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Near and Far: The Little Wood House

This newspaper article is about the home my grandparents built in 1920; my dad was under one year old at that time. My grandfather was a Mill Manager at the Abbotsford Lumber Company on Mill Lake. Their lovely old wood home was a Sears’ Catalogue home. A prefab before it’s time. This clipping is from the local Abbotsford, Sumas, Matsqui News. What I found so fascinating was that even 40+ years ago ‘green’ space was considered an important landscaping concept.

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A New Look for Antique Bedroom Furniture

A New Look for Antique Bedroom Furniture

A little something from the archives; and I do mean the story starts a long, long time ago.

We have two bedroom suites.  One we purchased from an estate sale in the neighbourhood of Oak Bay (Victoria, BC) in 1977.  A lovely black walnut set consisting of three dressers (two with mirrors) and bed unit.  Jan and I purchased these prior to our wedding; we were setting up house.  Great fun!!  It was from the 1920’s and with 50 years of living, the dressers tops needed serious re-finishing.  We set about removing the varnish; tops only.  Major ‘newbie’ mistake; hadn’t considered the tops were veneered; edges were poplar – just a bit of a colour difference.  Too late and we left the variation.  We were young, in love, having fun and didn’t care!

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