old colonial stairway

Our New Old House

January 14, 2018 2 Comments

Lately we have been inconsistent with posting. This is because life got pretty busy for us. As I mentioned before, we sold our town house in New Jersey and moved out of state into a rental for a very brief time. And on Christmas weekend, we moved into our new house. Well… new for us, because it is a 104 year old colonial beauty that needs a little bit of love and some personal touches. It has 9’ ceilings, original hardwood floors, windows and wooden trims.

old colonial stairway


So today I just popped up to share some pictures and give you a heads up on what we have to work with. As DIYers, we are really excited, because it gives us all these opportunities for new challenges and projects. And you certainly will see more posts from us on the house renovations and decor.

old colonial entryway


Plans overview

Unlike at our previous house, when we dived into demolition and renovations the day after we moved in, I am currently doing some research before touching anything.
When we mentioned to our realtor that we were planning some work on the house, she commented, “Oh, you guys will probably tear the wall down down and replace the floors and windows.” This is what a lot of people would do – knock down old-time charm and replace it with off-the-shelf Home Depot doors, trims, and hardwood floors for the sake of renovations. We are planning to do quite the opposite – preserve and bring back to life things that have been in the house for more than a century.

old colonial interior

View into living, dining rooms, and a kitchen

“America doesn’t need more houses…”

I love how Nicole Curtis, an HDTV “Rehab Addict” host, said, “America doesn’t need more houses. We need to take care of the ones we have.” Finally, preserving old houses is not only good for the history, but for the environment as well (you knew I would say that, didn’t you? Wink).

colonial Living room

Living room

There were quite a few reasons we wanted this house, and one of them was to restore and preserve its old-time beauty. Thus, we are planning to work with its original features.

Until now, we have lived in more or less contemporary buildings, and really are looking forward to the challenges ahead as we renovate this house. That is why I am starting with thorough research. Dmitri and I are currently deciding on the overall atmosphere we want to create. This is quite an important step before starting any major work and purchases such as painting, refinishing, and getting any furniture. Once we make our decision, that will define our paint choices.
I will be sharing more on that topic in a separate post.

But for now, you can take a look at the rest of the pictures.

Colonial dining room

Dining Room


old kitchen



Old colonial bedroom

Bedroom 1

colonial bedroom

Bedroom 2


Old colonial bedroom

Bedroom 3


old attic bedroom

Bedroom 4

Nadia Karpov


  1. Dasha Petrova

    January 20, 2018

    So happy for you guys! Congratulations!!! Cannot wait to see what you come up with 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Nadia Karpov

      January 24, 2018

      Thank you, Dasha! 🙂

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