7 Years in Kingston! Revisiting the Dining Room

Let’s talk about the next room in this riveting limited series where we tour every room in my house, 7 years into the renovation. Today—the dining room!

One of the several reasons I fell in love with this house was all of the natural light flooding in from the many large old windows, but the dining room was an exception. A large (old, but heavily altered) addition blocked a lot of light from that window in the photo above, and the same addition had resulted in the loss of one of the three original windows that would have created the bay window (you’ll see in a sec). So I’ve tried to fix all that, and now it’s as light and bright as the rest of the house!

Otherwise, this room experienced a similar renovation to the living room that I talked about last time, with a few added twists and turns. Like the living room, this one had 1960s acoustic tile ceilings on furring strips over the original failing plaster that all got replaced with new sheetrock, exposed radiator lines I had re-routed and buried in walls and ceilings in the course of the work, and some super wild walls!

A bit better, yes? The amount of light that comes in through that window now makes me SO happy. The window itself desperately needs to be restored (broken sash cords, a couple cracked panes, failing glazing—same story, different window), but I’ll get to it!

That door where the hutch is sitting now wasn’t original to the house—added in the 1930s when the house became apartments for the first time. Had I known there would be a hulking piece of furniture there I might have just left it, but I removed and patched over the hole left behind to restore the way the room was originally designed.

Still to do: REAL SHADES. I struggle with window treatments in this house, since the moldings are so beautiful and I don’t like the idea of curtains obscuring them! I also need privacy, and I also will whither and die without natural light, so solar shades have been my answer. Those suckers add up, though, so I’ve bought them rather slowly over time and just…haven’t for this room. So the four windows in here sport temporary paper Redi-Shades and they look very very bad (and actually block more light than the solar shades do).

I mean, how could I not fall in love with this house? Just look at it! This photo always reminds me of how I felt at the time—so smitten, so scared of losing it to somebody who wouldn’t love it like I would, and so overwhelmed by how fucking insane it was to even be considering buying a house given my finances and general place in life. But we all survived!

Like every other room in the house, this one has had its share of iterations but here’s how it looks nowadays! One of the big changes in here was moving the radiator to this wall between the doors (living room on the right, closet on the left). The radiator itself was swapped in from its original location in the hallway. If you look at the before photo, you can see how the baseboard was patched in—I’m pretty sure this indicates a fireplace mantel on this wall originally, which I’m sure was very beautiful!

Still to do: paint that radiator! The existing silver paint is in OK condition, which I guess is why I haven’t done it yet. It’ll happen eventually! The spirit recently moved me to level it out—it always sloped down a little toward the right and bugged me. The thing weighs 10,000 pounds but I somehow managed it myself with a lot of grunting and cursing. A quarter inch makes a huge difference!

Man, the floors have always needed refinishing, but looking at the photos makes me realize how much worse they’ve gotten in the last 7 years. They’ve taken a BEATING during the renovations. The whole room has, really—at various times it’s served as a storage/staging zone for renovating other parts of the house, and it was the temporary kitchen for…a year? Just to illustrate, above is back in 2013; judging by the debris in the living room, right after the vestibule demo.

By 2014, I had things looking like this. It was pretty nice!

Then 2016 blew in with its reign of terror while I tore off the whole side of my house and basically everything went to shit. Those were some really dark days of owning this house and also just being alive. I mean…that is not the home OR job site of somebody who is doing well in the brain. I was, in fact, doing very badly in the brain. I’m much better now, thank you for asking!

Anyway—some redemption? Here we are today. Funny how that stupid bench made its way back onto this wall recently—it was the living room coffee table for several years until a few weeks ago! Going through these old photos is sort of fun (and a tad alarming) to realize how much less stuff I had…but slowly accumulating things to make these spaces feel like home and like ME is, of course, something I like to do.

Still to do: a friend’s dog kind of destroyed the paint job on that door, and it really needs to be repainted. Part of my hang-up is that this was one of the first doors I painted, and it shows—my skills have developed significantly in the intervening years! I think this might be a case where I should really strip it down completely. I don’t think I even primed, so the black paint isn’t very well adhered, and the texture is all lumpy and bad anyhow. That being said, the whole room could really use a paint job. I’m kinda over the white-on-white, and it’s just seen a lot of abuse since I painted it the first time.

