The Trades are Working Their Magic

This week, exactly one year has passed since we first saw the Sherman House and decided to rejuvenate the 204-year old home.  The journey has been remarkable and the house is taking shape.  In the next few weeks, electricians, painters, tile installers, wallpaper installers, floor re-finishers and carpenters will work their magic to ready the home for occupancy.

I look forward to posting images of the completed project soon.

In the meantime, please enjoy some progress images:


This in an existing wall covered with multiple layers of paint and wallpaper.  Below is the grasscloth wallcovering from Brewster Home Fashions that will add natural color and texture to the foyer and stair hall.


Here is an antique panel we discovered in the attic.  We don’t think the panel is original to the home.  A previous homeowner may have discovered the relic in Newport and stored the woodwork to use in another project. The panel will serve as the focal point of the new kitchen island.

panel 2


kitchen 2

The kitchen cabinets installed around the perimeter of the kitchen are white.  The island will be painted a subtle hue from Benjamin Moore……..Black Pepper.

black pepper

Here is the vintage chandelier that was installed in the dining room.  This fixture will cast favorable light on the antique transom and sidelights that distinguish the wall of the two story space.


Here is another vintage fixture for the kitchen.  The fixture was created in the 1920s and originally hung in a townhouse in Boston’s Back Bay.  The first tier of candles came in handy when the power went out.  The second tier features bulbs encased in hand-cut glass beads.

kitchen island fixture

I bought these cabinets at an estates sale in Newport over ten years ago.  They were rescued from a butler’s pantry in Newport.  Now they will add storage space to the family room.  I love the antique glass fronts.



Stay tuned for more progress shots.

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