Hi friends and new followers! I just wanted to remind you all of our Instagram account!!! There is a TON of content over there that doesn’t always make it onto the blog, plus fun videos in their ‘Stories’ function. Be sure to head on over to Instagram and give us a follow @thebrickandmaple! Instagram.com/thebrickandmaple See […]
Stuff we’ve found: More Goodies!
Up next on my favorite installment of Stuff We’ve Found are these beauties! Another glass bottle, a short rim cartridge, a frequent buyer punchcard from Romeiser’s, dominoes, and really, really old glass. Husband has been doing some rewiring work on our 2nd floor and to access some of those electrical lines, he’s been crawling in […]
Researching the History of Your Home!
Hey everyone! Today I had the pleasure of speaking at Belleville’s Museum Day activities. I was at the Garfield Saloon talking about how to research the history of your home. I figured these would be great notes to share with all of you. I don’t claim to be an expert in historical research whatsoever, but […]
Opportunity Doesn’t Knock… it Rings the Doorbell
I can honestly say that I never once in my life pictured an afternoon spent researching the history of the doorbell. But, it’s still cold outside (surprise, surprise), so what else am I going to do? Clean? Yeah… right. Recently, local Belleville history enthusiast and President of the Belleville Historical Society Larry Betz contacted me […]
Music Room Facelift!
Because Pinterest is really French for “You Can’t Sit Still,” I am constantly taunted by exquisite home decor pins. When I stumbled upon one of a room painted Hague blue, I just knew I had to had to HAD TO have one of my own. I’d been toying around with the idea of redoing our […]
If Walls Could Talk…
Earlier this week Husband found our first artifact of any real note! In the walls of the 3rd floor, we’ve found things like a pair of pants, an old broom handle, a single baby shoe. (Which isn’t creepy AT ALL…) But this is different and special and OLD. Monday Hubs was crawling around with our […]
Bringing the Stairs to Life
Prepare yourselves for about 7,000 pictures of our staircase… We are REALLY thrilled with how it turned out and I find myself just standing and staring at the beautiful wood that’s come back to life. Here are a few shots of what it looked like before. Over the last 130 years, these floors have been […]
Afternoon Bathroom DIY
When I woke up this morning did I think… “huh, maybe I’ll paint the tub today.”? YOU BET I DID! All week I’ve been planning on tackling this very easy, hour long project and just haven’t gotten around to it. But with Husband working SO hard on refinishing our main staircase and family coming in […]
3rd Floor Dreamin’
Today I’m going to introduce you to the third floor… the part of the house that has been virtually untouched over the years. We don’t use it for anything other than storage at the moment but over time, we have BIG plans for this space. Simply put, the space is huge. The third floor alone […]
It’s A Wonderful Life
Bear with me while I try to get out something that’s been rattling around in my tiny little brain for the past few weeks. I am not brave. Thus far, 2017 has been chock full of enough major life events to last a solid decade. In February, my husband deployed to Southwest Asia. Our crazy […]