Changing to energy-saving bulbs isn’t as easy as the old jokes. It’s tricky, technical and $$$$. Here’s my story. Last Spring I began looking for ways to make our house more energy efficient. New York State has an excellent home energy conservation program and through the NYSERDA website I was able to locate a contractor [...]
I know it’s eccentric but I like it and it feels finished. We’re just past the first year of living in our house. Everyone says it takes a long time to settle in but what’s odd is how some rooms wear well – I love them – and others just bug me. My powder room [...]
A space that was blank for nine years now features a whole school of fish. Several years ago, while writing regularly about auctions, I began to notice sets of fish plates coming up for sale at very low prices. This past week I saw another lovely group. The reason is simple: few people use — [...]
Windows in kitchen areas don’t always require panels, but sometimes nature calls. If you remember reading about our Alabama Stone Cottage in a post Jane wrote awhile back, we had just added Belgian linen panels to all the bedrooms. I was actually quite satisfied not having curtains and the bare windows did not bother either [...]
It’s a tiny space (25 sq. ft.) but the mirror falling down required me to repaint and rethink the accessories. After three paint colors and a Powder Room Mirror Fail due to a rusted screw, the space is finally complete. There’s a color change that’s difficult to capture in photographs so I decided to provide [...]
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