Ahhhhh, my beloved bay window. No earthly idea what to really DO with it other than fill it with plants someday, but it sure is pretty!

At some point early on, it hit me that there would have originally been windows on all three sides of the bay. One had been removed and replaced with a door when the addition was built off the side of the house, so putting one back was a big part of the restoration of that side of the house!

I did a really good job of replicating all of the VERY complex millwork on the outside, but inside? NOT SO MUCH. It still looks like this about 4 years after the window went in…my, how time flies. The hold-up is that I really need to have a couple of the molding profiles replicated to do it right, and that just hasn’t been especially high on the priority list.

It occurs to me that I should really throw up some sheetrock and just paint it white in the meantime, but I have a tendency to avoid stop-gap measures because…glutton for punishment? I think I have a little anxiety that if I did something like that, I’d just never circle back to it. But it would improve things significantly. I should definitely just do it. OK fine I’ll do it.

Still to do: what I just said, obviously, but I also haven’t dealt with the bay window area at ALL. I didn’t repaint it when I did the rest of the room, so all of the molding needs some serious TLC and a paint job.

I’m mostly posting this photo because Bungee couldn’t possibly be a more handsome dog, but I’ll pretend to talk about other stuff.

The art over the radiator I found in the trash back in my Brooklyn days. Some of my art is inherited, and a few pieces are kinda fancy, but I have no problem hanging them alongside stuff I pulled out of the literal garbage. It doesn’t matter where it came from if you love it!

I found the light fixture several years ago, but I’ve just been storing it since—ridiculous! So happy to finally have it up. I didn’t buy it for this space, but I really love it in here. It has TWENTY FOUR 10-watt bulbs, so it throws off a ton of light when it isn’t dimmed. Dimmed way down low, it’s super nice ambient light for cozy dinners. I think it may be a Sciolari design, but I’ve never been able to find this particular light anywhere online to confirm. Whatever!

I know “formal” dining rooms are a thing of the past for many people and houses, by the way, but I really love having one. Pretty much nothing in life makes me happier than when this table is full of friends enjoying food and conversation. Sigh. Someday that’ll be OK again.

I still love my big hutch, which I eyed at the now-closed clock repair shop in Uptown Kingston for a year or two before the guy finally sold it to me. It’s probably about the age of the house, holds a lot, and has such nice character! You may note that the inside is QUITE crowded. I blame the fact that the closet across the room is gutted—someday I’ll put up walls and shelves in there and have much better storage for serving ware and such, and then I can display stuff better in here. There’s a lot of good shit behind those glass doors! Soooo…

Still to do: finish out the dining room closet.

The lithographs hanging next to it are by Gregory Gummersall, and were inherited from my grandparents. They hung over the fireplace in the living room until recently, but I feel like they really solved this kinda awkward space created by the off-center hutch. I’ve never felt that wall was working very well, and having just one piece hanging always felt a little…off. So I’m happy with this arrangement!

The table is the now-discontinued NORDEN from IKEA. It expands out to comfortably seat 8-10, and I still think it’s a really nice piece of furniture! I intentionally sought out a used older model than what IKEA was selling at the time and eventually found it on Craigslist. A little thing I picked up at some point: after IKEA introduces a product, they tend to tweak it slightly over the years so that they can keep the price the same while the cost of goods rises, so the quality tends to go downhill over time as a result. This version of the NORDEN is 20+ years old, and that thing is solid as a rock and great quality. The wood and the finish on the later models isn’t as nice.

The chairs are vintage, and they’ve been with me my whole life! As far as I know, my grandparents bought them in the 50s (pretty cutting edge for the 1950s, right??) for the house my dad grew up in, and I think my parents inherited them in the 80s. They were always the dining chairs in our dining room growing up, much to the chagrin of my mother who has hated them the entire time. Sorry Mom! But also thank you for never getting around to replacing them, because I love them SO! MUCH!

Oh, this funny arrangement? IDK. I made the bench. The brass sculpture and the painting are both inherited from the same grandparents. The sculpture is from the 1970s by Nancy Gensburg and Arleen Eichengreen. The painting is by Daniel Lang circa 1970. The lamp is also from IKEA, also now discontinued. Which is a shame, because that thing is NICE! The base is solid cork and the glass is really beautiful in person.

