Goodness! Y’all worried about us? We are alive. We celebrated our various working anniversaries and then got back to the grindstone. No rest for the weary!
Lauren started today… a newbie and we are so very glad to have her!! Today in our “let’s not scare her off light-hearted” conversations Allison told her, and I quote, “I didn’t drink coffee before I started this job!”
I’ve driven Allison to drink. I told her I would help her through caffeine detox and pay for Crest White Strips. It isn’t all fun and games around here, whew, we work a lot. And we also sing and listen to music and laugh. But we mostly work.
Last Wednesday Allison and I set our alarms for 3:20am so we could jet set to Memphis for the day. My alarm woke me, but her alarm setting was unsuccessful. Luckily my wake-up text message at 3:45 woke her. Off we went. She’s a great traveling companion. And together we had a wonderful time and enjoyed checking on the progress of this project that we’ve both put in many long hours on. Obviously it’s a few weeks away from finished, but still so fun to see the progress! My first visit to this house could be classified as “frightening”. “Run down” and “unloved” are adjectives that come to mind. An addition (kitchen and master bedroom) were top of the list, while preserving the character and charm of the home’s original bones. This beauty came complete with operable transoms, intricate mouldings, original doors and hardware, cremone locks… all things I LOVE. Ahhh the details!!!
In the kid’s bath (below) we designed it so that bottom “drawer” is actually a shelf, so the wee little ones can brush their teeth! We wouldn’t want to be blamed for any teeth rotting!
The master bathroom glass shower enclosure was installed while we were there, but I snapped these photos before it was installed…
After a full day in Memphis I headed for a mini-vacay (without my voice, been a little run down and under the weather lately) to my parents farm, and Allison headed back to the beach. Bless her. An emergency landing in ATL, and she wasn’t home until 1am. I was going to try to give you a recap of my farm weekend… but whew, I’m tired. I’ll save that for tomorrow!
We love having projects all across the country. Keri emailed us earlier this year requesting help with her apartment. Well… it wasn’t just any apartment, she and her friend (Anna) run a bed and breakfast in Vermont. Keri and her husband have an apartment is within the b&b, The Blue Horse Inn. They needed help with their space, but when we saw pictures of this place we had to tell her we weren’t interested at all .
From their website:
Built in 1831 by Joel Eaton, the house at 3 Church Street has seen many incarnations. It is rumored to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad and local lore has it that General Lafayette may have slept here. The east wing was added in the 1860’s and was later used as a recovery home for civil war veterans.
Ms. Eleanor Paine converted the house to a bed and breakfast in the early 1990′s. Known simply as “3 Church Street,” the house became a beloved local landmark, and Ms. Payne is still fondly remembered by former guests and Woodstock residents as kind and full of good-humor. In 2006, 3 Church was rechristened ‘The Lauren” under the proprietorship of Jack and Nicole Maiden. The Maidens carefully updated the old house, combining a classic aesthetic with a modern twist. The house became The Blue Horse Inn when it was purchased by the current owners in August 2009. The new owners are excited to see their own interests and enthusiasms contribute to the history of the house at 3 Church Street, and they look forward to continuing its tradition of conviviality and hospitality.
About Keri & Anna:
Though our backgrounds in modern European history and ancient religions did not explicitly prepare us for the hospitality industry, we (your hosts, Anna and Keri) delight in opening our home to kind people, good food, and fun gatherings.
Keri has a great affinity for Southern foods and historical fiction; she plays a mean game of scrabble. Anna, in turn, has a great affinity for German foods and historical fact; she plays a mean game of Trivial Pursuit.
We are joined by miniature Schnauzer Monkey Haas Kolchinsky and Norwegian Forrest cat Snorri Cole Ford. Monkey and Snorri enjoy carousing in their owners’ apartments but are always happy to entertain guests.
As recent transplants to Woodstock, we have taken great joy in exploring the area and are delighted to share our favorite places with visitors. We hope our guests come to love The Blue Horse Inn and Woodstock, Vermont as much as we do.
We can take no credit for the design of the b&b common areas or bedrooms… but check them out:
I have not been to Vermont and I think it is high time I go! Keri’s apartment is still a work in progress… but earlier this week she sent us photos of her bathroom. Keri, when I visit, do you mind if I shower and get ready in your bathroom? That Toto Lloyd is my dream toilet. (that’s right)