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Pictures absolutely don’t capture how beautiful this fixture is but I had to post one anyway. This is now in our entryway. 😍
Pictures absolutely don’t capture how beautiful this fixture is but I had to post one anyway. This is now in our entryway. 😍
After we found the original blueprints to the house I contacted the historical society to ask them to add the architects to the registry of our home. Yesterday these books came in the mail from the historical society and they are 👌🏽 It has been particularly fun reading about the incredible history of Sherman Blvd. Such a rich legacy we’ve attached ourselves to! #shermanblvdfoursquare #milwaukeehistory #milwaukeehome #historichome #historicpreservation #thisoldhouse
My Aunt just gave us this book and I’m already drooling. Love that little corner bookshelving in the second picture. And all the books and wood and clean lines in the last picture. 😍#artsandcraftsmovement #shermanblvdfoursquare #thisoldhouse #homeinspo
Moving day part 1. Hoping to get a ton of stuff out of our current house and over to the new house. It’s happening! #shermanblvdfoursquare
Moving day part 1. Hoping to get a ton of stuff out of our current house and over to the new house. It’s happening! #shermanblvdfoursquare 
The first picture isn’t great quality but @old_style spent some time last night cleaning and clearing out the fireplace. Turns out the tile around the inner edge has a reddish-brown accent tile interspersed. Kinda cool! Uncovering the beauty of an old home is seriously so satisfying! #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #thisoldhouse
The first picture isn’t great quality but @old_style spent some time last night cleaning and clearing out the fireplace. Turns out the tile around the inner edge has a reddish-brown accent tile interspersed. Kinda cool! Uncovering the beauty of an old home is seriously so satisfying! #shermanblvdfoursquare  #homerestoration  #thisoldhouse 
Today’s project is actually happening at our current house. This retaining wall is falling down and needs to be replaced. Once we get this taken care of we are one step closer to listing and selling this house and one step closer to making Sherman Blvd. HOME. Workers begin demo in a few minutes. Let’s do this. #shermanblvdfoursquare
Today’s project is actually happening at our current house. This retaining wall is falling down and needs to be replaced. Once we get this taken care of we are one step closer to listing and selling this house and one step closer to making Sherman Blvd. HOME. Workers begin demo in a few minutes. Let’s do this. #shermanblvdfoursquare 
I’ve hardly even posted pictures of the kitchen because it’s just so bad. And we’re out of money so who knows when we’ll be able to actually get to this. 🤷🏻‍♀️ We have a decent plan for how to make it reasonably functional for awhile but this will not be a priority project. Good news is that we found the most beautiful antique built in piece on Craigslist ages ago that has been sitting in our garage. It will essentially take up this entire wall and it is almost an exact match to our original built in butler’s pantry. Who has advice on how to live with a semi-functional kitchen for awhile? 😝 #homerestoration #shermanblvdfoursquare #kitchenrestoration #thisoldhouse #intransition #homerestorationreality
I’ve hardly even posted pictures of the kitchen because it’s just so bad. And we’re out of money so who knows when we’ll be able to actually get to this. 🤷🏻‍♀️ We have a decent plan for how to make it reasonably functional for awhile but this will not be a priority project. Good news is that we found the most beautiful antique built in piece on Craigslist ages ago that has been sitting in our garage. It will essentially take up this entire wall and it is almost an exact match to our original built in butler’s pantry. Who has advice on how to live with a semi-functional kitchen for awhile? 😝 #homerestoration  #shermanblvdfoursquare  #kitchenrestoration  #thisoldhouse  #intransition  #homerestorationreality 
Rehabbing a home means that sometimes you drive to Chicago with three kids in the car to pick up SIX gorgeous Rejuvenation sconces that usually sell for $400 a piece. We paid $120 for ALL of them. #worthit #homerehab #rehabaddict #shermanblvdfoursquare #thisoldhouse #oldhomelove #wearecrazy
Flying high today. NO asbestos in the kitchen floor!!!! Woot woot! #shermanblvdfoursquare #goodnews #thisoldhouse #homerestoration #noasbestos
These two bedrooms are in the worst shape of the house (other than the kitchen). Both had wood paneling and one had ceiling tiles which has left a ton of glue behind. These will be our two boy’s rooms eventually but our plan is to move in and work on them slowly after we’ve gotten in the house. The plaster needs a lot of repair and pulling the glue off the ceiling has proved to be a very laborious task. Not every project can be prioritized and these rooms will have to get back burnered while we focus on other parts of the house. Thankfully we have a huge playroom the kids will be able to use right away so they can still have some space. #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #thisoldhouse #restorationreality
These two bedrooms are in the worst shape of the house (other than the kitchen). Both had wood paneling and one had ceiling tiles which has left a ton of glue behind. These will be our two boy’s rooms eventually but our plan is to move in and work on them slowly after we’ve gotten in the house. The plaster needs a lot of repair and pulling the glue off the ceiling has proved to be a very laborious task. Not every project can be prioritized and these rooms will have to get back burnered while we focus on other parts of the house. Thankfully we have a huge playroom the kids will be able to use right away so they can still have some space. #shermanblvdfoursquare  #homerestoration  #thisoldhouse  #restorationreality 
