the 1836 house

Before & After: Living Room Update (Almost!)

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I really wanted to get the living room update done before we had Christmas here and we’re very, very close. Close enough for a reveal! The BEFORE photos are from when we first bought the house (Feb 2012), but the plastering, painting, and bookcase were done right after the sale went through. Since the last […]

Holiday House

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Best Christmas in Vermont yet. We held our celebration on Christmas Eve this year, which was nice and felt more festive than doing it earlier. (The boys go to their mom’s house for Christmas Day, no matter whose week it is.) Sean made the most amazing meal, and we were all warm and cozy and […]

Living Room Update: Take 2!

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I’ve basically been having a complete meltdown over the state of our house – living in renovation / decorating flux for 3 years is starting to really wear on me, especially as I cruise toward turning 39 and feel soundly middle aged. Ok, I don’t really feel middle aged, but there are some milestones I’d […]

Table Refresh: Emerald Green

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I don’t have a before of this, except in the old living room post. It was a dark brown, mission style desk we picked up at a yard sale in Berkeley. Not the best thing, but works for now and we had this Benjamin Moore Irish Moss paint left over from the door. The brass […]

thonet test drive

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I found this old cane and black-painted bentwood chair for $20 at our local thrift, and figured I’d give my dream of having the Era round armchairs in my dining room a test drive. Yep, looking good. I love the way the cane and the spalted maple table work together. However, we have a problem. […]