Not This Old House

I was so excited to learn that my favorite DIY show This Old House (TOH) was coming to Rhode Island for the first time in its history! On top of it, they were seeking a project house to renovate in the Fall. Be still my heart. In our old house Kevin O’Connor, Norm Abrams, Tom Silva and company are more of a happening than Brangelina. Honestly, I can’t think of bigger fans or a house that is more chock full of unfinished projects than ours. If that is what they wanted we were in good stead. After some discussion with my husband we decided to submit an application.

Of course, this wasn’t the first time we applied to TOH. Some years earlier we applied for the This Old House Kitchen Remodel. Ultimately they selected a Chicago location and we were left to fend for ourselves. At least this time we had better odds with RI’s eligible population of just over 1 million (although a less compelling case since we bit the bullet on our kitchen remodel). The hardest part of the application was moving clutter from room to room to get respectable-but-not-embarrassing photos of our perpetual work-in-progress. Once that was done we just needed to wait…and wait…and finally we heard the news…they selected a deserving project house in…..neighboring Barrington.

The upside–we have a complete list of unfinished projects, some of the house did get cleaned up for the photo shoot, and there is still time for celebrity sightings this Fall. Stay tuned!

Report from Brimfield

Thanks to all the adventurous folks who came to visit Brimfield this wet and rainy week!!!   I had so much fun visiting with people, selling vintage finds and talking Chalk Paint.   Hope you had as much fun as I did–despite the weather! Here are some pictures of my booth setting up for the show.






I was so glad to be warm and dry in the New England Motel Central Pavillion.  I’ve already booked to return in May!

Check out these rainy day Brimfield shots from Thursday.  Luckily the sun came out on Friday and weekend shoppers were rewarded with much better conditions.


Goodnight Irene!

So relieved that Hurricane Irene didn’t reach full steam in RI when the the storm hit.  Lots of wind and rain, trees down and electrical outages.  After 5 days I’m glad to say that power was restored this evening and the generators have been silenced.  We are really fortunate.  Hope normalcy is restored to other communities soon.

Getting ready for a great show at Brimfield and hopefully cooperative weather!   A reminder, the shop will be closed for Labor Day Weekend (including Friday) and for the Brimfield Show (Sept 7 -10th).  I will have special store hours on Sunday and Monday, Sept 11th and 12th from 10am – 5 pm.  The online shop is also available if you need something sooner.

Also, consider yourself officially invited to a “Play with Paint” open house on Friday and Saturday, September 16th and 17th at Sea Rose Cottage from 10am-5pm.  I will have my sample quarts of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on hand as well as the clear and rustic wax.  You will be able to try the paint and wax out on some small sample surfaces.   This is a chance for you to see what the buzz about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is all about firsthand.

For more information, please check out the Events page.  Hope to see you soon!