My husband Chris and I have been in our 1920s English-cottage-style house for well over a decade. The house started as a custom-built stucco cottage on a hobby farm in the country – with sweeping views of dairy pastures. But gradually the city moved in around it, and now it sits in an urban neighborhood, It is now one of the oldest houses in the area.
Both in the house and in the garden, quirky features from the past remain – like our underground cistern and the strange chambers and cubbies we keep finding. After all this time, the house is still revealing its secrets to us.
No one could accuse us of having an overly-manicured garden. The garden has actually become something of an urban wildlife sanctuary, and we’re constantly adding birdhouses and houses for mason bees. Many of our plants were chosen for the benefit that they have for the small creatures that frequent our garden.
Having such an old house has made me a firm believer in disregarding current trends and instead using our old home’s original design features (and yes, even its quirks) as a template when planning upgrades and remodels. After all, trends, by their very definition, go out of style. But the classic, original design of an old home always endures. Thus my tagline, “Beauty Before Trends.”
This blog is intended to take you through our projects, past, present, and future, so that we can share what we have learned—even if we did learn most of it the hard way.
I also interview people I admire about their own projects and their expertise. And occasionally I share some helpful guest posts.
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