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Linens and Laurel
Riverside, CA
New Yorker, writing from SoCal about home arts and family history.
Interests: I live in So-Cal and sell vintage items and supplies.Follow our blog to see what is happening in the 1935 bungalow renovation.
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1870 - Stephen D. Wilbur 1960 - Burton H. Barber Stephen has several photographs of himself taken between 1865 and 1872. During the school year 1869/70, he spends $2.50 on pictures. His entire income for the year was about $120.00. He is married in July of 1870. Is this a photo to give to his fiancé, Jennie Kincaid, or part of a wedding picture album? In a digression from the story, I am posting a picture of my father, Burton H. Barber, at the same age. The resemblance he bears to his great grandfather is striking. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ancestry
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We have a good start on this look. We own that KitchenAid mixer. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Linens and Laurel
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I imagine he wrote his family in Binghamton often. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ancestry
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Our little bungalow gets lots of traffic. With four people, a dog and all the guests we can convince to visit, we need floors that are easy to keep clean. Floorcloths are the perfect rug solution for us. My friend... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Linens and Laurel
How does a right handed person, avowed in the Left Handed Penmanship Competition, shave with a straight razor? Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ancestry
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Sherwin-Williams has a Color Visualizer that allows a color try out on your pictures. Without spending too much time, I added two paint choices on the cabinets. Which one would you pick, Studio Blue Green or Peristyle Brass? SW Studio... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Linens and Laurel
Posted 4 days ago at Ancestry
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most likely little updates will happen to make the bungalow our home. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Linens and Laurel
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I have lived half my life in locales with four seasons. Vermont's winter is about 7 months long. Yet, there are a few days of spectacular fall, welcomed spring and warm summer. New York and Pennsylvania, on the other hand,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Linens and Laurel
The costumes and scenery were so beautiful last week. It will be empty on Sunday evening without Downton Abbey.
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Even on a cloudy day, the tree next door that I shared last week proclaims its pinkness, actually louder now since more flowers have burst to fill in empty spaces. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Linens and Laurel
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It is likely the switches, outlets and covers were replaced within the past thirty years. However, they are old enough to look a faded white making it difficult to know if they started out ivory or not. Whether the choice... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Linens and Laurel
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In 1869, Stephen is apt to need medical attention for his war wound, even four years later. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ancestry
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Remember my color board from The Distinctive Cottage? I finally found the source for those fabrics and they will remain an inspiration since they are pricey. I like the small print for the curtains and the stripe for the cushions.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
I suspect "Johnnie" is a friend or family, and wonder who was the recipient of the handkerchief? Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Ancestry
A person's miscellaneous expenses tell us much about their life. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Ancestry
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No worries...that cute chandelier will look great in the studio! Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
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The seventh item on my top ten list of Breakfast Nook redo items is to rid the cabinetry of the "old house" smell. It is possible that a mere paint job will not solve it completely, but I have had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
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Twenty-eight-year-old Stephen most likely lives on campus at the Brockport Normal School boarding house! Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Ancestry
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Travel expenses follow clothing in amount of money spent by Stephen in 1869. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Ancestry
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The extra light from a new style of curtain really appeals to me. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
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This photo from One King's Lane is my inspiration for our vintage cabinetry, the fifth item on our kitchen redo. The color may be slightly too dark for such a small area, though. It is still a toss up between... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Thank you so much for sharing the puzzle. I do them every week, but missed yesterday when I was deep in blog formatting challenges. Thank you also for the feature! Since I am writing pretty much full time now, I'd love to connect with others here that may be doing the same. Will be visiting around.
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I fantasize that at one time the little breakfast nook in our kitchen held a wringer washer for clothes and a line handy just outside the back door stretching to the garage full of clean clothes in the California sunshine.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
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Was this his new suit? Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Ancestry