This Old House Magazine

This Old House magazine published a story about our old fireplace recently…

It’s in their January/February 2013 issue, but I found my copy at Books-A-Million about a month ago, so I’m not sure if it’s still on newsstands. (?)

I absolutely love the illustration on page 76…

…and I’m intrigued by the columned-room divider project on page 57:

…but it’s the ad on page 88 that reminds me to ask you:

Should we be watching this show? I don’t know a thing about it except that I’m seeing that (always-hard-for-me-to-pronounce) title everywhere!


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  1. brileyB says

    Yes! You should watch Downton Abbey! What great social changes England and the US were going through in the early 20th century!
    Plus a few love affairs and a few one liner zingers delivered by Maggie Smith make it great tv.

  2. Stacey says

    Do you love awesome decor? Do you love amazing costumes? Dashing men? Maggie, Freaking Awesome Smith? Soapy but awesome plots? This show is like champagne and chocolate! I say emphatically, YES!!!

  3. Cindy says

    Down-ton as we southerners call it, is a nighttime soap opera. I have watched it last season; my husband & I really got hooked. Then, I read on-line some sad info about what the writers would do for the character Edith. I don’t know if this is still the plan, but the review said they plan to write Edith as a lesbian this season. Because of the liberal agenda of the writers and our own spiritual convictions to biblical Scripture, we are no longer watching the show.

  4. katie says

    i love downton abbey. But if you are least bit narrow-minded like some of the commentators here, I’d skip it.
    It’s a show, its entertainment, its reality for some…for all other spiritual guidance read the Holy Book!

  5. Tonja Giles says

    Oh Layla! Yes, yes, YES!!!! You absolutely should be watching this wonderful series. You can watch Seasons 1 & 2 online to catch up. Be warned though…it’s thoroughly addicting and absorbing.

  6. Claudia says

    Yes, yes, yes!! We had an unusual Christmas this year after having family all come home in early December for a new baby’s arrival. That resulted in family not being able to get together again on Christmas Day — a depressing prospect. A friend had mentioned “Downton” to us and so we decided to give it a try (thanks to Amazon). After seeing Episode 1 of Season 1 we were “hooked” and watched the entire First Season in one long sitting. We had a relaxing, cozy, enjoyable Christmas Day after all.

    Good luck with your adoption! We have two little grandchildren from China and two more coming, hopefully, late summer or fall.

  7. Sherri says

    I thought everyone was crazy for being crazy over this show, but I was so wrong. I caught up on season 1 and 2 over a long weekend, and I’m hooked!!! I love it and realize I was born in the wrong era!!!!
    The way its shot is beautiful, the outfits are beautiful, the homes are beautiful, the writing is beautiful, and Maggie Smith is a hoot!!! (bet you thought I was going to say “beautiful”, which she is!!!).
    I’ve totally been sucked in and hope it never stops!!!

  8. ashlee c says

    gasp! that cover photo on the magazine! the yellow kitchen cupboards! i swoon over beautiful painted kitchen cabinets nearly every day but i’m terrified to make the actual plunge myself. maybe someday! i’ll add it to my bucket list.


  9. says

    I was late to the Downton game and asked for season 1 and 2 for Christmas. Luckily, my husband has enjoyed them, too. I love the characters! I think it depends if you like period drama. Are you suckers for Jane Austen and the like? If you watch, you’ll have to share how you like it…

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