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Old English Bank Barn Gets Demolished

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By Amy Dolego As soon as the sun peeked through the woods in our back yard on that Saturday morning, I was already dressed and waiting in eager anticipation.  There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it was going to be a beautiful day for a barn demolition. At this point, I was tired […] [Read More]

New Plaster Makes Walls Glisten

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By Amy Dolego After removing the hideous living room wallpaper in our very old house, we were left with a tough decision.  Three walls were in great shape and could have been easily prepped for paint.  However, hidden under the wallpaper in one section was a piece of wallboard that blocked an opening to the […] [Read More]

Removing wallpaper reveals imperfections

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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room in our very old house was fitted with dark wood shelving in one corner and had flowered wallpaper that was sorely out of date.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]

Families turn backyards into vacation getaways

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By Alice Kenny Julie Marcus sips tea in her new “mom cave,” an outdoor room nestled in the hillside and bordered with fieldstone, hostas and fern beds. Her hidden get-away is just a small detail in what at first glance looks like an outdoor resort complete with movie theater, pool, kitchen and living areas. Actually, […] [Read More]

Prying Rocks Proves Difficult

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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

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 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

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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

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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]