here's a little story about my porch.

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this is one of my very favorite images of the chalet. it shows both galeries.  you may be saying to yourself what in the world is she talking about? well, in a chalet the outside area on the side or back of the structure are not decks or porches - they are galeries.




this is the book that taught me all about my little chalet. this glorious slim volume originally published in 1913 - a gift from my husband.  what strikes me funny is the author Mr. Dana lived in NJ.



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i love the cover art.

before i delve into the porch - here are some details about the chalet. it was built in 1924 - the first house subdivided from an estate - our street name was originally the name of the estate. it was handcrafted by Austrian craftsmen as a vacation home for the Morgan family. they enjoyed winter sports and summer breezes here. we have breathtaking western views during the winter months. back then they had them all year-long.  if you follow me on IG you will have seen how the canopy of green has filled in and we are enveloped by trees.

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 here is the main galerie in 2009 - the entire ceiling with its original tongue and groove boards and nonexistent insulation was rebuilt. yes, those are actually the underside of our bedroom floorboards. which means the floors were either cold in winter or hot in summer.

the grey painted flooring is actually the ceiling of the basement. these are the same floorboards that extend from the interior. which means just like upstairs whatever the weather was outside... it filtered into the basement - it just depended on what good 'ole Mother Nature was up to.

we spent much time reading, relaxing and listening to ballgames on the galerie. Memorial Day Weekend was always the official opening of the season - that's why feeling a bit wistful i'm sharing the story this week.

here's Fred enjoying some winter sport in February 2012.

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i love this picture of my boys in march of 2014 (Fred passed away May 18, 2018 age 17)

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summer 2016 -  we enjoyed the heck out of our upgraded seating!!!

now, this is what you think of when you think of a chalet... with outside galeries you'll see nothing is cantilevered. all the galeries are completely outside structures.  cantilevered interior spaces are not good.

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winter 2017.

the thing about having snow on the ceiling of your basement is - it must be removed... like asap... before it melts into said basement. water was always a concern all year-round.

rain in spring, summer and fall; snow in winter. we dealt with the weather for almost 14 yrs.





until the nor'easter of February 2017 - and the inches of water that collected on the floor of the basement by our washer and dryer.

that was when we knew however much loved the galerie it was time to close it in - and we did just that - from studs, windows and radiators to bead-board walls and new flooring.



this is the last time i ever had to grab towels to soak up the rain right before the final close in. we were so very blessed during construction with regards to weather... i kept praying and God kept listening.



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the space turned out better than i ever could have imagined. not only did it add more living space to our cozy home. the chalet is weather tight for the first time in 93 yrs. and a humongous bonus is the noise reduction - no longer do sounds from outside filter up through the floorboards into our bedroom or my sons.

my husband and i sleep more soundly.


a favorite chair anchors each side.

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i can't say enough how much i love my porch!









here's the full transformation


any space in your home you would like to radically retool? please share!

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til next time.

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friendly support

as you know there are many different types of designs for websites and blogs but, my concept for chaletmomma never waivered - what you see here is the fruition of that dream. one detail that was super important to me was sharing a list of people / sites i admire and support.

i believe in working to lift others up - and knowing what a vast place the interweb is - when i find talent or anything else for that matter  that i'm excited about - i am compelled to share it.

i do list over-sharer as a personality characteristic on my about page HA!

so here are a few questions for you dear friend.

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  • have you ever clicked the friends listed at right and popped over to their websites?

i've listed them again here with links to their sites. easy peasy! all have varied design styles and some are not actually designers but, their voices resonate with me and i believe they will with you.








  • have you clicked on the links under the logos of companies that support chaletmomma?




these companies are very significant to me - seven out of nine are run by friends.




i have additional internet friends that pop up in my inbox - sometimes daily sometimes less so... or some i visit because they don't having mailing lists -  i wanted to add them (because as an over-sharer how can i not???)

friend: a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection

on top of this are my IG buds... a bunch of compadres that write amazing blogs! 

i hope you found a few new friends here today.

please reach out in the comments below or email me directly to share some of your friends!

i will happily share!!!

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til next time.

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in thinking about this weeks post i looked around the chalet and immediately i knew -


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like my quote? feel free to use it -HA!  i am someone who can never do one of anything... not a single scoop of ice cream, not one glass of prosecco or only one piece of art #saynotoemptywalls i collect books to read, to admire, to live with.

i am a bookjunkie.

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Liam is enrolled in a weekly gardening club at our library. so of course i bring home books... on top of the books i have in the TOBEREAD basket under my roll-top desk and the books i am currently listening to through the Hoopla app.

if you're new around the chalet you may not have heard of my Hoopla love! as my time gets eaten up with chaletmomma-ing, work, volunteering etc... it's lovely to listen to a book while i do my merry-maid impression or take a walk (the weather warmed up - i started walking again - break out the confetti! ha).

Heirloom Modern by Hollister Hovey was a must get after Gwen Heffner the makerista storied about her copy on IG. it's filled with amazing images and much beloved objects. this book is right up my alley.





in the past few months i have added volumes through thrifting.- the Van Gogh, America and Alfred Stieglitz, Faberge - these along with others picked up while shopping and museum vising are taking up residence on the porch side table - until i can figure out where they will live

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i stumbled across this amazing life history of Charles Dicken's - one of my favorite authors in the clearance section (tear on the cover) of my Home Sense store. it has fold out sleeves that contain replicas of documents from his life! i mean it doesn't get any better than this!


combining history and kitch - what could be better! reminds me of author Nick Bantock his stuff is so creative. his Griffin and Sabine series is magical. check it out....


i read Truman Capote works : A Christmas Memory and The Thanksgiving Visitor last year and i'm so pleased to add this to my permanent collection!

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here's what i've been reading - I enjoyed each! the only thing i am not a fan of is scary - no Stephen King for this momma. although - i do own Caleb Carr but, the titles i love are based in Manhattan during the turn of the last century - i am a huge fan of historical fiction -  now i have to mention two more books from my collection - that feel similar - The Waterworks by E.L. Doctorow and Time and Again by Jack Finney.



current read: 

Rosemary the Hidden Kennedy Daughter.


list of my recent favorites:



  • book-lover? 

  • hardcovers or e-readers? 

  • library or shopping?

whats the best title you've come across lately?

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you can check out my past post thankful for the written word to see more of my books!

til next time.