Category Archives: renovation

It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here …


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( … but please refrain doing what’s called for in the next line of the song if you’re in public reading this; k? Thanks!)

Following on the heels of last week’s announcement by 24/7 Wallstreet that Dorchester is ranked #5 on the list of the 10 Hottest Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods in the USA, an article further waxing poetic about its awesomeness was just published by Design New England and is available on

We are so happy that Dot is FINALLY starting to get the respect, attention and press it deserves!

House Crashing Sneak Peek: Jeff & Jack’s Beautiful Preservation on Ashmont Hill

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A few days ago, friends and neighbors Jack Dennerlein and Jeffrey Gonyeau let me in to the gorgeous Ashmont Hill home that they’ve been renovating for the past few years.

View from the dining room into the original butler's pantry

View from the dining room into the original butler's pantry

I was there for almost two hours snapping away and I’m still in the process of editing the full post but I thought everyone might enjoy a sneak peak of the lovely eye candy that is to come.

One corner of the enormous front foyer

Jack's bike in the old servant's entrance

Jeff's bike in the old servant's entrance

Second floor landing

Second floor landing

I promise to get the interview and the rest of the images ready soon. In the meantime, I hope this tides everyone over. Enjoy!

Dear Dorchester Valentine

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To Do List

Dear Hubby-

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I just wanted to say “thanks” … about a billion times over:

*Thank you for listening to me when I said — on a whim — “Let’s just go check out Dorchester,”.

*Thank you for letting me daydream about renovating an old, forgotten, and broken-down house.

*Thank you for  sticking with me through about a thousand homes.

*Thank you for not laughing when the 1,001st place — the epitome of unloved but with all the right bones — came up for sale and I fell in love.

*Thank you for agreeing to put in that first offer. And the second. And the third (while all around us the real estate market was crumbling).

*Thank you for moving into our new home when I was seven months pregnant  — unable to do anything to help — and spending every ounce of your free time painting, sanding, and writing checks to make it livable before our little guy was born.

*Thank you for not giving up on all those renovations when we were both sleep-deprived and utterly-exhausted new parents.

*Thank you for embracing our amazingly-friendly and helpful neighbors.

*Thank you for lovingly learning to grow — and then care for — our lawn.

*Ditto for the rosebushes we planted in the back that bloom like mad and the hydrangeas along the side that weren’t supposed to grow but still do.

*Thank you for not giving up on this house, this dream, this neighborhood when everyone said “we’d run for the ‘burbs” in a couple of years.

Thank you for everything. You’ve made my house-dream a reality and our son’s childhood as idyllic, diverse and loving as possible.

Happy Valentines Day; you are so loved.