Home Renovation Blog

Those of you that have gone through a home renovation, no matter how big or small, know how painful (not to mention time-consuming and expensive) the process can be.  It’s the nature of the beast: changing your mind, delays, and inevitably, spending more than you planned to.  Outside of envisioning the final outcome, one of the few sources of solace is that everyone goes through the same thing.

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The Traditional Home website is hosting a new blog series by Jaqui Lividini, who owns and runs the PR agency that Natori has worked with for years. Diary of a Mad Renovator will document her major renovation of a dream home she found on the Connecticut beach right on the Long Island sound.  I thought we had renovation stress.  Jaqui has already dealt with: Hurricane Sandy, major damage, and new FEMA regulations forcing her to either tear down the house, or raise it above sea level (forcing her to completely scrap the plans she had already developed.)

Jaqui bought the house from the great-granddaughter of the original builder/owner, and had promised her to restore it to a modern day version of its 1901 self.

Jaqui bought the house from the great-granddaughter of the original builder/owner, and had promised her to restore it to a modern day version of its 1901 self.

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Damage from Hurricane Sandy

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Bird’s-eye view

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Waterfront view

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If you are undergoing any kind of renovation and are feeling stressed, this is a great read!

And check in Wednesday for pictures from the Paris Marathon.  I did it!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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  1. we are doing minor work to our apartment, and it is turning out to be a much bigger pain and expense than we expected. thanks for the tip!

  2. congrats on paris! excited for the pictures. i have heard it’s a eautiful maratnon,..

  3. Josie, congrats on the run as well! Just posting to see if we can anyone with any renovations or remodeling, who are in a really tight budget. We have a store in Los Angeles that can offer great pricing off our in-store items. So contact us directly and we’ll do our best to meet your needs. Thanks!

  4. Looks like there is plenty of work there! We love working on older homes. There are just so many options!

    Congrats on Paris!

  5. It certainly seems like Jaqui Lividini has her work cut out for her, but I am quite intrigued to see how this project turns out. The house seems to be in an incredible location, and I bet she has already come up with a whole new plan that’ll turn out fantastically!

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