Sometimes old home restoration has unexpected surprises that are positive instead of negative. Look-y what we found under the cheap fake wood in the bathroom: oh so pretty original tile! Eek! Definitely a positive we’re happy to discover after pulling up carpet under a (unknown to us leaking) radiator that has rotted out the wood underneath. ☹️ I prefer pretty old tile personally. ✨
#thisoldhouse #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #oldhomelove #oldhouselove #goodsurprise #onthebrightside
Sometimes old home restoration has unexpected surprises that are positive instead of negative. Look-y what we found under the cheap fake wood in the bathroom: oh so pretty original tile! Eek! Definitely a positive we’re happy to discover after pulling up carpet under a (unknown to us leaking) radiator that has rotted out the wood underneath. ☹️ I prefer pretty old tile personally. ✨ #thisoldhouse  #shermanblvdfoursquare  #homerestoration  #oldhomelove  #oldhouselove  #goodsurprise  #onthebrightside 
SO happy with our new A/C Unico System!!! It was a high end purchase but we are already so glad we decided to do it. #unicosystem #thisoldhouse #homerestoration #shermanblvdfoursquare
Before, during, after. It’s scary putting a color this dark on the walls but now that I see it all together I love it. It needs one more coat but I’m really happy with the color. Can’t wait to move furniture in and decorate this room! #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #homerenovation #sherwinwilliams #paint #masterbedroom #beforeandafter
Took this the other night as we walked home from Washington Park Wednesday. This statue is visible from our new front porch. It’s a really beautiful neighborhood. Looking forward to all the nights we’ll spend in the park in our future. It’s been a few days since I’ve been able to do any work on the house and I’m feeling antsy to get back at it. The a/c installation should be done as of today and the cooler air will make it so much easier to be in the house. I feel this shift happening in my identity as someone who is restoring a beautiful old home and it feels so good and right. Nothing better than getting your hands dirty to uncover something beautiful. Not unlike our work we do as psychotherapists. #thisoldhouse #shermanblvdfoursquare #oldhouselove #homerestoration
Took this the other night as we walked home from Washington Park Wednesday. This statue is visible from our new front porch. It’s a really beautiful neighborhood. Looking forward to all the nights we’ll spend in the park in our future. It’s been a few days since I’ve been able to do any work on the house and I’m feeling antsy to get back at it. The a/c installation should be done as of today and the cooler air will make it so much easier to be in the house. I feel this shift happening in my identity as someone who is restoring a beautiful old home and it feels so good and right. Nothing better than getting your hands dirty to uncover something beautiful. Not unlike our work we do as psychotherapists. #thisoldhouse  #shermanblvdfoursquare  #oldhouselove  #homerestoration 
This is the man who built our house, Waldemar C. Wehe.  We are learning a lot about him. (The internet is amazing.) We came across this picture tonight for the first time. Zach turned to me and said, “we’ve cleaned the closet where that suit hung the morning he put it on for the picture.” So freaking cool. Waldemar liked technology and gadgets. He was a lawyer and republican (which we’ll forgive him for since he built a Rathskeller in his basement). This is why old houses are the best. We just eat up the experience of unearthing the story. We’ll definitely be getting a high res pic of this printed to put in our house. #shermanblvdfoursquare #milwaukeehistory #thisoldhouse #oldhouselove #househistory #washingtonpark
This is the man who built our house, Waldemar C. Wehe. We are learning a lot about him. (The internet is amazing.) We came across this picture tonight for the first time. Zach turned to me and said, “we’ve cleaned the closet where that suit hung the morning he put it on for the picture.” So freaking cool. Waldemar liked technology and gadgets. He was a lawyer and republican (which we’ll forgive him for since he built a Rathskeller in his basement). This is why old houses are the best. We just eat up the experience of unearthing the story. We’ll definitely be getting a high res pic of this printed to put in our house. #shermanblvdfoursquare  #milwaukeehistory  #thisoldhouse  #oldhouselove  #househistory  #washingtonpark 
We’ve always loved these Arts and Crafts style papers for above wainscoting in a dining room. Now that we own a home with wainscoting we’re revisiting this dream and trying to decide if it’s right for our Sherman Blvd home. #shermanblvdfoursquare #wainscoting #artsandcraftsmovement #diningroom #historichome #thisoldhouse
This will be the master bedroom. It was painted an awful deep reddish pink (a favorite color of our previous homeowner). I’ve decided on Sherwin Williams Oceanside for this room but for now I’ve gotten a full coat of tinted primer up. It’s SO much easier to envision where we’re going with this room now that I’ve got that red covered. Excited to see the color on next. #shermanblvdfoursquare #sherwinwilliams #painting #beforeandafter #beforeandinbetween #homerenovation #homerestoration #thisoldhouse
This will be the master bedroom. It was painted an awful deep reddish pink (a favorite color of our previous homeowner). I’ve decided on Sherwin Williams Oceanside for this room but for now I’ve gotten a full coat of tinted primer up. It’s SO much easier to envision where we’re going with this room now that I’ve got that red covered. Excited to see the color on next. #shermanblvdfoursquare  #sherwinwilliams  #painting  #beforeandafter  #beforeandinbetween  #homerenovation  #homerestoration  #thisoldhouse 
