Renovating an old house by a musical couple who want to live there the rest of their lives.
Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights.
We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house.
Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.
I always get a big head start thinking about Christmas because I listen to Christmas music in August so I can have about a month to learn it before I teach it to my choir. We started our rehearsals this past Sunday which means Christmas Day is 10 weeks away.
I was talking to Charlie and Sug about this year’s theme and they both looked at me like I was nuts.
In order to show them that I’m not as whacky as I seem I decided on themes myself.
The House (the house where Charlie and I live) will expand on last year’s theme of polar bears. To that end I bought 2 new door mats. If we ever get the side porch cleared of project supplies down they will go.
The Cottage (where Sug lives) will have it’s own theme of penguins (Sug’s favorite). I got her a door mat as well. Hers is already in place because the Cottage is always in order.
We also have cookie cutters for these two animals.
Last year after I declared the theme I kept coming across things that went with it. I trust this year will be no different.
I posted a list of unfinished tasks in April of this year. We have made some serious progress but we still have a number of tasks to finish before it becomes the serene, restful, uncluttered place I have always envisioned.
1. Finish the inside of the master closet. Earlier this year we built the empty room into a fitted out closet space which still needs finishing touches like face frames, shoe storage, and trim work.