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Amy Dolego

Removing wallpaper reveals imperfections

By Amy Dolego The living room in our very old house was fitted with dark wood shelving in one corner and had flowered wallpaper that was sorely out of date.  We wanted to remove both and had no clue whether the plaster walls would be in good condition.  The wallpaper could have been hiding imperfections, […] [Read More]

Prying Rocks Proves Difficult

By Amy Dolego It seemed so simple when we started.  All my husband and I wanted to do was to remove the small rocks that were sticking up out of the back yard lawn.  They looked like the tips of icebergs and, besides tripping over them, it made mowing the grass more difficult.  We didn’t […] [Read More]

Paint Transforms Exterior

 By Amy Dolego                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our very old house looked somewhat funereal when we bought it.  Although the cedar shakes were a basic white, the entire house was completely outlined in black.  All the vertical and horizontal wood members were painted black.  The authentic Georgian entry was black, including the sidelights.  Black shutters with black […] [Read More]

A Mystery Addition for the Garden

By Amy Dolego   Yesterday, after a busy day photographing the interiors of several gorgeous houses on location, I came home and found a mysterious surprise waiting for me.  Someone had left a beautiful Stephanotis plant perched on a rock in my driveway.  It is a climber with rich, green waxy leaves, white flowers and […] [Read More]

A Laundry Room is Born

By Amy Dolego In every very old house, I imagine there is at least one room that is kind of creepy.  We had one such room.  It was a dank, dark storage space that smelled foul.  Spots of black mold dotted the narrow white door that separated it from the downstairs bathroom and no amount […] [Read More]

Martin makes me a Bat House

By Amy Dolego We met Martin and his wife, Nancy, at a party that a nice neighbor threw to introduce us to the people around town shortly after we moved into our very old house.  We immediately hit it off with them.  When our 18th century barn collapsed in January from the weight of the […] [Read More]

Cellar Dweller Digs in the Dirt

By Amy Dolego Our very old house still has the original dirt basement.  With its low ceilings and my small stature, I’m the only person who can stand up straight while walking in it.  Consequently, whenever a fuse blows, I’m the one who has to descend into this dank, dark, musty, spider-web infested, cave-like space […] [Read More]

The Joy of Closets

By Amy Dolego We have a clothes management problem in our very old house.  It’s short on closet space. Getting dressed in the morning is no easy feat.  Disorganization has become a way of life and something had to be done. It was part of my plan to have a custom closet built in my […] [Read More]

New Tractor Saves Time in the Garden

By Amy Dolego Many women enjoy buying new shoes and purses and love going to the spa.  I’m one of those women.  But now that I have a very, old house, my priorities have changed just a tad.  Instead of clothes, I prefer to buy tools.  I don’t have much closet space, anyway.  If an […] [Read More]

Removing Wall Proves Right

By Amy Dolego Before we moved into our very, old house, it had a distinct, unappealing scent.  Crossing the threshold from the fresh outdoors, one was assaulted by the scent of mildew and stale air.    It was not surprising.  Our house had been tightly closed for almost one year.  There was no circulation, the humidity […] [Read More]