Roger Hazard and Chris Stout-Hazard
Cart | Checkout
Grey House: Renovating a 160-year old Victorian.

It's April, Fools

By Chris Stout-Hazard

Winter is the death that triggers spring's rebirth. That may sound corny, but it's true.

State of the world this minute: I'm in the living room, looking out the windows at the melting snow. Buck is napping next to me on his dog bed. Roger's working upstairs in what will be our guest bedroom after the renovation is complete. I'm listening to The Apples In Stereo's "7 Stars."

What a difference a few degrees can make. The snow is retreating. Birds are chirping. The crowds have returned to the village. (By "crowds," I mean two people that I didn't recognize walked by the house today.)


Whether this winter can be classified as mild or severe (the villagers are in disagreement about this), everyone seems to be ready for the arrival of spring. At the feed store, coats in aisle two are marked down and baby chicks in aisle four are chirping away. The seasonal hotels and businesses are sweeping their porches and laying down welcome mats. The walkers and joggers have started to venture out, even if the morning chill dictates an extra layer of clothing.

One of the many reasons Roger and I moved to Sharon Springs is that we missed true seasons. In Austin, winter is basically non-existent. Everything turns brown for a few months. The UT students don their black jackets from The North Face. And there's the rare half-inch of snow that triggers collective apoplexy. But that doesn't count as "winter." Winter is a blanket of snow camouflaging the terrain. Winter is seeing your breath and feeling snowflakes melt in your hair. Winter is walking like a penguin to avoid slipping on ice. (Seriously, it's a good strategy.)

Winter is the death that triggers spring's rebirth. That may sound corny, but it's true.

"Oh, yeah. We won't be able to see those other houses after the trees leaf out."

"Oh, yeah. The daffodils are popping up."

"Oh, yeah. We'll be able to open up the windows again."

"Oh, yeah. Shorts."

"Oh, yeah. Those brilliant colors are coming back."

I'm ready.

Pin It
Chris Stout-Hazard
Chris Stout-Hazard · Founder · Roger + Chris · Sharon Springs, NY
Chris Stout-Hazard leads product design and development for Roger + Chris and co-stars with Roger in Roger That. MORE ABOUT Chris Stout-Hazard

Hot right now on Roger + Chris

Restyling a Garden House: Paint It Black
A cute, 160-year old Italianate Victorian had the potential to be a stunning garden house - but only after taming the garden, adding style to the porches, and applying some unexpected new colors.
10 Design Tips for Picking the Perfect Chesterfield
There are quite a few things to consider when picking the perfect Chesterfield. Here are some tips that will give you a head start.
Press Release: Why did Roger Hazard leave "Sell This House"?
Find out why Roger Hazard has left "Sell This House: Extreme" on A&E and what he is doing now.
RELATED POSTS
Who Moved My Cheese? I Did.
As previously mentioned, we moved from Austin, Texas to Sharon Springs, New York. In August. On our own.
Block Prints and Thin Mints
We've been hard at work putting together plans for the house. Today, we plowed through a long list of decisions. I think the downstairs is really coming into focus.
Ice Cubicle
We bought a modern, metal desk for our home office. It has clean lines, fun casters, and looks great. We bought it last summer. I loved it. And now it's winter. And I hate it.
JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Design ideas, new stuff. discounts, and the occasional puppy photo. Sign up! All the cool kids are doing it.

NEW GOODIES
Benson chair in Ludlow Pineapple fabric
78
128
104
32
Basel sofa in velvet with fringe skirt