Painting Our Victorian Farmhouse

Sometime in the middle of the summer we started painting our house. It's a big job because our 140-year old Victorian Farmhouse is all clapboard siding and lots of trim. The temperatures really dipped this week and now we're scrambling to finish the paint job. Luckily I bought paint that's good in temps as low as 35 degrees. Normally you'd paint the house starting from the top down. But we just bought the new ladder that hubby is standing on … [Read more...]

The Historic Streets of Sycamore, Illinois

Savannah, Georgia has some of the most amazing residential architecture in the United States, so beautiful that General Sherman didn't have the heart to burn it down during the Civil War. Travel quite a bit north to a cozy, Yankee town just 60 miles west of the heart of Chicago, whose gracious homes remind me of many found in that historic painted lady of Savannah. Won't you join me for a walk around Sycamore ... Sycamore is the quintessential … [Read more...]

Mellow Yellow: The Color of Choice

I confess ... it was difficult for me to brush yellow paint across the pink clapboards of my circa 1875 historic home. But the pink was looking faded and I felt a jolt of sunshine was needed. It took months to choose trim colors but we eventually settled on Cottage White, a dark shade of green called Blade, and Candle (some shade of red ... not quite sure what you'd call it, exactly). I toyed with lavendar because it's directly opposite yellow on … [Read more...]

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