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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]

The Joy of Closets

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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

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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

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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]

New Appliances Add Sparkle

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  By Amy Dolego It was my real estate agent, Fran Burger, who gave me the brilliant idea to hunt down replacements for my rusty refrigerator and stove at a non-profit store in Norwalk called “Green Demolitions”.  I had never heard of the place.  So, taking her advice, I went there for the first time […] [Read More]

Fireplace redeems an ugly kitchen

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By Amy Dolego The prevailing wisdom is that pristine kitchens and bathrooms attract buyers of houses.  Somehow, I must have missed that class on real estate 101, because these particular spaces in our very, old house were functional, at best.  Yet, my husband and I were not put off by the aesthetics or lack of […] [Read More]

Heart of the Home

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Inglenooks enjoy a modern renaissance By John R. Mastera What’s an inglenook, you ask? For many folks, Inglenook is a California wine that sounds Scandinavian. To me, it sounds like a retreat from the frenetic energy of our very busy lives. But if you’d asked a homeowner back in the 1880s, inglenook would’ve meant something […] [Read More]