Brooklyn Limestone

The original purpose of this blog was to document the renovation of our 100+ year old limestone in Brooklyn, NY. Naturally there are lot of posts on the topic but I've a little pictorial guide to help you find what you're most interested in. Just click on any of the images to bring you to most of the posts about that space. If you have any questions that aren't already answered within these pages, feel free to drop me a line.

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I'll admit that I have done zero holiday decorating thus far (Bad Blogger Award™ 5 years straight, thank you very much!), but I do have some fun holiday inspiration to share from last year. We threw a Gingerbread Decorating Party for our daughter's 6th birthday and it was a total blast. An insane kid sugar fueled rave kinda blast, but a blast none the less.We purchased gingerbread kits from Ikea ($4 each) and loads of extra candy.  I made the gingerbread houses the night before so they would be set up firmly by the times the kids arrived. I was fully prepared to hot glue them together if my royal icing didn't solidify but thankfully that wasn't necessary.Because I'm extra, there were a few little DIY elements to amp up the style...
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Posted 18 hours 2 min ago.

It's that time of year again - holiday shopping begins. I always promise myself I'll get all my holiday shopping done by end of November (so I can enjoy the holiday fun in December) so it's total crunch time for me. Coming up with thoughtful ideas can be a challenge so it's the perfect time for this year's edition of Favorite Things!Thanks to Melissa of 320 Sycamore for inviting me to play along with some wonderful company.Without further ado, here are my Favorite Things for 2019 Gifts in no particular order.1. Embossing Label Maker Yes this is that old school clickity-clackety one you might remember from your childhood. I treated myself to one earlier this year and I am labeling EVERYTHING. The best $10 bucks I spent this year, hands down...
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Posted 1 week 1 day ago.

It's that time of year again!  Time to open my literal closet full of skeletons and decorate for Halloween. Welcome to Prospect Dark!Boo!A few months ago, I stumbled upon this old baby pram that started me on the idea as a play on our local park, Prospect Park.  Of course our version is only for the dead and their leisurely pursuits.This park has a mom and dad fussing over baby, a cyclist, a graveyard, spooky plants and of course one angry dog.I made the two large tombstones using some scrap wood.  One to honor the famous designers of the real Prospect Park and the other to reference our planned family costume, The Addams Family. I usually like to make the décor match our costume more closely but I made an exception this year and just keep the décor in the generally creepy category...
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Posted 6 weeks 1 day ago.

Anyone else living in an old home knows it's a constant battle to find storage for all of the things we need for modern living that our Victorian friends seemed to manage without. Especially now with little kids, the storage space we built during our renovation just never seems enough.  So when said goodbye to our high chair, that spot seemed like the perfect spot for a small sideboard to hold all those little odds and ends that you need for diner parties.The only problem was that spot on the wall was quite narrow so something ready made just did not exist...
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Posted 7 weeks 6 days ago.

Earlier this year we took a short trip to Lisbon, Portugal and totally fell in love with the city. It's small yet full of life, charming in the most authentic way, has amazing food and drink and is just lovely all around.We had been avoiding Lisbon because of the steep hills and narrow sidewalks - both which are not especially stroller friendly - until our youngest was old enough to take at least short walks without one...
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Posted 11 weeks 1 day ago.

I often get asked for suggestions about what artwork a homeowner should buy...
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Posted 17 weeks 1 day ago.

I confess, I am a hard core plant murderer.  Many a green thing has come under my care only to shrivel and die shortly thereafter. My alibis have been weak, my victims have been many.But I'm turning over a new leaf lately.  I've gotten much better with plants as I've learned to pick the right ones for my style.  I forsaken big showy flowers for colorful leafy varieties that can last with a more neglectful owner like me.  And when arranged in the right way, they look just as lovely and showy without the extra effort.So project Stoop Jungle was born.  The entryway needed some curb appeal.  The front stoop is all concrete so container gardens were the name of the game...
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Posted 19 weeks 1 day ago.

Just in time for the warm weather, I have a fun outdoor makeover post for you. I love a good firepit so I was happy to help a friend design a patio built around a DIY firepit that is perfect for entertaining with a little help from my friends at Lowe's.The existing stone patio was the ideal spot to build upon starting with this very straightforward concrete firepit kit. Simply stack the flagstones and set the fire ring inside and you are ready for s'mores!Material used: Ashland Firepit KitNext up was creating a very long and affordable outdoor table with lumber, pipe and pipe fittings.  Another simple project that can be done without the need for many special tools or skills.  It's a great fit right against the stone retaining wall and holds a ton while still not being too precious for out...
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Posted 25 weeks 6 days ago.