Air conditioning installation starts today! The house has radiant heat and has never had ducts installed. We decided to go with the Unico System to preserve square footage and the integrity of the home. Unico systems are great for old houses. It’s an expensive purchase but we were able to finance it and it feels like a wise investment in the house. It will be SO much easier to work on the house (and move in!) once we have air! #shermanblvdfoursquare #thisoldhouse #oldhouselove #oldhousemodernconvenience #airconditoning #unicosystem
Air conditioning installation starts today! The house has radiant heat and has never had ducts installed. We decided to go with the Unico System to preserve square footage and the integrity of the home. Unico systems are great for old houses. It’s an expensive purchase but we were able to finance it and it feels like a wise investment in the house. It will be SO much easier to work on the house (and move in!) once we have air! #shermanblvdfoursquare  #thisoldhouse  #oldhouselove  #oldhousemodernconvenience  #airconditoning  #unicosystem 
One room done! A pretty blush pink for a sweet little girl. The white ceiling helps to set off the pink. I think we’ll keep this fixture (which is saying something for this house) to add to the princess feel of the room. Hoping to find some sconces with glass to pull out the delicate feel. I think Amalia is going to be so happy with her room! #beforeandafter #shermanblvdfoursquare #magnoliahome #ellarose #littlegirlsroom
One room done! A pretty blush pink for a sweet little girl. The white ceiling helps to set off the pink. I think we’ll keep this fixture (which is saying something for this house) to add to the princess feel of the room. Hoping to find some sconces with glass to pull out the delicate feel. I think Amalia is going to be so happy with her room! #beforeandafter  #shermanblvdfoursquare  #magnoliahome  #ellarose  #littlegirlsroom 
Hard to capture this one in a picture but two lovely friends came by to help out and they spent all their time on the bannister cleaning the wood. The difference between the areas they worked on and the untouched wood was amazing! 💯 Hard to capture in a photo but the wood looks SO much better without all the gunk and grime. #shermanblvdfoursquare #thisoldhouse #oakwood #artsandcrafts #bannister #homerestoration
Hard to capture this one in a picture but two lovely friends came by to help out and they spent all their time on the bannister cleaning the wood. The difference between the areas they worked on and the untouched wood was amazing! 💯 Hard to capture in a photo but the wood looks SO much better without all the gunk and grime. #shermanblvdfoursquare  #thisoldhouse  #oakwood  #artsandcrafts  #bannister  #homerestoration 
No clue what the deal was with this light fixture. 🤷🏻‍♀️ But this Rejuvenation fixture is a vast improvement. Found the new one on FB marketplace for way less than it’s worth. 💪🏽 The wood in the room was all cleaned today by some super kind friends who came to help us out. We got a lot done today! Back at it tomorrow. #shermanblvdfoursquare #foursquarehome #artsandcraftsmovement #lightfixture #rejuvenation #diningroom #beforeandafter #thisoldhouse
You guys! My mom found this STICKLEY loveseat at her friend’s consignment shop for a steal and now we OWN it!!!!!!! We are dying! It’s SO gorgeous. Never dreamed we would own a real piece of Stickley furniture! #shermanblvdfoursquare #stickleyfurniture #stickley #housetohome #thisoldhouse #omg #wefancy
Long messy day of hard work ahead of us tomorrow. I’m hoping to finish painting two of the bedrooms and get some deep cleaning done. Zach has all kinds of projects planned. Hoping we get enough done that we can actually get closer to moving into this lovely new home. A/C installation starts on Monday!!! #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #homerenovation #thisoldhouse #artsandcraftsmovement #foursquarehome
Oddly enough the good news is that the ceiling was wall papered at one point so the glue is coming off pretty easily and without too much damage to the plaster. #historichome #thisoldhouse #homerestoration #shermanblvdfoursquare
Current state of our kitchen floors. 😫 Give me all your black glue removal tips. #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #homerenovation #thisoldhouse #historichome #hardwoodfloors #blackglue
Things came to a bit of a stand still this week when we started pulling these ceiling tiles down and realized they were not by the same maker as the others in the house that we’ve had tested for asbestos. We knew we needed to get these tested separately to make sure they were safe to remove. Got word back today that the tiles and glue are negative for asbestos so we can now rip these ugly things out free of fear of death. Woot! SO much work ahead of us before we can actually get in this house. Hopefully we can knock a ton of it out this weekend. #shermanblvdfoursquare #ceilingtiles #sougly #homerestoration #homerenovation #thisoldhouse #artsandcraftsmovement #quartersawnoak
Things came to a bit of a stand still this week when we started pulling these ceiling tiles down and realized they were not by the same maker as the others in the house that we’ve had tested for asbestos. We knew we needed to get these tested separately to make sure they were safe to remove. Got word back today that the tiles and glue are negative for asbestos so we can now rip these ugly things out free of fear of death. Woot! SO much work ahead of us before we can actually get in this house. Hopefully we can knock a ton of it out this weekend. #shermanblvdfoursquare  #ceilingtiles  #sougly  #homerestoration  #homerenovation  #thisoldhouse  #artsandcraftsmovement  #quartersawnoak 
Back in the office today. I love my work but I can’t stop thinking about all the work that needs to get done on the house. I guess this is the reality of restoring a historic home. 🤷🏻‍♀️#shermanblvdfoursquare #historichome #homerestoration #thisoldhouse #oldhouselove
