Happenings

Dear Readers,

Life has a been a blur lately! Between final wedding preparations, house hunting and the process of making offers and buying, working, and trying to stay sane, my attention has been scattered near and far. That would be why the posting is sparse this week. The remaining days of June will be filled with much of the same activities, so I wanted to let you know that Preservation in Pink is on a mini vacation or more like a part time schedule now. Thanks for hanging in there with me.

However, come July, Preservation in Pink will be back with some awesome new guest bloggers, good summer stories and preservation thoughts, and soon – a brand new headquarters. (Well, the blog will be in the same place, but if all goes well, I’ll be blogging from another abode!)

For the time being, enjoy picture posts and let’s hope for some good end of June summer weather.

Thanks!

Kaitlin

p.s. here’s one to start:

The coolest flowers I have ever seen. We came across them in Boston Common.

As preservationists, it is important for us to remember that landscape – the natural environment – contributes greatly to our built and cultural environment.  Sometimes taking time to enjoy a flower garden with historic buildings as the background is just as satisfying as gazing up at the building cornices.

More crazy flowers!

Does anyone know the name of these flowers?

Preservation Photos #45

So, this house (somewhere around Hinesburg, VT) is not historic or even old, but it has most certainly been altered in an eclectic fashion. Shall we file this under the well-known “Yikes!” column? Or inspiration gone wrong? I don’t know about you, but I find it hideous, though I can’t look away! I actually turned around and stopped to take this photograph. Who can come up with a clever caption?

Friday Links

Happy Friday! In case there is a rain cloud heading your way, here are some fun links to check out:

Want some information about greening your home? Head over to the Virginia Preservation Toolkit and the Interactive Preservation House where you can click on windows, doors, walls, etc. to learn what you can do to improve the energy efficiency in your home. (Thanks to Missy for sending it along!)

Isn’t sprawl way more noticeable in the summer when you’re road tripping and just to see scenic America? I think it is. Is sprawl increasing since 1980? Do we have too much stuff?  It’s a good time to speak up — head over to Time Tells by Vince Michael (of the NTHP) and share your comments on his Retail Sprawl post.

PreservationNation has had some great posts lately, which warrant response thoughts here (coming soon). Talk about sustainable communities and turning young adults into preservationists.

Love Monticello? Thomas Jefferson? Heirloom gardens? Historic landscapes? Visit Vintage Food, Fresh Wine to read about part of Jen’s experience at the Historic Landscape Institute.

Ever heard of the neighborhood Preservation Park in Oakland, CA? Love the name. Interesting — requires more reading before I make up my mind.

Have a great weekend! The flamingos are flocking to Virginia for yet another wedding!!

Your car wants one too.

Tiny Apartment Love

Our ca. 1900 colonial revival house is divided into three apartments; two on the first floor and one on the second floor. Other houses in Burlington are chopped into 5-6 apartments, and it’s quite obvious based on the fire escapes, extra exits, carelessly inserted windows and doors… you get the idea. Aside from the terrible replacement windows, our house looks whole from the outside. However, this colonial revival house is moderately sized compared to the elaborate Queen Anne houses further down the street.

Now, when I say this colonial revival is divided into three apartments, I really should say two and one-half. Our apartment is more like a small studio, luckily it is more than one room. It is in the range of 350 square feet for two people and three (!!) cats. Really it should be for one small person and maybe one cat. Whatever, call us crazy.  We picked this place over the summer, with few other options, but decided this one would be our best bet because of the location, the southern exposure, permission to paint inside and permission to have cats. At the time it was not the prettiest apartment; it was dirty and bland. But, we could see the potential.  As we drove up here in August it suddenly struck me that I had signed a lease without ever looking at the bathroom. I panicked.  By the time we stepped foot in the apartment on a hot August day, dropped just a few of our bags and the (then) two cats, the space seemed full! How were we supposed to live in 350 square feet with one exceptionally small closet? (At least the bathroom was fine.)

We went to work: cleaning, scrubbing, painting, organizing, selling excess furniture, and moving boxes and boxes of books. (Since one of us, ahem, Vinny, is an English teacher, we live in our own personal library. Okay, there are some preservation books in there.) And by the time school started two weeks later, we were settled nicely and everything had found a place. Granted, our couch is a loveseat, and we don’t really have space for dinner guests, but it works for now.  Beyond grad school, it probably won’t be a functional space for us anymore. It’s a cozy, charming space, if you want real estate terms.

But for right now, Vinny and I love this place, particularly because we painted it the colors we wanted and put in a lot of work to make it sort of ours for a few years.  The kitchen floor has two different styles of linoleum, some of it cracked, and the floor is noticeably on an angle, but there is a breakfast nook in at the end of the galley. I love that our living is the former porch with all windows and a southern exposure. I love that it’s so small that heating it doesn’t cost too much. I love the strange built-in cabinets in the kitchen and the drawers underneath one set of shelves. I love the door frames and the clues to the previous arrangement inside the house. I even sort of the bathroom sink that is so old and stained by the separate hot and cold water faucets. Washing my face is a sport, trying not to burn or freeze my hands. See, character? And lots of it.

From the living room we get a glimpse of Lake Champlain and have beautiful sunsets. The houses across the street are beautiful and wherever we go, we walk through a historic district. And sure, maybe we could find something better or bigger (maybe not both), but we love it for all of its quirks and we are now experts on storage  in small spaces and making tiny places desirable. Wanting to stay in 350 square feet — talk about some tiny apartment, old house love.

Preservation Photos #9

Near North Garden, VA, outside Charlottesville, in June 2009 – a lucky drive-by shot at 30pmh.  I don’t know anything about it – do you?