Thursday, May 15, 2014

Where the PASSION is...

Passion Pit update
Until this week, I hadn't been back to Montana since celebrating the New Year. During that long hiatus, work continued at the Passion Pit. So much so that now we're preparing to finally move in. Many people ask me if it was hard managing such a massive restoration long distance. In truth it was quite easy. That's because we have a dedicated team of highly skilled artisans who have done a spectacular job. Without Bill, Mike, and Tahan, our house would never have been transformed into a home. Fortunately they sent photo updates throughout so my chronicle is quite complete. Let's start on the first floor...


January 13, 2013
Upon entering our home there
is a paneled vestibule with coat
closet and bench (not shown).
March 16, 2014
To date the closet door and
floor have been refinished.
Walls and wainscot painted.


January 13, 2013
This staircase is the reason
we purchased the Passion
Pit. While it needed some
TLC and a paint job, we
could see the potential.
February 6, 2014
Just a year later, the team took
the banister apart in order to
restore it. Also refinishing the
stair treads in the process.
May 13,


January 13, 2013
The former back staircase
had been been converted
into a makeshift pantry.
February 4, 2013
That pantry backed up to
the stair hall. making it a
perfect space to convert
into a Powder Room.
March 3, 2013
A new entrance to our
new Powder Room.
March 3, 2013
Demo complete
on the kitchen
side. Powder up!
May 11, 2013
Walls, wiring,
and plumbing in.
July 28, 2013
Sheet rock finished.
New floor installed.
It's actually big!
November 1, 2013
Wainscot replaced, 
and trim installed.
March 24, 2014
New crown molding
and wallpaper hung.
May 13, 2014
Old marble sink
found in basement
now restored.


Original owners 
George and
Emma Cook
in their large
Living Room.

January 13, 2013
The prior owner has
yet to move out but
I have the name of
their decorator.
February 4, 2013
Out with the old,
in with the new
contents of our
Dallas abode.
March 3, 2014
The Living Room
is emptied for rehab.
March 3, 2014
North wall and
entire ceiling will 
be replastered.
March 3, 2014
Carpet removed
and the damage
from a former
apartment bath
or kitchen is
March 24, 2014
New sheet rock on
ceiling and north wall
is now installed.
Say hello to Mike!
March 24, 2014
Floor in process
of being restored.
April 1, 2014
Plasterers prepping
for smoothskim coat.

April 14, 2014
Painting almost complete! Next... the mantle...

January 13, 2013
What happened to the SUN?!

May 13, 2014
New windows let the sunshine!

May 13, 2014
Sun Room
from the
Living Room.


February 3, 2013
Two Kitchen doors
(shown above.)
Sad remnants
of apartments
long gone.

May 11, 2013
One gone, lots to do.
November 29, 2013
Wainscot restored.
Back to original plan
and ready for paint.
March 3, 2014
Original swing door
refinished and installed.
Wainscot painted.
May 13, 2014
Window seat,
radiator cover
awaiting it's
May 13, 2014
White box about to be transformed with "T's" mural.
The blue is painter's tape kids!


February 4, 2013
Dishwasher sits in
between two doors.
February 19, 2013
Down to the studs.
May 11, 2013
Taking shape.
June 16, 2013
Behold the great
wall of CHINA!
November 29, 2013
Almost done...
May 13, 2014
The Great
Wall of
China is
now fully
January 13, 2013
A kitchen
with a view?
April 23, 2013
the scenes.
July 28, 2013
New floor. New room!
November 29, 2013
Now we're
May 13, 2014
Almost unpacked... getting there!


January 13, 2013
A kitchen corner.
February 19, 2013
Demo derby.
May 11, 2013
A new room.
July 28, 2013
Cabinets in.
November 29, 2014
Seems like it's
always been there
May 13,
May 13, 2014
Look up!

Master Bath

February 4, 2013
Ready for renovation.
March 3, 2013
The original
master bath
and two closets
were gutted.
May 24, 2013
New horizons.
June 16, 2013
It's starting to
come together.
December 4, 2013
Marble installation
in process.
March 3, 2014
Almost there!
Our throne awaits...
May 13,
May 13, 2014
The spa will
open shortly...

Master Bedroom

February 4, 2013
Entrance from
Master bedroom
to Kitchen plus
existing closet.
February 19, 2013
Demolition begins
May 11, 2013
Matching doors.
November 29, 2013
Newly restored
doors and trim.
March 1, 2014
Gorgeous new closet
build out complete.
May 13,
of the 
boxes are

Tomorrow, we'll tour the second floor!