriously painted shut) weights and pulleys. I love these windows and we are delighted to restore them to their former glory softly filtering sunlight into our home, filling the space with breaths of fresh air. A cheerful… Continue reading Window Progress Report: Original Window Restoration.

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Home: Insulation from weather and life.

Home physically protects us from the cold winter winds and the scorching summer sun. Home emotionally protects us from the unpredictable and unexpected turns of life. The love in a home is vital, it is the heartbeat, it is the life, it is what makes this often sad and challenging world a safe and happy… Continue reading Home: Insulation from weather and life.