Monthly Archives: April 2016

My Wacky Designs + My Unwacky Family

So.  I am the middle of 3 sisters.

Here we are, with our dad, at my niece’s house for Christmas.

L – R:  Kathy, me, Lisa, Dad

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HA — look at how we’ve squooshed SP? ourselves together,

+ yet, the photographer (G.O.) was about a block away!

And another thing: why wasn’t I sent the peach sweater memo?!?

Anyway, Lisa — who lives in Austin, TX (lucky her!),

is re-doing one of her bathrooms.

She hired a designer!

surprised boy

I know, I know — you’re thinking, “Why didn’t she ask YOU, Kay?”

2 reasons:  1. I’m too bossy, + 2. My style is too wacky

So I’m fine.  Really.

However, I seized this moment to share my bathrooms with the class.

It’s what I do!  First up, the powder room:

black powder room door number 2

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Vintage mirror, Pottery Barn vanity top + sink,

Signature Hardware faucet set + vintage towel bar.

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Next up, our main bathroom:

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My sister, Kathy, gave me that Ralph Lauren striped mug.

The vintage barber bottle is from my pal Alan’s late, great store — 

Patina, in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.

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I bought that NYC architecture nightlight from an etsy seller:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhimsyHome

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Do you shop etsy?

What is the coolest thing that you’ve bought?

Anyway, many thanks for viewing my bathroom snappies.


This Old House

So

  We all agree.  Everybody loves Fixer Upper on HGTV.

And doesn’t it seem that they air old episodes nearly 24 hours a day?

I kid — but come on — let’s just admit it.

We have a semi-serious couple crush on these two:

chip and joanna

Meanwhile, here’s another question:

Did you know that This Old House is still on PBS?

Yes it is!  And I love it just as much as I love Fixer Upper!

People.  Here’s why:

TOH front facade

Yes, that’s a farmhouse, + yes, there’s a barn-like garage attached to it.

That looks just like a renovated vintage home,

as is usually the case with a This Old House project.

However, this season’s project is not their usual renovation;

it’s a new-build from a Vermont company, Connor Homes!

  • Go here:  https://connorbuilding.com/
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The entire house is built in sections, indoors, inside their factory,

+ delivered to the building site on huge trucks!

TOH -- big truck

Feast your eyes on this epic cupola, nearly finished:

TOH cupola

Here it is, being lowered into place on the barn/garage:

TOH -- cupola being lowered into place

Nope.  That doesn’t look like the prefab houses we have in the Midwest!

Conner Homes specializes in historical-style homes.

Here’s another look-see at the This Old House project:

TOH front facade

Please.  Transom windows above the garage doors?  Epic!

White houses with red barn-like garages are “thing” in New England.

Here are a few examples of both old + new:

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Raise your hand if you love standing seam metal roofs as much as I do!

Here’s another new-build house + barn project

by Yankee Barn Homes:

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And inside, you can see the house’s post-and-beam construction:

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WOW, am I right?

Go here to read  more about it:

Eaton Carriage House

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How about board + batten siding?  Love it!

TOH another house barn with cupolau

So.  Now you’re asking,

“Kay, on what day of the week is This Old House aired?”

I think that varies from 1 PBS station to another.

Here in Chicago, it’s on Tuesday nights on the Lakeshore PBS channel.

May I also recommend the This Old House magazine?

I subscribe because it’s only $1 per issue when you do,

+it’s a really, really good magazine.

TOH magazine

And don’t you love it when a magazine lands in your mailbox?


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