School is back in session, I have amazing students and classes, and less time to work on the house. Sometimes I wish I had more time, but I am constantly reminded how lucky I am to have two things in my life that I love SO MUCH : being a conductor, and restoring a house. And I know that’s rare, so I’m embracing it.

Week 31 : Black and White 

Share a photo or photos of anything about your

house in black and white!

I chose my pictures today based on how excited I am to have the spaces done, even though it won’t be for a while. The Parlor and the Entrance Hall have an incredible amount of woodwork and light and beauty – and also water damage. They are also two rooms that we are a little scared to start, because we know that there is trouble lurking behind the walls. But the spaces are gorgeous, even with some plaster damage, ceiling damage, and floor rot. And the black and white almost make those details seem like far away ruins from the past….

The ceiling is not original, and there is a lot of ceiling damage in the plaster underneath, which has caused some of the ceiling tiles to fall off. The ceiling will be taken down, and replaced with something else that is amazing once the damage is repaired. And we’ll use the good tiles here to repair the ceiling in the room above. It uses the same tile, and about 6 feet of the ceiling is is completely missing from rot.

The flowers and angels on the ceiling are stick-on decals from a previous owner’s renovation. We added the light. We’re hoping to save the medallion. While not original or old, it’s lovely.

The Entrance Hall.

The colonnade between the Entrance Hall and the Parlor.


Photo Challenge Info: 

If you want to play along and share your pictures (I’d LOVE to see them!), use the hashtag  #52weeksofhome 

You can also tell us which week you’re on, by including a second hashtag #52weeksofhomeweek31 (etc.)

Please share with anyone you think might be interested! If you missed the first weeks, WHATEVER! Do them anyway! Jump in whenever and wherever you want.

Here’s the list (also in pdf format : 52 Weeks of Home), of all the challenges for each week :

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