So, I know I said I wasn’t going to post today, but over my vacation a huge dilemma has come up — and I need your thoughts! I’ve done two posts about what I hope for our kitchen renovation — about 1 year 9 months away and counting (barring unforeseen circumstances): the first about my […]

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  • If the only thing that is holding you back from buying your long time dream is the resale concern, put it out of your head. At the moment you don’t have plans to sell, so why not really live there while the house is yours? I have no doubt that the overall loveliness of your home is what a new buyer would want. Plus buyers come in and rip things apart anyway, so why design for someone you don’t even know? I would be paralyzed by indecision, so take what I say with a grain of salt. Enjoy your vacation!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Ha! The funny thing is, if you talk to a lot of decorators, they may have very good opinions of what to do with YOUR home, but when it comes to their own, paralysis! Thanks for your feedback 😉ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Murray

    Hi Amy! As someone who grew up with a vintage stove, I vote for the new one. I agree the vintage one looks super cool and has great capacity, but it just can’t do what a new stove can do in terms of eveness of temperature, speed of heating etc.. Go for the new one- which will be a forever stove for your home!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thanks Hannah! Could I ask what “vintage” your vintage stove was? ’40s or ’50s or one of these pre-Depression models?ReplyCancel

  • karen

    Listen to your heart.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Ah, but my heart is torn! I think my biggest thing is that the Lacanche would make for a much better layout for my kitchen, but I love the vintage stove!ReplyCancel

  • Julie S

    Well, you clearly want that real deal that you’ve been thinking of for years. I feel like if you DID move in the future you would probably want to take that dream stove along with you (unless of course you found it less accurate/functional than expected as a previous commenter said). It strongly depends on your kitchen design but it might be possible for potential resale prospects to remove the vintage stove in the future and replace with a normal range and some sort of narrow cabinet/rolling cart/creative space filling solution that makes sense in your kitchen. And they might want to redo things anyway.ReplyCancel

  • Sasha

    I tried a vintage stove (not exactly like yours, it is GE) at a friend’s house and it was lovely. If you know it is working well, or at least you are prepared with its limitation like what hannah said, then I said go for it.
    When you sell the house, you can always give the buyer option for them to take it (showing that it works) or you taking it with some discount on price. If I am a buyer, such deal would make it buying the house much easier.ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Umbria

    I would go with the Lacanche. I am on my second one, a Cluny. For resale value, no questions asked. That said, the Lacanche is definitely the feature of our {small} kitchen.
    After owning two, I have some pointers, if you would like to contact me by email, I would be happy to share.
    Enjoy your vacation, and the beauty of autumn in New England.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thank you, Robin. That is actually one of my biggest fears with going with the French range — I haven’t been able to find any reviews from anyone who has been cooking on one for years. So many people I know have bought high-end appliances (Wolf, Miele, Bertazzoni) only to be plagued by technical issues and poor service.

      Being into old houses so long, I know a few stove techs who swear by the Glenwood.

      I will definitely email you for your feedback — thank you for the offer!ReplyCancel

  • Mike

    The snj is also my dream range . I always remodel with the idea of resale. However if the snj is the center point example a beautiful arched alcove for the range it will be like a work of art . If you pass on the range let me know I am interested 😀

    In FloridaReplyCancel

    • Amy

      I think you’re right, but I’ll let you know if I let it go!ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    I had one just like it in a farmhouse and I loved it! Get someone to go through it and it will serve you for the rest of your life. The ovens worked great. Loved all the burners and the warming oven, can’t say enough. Miss it even though it would not work in my current house.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Wonderful to hear from an actual Glenwood SNJ user! Thanks for the feedback!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Amy,

    I don’t respond to blogs usually but I had to laugh when I saw you dreaming over my Glenwood SNJ. The last in your entry. It is quite simply the best stove I have ever owned. It was rebuilt in NH and it was not in anything approaching good condition when I purchased it. It was featured in last year’s Winter Edible South Shore.
    You should never listen to realtors because they lower the bar of expectations to the abjectly dull and unimaginative. Aside from cooking remarkably well this stove allows for time traveling to an earlier era when grace had not entirely left the world. If you want a stove that goes from zero to immolation in 3 seconds buy a modern box. If you want great cooking in a gentler manner buy old. It will surprise you. The simmer grates are flameless.
    The Glenwood was just recently joined by a 1929 Frigidaire to complete the kitchen. Both are brilliant and work very well. If you want to ask questions please feel free to contact me.



    • Amy

      Hi David! I think I read that article! Don’t you have the original cookbook????

