His Majesty's Bed & Breakfast

A look inside our B&B

Fireplace Remodel

I love these pictures of the fireplace in the living room.  The before pictures shows the living room was originally white paneling, nothing special  The after picture shows such a dramatic change – The paneling was painted green (beautiful green in person) accented with gold.  The fireplace mantle was removed and replaced with a much larger mantle the previous owners had found while shopping for the remodel (which fit perfectly when put in place).  The new fireplace mantle extends to the ceiling and has a mirror in the middle.  This picture does not do it justice.  I will have to take new pictures that shows the detail in the mantle.

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A look out the windows

 This is the before and after of the living room.  Even though the before picture doesn’t show much of the living room looked like you can tell just how much work went into the remodel.  The living room before was very plain and dated – the room after has been transformed into a Victorian living rooThe Living Roomm.B&B front windows

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A coat of paint makes all the difference

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These pictures show the outside of the house before and after.

The bottom picture is the house before a bright new paint job.

Several small changes were made to the exterior – obvious change was the color of the house – now the B&B stands out on the square.

A white rail was added across the front porch and stairs were removed from the left side of the front porch.

The large tree on the tree lawn has since been replaced by 2 smaller trees and the iron hand rail on the front steps has been replaced with a white hand rail.

Thanks to Vince & Michael (previous owners) for sharing their personal pictures of their renovation with us. 

 

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Happy Memorial Day

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This Memorial Day weekend we had the pleasure of hosting a military family at the B&B.

Don & Debbie and their son Devon and his fiance’ (as of last night) spent two nights with us.  Devon has been in the Marines for the last 8 years and plans on retiring with the Marines.  It was a fitting way to celebrate Memorial Day.

 

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

In the front flower bed there is a white sign post that was missing the signs.

We weren’t sure what we were going to do with the sign post since we didn’t know where the original signs were.  We knew it was just calling out for something to hang there – we thought hanging baskets or maybe wind chimes then we found the signs in the basement.

The original signs were nice but they were plain-so we updated them.  (I wish I would have taken a before and after picture)

Now the sign post looks happy or maybe it’s just me.

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The Genealogy of 25 Park Street

Curious CatWhen Norm & I first saw the B&B, I fell in love with the house.

My fascination with the genealogy of houses began when we purchased our first home in the late 80’s.  The home had 1 previous owner – Betty & Gunner.  After we purchased the house, we found “treasures” in the attic.  Betty & Gunner had no children or relatives to take  their personal family items.  I learned so much about them through their pictures, letters, etc..

So when we bought the B&B I was intrigued to learn who owned the house before us.

Here’s a brief history of 25 Park Street, Madison

  • The land was purchased in 1823 by John Kellogg.
  • In 1861 the house was built by Nathaniel & Mary (Kellogg) Holbrook.  John passed down the land to his daughter after his death.
  • In 1881, after Mary’s death, the house was sold the Kirk Vanderlip.
  • The Behm’s were the next owners (not sure of the purchase year) – they owned it until 1966 when they sold it to the Oberly’s.oberly article
  • It was purchased by the Johnson’s in the 70’s.
  • The house was then purchased by Shirley Hardman.  Shirley ran “The Curious Cat”, a specialty clothing shop, from 1976-1989 in the first floor of the house.
  • Shirley sold the home to the Loparo’s in 1998 and it was transformed into the B&B.
  • We purchased the B&B in 2012.

When I’m in the house, I can’t help but think about the families that lived there.  I hope that all of the good memories are somehow ingrained in the house.

 

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It’s offical – we have a blog

This is our first blog post  for our B&B.  We are very excited to share with you the everyday happenings at His Majesty’s Bed & Breakfast.  We purchased the Bed & Breakfast a year ago and couldn’t be happier.

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