A Snow Covered Home in Farmington

Deb Historic Doors, Quotes & Inspiration 13 Comments

“You can’t get too much winter in the winter.” ~ Robert Frost I beg to differ with Mr. Frost. However, so far this winter we have been fortunate here in Connecticut. We have had a handful of bitterly cold days and a handful of snow storms, but nothing too harsh. Knock on wood! Compared to last year this winter has …

forest street, charles boardman smith, hartford, nook farm, ct, gothic

One of the Last Homes Standing in Nook Farm

Deb Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, House History, Quotes & Inspiration, Thursday Doors 10 Comments

A man builds a house in England with the expectation of living in it and leaving it to his children; we shed our houses in America as easily as a snail does his shell – Harriet Beecher Stowe This is the Charles Boardman Smith house, c. 1875, which stands proudly in spite of its downtrodden appearance. It is one of …

Do Our Buildings Shape Us?

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“We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” – Winston Churchill The beautiful home in the feature photo belongs to a wonderful family in Virginia, a couple I graduated college with, their three children and their beloved family pets. Tragically their home burned yesterday. Thankfully everyone is safe. But I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this since I …

deerfield, massachusetts, wells-thorn house, blue

Some New Year Inspiration

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“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain We have all heard this quote before, or something like it, haven’t we? The classic way to defeat procrastination is to just do something, anything, to get the …