The “Facial” Continues

Driving to Calistoga on a 68 degree sunny day is part of the joyful “chore” of the project. It is the best tasting “coffee” in the morning. This week the task of drilling holes thru the stone walls then inserting plastic tubes that are injected with epoxy continues. That is what the Rafael is doing…

Our love for old houses started with this Home

Over the course of 6 months, I have been asked about plans for the interior spaces of the Francis House. “It will be true to its French design but in a very casual, country laid-back style.” Inevitably the question segues to our home in San Francisco, another “restoration” of sorts (albeit in a smaller scale).…

Inn keeping is not for the faint of heart (or knees).

Richard and I joined this 4-day Intensive Hands-On Innkeeper Workshop at the Bed & Breakfast at Tiffany Hill in North Carolina last week. There were serious moments like understanding the plating, proportioning and serving of breakfast.     And hilarious moments to “lighten” the load of physical labor.     But alongside the informative and well-spaced…

Some Progress this Week !

Some of the original redwood window jambs and frames are back installed today.           The building survived but not this company “Corlett Brothers Napa” where the original redwood window frames and jambs were from.     A sample “patch” of the exterior stone all washed and grouted. Eventually all the “age”…