I have been promising the first renovation update for weeks – seven weeks, to be exact – then, well, things kept getting in the way. You know, “things” like: tearing down walls, gutting ancient bathrooms, pulverizing a horrendous kitchen down to the floor studs, researching, choosing, and sourcing materials – all in a language not … More Renovation Lucca Update: Week 7
They say patience is a virtue. Well, you my friend, are overflowing with virtues. Thanks for coming along with us on the crazy, seemingly-never-ending journey. I have enjoyed revisiting and sharing each of these properties with you and I hope it’s served as a mini-travelogue. I have always believed to better understand a place and … More Home Search Lucca: Which Property Do We Choose?
It’s been a hoot – as this native Alabama girl has been known to say a time or two to describe something exceptionally fun and interesting – to receive your comments and messages after the 1st installment of our Lucca Home Search 2.0 adventure. And, truly, I don’t want to oversell anything, but I must … More Pink Suburban Palace, Canalside Reno-Special, or Boho Birdhouse in Centro: Home Search Lucca, Italy V 2.1
A bone-chilling buzz from a drill breaking through into stone walls built to withstand centuries. The clang of hammers ricocheting from one dwelling to another, echoing in waves along the cobblestones. Metal scraping metal like tapered fingernails across a chalkboard. Voices of workers rising and falling in a head-scratching, spin-cycle of disagreement and debate. For … More River Dream, Private Garden, or Sunny Charm: Home Search Lucca, Italy: V. 2.0
For this story to make any sense we must rewind the clock three years to November 2018. Matt and I had been searching, unsuccessfully, for months for a place to call “home-base,” after years of traveling, non-stop and nomadically, around the world. After living in other people’s spaces and rental apartments, from Myanmar to Morocco … More Magic Gnome in Search of Home, Part II.