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Here are some great spring blooms to cure your winter blues!  Check out these beautiful branches, most of which will last in your home for weeks at a time and cost less than an overpriced bunch of short lived market flowers.

  • Flowering Quince, Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles) – Quince branches can be cut for forcing from February to mid-March. They need between 2-5 weeks of forcing and blooms will last 4-7 days.
  • Flowering Pear (Pyrus calleryana) – Cut branches for forcing in late January to mid-March and force for 2-5 weeks. Flowering branches will last 7-14 days.
  • Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata) – These beautiful cherries can be forced into bloom when cut in late January through mid-March. They need 2-4 weeks of forcing and once blooming will last for 7-14 days.   
  • Flowering Plum (Prunus triloba) – Cut branches in late January through February and force for 3-4 weeks. Blooms last about 10 days.
  • Flowering Peach (Prunus persica) – Cut branches in early February and force for 4-5 weeks. Blooms usually last about 7 days.
  • Dogwood (Cornus florida) – Dogwood branches are best cut in mid-March and forced for 2-4 weeks. The blooms will last from 7-10 days indoors.
  • Crabapple and Apple (Malus spp.) – Cut branches of crabapples and apples in mid-March and force for 2-3 weeks. Blooms will last for about 7 days.
  • Forsythia can be cut from February to mid-March. They will bloom in 1-3 weeks and the flowers will usually last for about 7 days.  
  • Pussy Willow (Salix spp.) – Begin cutting in February. Remove the bud scales and force for 1-2 weeks. Once the buds become fuzzy, take the branches out of the water and allow them to dry. The catkins will last for a long time if treated this way.
  • Lilac (Syringa) should be harvested in early March. They take 4-6 weeks of forcing and the flowers  will last from 3-7 days indoors.

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After returning from a recent buying trip in NYC I can confidently say that the days of painting between the lines are over.  This season its all about the carefree splatter gracefully adorning everything from clothing to housewares.  Are you ready to let go?  Check out some ideas below for how to incorporate this carefree style into your home, wardrobe and lifestyle! For more splatter paint inspiration check us out on Pinterest @capedesignworks

Biscuit Home Bedding

Austin Bedding by Biscuit Home

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Hinson & Co. splatter paint wallpaper

Maxi Dress as seen on A Common Thread .com

Alex and Alexa Dress

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DIY Dress from dare to do it yourself blogspot

DIY party accessories via makeandtell.com

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Splatter Paint paper goods from Caspari

 

 

 

White: of the color of milk or fresh snow, due to the reflection of most wavelengths of visible light; the opposite of black.

Ok…that seems pretty straightforward, on second thought what kind of milk are we talking about? If it’s skim milk then you probably mean a nice crisp cool white, but if it’s buttermilk we’re talking about then you probably mean a warm cream colored white. And so begins the debacle of choosing the right white paint.  What one might assume to be an easy and straightforward decision, can actually be an overwhelming nail-biting experience.  With hundreds of variations to choose from, picking the right white paint for your space can be a daunting experience.  Here are a few tips to help make the best selection.

1. Paints look entirely different on a wall than they do on a small chip at the paint store.  Buy a sample jar from your local store and bring it home…it will be the best $7. you ever spend! Put your samples on the wall, wait till they dry and look at them during different times of day.  Paint colors change with the light, so make sure the one you pick is one you like in  the morning and at night.

2. Warm vs. Cool.  Warm whites have a bit of yellow in them and can brighten up a dark space and provide a relaxing vibe.  Cool whites with a bit of blue or green in them and can energize a space.  Figure out which look you are going for.  A few things to remember in the warm vs. cool battle

  • If your space is dark to begin with, you probably want to go with a warm white.
  • For a modern feel go with a cool white, cool whites tend to make things feel new
  • For an antique home warm whites have more traditional lived in feel
  • Cool whites can make a space feel larger

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3. Coordinate with adjacent rooms.  If you have two spaces that are right next to one another you will want to go with either warm whites in both rooms or cool whites in both rooms.  The colors can be different but should be in the same family.

4. Consider the trim color you want to use when choosing a white for the walls.  If you are going with white walls and white trim, make sure that there is enough contrast between the wall white and the trim white otherwise it will all blend together.  * If your walls/trim are in bad shape, stick with the same color for both in order to purposely make the imperfections disappear.

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5. Here are some of our favorite whites…

White Dove – Benjamin Moore

Simply White – Benjamin Moore

Decorator’s White – Benjamin Moore

 

Having closed on our new home recently, we are eager to get started on the long list of renovations that need to be done.  In actuality, I haven’t made a list of all the renovations for fear that it might be too overwhelming.  What I do know is that the list would be long, and so with that notion, we are faced with our first decision…Where to start?

With over 3600 square feet, all of which need some degree of work, what to tackle first is not the easiest decision.  In order to proceed, we have decided to start with the rooms that we will use the most. Narrow those down and we are left with; the kitchen, family room, and bedrooms. Normally the kitchen would be first on my list but since it’s currently functional and also a total gut job…(which we can not afford at the moment), it will have to wait. With the kitchen off the list, we have decided to move ahead with the family room.  When we bought the house, the family room was actually the dining room…. which brings me to our tip of the day.

TIP *** Don’t be afraid to switch things up.  What works best for your family may be different than what works best for someone else.

