Christmas at the Tuscan Villa

I wanted to share a lovely post written by our friend and neighbor Ann Evans. We were so touched when she sent it to us.

And here are some photos of this year’s decorating. It changes every year because I like to experiment. It makes someone crazy but we are not naming names. On the living room mantle are my painted santas.

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The Santa painting is by Mary Jo Taveres

The Dining Room was nativity themed in white and gold

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The library was done in copper and birds. The dessert table set for the party.

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And the entry way.

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Progress on the third floor

Happy Monday!
Got off to a great start this morning. I needed to paint the new drywall in the third floor bath (still under construction) before I went off to work on my latest painting. I got up early, stared to prime the walls and noticed a small piece of carpet on the floor. I thought it was odd, but dismissed it. Moved my ladder and with a full gallon of paint in one hand and my brush in the other, proceeded to climb. Of course the carpet was there to cover a hole in the floor where the toilet is going….the ladder went into the hole, I jumped back into the tools laying on the floor and the rest you can just imagine. I only spilled ¼ of a gallon of paint and no injury just more spatters on my hot pink sweat pants (sigh).

Well the walls are primed so I’m off to work on my roosters. Here is where I left off:image

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Seeing Red

The work on the roof continues. It looks like we have taken over the block with the trailer and the enormous work table where the roof metal standing seams are bent.

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Takeover of St Louis St

 

 

Up on the roof, it’s a continuous revelation as the metal layers are peeled away: will there be good boards underneath or a mess that needs to be replaced? We were lucky with the roof on the main part of the house, just some damage near the chimneys.

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What was waiting under the old metal

The boards get covered with a waterproof membrane.

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 Before the sheets of new roofing can come up, the old sheets need to go down

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Stacked and ready for recycling

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Old roof comes down

And now comes the pretty part!

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Tada!!

 

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Our Old Lady Gets a New Hat

Today is the day!  At 7:30 this morning a truckload of Amish workers arrived and all you can hear is clattering up on the roof. Today is the day we replace the original tin that has been held in place by bucket loads of roof paint over the years.

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Tuscan Villa Gets a new roof

The boards underneath are in surprisingly good condition!

 

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Original roof

The old tin will be recycled

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Old tin from roof

 

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Painted Entry Ceiling-part 2

We took a few days off after the house tour to recover. I haven’t cleaned that much in… I don’t’ know…ever. It was nice to have a really clean house,  for three years we’ve been living with plaster dust. No sooner do I clean it up when there is another project and it reappears. I digress however. Phase 2 of the ceiling is up!

Now how is this going to fit up there?

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Overall view of ceiling

 

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Entryway progress

We have been working like crazy to get more projects completed on the house in time for the bicentennial tour this coming Sunday. Not everything will be finished but hopefully people will enjoy seeing the work in progress.

Here is the next phase of the ceiling installation. Image

The rest of the rope lighting will go in tomorrow, and much more trim. I’m still painting panels!

Here are some details of the grotessca decoration.

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Entryway

Since we first started renovating this house 3 years ago I have been wanting to work on the grand entryway. Finally we have all the plumbing and electrical lines in place and I have the first part of the ceiling painted.

I put down a warm background color down first

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Next I put in the dark tones and worked out the composition.

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Finished up the clouds

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Added some birds

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Eric attached the panel to the ceiling this morning.

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I’ll post more pictures as we progress, for now I’m off to paint some molding….

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