I found the antique rug locally at an auction. I was SO EXCITED when I saw it at the auction preview and was prepared to have to part with some large bills to make it happen, but NOPE. $50! I’ll never forget the guy standing next to me leaning over and asking earnestly “I’m sorry, but why in the world did you buy that??”.

Some people just don’t get it. I simply cannot help them.

Anyway. It’s been in the den for several years but made it down here a few weeks ago. I love having it in this room!

Bungee also approves. Good boy!

What else. I don’t know. Pewter candlesticks are vintage from a thrift store. The wood dough bowl I found at some weird middle-of-nowhere antique mall somewhere in South Carolina, and it’s filled with various antique wooden kitchen tools. Also, an ostrich eggshell from that time i made a whole frittata with an ostrich egg I got at the farmer’s market. I know, WHAT a story.

I think that about does it! There are plenty of things left to do in here like every other room in the house, but especially after looking through the history I feel pretty good about being at this point!

Next up—the kitchen!

About Daniel Kanter

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  1. 10.2.20
    Laura C said:

    I love this house. You’ve done an incredible job. Re: the bay window, I can’t quite tell how large it is, but could you do a built in window seat/daybed and make it a reading nook? Would that be weird in a dining room?

    • 10.7.20

      Thank you! I don’t think it would be weird necessarily, but I’d hate to cover up the panel moldings below the windows! I’m such a pain haha.

  2. 10.2.20
    StephanieZ said:

    I really like this iteration. The way the hutch is offset by those paintings is great. I’m not sure I would have thought of that and I totally love it. I’m glad you went with that light fixture. It looks damn good in there!

  3. 10.2.20
    Anne said:

    There’s balance, sophistication and history in your dining room – perfect!

    So looking forward to your tackling the kitchen …

  4. 10.2.20
    Caitlin said:

    Looks wonderful, even in progress! Glad you survived everything so far & continue to make a beautiful place for yourself. I think the bay window needs a bar cart… make it a bar bay, baby :)

    • 10.3.20
      Barbara said:


    • 10.6.20
      Jonelle Riboni said:

      I was going to suggest the same thing – you can never go wrong with a bar cart! And the dining room is the perfect place, just swing over after your meal for an after dinner cocktail and keep the conversations going.

    • 10.7.20

      I’ve thought about that! But then I feel like I could easily slide into a Mad Men-style breakfast cognac situation, and that may not be the healthiest choice. Right now the bar is in the bottom part of the big hutch, but I feel like the closet could take over that duty once it has walls!

  5. 10.2.20
    Katherine said:

    I’m just loving this series so far! Can’t wait until the upstairs bathroom, that’s my favorite room in your house!

  6. 10.2.20
    Sara L. said:

    This room is just gorgeous. I especially like the hutch wall with the two prints, just looking at it makes me sigh with contentment. I love all of your art so much, the stuff you inherited and the stuff you trash picked. And that light fixture! I loved that moment in your stories when you were shopping with Juliet in the basement and she saw this and was like, “I don’t need to see any more!” I felt like that too! Just beautiful. Interested to see what color you are thinking for the walls. Any hints? (Can’t wait until this tour fetches up in the kitchen….)

    • 10.7.20

      I honestly have no idea! (hang tight on the kitchen, working on the post!)

  7. 10.2.20
    Whitney said:

    Your style is my dream-style, you have such a beautiful eye.

    It might be my shoddy work internet, but I’m pretty sure there’s a couple of pics missing? As I read along you’d reference things in a picture that I couldn’t find in the pictures before or after the reference. Doesn’t seem like anyone else has noticed this so its probably just me.

    • 10.7.20

      Huh, sorry about that! Maybe a different browser? It’s all looking fine to me on Safari so I don’t know how to troubleshoot! Thank you for the kind words!! :)

  8. 10.2.20
    Jill Greenberg said:


    You could just do that in the bay. Kind of a clever way to store two extra dining room chairs in plain sight when the dining table isn’t fully expanded. A killer light fixture there would be cool too, although might compete with the fixture over the dining table.

    • 10.4.20
      Molly said:

      Great look, great solution!