Paint just doesn’t translate well on electronic screens but I’m pretty sure I’ve landed on this color for the master bedroom. It’s Sherwin Williams Oceanside. It looks absolutely stunning with mustard yellow accents. This is a more modern color choice for us but I feel really excited about doing something a bit more dramatic in our bedroom. #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #homerenovation #thisoldhouse #oldhouselove #paintcolor #sherwinwilliams #oceanside
Kitchen inspo for the new house taken from our current home. The darker wood of the cabinets in the new house feel like they are calling me to a slightly more grown up look for the new house. My walls in our current kitchen are painted a playful jadeite green. I am leaning more toward a milk glass blue for the new house. I think it will be really beautiful with the darker wood. I have a vintage dish obsession and part of the draw to this new house was the gorgeous original butler’s pantry with glass doors to show all my dishes. The Fireking Turquoise Blue dish set I have is among some of my favorite things I own. This fridge is our 1930’s Monitor Top. It runs like a dream. Can’t wait to see it in the new space! #retrodish #vintagedish #fireking #pyrex #vintagekitchen #monitortop #kitcheninspo #shermanblvdfoursquare
Kitchen inspo for the new house taken from our current home. The darker wood of the cabinets in the new house feel like they are calling me to a slightly more grown up look for the new house. My walls in our current kitchen are painted a playful jadeite green. I am leaning more toward a milk glass blue for the new house. I think it will be really beautiful with the darker wood. I have a vintage dish obsession and part of the draw to this new house was the gorgeous original butler’s pantry with glass doors to show all my dishes. The Fireking Turquoise Blue dish set I have is among some of my favorite things I own. This fridge is our 1930’s Monitor Top. It runs like a dream. Can’t wait to see it in the new space! #retrodish  #vintagedish  #fireking  #pyrex  #vintagekitchen  #monitortop  #kitcheninspo  #shermanblvdfoursquare 
Remember this mystery room on the back of the house? Now that we have the blueprints we know what it originally was. The door is from the dining room and it was originally an exterior door. The room itself was a back porch with steps that went out into the yard. It’s possible it was screened in and used as a sleeping porch. Also possible it was used as a more casual outdoor dining area. The back wall was originally straight across and we believe the bay window was added in maybe the 20’s or 30’s. The bead board on the ceiling would have been original to the porch. I think we will keep it as a room rather than restoring to an external porch but we’d like to expose the original brick. One possible option is to add a door from the butler’s pantry and turn this into a more casual eating space. The light is amazing. It would be a great room for sipping coffee in the morning sun. #thisoldhouse #shermanblvdfoursquare #backporch #oldhouse #oldhouselove #homerestoration #homerenovation
Remember this mystery room on the back of the house? Now that we have the blueprints we know what it originally was. The door is from the dining room and it was originally an exterior door. The room itself was a back porch with steps that went out into the yard. It’s possible it was screened in and used as a sleeping porch. Also possible it was used as a more casual outdoor dining area. The back wall was originally straight across and we believe the bay window was added in maybe the 20’s or 30’s. The bead board on the ceiling would have been original to the porch. I think we will keep it as a room rather than restoring to an external porch but we’d like to expose the original brick. One possible option is to add a door from the butler’s pantry and turn this into a more casual eating space. The light is amazing. It would be a great room for sipping coffee in the morning sun. #thisoldhouse  #shermanblvdfoursquare  #backporch  #oldhouse  #oldhouselove  #homerestoration  #homerenovation 
Pretty sure I found the green for the living room today. It’s the perfect compliment to the wood, green tile and stained glass. Tansy Green by Sherwin Williams. #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #homerenovation #thisoldhouse #artsandcraftsmovement
This week has been a shift in our story for Zach and I. Part of what brought us together over 12 years ago was our shared love of old beautiful things. We currently live in a 1927 arts and crafts bungalow in Milwaukee and we adore our house. When we found it over ten years ago it felt so special and magical. We swore we would never ever leave. It’s a house with a soul and it felt right. In the last 8 years we had three children and things were starting to feel tight  in our little bungalow. We weren’t worried because we had a full second floor that had never been refinished that we could expand into. As we started getting quotes for the work we wanted to do we were floored by the expense. To put in installation, plumbing and electrical was worth more than we could responsibly spend. But we needed more room. We reluctantly decided to take a look at houses on the market in case the space we needed could be found cheaper by simply moving. We didn’t think we would ever find another house with a soul like our little bungalow. We looked at a few places but nothing really felt right. I had scheduled the walk through for our new house the night before we decided to let go of the idea of moving. We would make our bungalow work. I didn’t want to cancel the walk through so I went the next day just to confirm what we were already leaning toward. Zach was working so I went with just the realtor. After walking through I texted Zach at work and told him, “I think I just found our house.” (Check comments for more of our story)...
