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.
Happy Birthday America: On Lockdown
- Published on Thursday, 05 July 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeI grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in an old farm house at the intersection of a busy street and a less busy street. The house was in a good school district, but right on the edge, two blocks from a "transitional" neighborhood (anyone who knows Grand Rapids, the neighborhood was Easttown). A lesson about homes looms...
Front Porch Progress and A Request
- Published on Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeDirections: Scrape scrape scrape (pause). Scrape scrape scrape scrape (pause as Hulkish shoulder muscles start to get that burn-y feeling.) <- REPEAT MANY TIMES OVER TWO WEEKENDS.
Paint paint paint paint (pause.) Paint paint paint paint (pause.) Stand back in awe while giving Hulkish shoulder muscles a rest. <-ALSO...
A Bennington Owl Two UFOs
- Published on Friday, 22 June 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeSo what did I actually bring home from Brimfield?
I know NOTHING about Bennington Potters. Only this: now I'm interested in learning more. The owl trivet in the image above was designed by the founder of Bennington Potters, David Gil. I've seen other hand painted owl trivets on e-bay and the colors are almost garish in...
Just Call me 'The Bill Cunningham of Brimfield'
- Published on Monday, 28 May 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeWith a tip 'o the fascinator to Bill Cunningham (photographer and author of the New York Time's iconic 'On The Street' weekly column), I'm straying from our usual topics (home improvement, home despair, etc). I know - I'm really milking this one Brimfield excursion for posts, but I just HAVE to share a few pictures. It was a...
Brimfield is like, BONUS!
- Published on Thursday, 24 May 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeThere are approximately one-hundred thousandy billion antique booths at the thrice yearly Brimfield Antique Market. Approximately.
My parents came out east for the first Brimfield of the 2012 season. I happen to live nearby. So for them, attending Brimfield is like, "BONUS!" Engage in a hobby, CHECK! Visit one of your children,...
Baby Got Back. Now Baby Gets Front
- Published on Wednesday, 09 May 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeWe adore our back porch renovation. In fact, as I type this, Mr. Man is sipping hot coffee with the sun on his handsome face. Eating waffles.
It's time to tackle the front porch. My approach? Top down (so as to make a giant project feel like one tiny little step at at time.) So, in order, here's what I'm committed to doing:
Back Yard Update
- Published on Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Authors: Holyoke Home
MUST remember to look at these pictures in the fall when I plant the 300 bulbs I just ordered from White Flower Farm (thanks Mom!) Because I WILL NOT remember where all the naked little spots are. Because I will spend the next 3 months filling in all the little naked spots.
What Does Irony Smell Like?
- Published on Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeTo say my parents dabble in antiques is like saying Pop Tarts dabble in corn syrup. Antiques are their thing. It's what they do.
And to say that Idabbled in obstreperousness as a teenager is like saying something totally ridiculous. I was the DEFINITION of 'obstreperous' AND 'ness' (if you need an *actual* definition, click...
The Only Good Thing About the Neighbors
- Published on Monday, 02 April 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeThis flowering tree is the only - and I MEAN o.n.l.y. - good thing about our neighbors. Believe me, it is a loooooooong time between compliments: one year.
When the blossoms just are past their peak, white petals cascade and flutter to the ground like an ethereal rain storm dreamed up by a princess-obsessed four year...
Apologies. Kind Of.
- Published on Friday, 24 February 2012
Authors: Holyoke HomeHey! How are you?
I'm good, thanks for asking.
Oh. Morgan's good too.
I don't know. The thrill just kind of went out of it for me for awhile. You didn't do anything wrong and I'll probably be posting more often because we're making progress on the......what? Oh, you just missed Morgan? You need a Morgan fix?