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A hammer, a home, and a history

Greg Penn is one of the most interesting people I’ve encountered in two decades covering home décor and design. Less than two years ago, the 36-year-old took possession of a Georgian mansion-originally built for a Naval officer-in Plymouth, England more than 200 years ago.

It’s a grand story, for lots of reasons, which I wrote about. But the best part may be that it’s still pretty much in its early chapters with Penn. Follow the visual narrative @manwithahammer to watch this handsome house come back to life. See below for pics of what Penn (self-taught in DIY and design) has done so far, and tell me if you agree he has a good eye and a deft hand.

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    Anne DeCocco
    March 6, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Wow, what a house and what a guy. Thanks for sharing this so I can follow along. The photo of Greg in the pom pom blanket is priceless!

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    Lisa A Peck
    March 7, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Wow! What a gorgeous home. I had not been following this story but now I am.

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    Christie Adams
    March 7, 2021 at 10:03 am

    What a dream home!! I’m off to follow him on Instagram – thanks for sharing!!!

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    Leslie Carothers
    March 7, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Hi Vicky: What an interesting account to follow and I also clicked through and read your longer story about him in the Toronto Sun. It’s fascinating how he’s doing all of this work by himself…and I’m glad to see he’s getting some sponsorship, too. It gives me hope that other people will follow suit to help save some of these grand old homes.

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    Janet R Lorusso
    March 7, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    What a fabulous story, Vicky! And thank you for the introduction – it’s irresistible to follow his progress!

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    Mary Ann Benoit
    March 8, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    What a cool story, and love that picture of him with his amazing blanket:)

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