We are getting ready for our first overnight guests at The Train House!!
We have been working hard for months, so we can entertain our friends and family from Boston and Texas, at The Train House…
This was the main bathroom, with the only shower, when we first bought the house!! The clawfoot tub is very charming, however it was very clumsy to take a shower in, and we were unable to get that spot out of the linoleum!!
So Victor got to work, taking up the flooring…The photo on the left was the three layers of flooring, the bottom one being wood, which was great news! However, after working hard to get all the linoleum up, the contractor thought it best to rip up the wood floor so they could get all the water pipes put under the floor, for the new shower and sink and so it was, the beautiful old floor was ripped out (photo on right)!!
But what we got was so much better!! A new tiled shower, where the sink was and a new wood floor.
We had the inside of the clawfoot tub resurfaced and I sanded and painted the outside of the tub, lagoon blue and the feet antique brass, with an antique brass faucet!!
This picture shows the bathroom from another angle…it’s a big bathroom, however, after adding the shower, there was less room and wall space for the sink, so we needed to put in a small narrow sink. Because there is no counter space, I have a three tier cart that I leave mostly empty, for guests to use for their toiletries. A ladder-back chair next to the tub, is a great place for guests to put clean towels, clothes or whatever!!!
This is the guest room, while we were renovating it. You can see, behind the bed the electrical wires were on the outside of the wall, that was the case throughout the whole house. Victor rewired several of the rooms so the wires would be inside the walls…a huge task and I’m glad Victor had the expertise to do it!!
The guest room, ready for guests!!
A picture of guest room number 2, when we took part of it for the master room closet…
And this is the room after peeling the wallpaper off and getting ready to paint it…
We have a daybed in this room, great for guests to take a nap or an extra place for their clothes!! They can spread out all they want because the guest rooms and bath have a door that closes them off from the master bedroom suit.
We got everything ready for our company during our last visit, because at this writing, we are not at The Train House…we are leaving shortly with our friends close behind us…their guest suit is ready for them!!
Now with our house ready, I’m thinking about sprucing up my fall wardrobe, which I haven’t thought about for a couple of years…
I bought a couple of fall colored tops to match what I already had. This yellow and orange top goes with my sage green jeans and peach sweater to wear on cool fall nights when we’re eating outside at restaurants!! Tan color ballet flats with a shoulder strap purse to match!!
Ready to go to dinner with friends…
Another top, reminds me of fall apples, with a red and green rose bud print…it goes with the same pants, shoes, bag and even red and green bracelet and earrings, I just changed the sweater to red!!
Being retired and going out with friends is a blessing, so now I have another outfit to wear!! It’s all about mixing and matching, especially when you’re traveling!!
And this is the restaurant we went to…Vico’s in Norwood, MA center, one of the best Italian restaurants we’ve been to in the world!! This is Cioppino, an Italian fish stew with clams, mussels shrimp, calamari and white fish, in a flavorful tomato broth…it was amazing!!
Dessert, we shared molten lava cake, topped with vanilla gelato, that was amazing too🤎
With Christmas coming fast and all news outlets telling us to start shopping now!! This is a great idea for a gift…Gina and family gave this to me for my birthday!! They are called story stones and they come with paint…she bought the stones and painted this message on them…such a personalized gift, I love it!!! A Christmas message to your grandchildren or just giving it to them to create their own stories would be great gift ideas!!
When I read this quote below, it reminded me of the feeling that I wanted for this post…simply said, nothing is more important to me than family and home and maybe a little fashion🧡
“We believe in home, that it should restore us from today and ready us for tomorrow. We believe in friendship, because friends who feel like family are the best kind of friends and that nothing matters more than family…”
The beginning of Magnolia Manifesto from Magnolia Journal, Fall 2019