This week has been a shift in our story for Zach and I. Part of what brought us together over 12 years ago was our shared love of old beautiful things. We currently live in a 1927 arts and crafts bungalow in Milwaukee and we adore our house. When we found it over ten years ago it felt so special and magical. We swore we would never ever leave. It’s a house with a soul and it felt right. In the last 8 years we had three children and things were starting to feel tight in our little bungalow. We weren’t worried because we had a full second floor that had never been refinished that we could expand into. As we started getting quotes for the work we wanted to do we were floored by the expense. To put in installation, plumbing and electrical was worth more than we could responsibly spend. But we needed more room. We reluctantly decided to take a look at houses on the market in case the space we needed could be found cheaper by simply moving. We didn’t think we would ever find another house with a soul like our little bungalow. We looked at a few places but nothing really felt right. I had scheduled the walk through for our new house the night before we decided to let go of the idea of moving. We would make our bungalow work. I didn’t want to cancel the walk through so I went the next day just to confirm what we were already leaning toward. Zach was working so I went with just the realtor. After walking through I texted Zach at work and told him, “I think I just found our house.” (Check comments for more of our story)...
First pic is the color I really wanted but it’s from a Belgian company and I haven’t been able to track it down to color match. Other pictures are Sherwin Williams Oceanside (2018 color of the year 🙄) and I think it’s a pretty solid match. I got a sample today and after I prime the wall I’m gonna give it a try. The wall it’s going on is painted an awful deep reddish pink and I’ve had a devil of a time trying to get a good idea of the actual look of the swatches I’ve been trying. The primer should help to give me a cleaner slate for comparing colors but I’m hopeful this color might be the one! #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerenovation #homerestoration #oldhouse #oldhouselove #thisoldhouse #sherwinwilliamsoceanside
First pic is the color I really wanted but it’s from a Belgian company and I haven’t been able to track it down to color match. Other pictures are Sherwin Williams Oceanside (2018 color of the year 🙄) and I think it’s a pretty solid match. I got a sample today and after I prime the wall I’m gonna give it a try. The wall it’s going on is painted an awful deep reddish pink and I’ve had a devil of a time trying to get a good idea of the actual look of the swatches I’ve been trying. The primer should help to give me a cleaner slate for comparing colors but I’m hopeful this color might be the one! #shermanblvdfoursquare  #homerenovation  #homerestoration  #oldhouse  #oldhouselove  #thisoldhouse  #sherwinwilliamsoceanside 
Finished taking down all the wallpaper upstairs. Washed and prepped two bedroom walls. Started cutting in Amalia’s bedroom. Went with Ella Rose from the Magnolia Home collection. She wanted dark pink but I’m hoping I can convince her this was a good option by painting the ceiling white so she can see the contrast. It was a full day. We worked hard. Back at it tomorrow. #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #homerenovation #oldhouselove #magnoliahomeellarose
Finished taking down all the wallpaper upstairs. Washed and prepped two bedroom walls. Started cutting in Amalia’s bedroom. Went with Ella Rose from the Magnolia Home collection. She wanted dark pink but I’m hoping I can convince her this was a good option by painting the ceiling white so she can see the contrast. It was a full day. We worked hard. Back at it tomorrow. #shermanblvdfoursquare  #homerestoration  #homerenovation  #oldhouselove  #magnoliahomeellarose 
After I put that last post up about the “speaking tube” on the front door Zach sent me these pictures from today. He found tubes in the second floor hallway! THREE of them! Which means there are at least two more somewhere in the house! The wall had newspaper tucked inside from 1949. These tubes have been hiding for 70 years! Of course we have to restore them! #oldhousemystery #solved #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #homerenovation #thisoldhouse #speakingtube
This super cool contraption is on the front door of the house. We’re pretty sure it’s some kind of system for telling people inside the house who is standing on the front porch. Anyone familiar with this? We haven’t been able to find much online. It’d be sweet if we could figure out where it goes so we can use it. #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #homerenovation #oldhousemystery
This super cool contraption is on the front door of the house. We’re pretty sure it’s some kind of system for telling people inside the house who is standing on the front porch. Anyone familiar with this? We haven’t been able to find much online. It’d be sweet if we could figure out where it goes so we can use it. #shermanblvdfoursquare  #homerestoration  #homerenovation  #oldhousemystery 
