Aug 26, 2014

a really old house...

We took our last break of the summer last week and stayed with extended family at a home on Cape Cod. Seventeen people, nine of those people being children. We found a house that could fit all of us. It was a big space with a lot of history, built in 1766 for Rev. Nathan Stone and his family. 

It was a fun house to explore with lots of doors and nook and crannies! The favorite for the kids was definitely the hidden door in the entryway...

which led to a storage space and then on to the dining room. Please excuse the random balloon on the floor. We had a birthday...

The house had two kitchens, one being the breakfast kitchen and the other the main kitchen. Besides the dining room, two front rooms and three bedrooms downstairs there were five bedrooms upstairs. Most of the rooms led right into the other.

You could feel the history in the house just walking around. Some of the furnishings were period furnishings as well. Lucky for us the home was modernized with running hot water and air conditioning! The random vents made for some funny situations. All the adults were seated in the dining room and talking after dinner one night. All of a sudden one of my nephews added his two cents to a conversation. We were all looking around trying to see where the voice was coming from since he wasn’t in the room with us. We then realized he was upstairs in the bathroom. You do the math. The kids also loved playing hide and seek with the vents. They would stand under a vent upstairs and the rest of them would be downstairs and have to figure out what vent and what room the “hider” was in.

I fell in love with a couple spots in particular. The stairs first of all...

The spindles alone were gorgeous. I loved seeing the worn wood steps as well. It really emphasized just how old this house was.

At the top of the stairs you could either turn left towards the back bedrooms or right towards the front two. Most of the bedrooms had two doors to connect them all.

I loved this spot under the front steps as well. How many homes have unattractive slants in the ceiling to accommodate for stairs. Just add woodwork to make it worth looking at! All the old paneling and molding was another favorite of mine.

Then there was the back stairs. I have a thing for homes with two sets of stairs. This one led to the “boys” bedroom. 

The doors and doorknobs deserve their own mention. Old doors, old doorknobs. My five year old said at the end of the week that he was looking forward to getting home to his legos and doorknobs. I guess I wasn’t the only one who noticed them!

One of the downstairs bathroom had something in it that had us all guessing. My brother is the smart one and informed us all it was how they heated up water to wash. So it is not a toilet. The kids were skeptical. I might have been too.

The main kitchen was where we always found ourselves at night. It was daunting to sit there and think that they must have been discussing the upcoming Revolutionary War in this same space!

Another of my favorite features were the floorboards. Eighteen inch wide pine boards. They were beautiful!

The yard was great for the kids for running around and biking. Plus it had this little nugget...

All the yard swings were favorites also. Lots of cousin meet ups for hot dogs, ice cream or just chats...

I leave you with a parting shot of the backyard, umm, the parking lot. Like I said, nine kids!

Aug 14, 2014

eye candy {fabric wrapped furniture}

My latest design crush is fabric wrapped furniture. My favorites are the ones wrapped in linen or burlap and finished off with nailhead trim. The texture of the fabric can fit in with any room no matter what furniture you already have there. There are plenty of high end versions to look at. There are also countless DIY versions that I might have to try out myself. Here are some of my favorites...

via Ballard Designs

via Studio A

via Bernhardt Furniture

via Bernhardt Furniture
via Bliss at Home

via Drexel Heritage

via Drexel Heritage

via decor pad

via driven by decor

via jamie herzlinger
This look might be coming to a living room near you one day. And by that I mean my own. 

Good winter project I say.

Aug 12, 2014

drying out a flooded basement

I’ve done many before and after images on my blog. Never before have I showed one where the after looks worse than the before. Until today. Here are some before shots of my basement before the valve leak...

and here it is now, mold and all...

We hired ServPro to come in and clean up the water and mold. They were at our home the next morning getting rid of the water and ripping up our vinyl plank flooring. Since it was a floating floor the water was underneath it causing our tiles to pop up. The tiles are being tested to see if they are asbestos before any removal can begin. 

Mold needs water to grow so drying up the space was the top priority. Once the standing water was removed the drying began. Drying equipment was used to prevent any  further damage. It was pretty bad already since everything was sitting in about two weeks worth of water. Industrial grade humidifiers were used to heat up and dry out the space along with high speed air movers. It felt like a sauna down there! Air scrubbers were used as a filter to clean out any remaining mold spores in the air. They placed one air scrubber in the basement and one in the landing at the top of the basement stairs. All these machines were running 24/7 for one week. I was so glad when they were removed and my house was “quiet” again. 

As this was going on the sheetrock was removed. Mold loves sheetrock and the walls had to be removed halfway up the wall. All the molding and trim in that area was removed and discarded as well. My huge built in was also ruined by mold and the entire thing was removed!

Everything porous needs to be discarded, which means fabric bins, stuffed animals, pillow, etc. Right now the basement looks like this, with all our items gathered in the middle. We are still waiting on the results from the floor test. Some of the wood trim is ok because wood is able to be cleaned and treated. Everything else is just a waiting game, including my washer and dryer. Some items that we hope are salvageable were boxed and bagged and we are waiting on word about them. 

We also had an industrial hygienist come through to test out our air quality. He tested down in the basement, on the floor above the basement and outside (in order compare his results). We are still waiting on those test results as well. For now the basement is off limits which is fine by me since this is what it looks like...

I’m hoping I have my basement looking and functioning like it has for the past two year by December. I’m not sure how long this process takes but I’ll keep you posted!

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