Inching Toward the Finish…

Went by the house this weekend and there has been incremental progress.  We have a pile of planks and ships lap from the demolition that we have committed to reusing.  The trick is maximizing this very limited resource and minimize waste.  This takes time and progress over the last week has been a bit stilted.    Having said that, what was completed was choice.  The great room is starting to realize the design.  Contractor Pete, as I like to call him, has been able to clad the pantry and the fireplace completely with harvested, salvaged ships lap and it looks amazing.

Just a couple of pictures to show the progress.  As if that wasn’t enough good news, some pictures of my budding hydrangeas, mint leaves and rosemary from the garden.  I love the transition to Spring.  It means the Winter hibernation is over.

I hope you find some inspiration.

Always,

Cindy

New wall with an old side light,  oriented horizontally.  It will act as a transom and allow natural light into the new hallway.

New wall with an old side light, oriented horizontally. It will act as a transom and allow natural light into the new hallway.

Pantry and Fireplace clad in old ships lap.

Pantry and Fireplace clad in old ships lap.

Paneling in the stairway with paneling taken from our salvage pile.

Paneling in the stairway with paneling taken from our salvage pile.

With the trim removed, the old window weights are revealed.  I love old houses.

With the trim removed, the old window weights are revealed. I love old houses.

Leaves coming in on the Hydrangeas.

Leaves coming in on the Hydrangeas.

Mint springs up from the ground for harvesting when I am back in the house and cooking up a storm in my new kitchen.

Mint springs up from the ground for harvesting when I am back in the house and cooking up a storm in my new kitchen.

Hardy rosemary plants, evergreen throughout the seasons.

Hardy rosemary plants, evergreen throughout the seasons.

Not Everything Has to Make a Statement

I have been working on the details.  But I find myself resisting the otherwise natural urge to make a statement at every turn, starting with the lighting.  Strangely, I want the lighting to feel more organic.  Lighting that is functional, of course but really looks like it is of the cottage as it would have been 80 years ago.

There is one exception, of course:

Found and restored, this is a family piece that have a place of honor in this old home.

Found and restored, this is a family piece that will have a place of honor in this old home.

The one statement fixture in the house will be a chandelier (pictured above) that has been at every house my family has lived in as long as I can remember.  I asked my mother if I could have it for the renovation, giving it a place of honor in the house.  It will be hung over the lovely nine foot, antique, French bistro table in the front room.   It will be one of the first things you see when you walk in the house and I can’t wait to hang it.

My Uncle Jack found this chandelier many, many, many moons ago.  He recently told me the story on Facebook, of how he found and restored it:

“OMG , do I remember it ? I’m so glad you are using it . You will appreciate the history of how it was saved from the dumpster . A friend at work told me of an elderly aunt ( 86 ) that had died and the family had scavenged everything they wanted from her ten room home . He offered to humor my reputation as a junk collector and take me to see if there was anything I wanted . Yes …I’ll take that old player grand piano, the 1500s leather bound prayer book , and lots more . Now , I was eyeing that chandelier in the dining room but there were lots of prisms missing . In the entry was another smaller one in the same condition . I took both down , counted the prisms ,and was still a few short to complete this one . Rooting through boxes , drawers , and such ,I found prisms from the basement to the attic . Just enough ! I took them all off , soaked the 100 years of grime in bleach water , and scrubbed each one . It has survived many years with your Mom , now you can enjoy it for many more . I’m so happy for you.”

So thanks to Uncle Jack and his dogged determination and mom for letting me hang it in the house, I have a wonderful statement piece to hang in what will be a lovely home.

Here are some pictures of the chandelier and other fixtures that I will be using throughout the house.

I hope you find some inspiration.

Always,

Cindy

Ceiling fixture with simple silk shade.

Ceiling fixture with simple silk shade.

Adjustable arm wall sconce in antique brass finish.

Adjustable arm wall sconce in antique brass finish.

Clear shade with antique brass fixture.

Clear shade with antique brass fixture.

 

An vintage gooseneck lamp with a Victorian crystal bead bulb cover with an accordion closure.  These bulb covers with the accordion closure are very hard to find, but I found two.

An vintage gooseneck lamp with a Victorian crystal bead bulb cover with an accordion closure. These bulb covers with the accordion closure are very hard to find, but I found two.

They don't make things like this anymore.  The bulb cover has great weight to it because the beads are glass.  The accordion closure is what makes the pair I found a rare and unique find.

They don’t make things like this anymore. The bulb cover has great weight to it because the beads are glass. The accordion closure is what makes the pair I found a rare and unique find.

Simple pendant lamps for the kitchen.  Exposed twisted cord, antique brass finish and a beautiful Sheffield milk glass shade.  Just lovely.

Simple pendant lamps for the kitchen. Exposed twisted cord, antique brass finish and a beautiful Sheffield milk glass shade. Just lovely.

A House for the Ages…

Short blog article this week. Great milestone to report.  The house has passed the preliminary inspections, insulation has been added and now we on the path to adding the plank walls (where needed) and trim work.  This is where it is going to get fun.

Master Bedroom.

Master Bedroom.

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Former Garage, now a bedroom.

Former Garage, now a bedroom.

Stair way.

Stair way.

Fireplace

Fireplace

Kitchen

Kitchen

Master bedroom.

Master bedroom.

Master Bedroom Ceiling

Master Bedroom Ceiling

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The Winter Progression

I was pretty sure last week was a wash as far as renovation progress went.  The weather last week was unforgiving and unyielding, so I assumed nothing had been done at the house.

Just for grins and because I am an eternal optimist, I went over to the house this weekend to see if any progress had been made.  Much to  my surprise, there was substantial progress.  To call me happy as a lark would be an understatement.

  • The HVAC system and duct work was installed.
  • The outside of the fireplace had been clad in siding and trimmed out.
  • The fireplace box had been installed and framed in.
  • The electrical was completed.
  • The outside stairs leading to the court yard were built and the antique window installed in the Master Bedroom.

It was a lot to take in, mostly because I wasn’t expecting it.  But it made me happy and that makes today a good day.

Pictures below.

I hope you find some inspiration.

xoxo

Cindy

Exterior fireplace.  The cladding and trim work is complete.

Exterior fireplace. The cladding and trim work is complete.

Although the flash didn't engage, hopefully you can see the old side light window in the master bedroom.  The bed will go under this window.

Although the flash didn’t engage, hopefully you can see the old side light window in the master bedroom. The bed will go under this window.

Just a picture to show what a bit of  a war zone the house is right now.  It's the ugly before the pretty.

Just a picture to show what a bit of a war zone the house is right now. It’s the ugly before the pretty.

Zero clearance fire place set up and framed in.

Zero clearance fire place set up and framed in.

Duct work, duct work and more duct work.

Duct work, duct work and more duct work.

Ah...sweet relief. My old HVAC system a source of great consternation and funds depletion.  A total new system and I am a happy camper.

Ah…sweet relief. My old HVAC system a source of great consternation and funds depletion. A total new system and I am a happy camper.