Category Archives: Old House

finished piece December 19

Pinterest Project #2: holiday log centerpiece

For this project I actually used 2 pins for inspiration: What I used: One large piece or wood or a bundle of smaller pieces A drill with a spade bit Tea lights Pine cuttings, about 10 inches in length Floral wire I had my husband cut the holes for the tea lights and followed the […]

photo 2 November 14

My first (successful) Pintrest project: pictures on the wall & the transformation of a stairwell

Project:  Bring life to a dark stairwell This is what it looked like when we first moved into the house.     We removed the wall paper and painted it white. This is what is has looked like for three years. Bo-ring! Inspiration:   After a lot of looking- check out my wall hanging ideas board on […]

Pencil wreath by Kellygolightly December 22

10 DIY Christmas Ideas (It’s not too late!)

From my column at the Washington Times Communities WASHINGTON DC, December 21, 2012- If you haven’t done it all for Christmas yet, don’t fret.  There’s still time to for that perfect gift or the perfect touch for your holiday party.  All of the links that follow lead to tutorials or pictures of easy crafts and inspiration […]

sunburst December 07

Decorating With DIY Sunburst Mirrors

Decorating with DIY Sunburst Mirrors (Photo via) One of the most common types of home decor wall mirrors are sunburst mirrors. There are lots of designer sunburst mirrors, but DIY sunburst mirrors shine the most on the internet. And the reason for that is because theyíre fun to create! In this post we will go […]

We Thought We Were Spared Sandy’s Wrath…

Apparently not. Last night, as Hurricane Sandy passed DC and we went to bed, I gave a sigh of relief that nothing had happened to our old house and that we were all safe.  I had heard a rip and a crash around 10 pm, but I thought it had been part of an old […]

Third Floor October 27

Features I Love: Lighting

Lighting As I’ve written before, I am a mere beginner, and know nothing about architecture and interior design.  This is why I’ve been so reluctant to touch anything in this house- I don’t want to remove or destroy something and then find out it was irreplaceable and significant in some way… We are really trying […]

IMG_1618 October 26

History

History* The house was designed by Arthur B. Heaton (1875-1951) and built in 1912.  Somebody told me that the original architectural drawings of the house should be available at the Library Of Congress, but only by appointment.  I’ll post the drawings, should I find them. Arthur B. Heaton (1875-1951) Heaton, a prolific architect and designer with […]

Kitchen ceiling October 25

Features I Love: Ceilings & Molding

Ceilings & Molding The ceilings and molding in the house are also beautiful and remain largely untouched since the house was built.   The crown molding in the first floor is made of either wood or plaster (?), and is original to the house. There are also chair rails on most of the walls. The […]

Sunroom floor detail October 25

Features I Love: Floors

Floors This house has great features that mostly have not been touched since it was built. One of my favorite features is the floor in the entrance hall.  It is in amazing shape, considering it is over 100 years old.  I initially thought that it was just tile, but according to WASHINGTON, Houses of the Capital, where […]

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