      With great sadness, I let the Glenwood go to an enthusiastic reader, who is in the process of trying to move it to Florida. When it came down to it, we’re still at least 2 years from a renovation (and life — and 200 year old houses — often get in the way with unexpected expenses, so it could be longer!), and my husband was really worried about our lack of a place to store it in the interim. However, I’m very happy to have found such an old-house aficionado to whom to pass it on!ReplyCancel

For those of us in love with design, it may come as a shock that there are those who don’t live and breathe interiors. However, there are many, many people out there who have never picked up a copy of House Beautiful in their lives. Even so, some come to the realization that they want a more […]

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  • Paula Moreshead

    I love this post and that you went with the swing your son wanted. I’ve impressed with how creative and good looking the frame is. As much as we want things to be beautiful and aesthetically pleasing to our eyes, it really is about the ones we love and make a home for. I’m looking forward to your next post and the new before and after reveal!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thank you for the kind words, Paula! Yes, home is ALL about being together with our loved ones, for sure. We looked at a lot of inspiration for the swing online first, but our welder was so excited to give us something decorative! (I don’t think he gets to do that sort of thing very often. 😉 )ReplyCancel

  • Sara B

    Such a sweet post. I love the picture of the two boys gazing at their daddy. And great design lesson too!ReplyCancel

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  • Julie S

    This was a great list of sources for high end looking stuff but I did find the title misleading! Your initial advice about getting a whole room plan lined up before moving ahead with purchases is gold but that was about the only thing that related to the title. I would have loved to hear more about how that plays out in real life for the DIYer – it’s actually the method I used for the open living space in our new, currently being renovated, home, and it truly makes a gigantic difference from the more common haphazard approach. I’m still having some trouble pulling the trigger for a few areas as I’m not sure if I’ll want cream chairs in front of the fireplace once it’s painted over and so forth. Or I have pins with three different colors of accent chairs for the sofa area, which one do I go with? Right now I am solving these problems by making my best guess for some, and waiting till we’ve moved in to see what I want for others.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Hi Julie. You caught me out! You’re right, the image is misleading, whereas the title of the post is more what I wrote about — getting the designer “look” rather than a decorating how-to from start to finish. Blame “Outlander” — I didn’t editorially fine tune as much as I normally do. Sorry!

      The problem is that a step-by-step guide to decorating would be a very long post, indeed! And my blogging mentors keep telling me I need to come up with some sort of “freebie” for subscribing to my blog so that my list can grow, and this is one of the things I’m considering.

      Each space can pose its own challenges, as you are finding. For DIYes, it is daunting to pull the trigger on some items for fear of making mistakes. That’s often when I get called for consults, which I charge for at an hourly rate. If you have a good sense of your style and just need help making a few final decisions with more confidence, this is something you could consider. Beats buying a $500+ chair only to find that the scale/pattern/you name it is wrong.

      Sounds like you’ve done some great work so far, though! I’ll keep the step-by-step guide in mind. 🙂ReplyCancel

Back in January, I did a post on my favorite source for original art on the web, Saatchi Art, which offers curated art from emerging artists all over the world, in every medium and at every price point, along with free advisory services. (Read the post for a few of my artist picks.) But even “every […]

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So, I know that I said that my DIY days died with the cry of my firstborn child, but here I am, eating my words (and some seriously yummy brownies. I’ll get to that.) A number of months ago, I wrote a blog post on How to Freshen Up Your Parents’ Formal Dining Set that’s been […]

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  • You make it look like something even I could do! Suddenly everything looks like fair game for some paint. Thank you Amy.ReplyCancel

  • Mila

    Wish I had the time and space to finish off some secondhand pieces like this. Gorgeous! And helpful post.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      That is one of the great things about this paint — almost odorless — so you can do indoors! I remember painting a small side table in the middle of February in our tiny Washington Heights apartment. I nearly killed us with the smell and then nearly froze us out because I had to open the windows for two days in the middle of winter.

      I wasn’t very bright back then. Not that things have improved much!ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    Looks great! I can’t wait to see the finished product!!ReplyCancel

  • Paula Moreshead

    I have repainted many pieces of furniture over the years, both with spray paint and latex, but I still haven’t tried the chalk paint. Your post has me seriously wanting to try it since it’s much less prep work than what I have done in past years. There isn’t a retail store that carries the FAT paint in my area, but I really like the selection of colors they have. Hmmmm….maybe I’ll look at Miss Mustard Seed colors again.
    Thanks Amy.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Milk paint is a different beast, though I know that Amy Rothe absolutely loves to work with it. You might try reaching out directly to the FAT Paint Co. and see if any of their retailers do online orders.ReplyCancel