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Speaking of friends…

I have a another great friend, Adam, who also lives way too far from me—300 miles away, in Potsdam, New York. Adam and I have lived together, worked together, gone to see Siouxsie and Rufus together, laughed together and cried together…but we have never decorated a house together. And it’s about time we tried!

Four years ago, Adam bought a beautiful sandstone house in Potsdam. It was built 1812, and “wreckorated” 160 years later. The situation is dire—Adam is living with things like shag carpet-printed linoleum. (Did you even have any idea that such a thing existed?!) He’s constantly saying that he wants my help in figuring out what to do with his house, so I figured it would be fun to work on his house from a distance, through photos and a blog. Everything is going to be done on a very tight budget and with a whole lot of DIY!

Adam is going to be documenting progress on healing his home over at his new blog, Fixing Adam’s House. I’m going to be posting there as well, mostly with words of encouragement, ideas for decorating, and inspirational photos. Adam will be doing all of the hard work, but he’d love to get feedback as he moves forward.

I guarantee it’s going to be a massive and uplifting transformation, and I hope you’ll join us!

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14 Comments

  • Reply April in CT June 26, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    How exciting!! I just subscribed to his blog and I’ll be following along. Thanks for sharing…I can’t wait to see the progress!

  • Reply Emily June 26, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    I have never even heard of shag printed linoleum before but it is horrific!!!! I will definitely follow the progress of Adam’s house. With your advice I’m sure it will turn out to be amazing.

  • Reply carlene June 27, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Is the shag carpet linoleum (oy) black & white? If so, you need to save a piece to hang on the wall. Just to remember.

  • Reply maddy June 27, 2008 at 8:48 am

    That’s so cool to help a friend, even from far away.

    I’m sure all of it will not be to your taste, but Pam’s “retro reno” blog at http://www.retrorenovation.com is a great resource for the 50s/60s period…the great, the so-so, and the not-so-pretty. But it’s a wonderful reference.

  • Reply The Knittymommy June 27, 2008 at 9:20 am

    I love this idea. Good luck to you both. So far, I have dropped by, and I am liking a lot of your recommendations.

  • Reply megan June 27, 2008 at 9:37 am

    ooh, YAY! another great blog to read!

  • Reply Claire June 27, 2008 at 9:53 am

    That linoleum is the stuff nightmares are made of. It reminded me of outdoor carpet I’ve seen printed to look like wood flooring. Bizarro!

  • Reply Belinda June 27, 2008 at 9:57 am

    ooooh, this is fabulous!.

  • Reply Adam June 27, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Yay I’m so excited!

  • Reply lindsay June 28, 2008 at 7:42 am

    I can’t wait to see the transformation!

  • Reply Katherine in LA June 28, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Anna,

    I love your blog. I have had it bookmarked for about 2 months now, and I’m inspired by your ideas and your creativity. I can’t wait to enjoy Adam’s home journey as well!

  • Reply lesley June 29, 2008 at 9:17 am

    >shag carpet-printed linoleum.
    O.o I can honestly say I have never seen such a thing before. Wow.

  • Reply lsaspacey June 29, 2008 at 11:20 am

    I just subscribed. I will definitely be checking in!

  • Reply Benita June 30, 2008 at 6:07 am

    How great! Considering the magic you’re doing in your own home Adam’s is going to be fantastic!

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