    • 10.7.20

      I could see something like that! I’ll take that Patrick Townsend light too ;)

  9. 10.2.20
    Lynsey said:

    Beautiful and inspiring. That light fixture makes me swoon. And the art! Your grandparents are/were cool beyond cool.
    P.S. I happened upon my own version of your “trash table” yesterday! Mine isn’t true trash, since I picked it up at Habitat Restore for 10 whole dollars. It needs some love, so that will be today’s project!

    • 10.7.20

      Oh cool! Requesting before and after pics please!

  10. 10.2.20
    Kate said:

    Speaking of solar shades, could you suggest the source that you currently use or would use? I think in the past, you’ve used IKEA, then Lowe’s, & then Blindsmax. I love your blog & will need to get some solar shades sometimes this year so I’d love to get your latest recommendation! Thank you for always being a source of inspiration in your design, DIY, & writing!

    • 10.2.20

      Haha, that’s my exact record! I still think Blindsmax has the best value for the money out there, unless there’s something new i’m not privy to!

  11. 10.2.20
    Carolyn said:

    It almost sounds like you’re being sarcastic when you called this series “riveting” but SURELY NOT — I let out an actual squeal of glee when I saw it come up. Love it, love your house, love your style, cannot WAIT for your kitchen renovation. And if you got some plants now you could put them in that bay window before you do anything else and they would be so happy, just saying. Also, you have probably shown this elsewhere but where is the piano now? It was nice to have a glimpse of it in the LR in the 2014 pic, although I love the big cabinet thing that’s there now.

    • 10.7.20

      The piano has migrated to the parlor, currently the Hoard Room of Doom! Getting increasingly but slowly less hoard-y. And you’re totally right about the plants! I gotta get my ass in gear and go buy some.

  12. 10.2.20
    Mary said:

    I love the mix of styles in this room: modern and antique and yet somehow it all hangs together beautifully while being unique and different than everything else out there. Bravo.

  13. 10.2.20
    Sterling Davenport said:

    Your grandparents were truly blessed with good taste, all the pieces you’ve inherited are wonderful and really make the space special. Far more than if you’d just bought them yourself piecemeal (though perhaps I’m just sentimental).

    • 10.2.20
      Sarah said:

      Right?! For all of us whose grandparents’ taste leaned more toward Naugahyde and gold-flecked formica….cherish those stunning pieces!

    • 10.7.20

      If that makes you sentimental, I’m in trouble! It does really change things—a lot of this stuff I wouldn’t have necessarily bought if I just found it somewhere, but I love being surrounded by so many things that have personal meaning to me. I’m a total sucker!

  14. 10.2.20
    Charley said:

    I can’t get enough of the openness you have about *progress* – how messy, difficult, redemptive and rewarding it all is, both with remodeling and mental/emotional health. It’s the same rollercoaster at our place and it’s validating to see it put here so beautifully. Thanks!

  15. 10.2.20
    Hannah Gokie said:

    My jaw literally dropped at the insane $50 rug, physically, while I was reading this. *insert shock emoji here* I love this dining room so much!

    • 10.3.20
      Ben S said:

      i know, me too!
      great colours, great age, great.

  16. 10.2.20
    Susan said:

    I’ve admired your work for a few years and you have transformed your home. It is amazing what you have done. I also like your aesthetic! Thanks for sharing.

  17. 10.2.20
    Mariane said:

    Love this version of your dining room. The hutch really found it’s rythm with those two litographs. Your rug and pendant are so beautiful. The art from your grandparents are the coolest, I always taught good taste was acquired but it might also be inherited! And that lamp from Ikea is the bomb, I have one myself and looove it!

  18. 10.2.20
    Simone said:

    Well done Daniel! It looks lovely.
    I remember you making that bench.

  19. 10.2.20
    Hannah B. said:

    The dining room is lovely, as always. BUT does the kitchen reference mean we’re about to get started on those cabinets!?!! I’M ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE INSTA STORIES. Also, no pressure ;)

    • 10.7.20

      You’ll see! Fair warning I don’t think it’s nearly as exciting as it sounds—not much new to report but we’re doing a house tour so why not!

  20. 10.2.20
    Simone said:

    PS if you are still looking for a coffee table I can recommend the Eames Elliptical. Just saying.
    We have one and it really is a wonderful thing.

