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Life as a House.

Today we are selling my grandparent’s home, a house that’s been in our family for over 87 years. Built in 1925 by my great uncle, Harold Howie, my great-grandmother purchased it from him after the premature death of my great-grandfather, and lived there with her three children (one being my grandfather). My grandfather ultimately bought it from ‘Gigi’ soon after he and my grandmother (who lived across the street) were married. They raised their two children there (my mother and uncle) and remained in the house until his death seven years ago and my grandmother’s passing last Thanksgiving.

At Easter, our extended family took the opportunity to gather at the house and had a toast under the portrait of ‘Gramere’ – raising our glass to past memories and new beginnings.

In walking through the house, I took pause to reflect on every minutiae, previously gone unnoticed or taken for granted over a lifetime of sleepovers, family gatherings and long distance visits.

The decorative beams in the dining room hand-hewn by my grandfather, ‘Capt. Bob’, a consummate woodworker.

The remains of the basement ‘checkerboard’ floor from my Mom’s first boy/girl party that she and my Grandfather meticulously painted together…

My grandfather’s ‘graffiti’- once obscured and unnoticed, now in plain sight.

The old-fashioned, heart shaped lock on Capt. Bob’s backyard studio.

This carved declaration, like initials on a tree, inside the handmade cedar closet.

Now, in the wake of the sale, we’re all slowly coming to terms with the reality of the passing the deed to a new young family with children. Soon, they will find their own details to love. I treasure mine that much more.

I love you, Gramere and Bob.


pinnable picks: home

As I waxed on about in my previous post, I’ve immersed myself in the likes of pinterest and haven’t come up for air.  I don’t do much with this blog on a consistently regular basis, but I’m so inclined to begin a Friday series inspired by my new obsession.  It’s nothing more than a smaller gathering of themed images that caught my eye during the week or gave me visual pause.  Here goes:

I can’t get enough of this room. It’s the modern day salon of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas with the funky clusters of prints and paintings. Love it and that yellow lamp.

Flowered wallpaper is not usually my style.  But the combination of chippy, shuttered rustic doors, a singular keystone-shaped mirror and an amazing irregularly tiled floor – I can’t look away.

BOLD combination of colors, mid-century accents (heads!) and a killer couch. Nuff said.

If you’ve perused my pin boards, you know I have an affinity for vintage oil portraits.  This little room view is all about that yellow sweater and her adorable slouch.

I love this bedroom corner, the color palette, the abstract painting, the curtains and the awesome lamp. If only my wood floors looked so good.