Warming An Old Lodge

Charlie and I had to make a quick overnight trip to upstate New York.

The library is a cozy room with a large fireplace.

We stayed in a large private lodge with fabulous fireplaces.

A huge stash of logs is kept on the left of the fireplace,

The logs are about 4 feet long.

The dining room seats 22.

There were roaring fires in all the fireplaces except the dining room.

The fireplace in the entrance hall has been converted to a woodstove.

The main hall has a roaring wood stove.

Do you like a wood fire, gas fire, no fire?


ABC’s of Me

Here’s my A to Z list of things I like and don’t, including some personal insights.

  1. Age: Old enough to know better
  2. Bed size: King

    Love a king-sized bed.
  3. Chore you hate: Cleaning bathroom
  4. Dogs: No animals yet but if I had one it would be a dog, actually a long-haired dachshund
  5. Essential start to your day: doppio cappuccino

  6. Favorite color: Blue
  7. Gold or silver: Silver (the color, not the metal)
  8. Height: 5’ 5”
  9. Instruments: Alas, no longer. Once upon a time cello, guitar, banjo, piano and bells

    Still my favorite instrument.
  10. Job title: Executive Administrator
  11. Kids: 1
  12. Live: Maryland
  13. Mom’s name: Betty June

    left to right: me, grandmother, mother.
  14. Nicknames: Jo Jo, Babe
  15. Overnight hospital stays: Surgery
  16. Pet peeve: The phrase “I feel badly.” It’s grammatically incorrect.
  17. Quote from a movie: “Do or do not, there is no try.” Yoda

    Jedi Master
  18. Right or left handed: Left. That’s right, I’m cool.
  19. Siblings: 1 sister
  20. Time you wake up: around 5:15 a.m.
  21. Underwear: Jockey or Victoria’s Secret

    A load of new lingerie
  22. Vegetables you dislike: Coconut, is that a veggie?
  23. What makes you run late: Charlie is my only hold-up.
  24. X-Rays you’ve had: Left and right knee, left and right shoulder
  25. Yummy food you make: Baked mac and cheese
  26. Zoo- favorite animal: Don’t like animals in the zoo.

What’s on your list?

Musical Gifts

My sister is a wonderful gift-giver.  She always seems to give the perfect thing.

The tacky little lamp was our only music light over the piano and the bench cushion was not very attractive.

We have a piano between the dining room and the living room that can be seen from almost every room on the first floor.

Charlie received this piano bench cushion in 2016 for Christmas.

In 2016 my sister gave Charlie a tapestry cushion for his piano bench. It was a huge improvement and he really appreciated it.

19-inch piano map illuminates at least two music sheets.

This year she sent a beautiful piano lamp. (We had been using a lamp from WalMart that I had spray painted.)

Sometimes the lamp might want to be dimmed.

Her research had led her to a dimmable model.  When the lamp arrived it worked but wouldn’t dim.

The lamp worked but wouldn’t dim.

Since the dimmer was an extra little box with a dial that fit between the power cord and the lamp base, we were hoping that replacing it would fix the issue.

The new piano lamp is sleek, functional, and dimmable.

The Cocoweb company replaced the dimmer for free and now it works. Tra la.

Do you have dimming lights?

More Light in the Cottage Kitchen

The Cottage kitchen is small but functional.

The Cottage kitchen gets plenty of light during the day due to a window near the sink.

Unfortunately it was more functional during the day than at night.

The area is bright in daylight.
An under-cabinet fluorescent tube lights up the sink area.

Sug went to Home Depot and bought an under-cabinet light much like the one I used to have in my old kitchen.

What small change can make your kitchen more functional?

My Style Profile

I took a quiz about my style and here are the results.

This survey really describes my style.

I am a traditionalist at heart with an eye towards more eclectic looks.

I have furniture including two Bergère chairs from the 1950s that have been passed down in my family.

I like classic looks and coordinated pieces in my home but like to add some energy and personality with a few more eclectic pieces. I may like a more antique look or gilded accents or just tailored lines, but I prefer a look that is mostly uniform and balanced.

I .  .  .

  • want my home to be stylish and that is a reflection of me and my overall tastes.
  • like to include pieces with a classic look such as antiques or items with a sense of history to them.

    The kitchen island was made from my mother’s antique breakfront.
  • want my home to be comfortable and inviting and that is a reflection of me and my lifestyle.
  • want my home to have a bright, cheerful look.
  • I love the brightness of the conservatory.
  • see my home as an expression of my personal style.
  • like classic modern pieces.

    I like the cleans lines of a glass coffee table.
  • like ethnic accents and a “worldly” look.
  • like your space to look somewhat dramatic.
  • like cool colors.

    The master bedroom is the coolest of blues.
  • like bright pops of color or colorful accents.

    I like bright pops of color in the usually cool rooms.
  • like to use some traditional gilded or wood accents in my  home to give it a sense of timelessness.
  • like the look of natural materials in my home.

    Rattan bench adds a casual touch to the more conservative furniture.

This is definitely my style.

What’s yours?

Tasks While I’m Away

Charlie and I are going away for a week.

Both new bathrooms have this round window which is inside the shower area and need special casings.

Our friend has offered to oversee her carpenter while he installs our round window trim.

I tried to fill holes in the trim but have never finished.

She is also planning to fill the holes in some of the already installed trim.

All the trim in the conservatory needs to be painted.

And then paint it. These are thankless jobs that we haven’t been able to get to yet.

The round window trim has been pre-painted.

All I have to do is get the paint out. Will do. Right away.

How do you get ready for a tedious job?

The Upper Deck

We have a deck outside our bedroom French doors.

The deck outside the master bedroom needs a railing.

It needs to have a railing around it since it is one story above the ground.

Although our house is not brick I love the look of the Chippendale railing on the second floor porch.

I have some plans for my carpenter who I hope can fashion me a beautiful Chippendale railing.

The French doors lead o the master bedroom.

I might also need to put a more durable roof surface on the deck like a silicon or acrylic coating.

Does anyone have experience with  a white roof?