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Working on updating the kitchen with color, contrast and texture making it a cook's haven.

Working on updating the kitchen with color, contrast and texture making it a cook's haven.

The best walk in, working pantry I ever had. I was able to consolidate and incorporate extra shelving and storage. Got rid of the pantry moths toot sweet!

The best walk in, working pantry I ever had. I was able to consolidate and incorporate extra shelving and storage. Got rid of the pantry moths toot sweet!

Original photo of house on Arlington Avenue. It definitely has historic significance and we intend to manage the upkeep with appropriate restoration in mind.

Original photo of house on Arlington Avenue. It definitely has historic significance and we intend to manage the upkeep with appropriate restoration in mind.

Family photo in 2010.  Original stained glass windows still intact at the time.

Family photo in 2010. Original stained glass windows still intact at the time.

Windows were taken out by a family member before we bought the house. Plastic left behind– she adamantly refuses to return the windows.

Windows were taken out by a family member before we bought the house. Plastic left behind– she adamantly refuses to return the windows.

Our house. Our very, very fine house. With two cats in the yard, on the porch, in and out. Built in 1890. Solid, with original stained glass windows on either side of the front door.

Our house. Our very, very fine house. With two cats in the yard, on the porch, in and out. Built in 1890. Solid, with original stained glass windows on either side of the front door.

Seth Thomas mantle clock similar to this one was also original to the house and taken by an in-law. It would be nice to have it returned to its rightful place made specifically by the last owner before us, my father, Julian Kotlar. He and I would love to tinker with it and admired it's inner workings. He told me about the pieces he would have made by men in machine shops where he worked in order to make it chime on time...

Seth Thomas mantle clock similar to this one was also original to the house and taken by an in-law. It would be nice to have it returned to its rightful place made specifically by the last owner before us, my father, Julian Kotlar. He and I would love to tinker with it and admired it's inner workings. He told me about the pieces he would have made by men in machine shops where he worked in order to make it chime on time...

Original radiators are great. On the other hand, the 40-year old furnace is, well, we won't go down there just yet.

Original radiators are great. On the other hand, the 40-year old furnace is, well, we won't go down there just yet.

Gorgeous wooden doorknobs and intricately designed plates. Many have been hastily painted over when it was first put on the market. Lots of work ahead!

Gorgeous wooden doorknobs and intricately designed plates. Many have been hastily painted over when it was first put on the market. Lots of work ahead!

Heritage Gardening include Mama's peonies that come up every Spring

Heritage Gardening include Mama's peonies that come up every Spring

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