Kitchen Design

· Designing function and form for the most important room in the house ·

It may not seem like it, but we’re moving (slowly) along in the farmhouse renovation. You know, the HGTV person in me wants to complete projects around the house myself (all while wearing a smile on my face and a cute outfit that never gets stained or ruined). The reality of my life is that…

I design, You decide

· Because if I am anything, it's indecisive ·

We’ve hired a handyman! Thanks to a neighbor, who has ties to this home (Hi, Kay!), I was introduced to a guy who knows his sh!t and is willing to work with my personality (a true gift). He’s currently adding wainscoting to our dining room, because I’m determined to finish ONE ROOM in this house…

Uncovering the chimneys

· Exploring is fun! *says TV shows where everything works out perfectly* ·

We’re *almost* finished with the upstairs bathroom – we still need to paint the trim and door and get a doorknob, and we’re waiting for the backordered (the most-used word for renovators during Covid) curtain rod to hang the more decorative shower curtain – so I’ll be posting that soon. I hope you liked the…

The Upstairs Bathroom

· Because a family of four needs a second toilet. ·

I think I’ve mentioned (over and over) that our first priority once we got the house was to settle the kids in as much as possible. This prioritized the upstairs bathroom, which looked like this when we moved in: Not beautiful (the CARPET! the BORDER! the WEIRD CUPBOARD BETWEEN THE VANITY AND TOILET!), but honestly,…

Holy Cats, a Resurrected Trend is Expensive

· Where I moan about decorative costs, which I recognize is a privilege. ·

As I’ve mentioned before, our first priority for the farmhouse was getting the upstairs updated as much as possible so the kids feel at home. I mean, we moved from private bathrooms for each kid and Randy and my primary bathroom (with heated floors): To literally all four of us sharing this: The lone upstairs…

Saying Goodbye to Landscaping

· You can have too much of a good thing. ·

When we first purchased the house, Teresa Ramsey, Joe’s wife, wrote historical notes about the farmstead for us, using family records and conversations with family members. In it, she wrote about the landscaping: “Driveway coming into the house – you will notice there are some steps out front leading right off the drive.  It was…

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Molly, lover of history, old homes and wine (maybe not in that order). Discover our journey of renovation and restoration of an 1870s farmhouse in Southern Appalachia.

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