1 House 100 Years

Preparing For The Centennial Of A Place That Matters

Month: January, 2015

A Place To Draw


Last weekend I found a really great rug for my dining room with just the right colors to fit with my house: darks to work with the chandelier and other darker toned items, lights to work with the wall and trim colors. The pattern is reminiscent of William Morris designs.

What a difference this rug made for the room! With my grandmother’s cherry table and a chair from an auction in nearby Suffolk, it made a nice place for drawing, and that is was I did this weekend. It was a very good feeling to be both grounded and inspired.

Quick Tip…For a dining room rug, measure the width and length of your table. Add 54 inches to each measurement. Most dining room tables have average widths of 36 to 38 inches and average lengths of 76 to 86 inches, so an 8 foot x 10 foot rug should work for most dining room furniture.

This photograph was taken January 2015.


New Year, New Projects!


With the start of the new year comes the start of a new major project…or at least thoughts of a new major project. The weather has been too cold to start anything major now that all of my big tools have been moved out to the unheated garage.

Nevertheless, it has been very nice to walk through my practically bare living room and dining room and enjoy the newly restored and refinished floors. The house definitely has a greater feeling of being a warm and welcoming home. I must admit that I am enjoying the ” minimalist look” too!

Hopefully the “Before” and “After” photos above tell this story well. You will see that there has been very little change in the rich, aged color of the wood, however there is a definite improvement in the appearance, particularly since there are no longer pieces of plywood covering up the holes!

A good friend has often said, “John, your house will tell you what it needs next.” Last winter it was telling me (in a rather unpleasant way) that it needed a new heating system! With that and this major floor project completed, my house is now saying, “Laundry room, please.”


These photographs were taken in 2014 before, during and after the repair and refinishing of my living room and dining room floors.

By the way, WordPress let me know that this is my 100th post!