• Our Very Fine House,  Vintage Interior Design

    Seeking Design Advice from the Most Brutally Honest People I Know…Middle Schoolers.

    I spend my days surrounded by the greatest minds of a generation; eleven, twelve, and thirteen year-olds. Anyone who has interacted with a middle schooler knows that even the kindest, gentlest tween and early teen is honest. So when I was faced with a kitchen design conundrum, I did what any intelligent home improvement maven would do…I polled the people who don’t care about resale value, my students. Caveat, resale value does make sense….if you are planning to resell. Fella and I bought the Modage with the intent to age in place, because that’s what normal thirty somethings think about when buying a house. We want the Modage to be…

  • Our Very Fine House,  Vintage Interior Design

    Meet the Modage Friday-Kitchen Edition

    Last week, I showed you the room I love the most in my house. Today is the room that I hate with a passion that burns like a thousand pancakes you’ve attempted to cook on an inferior stove (it’s a thing.) Please meet my much maligned kitchen. I believe this remuddled mess started in the 1990s, perhaps early 2000s. Our house was a rental property before, and the land-lady was the queen of questionable renovations, most involving glue of some sort. One such renovation was the french doors that had no where to really swing. As a result of taking them down, because they kept hitting the fridge, we have…

  • Our Very Fine House,  Vintage Interior Design

    Meet the Modage Friday-Living Room Edition

    I’ve decided, in true narcissistic blogger fashion, to take you on a mini tour of the Modage. This week: Living Room Having a sitting room is a hill I will die on gladly. The Fella and I like to entertain. There are two rooms in the house where people congregate: the dining room and our living room. There is something about a good living room that encourages conversation. Especially when one removes the distraction of a television. So many parties would devolve into everyone watching You-Tube videos on our tv, before we excised it from the sitting room. Amazingly, once we did that, our parties became ones where people actually…