  21. 10.2.20
    Mandy said:

    As always, a beautiful transformation. Thanks for the update. Also, I thought I’d recommend these super cheap IKEA shades ($2.99) that in person are quite pretty. They are adhesive like the others but fabricky (?) and look way more esspensive than other cheap temporary shades. Until you’re ready to make the splurge for real blinds!


  22. 10.2.20
    Lisa said:

    Your dining room is fancy in the best possible way. I grew up in a fancy house, the dining room wall paneled in wood reassembled from an English manor house, shipped over in the era right after the California Gold Rush. We always ate on raffia mats with paper napkins and stainless steel cutlery. Your dining room reminds me of that. The personal taste is highlighted.

  23. 10.2.20
    Isabella said:

    Such wonderful progress! My favorite thing about your house are the gorgeous moldings. You are so right about Ikea products. I noticed that my slipcovers for my sectional sofa went from a wonderful 100% cotton duck (quite heavy) to a poly blend for the same price.

  24. 10.2.20
    Melinda said:

    Love it all, and what an incredible deal on the dining room rug!! The light fixture, the chairs, the art-found and inherited -are all wonderful together. (Ain’t it grand to have generous relatives with great taste? ) If you have plants from outside to bring in during the winter, that bay is the perfect spot for them. And a single fabulous plant on an equally fabulous stand would be lovely, letting the bay windows be all, ‘look, I’m a fabulous bay window!’ Love the doors and millwork too… Bravo! Carry on!

  25. 10.2.20
    Loryn said:

    Do you have any idea what you’ll move onto after the white on white?

    • 10.7.20

      I really don’t! I’ll just continue to stew it over indefinitely hahaha

  26. 10.2.20
    Diane said:

    Daniel,you are so amazing,and gifted! Your dedication to this beautiful home is something to be admired. Love everything you are doing. And I like many are vicariously living thru your great adventures. Thanks for sharing your life with us!❤️

  27. 10.2.20
    Claudia said:

    Love seeing the house transform over the years, complete with shots of the doggos. Hope Mekko is doing well, and that you include a photo of her gorgeous self soon.

    Your grandparents left you an amazing legacy of good pieces and great taste!

    • 10.7.20

      Will do! She was just sleeping in the other room, being a diva ;)

  28. 10.2.20
    Laura said:

    Overjoyed to see a new post! I’m one of your newer readers who just binged on years and years of posts and now has to be patient waiting on new revelations. As an editor, my thought while reading through every year, every post, in chronological order (which was tricky), was that this blog could/should be turned into a very readable, very relatable book. Your content is infinitely readable and relatable, and your photos are great. And your dogs are perfection (but you know that). Give it some thought.

    • 10.7.20

      I really appreciate that Laura, thank you! Can’t believe you read the whole blog—I’ve never done that, and I wrote the damn thing! ;)

  29. 10.2.20
    greta said:

    You have done so much. Let’s just think about how beautiful it looks. Stop thinking about all these smaller jobs that aren’t that noticeable. Why bother with sheetrock in the nook? Just spray paint the opening white for a few years. I am not kidding. But, I am kind of lazy.

    • 10.7.20

      Only because I should really insulate it better! Upstate NY gets coldddd!

  30. 10.2.20
    Brenda said:

    Loving the tour!!! Eager to see the kitchen!

  31. 10.2.20
    Jeanna said:

    Your grandparents had some seriously great art! I fall in love with a piece in your house, and then you mention it’s from your grandparents :) Nice

  32. 10.2.20
    Miruska said:

    You have seriously stunning art. I couldn’t believe somebody threw out that piece of the the radiator!? I would never tire of that view of the
    hutch with those two paintings. Great work.

  33. 10.2.20
    Jannike said:

    that brass sculpture is DA BOMB!

  34. 10.2.20
    Katie said:

    I think filling the bay window with plants is the PERFECT use of space. A fiddle leaf fig would love the multidirectional light, but then, so would loads of other plans that are much harder to kill LOL

    • 10.7.20

      Yes! I had a fiddle in there for a while, buttttt the whole house froze in 2016 and my beautiful tree never recovered!

