Monthly Archives: November 2015

Original house

The Beginnings

The Beginnings

When we purchased our house November of 2007 the house was owned by a young woman who was selling it because she was getting married.  Her family had helped her fix it up a bit by adding green plastic shutters, painting the exterior a pale gold and carpeting the upstairs, living room and dining room.

house purchased

They also had put in several replacement windows.  Otherwise the house was fairly untouched when we bought it.  The kitchen remained much as it had been since the early 1900’s, the woodwork in most of the house was unpainted and lovely.  It also had original wood siding.  I found this picture on the assessor’s website of what the house looked like prior to her owning it.
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healthy houseplants

Plants For Cleaner Indoor Air

Plants For Cleaner Indoor Air

healthy houseplants

Since our carpet upstairs is getting older and I have dust allergies we decided to pull it out of our bedroom before our new bed arrived.  We knew from previous experience that we had wide board pine floors upstairs and since I am a fan of painted floors we decided to paint the floor.  Thus making the floor easier to clean as far as dust goes.  Unfortunately I did not do due diligence when picking out my floor paint this time and although it only has 50 VOC it still apparently is an issue for me.  The smell is still lingering after a month of airing out the room.  I used Valspar paint for the walls which is no VOC and is really easy for me to use.  It is a bit smelly while applying but I don’t get headaches or sinus issues during the process.  The next day the smell is gone from that paint.  We have lots of plants downstairs but I haven’t really invaded our upstairs with them at this point because I have more plants to remember to water then. Read More