Last December, just before Christmas, we found ourselves huddled together on blow-up mattresses in the dark. There was no power and the temperature was below freezing in our new home, located in the the country-ish, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Walter and I either jump into things, or we completely overthink until we agonize. I prefer the jumping in, as that is there where magic is.
We looked at 3 houses with the idea of maybe moving, and within 35 days, we were shivering in our new 18th century living room.
But this isn’t about the 5 Acre Wood in West Chester, or chickens, honeybees, wild plants, or birdsong. Nor is it about the 5 goslings that were just born on the island at the center of our pond! This is about our house in Philadelphia that we’ve been fixing up since we hastily departed last winter.
We are transforming our former home and studio space in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia to the Peg and Awl House, which will be available for rent, come summer. The house was built in the 1850s and was a bootlegger’s home. You can still see the barrel in the basement ceiling and the hole in the steps from where a tap once was! Having lived there for eleven years, we’d slowly transformed the charming row house into a Peg and Awl home, incorporating reclaimed wood throughout the house and chalkboards from an old school into heated kitchen floors, as well as Apothecary Cabinets, built in bookcases, and (coming soon!) Peg and Awl furniture from tables to beds!
We will partner with local artisans to fill the house with handmade sundries, including everything from dishes and dishtowels to ice cream and beer. And the house, of course, will be full of Peg and Awl treasures of the past and future. Fishtown is the perfect neighborhood to visit, balancing history and modernity; it is full of amazing restaurants, bars, and shopping. We are looking forward to sharing our space with others, along with sharing our favourite things to do in Philadelphia!
And of course, we cannot wait to stay there with Søren and Silas. We dream of dinner and movie nights and walks in our already too-distant neighborhood.
We will share updates, but for now, here is a Sneak Peek from when our house was featured in Design Sponge in 2012!
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