Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Chelle and in June 2007 I bought a house. A lovely 1920 Queen Anne rowhouse in Philly. I love old houses and I grown quite fond of this house in particular. When I first purchased the house I was really gung ho and anxious to get started on the renovations and decorating. Then I got some excellent advice from friends and collegues who were homeowners. That advice was to sit tight. Take care of immediate concerns like changing the locks or fixing leaks but otherwise, chill. Live in your house for four seasons before you really do anything. So I've spent the past year and a half just settling in.
Now I'm ready to tackle the house. It's a great old house but it has suffered from neglect and remuddling. My theme for 2009 is Clear the Decks! In the financial arena, I'm eliminating my credit card debt. On the homefront, I'm getting rid of the clutter, getting rid of the remnants of the previous owners. This is the year I begin personalizing the house. Painting, exchanging fixtures, adding artwork, repurposing space...that sort of thing. I'll share the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of transforming this house into my home with you.