One of my biggest decor pet peeves is the use of letters and single words as decoration. Like giant cursive letters that say “Family” to hang above the couch…on which said family sits every night and tunes each other out. Or each family member’s name hanging somewhere in their bedroom, as if afraid that one morning little Kayleigh might wake up and think to herself, “who room is this?”and suffer a subsequent nervous breakdown because her lack of identity has fractured the very fabric of her reality. Or even worse, Kayleigh could think she is Aydin and Aydin could think he is Kayleigh and this might be a progressive family, but we are not into that sorta thing.
There are not enough shows from HGTV (that’s the Home and Garden channel, plebs) currently available to stream on Netflix. For house-lovers who don’t have cable, this is a considerable travesty. “Fixer Upper” is one of the few HGTV shows available and it happens to be one of the largest letter decor advocates. There is also only one season currently up and there are only so many times I can watch an episode of “Fixer Upper” before I have to blow my brains out because I don’t want to hear Joanna say “open up that wall” one more time or see one more giant wrought-iron initial. This is MY WALL!
One thing I can always agree with Chip and Joanna Gaines about is that hardwood floors should never be covered up. Which very indirectly brings us to this week’s House of the Week. Built in the 1840’s on the shores of the New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, Boulder Lodge is situated on roughly 6 acres and 650 feet of lake front. Originally the summer home of the LePage family (think LePage glue) and later the Lipton family (think Lipton tea), this great camp includes a large four-bedroom, two-bath restored and winterized shingle-style lodge as well as five guest cottages, a large permanent dock with a second story deck, a separate permanent deep water dock and a sandy private beach. And let’s not forget the fireplaces.
It is currently on the market for a whopping 4.5 million dollars. However, it was bought in 2002 for the price of 2.5 million, which indicates that the most recent owners must have put a lot of dough into this place. The decor doesn’t show it much, but the buildings do seem to be in tip top shape.