  35. 10.2.20
    Kate said:

    It’s so much fun looking at the before and after photos. You should be so proud of what you’ve done here! It’s really beautiful and looks like a well-loved home. That antique rug is fab—no idea how that crazy man at the auction didn’t understand the appeal!

    • 10.7.20

      Apparently nobody else did either!! It felt like the twilight zone. There were audible chuckles in the crowd. Like…am I crazy?!? Whatever, people!

  36. 10.2.20
    Anna said:

    The surprise picture of Bungee smiling makes me so happy.

    • 10.7.20

      He’s too handsome! That dog could get away with murder.

  37. 10.2.20
    'col said:

    I know the hutch is a little crowded, but I sort of like that? I like that it’s functional and not only decorative, although you have plenty of room for beautiful things. Also that rug makes me want to scream into a pillow every time I see it. It’s so pretty, and it’s great in this room. I love your house! Thank you for showing it off to us!

  38. 10.2.20
    Julie said:

    Your grandparents must be amazing people. Clearly they had amazing taste which they have passed down to you. What a great legacy.

    • 10.7.20

      They were! They’ve both passed away years ago, but it’s an honor to live with so many things that they loved during their lives. <3

  39. 10.3.20
    Jen said:

    I just wanted to say that I really like your writing style. You’re a very personable writer. And of course your designs are great, too. I also love that your site is not filled with clutter or ads; the style of your site mirrors the style of your life. I look forward to your posts each week!

  40. 10.3.20
    Mary said:

    Just discovered you from Young House Love’s Insta. So happy but lost most of a perfectly good morning pouring over your posts. Love your style and voice!

    • 10.7.20

      Thanks Mary! Welcome to the bloggeroo!

  41. 10.3.20
    Steph said:

    You are so fortunate to have inherited such nice stuff from your family! No matter where you get items for a home, the most interesting are eclectic, gathered and unable to link! It is character!
    Thanks for sharing!

  42. 10.3.20

    Ugh, never for notification yesterday but this morning, saw a notification from Instagram that Binging with Babish and you have both updated so I clicked on over and saw the photo of the dining room and discivered it was posted yesterday, so went to your bio above in Insta and clicked on through.

    I love how the room is now and can see what you mean it needs a bit more work (the floors and door notwithstanding). but I love how it is now, inviting and all that. I remember the post where you made that bench for the dining table so you could have Thanksgiving in that room I think the following year? Anyway, it’s cute where it is and a nice platform for putting stuff on, especially a sculpture and a lamp with a kick ass piece of art hung above it.

    Anyway, I like how your house is evolving over the years.

    Keep at it!

    • 10.7.20

      Apologies, we’re switching the email system and had a little glitch! It should come in for future posts—keep me updated if you’re not getting it!

  43. 10.3.20
    Jo said:

    I love that you hang trash can art. I pulled an old relief US map out of a dumpster and it has been my pride and joy for 30 years. It was published by Chicago School supply in 1999 and fascinates all my nerdy friends.
    Also, I’m a little worried that Mekko wasn’t in this blog post. Is she just snoozing somewhere off camera, I hope?

    • 10.7.20

      Yes yes! Just snoozing in a sunbeam somewhere. She’s in tip top condition, according to the vet last week!

  44. 10.3.20
    susan said:

    As always, your blog posts are SO much fun to ready. I’ve got to say though, your trash painting? I just keep rescrolling to look at it. For some reason it just gives me all the feels. All of your artwork is just so wonderful but that piece in particular just really speaks to me.

    • 10.7.20

      I know, I love that thing! So insane that someone curbed it. I’ve tried to research the artist but came up dry, sadly!

  45. 10.3.20
    Coletta said:

    I want to find a painting like that in the trash! I can’t even find artwork in thrift stores around here (Joshua Tree) because they charge WAY TOO MUCH for their shit.

  46. 10.3.20
    Linda Diane said:

    Would you talk about the grandparents with incredible style? Who was the driving force of aesthetic there? What time frame were they acquiring things? Where did they live? Where did your artistic sense come from? All of these questions and more.

    • 10.7.20

      I actually wrote about them and their house back in 2013! I completely forgot I did that, so thank you for the reminder! https://manhattan-nest.com/2013/03/13/65/

      The update, sadly, is that the house was torn down. They buyer lied, didn’t honor the salvage rights clause, and now it’s all in a landfill. I hope karma bites him in the ass.

