Furnaces and furniture

Busy week house wise. We have had so many people in and out of the house this week!  The furnace people were in for 3 days. First was getting rid of what I called the behemoth:



While it would have been nice to put off getting a new boiler for a year, this one was smelly and I was a little concerned about its safety, even though it checked out okay with the heating people. It seemed to work really hard, too.  It’s probably over 50 years old. The guys said it weighed 1200 pounds and it took 4 of them taking it out in pieces to remove it. 

Then the new one arrived and it took them a lot of time to set it up because they put in new water and electrical lines and made everything all new.  We were without heat for a couple days, but luckily the cement walls held in enough heat so that we weren’t freezing.


We used 1-Hour Heating and I was really impressed with how professional and personable they were. Not to mention all the time they took. 

The chimney people also came this week as well to get a look at what the furnace people were doing so they could get ready to put in our chimney liner next week.  At least the house will be buttoned up and ready for winter and we will be safe.  I just wish the money could be spent on more ‘fun’ things...


There were fun things, though – our new furniture finally arrived!  We ordered from a small local shop and got a great price on these pieces, but the tradeoff was having to wait a month to get them in.


I got my fainting couch!


I was going to wait until November to do the wallpaper, but I am disliking it so much with our new furniture LOL!

Pixie approves of both pieces:


We need to do a scale model of things and play around with the layout in the living room. It feels unorganized and we can’t agree where stuff should go.  I’ll have to post full pictures for some advice on placement.

Now for the pink item of the day:



The Breast Cancer Site

After a super busy week with work and all this stuff, I want to spend some time doing fun fall things. We are hoping to get to an apple orchard or something festival-ish this weekend 😀

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17 thoughts on “Furnaces and furniture

  1. Kathy W.

    Before I scrolled down to the caption, I thought, It’s a fainting couch! Now Lori will have a place to pass out after removing all that wallpaper. 🙂

  2. debby

    Wow, that really is a behemoth! That is something completely unfamiliar to me. It must be a more economical way to heat a house in a colder climate?

    Now you’re making me want to buy furniture–something I haven’t thought about too much.

    1. Lori Post author

      We have steam radiator heat, so this is the boiler for the hot water to create the steam. It’s not so common anymore, but it really is an efficient way to heat – once everything is working properly. The nice thing about this heat system is that the air won’t dry out like with a forced air system.

  3. Sarah

    Oh my goodness, that behemoth thing! The new one looks SOOO much safer, hahaha.

    Those couches are absolutely gorgeous, can’t wait to see what you do with the walls!

  4. Satu

    I absolutely love the fainting couch! You could read historical novels (from Jane Austen) and practice fainting on the couch. Then you could let John save you.

    I’m also loving the big windows.

    I’m glad Pixie approves. 🙂

  5. Fran

    I love, love the new furniture. And with some new wallpaper it will be another great room. Man, I need to save money so I can come over and visit Radiance Manor when it’s finished.

  6. Shelley B

    I like the idea of steam heat – how nice it will be to not have everything dried out by normal forced-air heat this winter!

    It’s always so fun to get new furniture. What color is the fabric – taupe, or gray? My monitor isn’t being friendly to me today…

    1. Lori Post author

      It’s tan. We almost went with the set in a maroon color, but didn’t want to be tied to that for accessorizing.

  7. L

    Love the furniture! And the new furnace. You will be so cozy this winter.

    We have a place near us that squeezes fresh apples and makes donuts on site. You can watch the donuts in production and buy them fresh off the line, only seconds outta the oil. Yum! They are so good, nothing like what you buy in the store.

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