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3/20/2014
  The plan for this week was to give you an updated progress report on our renovation project after a scheduled meeting with Jeff Thomas, our Design Development Project Manager. But as we’ve learned time and time again on this journey, plans often change, and that meeting was postponed. So instead, I’m going to tell you about the planned décor of my daughter Calliope’s bedroom—which I’m... More
3/6/2014
Construction on the exterior of our beach house is currently on hold because of the extreme cold we’ve been experiencing here in the Northeast. This, however, did not stop our beautiful new Italian La Castellamonte wood stove from being delivered this week—despite the fact that the house is not ready! So instead of having this extremely cumbersome and heavy delivery delivered directly to the... More
2/27/2014
This week we went to the house to meet with Jeffrey, our Design Development Project Manager, and check on the ledge rock situation. A few weeks ago, you may remember, we established a plan to chip away at the rock with hammers and chisels in order to ensure level ground before laying the foundation. Unfortunately, this process is taking far longer than any of us could have anticipated and will... More
2/12/2014
This week I’m going to tell you about the continuing saga that has been devising a lighting plan for our beach house.  Because the house was built in 1900 and the electrical was never upgraded, you can just imagine how outdated the system was.   We were in dire need of an entire new plan!  Luckily, we are working with our brilliant designer Charles Riley, and the ever... More
1/28/2014
House elevated nine feet in the air? Check. Renovation underway and appliances being chosen? Check. Foundation poured? Not just yet. You may remember that the foundation for our beach house was supposed to be poured at the beginning of November. Now, we are shooting for the end of January–which a glance at the calendar will show you is fast approaching!   So back to the question... More
1/13/2014
WALLPAPER VS. PAINT This is a question close to my heart. Wallpaper can be one of the most fabulous things you can do in your home–but, like color, this is one of those very personal choices. With wallpaper, you can really clean up the architecture of the space. It gives a more completed sense of design. There are a zillion types of wallpaper to chose from as well:  geometrics, raffia... More
11/21/2013
Since we’re just waiting for the foundation to be poured, nothing too dramatic has been going on at Renovation Central.  So for this week’s post, I thought it would be helpful to talk to my good friend and decorator extraordinaire, Charles Riley, and share his top decorating tips. Charles’ design aesthetic is vibrant.  He’s not afraid to use color, likes his clients to include... More
11/13/2013
Delays are a fact of life when it comes to renovation. As I'm sure you're well aware, our house has been lifted 9 feet in the air, and at some point (which was, by the way, supposed to be three weeks ago) they have to lay a foundation. In order to lay foundation properly though, they have to break up all the granite below the house. It seems the granite is so hard that they keep breaking drills,... More
11/8/2013
The Perfect Powder Room By Jaqui Lividini This week is all about the new powder room. Originally, I was an advocate for a third bathroom—John, not so much.  It became a debate for several weeks, each of us listing the pros and cons.  I had my heart set on it and, eventually, through perseverance, I was victorious. The compromise—the third bathroom—became a powder room, a more... More
11/1/2013
Carving out the Kitchen By Jaqui Lividini It's finally time for some of the fun things that go with home renovating, like designing the kitchen! Selecting appliances was first on our agenda. Our kitchen is somewhat cozy (like our house). So finding the perfect appliances is super important.  Our goal—to find the largest appliances possible that would not overwhelm our... More