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Hometown Fixer Upper: Part 2

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Welcome back! Today we have part 2 of our Hometown Fixer Upper feature. Susan sent us more great photos of her renovation of her Great-Grandparent’s home and we wanted to share all the rustic goodness with you. Check out the before and after photos below!

The owners prior to Susan and Tyler tore out a few trees and bushes to add a porch to the front of the house giving it a more inviting entrance.

A new white sofa and revealing the original hardwood floors opened up this living room and gives it a bright, fresh facelift.

Is there really anything more beautiful than these original hardwood floors?


Remember the ivy wall paper we told you about? Here’s a little peek at what Susan had to rip down before they painted.

And the only thing more adorable than this house … These two!


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Hometown Fixer Upper

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     Often times going back to your roots leads to a beautiful new beginning. Don’t we all find ourselves searching for time tested advice from our grandparents? But how often are we given the opportunity to share a dream, a space and a place to raise our children in the same place as our great-Grandparents. Not very often.
     Sure, we may share their values, their dreams and our hometown, but for our friend, Susan, and her fiance, Tyler, they’re also sharing the same living space. Back in April, Susan’s Dad noticed that his Grandparents house (built in 1942) was for sale. Flooded with memories of playing in the basement with his brother and sister, he asked to take a tour of the house. Susan and Tyler just happened to be looking for a house and immediately fell in love with her Great-Grandparent’s house. Not only for the charm of the construction, but the charm of its history.
Photo frames hold little pieces of family history throughout their home. Pictured here: Moonlight Gardens, a popular date for her Great-Grandparents, and a photo of her mom’s parents on their wedding day. 
In the time between Susan’s Great-Grandparents owning the house and Susan and Tyler buying the house in April, the owners turned a screened in porch into another indoor room, added stairs to a brand new second floor and built a garage. They also added a great big beautiful porch.
The last few months, Susan and Tyler have taken on the task of adding their own personal touch to the house and have also reintroduced pieces of her family’s history to the walls and shelves. They also inherited a few pieces from the previous owners. Books, a sewing machine and an old record player remain in the house to add to this beautiful home’s history. Although before they did too much, they had to tear down sheets of ivy wallpaper that plastered the kitchen walls. Susan peeled back a piece near the microwave to reveal the original yellow paint that was there when her Great-Grandparents lived there.
Swoonin’ for subway tile. Susan’s kitchen is chippy farmhouse fabulous. 
Once the wallpaper came down, subway tile went up (any other Fixer-Upper fans out there just drooling over this adorable kitchen?) Set aside Susan’s knack for picture perfect decor and farmhouse charm (seriously, she could give Joanna Gaines a run for her money, right?), the house itself has so much character it takes on a personality of its own. Stucco walls, glass door knobs and untouched hardwood hiding under the carpets throughout the house invite you in and make you feel right at home.
This table is actually original to the house. It was given to Susan by her dad and belonged to her great-grandparents. 
We love (and are just a liiiittle bit jealous of) what Susan and Tyler have done to make this house their own without forgetting who’s it was to start and we can’t wait to see the changes they make in the future. We’re sure that making their own memories and starting their lives as newlyweds in a place that already holds so much of her family’s history would have certainly made her Great-Grandparents smile.



Out With the New in With the Old: Our Recent Vintage Finds

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It’s finally April and that means a few things for us at Sincerely, Doris Jane. Blooming flowers, baseball season AND … last but certainly not least … antique show season! 

Be it Burlington Antique Show, Springfield Extravaganza or just a quick stop into a few of our go-to antique stores, we have a hard time coming home empty handed. We love to see how other people incorporate their finds and family heirlooms into their home decor so we thought we’d share some things we picked up at last year’s markets. We threw in a couple finds from our antique shop trips too, well, because they’re just too cute.

The first round of Burlington shows is coming up this weekend. Find all the vendor and admission information you need here. See ya there!

