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Now that my outside Christmas decorations are up, I can rest easy this weekend with only a few last minute holiday chores. My favorite part of the decor this year is the lighted reindeer silhouette. I call him Rudy, the Brooklyn Reindeer!Once I had the idea for this project I was very jazzed about it will admit it took quite a bit of planning to get right. First there was the issue of the silhouette - did I want something cartoonish and whimsical? or anatomically correct? should he face left or right or center? how much detail can I add without it being too difficult to cut? Then I had to figure out what kind of bulb and fixture to use and how to attach it to the frame. Now that it's complete it seems obvious but it didn't start out that way.... read more at Brooklyn Limestone
Posted 1 day 21 hours ago on Brooklyn Limestone
There's little "good information" out there regarding the rehabilitation of a salvaged clawfoot or other cast iron porcelain enamel tub. Whether it's a tip that is immediately contradicted by another, or simply a complete lack of real photos or high detail before and afters, finding information on how to proceed with this step of our restoration has been hard to come by.
For this reason I've decided to go a bit more in depth about our efforts to first clean, and then restore the interior of our salvaged tub without going the nuclear route.What's the nuclear route? A complete re-coat spraying of the tub that's more traditionally offered by tub "refinishing" outfits.It seems like there are overwhelmingly two approaches to tub restoration throughout the internet, and they are: Read Full Post... read more at Old Town Home
Posted 1 day 22 hours ago on Old Town Home
Image: www.in.gov/dnr/images Repairing Greek Revival Cornice Roof Returns The Greek Revival roof return style emulated the temple forms of ancient Greece, resulting in the creation of...
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... read more at A Concord Carpenter Comments
Posted 2 days 7 hours ago on A Concord Carpenter Comments
1) Funny Farm – Cap Cod house in Vermont This is my absolute favorite movie. All the right elements come together for some big laughs, including the adorable Cap Cod style Vermont farmhouse where much of the drama takes place. Although the movie spans several months in the life of Andy & Elizabeth Farmer, the […]... read more at housecrazy
Posted 3 days 2 hours ago on housecrazy
Somewhere between painting and cleaning and life, I wade some additions to our holiday display and finished getting it in place this weekend. I know it isn't everyone's cup of tea but I think it is a nice addition to the street. ... read more at Tiny Oak Park Bungalow
Posted 4 days 8 hours ago on Tiny Oak Park Bungalow
Four years later, we painted the back door to the alley… We’ve been looking at this paint mock up for a long time.
I’m not sure why, because it only took me 2 hours to paint it… and that was with a toddler playing in the living room. Of course I was able to do some much needed touch ups on adjacent areas, and we took the opportunity to fill in the goughed out trim…
It is so much more zen in here. Now, to finish installing the threshold :)
... read more at Madison Square
Posted 3 weeks 2 days ago on Madison Square
This home, with its close proximity to deck, beach and dock was designed to maximize the small site for family vacations and gatherings, as well as enhancing the stunning lake view. Family and friends enjoy the multiple outdoor gathering spaces and screen porch from spring to fall and the warmth of the wood interiors and fieldstone fireplace create a comfortable atmosphere for gathering during the winter months.Capturing the views and breezes, the house is oriented to place as many rooms on the lakeside as possible. The design of the home draws upon the steep gabled Victorian cottages of a past era while integrating features of the current lakeside vernacular.... read more at Post and Beam - Timber Frame Blog
Posted 5 weeks 1 day ago on Post and Beam - Timber Frame Blog
This home, with its close proximity to deck, beach and dock was designed to maximize the small site for family vacations and gatherings, as well as enhancing the stunning lake view. Family and friends enjoy the multiple outdoor gathering spaces and screen porch from spring to fall and the warmth of the wood interiors and fieldstone fireplace create a comfortable atmosphere for gathering during the winter months.Capturing the views and breezes, the house is oriented to place as many rooms on the lakeside as possible. The design of the home draws upon the steep gabled Victorian cottages of a past era while integrating features of the current lakeside vernacular.... read more at Green Home Design Architect
Posted 5 weeks 1 day ago on Green Home Design Architect
Jill and I spent the weekend at Assateague, Maryland’s coastal island and home to its famous wild horses. It was cold and windy but lovely–we had a heater in the van (a new addition). And we took the dogs, of course. They always make travel more interesting. I love the beach during the off-season for the obvious reason: we have it all to ourselves.
Legend has it that Assateague’s horses were survivors from a shipwreck two hundred years ago. A more plausible explanation is that these stocky, wooly horses are feral descendants of horses belonging to local inhabitants who brought their horses here to avoid taxes and fencing restrictions. The horses, I guess, got out of hand — and got out.... read more at Houselove
Posted 6 weeks 2 days ago on Houselove