Holyoke Home is one couple. One dog. One garden. One achingly lovely historic brick row house in Holyoke, Massachusetts. One very cool city. One VERY LONG renovation 'wish list.' One project at a time? We'll see.
Professional Guidance: An Interior Designer
- Published on Tuesday, 09 April 2013
Authors: Holyoke HomeMy life is better because I hire professionals. I don't do my own taxes because DUH. I don't review legal documents because DUUUUH (Yes, I have a lawyer. Loooooong story on how that came to be.) And when my rat wheel of a brain alights on obsesses about an especially tricky problem, I don't try to solve it with the rat wheel...
Little Nuggets of Life
- Published on Tuesday, 02 April 2013
Authors: Holyoke HomeLast year my mom gave me a gift certificate to White Flower Farms for my birthday. I knew I wanted EARLY flowers. I wanted bulbs whose 'FUCK YOU WINTER!' boldness shakes off the greybrown (it's one word around here in March), giving one hope that warmer days really are around the corner. Like, the next corner, not the down the...
40 and Fabulous. Period.
- Published on Thursday, 28 March 2013
Authors: Holyoke HomeIs there ANY. THING. in the world better than enjoying people you love? While they sit at a table around you? Singing? To you? On your birthday? I think not.
Happy Holidays from a Pagan
- Published on Sunday, 23 December 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeAll is well here in Holyoke. In 2012 we've made a few stumbles and made a few leaps. But love continues to reign. Love for you, our readers, love between me and Mr. Man, love of a well decorated tree, and love of a very sausage-y looking Boston Terrier (how did he get so ROUND?!)
Wishing peace, joy and love to you and...
Perfect Floor Find
- Published on Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeI found this scratchy door mat on sale at Pier One and thought to myself, 'Self. I think that yellow is exactly the yellow of the kitchen floor. "
Yup. And the blue brings out the walls. Boo yah!
Frosted Glass Lowers Your Blood Pressure.
- Published on Thursday, 06 September 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeRemember this view?
How about this one?
Not to 'yuck' someone else's 'yum', but YUCK.
Based on your suggestions, I decided to frost the glass partition between our house and our neighbor's. It's not a big deal - it's her front porch, she can do what she wants. But the ghetto ceiling is depressing and the whole cat situation...
Insulation Wrap-Up (Still On Lock Down)
- Published on Tuesday, 04 September 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeWelcome to our row house front porch. See how we keep everything locked down? At least we have a nice place to sit down after all that sweating and cursing about insulation. Let's have a little glass of wine as the sun goes down and I'll tell you more. White or red?
If you live in a row house, you MUST insulate your crawl...
The Big Blow: Part II
- Published on Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeWhen last we left off, our intrepid, innocent, gung-ho home owners received two pallets (40 twenty-five pound bags) of cellulose insulation. The next step? Actually installing the stuff. Look closely at their excited faces. BECAUSE THEY ARE ABOUT TO DIE. SWEAT TO DEATH. SWEAT AND CURSE TO DEATH. Be really sorry.
The Big Blow: Part One
- Published on Monday, 23 July 2012
Authors: Holyoke Home
Insulating Our Row House
- Published on Monday, 09 July 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeLike a lot of kids, I grew up in an un-insulated old house with an attic crawl space.
In warm weather, the roof gets sizzling hot during the day and radiates the heat into our living spaces at night. We spent many summer nights falling asleep with our heads lolling out the window to catch a breeze, listening to the Northern...