1940’s Ivory Soap makes a great shelf accent in a bathroom and have a little Cincinnati flair being made by Procter & Gamble. Found for $5 a bar at Venice Pavilion Antique Mall in Ross, OH. 
After seeing one that was out of her price range at an antique show, Jess searched for months for an antique ink well and finally found it last summer for $50 on eBay.
Remember this old Jergens sign Em found on Black Friday? It’s been waiting for the perfect place in her home and she found it. This hangs above an artificial plant holder (IKEA) and is the perfect addition to her guest bathroom. 
This little brass frame was just $5 at Burlington Antique Show last year. It holds a photo of our Great-Grandparents atop their 1930’s Majestic Radio in Emily’s house. The doily under the plant ($10 at IKEA) is also antique and belonged to our Great-Great Aunt Clara. 
Jess is drawn to anything blue and white and made of porcelain. This is a hand-me-down from our mom, but we’ve seen them at shows recently. 
This delicate painted salt pot now holds Em’s wedding rings overnight and perfectly matches the walls around her vanity. Just $5! 


We have stacks of antique books just waiting to be used. They are the perfect touch of “old” to a modern room. We’re not quite sure where these were purchased, but we’re sure we didn’t pay much for them. Usually $5-10 will get you a started on your collection. 



SDJ E-Signature copy

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Our Favorite Antique Hotspots: Columbus to Cincinnati


We don’t exactly do run of the mill birthdays in our family. They’re a production. They require thoughtful planning, unplanning and replanning. No, sir, we do not just pass the day with a last year’s candle and a couple cupcakes.

Jess turned 24 last week but has been planning her day for at least a month. She left her heart in Columbus, OH when she graduated from The Ohio State University (go bucks!) two years ago, so we knew where we’d likely be spending the day. So after two coffee stops, a two hour drive and the best egg and bacon sandwich we’ve ever tasted (Thanks, Fox in The Snow!) we had an entire day of antique shopping ahead of us and all of our favorite places just happened to be along our route back home.

We thought we’d share our favorites with you. Try them out and show us what you find!

  • Columbus
    • Flower Child Vintage – located in the Short North Art District, this funky little place is like stepping into a time machine and is loads of fun to wander through. It’s groovy, baby.
  • Springfield
    • Heart of Ohio Antique Center – A definite don’t-miss-it spot. Block out a couple hours to make it through their showrooms … This place is HUGE! Em’s not exactly directionaly gifted. She practically needs a compass to get around in there

  • Waynesville
    • Waynesville is chock full of antique shops. Park the car and start walking, we promise you won’t leave empty handed!
  • Lebanon
    • Lebanon Peddler – we ran into the Lebanon Peddler (literally, it was raining cats and dogs) after following them on Instagram and couldn’t believe we hadn’t come sooner. Off the beaten path, Lebanon Peddler is a picker’s paradise.
    • Miller’s Antique Mall  – How do we love Miller’s? Let us count the ways. This is one of our can’t-leave-without-buying-something place. They have an incredible selection, tons of vendors and super friendly staff. We love you Miller’s Antique Mall.

  • Fairfield
    • Ohio Valley Antique Mall – another mall worthy of a clear schedule. If you can’t find it at OVAM, you’re not looking hard enough.


  • Cincinnati
    • Wooden Nickel – If you’re in search of larger items like an antique bar, chandeliers, or some of the most gorgeous antique furnishings you’ve ever laid your flea-market-lovin’ eyes on, Wooden Nickel is your one stop shop. 
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10 Signs You’re an Old Soul Just Like Us 

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We’ve always been a bit different. Nostalgic. Sentimental. Whatever you’d like to call it. We listen to Glenn Miller and Harry James instead of whatever is on the radio these days. We wear gloves and pillbox hats and full skirts and bake from scratch in aprons. Different.

With the best Dad in town, Easter 2017

We find ourselves pining for the way life was for our grandparents. Simple.                    We certainly don’t mean that they had it easy. Grandma Doris lived through The Great Depression (you wanna talk about having stories to tell. Yeesh.) They saw the world go to war and watched the country come together when they needed it the most. No, life surely wasn’t easy all the time, but it was simple. Free from the tangles of social media, technology and double-booked schedules. A time of family dinners and card parties and letting the kids play outside “until the streetlights came on.”

