Happy New Year 2024 + Important News!

Hi Everyone,


Happy New Year 2024!


I hope you’re able to have a relaxing day as we ease into the new year.


This afternoon, I had a 90-minute meeting with my wonderful GC, Robert.


It was today because he was gone for a week and had to take his son to the doctor on Saturday. The guys are returning tomorrow morning, so today it was.

We went over every detail of the renovation and discussed many things, including:

dividing wall entry-kitchen renovation


  • Some secret doors for the new extra wide dividing wall between the kitchen and entry. Yes, of course, we’re doing that! The plan is to build two little cabinets (on either side of the stud) accessible from the entry. And, yes, they, too, will be covered with the mural wallpaper. We can hide the intercom in one of them. It would be a great place for my keys and the storage of other items, as well.


We also discussed the main closet, and guess what? I decided to move the pantry to the side closest to the kitchen, after all.


I will go into the why and design of this in greater detail in a subsequent post.


The condenser will be changed and installed as close to the ground as possible. In the winter, it can be covered. In case of an emergency, I can uncover it and use it. Otherwise, while covered, the snow won’t be a factor.


Tomorrow, the plasterers are coming, and then the blueboard (it’s really more lavender) will turn white, which will certainly brighten things up.


Oh, I asked if we could have one of those heavy-duty vacuum cleaners, and Robert says they have several and will bring one over.

Realistically speaking, we still have another 4-5 months to go.

So, it was a terrific meeting and I’m feeling very good about everything.




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And now, I will leave you with some images I took a week ago on Christmas Day while on a beautiful, quiet walk through Beacon Hill.


Chestnut Street classic - Christmas 2023
Everyone’s favorite absolutely jaw-dropping-can-this-be-real home at 29 Chestnut Street.


Chestnut and Willow - Beacon Hill Christmas 2023

The prettiest block on one of Beacon Hill’s prettiest streets. Chestnut and Willow.


Louisburg Square Boston Christmas 2-23


Above and below, two Louisburg Square beauties are all decked out for the holidays.



Acorn Street - Christmas 2023

Above, the iconic Acorn Street is the most photographed in all of Boston.

About a week after I moved to Boston, in 2020, I took other evening images of Beacon Hill and surrounding areas which you can see in this post.

The following year, 2021, this was my holiday post.

And, finally, please enjoy last year’s holiday post.


Pinckney Street Christmas 2023-Boston
Another enchanting holiday time vignette on Beacon Hill’s Pinckney Street.


Pinckney Street Christmas 2023

On top of the hill – Pinckney Street Christmas 2023.


In closing, thank you for your lovely comments. I can’t tell you how much they mean to me!

Love to all, and blessings for a beautiful year!



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12 Responses

  1. Happy New Year, Laurel! Again, thank you for taking us on your renovation journey. I love your taste and style and, when I feel pressure to get on the modern bandwagon, I think of your beautiful classical style and hold firm to my own preferences. Here’s to an amazing 2024!!

  2. Laurel, happy 2024! We were out with friends new year’s eve and I discovered my good friend also follows your blog. We both love all your posts and are looking forward to reading more. Your renovation is truly a marvel. I am consistently inspired by your posts and motivated to keep my own home updated, pleasing and comfortable. Thank you!

  3. So glad to hear about your productive meeting – progress! Love the beautiful pictures you have been posting taken at dusk. It all looks magical. It is so nice to have these memories.

  4. Happy New Year Laurel,
    You live in such a beautiful town. The last time I was there was in the mid 80’s. I would love to go back some time.
    That’s great that some of your reno snafus are being addressed. Your GC seems understanding. That was not the case when my house was being renovated. My contractor would get annoyed with me when I brought up issues I had.

  5. Happy New Year, Laurel! I finally (after years of yearning) purchased your guides today – I’m planning to have them printed and bound at our local Staples so I can have them on the coffee table whenever I need inspiration or to do research. Who needs those coffee table books when I can have actual USEFUL info right in front of me?

    I am so looking forward to the finished product on your renovation. Every decision/adjustment you have made has me saying “Yes – that’s exactly what’s needed!” in my mind.

  6. Happy New Year! Your home is coming together beautifully. What a perfect location and home. I am so happy you can see your dreams come together.

  7. Beacon Hill is a magical postcard, I’m so glad you live there so I can live there vicariously through you. And I’m thrilled about the secret storage cabinets. I had asked about that a few weeks back, thinking that extra wide wall was perfect for hidden storage. You could even put hooks and hang a raincoat and umbrella in there. Happy New Year Laurel!

  8. Happy New Year Laurel! I just love the time and care you’ve taken with your design and flexibility and good humor when you’ve had to pivot. These holiday photos of Boston make me want to come up from Connecticut to tour around these gorgeous neighborhoods. Next year at this time, I hope your hard won beautiful renovation will be giving you much joy. Wishing you health, happiness and Peace in this coming New Year.

  9. Your renovation is so special and I really appreciate all of your updates. It is fun to follow along. Happy New Year!

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