Our beautiful oak dining room floor!!!!! So pretty!!!! Dusty and dirty but I don’t even think we’ll need to refinish them. They’re in great condition! #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerenovation #homerestoration #hardwoodfloors #oldhouselove #oldhouse
I’m feeling pretty great after a full day of hard work and sweat. There’s something really sweet about working on a home. Every inch feels like it becomes more ours. Home now to clean up and shower before fireworks! Happy 4th of July!!! #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerenovation #homerestoration #milwaukeehome #hardwork #historichome
Before and after. Kitchen cabinets gone. Ready for our Victorian piece to be brought in after we treat the walls. #shermanblvdfoursquare #milwaukee #milwaukeehome #kitchenremodel #historichome
Home reno got me sweating like woah. #shermanblvdfoursquare @shermanblvdfoursquare
We highly recommend this glorious wall paper steamer. Singing a little song while you work also makes it more effective. #shermanblvdfoursquare #historichome #homerenovation #homerestoration
We splurged and bought the beer stein at Mader’s cause we HAD to have one for our Rathskeller! 🍻 #milwaukee #milwaukeehome #oldhouses #shermanblvdfoursquare #germanbeerhall #rathskeller #milwaukeegermanfest
We had to go to Mader’s Restaurant after discovering that it shares the same architects as our house. Delicious meal! #shermanblvdfoursquare #historichome #homerenovation #homerestoration #OldHouses #germanbeer #milwaukeegermanfest #milwaukeehome #madersrestaurant
A pretty porch needs a pretty wicker rocker. 😍 Now we just have to decide what color we want it to be. #wicker #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #historichome #porch
LOOK at my pretty SINK! We found it on FB marketplace for $100 bucks! It’s basically the exact same as the sink in our current house that I love so dearly. While I had thought I would hold out for double drain boards I decided on the one sided drain board to give us some more counter space. That rust in the middle will come off no problem. Can’t WAIT to get this in the kitchen! #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #historichome #homerenovation #vintagekitchen
LOOK at my pretty SINK! We found it on FB marketplace for $100 bucks! It’s basically the exact same as the sink in our current house that I love so dearly. While I had thought I would hold out for double drain boards I decided on the one sided drain board to give us some more counter space. That rust in the middle will come off no problem. Can’t WAIT to get this in the kitchen! #shermanblvdfoursquare  #homerestoration  #historichome  #homerenovation  #vintagekitchen 
Under the wallpaper we’re uncovering wiring from sconces. 😍 This house needs a LOT of antique (or good repro) sconces. Where are your favorite places to find historic sconces?? #shermanblvdfoursquare #historichome #homerestoration #homerenovation #OldHouses #oldhouselove
The architects who designed our house also designed Milwaukee’s famous Mader’s Restaurant! #shermanblvdfoursquare #historichome #milwaukeehome #mkehome #mkepride #milwaukeegermanfest #milwaukee
YOU ALL AREN’T EVEN READY FOR THIS: my hubs just texted me. HE FOUND THE ORIGINAL BLUEPRINTS TO THE HOUSE!!!!!!! We are FREAKING out. #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerestoration #historichome #Milwaukee #OldHouses
Master bedroom color pallet inspo. I’ve never been big on blue but I got this color idea in my head and now I’m obsessed with wanting to paint our bedroom this deep blue color with golden yellow accents in the room. I think it will look stunning with the dark wood of the house. #shermanblvdfoursquare #homerenovation #homerestoration #paintcolors #paintinspo
Amalia slept through the whole final walk-through. 😂 Our wonderful realtor’s husband took this picture. Our realtor was excellent. Let us know if you’re in Milwaukee and you want her info! #firstweber #milwaukee #milwaukeehome #shermanblvdfoursquare
The front porch is so pretty! #shermanblvdfoursquare #historichome
The radiators all have cute little covers. #shermanblvdfoursquare #historichome
Second floor linen cabinet. #shermanblvdfoursquare
Picture of rooms on the first floor without tons of stuff in them and a few details we didn’t see. The stained glass windows are 👌🏽 #shermanblvdfoursquare #historichome #homerestoration #homerenovation
Layers and layers of wallpaper under the paneling. Bottom most layer went directly on to the bare plaster wall—that’s the sweet pale blue with floating daisies. The texture is almost like a linen texture. Crazy to think about all the life that’s been lived in this room since 1913. #shermanblvdfoursquare #rennovation #historichome #homerestoration
