Saturday, August 4, 2012


Sometimes along the way I feel as though we have tampered with the soul of this old house

but often to it, I make humble and earnest apologies

in the form of


making sure there are artisans who care as much as we do

embracing what came before us 

while creating the things we love for how our lives here will be

building upon its old foundation to make it better today and for many many more years
with things not seen by the eye

putting our mouth where our money is

living and I mean really living
through the seasons

placing the simple organic treasures I find in a place of prominence

constructing to make up for the destructing

nurturing what was here
dreaming about it what's to come
caring and sharing

and most of all
adding to it 

 my own soul
our soul


Bonnie Hitchcock said...

Wow! What beautiful bones! Can't wait to see it all! LOOOVE!

La Brocanteuse said...

I agree with Bonnie, looking forward to see the end result.
It gives such great satisfaction to live in your creation, and I know with all the hard work and planning, you are also enjoying it! Colette x

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

How amazing to look back over the progress of the project and see just how far you've come in leaps and bounds. In the next portrait can we see you pose with a chainsaw please?

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Gina:
We are certain that all you are doing to add to the history of your house is of the highest quality and, in so doing, are ensuring that the heart will continue to beat for many, many years to come.

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

I think you've added more soul than you've taken away! It looks beautiful with so much love and care!


Rustic Vintage Country said...

I have to say I am soooo jealous as I'd love to be doing something like that. x

Taylor Greenwalt said...

You have come so far. It looks fantastic. Cant wait to see it when it is all done.

By Nela said...

Ha quedado perfecto.

Un saludo muy cariñoso.


Sherry said...

What a beautiful post! Your home is magnificent!

Leslie said...

It's so fun to watch the progress! Great photos :) Lots of hard work but it will be worth it!


Marina Pérez said...

I love this kind of projets, I think is the best if you have enough money and enough soul to do it. Congratulations. (you look happy in the first photo and this is the main aim of this, isn't it???

Style Maniac said...

What a lovely post. The kind of care and love you describe is truly what makes a house a home.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh how I wish I could get good pictures of what we have done to our house.....VERY SIMILAR and Oh dearest, this is so exciting. Your home has a fairytale look to it and let me tell you, we have ours down the way we want it now. Brick, carved wood, French inspired are on your way and just enjoy the ride! LOVE IT! And thank you so much for visiting! I am going to try to visit before Wednesday when my guests arrive!!! LOVE! Anita

heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

Your house must be full of good vibes and feeling happy that it has your soul. It looks amazing. And so filled with memories already. Enjoy the ride, my friend.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Loved this post...I think the soul of your home is very pleased with all the love and care it's been given.
I love that you use artisans who love their work and take great pride in what they do. That's hard to come by these days.
I'm looking forward to watching the progress. :)

Geneva said...

What a beautiful post... It's been a pleasure watching your home take shape, and believe me the soul of the home shines through!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You are giving this house new life! Beautiful post!

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

I've been following your blog for a while and, following your house progress. You all are doing a beautiful and thoughtful renovation. Cheers, Loi