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Dec. 5, 2022

Episode #87: The Money Pit Life - Balancing Old House Wants and Needs

In today’s episode, Stacy is back in the Hudson Valley for the second of two shows recorded in front of a live audience. Old houses are money-hungry, and figuring out how to pay for rehabilitation and maintenance can be stressful. Susan and Will...

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Nov. 21, 2022

Episode #86: Architectural Salvage Stories + The Best Reference Books for Old House Rehabbers

In today’s episode, Stacy is back in the Hudson Valley for the first of two shows recorded in front of a live audience. Stacy talks to Reggie Young from Hudson Valley House Parts. Reggie explains the logistics of the architectural salvage business...

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Nov. 7, 2022

Episode #85: Author David Giffels + Sourcing Antique Mail Slots

In today’s episode, author David Giffels chats with Stacy about his humorous and heartfelt memoir, All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling down House. David Giffels is an author, essayist, journalist, and lifelong resident of Akron, Ohio....

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Oct. 24, 2022

Episode #84: Supernatural Pranks & Thanks

October is ghost story month, so get ready for some goosebumps. In today's episode, Stacy shares four tales of the unexplained, including one from . From pranks to thanks, each paranormal experience is unique.  To request a transcript of this...

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Oct. 10, 2022

Episode #83: Ghostly Whispers & Mischief + Kitchen Cabinet Advice

In today's episode, Stacy and Alex discuss ways to choose and modify low-end cabinetry to make it more suitable and period-appropriate for an old house. And later, Stacy chats with long-time restoration contractor Stephen Ortado about four-leaf...

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Sept. 26, 2022

Episode #82: Restoring Your Historic House with Scott Hanson + A Relocation Disagreement

In today’s episode, Stacy and John Rodgers disagree during Q&A when a listener asks if she should abandon city life for a big old house in the country. And then later, Stacy chats with Scott Hanson, author of Restoring Your Historic House, The...

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Sept. 12, 2022

Episode #81: Brad's Cheap Old Lake House + Understanding Efflorescence

In today's episode, Stacy visits the Silver Lake Institute, a small lake cottage community with a fascinating religious camp past. Brad and Stacy discuss his latest project house and the evolving history of the institute. Note: Brad's first house, a...

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July 18, 2022

Episode #80: Preserving Cottages in Old Towne Orange

In today's episode, Danny Moody from Pro Historical joins Stacy for listener Q&A. They discuss why so many old houses have aluminum-wrapped exterior trim and whether removing it is a good or bad idea. And later, Stacy chats with Hugh Siler. Hugh...

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July 4, 2022

Episode #79: Live From Florida

In today's episode, live from Florida, Stacy chats with ten talented professionals involved in old house restoration. They discuss the mainstream shift they're seeing towards preservation and restoration and how they can continue to support positive...

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June 20, 2022

Episode #78: Joe Thornton - Village Thatcher

In today's episode, Stacy chats with Joe Thornton, a 2nd generation Master Thatcher from the charming Cotswolds region of England. Roof thatching is a trade that has been around for thousands of years.  Also, Stacy and Jason Lamb discuss built-in...

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About the Host

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Stacy launched True Tales From Old Houses in 2017 to connect and share stories with old house lovers and devoted DIYers. The goal of the show has always been equal parts entertainment and education. Since the launch, she has become a trusted voice in the old house community. True Tales From Old Houses was named one of "11 Great Podcasts for Preservation Fans" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (

Stacy's second job is restoring and preserving her historic home built in the 1880s. Since 2014, she has been documenting the process on the Blake Hill House blog. She has a deep fondness for original wood windows, and educating people about the importance of keeping them is one of her passions.

Related to podcasting, she is a devoted theatre nerd with many years of public speaking and amateur acting experience.