A Venice Adventure – Teaser

A teaser of a Venice Adventure With the Barretts

We’re having a Venice Adventure and it’s lovely.

Gondolas on the Grand Canal

Venice gets a lot of bad press these days, primarily because of the crowds. I can’t say that it’s completely unjustified. Around St. Mark’s and the Rialto Bridge, the throngs of people can be maddening, especially when there is a cruise ship (or two or three) bobbing at anchor nearby.

But St. Mark’s and Rialto Bridge, as spectacular as they are, are by no means all that Venice has to offer. Some would even say that they’re not even the best that Venice has to offer. Count me in this latter group.

Bridge spanning a canal

Venice is a captivating, confusing, utterly beautiful city. We are having a wonderful time, even though the weather has been a bit uneven (that’s Debra atop the bridge in the photo, above, with her lovely head encased in a hood against a light rain).

Silly Selfie - Grand Canal
Silly Selfie – Grand Canal

This is a teaser post. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to doing a complete post – or series of posts – on Venice but I wanted to give you just a taste. To let you know that you’re on our minds.

Column at St. Mark's Piazza

It is a big, wonderful world out there and we hope that you’ll make every effort to experience as much of it as possible.

So, until we have time to sit and visit and look at LOTS of pictures, I hope you enjoy these few glimpses of a truly lovely Venice Adventure.

View from the roof

All the best, and safe travels to you!

Dan

Hildring House – the Tiniest Bath – Fini – Guest Post by Debra

Guest post by Debra showing off the changes to the tiniest bath at Hildring House – with lovely photos by the lovely Amber Shumake.

As promised, Debra is here with one of a couple of posts that she’ll do about the conclusion of the Hildring House Adventure – the re-do of the little bitty bath in Debra’s Domain. I’ll be throwing in some before shots for context – they’re easy to distinguish from Amber’s lovely after shots. As usual, when I just can’t resist chiming in, I’ll do so in italics.

We may have a new contender for the title of the tiniest bath at an upcoming project, but now, let’s just enjoy the lovely photographs from my wildly talented friend Amber Shumake.

The Tiniest Bath after - 1

The light fixture (@hudson valley) looks so great in here! I’m happy with the all-brass decision, but it’s always sad to leave the “finds” behind- gotta keep that warehouse full of things for future projects so I can move on peacefully 😊.

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Hildring House Transformation – Before & After – Part 2

Part 2 of the amazing Hildring House transformation in before and after pictures.

Sorry that it has taken me so long to get around to continuing the before & after shots of the Hildring House transformation. Things have been pretty busy, what with Valentine’s Day and getting ready to move.

Front Oblique View of Hildring House

That’s right. Hildring House soon will have new owners and Debra and I will be off to a new remodeling adventure. For now, though, let’s keep looking at the changes that took place at Hildring House. Once again, unless otherwise noted, all of the “after” pictures are by the wonderful Trey Freeze.

Let’s start back in the dining/living/kitchen area.

Living, dining, kitchen before
Before.

See how isolated the kitchen was? And not just because of the wall. The dramatic change in flooring material segregated the spaces. The pass-through, while a pretty convenient idea, did nothing to help the flow.

Kitchen, dining, living after.
After

Removing the wall, installing the bar/island, getting rid of the fluorescent light box, recessing the kitchen lighting and carrying the same, wonderful oil-rubbed wood flooring throughout all of the area – and painting everything white – made it miles more open, welcoming, and accommodating.

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The Best Advice for Seniors Wanting a Successful Downsize for Their Golden Years

A guest post from Michael Longsdon at elderfreedom.net about downsizing for seniors.

Dan here. We’re going to take a brief break from the transformation at Hildring House to explore downsizing.

Michael Longsdon of elderfreedom.net reached out wanting to share some information on downsizing for seniors on With the Barretts. I thought this was a timely subject (and not just because I’m knocking on the door of Social Security and Medicare, myself). This month’s issue of Debra’s real estate newsletter – Harmonious Home Adventures – is devoted to downsizing.

Folks downsize for all sorts of reasons and aging is a major one, for sure. So, our thanks to Michael and elderfreedom.net for taking the time and recognizing that adventures take many forms. Here is Michael’s article:

Senior Love

The Best Advice for Seniors Wanting a Successful Downsize for Their Golden Years

Are you considering transitioning into a smaller home for your golden years? Moving into a house which will be less costly and easier to maintain can be tempting, but sometimes, the process of downsizing is daunting. Here is some important advice for finding the right home and making a successful transition.

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Hildring House Adventure – Before & After – Part 1

Part 1 of the Before & After photos of the Hildring House Adventure – With the Barretts

Before & After at Hildring House – Part 1

You never reach a point in home remodel and redesign where everything is “done.” There is always more that could be changed. Another tweak of paint or fabric or flooring, a different window treatment, an alternative furniture placement.

Hildering House full front

At Hildring House, almost everything has changed. Even if a room hasn’t completely changed, it hasn’t gone untouched.

But we’re at the stage where we have to say, “enough.”

I believe the transformation Debra brought about here at Hildring House is astonishing. So, let’s take a look at some before and after shots, shall we?

Front before
Facade Before
Front view after
Facade After

The first change you notice about the facade is the color, since it’s the most dramatic. As important, however, is the fact that you can see more of it. Removing the huge bushes standing guard at the front door and the scraggly hedges blocking the windows made a huge difference – inside and out.

But, wait! There is so much more. Let’s go take a look.

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