I’m Elissa Palamara, an Art Director and an interior decorating hobbyist. And this is my husband, Ryan, whose both amazingly skilled as a Network Administrator and Handy Man. We met in Florida, got married on the beach, then packed up our dog and two cats and moved to New Jersey to be with Ryan’s enormous family (and hopefully soon start a family of our own).

Now we’ve chosen to take on the daunting task of restoring my in-laws 1895 Victorian in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. That’s right…we live in the house that Ryan grew up in and temporarily share residence with my father-in-law.

Ryan’s parents have put a lot of love into this house over the last 30 years, but as old houses do, it became too much for them to maintain. Luckily the house has good bones. So we’ve got fairly new plumbing, electrical and foundation to start with.

Soon we’ll be on our own and we’ll start tearing down and rebuilding this house from top to bottom. We’ll share with you all the blood, sweat, tears, and laughter in hopes that someone will find this useful…or at least somewhat humorous.