Layers and layers of wallpaper under the paneling. Bottom most layer went directly on to the bare plaster wall—that’s the sweet pale blue with floating daisies. The texture is almost like a linen texture. Crazy to think about all the life that’s been lived in this room since 1913. #shermanblvdfoursquare  #rennovation  #historichome  #homerestoration 
First house project: remove wood paneling (HOW did people ever think this was a good idea?!) and ceiling tiles. Ceiling tiles are throughout the main rooms of the first floor and in a few bedrooms. This paneling is in the hallway of second floor and two of the four bedrooms. Here we go! #shermanblvdfoursquare #historichome #homerestoration #homerennovation
First house project: remove wood paneling (HOW did people ever think this was a good idea?!) and ceiling tiles. Ceiling tiles are throughout the main rooms of the first floor and in a few bedrooms. This paneling is in the hallway of second floor and two of the four bedrooms. Here we go! #shermanblvdfoursquare  #historichome  #homerestoration  #homerennovation 
Tomorrow we get to do our final walk-through. There is a TON of work ahead of us but we can’t wait to call this sweet home ours!!!! #shermanblvdfoursquare #milwaukee #americanfoursquare #foursquarehome #rennovation #historichome
Only 6 days till we close. We are dying to get inside and get to work on our new (old) house! #shermanblvdfoursquare #historichome #milwaukee #rehabaddict
It’s official, our closing date is July 2nd which is my birthday. I can’t think of a better birthday prezzie than this beautiful home. #shermanblvdfoursquare
It’s official, our closing date is July 2nd which is my birthday. I can’t think of a better birthday prezzie than this beautiful home. #shermanblvdfoursquare 
We went adventuring today to Forest Home Cemetery to find the Wehe family. We love this cemetery but today was special since we had a mission. We found Waldemar and the Wehe plot! It was so cool to stand there and connect a bit more with the owner of our new (old) house. My oldest son liked the super cool tree overlooking the plot. The Wehe family is resting well. Thanks for building a beautiful home, Waldemar! #HouseNerds #Milwaukee #historichome #shermanblvdfoursquare #WaldemarWehe
We went adventuring today to Forest Home Cemetery to find the Wehe family. We love this cemetery but today was special since we had a mission. We found Waldemar and the Wehe plot! It was so cool to stand there and connect a bit more with the owner of our new (old) house. My oldest son liked the super cool tree overlooking the plot. The Wehe family is resting well. Thanks for building a beautiful home, Waldemar! #HouseNerds  #Milwaukee  #historichome  #shermanblvdfoursquare  #WaldemarWehe 
Mystery No. 2: This whole room. It’s on the back of the house. The foundation is original. We’re pretty confident the bay window was added so the room was originally squared off. We can’t for the life of us figure out what it would have originally been used for. The only door into the room is off of the dining room. The room is pretty casual for being off of such a formal dining room. In one of the exterior pictures you can see that the original foundation has a small cut out where there was a door with small steps down into the backyard. It also borders the Butler’s Pantry but there is no access into the room from that side. These pictures aren’t great cause it was pretty full of stuff at the home inspection. We can’t tell for certain if the cabinets were original or not. Theories: a casual place to eat? Another three season porch (but why off the dining room?), a “keeping room,” a ladies parlor? Help us solve this one! #oldhousemystery #rehabaddict #historichome #shermanblvdfoursquare #mysteryroom
Mystery No. 2: This whole room. It’s on the back of the house. The foundation is original. We’re pretty confident the bay window was added so the room was originally squared off. We can’t for the life of us figure out what it would have originally been used for. The only door into the room is off of the dining room. The room is pretty casual for being off of such a formal dining room. In one of the exterior pictures you can see that the original foundation has a small cut out where there was a door with small steps down into the backyard. It also borders the Butler’s Pantry but there is no access into the room from that side. These pictures aren’t great cause it was pretty full of stuff at the home inspection. We can’t tell for certain if the cabinets were original or not. Theories: a casual place to eat? Another three season porch (but why off the dining room?), a “keeping room,” a ladies parlor? Help us solve this one! #oldhousemystery  #rehabaddict  #historichome  #shermanblvdfoursquare  #mysteryroom 
The old A. Gettelman Brewing Company from Milwaukee used to have a beer called the Rathskeller. #Milwaukee #MilwaukeeHistory #BeerHall #BeerBarron #Rathskeller #GermanBeer #johngurda #shermanblvdfoursquare #rehabaddict #historichome
