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Hi. I’m D’Arcy. My husband, Eric, and I—both technical writers—live in a 1913 Craftsman bungalow in Auburn, Washington (midway between Seattle and Tacoma). We share the house with our boxer and six cats. When I bought this house in 1984, I never thought I’d still be here almost 30 years later, but it’s such a comfy place. Eric joined me in 2006. We must enjoy DIY projects because we always have something going, and a long list yet to be tackled. I like reading about other people’s remodeling stories, and I enjoy sharing our own adventures in renovation.

In 2013 our house turned 100 years old, and we threw her a birthday party in August (not long after a milestone birthday for me). We thought our kitchen remodel would be finished—HA! We missed that deadline by a long shot, but we’ll be finished one day. Plenty of projects are on the horizon: replace the side porch, turn the attic into an art studio, refresh the second bedroom, redesign some gardens, and paint the exterior. Can we do it all? Follow us and find out!

The kitchen is our current project. Check out the other pages for pre-blog projects.

Historic preservation begins at home!


  1. When you discover a great blog like yours it feels like having a book you can’t put down. I look forward to starting at the beginning and reading my through. Just wish I could start now. (work calls)xoxTF

  2. You need a contact button so I can send you an email! I just wanted to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day and tell you that I nominated you for a Homie over at Apartment Therapy. Have a wonderful day with Eric and the fur babies!

  3. Hi Jessica! Than you SO much!! I’m honored. I see that my blog has had lots of hits today! I will look into a Contact button (I am using I thought my e-mail was connected to my Gravatar … but I’ll check that, too. Thanks for the tip.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Douglas, Kahlua and Crème!! 🙂

  4. I guess you still don’t have a contact button. 😉 I just wanted to write to congratulate your city on one heck of a football game! I was thinking of you the whole time. Now I hope those Seahawks trounce either the Colts or the Patriots in the Superbowl. I don’t like either of those teams.

    • Thanks, Jessica! We about had heart attacks in overtime! And to think I grew up in Milwaukee … I quit being a cheesehead long ago, though. So excited for the Super Bowl!! 🙂

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