Saturday, August 20, 2016

Refresh, Restore, or Renovate?

By Ruth Clagan, from Clock and Dagger by Julianne Holmes


When you’re renovating a business and your home, because they’re one and the same, it is tough to know where to draw the line. A budget certainly helps, but more than that, what am I trying to do? Refresh, restore, or renovate?

The Cog and Sprocket has been in my family for years. My great great grandfather built it, and the clock business, over a hundred years ago. He was a great clockmaker, according to family lore. That seems to skip generations. His son, Harry, wasn’t quite as talented, but he was a good businessman who got the shop through the Great Depression. He may have gotten Orchard through Prohibition creatively, but that’s a story for another day.

My grandfather, Thomas, was Harry’s son. I called him G.T. for Grandpa Thom, since he didn’t like me calling him Grandpa in the shop, and when I was visiting I was in the shop all the time. G.T. was a great clockmaker. His son, my father, not only did not inherit the gene, he left the family business behind as soon as he could. I’d like to think I did inherit some of G.T.’s skill. He certainly encouraged me, sending me to school in London to hone it.

When I took over the Cog & Sprocket, the upstairs apartment was being used for storage, and the downstairs hadn’t seen a coat of paint in years. I had six weeks and a small budget. Time and money were offset by lots of help. Lots of it. My friends Rick and Steve came up from Boston every weekend. Ben the handsome barber and Pat Reed used talents I don’t even think they knew they had. Caroline and Flo oversaw recovering all the furniture, even though I don’t think Caroline approved my fabric choices. I did keep Flo away from choosing paint colors. I can only imagine what she’d come up with!

So, did we refresh, restore, or renovate the Cog & Sprocket?

Yes. And I love it. What do you think? Clock and Dagger has some of the details!


To celebrate the release of Clock and Dagger, Julianne Holmes will give one commenter, chosen at random, a signed copy of the book. A name will be picked August 29. Please put your email in your comment. Good luck!

Julianne Holmes is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Occasionally she is also on Pinterest. She's trying to figure out Snapchat, but no luck so far. Maybe next month?

46 comments:

  1. This sounds like a fantastic book. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  2. This book is on my wish list. Thanks for the chance.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  3. I would say you did all three: restore, refresh and renovate. You do what you can with the money available and then continue to make improvements as time and money allows. Looking forward to reading this book. dbahn@iw.net

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  4. I've been wishing for this book for weeks. On Social Security so I can't just buy anything I want. Sigh.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  5. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

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  6. I'd love to read this book. I also think I need to do a little refreshing and renovating here at my house. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  7. Love your books & look forward to more to come. Thanks for this generous giveaway. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  8. I like the idea of calling her grandfather GT. Sweet.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  9. Sounds like a fun read! Love the nickname for her grandpa! mccarthy491@gmail.com

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  10. I think you restored and refreshed! Looking forward to reading the book, thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. So excited to read this book. Love the name of the clock shop. I think the shop has been refreshed and restored.

    brookeb811 at gmail.com

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  12. Sounds like a great read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. sounds like a book I would definately love to read thanks for the chance to win it debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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  14. sounds like a book I would definately love to read thanks for the chance to win it debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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  15. really sounds good..can't wait to read
    greeneyes2755@yahoo.com

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  16. It must have been a wonderful feeling the make your Grandfather's shop your own, with the help of friends. I can't wait to read your story! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  17. Changing your entire work and domestic world is a huge undertaking. I would love to win this book. annettena (at) yahoo ( dot) com

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  18. I have this book on my TBR list and I can't wait to read "Clock and Dagger". Thanks for the chance.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I'm counting the minutes to see if I've won! Thank you for this opportunity,
    mommomsworld(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. I'm counting the minutes to see if I've won! Thank you for this opportunity,
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  21. I hope I win this new to this author!!! I very much would love to get this!

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  22. I hope I win this new to this author!!! I very much would love to get this!

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  23. I love the title and cover, and this sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  24. It sounds wonderful, I really want to read it. Refreshing a place is so much fun.dnamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  25. Whoops my email is donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  26. Refresh, restore, or renovate the Cog & Sprocket? All 3! Loved Just Killing Time. Clock and Dagger sounds like another terrific read.

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  27. That looks cool. Critteranne at yahoo dot com

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  28. I think you did all three. This sounds like fun. I'd love to read it.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  29. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance. turtle6422 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  30. I say restore - I just bought the first book in this series and can't wait to get started on it. Thank you for the chance to win. bookaunt at outlook dot com

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  31. My Great-grandfather had a jewelry store and clock business. So I know I would love reading this. Thank you for the Contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  32. Sounds like my kinda book. Thanks for the chance.
    babemomara@att.net

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  33. The three Rs work together. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

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  34. I agree with Angela...I vote for restoration. It's right in the middle of the spectrum between spending too little and spending too much. And, preserving a beloved business is a grand gesture. Thank you for the chance to win your book...I love the cover!
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  35. Can't wait to read this series. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  36. Maybe all three I say.

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  37. Looking forward to reading this. cheers@Marjimmanor.com

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  38. love the cover and name of this book! thanks for the chance to win! amandasmother at aol dot com

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  39. Since my father was a clock collector, I immediately fell for this book. This cover is eye catching and
    from your blog, I think the story will be a real attention grabber. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  40. Sounds like a fun series and to get to start at the beginning
    would be great. thanks
    Mary, txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I love the premise of this book and put it on my wish list already! I also have a collection of signed books from some of my favorite authors and would LOVE to add this book to my shelf as well (after I've read it, of course)! Merry
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  42. Love the cover! I read the last books and it was very good. Thanks for the giveaway. Georgia
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  43. Sounds like a fun book to start. Love the family connection of carrying on a family tradition and the camaraderie of family and friends that will be helping Ruth. Thanks for the chance to win! RebeccaCase1919@gmail.com

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  44. I have always found clocks very interesting! The sereis looks great. Thnaks for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  45. I should have hired them to finish our basement!! Sounds like a fun read. I will be reading this one way or another very soon. konecny7@gmail.com

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