Susanna Salk


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Barn House Blog #5
Monday, January 23rd, 2017

In which the sign for our property arrives! It’s one of those big small things. In much the way animals like to mark their territory I suppose humans do too. It reinforces our place in the world and makes us feel safe. I am beyond lucky to have this luxury. A simple wood sign made by a kind and patient stranger in Niagara Falls I found on Etsy to help guide future strangers and friends to find our new house feels like the best kind of karma. I hope someday it will guide Anne @woodfinds to our door so I can thank her in person. In which our town permit and zoning meeting is canceled yet again for inclement weather that never happened. We can’t start until we have their nod so in an effort to reassert my control over mother nature and red tape, I go down the rabbit hole of finding the perfect white. An online village helps me narrow the hundreds of seemingly identical whites down. Throughout the process I keep reminding myself that Eskimos have 50 words for “snow” and in English we have more or less one word for”patience.” I also go online to get velvet samples for our living room sofas for a house that has not even been approved yet. Meanwhile Jo the painter, a.k.a. the actor Kevin James, began painting the old new kitchen cabinets after we settled upon @benjaminmoore Wrought Iron. Ordered brass hardware to pair. Joe thinks this is a brilliant combination. Don’t have the heart to tell him it wasn’t my idea: I’m just copying the 10,000 other examples I’ve seen on Pinterest this week. But at the end of the day nobody else has our Pinnacle Valley sign and house number and for that I am so grateful. #barnhouseblog