MYSTERY SOLVED! While we have scoured the internet desperately trying to figure out WHY our 1913 home had an originally finished basement apparently all we needed to do was ask my old in-laws! OUR BASEMENT IS A RATHSKELLER!!!! It’s a very German thing (hello, Milwaukee). A Rathskeller is a “basement” area for drinking beer! It was a vintage man cave! Typically Rathskellers were built under government buildings (the original home owner was an alderman and ran for governor). The basement WAS a party room! They drank beer and played cards and smoked cigars. It’s so freaking cool! The floor would have been tile because they would have sloshed beer everywhere. It’s totally old Milwaukee and we love it so! The last picture here is a Rathskeller in a Milwaukee Lake Drive home. We are SO excited to have an answer to this first home mystery and we couldn’t be happier with the results! #shermanblvdfoursquare
MYSTERY SOLVED! While we have scoured the internet desperately trying to figure out WHY our 1913 home had an originally finished basement apparently all we needed to do was ask my old in-laws! OUR BASEMENT IS A RATHSKELLER!!!! It’s a very German thing (hello, Milwaukee). A Rathskeller is a “basement” area for drinking beer! It was a vintage man cave! Typically Rathskellers were built under government buildings (the original home owner was an alderman and ran for governor). The basement WAS a party room! They drank beer and played cards and smoked cigars. It’s so freaking cool! The floor would have been tile because they would have sloshed beer everywhere. It’s totally old Milwaukee and we love it so! The last picture here is a Rathskeller in a Milwaukee Lake Drive home. We are SO excited to have an answer to this first home mystery and we couldn’t be happier with the results! #shermanblvdfoursquare 
I’ve never been a huge fan of wicker but I do believe it has its place when judiciously used. This first picture is some house inspiration with wicker used well. I found this wicker rocker at a consignment shop this week and it was so comfortable that I had to get it. We think some wicker out on the huge three season porch will make a nice period-appropriate aesthetic. Looking forward to rocking in this chair sipping some coffee in the morning on our porch. #shermanblvdfoursquare #porch #rehabaddict #historichome #artsandcrafts #houseinspo #wicker #wickerfurniture
I’ve never been a huge fan of wicker but I do believe it has its place when judiciously used. This first picture is some house inspiration with wicker used well. I found this wicker rocker at a consignment shop this week and it was so comfortable that I had to get it. We think some wicker out on the huge three season porch will make a nice period-appropriate aesthetic. Looking forward to rocking in this chair sipping some coffee in the morning on our porch. #shermanblvdfoursquare  #porch  #rehabaddict  #historichome  #artsandcrafts  #houseinspo  #wicker  #wickerfurniture 
The first photo is my current kitchen sink that I adore. Our plan for the new house is to find an old sink (ideally with double drain boards) to bring the kitchen back to more of an original 1900’s feel. These are some kitchen sink inspo pictures. #shermanblvdfoursquare #antiquesink #vintagekitchen #kitcheninspo #rehabaddict #historichome
Mystery No. 1: Please help us. The basement in this amazing house is massive and it was ORIGINALLY REFINISHED. WHA?!? We are pretty resourced, educated people and we can’t find ANY info about a house built in 1913 having a refinished basement with a fireplace. It’s a beautiful room! Please give us your theories as to WHY this would have ever been done in a 1913 home. Our best guesses: live in help quarters? Party room??? #shermanblvdfoursquare #OldHomeMystery #rehabaddict #artsandcrafts #historichome #mystery
Mystery No. 1: Please help us. The basement in this amazing house is massive and it was ORIGINALLY REFINISHED. WHA?!? We are pretty resourced, educated people and we can’t find ANY info about a house built in 1913 having a refinished basement with a fireplace. It’s a beautiful room! Please give us your theories as to WHY this would have ever been done in a 1913 home. Our best guesses: live in help quarters? Party room??? #shermanblvdfoursquare  #OldHomeMystery  #rehabaddict  #artsandcrafts  #historichome  #mystery 
Original Quarry tile in the hallway and Rathskeller of the basement. This stuff does not contain asbestos and it’s easy to find contemporary versions that can be used for restoration. #QuarryTile #shermanblvdfoursquare #before
Original Quarry tile in the hallway and Rathskeller of the basement. This stuff does not contain asbestos and it’s easy to find contemporary versions that can be used for restoration. #QuarryTile  #shermanblvdfoursquare  #before 
Still too much stuff to be able to see very clearly but this is the original butler’s pantry. The window is covered up with side tables. 🤷🏻‍♀️ The space is huge and it goes so perfectly with the piece we bought on Craigslist to put in the main part of the kitchen. I’m obsessed with these cabinets. #shermanblvdfoursquare #historichome #historicpreservation #rehabaddict #antiquekitchen #butlerspantry