So Work is under way on our portico – The Portico faces northwest and enters into our Farmhouse’s back ell. The Back ell (Part of most ‘progressive farmhouse’ plans of the time – is a fairly long one story structure that originally housed the kitchen, summer kitchen, workshop and a shed.) When we purchased the house it was one single apartment unit - but once we finish it will house our kitchen, dining, and living areas.
The Repairs on the portico are being done by this talented guy (we still have to add in the stairs and paint). You can see in this photo how the ell joins to the the front 1 1/2 story structure to the left – we plan on removing the small ‘over the sink’ window to the right – and replacing an original window that was originally between the two. This is also the side of the house where we will eventually have our ‘parking area’ – so the portico entrance – as wonky as it is – will be the ‘front entrance’.
Photos By Ulla Kjarval
(ignore the 70′s mattress in the back photo – the interior of the ell is still pretty rough so we are using it as storage until we start that project)
I have been intrigued by Moravian stars for our a Portico Light.
Moravian star images via Pinterst
Which made me interested in this vintage lantern from our local NYSALVAGE
However – My favorite flush mount pendant so far – has been this art deco – one from High Street Market Home, it has a strong graphic presence – while still being simple and understated enough for a farm house. Greek revival style of course existed before the advent of electricity – so while Art Deco was a style that only came into existence over 80 years after the house was originally constructed – It is probably not so far off to think that the first fixtures (think of when electricity would have been installed in a rural farmhouse) in this house – would be art deco or something similar.
for this. Really should be just saving for roof.
I haven’t built a model in a while & I just cleaned my tool area in the basement …
Thinking I may do a rough mockup in 1/4 foam core (and then if successful transfer it to 1/4 birch ply) although my current calculations have the house at almost 4′ long and 2′ deep… that is kind of crazy big right? although it would only be 20″ tall …
I just recently discovered wists and as a constant hoarder of ‘someday I could buy this’ links – it has been such a pleasure to visually map out what I like and don’t like (even hardware and windows) . It turns all my decor and fashion maybes into a big inspiration mashup. you should try it! My list is here.
This Author is one of my mother’s childhood friends.
p.s – I think lonny is amazing – there isn’t any other web-azine that comes close yet.
p.s2 – I realize I look like I have stopped blogging all together. The truth? The economy is tight – so I have been working more, and spending less. Like everyone else in America vacation weekends & repair /renovation projects are on the back burner. Because it makes me sad I have also been avoiding this blog. I will be back eventually I promise – but it may be awhile…
Fracking* for natural gas in our upstate NY and Pennsylvania could result in our own backyard version of the toxic BP spill. De-regulation by the previous administration is again putting our land and livelihoods in danger (Dick Cheney’s 2005 Energy Policy Act exempted gas drilling from adhering to the basic protections of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, or the Clear Air Act.) My sister wrote a great article about it at civileats. You can do something about it – here.
*(Fracking is when the gas companies use high pressure mix of water, sand and undisclosed chemicals into the ground to collapse and crack into horizontal deposits trapped in rock to release the gas.)
Below are some photos of what is at stake. All photos are taken by my sister Ulla Kjarval of my parent’s farm ‘Spring Lake Farm‘ (which is at risk if our natural springs are contaminated by undisclosed toxic chemicals.)
image via habitually chic
image from La Times
image via habitually chic
I love the detail of the round windows over the french doors – it adds such a playful treatment to the geometry of the facade – and to the interior light.