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Friday, June 24, 2016

Old Orchard Cottage Circa 1925

When we bought the cottage in 2007, the former owners handed down a photo album with pictures of the cottage dating back to the year it was built in 1925. There have only been three families who owned it in all that time, including ourselves. Looking through this photo album is like stepping in a time machine — so much is the same and yet so different.

Though there have been many changes to the cottage in the last 90 years — the addition to the back that the previous owners added, doubling its size, and the changes that we've made since we bought it — when you look at it from the front it looks much the same. Its older self even appears a bit bigger in black and white, though that could be due to the two little guys standing next to it. One of them is likely the William Michael Spitzenberg, Jr. whose birth in 1919 and baptism are documented in the photo album as well. It appears the Spitzenberg family spent several summers in Southampton and Jamesport before settling in Greenport to build their summer home.

I'm told that our cottage and three others next to it were the original "display homes" for this "campground" when it was first built. That's ours to the right. And that wood pile that was once across the street is now a couple of stately homes, much grander than our little summer house.

I love this photo of our beach. It looks much the same, though there was seemingly more seaweed back then, unless it was purposefully gathered up for this photo op. I do love the umbrella and the ukulele. And aren't the ladies' "bathing costumes" wonderful?

Here's our beach today.

We're heading there now. Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Fixer Upper Friday: 35-45 82nd Street 2BR

Hey, I'm back with another installment of Fixer Upper Friday. Seeing what I see in this home at 35-45 82nd Street in Jackson Heights is going to take a bit of imagination on your part. There's not a lot of history of past sales in the building on Streeteasy, so I don't have any "after" photos to show you of similar units on other floors, the way I like to do. But several things pique my Renov8or interest:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I *Heart* Mid-Century Telephones

So I'm super-excited to show off my new bedmate. Before you get the wrong idea, I'm talking my vintage mid-century telephone. That works. Like a charm. It takes calls, it dials out, and oh how it rings. I missed that old Ma Bell ringtone! The cat is still recovering under the bed.

Friday, June 3, 2016

To Decant or not to Decant — a Decant Rant

I *heart* organization. Systems that wrangle loose cables and cords, make it easy to see things at a glance, and save space give me emoji heart eyes. But I find the trend to decant everything crazy-making. This is my decant rant. (photo via Apartment Therapy)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Fixer Upper Friday: Linden Court 2BR

A Zillow alert caught my eye this morning, because it's exactly the kind of home that I look for when I'm on the hunt for my next fixer upper. It's listed for $335,000, when most two-bedrooms of similar size in this neighborhood list for $450,000-$550,000, depending on the quality of the renovations. Given the price differential, this means the buyer of the fixer upper will have roughly $215,000 to work with to bring it up to market. That's more than ample to do what's needed: skim coat and paint the walls, refinish the floors, update the wiring, and gut renovate both the kitchen and bath. Built in 1919, the home retains some beautiful detail. Let's take a look.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

IKEA Viktigt Patio Inspiration Board

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Have you seen IKEA's Viktigt line? I haven't been this excited about an IKEA product launch since last year's 365+ glass and cork pitchers and carafes, which I bought in multiples for myself and even gave as gifts.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

5 Things to Look Out for When Buying a Recycled Kitchen

I got an email asking how I can tell a recycled kitchen will work for me. Good question! The cost savings will be completely negated if it ends up not working in your space. Here are 5 things to keep in mind if you're shopping for a recycled kitchen, plus, a real-life example of a kitchen I've been considering — and how I discovered it won't work.