Hildring House -Beginning to Turn the Corner

The Pretty Pictures that sandwich this post are from the Dallas Arboretum and were taken during the summer of 2015. They’re apropos of nothing in the post, really. But I’ve been talking to some landscaping folks and it made me think of summer in Texas and the fact that you really can grow things in 100+ degree weather. Here’s Debra:

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And now, on to Hildring House, where things are beginning to turn toward the finish line (no, really, that’s not just wishful thinking!). Continue reading “Hildring House -Beginning to Turn the Corner”

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Hildring House – Back to the Dirty Demo

Debra says that I should always put at least a couple of pretty pictures in a post, so here is a shot of the tile we’ve selected for the laundry room:

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It’s going to be hard to find much else pretty for this post – things are getting really dirty at Hildring House. If you’ll put up with some pics of the filth that goes along with demolition, I’ll try to end with something else not so yucky. But now for the mess. Continue reading “Hildring House – Back to the Dirty Demo”

Hildring House – Another Peek Behind the Curtain

I thought I’d give you a little more insight into Debra’s inspiration for the new powder at Hildring House. There isn’t any order or sequence to this stuff – just an olio of ideas.

This first one is illustrative of adding a lot of interest to a very small space.

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Source – Floriane Lemarie

The Hildring House powder is pretty limited on space, too, so ideas for keeping it interesting without making it too claustrophobic are important. Here are some more:

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Hildring House – Guest Post by Debra

Debra says that she’s tired of all the demo pictures, so she’ll be commandeering this post to show “some pretty stuff.” Okay – I’ll relinquish the keyboard for a while. But before I do, and in the spirit of “pretty stuff,” here is a pic from our recent visit to the National Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C.:

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So – on to Debra’s guest post:

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Hildring House – More Demo and a Little Progress

Sometimes, “natural demolition” – usually gradual neglect and disuse – leaves a beautiful structure. Take, for instance, this abandoned church in Howth, Ireland:

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The demo at Hildring House is not so elegant. Nor, however, is it intended to be. Things are moving right along, though. Let’s take a look.  Continue reading “Hildring House – More Demo and a Little Progress”

Hildring House – It's Demo Time!

It’s time for things to get messy – not dirty and decrepit like the street scene from Montevideo, Uruguay, below,

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but sawdust flying and sheet rock dust hanging heavy in the air as the old gets torn out to make way for the new.  Continue reading “Hildring House – It's Demo Time!”