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Still Looking for the Perfect Christmas Wreath?

Deb Architecture, Get the Look 4 Comments

Look no further! While you can’t go wrong with a classic fresh pine wreath with a red bow, you might want something a little extra special. Or, more importantly, something you can use year in and year out, saving money and time in the long run. I scoured Etsy to find a wonderful assortment of wreaths (and a couple of swags!) …

greek revival architecture, buena vista historic district, west hartford, ct

Living in a Local Historic District: Is It What You Think?

Deb Historic Preservation 9 Comments

Many towns across the country have designated local historic districts within their town. But what does that mean, exactly? Most of us realize it’s a collection of old homes grouped on a single street or within a couple of blocks in a neighborhood. We assume the homeowners have to get permission to paint their house a certain color or to …

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Old Stone Warehouse: Four Floors and Many Stories

Deb Historic Doors, Thursday Doors 17 Comments

My daughter is a junior in high school and you know what that means…college tours! Our little family of four spent spring break driving 1,800 miles round trip to visit a number of schools in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Our first stop was Fredericksburg, VA, home of University of Mary Washington. I was immediately charmed by Fredericksburg’s downtown …

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Homes of Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Deb Travel 12 Comments

While visiting The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a few weeks ago, I left the hotel early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the surrounding area. I was treated to one of the prettiest neighborhoods I have seen in a while. These particular homes were all in the Franklin-Rosemary Historic District which received its designation in …