About Us


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!


8 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Old Pearly Jenkins

    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. Jessica@CapeofDreams

    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. D'Arcy H Post author

    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 WordPress.com). 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. Jessica@CapeofDreams

    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.

    1. D'Arcy H Post author

      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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  6. Laura Askins

    Curious why you couldn’t find another room for the linoleum rug…even if you’d have had to cut it to fit. Original stuff in an old house belongs in it, seems to me…

    1. D'Arcy H Post author

      Hi Laura, Thanks for stopping by! It did pain me to get rid of the “rug,” but it was so brittle that it snapped when we peeled it up. It wouldn’t have taken to being rolled up and moved. And anyway, our house is small, so we didn’t have anyplace to put it. That’s why I framed a piece for remembrance. I do like to save everything possible, but when something no longer functions, it needs to be replaced. Otherwise we’d be stuck with the old kitchen forever!


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