    • 10.11.20
      Sara L. said:

      Oh, Daniel, that’s terrible. It is truly unbelievable to me when people buy lovely, well-built homes from another era just to tear them down and build something new and, usually, ugly. My favorite house near where I live, which I used to drive by all the time and sigh and wish I lived in, was torn down. I can’t bear to drive by anymore to see what kind of monstrosity is there now.

    • 10.5.20

      woah! good eye, thank you! I think i paid $200 so that price is…woah.

  47. 10.5.20

    You have made a beautiful dining room. It’s serene and delightfully punctuated with wonderful art, and furniture! Fortunate family and friends to share future dinners in your beautifully made room> You’ll make so many lovely memories in that room, well done and BRAVO!!


  48. 10.5.20
    Molly said:

    Love this series :) your house is so beautiful! It’s amazing to see how far its come.

    Re: the shades – I have the fabric version of those, and they’re reasonably nice! I accidentally bought the paper ones once and they were just terrible, but the fabric ones let in A LOT more light & take a lot longer to get messed up. Obviously they’re still cheap so they’re not great, but I’d definitely recommend checking them out if you find yourself needing to replace the ones you’ve got hanging right now – they’re a good cheap fix. Highly recommend!!!

    • 10.7.20

      Oh, I didn’t know they made those! I may have to pick up a few. The paper ones are fine for a bit, but not after a few years!

  49. 10.6.20
    Josie said:

    Wish my grandparents had such good taste! That reclining sculpture on the bench is AMAZE. All I have inherited so far is lots of lace doilies!

  50. 10.6.20
    LD said:

    It looks so good! Really making me want to throw out everything I own and go thrifting. Anyway, can you say more about what you didn’t want to center the hutch? It looks REALLY good this way but my brain is itching to see it centered.

    • 10.7.20

      Simple—it doesn’t fit! I mean it kind of does, but opening the doors and drawers would be really tight and it would crowd that chair at the end of the table too much. If the room was a few feet longer, it’d be centered I think!

  51. 10.7.20
    Jennifer Owen said:

    You definitely have to finish up that bay window trim. My bestie has plants in her dining room bay window, it’s perfect for that.
    Also, sculpture is amazing.

  52. 10.9.20
    Jeannette said:

    Just wanted to let you know I’ve read every single entry since you moved to Kingston in the past week — just to get through this part of Trumpocalypse
    It really helps
    So when you posted on regrading the cottage front yard I was totally au courant
    And I found the OG entry on planing your clapboards which kills me every time
    Thanks so much for all you do

  53. 10.9.20
    jana said:

    i am also a pain in the ass and bought an old house that i refuse to get rid of even though i can’t afford to REALLY save it because i refuse to let someone come in and flip it.. aka ruin it forever. it’s already passed through too many hands without love. so what that there is exposed plaster with cracks, splintered floors, crumbling tile, and uneven door frames someone once fucked up?!? ITS MINE AND I LOVE IT. :)

  54. 10.14.20
    Alice said:

    I was wondering if you could knock down the wall in the left closet to reunite the old fireplace with the closet.
    By placing the radiator at the old fireplace you decided that you will never restore the fireplace? You did such an amazing job in your bedroom. Couldn’t it be done here?
    I love, love, love your blog and whatever you post :)

  55. 10.18.20
    Nicolette said:

    Gorgeous as always. Thank you for sharing the good, the bad and the ugly. Sometimes it’s hard to remember all the time and work it took to get to the “afters”.
    What room is between 10 and 3?
    Also, slightly panicking there is no comment from Mom

  56. 2.1.21
    AS said:

    Chiming in that I too love the hutch with those paintings. Also, between the dark doors and across from the beautiful metal chandelier I’m totally cool with the dark silver paint on the radiator.

  57. 3.15.21
    Emily said:

    the bay window, I can’t quite tell how large it is, but could you do a built-in window seat/daybed and make it a reading nook?

    • 5.6.21

      Maybe! The difficulty is that I don’t want to cover the gorgeous moldings!

  58. 3.20.21
    Catherine said:

    Love your house and your commentary! Everything in my house has a story too
    How about a cool comfy reading chair in your bay window (with plants, of course!)? Or set up a meditation spot there