If you’ve gotten this far, our guess is you also find yourself moving to the beat of your own drum, or in our case to the tune of a Big Band trumpet. We are dreamers. Believers. But most of all we’re “old souls” and if you answer yes to a few of these, well then you have a forever friend in Sincerely, Doris Jane.

10 Signs You’re an Old Soul Just Like Us

  1. You Daydream – Whether it’s a story from your Grandma or Grandpa, a history book, or an old record, all you have to do is close your eyes and you can time travel.
  2. You’re a “paper” person
    • Mail – You’re a total sucker for new stationery and go bananas over the perfect birthday card. Jess likes to throw in something a little sparkly, our advice to you – open anything from her over the sink, or spend the next hour trying pick up glitter and confetti. You also find great joy in finding a little something with your name on it in the mailbox (other than bills. bleh.) and you rush back inside to grab your antique letter opener.
    • Books – You’re a library regular and you adore the quiet vacation that comes with a trip through the shelves. You could spend hours trying to pick the perfect title. The one that seems to jump right into your hands. When you open it, what do you do before reading a single line? ……. Did you just whisper “smell the pages?” We thought so.DSCF5400
    • Technology – You find yourself saying things like “I need to check my planner/address book” fairly often because you don’t keep those things in your smartphone. You also seem to be ages behind your friends when it comes to technology or the latest apps.
  3. You believe things deserve to be fixed rather than thrown away – from darning a sock to patching up a bruised relationship, you at least try to fix whatever it is before discarding it. You reuse things when you can and love the feeling of pride when you’re able to make something work again.
  4. You love history – Whether it’s leafing through a history book, tracing the branches of your family tree or paging through an old family album you find history to be a free vacation. You love a little trip down someone else’s memory lane.

    Grandma Jane and our Mom, don’t you want to squeeze her little cheekies? 
  5. Music feeds your soul – You’re a little more “in tune” with what song will fill your heart and make you feel whole. You’re unceasingly romantic and know the right music can enhance an old memory or create a new one. Hit play on “Sentimental Journey” by Doris Day in our house and it’s like Grandma Jane is right there singing along.
    Em dancing with Poppy on her wedding day to “Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller



    Grandma Jane (dancing with her cousin by marriage, Taft) and her dad, Great-Grandpa Laesche (dancing with his sister, Ann) 
  6. You love being outside – You enjoy gardening, watching birds, picking flowers and taking walks because being outdoors seems to stop time. While walking with Grandma Doris she gazed up and said, “those trees look like they could reach Heaven.” It’s hard not to long for the shade of an old sycamore in the middle of July after that.
  7. Shopping – Let us guess, when shopping with your friends you’ve heard that something “looks like you.” You see a vintage a-line dress in a store window and immediately match it to the gloves and swing coat you have at home. You feel at home in an antique shop because, let’s face it, you’re an antique yourself. Your style, whether it be clothing or home décor is unapologetically your own and you like it that way.
  8. You love a roadtrip – Warm air through open windows, music on and a bag of snacks and homemade cookies in the back seat is the perfect way to start and end a vacation. It gives you a chance to connect with the person in the seat next to you.
    We snapped this at 1940’s weekend at Cincinnati Museum Center a few years back


  9. You’ve been told you are “wise beyond your years” –  Deep down you’re sure you’re at least 80. You are calm, level-headed and can adapt easily to change.
  10. You have an appreciation for the “little things” – Our motto is “Little Things Mean a Lot.” It also happens to be one of our favorite old songs. It’s a reminder to stop and smell the roses every once in a while. To call your grandpa, write to that friend you lost touch with, give a gift that really means something. Fill your home with memories and belongings of family members who have passed away and continue their stories. Let your hair down and truly enjoy the people around you because some day the little things will be the big things. 
    Poppy on his birthday last year

Seek and enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer, guys and dolls. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Em and a few of her bridesmaids posing with the groomsmen’s cigars  
Jess and her roommates on graduation day from The Ohio State University

…and to all the old souls out there, we love you.



Doris Jane