For us having the family room next to the kitchen makes the most sense for several reasons.    Reason 1: I may have forgot to mention that our fixer upper needs about 50 new windows. While the original windows are beautiful and charming, they are drafty and not energy efficient. Since new windows are not in our immediate future, we decided to look for other ways to keep our heating costs down.  By moving the formal dining room to the front of the house adjacent to the formal living room, and relocating the family room next to the kitchen, we will have the ability to close off the entire front section of the house, therefore lowering the overall heating costs.  Reason 2: Every time we entertain people congregate in the kitchen.  Moving the family room next to the kitchen will allow people to flow quickly and easily from one room to the next and will provide comfortable seating for guests while meals are being prepared.

List of things to do in the NEW Family Room…

  1. Re-finish the original hardwood floors
  2. Add baseboard, trim molding, and fix existing chair rail
  3. Repair and repaint walls and ceiling
  4. Repair marble fireplace and mantle
  5. Add recessed ceiling lights and remove existing chandelier

Repairing the Marble Mantle

Picking a Paint Color…not as easy as it looks

New trim going up on doors and baseboard

The condition of 8 Bow Lane when purchased in January of 2016 –

We all know that it is important to prioritize, so while I secretly hope to get everything done sooner rather than later, in reality I know that won’t happen.  That said, we invite you to check out these before shots for a glimpse of what the house at 8 Bow Lane looks like today, and hope you will follow our story as we take on the renovation of our very own #moneypit !  Over the course of the project we will share before and after photos, tips, tricks, fails, and more.  Don’t be shy….we would love to hear from you.  Have a renovation story of your own, tips, tricks, words of advice, suggestions…please share them with us!

 

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The entry and formal staircase

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The Formal Living Room

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The Other Formal Living Room

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The Dining Room

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The Kitchen

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The Kitchen

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The Kitchen

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The Room Behind the Kitchen

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Upstairs Bedroom

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Upstairs Bedroom 3

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Upstairs Bedroom 4

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Upstairs Hallway

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Upstairs Landing and Reading Nook

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Upstairs Bedroom 5

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Street Side View

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The Original Front Door

 

 

 

 

The house at 8 Bow Lane

8 BOW LANE – A JOURNEY DOWN RENOVATION ROAD

It’s official, we just bought what might turn out to be our very own money pit. That said, we are really excited about our new project, and invite you to join us as we renovate this amazing antique Greek revival. Built around 1810 and located in Barnstable Village, this house is not only full of historical significance, but also personal significance. Growing up on Cape Cod, my grandmother lived across the street from our new home. My great Aunt lived next to her, and my great uncle ran his doctor’s practice out of their home. While my grandmother and great aunt passed away years ago, I have so many fond memories of spending time with them there, and have always hoped that I would find myself back in this neck of the woods.

My father playing across the street at his mother’s house

My father and his childhood friend Lisa Blair who actually grew up in the home next to 8 bow lane

When the property at 8 Bow Lane became available, we weren’t really in the market for a new home, and I certainly wouldn’t say that “Greek revival” was my dream style, but we still couldn’t resist the urge to check it out. I won’t bore you with all the details, but obviously we fell in love with the home. The beautiful floating staircase, the wonderful floor to ceiling windows, and the gorgeous backyard were just a few of the features that captured our hearts.…and the rest is history.

The original front door at 8 Bow Lane

The grand staircase in need of a little TLC

Speaking of history here are some interesting details about our new home…
Referred to as the “George Marston” home, this clapboard sheathed Greek revival is thought to have been built between 1810 and 1823. Unfortunately because of the devastating fire at the County House that occurred in 1823, many of the deeds were lost, so an exact date is impossible to establish. Named for one of it’s many owners, George Marston was and is the only Barnstable man to ever become Massachusetts Attorney General. Allan Hinckley, James Huckins, and Walter Chipman who is thought to be the original owner, all preceded Marston’s ownership. In addition, mariners, tradesman, lawyers, judges, and authors have also inhabited this Greek revival over the past 100 years. During the end of the 1800’s, the Marston House and grounds were even said to be the elegant scene of great social activity from parties to balls, all hosted by the then residents the Timkine family. A prominent family from New York City, the Timkines liked to entertain and it has been said that they brought this Greek revival to life with all of their activity.

George Marston, Massachusetts Attorney General and 8 Bow Lane resident

Located in “The Hyannis Road Historic District”, the George Marston Home is one of ten properties built between c. 1790 and 1855, representing southward growth from the traditional village center of Barnstable toward the growing village of Hyannis. These ten properties lie along Bow Lane and Hyannis Road, between the Old King’s Highway and the right-of-way of the Cape Cod Railroad. The Hyannis Road Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

The Hyannis Road Historic District

“The oldest house in the district is that of Deacon Timothy Phinney at 1776 Hyannis Road, built c. 1790. It is a rambling Federal-style house with an attached barn and an attractive Colonial Revival porch. The houses at 2 and 46 Bow Lane are also Federal in styling; the Bacon House at 46 Bow Lane is the most sophisticated of the group, with a five-bay facade and an enclosed center entry.
Most of the homes in the district are Greek revival in style. The Marston House at 8 Bow Lane (c. 1810-23) is a fine example, with a Doric porch and full-length first floor windows on the main facade. By comparison, the adjacent Hallett House at 20 Bow Lane, built about the same time, is more vernacular in its styling. “ (Wikipedia)

The house at 20 Bow Lane

Enough talking about the past…it’s time to start thinking about the future! Follow the blog and social media as we attempt to renovate and rejuvenate this beautiful piece of Barnstable Village history. From demolition to décor, we look forward to sharing this crazy journey with you, and promise to include everything…the good, the bad, and occasionally the ugly.

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